I am very pleased to announce the publication of a SECOND book this week — Brief Bits Of Barcelona. This book is available for purchase in several formats — ebook for iPad, hardback, and softcover. Barcelona is one of the places in Europe that we would return to again and again, so I hope this book either encourages a trip there or brings back some of your own memories.
Photos of the day are from the St. Kilda Botanical Gardens in Melbourne, Australia. This funny statue almost always has a seagull perched on the umbrella that the sculpted man is holding — probably because the ocean is a mere few blocks away!
We might be living in the heart of a large city now, but lovely and historical parks such as this one are a wonderful visual break from all of the shoulder to shoulder buildings. We are also quite lucky because this particular one is less than a 5 minute walk from our house and we stroll through it almost every day.
A charming metal sculpture carrying an umbrella and ‘walking on water’ in front of the glass conservatory at the St. Kilda Botanical Gardens in Melbourne, Australia
Charming metal sculpture ‘walking on water’ with a seagull perched on his umbrella
Quick pics today since I am listing, listing, listing on Ebay this weekend. Wheeeee!!! Things are already starting to sell. (whew!)
We took a little time for a quick wander through the once-a-month Vintage Clothing Market at the St. Kilda RSL Club (Retired Servicemen’s League for you non-Aussie readers). It was well attended, but it was also a blast from the past to see items of clothing that were clones of things I wore back in the 70s!
This hat seller below was doing quite a good business since we still have weeks of winter ahead.
Hat seller at the Vintage Clothing Market in St. Kilda, Melbourne
Shoppers at the St. Kilda Vintage Clothing Market in Melbourne
Quick catch-up because we are about to have a wildly busy week. We are moving into a new apartment on Wednesday and the shippers are coming to deliver all of the household items that arrived via shipping container from Europe last week. Whew!
It took several weeks of looking for an appropriately-sized apartment to rent and we had one extra requirement that most people don’t have — we needed a lock-up garage to safely store all of Mark’s work tools. Let’s be truthful, that’s practically impossible to find in the extremely popular inner Melbourne area that we were looking in! But I was persistent and finally found not only a groovy apartment with polished hardwood floors and LOADS of closets in a 1950s era apartment, but it also had the wish-list garage AND it was on the top floor so there is NO noise from neighbours walking around overhead. Hooray!!!
Tiny 1950s kitchen with original cabinets!
The kitchen is going to need a LOT of refinement because it’s teeny-tiny and actually has all of the original 1950s upper and lower cabinets in place along with a grotty and very small refrigerator, but we’ll get there. Thank heavens we brought our brand new and energy efficient refrigerator with us from France. And we have the agent’s permission to make ‘refinements’ to the kitchen.
All in all, we’re just happy and grateful to have found 90% of what we were looking for — and we are in our first-choice neighbourhood with trams on our doorstep, good shopping nearby, the inner city is a mere 10 minutes by tram, and the beach is around the corner. Again — hooray!