Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

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Sunday, 21 June 2020

Sunday Selections #486



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.

Huge thanks to Cie who gave me this wonderful Sunday Selections image.
  
The meme was then continued by River at Drifting through life.  Sadly she has now stepped aside (though she will join us some weeks), and I have accepted the mantle.
 
The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to me. Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen. 
 
I usually run with a theme.  This week I am branching out a bit.  It occurred to me that I almost never show the urban side of my city, so I took my camera with me when I went to do my shift at Lifeline.


This building is being constructed right beside a bus interchange.  And as the photographs beneath this first one show it is going to be exclusive apartments and I think a hotel.  I really don't understand why they are building in that spot though.  The rooms on the top levels would have nice views but the ones lower down would definitely not.



Some snippets from inside the first shopping centre.




 I have become more alert to store door handles since seeing the dachshund handle in town a few weeks back.

Into the city proper.  It was early when I took these photos and we are still only gradually emerging from lockdown - hence the lack of people.






The statue of Ethos stands outside our Legislative Assembly.  Her uplifted wings apparently represent the spirit of the community.







 Pedestrians have right of way on this street in the inner city - which works surprisingly well.







Even in the city there are green spaces.  This one often has crimson rosellas singing in the trees.


The statue represents our servicemen (in this case though some are women) and the separation from their families.  It is carved from a single block of granite (sourced in Victoria).






Heading home again now.  And definitely much more in my comfort zone.







I hope that your week to come is safe, happy and splattered with beauty.

156 comments:

  1. I liked to see pics from your city. Green spaces are extremely important in a city.
    Hope you have a very pleasant and safe week.

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    1. Caterina: Thank you. I am grateful for green spaces and very pleased that I don't think anywhere in my city is more than half an hour away from a park of some description (and often much less than that).

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  2. What a big city. The handles are fun and the onion-shaped fountain is fascinating. And even though your big city has lots of green, I understand why you feel more in your comfort zone heading home.

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    1. Charlotte (MotherOwl): In some ways my city (despite being the country's capital) is a big country town. I much prefer being out of the hubble and bubble though.

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  3. An interesting and different array of pics this week..and it's nice to see views of the city side of our capital city.

    I hope all is well down your way, EC...have a good, safe week ahead. Cuddles to Jazz. :)

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    1. Lee: I will probably revert to my usual obsessions fairly quickly but I am glad you enjoyed the more urban photos this week.
      Jazz is not well and will be going to the vet tomorrow. I will pass on your good wishes to him.

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    2. Oh no! I hope all is well or at least easily fixed.

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    3. River: I think he is having another attack of pancreatitis. He vomited a day or so ago and since then will only eat tiny, weeny amounts of food (which he mostly keeps down).

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  4. Beautiful day you've had, but, it was so good to back in your home.

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    1. Bob Bushell: You are right - it was very good to be home again.

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  5. I enjoyed you visit down town. It looks like a beautiful city!

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    1. Marie Smith: I think I do live in a beautiful place, but the city is low on my list of attractions.

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  6. Your city looks very modern and big. I used to love going to the city but I now prefer the country as I get older. We live within the city limit but it feels like we live in the country which I love. It is so quiet and friendly here but nothing spectacular to look at.

    We are having a heat wave and everything dries up so fast that we need to water the garden every day.

    Stay well and happy.
    Hugs, Julia

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    1. Julia: I am sorry to hear about your heat wave, and hope it breaks. We had some wonderful rain overnight and the garden and I loved it.
      I hear you about preferring the country. If I move again it will be to a smaller place. The country/the seaside would be my first picks.
      I hope your week is healthy and happy.

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  7. Such a contrast between the tall buildings in the city area and the suburbs. I've never understood why people would want to live in a highrise apartment if there aren't views. The low front apartments here at least look into the street trees. The ones at the rear, another building. Note to self, take more notice of door handles.

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    1. Andrew: Looking out onto the bus interchange would be seriously offputting. The upper apartments would have lovely views and if they do put a pool on the top level it would be amazing, but many of them would have very, very ugly views. It was the dachshund which alerted me to look at door handles - and I have been surprised at how many variations there are.

