Sunday, November 28, 2021

Sunday Selections

Mine are just a few random photos taken over a few weeks. Check out Elephant's Child and River's Sunday Selections too. 

Our pool and spa are reflected in the building next door. If we have a spa, we prefer not to share so we check if anyone is down there first by looking at this reflection.


Very difficult to see but a woman had a canary and a love bird in this wheeled plastic basket on tram. She was happy for me to take photos. I initially thought the love bird's sound was a squeak coming from the tram body.




Why are these plastic plugs hammered into a very nice old elm tree? 



A beautifully made storm water drain near Dights Falls.


I believe this is a heron, perhaps a grey heron.


While sitting and having coffee at South Melbourne Market, I noticed the shapes above me. It wasn't immediately clear to me that the silhouettes were two pigeons.  


I really only took this photo for my own purposes to note the carriage number, however...


These V/Locity trains make up the bulk of our regional train system. There are still a few locomotive hauled passenger trains running, especially longer distances but they are getting very old now. Each V/Locity carriage has its own diesel motors. While they are a bit noisy inside with engine noise, they are very smooth and can certainly reach 160 km/h, 100 mph as I recently discovered. They have exquisitely comfortable seats, wide, soft and padded in the right areas.

Well, I thought they all had the comfortable seats but they don't. This one I caught had what I've heard described as 'ironing board' seats. The seats are smaller, hard and not comfortable at all. Given you could be sitting on a country train for over two hours, it is not good enough.

From what I can find out, there aren't many trains with these seats. They came into service in 2020 and after complaints, newer and better seats have been used, but I am not sure if they are as good as the old ones. Is it progress to replace comfortable seats with uncomfortable seats? Rhetorical, I know. Bad bad V/Line.


26 comments:

  1. I thought those pigeons were helicopters on a foggy day! Attractive storm drain.

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    1. Marie, while it is obvious in the photo, it wasn't obvious to me at the time and could have been the shadow of a helicopter.

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  2. That is one VERY stylish storm drains. Ours are (mostly) functional rather than beautiful.
    Given how small some birds can compress themselves I don't think that is a very safe travelling carriage for them.
    I like your early warning system for the spa.

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    1. EC, I never thought about the birds squeezing out, and I expect they could. They did seem quite happy together in their strange cage.

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  3. The storm water drain is both functional and eye catching. That doesn't happen too often.

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    1. Hels, we are quite used to seeing the cheapest and nastiness.

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  4. I do like that storm water drain. It would be nice to have something like that built into an area where the water could flow to an orchard and be directed to each tree.
    I haven't seen a canary and a love bird in the same cage since 1971, when my mum had aviaries down both sides of the back yard.

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    1. River, I suppose your proposal though depends on regular rain. That is so un-Australian.
      There you go, a precedent for a canary and love bird together.

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  5. Of all these pictures, the pigeon silhouettes image is the one I find most interesting. The idea has great potential and it was clever of you to spot that moment.

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    1. Life lesson YP, always look up.

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  6. Oh those poor birds. Beautiful storm drain. I remember being on wooden seats on trains going across The Continent as we all called it as if there were no other. They were dreadful for long hauls. But cheap. Your ironing boards sound like a good match.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, yeah, I don't like seeing caged birds now. I am sure they are well cared for though. Love birds need another love bird with them. Maybe the ironing board seats aren't quite as bad as wooden seats, but close. It must have been wonderful to travel the The Continent. Have you written about you youthful travels?

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  7. until you explain about bird in plastic basket. It look like a clothes hamper.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. Dora, I have no idea why the birds are in a clothes hamper on wheels.

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  8. You're right, that storm water drain is beautiful. These days it would probably be just a concrete tube.

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    1. Cro, I think the base of the drain is original and very old but the sides and where the outlet pipe comes look like much newer work to me. It does a good job of breaking the water flow into the the river, which if it was a straight pipe might cause erosion to the river bed.

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  9. Not everyone gets a view of those birds as you did, nice capture on that.
    The storm water drain does look like a work of art, it's lovely pity they were not all like that one.
    The train is a nice colour and indeed, why would comfortable seats be replaced with ones that are uncomfortable.

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    1. Thanks Margaret. As for the seats, no doubt the harder seats are cheaper, and being narrower give more standing room.

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  10. I'm a fan of all things purple, but definitely NO to uncomfy seats while traveling for sure. As always, I adore when you share your pics. Sorry I haven't been around much, but I'm always thinking of you and wishing you well. Sending lots and lots of hugs, RO

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    1. That sweet RO. Thanks. I hope things are fine for you.

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  11. Pretty birds, out for a ride. I am a fan of comfort over style.

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    1. It this case TP, the older seats had both. They looked really inviting too.

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  12. Nice you can tell if the spa is empty from the reflection. I wonder how they clean bird poop from up there. I hope the heron gets its dinner but I don't know how they could see to grab something in that muddy water. But I looked up herons and sometimes they wait to feel it on their legs, which must just seem like sticks in the water to little fishies.

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    1. Strayer, it could be washed down at times. It is a strange place for pigeons to sit, so maybe not normally a problem. That makes sense about the herons.

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  13. Wait, did you post some of these pictures before? The pool, the pigeons, the heron? I could swear I've already seen them. Did you post a Sunday Selections a week or two ago and then take it down and repost today? Am I having a stroke? LOL

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    1. Steve, not the pigeon but yes to the pool and the heron. My filing system got a little behind. Well spotted and it wouldn't be the first time.

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