Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Grey, but not bleak


Lincraft is just on this corner, and I was looking for squares of felt to use as grass, and mud, and a pond, and stuff to go with the village through which our wooden train set runs. It was spitting a smidge, but the people scurrying back to their burrows after lunch were not overly worried. I am looking south, down York Street towards the Sydney Town Hall. On my left is the Queen Victoria Building. Back over my right shoulder, out of sight, is forever imprinted on my psyche as the corner of York'n'Market'n'Clarence where my father started work in 1936 as a 15 year old, on the 4th Floor in the haberdashery firm, D&W Murray. He used to pack suitcases for the travelling-salesmen who did set routes through the country areas of the state.

8 comments:

J Bar said...

Busy city shot.

Kay L. Davies said...

A beautiful new/old cityscape, Julie, and the connection with your father must make it extra special to you.
I'm flying out to the west coast tonight (taking my little computer) and having dinner with some of the family on Friday, two years after Dad died.

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

GW Bill Miller said...

The contrast between old and new architecture is very striking.

diane b said...

great contrast of old and new buildings. Love the personal anecdote to your post. Eldest daughter works down there somewhere in the Hilton Building.

Peter said...

A busy intersection well snapped, I am sure you wouldn't get much time to set up.

Julie said...

I find I get a lot of time in the city, mainly I guess because things happen on a timed basis, eg the changing of the lights. I wanted the people crossing, yet the cars just starting. Me with my wobbles, I need to lean back against a pole/post and then just bide my time.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

The QVB is one of my favorite buildings in Sydney, you've captured the energy of the city perfectly Julie.

Breathtaking said...

Hi Julie
Framed by the old and new buildings, you have captured the hustle and bustle of city life so well.