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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday Selections # 190

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.

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 here 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.

 Andrew often joins in.
And Jackie K too, at WorkingThrough It sometimes joins us.

I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week I have some photos I took at the corner of Grenfell Street and Pulteney Street here in Adelaide.

first, this unusual tree trunk almost hidden under the leafy canopy and behind a bed of these>>>

bright orange flowers,

that I don't know the name of.   Kniphofia?

Then we have a concrete playground-picnic area which is supposed to represent a typical Aussie backyard.

and things you might find lying around in it.

a child's lost thong, (flip-flop for all you Northern hemisphere people),

a clothespeg,

and this. ?? any ideas? Discarded Christmas ornament?

pets are represented...

with a bone for the family dog...

and fish for the cat.

the tail of the fish.

We also have>>>

the garden tap,

attached to the tangled hose,

and the nozzle on the other end.

these spiky bits represent the blades of grass

that all these things are hiding or lost in. 

They are built on a large scale, you'll get some idea of the size when I tell you the garden tap towers over me by a fair bit. Admittedly I'm only five feet tall, but still, these things are big. 

On the opposite corner of the intersection...

is a young Moreton Bay Fig Tree, planted as replacement for the ancient tree removed by City Council several months ago. 
They said it was diseased, the people didn't believe them and protested quite a bit, the tree was removed anyway, then one day, this was planted in its place. Yay!!


  1. I love gnarly tree trunks. The playground is wonderful. And, thumbs up for City Council.

  2. Would love to feel that tree trunk...does that make me a 'tree pervert'? lol.

  3. The park is a bit of fun - but I love that tree. And am with Delores. I would love to stroke it.
    You are right about the plant - also known as red hot pokers. Or torch lilies.

  4. That dog bone looks a little suspect! I'm just saying.....

    What a wonderful gnarly old tree...reminds me a bit of me - the gnarly bit! :)

    Have a great week, River...cuddles to Angel.

  5. We call those flowers, red hot pokers. The sculptures are terrific and a great reminder of old style back yards.

  6. What an interesting playground, I don't remember it being there when we stayed in Adelaide a few years ago. I wonder if the Christmas ornament is supposed to be a bell or a cat toy?

    Gorgeous tree trunk and Moreton Bay Figs, well they grow for so long that I imagine the replacement one is a reasonable age, must have been some feat transplanting one that big.

    About time I got back to Adelaide I'm thinking.

    Thanks for sharing, I joined in again this week too.


  7. Joanne; gnarly trunks are more interesting for the yes than those which are straight up and down. Indeed Yay for the city council. Many were worried that corner would stay bare or get paved over.

    Delores; not at all, I would have felt it if it was in reach.

    fishducky; come on down!

    Elephant's Child; the park is more fun now that I know what it is. I didn't walk though it for quite some time, so to me it looked like an expanse of grass with random lumps of concrete. My bus stop is right beside it and I'm usually watching out for my bus.
    Thanks for the flowers name. I wasn't sure.

    Lee; looks more like a rubber bone dog toy doesn't it? I love the gnarly tree.

    Andrew; red hot pokers, I remember now that you and EC have mentioned it. My mum had plenty in her Port Pirie back yard.
    Those old style backyards are fast disappearing now, with smaller blocks, larger houses and highrises. Nowhere for kids to safely play while mum cooks dinner.

    Kakka; the playground has been there for a while now, a few years at least. The intersection has four Moreton Bay figs, one on each corner. The new one is probably 5-10 years old but looks so small against the others and much smaller than the giant it replaced.
    I'll pop over and have a look at your selection.

  8. Great place lots of interesting things.

  9. Merle; it is an interactive playground restricted to kids 12 and under. Adults can watch, but only kids are allowed to climb on and explore the items.

  10. Fabulous park sculptures. Always nice to see art in public places.

    Moreton Bay Figs have such lovely trunks and deep, delicious, welcome shade in summer.
    Best of luck to this wonderful young tree. Long may it reign, undisturbed.