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  8. What a beautiful city and such lovely photos. The dachshund handle is adorable. Love the fountains and statues. Outside the city does have it's advantages though. Stay safe and take care, my friend. Have a wonderful week.

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    1. Mason Canyon: There are LOTS of statues in the city centre. Which is wonderful. The dachshund handle is on a pyjama shop and I suspect that only the people who go past when the shop is shut see it - which I think is sad.
      You stay safe too please.

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  9. It's so wonderful to see your environment, so different from mine. I love that you have given me enough photos to actually feel like I was there! :-)

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    1. DJan: I don't think anyone has ever said that I give too few photos - the opposite is much more likely.

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  10. This was an interesting and very enjoyable look at your beautiful city - I really like the white handle with the holes (not a very elegant description - sorry) and the dachshund, of course. I must admit I loved the quietness and peace of the town and the roads during lockdown!
    We have had an enormous amount of rain over the last few days - certainly much more than we needed, in my opinion. Enough to stop people complaining about droughts, that's for sure.
    I'm sorry to hear Jazz isn't well. I hope the vet will be able to help him feel better, and that you have a good week.

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    1. Alexia: We had rain last night too. A lot of rain. Which was wonderful. Our area is drought stricken too so I am hoping for follow up falls.
      I 'think' Jazz has had another attack of pancreatitis. He is not as bad as he was last year but definitely not right. Hopefully the vet will have solutions.
      And yes, I have really enjoyed the peace and quiet of lockdown too.

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  11. Have not appreciated door handles before, will definitely see them in a different light now. Luxury apartments are big money, we have a few in the city and they sell for more than a bungalow house with garden. Lovely city, quite artsy too 👍

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    1. kestrel: Luxury apartments are big money here too. Very big money. I would want a view if I paid the best part of a million for two bedrooms though. There is a lot of public art in my city. I have featured it in the past and may revisit some piece over the coming weeks.

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  12. Beautiful pictures and wow, who wouldn't like the Dachshund door handles. They are cool little dogs.

    Canberra is quite the modern and tidy city. I would love to hear the Rosellas singing. Every evening the mockingbird trills away at me and my dogs walking down my driveway. Tonight, there was a bluebird singing with him.

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    1. Ann Bennett: The crimson rosellas are much more 'musical' than many of our native birds. I love that they are at home in the city. I would really like to hear your mockingbirds and the bluebirds as well.

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  13. How empty without traffic and pedestrians. And I like the cognizant doorhandles.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: It has been very empty and is just starting to fill up again. I will admit I have loved the peace and quiet. The air has been cleaner too.

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  14. Your city looks quite beautiful, from landscaping to art to architecture. I've seen door handle hooks now being offered, so you don't ever touch a handle again. We're still seeing increased covid in our state and many others.

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    1. Strayer: I suspect that when the shops are open the public has no need to touch the door handles - and may not even see them. We are certainly being advised not to touch the buttons in lifts. We have no active cases of covid in my city at the moment. Long may it stay that way. I watch the spread in your country with concern. I do hope you can stay safe.

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  15. Those are fabulous photos! While i am not so sure i could live out way far from the city and its amenities, i am with you on prefering to be where there is more nature and less sidwalk and traffic.

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    1. messymimi: I am very happy to live in the suburbs. Indeed I only go into the city at need rather than for pleasure. That said, I am glad that it is there.

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  16. It looks a very walkable city and I love how the white buildings stand out against the blue sky. I think all cities should have such green areas, Adelaide has them too and I'm sure Sydney and Melbourne also, but around the world I don't know about.
    Some interesting door handles there.

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    1. River: It is a walkable city but I suspect that more people see the inside of the malls than the streets. I use the malls as a shortcut (which is where I saw the door handles).

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  17. Sometimes I forget about the urban parts, although you have a nice center. I'm with you though, quiet neighborhoods are much more of a comfort zone. Love seeing all the unique door handles!

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    1. River Fairchild: Some people love the activity of the city. I am not one of them. The door handles are fun though.

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  18. In the current mood for statue destruction poor old Ethos had best take care...given the rhetoric and bad language we hear from some of the legislative assembly!
    scritches to my Big Black Friend.

