Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Flowering Flora

I potted up a punnet of petunias in a large purple pot, probably over planting. They were standing up like Brazilian goats, but now while it is not hot, the humidity is was at around 70% and they were not happy at all. They like it hot and dry. Just wait a day or so petals, and all will be well.

Well, the photo did not work out too well and they look a bit better now, even though it is still humid. I have been pinching out the tips of the petunias.

Saturday night was a birthday dinner celebration for our friend who turned 75. I was discussing with someone his own technology devices and to my surprise, he has the same tablet computer I have. We agreed that the storage needs to be larger for us to store 'movies'. My tablet storage space is the same as my phone. We went onto to discussing Youtube and how helpful it is with almost anything. He has shrunk since an illness and finds shirts too long for him. Although he knows his way around a needle, cotton and a sewing machine, he did not know how to shorten a tailed shirt. Youtube told him how. i think he mentioned biased tape, or was that unbiased tape. I thank people who upload their knowledge to Youtube. Youtube people have helped me more than once, and it has again just have now by telling me how to properly prune potted petunias.

Britain, Canada and Europe, as I have seen, all have generally wonderful hanging baskets of street flowers during their summers. I thought maybe it was too hot here in our summers to have hanging baskets of flowers. There are some rather horrid hanging baskets of fake flowers in Toorak Road, South Yarra. But no, Sydney has hanging baskets of real flowers. I saw a man with a big long stiff black hose, curved at the end, pumping water into the baskets. It is all about the cost of maintenance, I suppose. The man I saw in Sydney had a much bigger hose than this man in England with his very thin one.


The flowers have since been removed and tips pinched out until the plants grow a little.



This week's flowers.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Phlegm

No, I don't have phlegm, well not a huge lot. Phlegm is an English street artist, well enough known to Grace who is rather fond of his work. You can see of Phlegm's Perth works by using the search facility at Grace's Perth Daily Photo.

Remember back here I showed you a mural of a robot in Chapel Street, Prahran. There was a piece in a local newspaper featuring the mural.



The mural is very large and I learnt from the article that the work is by the English street artist Phlegm. 

My photo never really did the work justice and neither does the one above. I think the rooftop carpark in my photo is publically accessible, so I might try for a better one. It also seems that there is an 'augmented reality app' to use when viewing the mural. 


So, two posts in two days about popular culture. Am I not becoming ever so groovy? 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Melbourne Shuffle

Have you heard of the Melbourne Shuffle? I thought not. I believe Andre Serox is German and was visiting Melbourne when he invented his own dance and named it the Melbourne Shuffle. If the dancing and or music is not to your taste, there is some nice Hanover scenery in the clip.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Extreme weather

Direct hits, one after another after another. I've never experienced such a sustained storm.

The newly installed gutters and downpipes have failed in the deluge. Yes, water is pouring in that bedroom window.




There was and still is thunder and lightening.


In the 15 years we have lived here, water has not hit the lounge room windows above about 20cm. It was almost horizontal rain at one point, right to the top of the glass.


Do you notice the direction from where it is arriving? It is being funnelled down from Queensland. Lee, do something about it please. It is supposed to be your rain.


Sydney Day 7 Pt 2 The End

Fairfax Press advertising campaign poster. They are rather good. The same has been done in Melbourne, using our own old photos.


There wasn't a lot to see at Darling Harbour, and like Manly the day before because of the weather, it was reasonably quiet. We had some lunch and then walked across Pyrmont Bridge to the city.

I rather wish I had made the videos a little longer. Children love to run around the spiral in the warmer weather.


It was hard to tell what this actually is, but it was an interesting screen.


Up onto Pyrmont Bridge.


Most of the old and much hated by many Sydney Monorail has been removed but this bit remains.


Pyrmont Bridge had a swing span to allow ships to pass below.


It was controlled from this tower using equipment similar to old trams. I understand the bridge took its power from the tram electric network, 750V DC.



The city side of the bridge. While the monorail was an eyesore and only went in one direction around the city, it was useful and I rather wished it was still there to get us into the centre of the city.



This is Sydney's new light rail tram line being built in George Street viewed from the Queen Victoria Building. There will be no overhead wires in George Street. Power will be picked up a the central contact area which you can see between the tracks. I will be certainly stepping over the bit where the power is picked up, although there are assurances that it will be safe.


QVB had its Christmas tree up, spanning a few floors, so you couldn't see all of it, but you could look up into it. When R gets stressed and/or tired, I find it hard to concentrate and work out public transport. I thought I found our bus stop but I wasn't sure, so R kept walking. I was correct but by then we were getting close to our hotel. He was exhausted. I had a bit of a rest.


I let R nap while I went out and caught the bus to Paddington Reservoir. It has an interesting history, and hasn't been used as a reservoir since 1899. It wasn't high enough to supply buildings of more than one storey in the area.


Some of a remaining wall in a paved area.


Petrol bowsers sat here at a service station from 1934 until 1990, when the roof below collapsed. I think we filled our car with petrol here in the 1980s.


After council amalgamations of the City of Sydney and part of City of Paddington, under Mayor Clover Moore funding was found to turn the site into a public park. It is a really nice little spot.


Paddington Town Hall across the way.




The underground part, where there would have once been water was mostly used after the reservoir closed as a vehicle depot for Sydney Water.




This part was temporarily closed to the public.


These may not be the original supporting timbers, however, the original timber supports were ironbark eucalypt trees, very strong and very durable.



Have I mentioned Sydney streets are very steep.



Typical Paddington housing.


A stretch of jacarandas outside Victoria Barracks.


Melbourne tourism advertising.


More Sydney Morning Herald posters.



Now, I knew the gay bar Midnight Shift had closed because James O'Brien wrote about the closing. In the 1990s we might have been found upstairs dancing away. In the 2000s, we tended to visit the downstairs area where things were relaxed and if you were lucky, you would get a seat in the open area to watch the passing parade on Oxford Street. The Colombian is now not too bad for that.




Speaking of The Columbian, I do like a lad in a dress. I had forgotten about photos I had taken on my phone.



Absolutely no idea where this is, but it is busy.


These are pedestrian lights in the paving. Clearly they are showing as, Don't Walk. They changed to green.


We ate here twice, this night included. No, not at The Den but next door at Pad Thai. In the 1990s we may have eaten at The Den. The food at Pad Thai  is really so good. Melbourne seems to have lost so many of its Thai restaurants, but they are still plentiful in Sydney.


Our flight was booked using accumulated flying points, doubled because I complained about the loss of our chosen seats when we flew to Europe earlier this year. Your choices of flying times are limited. We were on a 7am flight back to Melbourne. We caught a train to the airport at about 5.30. Because of Sydney Airport congestion, our flight was late, but by 10.00am we were home. Taxi fare, $60 as against Uber's $101. There was about $2 left on my Opal Card, $1.50 on my Seniors Opal Card and R had a about $2 on his Seniors Opal. What to do now at 10.00am? A lot of washing, actually.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Sydney Day 7 Pt 1

It wasn't too  far to walk to the Chinese Gardens (correctly called Chinese Gardens of Friendship) at the bottom end of Darling Harbour. There really is not much to say about them except they are wonderful and would be nicer when seen in bloom and on a fine day. It wasn't. We had not seen the gardens since the 1990s and the site has matured very well. It opened in the year of Sydney's bicentennial, 1988.

















These are called Black Pine.















We left the gardens after about an hour and half and walked northward in Darling Harbour.....no, not in the water. Part two later.