Sunday, January 17, 2021

Returning Jo Home

Last Sunday we took Jo into the city and had lunch at Riverland, a bar on the edge of the Yarra River and it was a very pleasant day. We then thought to take her to ACMI, The Australian Centre for Moving Images, but it was closed. Ok, lets go listen to the Federation Bells, upside down bells on a hill in a park. Well, maybe later. We'll take Jo into the most important Protestant church, St Paul's Cathedral, in Melbourne. No, closed. Myer Christmas windows? Removed. Buskers in the Mall? None. Still want to visit the bells R? No, tired now and hot, so we came home, R and Jo had a swim in the pool and then Jo created some artwork.


It was Sister's suggestion that on Monday we catch the relatively new ferry service to Portarlington on he Bellarine Peninsula near to where she lives and she would meet us there and take us for lunch. We caught a couple of trams to get to the ferry departure point at Docklands. Unfortunately the temperature was forecast to be 37, nearly 100F. But the trams we caught had air con and the ferry was very well air conditioned. Generally I took photos through glass. I wasn't standing on the decks in the heat.

Portarlington is bottom left of screen.


This is perhaps the only old wharf left now, with the rest demolished to create Docklands. Unfortunately it has been declared unsafe and businesses had to close and move out. I told Jo we used to go to dance parties in the shed up until the late 90s, along with several thousand other gays, lesbians and those in between. 


The ferry departed right on 10.40 as scheduled. It was quite impressive and the $30 return fare for oldies with Port Phillip Ferries was quite reasonable. Unfortunately the speed limit in the river is very low but once out of the river into the bay, the catamaran flew along. The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel has great views of the occasional movement in the docks area, along with the occasional shunting freight train in the railway yards.



Where have I seen a building like this before? 


Wattle was once a tug boat.


Under the Bolte Bridge.


Thingies to remove containers from ships.


Approaching the Westgate Bridge. It is very high to allow container ships sail under.



Now out in the bay with the city skyline in view.


Approaching Portarlington. On a clear day it is just visible as a mound on the horizon from  home. The trip takes seventy minutes.


I've never seen so many people on this beach. It was even busier when we departed at 4.30.


We lunched in a area called Wallington at the Flying Brick Cider Company.


The meal was good. I am not a cider drinker so I had wine. R had a paddle of four different ciders. His favourite was the chilli cider. Only a few brave people in the heat outside, no doubt proclaiming how glorious the heat was. That did not include us in the cool but moaning about the heat.

We went back to Sister's place for coffee, a chat and in R's case a nap. Sister, Jo and I watched a couple of episodes of Derry Girls. The trip back was uneventful and we were home by about 6.30, exhausted but it had been a good day.

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  1. Not surprised you were exhausted but very glad it was a good day. And a river cruise is always a delight. I hope the cooler weather has arrived for you.

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    1. EC, it did that evening with a cool change. We have had two really hot days this year. That is enough.

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  2. You sure are keeping busy, even in that heat. The ferry ride would be fun, a nice cool way to sight see.

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    1. Terra, on one perfect day the trip would be so splendid. Even so, it was pretty good.

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  3. Heat. I suppose I would be complaining about it within an hour, but right now sitting in the cold, heat sounds awfully nice.

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    1. Dry heat at least Debby. Yeah, I know. Not too much complaining about the heat this summer here, which is a good thing.

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  4. I know the name of those thingys to remove containers but am unsure of the spelling, Gantrys? I could be wrong. It looks like a lovely ferry trip, shame about the heat, but that's summer.

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    1. Yes River, gantry is the right spelling but I don't know if the word is right. Cranes? It was a nice trip in spite of the heat.

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    2. The Gantrys are attached to the cranes. I think.

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  5. I see little point designing a building that looks as if it's falling down. I suspect the architect was on a massive ego trip.

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    1. Cro, I wouldn't mind if it was an original idea but it's just a copy of London's Walkie Talkie building.

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  6. As I look at the snow outside I think about your heat, lol. But what a packed day along with a ferry ride, exhausting though.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, a few hour's drive away, my sister was in snow today.

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  7. Sounds a great day out on the ferry. The scenery is lovely.
    That's a weird building the one falling over, not sure I'd like to live in that even though it's just built purposely to be different.

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    1. It was really nice Margaret. It is a strange building and I don't much like any of the buildings there.

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  8. Here in Cleveland on the docks of Lake Erie there used to be the Hulett Ore Removers, which, as the name suggest, used to remove ore from ships. Those "thingies" you're talking about must be something similar.

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    1. Most interesting Kirk. The labour force for imported bulk is minimal now. It is all so mechanised, if not computerised.

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  9. Looks like a wonderful ride, nice day out.

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  10. Sounds so nice, to be out and about! We are still home-bound and I am afraid it's getting to me!

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    1. Maribeth, I suppose it is small compensation that it is cold outdoors.

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  11. Sounds like a nice outing. (Well, on Monday, anyway.) That is a VERY strange building -- the tilted-looking high-rise. I wonder if it melts cars on the street, too?

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    1. Steve, I expect lessons were learnt about angled buildings.

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  12. I think not so little Jo anymore loves to see her uncles ! You always do a lot with her ! I am jaleous about your heat even 37 is very hot but better as my minus 5 !!

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    1. She does Gattina but in her teenage years things are changing.

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  13. Well I'll grudgingly say it was worth the wait, though I'm a bit surprised, even disappointed, that despite the heat you didn't venture outside for the warm wind in your hair etc (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFGQyYfhLsc )

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    1. MC, I know I oversold it and there would be an anti climax for you, who can skit around everywhere by ferry but we can't. R did venture outside and said it was quite cool in the wind but he and I disagree on many things. Oh god no. Not Dr Hook. I can't bear but as Blogger respect I will put myself in pain.

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  14. I love ferries. We have only short cross river ones here. I haven't been to wA state in a long while, where ferries traverse the Puget Sound. That seemed like a lovely trip, Andrew.

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    1. It was pretty good Strayer and we would do it again.

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  15. Andrew,

    As you probably know, ferries in Sydney are for a select few. For me, not living in a select harbourside suburb, they are still pretty special. Still, given the buildup, I was rather hoping you managed to take Jo home by balloon.

    For me, Ballad of Lucy Jordan is the Marianne Faithful cover, featured in the film "Montenegro."

    I still remember the smarmy shrink with the bouncing balls executive toy (and the tank with the sex-toy on the gun barrel).

    OMG, that was 1981 - 40 years ago! (Though maybe I didn't see it until 1982 when I moved to Canberra and caught up with a backlog of films unseen in my undergraduate years in Sydney at the excellent repertory "art" cinema "Electric Shadows.")

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    1. Yes, a privileged elite who can catch a ferry to work. Most are paying usurious toll prices to get to work.

      I have no memory of that music nor the film, but we did love Montenegro. Bouncing balls? That sounds interesting.

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