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    1. dinahmow: I think Ethos is safe. She supposedly represents the spirit of the community rather than the politicians. His high and blackness thanks you and graciously accepts his scritch.

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  19. How many people do you think get whacked in the nose by that door because they didn't read the sign. It might be worth hanging out there with a video camera for a day.

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    1. Mike: You confused me for a bit. The door which opens inwards is on a bus - and opens v.e.r.y slowly. Noses are safe.

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  20. Ethos from a distance looked rather like a saguaro cactus. Now THAT would be a surprise.

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    1. Bill: It would. Though I will admit to a weakness for cacti. All of them.

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  21. Thanks for showing some city sights, and its a long time since we have been there so it was good to see. I do like your door handles, something I haven't taken much notice of before, but will be doing so from now on! Have a good week.

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    1. Rosie: I hope that you will show us the door handles if you find interesting ones - I have been a bit remiss in taking notice of them too.

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  22. Canberra looks like a city I would enjoy visiting. I really like the statue of Ethos. She looks to be of mid-century vintage. Thank you for sharing, E.C.!

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    1. Bea: Some people love Canberra, and many hate it. While the city centre is not my favourite piece of the city I am at home here (literally and metaphorically).

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  23. Me encantan tanto la ornamentación que nos muestras de los centros comerciales, así como la urbana, pero, la arquitectura moderna de edificios a base de acero, hormigón y cristal, sin menospreciarlo y respetando el gusto de otras personas, a mi me deprime, ya que parece ser, de que hoy en día la arquitectura moderna está basada, en el "más difícil todavía" y en batir el récord de altura, a costa de la desaparición del oficio de artesanos, que estoy seguro que por ahí tiene que haberlos también de todos los gremios, y muy buenos.
    Al decir esto sobre lo que pienso de la arquitectura moderna, a raíz de ver tu primera fotografía, no me he querido referir a tu ciudad en concreto, que por cierto además de moderna me ha parecido muy bonita con esas esculturas y fuentes, muy bien urbanizada y muy limpia, vamos, que debe de ser muy agradable pasear por ella.
    Un fuerte abrazo.

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    1. Manuel: I agree. I much prefer older architecture for its style and its beauty. It seems to last better too - I cannot imagine any of these 'modern' buildings still being here in a hundred years. Thank you - and have a wonderful weekend.

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  24. I very rarely visit urban places, I'd rather be in the middle of a desert than the middle of a city. I like the way your powers of observation see interesting things, wherever you are, in cities as well as in nature. Those door handles are especially neat.

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    1. Kim: If my commitment to Lifeline didn't involve trips through not one but two city centres I would be there a LOT less often. That said, I am a beauty addict and am pleased to find it everywhere.

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  25. I am sure that quite soon, Sue, you will be furnishing details of your new penthouse suite in this luxury development, where your view from the top will be stunning, just right for relaxation after your shift at Lifeline! We will all look forward to seeing the artist's plans. As for the representation of the spirit of the community, it is sad that more politicians don't take this to heart in a sincere fashion, extricate their noses from the trough and stop catering to polluting businesses against the better welfare of their constituents and citizenry at large.

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    1. David M. Gascoigne: You are very wrong. Which I suspect you knew. I need a garden and wouldn't thrive in a penthouse (even if I could afford it). I share your wishes about the politicians but fear that for many their eye is only on the trough - and ensuring it remains filled.

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  26. Those door handles are beautiful and that something I've never seen before.
    Those window in those tall building, so many.
    Don't think I would like to live up that high in the building being built, supposed one would get used to it.
    A lovely collection of photos and isn't it good that restrictions are being lifted in parts of our land.

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    1. Margaret D: Can you imagine cleaning all those windows? I won't be joining Andrew as a 'highriser' either. I am having mixed feelings about the lifting of restrictions. I enjoyed the quiet but hope that we have learned from it. I do want the libraries to open again though. Which is probably selfish.

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  27. Looks like a nice clean city, unlike so many European cities which have accumulated grime over the years. The door handles are fascinating. They built an apartment block like that right down town here, as you say, nice views at the top, but at the bottom, no thanks. I like my green park outside our windows thanks.

