Sunday Selections # 226

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 so that I know you've joined in and can come over and see what you've posted.
4. hop on over to The Elephant’s Child to see more of her wonderful photos.
  Andrew often joins in too.

I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week my theme is: 
Friday in Adelaide.

I remembered to charge the battery for my smaller camera and tossed it into my bag on my way out the door.

Here is what I saw on my way across town:

Close to where I wait for my bus: four two storey townhouses..

being constructed..

on a block which once held

a single home with a big yard.

autumn leaves gathered in driveways

and along footpaths.

rain clouds gathering

and building.

patches of pale blue still visible.

On the other side of town, the newish pedestrian bridge at the Wayville Railway Station. This is right beside the showgrounds, so getting the train to and from the show is much easier now. Before this was built, people caught the train to Keswick Station on the other side of that main road you see in the foreground and the only way across was an underpass which was nothing more than a narrow walkway, unlit and unsafe at night, not much more safe during daylight hours. Or you could dash across between traffic. To cross using lights at pedestrian crossings meant walking quite a long way in the wrong direction.

Another view as traffic began to move.

this shot is blurry as the bus lurched a little as it took off around the corner; it shows the long ramp from the footpath up to the bridge, there is a matching ramp on the other end going down to the opposite footpath leading to the showground gates. 

one of Adelaide's older buildings, in Currie Street,

and for Andrew, this one, art deco? also in Currie Street.


  1. As I have often said - I do prefer the older buildings. More character, and more charm. I suspect they will last longer than many (most?) of the newer ones too.
    What is it about those underpasses? I don't think I have ever been in one which doesn't have a pungent odour of 'attar of piddle'. Or one which feels safe.

  2. Unusual building, but definitely art deco features. Long walk way bridges often add significantly to the time taken to get somewhere, even though they are safer. Subways at our train stations are slowly being removed, meaning people have to wait for a train to pass before crossing a line, which may well be the train they would like to catch. Our infamous St Kilda Junction has a lot of pedestrian subways, but they are brightly lit at least and with murals.I think we all have memories of movies where someone is trapped in a subway with the baddies coming from both directions.

  3. Pedestrian overpasses are the most sensible way to move people across major traffic. They have just completed them in Cleveland and now the trek from parking to the sports stadiums are much easier.

  4. I keep meaning to take my camera with me every time go out to do my shopping...and every time I remember it when I'm about halfway to my destination...and there is no way in the world I'm going to turn around and go back for it! lol

    I should tie it around my neck!!

    I hope this coming week treats you kindly, River. Cuddles to Angel. :)

  5. I know what you mean about the townhouses happening here a lot too.
    Winter hit now can't wait for spring.

  6. Oooo property values must be going up. I always take that as a sure sign to start looking for a new place as they WILL raise your rent. Or if you own the place, they'll tax you out of it. Our taxes have gone up since some new development came. bah. :/

  7. Thank you for sharing part of your city with us and you seem to have more autumn leaves then we ever see in Perth, not sure why though.
    I do prefer the old buildings. Unfortunately they demolished a lot of them in Perth although Fremantle has retained many.
    We have new zoning rules in our area and are finding two houses instead of one on many blocks and not far away what had been an empty petrol station for years is now being replaced by I think 8 or 10 town houses. It seems they are not likely to have any garden at all. Must take my camera and get a shot of them. Some had been partly painted in lovely colours but I feel that was only using up old paint as I now see they are drab greys or browns which I find disappointing. I am interested to see what the finished product will look like.

  8. Elephant's Child; the old underpass I mentioned is nothing more than a maintenance walkway not much more than 50-60cm wide and high up off the ground. I think the main purpose of it was for working on railway switches or something. even so, there were sometimes rolled blankets left in odd corners in the summer, so I'm guessing homeless either slept there or stashed their belongings while they were out and about during the day.

    Andrew; the building next to that one has more of an art deco style, but the traffic was always in the way. I'll get a photo next time. I really like the look of that new bridge and have been planning to walk across it one day and take photos. I just never seem to get there.

    Joanne; I remember pedestrian overpasses from when I was young, rickety old wood attached to sturdy railings, dozens of steps up, walk across, dozens of steps down the other side. Kids used to stand on the bridge and drop their fruit on the goods trains instead of taking it to school for their lunch.

