Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Horizontal Lines

Horizontal Lines

Not the most exciting photo but here the sea, the land, the clouds and the sky make for a lot of horizontal lines. It reminds me of the old song that mum used to sing to us when we were little.

“I joined the navy to see the world; but what did I see? I saw the sea.”

The ocean and the sky.
Somewhere off Queensland in the Great Barrier Reef.

This next one was taken while we took a boat trip on the Singapore River.

Clarke Quay Singapore

A car park in Hobart.

Mural at a cafe in Hobart.
Mural at a cafe in Hobart.

Another favourite building of mine even though it is rather austere. Circular Quay Railway Station in Sydney.

Circular Quay Station Sydney

Shelving

I really started thinking about shelves and stacks for this challenge.

Display unit at the Mint Toy Museum in Singapore. A display of Beatles memorabilia.

Shelves at the Toy Museum Singapore
Some old boxes of games stacked up in my garage.
Non Fiction books at the Op Shop

 

RDP#21 Italian

Italian Influences

When we sailed to Australia from England our migrant ship was the Castel Felice, you can see a picture of it in our blog header. At that time it was owned by the Sitmar line and leased to carry predominantly British migrants to Australia. The crew, including waiters and cabin stewards were all Italians, the first I can ever recall meeting. Elizabeth, where we went to live, was very British though so I didn’t come into contact with any European culture until I was much older

I discovered the east end of Rundle Street in Adelaide, they had cafes with outdoor seating and served various types of coffee, gelato and other things I hadn’t seen before. I found them fascinating.

Later still I went to work for the State Transport Authority as it was known in the eighties. My co workers at the Rail Car Depot were Italians, Greeks, Maltese,Poles and many other nationalities. I had met a few of them as David had worked with some of them before Naomi and I went there but during the years we worked there I got to know them better.

Most of them had come to Australia in the fifties and sixties looking for a better life.   Sometimes when we were on night shift and not so busy we would ask them about where they were from and about what they did when they came to Australia. Some had come from Naples, others from Sicily and a couple from northern Italy. Most had come from rural areas and knew what it was like to be hungry when they were young. When they arrived in Australia they worked in factories or laying tiles and cement, some were long time railway employees. One man we knew had worked at Maralinga in the South Australian outback when the British were doing atomic testing there. He was not a well man.

Our work mates could laugh at the mishaps they had when they first arrived and were still learning English as spoken by Australians. We laughed at the story of one who accidentally bought a cage full of pigeons at an auction.

After thirty years in Australia the men spoke good English but they often said their wives did not speak the language so well, probably because they had not mixed with other nationalities as much as their husbands. They had adult children who were married to Australians and grandchildren that did not speak Italian which must have been hard for grandma especially.

They grew vegetables in their gardens and made their own pasta sauce and sometimes wine. I think those men were much more interested in food and cooking than Australian men were at that time.

The Italians we knew considered Australia their home. Too much had changed in Italy since they left. Even the language was different and they would not feel at home there any more they said.

That was more than twenty five years ago and I imagine that most of them are gone now but I always remember them for their insights into a different way of life.

Share Your World 2018 – 18 June

Sharing My World This Week

You can have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of your life, what is it? Sushi? Scotch Tape?

Well to me the obvious thing would be money, then I could buy as much Scotch Tape as I liked.  Seriously it wouldn’t have to be a fortune but to know you had a guaranteed income for the rest of your life with no fear of unemployment or the government cutting it back would be a great relief.

Teleportation or flying?

Teleportation; especially if I can do it from home and not have to go to an airport like facility to do it. I wouldn’t trade sea voyages or long distance train trips but flying and buses I would not really miss.

Would you rather live where it only snows or the temperature never falls below 100 degrees?

I’ve just experienced the latter in Singapore. I will take the snow. Well being practical living in a place where it snowed all the time would be hard too so I’d want to spend some of that unlimited money on heating and warm clothing and boots. I like a happy medium really and I think that I have it right here.

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

I had a brief trip to Hobart last week. A friend was going to do some errands in Hobart and nearby Kingston and I went along for the ride. We are both from Adelaide so we spent the drive there and back chatting about places we knew, recalling as many different theatres in the city and suburbs as we could. That was fun. We went to Bunnings, a big hardware store in Kingston and while my friend was buying plumbing supplies I went to the garden department and bought myself several pots of pansies and polyanthus which were on special.

