Sunday, March 28, 2010

City


Hey lovely friends. It's Sunday night & I have just been reunited with my computer cable which I left in Melbourne on Thursday. It was a weird feeling being offline for a few days, weird but good. Having said that it's so nice to be back & having a look around other blogs to see what I've been missing. Here's what I've been up to lately....
After Rosie's dental visit on Thursday (more about that in a minute) I drove to Mum's place & she took Rosie back to Daylesford. Suddenly I had a couple of hours to myself....wow!



I sat outside in her little pretty garden and read the paper & had a cup of tea. Ahhh..


There are alot of great plants and things in her garden, like the huge banana plants and this giraffe which was a present from my stepfather, Len.

And towering over the garden, well not exactly towering but very much there, is the
Fitzroy Town Hall. When we lived at Moor St I spent many hours staring out my bedroom window at this magnificent building. Thinking & dreaming and as I got older having the odd sneaky cigarette.

I went for a walk around the old neighbourhood. Some things have changed and some things are still the same. Lots of graffiti & wall art.


This is the side of the house we grew up in. In the old days it just had one bit of graffiti which read "Free Hess'. I didn't realise the political implications of this at the time, as a kid I thought the last few letters had dropped off and it was supposed to read "Free Hessian". Such a child of the seventies...


Our old front door. It didn't used to be blue but hey, I like it!



And here she is again, what a great house it was, and is. When we moved in in 1973 it was a boarding house where Weary Dunlop once lived. There were five families living there and many tiny rooms and kitchens. My room was on half of the balcony which in those days was boarded up and had louvre windows. I remember reading by the street light at night when I was meant to be asleep. After moving out when I was seventeen I returned when Charlotte was a baby & we lived downstairs. Lots of memories from this house that was once our home.


Ok, so then I popped over the road to the good old Napes. The Napier Hotel was a big part of my life for a long time. The first pub I had a drink at, kahlua & milk while listening to Joy Division on the jukebox. Then later I worked behind the bar, for seven years actually, seeing many crazy, scary, funny things happen and serving/meeting millions of people. I worked there until just before I had Charlotte, wobbling around the bar with my big tummy, pulling beers and chatting with the locals. Fun days.


It was nice to see Guy, who has been the owner for a few years now. We chatted about old times and regulars. It was good to see it's still pretty much the same old pub. I'm very fond of this old girl.


But then it was time to head off for Charlotte's parent/teacher interviews which went well. After a quick dinner with her I walked over the river to the MCG to meet my dad & watch Richmond get done by the Blues. Boo hoo. Yep, you guessed it, more character building.

So there you go, a big day in the city. It was fun to wander around with some time on my hands, this doesn't happen much! I like being in the city for short bursts but I'm always relieved to get back home. As soon as I turn off the freeway and head into the country again I feel happy. I love living in the country.
Before I go here is the lowdown on Rosies tooth problem. We went to see the specialist who had a look and explained it was most likely that the tooth was broken and it would need to come out. This was disappointing but not the end of the world. Then the xray came back and...if you don't like xrays tune out now.....

it turns out she has an extra tooth!! Nothing broken at all. Which explains why we couldn't work out how it happened. Anyway you can see above she has a small, pointy extra baby tooth pushing out her front tooth. This crazy, renegede tooth will then also fall out and be replaced by her adult tooth. Wow. What a freakout. So it was a good outcome after all, unexpected but good! We may go back to have her baby tooth rounded out (Charlotte kindly keeps referring to it as her 'animal tooth') but we'll wait & see. Phew. I'm glad that's all over.




So now we're settling in to the holidays. Char is home, yay!! Unfortunately both of us have bad colds. Sniffing and snuffling we are. Hope you sweeties are snuggled up warm and comfy on this rainy Sunday night. To all who sent good wishes, I thank you from the bottom of my heart, my bloggy mates are super special to me. See you soon xo

15 comments:

Copper Patch said...

Looks like you had a great time. Lovely pics.
Ab

Tania said...

Sheesh! Renegade toothery! Who'd have thunk it? Excellent outcome. Shall be thinking good dental Rosie thoughts as I chuff off to sort out a mystery ailment of the toothy kind (is 39 too late to do convincing extra fang?)...

m.e (Cathie) said...

what an eventful few days.
hope you both feel better soon and enjoy the holidays

zofia said...

Lovely remembrances from times gone by.
How strange about an extra tooth!

Susan L (lily40au) said...

great news with Rosie ... ain't technology wonderful. and what a great day ... and isn't it wonderful to walk streets where you were happy and so much happened. i love the fitzroy town hall ... it must be one of the best in melbourne.

Jodie said...

So glad the toothy news is good - tooth stuff can be a pain, literally (and also in the wallet area)...

Lizzie said...

Yep, I agree. It's fabulous being in the city but it's even better getting back to the country.....
Have a good week.
Lizzie
xxx

sue said...

It must be so nice to visit down memory lane and relive some good times! I am so happy that Rosie had a good outcome with her tooth, she must feel very lucky to have an extra tooth to fill in the gap for a while, lol! Hope you and Charlotte feel better soon, we have just had hopefully the last of the headcolds for a while here.

Bec said...

Lovely pics. I know just how you feel about the city, nice to visit but so nice to get home.

kitty said...

Wow, you sure can pack alot into a weekend.
It's good to hear about the tooth. Poor little thing, I hope she doesn't get a complex from it being called an animal tooth.

Little Ted Canvas said...

Oh Beck, thanks for all of your lovely comments too, I always enjoy them & look forward to all your posts. Wow, the Napier hey?! That was our hangout too when my hubby (then boyfriend) lived in Alexandra Parade & I lived in St Georges Rd Nth. I love Fitzroy we had loads of good times, and just recently on a visit to the City, we just had to go back to Babka for their ripping french toast, delicious!
Feel better soon & enjoy your holidays, I bet it's nice to have Charlotte home, you must miss her throughout the term.

hester said...

Really enjoyed seeing that amazing house that you (and Weary) lived in. It's so nice to wander through the bricks and mortar of your own past.

Your relief over Rosie's tooth is leaping off the computer screen. So glad it went well and you can now relax and enjoy life (and get over your colds).

Beach Vintage said...

Dont you just love having some time off just for you! I know I do.

crzylady said...

What fun times! Great to see the ol' haunts :) I am always terrified of going "home" but I was a little too emotionally wounded by the place.

I had weird teeth too. My "I" teeth.. lost the babies, got big ones, lost the big ones and got little vampire teeth back in place of..
And my little sister lost her baby ones "I"s and had nothing to replace, so we say I stole her teeth.

Feel better!

Nishant said...

what an eventful few days.
hope you both feel better soon and enjoy the holidays
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