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    1. Jo: It is (mostly) a clean city, and much, much younger than most European cities. I like/need my green spaces too.

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  28. Dear EC
    Thank you for this tour around the city. The green spaces must be very welcome. I liked all the door handles.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: Thank you. The green spaces are more than welcome. I think they add heart to otherwise sterile spaces. I am a big fan of quirkiness - and the door handles fit beautifully.
      Have a wonderful garden filled week.

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  29. Thanks for the tour EC, absolutely love the door handles, I will become more observant. Your city is larger and more modern than I would have thought.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. Wisewebwoman: Having noticed the first door handle I have become more observant too. My city is becoming more and more modern all the time. Many of the old buildings are being replaced with glass and chrome.

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  30. Oh my goodness what an exciting and interesting adventure to wander through your lovely city. Such great captures, many of which most folks just pass on by. You have the touch to reach our heart of hearts! Enjoy your week ahead and all the lovely wanderings you do!

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    1. 21 Wits: Thank you. I am endlessly fascinated by the small things. I hope you and your family (furry or otherwise) have a wonderful week.

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  31. So interesting to see your city, EC. There is a great deal of glass in those buildings. I would get a crick in my neck looking up at all of it. I expect our whole town would fit in one area of your suburbs :) Those door handles are wonderful. I don't think I've ever seen anything except regular old functional handles here. From now on, I'll be looking more carefully, though, in case I've just missed them.

    I'm sorry to hear that Jazz is under the weather again. Hopefully the vet can help with this flareup.

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    1. jenny_o: Thank you. In a few hours when the vet opens I will make an appointment for Jazz. He is better than he was at his worst last year - but not right.
      I also wonder just how many door handles (and similar quirkinesses) I have just walked past. I will be on the look out too.

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  32. I love that dachshund door handle. It looks artistic. Nice to see the city with so few people.

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    1. gigi-hawaii: I really like the dachshund door handle too. I noticed that another shop in the chain doesn't have them - though it did have pyjamas in the window which featured the same dog (which I forgot to photograph).

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  33. That's so neat to see so much of what's around you at different times. One of these days maybe I'll get out more and be able to take more pictures like this.

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    1. Mary Kirkland: I hope your agrophobia does let you get out more. Perhaps you would do better if you went out early before there are people about? I don't know, but it is a thought. Stay well, stay safe.

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  34. I wouldn't want to look out the window of an expensive new apartment and see an unattractive view. How much do you think those places will cost? Here, condos in tall buildings, especially with a view of the water, can be as much as a million dollars.

    Love,
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    1. Janie Junebug: The prices are similar here. Even the top stories of this block won't get water views (except in the extreme distance), but I expect they will be close to that million dollar tag. The lower ones will have reduced prices - but not enough to tempt me. At all.

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    2. Even if I could afford one of those places, I like my snuggery too much to leave it behind.

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    3. Janie Junebug: I am glad to hear that.

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  35. You got some glorious shots. I enjoyed our stroll down town:)

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  36. Was the dachsund on a Peter Alexander store?

    It looks so very quiet, Sydney hasn't felt like that in some time.

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    1. kylie: It was indeed on a Peter Alexander store - but only one of them. The other I went past had a bog standard boring door handle.
      It was quiet - but also early. It is starting to get busier but lots of people continue to work from home/stay at home.

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  37. My comfort zone seems to be similar to yours! Definitely happier in the areas towards the end of your post even though your city looks beautiful, modern and very clean!

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    1. molly: The city area gets more and more modern all the time (which is a mixed blessing in my eyes). it is clean though. I am glad that others find their comfort in similar areas. I breathe a sigh of relief when I leave the urban areas behind.

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  38. Oh super interesting darling
    xx

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  39. Lots of trees in the urban spaces, lovely - thanks for the tour. Loved the door/shutter handles, so quirky-beautiful! Hope your week is going well, too.

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    1. Nilanjana Bose: I am very grateful for the trees. The first city centre I went through has far fewer, and consequently is even further from my comfort zone.

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  40. Beautiful city , I love those photos!

