My which ways for this week were all taken by the water. I’ve always liked piers, jetties and boardwalks.
Do you prefer shopping or going to a park?
I like both. I’d certainly take the park over grocery shopping but I love browsing around the shops for fun. My sister and I have had many fun expeditions checking out markets, antique and second-hand shops or browsing around art and craft stores for hobby supplies. If I visit a different city I usually try to check out the shops.However, there are times when I feel like I’ve had enough of the hard pavements and look for a green shady space to relax in before catching my bus or train home. In Adelaide a favourite city park was Elder Park, a river side park which was handy for public transport and with plenty of places to sit and enjoy a cold drink or an ice cream or just rest tired feet. Here in Hobart I sometimes go to sit on the lawns outside Parliament House if I’m too early for my bus. I do love to visit the Botanical Gardens especially in spring and it’s nice to visit National Parks and other green spaces when I am able to do so.
If you were a shoe, what kind would you be and why?
I’ve never thought about being a shoe but if I were one I’d be that comfortable pair that are a bit too shabby to wear out anywhere nice but that you can walk all day in. Why? Well because I’d rather be comfortable than fashionable I guess.
What’s the story behind a time when you got locked out?
I have got locked out of my sister’s house a couple of times because I forgot to make sure that the self locking device was undone. One time she was with me and she had to borrow a ladder and get in through the living room window. She wasn’t too happy with me. Another time was when she was away and I was minding the house for her. There was no way I could get through a window so I went across the road to the local council office where someone was kind enough to find a retired lock smith who managed to get me inside. I’ve made sure that I always carry a key now so that it doesn’t happen a third time.
Do you prefer eating foods with nuts or no nuts?
I have no problem with eating nuts. I like them. I don’t go out of my way to have them but I’ll eat them. The only ones I avoid are salted peanuts. I like peanuts but I don’t like salty food.
Shops v Parks: How to choose?
As I was walking that ribbon of highway, I saw above me that endless skyway:
I saw below me that golden valley: This land was made for you and me.
I’ve roamed and rambled and I followed my footsteps, To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts;
And all around me a voice was sounding: This land was made for you and me.
I love the variety that is Australia.
Which Way Geeveston
This is Geeveston, the nearest town to our home. The main street is Church Street which branches off the Huon Highway. One Sunday morning I needed to walk two kilometres along the Huon Highway to go to the shops. I took the camera along to make the errand less tiresome. Some of these photos were taken that day; the rest were taken on other occasions when I’ve done the walk. I used to do it a couple of times a week when I was volunteering at the local radio station. There are large areas of forest near the town and some massive logs have been brought out of them in years gone by.
A Journey Back to Childhood
Where did you live at age five? Is it the same place or town you live now?
Until I was eight years old I lived in Romford, near London in the United Kingdom. I remember parts of it quite well. In 1965 we moved to Australia so now I live very far away from where I began although quite a few of my relations on my dad’s side still live around there. Here are some images of places that I remember quite well, all borrowed from the internet as I don’t have any I’ve taken myself on the computer. I remember my childhood home well because we lived near a cemetery, a gas works and a hospital. We would walk past them to go to the park or the town to go shopping.
You are invited to a party that will be attended by many fascinating people you never met. Would you attend this party if you were to go by yourself?
That’s easy. No. I’m not much for parties anyway and nor is Hubby. I would not feel comfortable going to a party where I didn’t know anyone.
Did you grow up in a small or big town? Did you like it?
I grew up in suburbs. Romford is considered to be an outer suburb of London now I think although it wasn’t when we lived there. Did I like it? Yes and no. I liked the market, catching the train to go somewhere, the double-decker buses even though riding on the bus made me sick. I liked the park we used to go to, the oak tree at the end of our street and walking under the railway line although I ran like mad if a train was coming in case it fell on me. I didn’t like the ugly flats around the town. I think my dislike of ugly buildings began in Romford.
The first place I lived in Australia was Elizabeth, a suburb of Adelaide which I did like. I liked the wide streets and the low houses, bungalows, mum called them. I liked the flowering trees that I’d never seen before coming to Australia. Back in those days I even liked the warm weather but that was before climate changed made South Australia in summer impossible. Later mum remarried and we moved to another suburb which I did not like at all because it was ugly.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up
I didn’t really have any ambition to do a particular job. I wanted to go places and thought about being a travel agent for a while but I never knew what I really wanted to do. I did what came along although I did love working for the railways for most of the time I was there.
These photos were all taken in October when I went to Melbourne for the weekend. I had wanted to visit Docklands for some time and especially to use the walkway which I had not been over before. I did that on my first afternoon when I went to ride on the Star Observation Wheel. On my last day I did an enormous walk from Southern Cross along the banks of the Yarra to Federation Square and then up Swanston Street and back to Southern Cross where my bags were via Bourke Street. Banana Alley is an area I read about while looking for new things to see. I thought the name sounded familiar but could not remember if I had been there before. If I had it was many, many years ago. I enjoy walking along river paths and I got some good photos around the Southbank area that day. I also wanted to see the Sandridge Bridge which I remembered as a rail bridge. It is now a pedestrian walkway.
I’m not a fan of the modern Federation Square buildings but they are interesting in their ugliness. I much prefer St Patrick’s Cathedral and the Melbourne Town Hall. I stayed at the Victoria Hotel in Little Collins St on my first ever trip to Melbourne in 1976 so I had to include it. I liked the street sign as well. Swanston Street and Bourke Street I’m very familiar with although I had forgotten what a long hot walk it is from Swanston Street to Spencer Street when your feet are already tired. I was lucky to have beautiful weather for my walk although it was quite warm after Tasmania.