Sunday, May 26, 2024

Sunday Selections

I am joining with Elephant's Child and River for Sunday Selections and as mine usually is, a random collection of photos.

It is curious that this wall has ceased to display posters. Perhaps the surface is too tatty now.


I don't know how this slipped in but hey, it is a nice photo.


Aged 16 to 18, kids just love this exercise? ball. They sit on it, roll around on it, lay over it and at times fight for procession. It's only been kept for them.


We learnt it is futile to buy a bottle of brandy with the mind that we keep the last little bit to make the Christmas cake. We learnt to put some aside in a jar in the fridge. 


This short fence is to discourage people from using a short length of station platform at Brighton Beach Station. It can't be properly blocked off as no one could leave the train from the last carriage. 


The reason for the discouragement is this massive gap between the train step and the platform, also with a significant height difference.


The last roast meal R cooked, not long before he died. It is pork and was cooked in the airfryer, as were the roast vegetables. 


I wonder what the occasion was. Maybe they just brought the balloons along. This wasn't long ago but I can't remember the occasion.


Speaking of balloons, they are now visible at a civilised time.


Coming in to land in Fawkner Park.


I must have had something in my mind when I took this photo, but I am not sure what. The black cannister contains instant coffee granules, the tea caddy is one of two I ordered from England. One was a gift and I thought I may as well have one too. It was made to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012. The kettle is a Russell Hobs and the toaster replaced a Russell Hobs toaster which had replaced a Smeg toaster. The current toaster cost only $8 and it works as it should. The plastic container contains bought date loaf, and Ray only go to eat one slice, and next to it is a Cherry Ripe, one of two we bought because they were on special. There were two and Ray never got to eat his, but I gave the other one to Jo to eat.

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  1. I really could see that tatty and now unused poster board in an art gallery. It's like an accidental artefact that somehow reflects the modern urbanised world that we now inhabit.

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    1. I understand your point YP. No one is bothered to clean it off, leading to no knew posters being applied.

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    2. Ooh. Good point! I can totally see that in a gallery installation.

      You're handling this difficult time very well in my humble opinion. Hugs, Andrew.

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    3. Darla, stranger exhibits have happened. Thanks.

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  2. The koala is so special... unique in my mind. And yet it could be extinct in our own life time :(

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    1. Hels, I can promise you koalas will survive. A very big lesson was learnt from the Tasmanian tiger becoming extinct.

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  3. You have 7-11s there??? I never knew this. Those last pictures are so poignant to me. Life continued along as normal, until it didn't continue. Until nothing was normal at all.

    My best thoughts to you.

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    1. Yes Debby, lots of them, and other convenience stores. Their profits come from their high prices, which people seem happy to pay.

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  4. Some bittersweet memories there, Andrew. I love the pork roast dinner with the token green bits in the bowl and the fancy gravy boat. I can see you have a hard act to follow in the culinary department but I have confidence you will find your groove.

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    1. Merlot, bittersweet seems to be my life now. Ray normally served more green vegetables for dinner. I am not sure why it was light that night with only broccoli. I no longer hear the moan, 'what will we have for dinner', now being 'what will I have for dinner'.

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  5. Toasters replacing toasters replacing toasters, they just aren't made to last no matter how expensive. This is why I always buy cheap ones. Those roasted vegetables have my mouth watering, it's been quite a while since I roasted anything at all. I like the koala picture.

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    1. River, I think Ray fritzed the toasters in some way with forcing in crumpets or similar. You can buy rather good roast meals from places like Sandwich Chefs.

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  6. I use the air fryer all the time so can relate to the roasted veggies and pork. My last toaster is a "silent" one, cuisinart I think and has lasted a hell of a time. I got it because it has a bagel setting. Love the balloons and another blogger's comment on the tattered poster board.
    XO
    WWW

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    1. Cuisineart WWW. I remember the name. High quality. Sorry, but bagels just don't work for me.

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  7. A shame about the wall and it's posters.
    Nice selection and the meal looks good. I do pork in the beginning in the air fryer then finish off in the oven.
    Toasters are weird things, spend a lot of money but the cheaper ones work just as well as we had a cheaper one in the caravan.

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    1. Finishing off in an oven for roast pork is interesting Margaret. I guess once it is out of the airfryer, the meat won't dirty your oven.
      What you state about toasters is so true.

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  8. I like your selections today. All so different but each interesting in its uniqueness.
    Our toaster is 30 years old now and still going strong. It is a Dualit... clockwork timer and manual lever, no pop up. A bit industrial looking but quite retro now.

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    1. JayCee, I know exactly what it looks like and was a/is a great toaster. Can yours do four slices at once?

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    2. Yes it has four slots with the option to switch off two of them if not needed.

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  9. A mixed bag of interesting memories. The tatty poster wall could well be interpreted as modern art. The koala looks so sweet.

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    1. JB, koalas always look sweet, but in real life, they are not so sweet.

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  10. The photo selection really tells me a day well spent. The balloons look very nice.

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    1. Thanks man. The balloons can be great to see.

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  11. Feeling for you in your grief 💗 Aloha

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  12. I remember at one time you could buy cooking brandy. I suppose it went out with French cooking. We have just acquired a Dualit, it replaced a yellow cheap toaster that only lasted a few months.

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    1. Thelma, Dualit was such a well known brand here, but it isn't now. I wonder why.

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  13. I didn't know that about koalas - that they aren't sweet in reality.....
    We have a cheap toaster that has lasted for years, hope I haven't just jinxed it saying that 😆
    Alison in Wales x

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    1. Allison, they are quite vicious if threatened or afraid, or protective of young. Their claws are huge.

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  14. Ah that last big close up balloon, advertising 7-11 stores, such as the store that chased me off angrily a week ago up in Sweet Home, for helping the cats. Makes me want to poke that balloon so all the air comes out and its grounded.

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    1. Strayer, I don't like 7 - 11 stores and avoid them when I can.

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  15. An interesting collection of life.

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  16. A little slice of life. I like this post, Andrew.

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  17. I love those surfaces plastered with layers and layers of old signs and posters. Weird that they can't just scrape it all down and start again.

    Yoga balls ARE a lot of fun. It used to be a thing to use them at for sitting at a desk at work, but I haven't seen one for years.

    It is so poignant that you're still coming across pictures of R's meals and food he bought. This is all still so recent.

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    1. Steve. appently the balls are good for your back. I don't think so. I like back support. Yes, there is more I am finding and there will be another FB post including photos of a much younger Ray.

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  18. Nice walkabout, I'd say. You live in an interesting place. When my parents died, there were all sorts of photos and memorabilia that we had never paid attention to. the photo albums were the best.

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  19. thecomtemplativecat here. That was my comment above. I wonder why some comment section is anonymous at some sites.

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