 

 

 

Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge: Trains & Tracks

Trains and Tracks

I found some very old photos recently while sorting out some of my old stuff. I am a real hoarder and my place looks nearly as bad as the ones on those terrible reality TV shows. The thing is I love to collect old stuff and I hate wastage and throwing away things that are vintage in particular. I love old stuff and when I found I still had these old photos taken years ago I was amazed and thrilled. I had taken the diesel photos in 1976 while showing a friend around SA from WA. He asked me to take the photos with his spare camera so he would have more pictures. I told him I had no idea how to use such a complex camera. I only had a Kodak Instamatic. He said you can’t be that bad and thrust the camera into my reluctant hands. I took these B&W shots of two different diesel hauled trains. One was a passenger train going to Victor Harbour a branch line off the main line to Melbourne. The other one a freight was probably on the main line. It’s years ago now and I never recorded the information. The other pictures of the railway workshops are in Launceston and were only taken a few years ago. The workshops are now a museum and I was lucky enough to mostly have the place to myself when I took the photos that I had to change to black and white.

_copie-0_Railway Workshops_copie-0_Railway workshops Traverseimg025img026img032img033

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Columns and Vertical Lines

The wet weather has certainly ruined my weekend off as far as going out was concerned so I am stuck here at home. Of course I had seen the forecast but was wishing I could put the dogs in the car and take off for the day. It would have been great to get out of the house but we would not have been able to walk about much due to the rain. It has really set in here so decided to get on with editing some photos and some of my other hobbies. I am also using a trial photo editing program that I recently downloaded from the Microsoft Store. I’ve played around with most of these photos a little bit. One or two have been left alone as I like them as they are. Others I changed more for the fun of it rather than because they were too dark or whatever. I always try to find photos that I have not used in the past but this is sometimes hard as I have not been taking pictures for very long. Here are the shots I picked for Columns and Vertical Lines today.

Railway Workshops Launceston
Railway Workshops building Launceston
Public Trust Office Napier
Public Trust Building Napier
Memorial Napier
Memorial Napier
Memorial Napier 2
Memorial Napier
KL Building 2
Tall building in KL
KL building 1
Another tall building in KL
House on the Brisbane River
A posh house on the Brisbane River Brisbane very obviously.
GEDC3917
Old Majestic Theatre Singapore

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Trains & Tracks

On Track

Of course I have lots of pictures of trains, hundreds in fact, but most of them were taken when we used film cameras, some are even on slide film. I’ll try to find some on the computer that I haven’t shared before or at least not too often. I have again used Adobe Photo Elements 2018 to edit these and played with some different effects.

This is a rerun. I have used it at least once before but I like it. It was taken in the Adelaide Railcar Depot where we used to work. It is a 300 Class diesel railcar probably built in the late 1950s.  They had no air conditioning and in summer got very hot, especially when they had been sitting in the yard for hours. They were like ovens and we had to clean them.

South Australian Railways 300 class railcar

Another picture I’ve probably used before but with a different effect. Museum Station in Sydney. Museum is one of our favourites because of its old-time decor so it perfectly suits the vintage look and I even added some scratches.

Museum Station, Sydney 2012

Tracks can also be for trams. Here is one at the Tram Museum at Loftus outside Sydney.

Vintage Tram, Loftus NSW 2012

A V Line locomotive at Southern Cross Station in Melbourne 2014. I shot this through a glass window and was unable to get rid of the reflections but if you look closely you can see a tram reflected in the middle of the picture.

V Line loco, Melbourne 2014

Then of course there are model railways. This one was at a show in Sunbury, Victoria 2014.

Model train, Sunbury 2014

This last one is very old, taken on a trip to Alice Springs in the 1980s, one of the few I have of this class of locomotive. At the time this was taken you had to go to Port Pirie or Port Augusta, South Australia to see one as they were on standard gauge and the main line to Adelaide was still broad gauge so seeing the standard gauge diesels was exciting.

Diesel locomotive probably Alice Springs 1980s

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Columns and Vertical Lines

Vertical Lines & Columns

As it is too wet to take photos today I’ve chosen a variety of pictures from all over the place starting with one of the many new office blocks going up in Brisbane. These pictures were taken between 2007 and the present with a variety of different cameras from my old point and shoot Kodak Easyshare, Fujifilm point and shoot I think, Nikon L120 and Pentax K10 for the Brisbane one. I’m doing a free trial of Adobe Photo Elements 2018 so edited my pictures with it today to help me decide if I want to shell out the money for it or stick with Photo Elements 9, Picasa and the Windows photo editing program which are the three progams I use currently.

One of the newer buildings in Brisbane. March 2018

New Zealand in 2016. I knew Napier would not disappoint, it has some wonderful old buildings.

The Public Trust Office , Napier NZ

In Auckland we liked the interior of the old railway station building.

Columns at the Railway Station in Auckland..

I took this one in the Myer Centre in Adelaide in 2011. The upper floors were empty and deserted which I found very disconcerting in a building I remembered as a busy shopping centre.

The Myer Centre Adelaide

Still in Adelaide one of the older style buildings in Rundle Mall which I photographed in 2011. I won’t guarantee it is still there now.

An old building in Adelaide SA

On a trip to Canberra in 2007 we stopped off at Gundagai, NSW.

An old building in Gundagai NSW.