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  41. Nice to see some city photos. I visited ACT almost 20 years ago.... WOW how time flies..... so i don't remember much of the city, but I have clear memories of going to question period at the Parliament Building and watching the politicians debate something, but can't remember what now.

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    1. Shammickite: I suspect that when you are next able to visit you will find much of the city almost unrecognisable. Parliament House (and the politicians) are a constant though. The building I like. The pollies much less so.

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    1. Damyanti: Thank you. I very, very rarely even take my camera with me when I go into town.

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  43. Thank you, EC, for something different! What a wonderful glimpse of your city! Love the architecture and view of urban life.

    We hope you are well. All here is fantastic!

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    1. Wally Jones: I am glad that everything is fantastic for you. We currently have no active Covid 19 cases, which is a huge plus.
      I am also glad that you enjoyed the different focus this week.

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  44. A beautiful city. Lots of green space and it's so exceptionally clean! Some neat door handles too!

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    1. Karen: My city has virtually no manufacturing industry and it is (mostly) clean. I like the quirky door handles too.

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  45. Bellissima la fontana.
    Buon martedi.

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    1. Giancarlo: I am a fountain fan. I hope your day (and week) is lovely.

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  46. We are living in such deep suburbia right now.. the last time I was in a city it was February!

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    1. Hena Tayeb: If it was not for my voluntary work I don't think I would go to the city more than once of twice a year. I do hope you are not missing it too much.

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  47. That was a real nice look around the city, thank you!

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  48. Wow! Those door handles are pretty neat! Very creative. Hugs, RO

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    1. RO: Aren't they fun? I have a huge weakness for quirky. I do hope you are safe and well. Hugs.

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  49. La modernidad de la ciudad, la reflejan esos edificios que has fotografiado y que tan buena arquitectura tienen.

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    1. VENTANA DE FOTO: Thank you. Sadly my personal preferences don't lean towards modernity.

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  50. Oh I so enjoyed seeing these city photos...and how deserted the streets were! Ours here are practically back to normal now, but I can't shake off the niggling feeling that it is way too soon, especially as we now have the highest death rate in Europe.🙁
    You have such wonderful architecture, and I love the statue!!
    I really like the door handle too!😊😊

    Have a super day...and stay safe.

    Much love and hugs ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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    1. Ygraine: We are slowly getting back to normal. Quite slowly - which suits me just fine. There are no known active cases of Covid 19 in my city and I hope we can keep it that way.
      My city has a lot of public art and I think I will revisit some of it in the coming weeks.
      Stay well, stay safe. Love and hugs flowing your way.

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  51. Fun to see the city side of where you live. Lots of interesting fountains, statues and buildings. I like that there weren't a lot of people about (I don't like crowds). It helped see everything. The door handles are awesome! Love seeing so many unique ones.

    Stay safe!
    ~Jess

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    1. DMS ~Jess: I don't like crowds either. Or builtup places really. I go in to do my shift early before most of the shops are open which ensures that their are less people about. And at the moment ensures that there are almost no people about.
      Stay safe, stay well.

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  52. Thanks for taking us on a lovely tour. I enjoyed the clever, aesthetically pleasing architecture. The buildings in a photo approx 12 up looks like dominoes stacked closely, side by side.

    Take care of your beautiful self, EC.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: You are so right about the domino effect. I really like that those buildings are reflective (when the light is right) and often show trees and clouds - which I much prefer to buildings.
      Look after your feisty self too please.

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  53. Thankyou for the wonderful Tour.

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  54. That apartment/hotel is gorgeous. Looks like an amazing building.
    I like Rawknrobyn's sentiments about taking care of your beautiful self and echo them.

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    1. Sandra Cox: It will be a dramatic building when it is complete but is not to my taste. No garden would seal the deal. Thank you and Rawknrobyn. So much.

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  55. Wow, it's strange to see such an unpopulated urban landscape. And it's strange to see snowflake decorations while I sit here enjoying some heat and humidity in my short sleeves! The urban tour was interesting, but I'm glad I don't live in a city anymore. :-)

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    1. Diane Henders: It is strange to see snowflake decorations here too. My city 'might' get one or perhaps two very small now flurries in an average year. I couldn't/wouldn't live in the urban centre of my city either.

