Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Sunday Selections #241

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.
 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.
 
Like River I usually run with a theme.  After the Out of the Shadows walk last week there was a big breakfast scheduled.  However, I was all peopled out and couldn't face it.  I decided going home had more appeal.


There was a bus stop near the War Memorial and I headed down to it, thinking I could catch a bus into town, and get a transfer home.  It was still early and when I reached the stop I discoved I had a forty-five minute wait for the next bus.  Not a happening thing.  So I walked into town.







I loved the confetti of petals on the path.



Very ugly flats.
 Lots of our electricity junction boxes are painted.  I think they are fun.


Quite a posh hotel.  I suspect in its early life it was a very upmarket home.




Loved the lichen on the roof tiles.



Town houses.


An 'interesting' letterbox.  And the house was decidedly upmarket.


Newer bits of town.

Older bit of town - being rebuilt after a catasphrophic fire.  This is where I caught the first of my buses.


Another town centre, and the interchange where I swapped buses.

A fairly modern town centre, with lots of offices.


Inside the bus.
Home.

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  1. It looked like you made the most of your wait. Love the blossoms. Between this walk and the walk earlier in the day, you must have been tired.

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land of Cancer: Totally knackered. Probably worth it though.

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  2. Walking into town gave you many photo opportunities. Plus good exercise. And yes, those apartments are awful looking.

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: I am not certain I needed that exercise. My legs were already challenged. It was a delightful walk though.

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  3. Good on YOU! You walked and you found treasures to share.


    " It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching. " Saint Francis


    Loved your sermon

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    1. Cloudia: In my usual restrained fashion there are rather a lot more photos of the walk.

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  4. Oh it was so lovely to join you on that walk! I hope you slept well afterwards, I know I usually do. What a beautiful time of year, with petal-strewn walkways. And those white blooms on those trees! Sending you gentle hugs. :-)

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    1. DJan: The blossom was a treat wasn't it? There was bird song too. And flowers popping up in many of the older gardens. Hugs are always welcome. Thank you.

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  5. I understand in suburban US they don't have many concrete paths in streets as we are used to, but for a change, isn't it nice to a 'track' to walk along. The mail box looks precarious. What a nice swath of daffodils. Your one or two daffs must be up.

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    1. Andrew: We are having less and less concrete paths as well - at least away from the main roads. The tracks were well worn weren't they? That precarious looking letter box was cemented that way!
      And yes, there are one or two daffs in bloom at the moment. The corner is blazing with them.

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  6. I have walked from a hotel outside of the CBD in Canberra to the War Memorial. For a foreigner from QLD I took in all the sights and sounds. Fortunately I had no idea how far I had to walk ~ just kept walking.

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    1. carolincairns: It isn't a short walk is it? Lots to see though. I do like the older suburbs, though noticed quite a lot of gentrification going on. Some more tasteful than others.

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    2. I actually remember that ugly block of flats myself ~ funny eh?

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    3. carolincairns: What a shame no-one has felt the need to pull them down and replace them.

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  7. As usual, stunning photos. Thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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    1. A Cuban in London: Thank you. And welcome back - you have been missed.

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  8. That is an ugly block of flats...and it really is a "block"!

    I'm so unused to public transport, I'd probably end up in Perth if I jumped (well, not literally "jumped") on a bus these days. The only buses up here on the hill are the school buses. I guess I could don a uniform! ;)

    I see your trusty Kingies are keeping an eye out for you! Guardians of the Galaxy.

    I hope your week ahead is a good one, EC. Cuddles to your two furry Guardians of the Hearth! :)

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    1. Lee: Those flats were shockers weren't they? No charm at all. And not even particularly close to town.
      There were lots of King Parrots on the way in. And they weren't nearly as noisy as the cockatoos who drowned the speeches at the Out of the Shadows walk.
      We have busy week here, but I hope you and the furry tyrants have a wonderful one.

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  9. That sounds exhausting but you turned it into a photo opportunity! You always find interesting discoveries and are generous enough to share. I hope you fell into bed when you got home!

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    1. River Fairchild: Domestic duties called when I got home. Washing, kitty litter and cat ministration. I did (I think) nap later.

