A Serendipitous Photo Story – You Can’t Always Go Back

You Can’t Always Go Back

Recently Marilyn of Serendipity wrote about where she used to live in Israel and how it had changed. I guess that subject has stuck in my mind for a few days. Maybe loss does stay with you longer as you get older. I’m a Taurus so while I’m not against all change I am often saddened by changes to places I liked. We moved from South Australia nearly thirteen years ago now and a lot of things have changed. I expect we have changed too and I don’t feel that I would fit in there any more. I suppose that you could say that I am divorced from South Australia now. I grew up there, I have fond memories but I can’t live there any more.

Anyway here is my piece for this week’s Serendipitous Photo Story.

Hubby's childhood home

David’s childhood home

My mother always used to say “You can’t go back.” She was talking about former homes. When you have been away for a long time the places you once lived can seem disturbingly different. Even if the changes are for the better it is still a bit sad sometimes that it is no longer the place you remembered.

The photo above is of the house where my husband’s family lived. In appearance it is nothing special, just a plain brick house like many built in the nineteen fifties and early sixties. David was two when his parents moved into it. As was common at the time, my father in law who was in the hardware trade at the time, worked on the house himself with help from friends. He in turn helped them build their homes. David remembers riding his tricycle around the block while the adults worked.

By the time I first visited the house in the mid seventies the family had grown and an extra room had been added. It remained the family home until my mother in law died a few years ago when it was sold.

By this time people had much more grandiose ideas about what a house should be like inside so I did not think that the house would survive very long once it was sold. A year or so ago we heard that it had been demolished and a much larger modern house stands in its place. As most of the residents of the small cul-de-sac where the house was were of a similar age I think that the rest of the houses will eventually suffer the same fate. It’s a pretty, leafy suburb close to the city and the sea. The new homes will be a far cry from the modest family homes they replaced.

I will probably never walk down that street again because I don’t want to see the changes.

Our former home in Adelaide is still standing. It was an ordinary, rather ugly, brown brick veneer house built in the seventies. It was our first real home and I loved it when we moved in but by the time we left after twenty five years I was exasperated with it as it was always too hot in summer and we never seemed to have enough room. I was not particularly sorry to leave but when we had it on the market I was very offended when one real estate agent suggested that an investor might buy it and later knock it down. We sold it to a family with two young children and were happy with that. A few years later our old house came on the market again and our former neighbour sent us a picture. The house had been transformed, it was a different colour, it had a deck and an extra level. I suppose we could have done all that if we had stayed but although you could say they were good changes when we visited our old suburb I refused to go and look at it. It wasn’t the same house any more. I have since seen photos online and apart from the view all that remains familiar is the roof, the gas heater in the living room and the front entrance.

I am probably over sentimental but I prefer to keep my memories intact.


Cee’s Which Way Challenge – 2015 – Week #19

Which Way Torrens Linear Park

This week my Which Way is from the archives. Hubby’s childhood home in Adelaide was next to the River Torrens which flows through the city and suburbs to the sea. Over the years riverside walks have been developed along the entire length of the river. These photos were taken in the suburb of Lockleys just a few kilometres from the estuary at Henley Beach in 2011 just after the park was completed.

The River Torrens Linear Park at Lockley's , South Australia
The River Torrens Linear Park at Lockley’s , South Australia
Breakout Creek.
Breakout Creek.
The River Torrens Linear Park at Lockley's , South Australia
The River Torrens Linear Park at Lockley’s , South Australia
The River Torrens Linear Park bear Henley Beach Road, Lockley's , South Australia
The River Torrens Linear Park bear Henley Beach Road, Lockley’s , South Australia

Further Reading:



Share Your World – 2015 – Week #19

Sharing My World This Week

Would you prefer a one floor house or multiple levels?

I don’t think it would really matter to me that much as long as I had enough room. I do like the idea of having a basement for storage or having an upstairs room overlooking the garden but realistically as Hubby has arthritic knees and we’re neither of us getting any younger having upstairs rooms might be difficult. If we moved again which I really hope we won’t I would be looking for a one level house on a flat block which is more or less what we have now. Of course if we won lotto and could have an elevator a multi-storey house might still be an option.

If you have a TV, would you prefer the TV in the living room or another room?

Our TV is in the living room and that’s fine with me. We have two living areas, one has the TV, lounge chairs etc and the other did have our dining table which I’ve dismantled for the present and desks with our computers. When I’m working on the computer I don’t like being distracted by Hubby’s TV watching habits so usually I close the glass door between the rooms. At this point we don’t have TV connections in any other rooms and as reception is bad where we live an indoor antenna is useless. We do have a small portable TV and a DVD player which  is currently in the spare room. I would consider having that connected so that guests can watch the programs of their choice but I am not really bothered about TV in our bedroom as I don’t think we’d use it. I’m not so crazy about television that I’d want it in the kitchen either. If we have a clash over whose show to watch we record one and watch the other.

When you leave a room, do you turn the lights off behind you or keep the lights on throughout your house most of the time? Explain your answer.

My mother and most of her generation, was always saying “Don’t leave the lights on. You’ll burn up too much electricity.” or sometimes. “If you keep flicking that switch on and off it will explode!” I am mindful of not wasting power  so if I’m leaving a room for a long period of time I turn the light out. I pay the power bills now after all. I don’t turn it out for short visits to the bathroom etc though.

I don’t have good night vision though so once it gets dark I always leave the passage light on so I can find my way to the bathroom. If I’m on the computer at night and Hubby is in bed I’ll turn the main living room light off but might leave one on in the kitchen so I can see to get there. I leave a light on if I’m going out at night too. I don’t like to come home to a totally dark house.