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  56. I like the urban side picture of your city
    I like the other one is the green spaces which has crimson rosella singing in the tree
    Very nice camera shots

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    1. Justcherry: Thank you. The green spaces have my heart. Every time.

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  57. Even though I'm a nature gal, I love seeing the city photos. Building and lines and doors, all cool stuff.

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    1. The Happy Whisk: I like to see it too. Sometimes. I wouldn't want to live in the city though. Any city.

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  58. Love the dachshund/pink door.
    Hope your day is filled with just enough sunshine, warm showers, sparkles and joy.

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    1. Sandra Cox: That door handle is great isn't it? My day looks like being busy (domestic duties) and will finish with a doctor's appointment. Hopefully there will indeed be all those good things you wished for me as well. On the joy front? Jazz is doing better. And I don't bleed much giving him his antibiotics.

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  59. Incredibly beautiful photo collection that conveys the mood of your city. I really liked it. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Roger Fox: Welcome and thank you. I very rarely show the urban areas of the city I live in and may have to change that.

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  60. This was a fun journey. I felt like I was there with you. That one sign was right, "Time is the ultimate luxury." You live in a beautiful area!

    Elsie

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    1. Elsie Amata: Time is indeed the ultimate luxury - though that sign features on a building (a very expensive building) which focuses on other luxuries...

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  61. Actually I love urban landscape more than rural areas, although I'm happy to live in the country. I love the metal and glass, especially when it's set among areas of green too. Thanks for taking us on a walk with you.

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    1. LL Cool Joe: I wondered how many of my readers feel more at home in urban areas. They are often more 'elegant' than the rural ones but not my favourites. I think I am going to have to take my blog readers (and myself) on more walks in urban areas.

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  62. The Ethos statue is a lovely sentiment.
    Stay safe. Be healthy.

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    1. Sandra Cox: Ethos is nice isn't it - and it is a lovely change to have a tribute to the community. I am safe. I am well. How is your new family member?

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  63. It's so nice to get an inside peak at other parts of the world! I love the Dachshund handles. Those are cute. :)

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  64. Thank you. I enjoyed seeing the urban side of your home city. I haven't been to town since this mad virus took hold, it will be a pleasant novelty when I do take the plunge.

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    1. John "By Stargoose And Hanglands": Thank you. I rarely spend much time in the city and would not have been there at all recently except for my voluntary work. I hope you enjoy your plunge when it comes round - and really appreciate the rural photos you have given us.

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  65. It is not often that we get to see the Green side of a city. Enjoyed this post and yes those door handles are cute.

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    1. Ira: Welcome and thank you. When next I go into town I will try and take a photo of the shops product which echoes those handles.

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  66. The service person statue is also moving.

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    1. Sandra Cox: I am endlessly grateful for our plethora of street art.

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  67. The serviceman status moved my heart .much love
    Stay safe

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    1. Shilpa: Thank you. I really like that the statue recognises the impact of service on the whole family. You stay safe too please.

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  68. As a kid, I was quite fascinated with tall and grand buildings, but these days I prefer to stay a little closer to the ground, please. (lol) Hugs, RO

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    1. RO: I don't mind tall buildings - but have problems with basements. Including basement carparks.
      Hugs to you too.

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  69. Thanks sooo much for the city trip. It took me out of this boring lockdown for a few minutes. Gosh, there really is still a world out there. Blessings and stay well.

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    1. J C: There is indeed a world out there and I suspect some of it is doing better without us. Stay safe, stay well.

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  70. Nice to see these city photographs, and I think that it is so important for cities to have some green spaces, as you've shown.

    Eddie and I are venturing out more, as our current restrictions allow … unfortunately you always get those that take things too far, so we are still careful where we choose to go.
    We still all need to keep safe and well.

    I hope you've had a good week, I find it hard to believe that we are now in the last weekend of June!

    As always I send my good wishes.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member ~Jan: I am glad that you are able to get out a bit more. Sadly you are very right about the people who given an inch take a mile.
      Stay well, stay safe.

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