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    2. Of course the work begins once you manage to drag your jellied legs (that have been up since before dawn) over the threshold into the house... grrrr.... !

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    3. Ellen: Of course. It was my decision to go on the walk, no-one made me do it, so it was up to me to fit it in. Which I did. Sort of.

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  10. A good walk on a early spring morning you can't beat it but I would have to have a nap afterwards in the sun.
    Merle.............

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    1. Merlesworld: I am in favour of walks too. Just not generally quite this far. Probably good for me.

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  11. Love the photos. It looks as though the walk to town gave you a chance to unwind and relax after your other walk.

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    1. Mason Canyon: The walk into town was definitely more comfortable for my introspective self than a big breakfast with the other participants. Soothing.

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    1. jo(e): My pleasure. If the weather co-operates there will be some more walks soon. Big, flower packed walks.

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  13. Nothing like some alone time to help center oneself. Lovely photos.

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    1. Bookie: I need my alone time. Rather a lot of it. And relish the chance to get it in interesting surroundings.

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  14. Lovely trip around you EC, lots a buildings.

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    1. Bob Bushell: It was through some of our older suburbs. And yes, there are lots of buildings - but fortunately quite a bit of open space too.

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  15. that al lee with the trees lining the path is wonderful I can just imagine myself walking down that path

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    1. Linda Starr: I liked the tree lined look too. Some of them are quite old too.

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  16. A nice walk even wit the ugly flats. :-)

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    1. Birdie: There was a lot more beauty than ugliness. There were things that weren't to my taste, but the flats were the only things I would class as ugly.

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  17. Looks like an interesting and peaceful walk - I especially like the last one, 'Home'. It's lovely.
    I get stir-crazy if I can't get out and walk - which, thanks to horrid spring weather, is how I'm feeling at the moment. I hope you get some good walks in your week!

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    1. Alexia: I was glad to see home too. Our spring weather has been fairly gentle. More and more sunshine, next to no wind. So I have been playing in the garden. And have come in for the day now. Hot, and I have possibly (probably) done too much.

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  18. That is a LOT of walking, although in some ways walking is easier than standing around waiting, I find ... but still. And I love the painted junction box. We have something similar although not quite as classy in a nearby town - fire hydrants that are painted to represent something connected with nearby buildings, such as a policeman close to the police station, and a ball player near the baseball field, and so on.There's only so much you can do with a fire hydrant, but they've done a great job at maximizing their potential.

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    1. jenny_o: I don't remember when last I saw a fire hydrant. Ours are mostly under ground now. Some of the junction boxes are gorgeous. There is one with a zebra on it I particularly like, and another which had Beatrix Potter's Mr Tod on it.
      And it was a lot of walking. Several miles. But better (I think) than sitting.

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  19. Glad you were able to make the most of your wait with a long walk.... and you took us along for that journey. Thank you. Enjoyed all your photos.

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    1. Country Mum: As I do your much more scenic vistas.

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  20. We have a lot of painted junction boxes here too - decorative and (I suspect) discourages graffiti.

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    1. J Cpsmo Newbery: It does seem to discourage graffiti. Most of them stay untagged. Which is a plus.

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  21. That was quite a walk into town!Even sitting, I'm exhausted.Or maybe I just need lunch....
    I recognised your home stretch, by the way.:-)

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    1. dinahmow: It was quite a walk. Four or five suburbs and several miles. Peaceful though, and cool enough in the early morning to be pleasant.
      Have I been showing too many photos of that bit of the home stretch?

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    2. Not at all! But you did send me a forsythia picture

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    3. dinahmow: Ah. I see. The forsythia house is opposite that corner. Ours is coming out more each day though. Blissful.

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  22. "So I walked to town"-I've done that but usually the other way-going home. I like the walk you took us on, love the petal confetti; I have the same here in my garden from the plum trees which I forgot to photograph while they were all white and frilly. Those flats are ugly, but when you're inside, you can't see that part. I like the look of that house with lichen on the roof, and the interesting letterbox, but those orangey townhouses look cold and lifeless. But, like the flats, once you're inside, you can't see the outside.

