Fountains add some visual relief amongst the steel, concrete and glass of big cities. When they are tropical cities they are an even more welcome sight.
This is a very simple fountain in Southbank in Brisbane. I think it is an older one and in fact it reminds me of the fountain that used to stand outside the South Australian Museum in North Terrace although it is smaller and less elaborate.
In Kuala Lumpur we saw several fountains. The first two were located in the gardens outside the National Mosque. I especially like the lotus shaped one but it really does look much nicer in colour.
The next two photos were taken at KLCC Park which is a lovely landscaped park which surrounds the Petronas Towers and Suria shopping centre. Apparently they do a light show at night but unfortunately we had to leave before dark so we didn’t see it.
In Singapore we saw this fountain outside a grand building known as Chijmes. Formerly a convent and school it is now a function centre with bars and restaurants.
Since we are approaching the hottest part of our summer in the northern hemisphere, what’s your favourite ice-cream, frozen yogurt or sorbet flavour? (Those of you who live down under I’m sure you remember what it is like in the hot summer months).
Even in winter an ice cream can be a nice treat. You can’t buy it here but I loved Golden North honey ice cream from South Australia.
Other flavours I like are boysenberry, custard and Old English toffee.
I like frozen yoghurt too and am quite happy to have that in vanilla. Lemon is also very refreshing.
How often do you people watch?
There are not an awful lot of people to watch around here and I know a lot of them so it’s something that I’m more likely to do on holidays or at an event where there is a crowd. Naomi and I have a game version of people watching that we often play when we are sitting waiting for something to happen. One of us will pick out a random person and the other has to find them in the crowd. We started playing this as teenagers long before we’d heard of “Where’s Wally?”
If you had a choice which would be your preference salt water beaches, fresh water lakes, ocean cruise, hot tub, ski resort or desert?
I like all waterside locations, the sea, a river or a lake. A cruise is a great way to enjoy the ocean but a walk on the beach; especially in cooler weather is nice too. I’m just happy when I can see the water. It’s one of the things I like best about Tasmania, there are so many rivers and lakes but I do miss the ocean as we lived in a beach side suburb in Adelaide.
Little Blue Lake, Tasmania by me
The ocean and the sky.
Huon River at Franklin
What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week? Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.
Naomi brought her new dolls house round to show me on Saturday. It’s a Triang CEX from the 1950s. I brought the other Triang house out into the kitchen from the doll room so we could photograph them side by side. Aren’t they beautiful?
This is a photo I took of a cement truck sculpture at the Mona art gallery. It’s one of the only pieces I actually liked there. Mona is more for people who enjoys today’s art and cultures. I thought this one clever and well made and quite an interesting choice. Mona is a little weird but the place is really popular with locals and tourists. I selected this photograph randomly just for something to post today.
Today I’ve been scanning some old magazines again and wanted to share this one with you.
This is the English Woman’s Weekly. Mum read this magazine for most of her adult life. It was always her favourite although she enjoyed others.
This issue is from 1950 and I find it interesting for several reasons. It is quite a small magazine, not so many pages as ones that were to come in the future and entirely in black and white except for the header on the front cover. Of course at this stage many things in Britain were still rationed but there are signs from the advertisements that the austerity era is coming to an end.
There are ads for appliances for the home like hot water heaters and wringers. Some of the everyday items advertised are still around today. Some of the home remedies don’t sound so hot though. I know what gripe water is but I don’t like the sound of Bile Beans.
Appliances for the home.
“Aah! Bisto!” gravy and Lux is a luxury advertised by a movie star. Cigarette ads are common.
bile beans, childrens powders and smelling salts dont sound good.
What I didn’t find amongst the advertisements were any for travel or holidays. In later years the magazine carried a lot of this type of advertising and had regular travel articles but as yet people can’t afford to travel for leisure very much.
Magazines are also a great way to see what people wore, what cosmetics they used and how they wore their hair. I’m sure many short of cash housewives found this advice useful.
There was always a lot of knitting in the Woman’s Weekly. I don’t recall ever seeing an issue that didn’t have at least one pattern in it. Often there were sewing patterns too. Sometimes there would be a printed pattern to enlarge and sometimes a coupon to send away for the pattern and fabric to make a dress, skirt or suit. There were also lots of patterns to make toys of all kinds, knitted, crocheted or sewn and mum would often save these as she enjoyed making toys and dolls clothes.
Mum also enjoyed the fiction in her magazines. Every week there would be a continuing serial or two and a couple of short stories. I have to admit that when thumbing through old magazines I often stop to read them too.
Serials were always popular.
Fiction in Woman’s Weekly.
Finally the regular feature writers. For many years the Woman’s Weekly “Agony Aunt” page was a feature near the back of the magazine. Here she is formally called Mrs Marryat but by the time I started reading this column, probably in the early or mid seventies she was referred to as Mary Marryat, a sign of changing times. I’ve mentioned before how much I enjoy reading the problem pages. The British ones especially often dealt with matters of etiquette as well as romantic or personal problems. It is important to know when you should wear gloves and what the duties of the Mother of the Bride are.
Another regular was “Man Who Sees” who was obviously a parson and there were articles about the Royal Family and film or theatre celebrities of course although nothing like the media circus we have today.
My entry for the challenge this week is like a TV station in the non rating season. Repeat, repeat, repeat. I was not able to go out and photograph anything new so instead I have taken some photos that I have used before and done something different with them.