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Old & new in Newtown III – the abbey


Life is pretty dull quiet at Chez EllaDee & the G.O. but luckily what we lack the neighbourhood provides, just a short walk away.

King Street, Newtown (Inner West, Sydney) 2 blocks from our apartment offers all varieties of cafes and restaurants, shops, markets, stalls and businesses for browsing, or actual business.

On Sunday we had business to attend to. Our first item was brunch because the sun was well over the yard arm. We tried a cafe new to us, Funky Monkey and gave it a we’ll be back thumbs up for a simple delicious brunch of fresh juice – orange, apple, pineapple, watermelon, carrot & celery; vege breakfast of baked beans, hashbrown, fantastic hotplate mushies, fresh lightly fried eggs and just the right size piece of turkish toast with spread; and bacon, egg & bbq sauce on the softest bread roll with sesame seeds & a hashbrown made a happy G.O. 🙂

Our other items of business were birthday gifts for a 5 year old boy and a 10 year old girl.

For the 5 year old we had success at Flying Penguin with an Edtoys Transformobile Bulldozer and Forklift, and a magic kaleidoscope for his older brother.

From Eastern Flair, a rose quartz orb with a pewter butterfly base for the crystal loving 10 year old.

On the way home we crossed Goddard St, and noticed The Abbey (accommodating backpackers, not nuns and monks unless they are also backpackers) wall wearing new street art by Bafcat and Ears.  In January 2012 when blogging was new to me, I snapped a couple of pics of the The Abbey’s street art gallery, and mustn’t have been excited by it as I didn’t post the pics, or maybe I was busy…

The first 2 pics are from 2012 and the rest from last Sunday.





On the hot hot last day before we head back to the city, we went for a final swim at the V-Wall at Nambucca Heads, NSW, Australia. As we wandered back, looking up the river and commenting on the clear water & myriad of fish, there was a radio playing Coldplay’s song… para, paradise wohohohohoho… a message from the Universe to take with us.

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

the great divide: city vs country (I)


We took the opportunity of a 4 day shutdown weekend releasing the G.O. from work obligations to escape our city apartment, drive 6 hours to at our house at Taylors Arm and do a little summer/pre-Christmas preparations. On the back of this sojourn I’m feeling the disparity of our dual life.

A taste of country life…

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As I mentioned on elladee_places, we also indulged in a browse through the Hub and Pub Markets at The Pub With No Beer.

the great divide: city vs country (II) – a taste of city life

Old & new in Newtown II – the wild wild [inner] west


I walk the same route to the train station each Monday to Friday morning, and sometimes on weekends. Enroute there’s a typical inner-west house on the corner of Bray & Concord Streets which has a nice garden, a white cat, a yellow canary and residents who appear correspondingly typical. This is their fence, as it was when I first walked past in August 2011, and now. Courtesy of the weather, seasons and street artists, every day is a new day.

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“living in the wild wild west
the wild wild west…”
time travel back to the Wild Wild West c. 1988 with The Escape Club