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    1. River: You are right of course. Years ago the house next door to my mothers was demolished and a new one built. The new house had NO windows on the side which faced the street. I was invited in and discovered the house was built around an atrium, and all of the windows were on the inside. It was flooded with light and surprised me. Just the same, I do like windows. Lots of windows.

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  23. Wow, what a stroll through your environs...Love the photos and completely agree about the windows.

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    1. e: Windows, and lots of them are high on my list. I wish they cleaned themselves though.

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  24. My old legs no longer take real walks but I really enjoyed taking this (virtual) one with you!!

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    1. fishducky: My legs are recalicitrant too. I was a bit surprised I could walk that far.

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  25. A nice walking. You saw much and you you put your note lot of all kinds.
    It was nice to walk your you.
    Have a happy weekend.

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    1. orvokki: I am glad you liked walked with me. And a happy weekend to you too - ours is nearly over.

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  26. Walking is good - you remember much more of a place where you have walked than when you've gone through it in a car or bus.
    And I hate to say this, but the modern bits of your city are just as ugly as the modern bits of mine. Doesn't anyone among architects appreciate beauty anymore?

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    1. lynners: I agree with you. There are a few of the modern buildings in town I like, but only a few. Rather a lot of them are boxes. With a bit of colour to try and pretend that they aren't.

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  27. What a great way to spend your 45 minutes.
    Love the avenue of trees along the road and the blossom confetti.
    The flats do stick out like sore thumbs – pity no one with green thumbs could brighten them up with some shrubbery.
    And, I thought I was the only one who loves lichen on a roof!
    Spring abounds in the neighbourhood.
    The prettiest photo of all is your front yard – good to be home :)

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    1. Vicki: I loved the lichen. And took rather a lot of photos of it. It was on the garage roof too. It is a part of town I very rarely visit, so walking through it was lovely.

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  28. Hi Sue Now I undertand why you said the other ay you were tired!! I, like you do not like queuing and I also would have walked and like you would have beeon phtographing all and sundry on the way. Love the birds you found even through they were noisy and the lovely blossom on trees. If that post box belooged to an up market house, I thought it ugly. Anyway, I enjoyedd the walk. Hope you are recovered now.

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    1. Margaret Adamson: It wasn't all that bright of me. The Out of the Shadows walk had been challenging enough. At the moment most walking is a) tiring and b) painful. To add another walk of probably three times the distance wasn't intelligent. But was preferable to a big crowd at breakfast or waiting, waiting, waiting...

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  29. That was a long time to have to wait, no wonder you started to walk. I enjoyed what you saw and took photos of.
    The daffodils looks great on that corner...I suppose mine will all be gone when I get home..

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    1. whiteangel: I suppose your daffodils will have finished by the time you get home - but there will be other treats. That corner blazes at the moment, and there are probably a couple of hundred daffodils out in the entire bed.

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  30. You made good use of your time! Far better than just standing at the bus stop. :)

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    1. mail4rosey: Ordinarily I have a book in my bag, so waiting is not a problem. Not that morning.

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  31. I really enjoyed your walk, EC, and must say I'm very impressed that you walked that distance. Nice to know you could do it, though! Very satisfying, I imagine.

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    1. Carol: I am amazed, but the cost was fairly high too.

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  32. I loved all these photos of your trip into town. A lovely look into your part of the world.

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    1. DeniseinVA: It isn't a bit of my city I see often either. And is quite different to my more usual haunts.

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  33. Hi EC - oh a good walk and not waiting for a bus that takes its time, especially I suspect on a Sunday, or a bus full of people - that used to force me to pound the streets of London home after work.

    I love the painted electricity boxes ... and the view of your neck of the woods - fun tour ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: This walk was on a Thursday - weekend buses are even more woeful. Mind you, all of the bus time table seems to be predicated on people living a nine to five existence. Sigh.
      Those painted junction boxes are good aren't they? And no two are the same.

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  34. Hello, I enjoyed this walk with you. Lovely scenes and pretty birds. Starting off with some small walks would be good. Thanks for sharing your world. Have a happy day and new week ahead!

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    1. eileeninmd: Welcome and thank you. And a wonderful week to you too.

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  35. visiting from cloudia's place today. so glad you found lovely sights along your impromptu walk. thanks for sharing and glad you made it home.

