Sunday, October 17, 2021

Sunday Selections

This Sunday's post is accompanied by the (you have to imagine it) the sound of the bottom of a barrel being scraped. I've nearly run out of photos to use until we are set free. 

Check out Elephant's Child's and River's Sunday Selections.

One sole cyclamen flower has survived for a couple of weeks. We will keep the plant until places are open and we can buy something for summer. Green leaves are better than nothing. It did very well over our winter.


I caught this wisteria maybe three weeks ago. It was already just past its prime. It faces a walking lane, so motorists will never see it.


Socially undistanced and poor masking at the corner of Domain Road and Park Street. Even the arrival of a police car with four officers no longer sends people on their way. Everyone knows the police are there to buy their coffee too.


Aww, how sad. These poor dumped and unwanted stuffed animals lay there for a couple of days. Maybe council workers removed them to nice open fields.


A food delivery motorcyclist receiving either a fine or a good telling off buy our constabulary.


The tram and the pulled over white van were in collision. Given the tram has its own right of way, it is clear the van was the offender.


The tram was probably undamaged. With my knowledge it should have been a five minute delay to the tram while details were exchanged, but it was over half an hour. A tram line officer turned up in his car. It is possible the tram driver was too shaken to immediately drive. Some would brush it away as nothing, others be very distressed.

How did it happen? Traffic was banked up in Toorak Road back during our Covid five reasons to leave home time to where the white car is in the bottom of the photo above. Those who were stuck there were swinging right to go further down St Kilda Road and find a less congested route.  So imagine the white car at the bottom of the photo suddenly swinging right as the tram was passing by to its right. That would be what the van did. I heard the tram emergency brakes activate, which is what caused me to look to see what happened. No doubt the van driver would have said, I didn't see the tram. That would because the driver didn't check mirrors to look. Hello, trams run along tracks and I need to take check?

30 comments:

  1. I hear you on the barrel scraping.
    That white van coped quite a wallop, but I assume that (to paraphrase James Bond) everyone was shaken but unhurt.

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    1. EC, no one was hurt. No emergency vehicles attended. Wallop is a great word. I must remember to use it.

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  2. Those poor stuffed animals.. someone would love them. I found one the week before the Grand Final, dressed it up in Melbourne colours and tied it on the front fence.

    What a great fortnight that animal had 😀

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    1. Hels, I hope you had biscuit in your pocket to feed tied up stuffed toy.

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  3. The cyclamen has done well, usually they are a semi-shade plant. I love Wisteria, once lived in a house where the entire front porch was covered in it. Didn't do my hayfever any good, but it was lovely to sit on the porch and hear the bees busily buzzing.

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    1. River, until September the cyclamen was in full shade. It was a mass of flowers at its best. Your wisteria porch sounds lovely.

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  4. One day I will plant a wisteria. Need to get to the nurseries first. If I lived where you do I don't think I'd ever leave the balcony. What wonderful entertainment.

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    1. Caro, I do spend rather a lot of time on the balcony. There is always stuffs to see.

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  5. That balcony view is amazing. Who needs a television, when you've got live drama playing out before your very eyes!

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    1. Debby, at odd times my mind wonders to the future. What if R died and I am alone in three bedroom apartment? What about my old years? Nice care place? Gosh I would miss my views.

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    2. I totally can see why. A three bedroom apartment WOULD be a quandry. The obvious thing would be to take a room mate, but honestly, at my age, I just don't want to adapt to the habits or share my space with someone new. Best to tell R that he's not allowed to die. I've told Tim this very thing.

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  6. Love wisteria, we used to have one the roots were not too kind though so it's been gone for years.
    Accidents, seem to be so many sometimes.
    Your cyclamen, well it does look nice we can never get one to come back into flower the next year!

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    1. Yep Margaret, you really have to maintain Wisteria. I remember, but it was lovely.

      The cyclamen will go down the rubbish chute as soon as we can a replacement. I am hard hearted about potplants.

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    2. Shame on you. Put it in the lobby or outside with a "free" label on it. Let someone who loves it take it home.

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    3. Yes. If I was there, I'd be prying it out of your hands at the garbage chute.

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    4. River and Debby, another blogger has said they have no success the following year with cyclamen so far as flowers go. Mind, I think I will put it somewhere public with a note, 'Take me. Cherish me.'

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  7. It took me a little while to realise the cyclamen is sitting on a tiled circular table and not on a mosaic circle on the ground…..well at least I think it is
    Wisteria is a bit like Laburnum- lots of colourful dangly bits making a ‘pretty mess’ for a few weeks then nothing. Haven’t got the space or the spot for either so even though I wouldn’t mind one of each I’ll pass

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    1. Cathy, when I saw the photo as published, it looked strange to me. I wonder why I took the photo at that angle. Wisteria will destroy a fence: Cathy may see it in glorious bloom if she planted one: Cathy is of a certain age and it will be someone else's problem.

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  8. It's like you are an eagle, living in your eyrie and looking down on the world below - searching for prey.

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    1. YP, I did see prey once, a very hot rent boy smoking down below who then visited a neighbour on our floor. I could see him on the customer's balcony by the reflection from the glass building behind. If I had talons, they would have been extended.

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  9. Train or tram vs anything, the train or tram almost always wins; and they can't swerve out of your way. When I was headed out this morning, the police were towing a car that had driven off the road, down the sidewalk and hit a utility pole.

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    1. TP. a rather spectacular train and truck smash in your country on tv last night. I hate it when cars intrude into pedestrian areas.

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  10. Wisteria is a beautiful plant, but messy. My cyclamen or orchids never seem to last long...You always have something interesting happening in your street corner.

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    1. Yes they are messy Sami, twice a year. I spend too much time gazing from the balcony.

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  11. Nice cyclamen and I fell in love with your plant coaster.

    I assume you took those photos from your balcony, well done. Any drama can please us no end during a lockdown.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. It was really nice when new WWW. Yes, all from the balcony.

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  12. Cyclamen can be pretty durable. We had some for a couple of years, until the squirrels ate the bulbs!

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    1. Steve, I didn't even know it grows from a bulb. It will go down the rubbish chute when a replacement plant is bought.

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  13. Uh oh, the car driver thought, a bit too late, should have waited.

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    1. Strayer, I bet the driver wished he or she waited.

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