Friday, April 23, 2021

The Podium

 In the nearly twenty years we have live here the podium garden where the pool, gym, spa, sauna and barbeque are has waxed and waned. The magnificent trees died a few years ago when the watering system failed and no one noticed their poor health. 

A couple of years ago a working bee was organised to fix up the garden and I helped by barrowing soil. It nearly killed me.

I think it is looking really good now in its lushness. 




The large trees were so nice and it is such a shame they died.

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  1. It is looking good. Greenery is good for us I think - and is most definitely good for me.
    Are further large trees planned?
    B. blogger hid this post from me. Again. I had to go to your last post, scroll down and click on newer post to find it. Knowing that you schedule your posts for five I expect to see one when I emerge from the shower.

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    1. EC, I think what is planted in the pots will be trees in the future.
      Yes, normally my posts are scheduled for 5am. I have no idea about how my post may be picked up by any system. Open your browser and start typing highriser.blogpspot etc. Mind, I am thinking of taking a day off of blogging per week.

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    1. John, it looks better in real life.

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  3. What A Gorgeous Location - I Had No Idea - I Just Assumed You Two Lived In A Simple High Rise - There Is So Much Character All Around

    Cheers

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    1. Padre, there is very little simple about where we live. It is nice and is judged as 'an exclusive apartment building' when a certain resident is mentioned in the media.

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  4. The pool is closed in so you don't freeze when getting out of the water on a windy day! I like that. The greenery does look lovely now, I assume the watering system has been repaired?

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    1. River, the water is heated. The pool is 'indoors' and the air is heated too. Not cold there at all. Yes, the watering system was sorted. Water now drips down from there next to where we park our car into a bucket.

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  5. It's so important to have greenery around; without it we are lesser people. Well done for the repair job.

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    1. I so agree Cro. Put in a lawn in a city area and people will flock to it.

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  6. I like trees and glad to see more cities adding them.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. Dora, Melbourne is very green with trees in some areas.

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  7. I can't imagine what those big trees you mentioned looked like (unless its in one of those pictures) but I like the way you've made up for their loss.

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    1. Kirk, they were, and I think the new ones are, some kind of ficus or rubber tree.

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  8. Sentenced to twenty years in a high rise. You and R must have done something terribly wrong. They even gave you hard labour in the warden's front garden.

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    1. I chuckled at your comment YP. I never wanted to live in a highrise until I did.

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  9. I’m wondering if there’s a way of getting to the pool from inside or do you have to take the walk in the fresh air each time? You’d definitely need your thongs on in summer to prevent burning your tooty toes and you’d definitely need your fur coat on in winter to prevent freezing your.......

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    1. Cathy, there is a brief outside walk to the pool. Yes thongs on your feet. The other thong is not permitted and you are not allowed to drip water in the lift. It's fine in the winter.

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  10. All properties need greenery but concrete blocks of flats need them even more - trees, shrubs, tall flowers, lawns, whatever can be laid out. Shame about your beautiful, tall trees dying... the residents should add new ones in asap.

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    1. Hels, I think those small trees in the pots will grow to be large, just like the old ones.

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  11. I like the idea of everyone pitching in to remake the green space. Your highrise sounds like a happy place. (as long as you don't drip water in the elevator).

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    1. Debby, such pitching in also means you get to know your neighbours too, so it can be quite social.

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  12. Well that is quite nice. I especially love the indoor pool. When living in Florida, we had a "Lanai". Simply put our pool area was screened, so no bugs. We had solar panels to heat the pool and it was lovely. I swam year round. Your greenery also looks nice. In Florida, you tend to have enough rain so that our shrubs and orange and grapefruit trees thrived!

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    1. Maribeth, I remember lanai from The Golden Girls. If the pool was built now, there would be solar water heating. Bugs aren't a great problem here.

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  13. Yeah, I think it looks good. Those magnolias will grow pretty big eventually.

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    1. Ah Steve, evergreen magnolias. Thanks.

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  14. It's beautiful and good on you for helping out.
    Enjoy your weekend.

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  15. Looks nice. Do you have a photo of the pool?

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    1. No Strayer and it closed for maintenance until the end of the month, but I will take more photos when it reopens.

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  16. The garden is looking nice. I can imagine the garden working bees would be a great way to get to know the neighbours.

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    1. A very good way Sami, rather than a twenty second lift conversation.

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