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    1. TexWisGirl: Welcome and thank you. There were indeed lots of things to draw my eye on that walk. It was nice to get home though.

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  36. I've wondered why some effort isn't made to make those bulky boxes fit in, or somehow be more attractive.

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler: The junction boxes are definitely improved with some paint. Some of them are quirky, some of them are beautiful, some are not to my taste - and they are ALL better than the unadorned version.

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  37. I love the walk photos and yes, those are ugly apartments. What a great idea to paint the junction boxes. If you don't mind, I'm going to copy your photo to file and email it as a suggestion to the large power company that provides power to the area. I would love that!!

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    1. Strayer: Of course I don't mind. I think that individual groups have taken responsibility for painting the junction boxes. All over town there is an incredible range of subjects and skill. But they do add interest.

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  38. Beautiful photos of the walk, in fact I even like the pic of the drab apartments. Maybe the contrast is what I find appealing? Thanks much for sharing .

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    1. Anne in the kitchen: Everywhere I looked there was something to see. Until I got into town there were very few people though. They missed out. Early morning is one of my favourite times of day.

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  39. Dear, S,
    thank you for taking us on a most interesting walk w/ you! I enjoyed it!

    xx

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    1. My Inner Chick: I am so glad you liked walking with me. There will be more (and more colourful) walks in the near future.

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  40. EC,

    Thanks for your remarks. You are right and as I sit here pondering how to extricate myself from this particular person, I am thinking about that couple and their kid and wishing I could some how apologize to them.

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    1. e: I am thinking that I would avoid public settings with her. Never easy to extricate yourself though unless you are prepared to lose a friendship. Not an easy call.

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  41. That's definitely a Flaneur's point of view, observing with a little commentary. Enjoyed the visual results of your exploration. . .
    When we walk we notice a lot of things at ground level that we bypass in other modes of transport. You brightened my morning. Thanks.

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    1. D.G Hudson: Since I don't drive I see a lot of things from that level. And, mostly, enjoy it. I am very glad to have brightened your morning with my bright morning.

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  42. And the best place of all.....home.
    Where was the walk and breakfast held? You might have mentioned it earlier and I missed it.

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    1. Sandra Cox: The Out of the Shadows walk was the subject of the post before this one - while you were away. A walk about suicide prevention, remembering the lost and the bereaved. It started before dawn at our war memorial.

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    2. I just went back and read your last post. OMG. That's horrible. I've always thought that when a person reaches that point they are in such a black hole of depression that there is absolutely no light filtering through. Kudos to you for making a difference. I hope your friends, family, birds, cats and gardens always keep you in the light.
      Hugs

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    3. Sandra Cox: Thank you. I hope (and believe) that we do make a difference.

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    4. There's no doubt in my mind that you do.

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  43. Quite an eclectic series. The birds really catch my eye.

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    1. William Kendall: Welcome and thank you. The birds in question were King Parrots. Always a sight to make me smile. There were quite a lot of them too.

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  44. I loved this vicarious tour of your part of the world, truly -- I'm so glad you thought to take photos! That said, I feel a little sick contemplating what this walk, on top of the dawn one, must've done to you. I know you paid a very high price for this.

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    1. Ellen: Oh yes, I paid and am still paying. I could probably have got a lift into town if I could have faced the breakfast. I couldn't. So it was self induced pain. Damnit. It is always better if I can blame someone else.

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  45. Looks like you had lots to catch your eye. So many interesting sites! Thanks for taking us with you. :) The tile looks so pretty.
    ~Jess

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    1. DMS ~ Jess: It certainly wasn't a dull walk. There was always something to catch my eye. And the lichen had me looking, and looking again.

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  46. So much beauty to see on your walk. Lovely. I would never take a bus here ,urban ugliness is prevalent in my city, and a bus ride can be a horror story

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    1. Karen: There are very occasional problems on our buses, but mostly they are fine. Which is just as well because I rely on them.

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  47. A truly delightful walk, thanks for taking us along!

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  48. Thanks for the tour! As for the hotel...can you imagine that being a house for one family? EEp.

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    1. Riot Kitty: One family and an army of servants. Who no doubt slept in the attics...

