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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sunday Selections # 153

Welcome back to Sunday Selections!

This once-a- week-meme was originally begun by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock, as a way to showcase some of the many photos we all take, but don't get around to showing on our blogs.
Kim spends more time writing at The Shake these days.

The rules are very simple:-
1. post photos of your choice, old or new, under the Sunday Selections title
2. link back to me, River, somewhere in your post
3. leave me a comment so that I know you've joined in and can come over and see what you've posted.
4. hop on over to TheElephant’s Child to see more of her wonderful photos.

Kath and Andrew often join in as well, although Kath has been quite busy lately and unable to join us.
There are several other participants now though:
Jackie K at WorkingThrough It

I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week I have some photo views taken in Grenfell Street in my city. Down towards the parks end, not the city end.

I was waiting for my bus, watching the clouds, thinking how much the street view has changed since 1986. So many more buildings now, much taller too.

then I looked in the other direction, towards the park.....

how green is my city!

here come da bus!

Going home to where the coffee is...


  1. It is years since I have been to Adelaide (too long), but I have a memory in my head and heart of lots and lots of parks and greenery. Which I love.
    Thanks for the reminder.

  2. I love Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills. I was just wondering who else participated in your Sunday Reflections and viola ~ there you go and tell me.

  3. Lovely to see the leafy street again. That belt of parklands around the city mile is wonderful, as are the tree filled squares - you need shade in Adelaide in summer, that's for sure. Are you going to chain yourself in protest to the Morten Bay fig they want to rip out of the square near the RAA (is that Hindmarsh Sq?)

    Is there now a median strip in Grenfell St down towards Tandanya? I don't ever remember there being one, though my memory is not always the best.

  4. Looks like a lovely well treed area.

  5. I enjoy the old town ending with the new town. Great!

  6. I've seen efforts by people to take a street photo from the same place one was taken many years ago. Nearly always there is so much more greenery and it often makes it impossible to recreate the scene.

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  8. So much green!
    How wonderful for you :)

  9. Trees are wonderful creatures.
    I brought up my girls in a house in a new subdivision. The city required everyone to plant at least two trees in the front or side yard. I planted trees the girls brought home for arbor day; little slips of things.
    A few years ago I drove through the old place for the first time in twenty years. It looks like your forested end of town. Everyone's little slips of trees have grown into quite the forest. Simply lovely and amazing.

  10. Elephant's Child; the green surrounding Adelaide is one of its best features.

    Carol In Cairns; I particularly love the area around Stirling in the hills, do deeply green in summer, so gold and bronze in the autumn.

    Marie; we do need as much shade as we can get, that's why a lot of people are up in arms about the Rundle Mall development, the western end has been "renovated" with the shady trees being completely removed and replaced with saplings of Chinese Elms which will take years to grow enough to produce shade. It is very unfriendly looking. The eastern end hasn't been touched and is still green and shady with seats to sit on. I can't see myself chained to a tree, but I sincerely hope they don't remove it. There just doesn't seem to be any reason to, although they have recently removed many of its branches. It will be a sad day for Adelaide if that tree goes.
    There is a median strip down past Tandanya.

    Delores; the streets are lined with trees, there are smaller trees in the median strip, then beyond that is the parklands, filled with trees of course. Adelaide is so green at this time of year.

    Susan Kane; they seem to look good together the old and the new, I think the trees help.

    Andrew; it's always impossible to recreate a scene when there are trees and shrubs. There is a street near my K that had bare faced new flats when I left the area, now it has fully grown trees and gardens, the flats actually look very nice.

    Jayne; I love the green, the denser the better, walking under one of those trees on a hot day brings instant relief.

    Joanne; I wish our new subdivisions had the same requirement, maybe some of them do or maybe the people there just plant on their own, but there are some areas that look stark and empty for years with nothing but houses.

  11. Marie; in the second photo, the red brick building just past the white verandah is Tandanya, the trees and low grasses along the right side of the photo is the median strip.

  12. Love your first shot of Grenfell St - and the city IS green compared to anywhere further out! But you have to LEAVE the city to get coffee????

  13. Red Nomad OZ; no, there's good coffee available in the city, I just prefer to go home and make my own instead of paying lotsadollas for it. I do sometimes buy a cappuccino or a hot chocolate, just not often.

  14. My son was about 5or6 when I was last in your city He is 4O now so that's a long time ago I guess there are many changes, I did like the feel of Adelaide then I hope not to many tall buildings.

