the great divide: city vs country (II)


Feeling the disparity of our dual existence after last weekend’s sojourn at our house at Taylors Arm, I posted the great divide city vs country (I) – a taste of country life.

This is the corresponding taste of city life…

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Just as language has no longer anything in common with the thing it names, so the movements of most of the people who live in cities have lost their connection with the earth; they hang, as it were, in the air, hover in all directions, and find no place where they can settle. Rainer Maria Rilke


About EllaDee's

After a decade of living in tiny apartments in the inner-city of Sydney, Australia with my husband referred to in my posts as the Gorgeous One (G.O.) while I worked in corporate-legal and the G.O. in civil earthworks we relocated 500 kilometres north in December 2015 to our home in the Nambucca Valley to follow our dream of living simply and creatively. We travelled around Australia in 2016. Now we work on our 1930’s house, have a vegetable garden and a dog plus share a flock of backyard chickens with our neighbour. These days I’m a horticulture student, something I dreamed of doing for many years. From time to time I write about day-to-day life, past & present, people & places, and take snapshots with my smart phone. Copyright 2011-2017. All content of,, & is copyright. Apart from any use permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no part may be reproduced by any process, nor may any other exclusive right be exercised, without the permission of the owner who can be contacted via email dln011 [at] yahoo [dot] com [dot] au.

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    • The balcony is undercover & so much bigger than our previous apartment but it’s filthy… only geraniums & succulents can survive for any length of time under the rail ballast & dirt, and what survives gets chewed by caterpillars (it cost me a fortune at the garden centre ’til I figured out it was never going to be a success)… so the community herb garden at the back of the apartments is handy 🙂
      I don’t mind spending 10 mins at the end of the day looking out over the harbour.

  1. Thank you for an insight into Sidney 🙂
    What come across in your photos is how very clean and tidy it all looks, and the park looks an excellent escape from the built up areas……… and that view while waiting for the train…WOW!

    • A would walk across the botanical gardens from our flat (different gardens to ED’s park) and then jump on the ferry at Circular Quay to go to work at the dockyard on Cockatoo Island in the middle of Sydney Harbour. Sorry ED, I am hi-jacking 😀

    • It was mentioned only a few days ago how fortunate we are that the City of Sydney local govt area, inc. Sydney Park, is so well maintained, given the large population. I agree, I never get sick of looking over the harbour 🙂

    • Thank you… sadly it’s best not to look too closely at the balcony, the potted plants are there to provide the illusion of loveliness when it’s actually very grimy… damn trains… but nice for sitting in the sun, or rain as it’s undercover & huge in usual balcony terms.

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