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  49. I love walking but these days, the heat is dreadful and it makes me feel faint. So I enjoyed your walk.

    I wish architects would find a way to make buildings look attractive, it seems to be the norm all over the world to make buildings look the same.

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    1. neena maiya (aka guyana gyal): I feel for you on the heat front. When we enter our sweaty season I will do as little outside as possible. And will try and only go out very early or very late.

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  50. I like that you turned that wait into a walk! Beautiful cardinal and think "home" is the most beautiful place.

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    1. Lynn: That cardinal was a king parrot - but yes, home was welcome. Very welcome.

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  51. I love that electricity box painting! I hope whatever sent you home rather than to breakfast wasn't too rough or cruel. And I hope you're doing well, EC.

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    1. John Wiswell: My introverted self was overwhelmed by so many people on the earlier walk. A cause I support wholeheartedly, but I needed time alone to recuperate. Thank you so much for your good wishes. I hope your body is treating you kindly too.

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  52. What a great idea to paint the electricity junction boxes! Someone should do that around here and I don't mean gang signs.

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    1. Sonya Ann: Every so often (rarely) our council does come up with good ideas. And I think this one was inspired.

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  53. You live in such a lovely place. Like others, I really like the idea of the paintings on the electrical boxes. It sounds like your decision to walk rather than wait nearly an hour for the bus was a good one!

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    1. Susan F.: I don't do waiting (for anything) well. And, for a change, didn't have a book in my bag...

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  54. The lichen covered roof looks quite fantastic. If I didn't know better, I'd say it was spray painted by an artist!

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    1. Spacerguy: I thought that too. And looked, and looked again. It was real. And beautiful.

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  55. Such a lovely walk! I love the trees with the white blossoms.

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    1. ladyfi: The blossom trees were decorating a patch of vacant land. And added beauty to it.

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  56. Thank you for opening a wide window on a different part of the world
    for me! Your shares make my life richer. I so appreciate you sharing
    the beautiful view from there. All the way to here:) xoxoxo
    -Jennifer

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    1. Jennifer Richardson: I love the views you share, and am very pleased you liked this peek into my world.

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  57. How lucky for us that you had a long wait and ventured through town, and shared such lovely and different sights from around town. That letterbox is quite different, and I think I saw a heart shaped stone in the one photo, and the painted boxes are very fun indeed! Thanks for the marvelous tour.

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    1. Karen S.: How observant of you. Going back I did see a heart-shaped rock in the confetti path. Thank you for pointing it out.

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  58. That was a lovely wander through town, and then topped off by a bus ride. I like the idea of painting the electric boxes, I have a small one in front of my house, just painted an ugly green. Maybe I should fancy it up one dark night and surprise the neighbours.

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    1. Shammickite: I like the idea of you doing a surpise painting of your electrical junction box. What would you put on it?

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    2. Shammickite: Go for it. And post pictures...

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  59. Who would have thought a bus ride lead to such an adventure with much to share with all of us!

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    1. Susan Kane: I often catch buses, but not in this part of town. And three quarters of an hour was tooooo long to wait. By at least half an hour. Impatient aren't I?

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  60. What a nice and interesting walk and drive through your town. I love the house with the bricks and green windows. And home definitely looks good!

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    1. Carola Bartz: I loved that house too. This is an exciting time of year at home. The tulips are just starting to bloom. as well as the daffodils. I smile whenever I look outside, and when I am greeted by the blaze of colour coming home.

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  61. I love walking along this island and seeing the beautiful things too!

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    1. Tammy Theriault: Being a beauty addict pays dividents doesn't it?

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  62. What a lovely link up - I'll be joining in soon. Love those birds!

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    1. Claire: I do hope you do join this fun meme. And birds are an addiction of mine.

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  63. Nice pics. Except for the very ugly flats.

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    1. Stephen Tremp: They are ugly aren't they?

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  64. Those birds are just so darn pretty.

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    1. Sandra Cox: They are. I am so grateful that they visit us, and fly free throughout the city.

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    2. That's both amazing and wonderful. If I come back as a bird, I want to come and stay in your neighborhood:)

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    3. Sandra Cox: Other parts of Oz get birds visiting which fill me with envy...