I really prefer natural light during the day though. I don’t like having the curtains closed and the lights on in daytime. I know the sun fades the furniture etc but I just feel really uncomfortable in an artificially lit room during the day. When we lived in Adelaide we had to keep the curtains closed on hot summer days to try to keep the house cool and I hated it. As I’m writing this it’s morning but it’s raining heavily and outside it is as black as the ace of spades so I guess I’m going to have to turn a light on in this room. This old house has small windows and it can be pretty dark on a dull day.

What’s your favorite room in your home?

That’s a hard question to answer. I love my doll room because it’s my bit of space and I like to look at all my dolls. I like the spare bedroom because it is usually the tidiest room in the house, not so much now though because I am using it. I like sleeping there though. I can look at shelves of books, and the green glass ornaments and other knick knacks that would not be safe in any other room. Each room in our home has stuff that I like to look at so I have to say that I really like them all.


Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last week I saw snow for the first time this year. I know for many of you reading who have had a long, hard winter that probably sounds bizarre but remember it doesn’t snow much in Australia, even in chilly Tasmania. We had strong winds and a lot of rain last week so I’m grateful that we did not lose power and we had snow down to 400 metres so when I went to Hobart I had a good view of it on the mountains. It rarely falls as sea level and never has in May all the time I’ve lived here. This week I’m hoping Hubby will finally get to the rehab ward after a two-week detour into cardiology, that means he will be on the final part of his recovery. On Sunday I’m going to lunch with friends I haven’t seen for six months so that will be nice too.

mount wellington and the organ pipes standing above the houses of hobart, tasmania.Photo Creative Commons
mount wellington and the organ pipes standing above the houses of hobart, tasmania.Photo Creative Commons

Cee’s Which Way Challenge – 2015 – Week #18

Which Way to avoid delay?

There have been a lot of road works going on near our house recently. One morning I was woken at 6am by the crash of the metal signs being placed near our drive way and vehicles with flashing lights. Luckily I’d been planning to get up at that time anyway. Another morning I went down my driveway to wait for the bus only to discover cars banked up way down the road. I thought it would be a big hassle to try to get the bus to stop for me once the traffic was moving again so I delayed my trip that day.

These photos were taken the previous week when a patrol came by to trim the trees that grow near the power lines. I went out to see what was holding up the traffic and they were just down the road from me.

As I live on the main road and there is no other way to go to Hobart but to take this road avoiding delay is not an option.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Pink

Pink Is Not My Favourite Colour – But…

A stand full of sunhats at Salamanca Market.


Tulip Magnolia. I would love to have one of these in my garden.

Tulip Magnolias

Pink rose in my garden complete with a fly so you know it’s Australian.

No Flies on Me!

Daisies; and yes, I do have an album of pink things in my Flickr account.

Daisy, Daisy

Share Your World – 2015 Week #18

Sharing My World This Week

What type of pets do you have or want?  Or do you not want pets?

We’ve always had dogs and cats. I used to have birds too, a pair of canaries and later a pair of zebra finches but I find birds more stressful to look after than dogs and cats. I post often about our current pets, Cindy the dog and Polly the cat. I can’t imagine not having a pet.

I am a cat and dog person.
Taken when Polly was a kitten.

What was or is your favorite cartoon?

Are we talking animated cartoons or illustrated ones? When I was a child there used to be a cartoon series featuring The Beatles that we really liked watching. It was usually a silly story featuring the Fab Four and a sing-along sequence. I haven’t seen it in forty years probably but I still remember it. A few years ago, while photographing the annual scarecrow competition in our district, I spotted this. The Beatles are exactly as they were portrayed in those cartoons.

Yellow Submarine

I do also enjoy political cartoons by such people as Kudelka.

When you’re alone at home, do you wear shoes, socks, slippers, or go barefoot?

I do all three. If I’m staying indoors I’ll wear slippers with or without socks; if the weather is good, or I’m washing the slippery bathroom floor I’ll go barefoot. If  I know I’ll be making several trips outside I’ll probably put my socks and shoes on but the slippers are probably what I wear most often.

Are you a traveler or a homebody? 

I get really excited by the idea of travel. I daydream about it and plan it in my head. I’ve been to far more places in my head with the aid of books or the internet than I’ll ever go to in my life. However, I know that I could not live the life of a nomad. I would always want to come home to my familiar surroundings after travelling. Perhaps that makes me a bit of both.
Explorer of the Seas

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last week was not a great one for us. Hubby had a bit of a setback. We had hoped he would be going into a rehab ward at the hospital but there is an issue with his heart rate so he has gone to the cardio ward instead. We both felt upset and frustrated. I was grateful that I had my blogs to do as taking pictures and writing posts is a good way to take my mind off things I can’t do anything about. I have started knitting doll’s clothes again too.

It is important to have things to look forward to. My sister and I spent Saturday together and we started to talk about planning a holiday together next year. I went to make some enquiries about a trip we want to do today and they were encouraging so we may soon have something very special to look forward to. I’ll tell more next week when I know if it is on or not.

Cee’s Oddball Challenge – Week #18

I was walking down Collins Street in Hobart when I suddenly noticed a bollard with a knitted cover. Intrigued I looked further. Apparently there had been some kind of event in this small laneway and these decorations were left over. As soon as I saw them I knew I had an Oddball Challenge photo.

I had never seen a Bollard warmer before.
I had never seen a Bollard warmer before.
I've heard of tree huggers but whoever did this must really love trees.
I’ve heard of tree huggers but whoever did this must really love trees.