    Lee; buy and extra small camera and keep it in your bag like I do. and remember to keep the battery charged, like I don't (*~*) I'd like to see photos of your area as you go about.

    Merle; the older blocks here were often so large, but as kids move away and the old parents die, the block gets sold and developers put up town houses, as many as will fit, with no room for gardens. The original house on that block was in extremely poor condition and needed pulling down anyway. the house next door to the development is for sale now. I looked at the interior on the internet and it has a really huge living room right across the front, but all the rooms behind are small.

    Happy Christine; I'm in public housing, so our rents here are low and only go up by about a dollar whenever pensions go up. I'm in a complex with about 107 flats, mostly older single people, a few disabled unemployed younger ones. So I'm not at all worried about property rates.

    Mimsie; that was the tail end of the autumn leaves, a week or so earlier there were so many more, but I'd forgotten to charge the camera battery (*~*)
    A lot of older Adelaide blocks are really large, so can easily fit four or six townhouses on them. No gardens of course. Some developers build a pair of duplexes with a bit of front and back yard instead. One block in Norwood where I used to work, was so large the developer built eight quite large townhouses, some with 3 bedrooms, some with 4 bedrooms and each with a garage and small lawn. The partially painted bits you mentioned are probably a way of marking an area for the builders or electrical installers or a waterproofing until the exterior is properly finished off. Many of the new townhouses here are also greys and beiges.

  9. Thank you so much for putting photos of the Wayville station! I had no idea they had done that - for the show I used to get off at Goodwood and walk down to Leader St.

    Looks pretty techy awesome!

    Me personally, I love a well designed townhouse. I just love stairs, mainly because we did not have any in our house when I was growing up.

    We lived in two different townhouses in Adelaide - one at Plympton and one at Seaton. They don't do many townhouses over here in Sydney - it is more apartments, at least from what I have seen, with people crammed in like sardines and paying $500k plus to do it! I had a friend who rented one on a street in Adelaide, I forget the name of the street, but it was one of the older style from the early days of Adelaide with huge 9 foot ceilings and it was just gorgeous.

    My Dad bought a couple of blocks of land up in Tamworth and he was going to build the only (at least as far as we had found) townhouses in Tamworth. We had a design picked out with two free standing townhouses on the block at separate ends of the block, it was a corner block. Do you think we could find a builder willing to take it on? No, they wanted to do villa houses 6 to a block, because that is what they knew how to do. Plus they were super busy building houses up there at that time.

    Now, we all moved to the coast, and that block ended up being sold, at a decent profit, but still.. I wanted him to build those things, the design was super perfect!

    You asked the other day how long since I was in Adelaide - our last trip was in 2010 when I went over for work. We stayed at Crowne Plaza which was built where my favourite movie cinema used to be, in Hindmarsh Square just near to Rundle Mall. I did get to do a few shopping trips and I also read a few food bloggers from Adelaide so I get to keep up with the food happenings. :)

    I miss Barnacle Bills most of all. We don't have anywhere that does good reliable seafood like they do.. :)

  10. The world of the big city, how different from my little backwater it is. And autumn leaves . . . . . .
    I’m still waiting for summer.

  11. Snoskred; 2010 isn't that long ago, we may have passed each other in a street and not known it :)
    I remember that cinema where the Crowne Plaza is now, I used to go there all the time. Now I go to the Mitcham Cinema.
    I think the 'new' Wayville bridge is a year old already, maybe a bit more; the building of it took a long time, but I really like how it turned out.
    I like well designed townhouses too, Adelaide has some lovely ones, but I don't like the new trend for dull colours and in pictures I see on the internet a lot of builders are doing kitchen cabinets in what looks like 70s laminate in dark brown or grey wood grain. Awful. To me.
    I like stairs too, but I'm grateful I don't have any, since some days my hip doesn't want to work and stairs could be difficult.

    Friko; the autumn leaves are almost gone, there are some still on the trees, but the carpet of brilliant colour on the footpaths and gardens is washed away or trodden into mush now. Your summer will come. Where are you?

  12. What a lovely place Adelaide is, thank you for sharing it with us River.
    I've been thinking of joining in on your Sunday Selections, if that's all right?

  13. Jac; Adelaide is pretty, although it has its bad bits, like any city. but it is small too and friendly, a comfortable city.
    Yes, please, join us, no permission is needed and we'd love to have you.


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