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  65. An adventure! Great photos of your trip!

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    1. Madilyn Quinn: Only a very little adventure. Which is probably a good thing.

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  66. You live in such a beautiful place. I truly enjoyed looking at all these photos. Thanks for sharing them with us ♥

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    1. Carol Kilgore: My city is widely condemned as boring - but I love it. And quite a lot of it is beautiful.

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  67. I love the king parrots at the beginning of your journey and the confetti petals. They've started painting the waste bins located around our town of Dorrigo in a similar way and it is a lovely touch. Good to follow your journey home.

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    1. Jane: King parrots are always a treat aren't they? Glad to hear that your waste bins are also being painted. They are so necessary, but don't need to be ugly.

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  68. I loved seeing your town....so pretty with fancy houses, normal looking apartments, the townhouses were pretty. I wish we had painted electric boxes. Yay for walking that far also!,

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    1. Kim @ Stuff could...: Thank you. I think it is a pretty part of a pretty town. There aren't too many of the residential areas which don't have charm...

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  69. I enjoyed that walk with you, and so I'm sorry to say that I'm pleased the bus was going to be so long! Hahahaha. Outrageous. You got the bus back though, so I'm also glad of that. Good choices too. Some of this looks just like home. *smiles*.

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    1. All Consuming: If you had been on the first walk with me, we could have just continued. Walking, laughing, ogling...

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  70. I'm envious. Even your electricity boxes are works of art. Ours are gray and bland.

    Keep a smile, EC.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: Still smiling. And wondering how you could paint your electricity boxes. Too much colour is barely enough.

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  71. I've never known of such a productive way to spend bus-waiting time EC. Lots of 'p's: parrots, petals, pathways, painting, poshness, post box ...

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    1. Kim: How clever of you to pick up the alliteration. I had missed it, but you are right.
      And it was a productive way to spend NOT waiting. Patience (another P) is not one of my virtues.

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  72. Very true about those flats. (whoever designed it)

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    1. Haddock: I suppose they fill a need - and River is right, from the inside you wouldn't see just how ugly they are. And I hope the inside is much more welcoming.

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  73. The weekend is nearly upon us. Have a good one.

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  74. Sometimes I rather take the bus than the train just so I can enjoy the view of the places I pass by. :)

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    1. Lux G.: No suburban trains here, so it is buses, cars, bikes or feet. Long distance train travel is soooo relaxing.

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  75. Quite an adventure, I would say. You live in a lovely, friendly town and I have to get used to the idea that you are bursting out in spring flowers as we coast into fall. I would love to recapture our spring, but I would dread knowing that I have had to mow my lawn every third day because of all the rain over spring and summer. We are still getting poured on and this morning we have flash flood warnings out. But I think it is better than drought so I will only minimally complain. I enjoyed this walk with you, Sue ... and good for you and your long enjoyable outing ..,

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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    1. Andrea Priebe: Our rain (such as it is) is mostly winter rain. It is not uncommon to not have to mow the lawn in summer because there just hasn't been enough water for it to grow.
      The walk was indeed long, and I am still paying for it.

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  76. A long walk on a pretty spring day for the sheer enjoyment of it is one of life's joys, and usually more enjoyable than a walk one "must" take to get from point A to point B. The secret is to enjoy those have-to walks, too. Which is exactly what you've done, and what's even better, you took us along with you. Thanks! (Didn't hurt my joints a bit!)

    Happy weekend!

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    1. Susan: It did hurt my joints. Probably worth it though. And a crowded breakfast would have hurt my head and ears.

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  77. Love the painted junction boxes! I think things like that are so cool.

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    1. Dawn@Lighten Up!: I love them too. They are all different as well. Some day I will get organised and take photos of the different ones in different parts of town. Some day...

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  78. excellent photos. i often use public transit due to parking problems and usually thoroughly enjoy the experience on the shuttle bus to the rapid transit station. taking the shuttle at the same time each day you get to know your fellow commuters and most of them are cool dudes and dudettes.

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    1. billy pilgrim: I don't drive, of often take public transport. And am fascinated (and occasionally appalled) at the other passengers. And you are right about getting to know people who regularly take the same route. I have met some wonderful people that way.

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