Magnolias Again

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…took these a week or so back when we paid another visit to the top gardens ….lots of heavy rain since then, so lots of the blooms are gone…

 

One In One Hundred

…little bit of water in the ‘hood last week….

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…you can just see the white line in the middle of the side street…

…managed to clear that with a stick…(got bloody soaked)….

…my block managed to avoid any damage….

 

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…lack of customers…the perfect excuse….

…and when I got home, this was on the boil across the road….

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…yep, that is not being contained by the banks top left…

…the following day…

…the guys in the next block were still cleaning up…

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…this is the Gardens Shopping Area’s 6th 50-year event in as many years (6 not 50!)….

IMG_5130…and while we didn’t cop it as bad as some of the lower lying areas, I wonder if the city council can say “infrastructure issue”…

…or should that be “deferred maintenance” as the rumour about the contractor with the gutter/tank cleaning contract being to busy installing internet fibre to keep the drains unblocked would suggest??

The Root Of The Problem Is The Roots

…autumnal colours are aglow in the valley…. IMG_4732   …but leaves aren’t the only thing falling…. …I was staring out the window admiring a deluge of swirling orange, yellow & brown leaves when I noticed traffic backing up outside the shop…. IMG_4759   …one of two “beautification” trees in the ‘hood came down in the same big equinoctial gust that the leaves were enjoying… …I missed getting a shot of it sprawled across the road because a customer (customers!…with their needs & wants…always getting in the way of “art”!) came in as I was rushing out with my camera… IMG_4760   …it would seem that planting trees in confined, concrete edged, tar-seal surrounded flower beds is not great for their root development…   IMG_4761   IMG_4762   …snap!

OCD Window Washing

…I stare out my windows all day long…

….watching the dirt accumulate on the glass…

…but never have to wash the windows myself (or pay to have it done)…

…because if I wait for long enough the OCD window washer turns up and does it because he can’t bare to see a grimy window….
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…the other guy (yep, two window washers, count ’em) does it in exchange for snippets of musical info…

….his memory is worse than mine….IMG_3088

 

 

…but OCD guy is definitely the champ…IMG_3056

 

…he can spot a bird poop from across the street…

 

…(there, now I can see the trees again).