Living memory

This is an almost daily view while waiting for the bus to work. This snapshot of the Parramatta Road is typical. 19th and 20th century buildings vying for attention. 

At ground level shopfronts have been modernised while the floors above are often dishevelled, victims of neglect. 

This section on the Petersham side of the street would at one time have been a bustling microcosm of commerce. There would have been pubs, restaurants and shops. All within walking distance from home. 

Today, food courts, shopping centres and chic waterfront bars draw the motor bourne passengers. Vehicles drive by, oblivious to what once was. 

As the juggernaut that is the West Connex rides rough shod through communities, I wonder how much longer this living memory will exist. 


Thoughts of:

  • Walled gardens
  • 19th century red brick buildings
  • Warmth of terracotta in the early evening, after a day in the sun. 


I was willing the bus to get the stop near the end of the road on way home this evening. I wanted to be able to take a picture of dusk from the footbridge over the Parramatta Road, Leichhardt. 
When I think of the words dusk and dusky they conjure images of muted tones and dusty pastel shades. I am happy with the photo of the sunset above, I think it is in this ilk. 

Vintage Rover

A rare glimpse of a vintage Rover while walking Stan. This motor is usually protected from the harsh Australian sun’s rays by a cover. 

It appears renovations are in progress by the look of the rear passenger door. I wonder what colour the car was originally. Perhaps, British racing green or sky blue. Both would have suited this fine old lady; now a discreet grey. 

Golden sunrise

Sunrise behind Sydney CBD on Anzac Day washes Parramatta Road with golden light. 

Anzac Day, 25 April marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

Spectral crown

When I saw candlelight refracted through a water glass onto a tablecloth at home my imagination was piqued. What if this a glimpse of something from another realm; a spectral crown from an unseen dimension………..

Leichhardt post office

South facade of the Leichhardt Post Office, Sydney, Australia opened in 1889. James Barnet designed this Victorian Italianate building. 

The post office, originally located in the grand northern side is today located in the former postmistress’ quarters in the foreground.