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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sunday Selections # 327

Welcome back to Sunday Selections.

Begun way back in the mist of time by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock and now continued by me, with a drastic relaxation of rules.


Originally meant for showcasing old photos lost on your files, never seeing the light of day, the meme has morphed into photos of your choice, new or old, good or not-so-good, anything you please, but nothing rude please.


If you are participating, please leave me a comment so I can buzz along and have a look.
Elephant's Child always participates, and her pictures are always worth seeing.


Yesterday I took myself into the hills, by bus of course, it's too far to walk, to a favourite town of mine, Stirling. It's gorgeous up there at this time of year and I took a few hundred photos of trees wearing their autumn colours, but I'll show some of those another day. 
Today we'll see a few of the sights in Stirling, but to begin, I have two photos of interesting clouds sent to me via phone by 'no-one'. You all remember who she is? 

Last Wednesday's clouds. Can you all see people dancing in these clouds? I'm not sure the picture will enlarge.

this was the sunset last Thursday. No-one takes better phone photos than I do.

here's my shadow, leaning against the post while waiting for the bus to Stirling.

Once in Stirling I walked right through to the other end, then walked my way back taking photos. 

hand painted sign just leaning against a bush.

and the chestnut man himself. Notice the wire basket right beside the $6 sign? it sits over an open fire and he turns the basket by hand while the chestnuts within get roasted. I spoke to him a while and learned he has been doing this here for thirty years. I didn't think to ask his name :(

a couple of dead trees down a side road leading to somewhere else.

a little further down that side road, this cypress looks pretty close to dead also.

a pretty decorated stobie pole

which turns out to be mosaic not painted.

this pretty gazebo is in the small park adjacent to the "new" library building

much closer to the library building is this sculpture. I have no idea what it represents, or even if it does represent anything.

closer to the other end of town is this sculpture, by a New Zealand artist, the particulars are on the post there, but I didn't photograph all the sides of that. This is just one of many sculptures along the 'Hills Sculpture Trail'.

the other park at the bus stop end of town with another pretty gazebo. in the background is a playground where my grandchildren used to play, it is much bigger now and fully fenced so kids can't run onto the road. I took a closer shot, but it has recognisable faces of dads and kids so I won't show it.

across the road from the playground is "The Old Manse"

here is a side/back view

and the front. it is used as the physiotherapy centre now.

the carpark area for the Manse is right next to this old footpath which leads onto a walking trail along the hilltop; the trail connects Stirling with the foot bridge over the freeway to a smaller town, Crafers. I've walked this trail before, many years ago with the grandchildren, coming from Crafers into Stirling. I thought about walking it again, this time from Stirling to Crafers, but decided against it. I'll do it one day when I have a friend with me, in case I fall or trip or something. Sections of it are steep, there are leaves and rocks, 90% of the trail isn't paved.

So I walked back into the town and found my favourite bakery:

where I bought a couple of pastries, apple danish and apricot danish, to bring home.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

28 comments:

  1. Lots of interesting things to look at in Stirling! Thanks for taking me along on your visit! It seems like a nice place to be.

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    1. S.J.Qualls; Stirling is one of the best small towns in the hills areas, its organic fruit and veg market is regularly written up in the papers.

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  2. I like shadow photos - I take lots of them - I do like that second sculpture and the cypress tree - really enjoyed these photos.

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    1. Grace; shadows are interesting and often don't look like what you think they should.

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  3. If that road doesn't turn that dead tree looks like it is in the way.

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    1. joeh; the road does turn, all the roads around there have many curves along with hollows and rises.

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  4. There chestnuts in my freezer.
    Coffee is on

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    1. peppylady (Dora); I tried chestnuts once a long time ago and didn't like them, maybe because we roasted them in the oven at home. Possibly they are different when roasted over an open fire.

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  5. It looks like a WONDERFUL day. I took many more photos of autumnal colour yesterday too. And like you, they will appear later.
    Love that mosaic. And remember roasted chestnuts well.

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    1. Elephant's Child; it was a great day and today is similar weatherwise, but I'm staying home. I got more tired than I expected walking up and down the roads because all of them have at least a slight slope. I slept really well last night.

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  6. You and your shadow had a lovely wander, River. I enjoyed tagging along.

    Happy Mother's Day, River...I hope it's the beginning of an equally happy week for you. Cuddles to Sir Angel. :)

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    1. Lee; thank you, I've had messages from all the kids and an offer to visit a winery region, which I declined as I know I would be terribly bored.

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  7. I enjoyed your walk around, only wish I had those pastries to munch on now.
    Merle........

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    1. Merle; those pastries were delicious, but quite large, I could only eat one and save one for Sunday.

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  8. Elephant sent me this way. And I am glad I came. I look forward to following your blog. Ann

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    1. Ann Bennett; welcome to drifting, I'm happy to have you here.

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  9. What a very nice walk I enjoyed with you today, your photo's are great.
    That stobie pole is nicely decorated.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member; it was a lovely walk and I should do it more often, just for the exercise. Adelaide has a few pretty stobie poles too and I believe there are more in other Hills towns.

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  10. I have always been amazed at the shapes clouds will form, the dancers are definitely there.

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    1. Jimmy; my daughter has a good eye for the fanciful and a steady hand with her camera phone.

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  11. What a wonderful selection of sights. I am so envious of you being able to walk around like that but then I mustn't be as I am still enjoying life and so should never complain.
    I loved the mosaics on that post and that old footpath leading to the walking trail. They both took my eye.

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    1. Mimsie; I do enjoy walking and will do it as long as I am able. I think you would love Stirling, it's a very pretty town, so full of trees.

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler; there are more trees to come next week.

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  13. Love the tree. Fun to look through old photos. Thanks for sharing and have an oogie boogie day.

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    1. The Happy Whisk; these are new photos, I was there walking around last Saturday.

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  14. lovely photos River. MPS always goes on about stobie poles :)

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    1. Kelley; lovely to see you here. MPS is an ex Adelaide boy right? He's probably seen many decorated stobie poles.

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