  15. I remember when they redeveloped the Norwood shopping centre in the late 1980s and they wanted to close Coke Street and rip out a Morton Bay to extend the car park. I was part of the commitee to save the green space for the local residents. We had quite a battle with the council and the developers, but fortunately the local MP lived adjacent to the area, so he garnered State support and in the end not only was the tree saved, but they made the area into Coke Park Playground. Which the developers of course touted as their own idea, to "give back something to the community." Bunch od hypocrites. But it did save the tree.

  16. Merlesworld; there are a lot more tall buildings now. There is also a push for more medium density housing in suburbs close to the city, with plans for apartment blocks up to ten storeys, the people weren't happy and objected quite strongly, the newest push is for buildings up to five storeys. Nothing has been decided yet. I'm in two minds about the whole idea, I prefer single dwelling homes with a bit of land, even though that isn't what I have, but "they" want the population to increase and of course all the extra people will have to live somewhere.

    Marie; Coke Park was redone again a few years ago, after the Norwood Mall was renovated. I think the tree is gone now. I'll check when I go out there tomorrow. First Woolworths closed down and Coles took over, while the store was being upgraded Foodland across the road closed down and so did many of the other stores there, eventually a whole new Norwood Place was raised with a huge new Foodland a few months after the Coles opened in Norwood Mall. Now I hear Coles is to be pulled down and completely rebuilt sometime in 2014.

  17. I get a good laugh from suckers who live in ap-a-a-a-artments.

    Why anyone would want to do it is beyond me.

  18. "I think that I shall never see a billboard lovely as a tree!" Remember that parody on the beautiful song "Trees"? It is so true though. Perth is also a treed city but alas a lot of the blocks in the newer suburbs seem so tiny they don't seem to have room to plant trees.
    Adelaide does look to be a very beautiful city. I only ever saw anything of S.Aust back in 1950 when we were delayed at Parafield aerodome for several hours on my way to a job in Melbourne.

  19. Hey wow! A yellow bus here is only for school children. :)

  20. Green, forgotten what it looks like, lol! Love the bus! Looks much cheerier than the school buses here.

  21. R.H. everyone has to live somewhere and many people don't mind, especially if they don't want a garden that needs caring for.

    Mimsie; I do remember that. I was in Rundle Mall this morning and was sad to see the Eastern end is now getting the same treatment as the western end. There were men with jackhammers digging up the seats by the trees and one of those tall poles that hold the Christmas ornaments. I'm guessing the trees will go too.

    Happy Elf Christine; most of our buses are that colour, but not all over, only the front, the rest has white, red and blue, I'll post a picture when I find one in my files. The same buses are used for the school kids, they just have "School Bus" in the destination window.

    Gillie; that's one of our regular city buses, we don't have special school buses here. You're welcome to come here and see our green as much as you like. We even have green in winter.

  22. Love that second image - almost feels like another time, long ago.
    Beautiful greenery. Soothing in the city.

  23. That might be okay by your standards but those places are damn ugly, depressing to look at, and so are the corpses living in them. Consider the principle, imagine if your entire city and suburbs were tower apartments and nought else. Even now there are people working and living in these horrors whose feet never touch grass. They need a special trip to a park to do that.

  24. Vicki; it is quite soothing to have greenery to look at.

    R.H. not my standards at all, I'd prefer everyone to have a single home with yard space, but that isn't going to happen. Governments and councils want more inner city or close to city living, so the blocks will go up eventually. We just need to hope they're not too high or too ugly. I remember the highrises in Sydney outer suburbs, not at all nice to look at. We have a few similar blocks here in Adelaide, but nothing over 3 storeys so far as I know. They were built long ago. The plans awaiting approvals now are for up to five storeys I believe.

  25. From this week's local rag: "VCAT has allowed the demolition of Williamstown's oldest hotel, the Oriental.

    "The hotel is on the site of a planned high-rise development.

    "Evolve Developments had contested Hobson Bay Council's refusal to issue a permit to demolish the historic pub."*

    Williamstown is the oldest settled area in Melbourne. Historic buildings are steadily being bulldozed there to suit capitalist money-grubbing pigs and stooges who want to live in the area even if it means being way above ground. Local shopkeepers of course welcome high-rise idiots as extra money in the till.
    Meanwhile the streets get more and more choked with cars and people (dumb bastards) until every bit of history is flattened.

    *Hobsons Bay Leader. Tuesday, January 7, 2014