A Snapshot of Two Cities #11

15:20, 27/9/2015, Purple Gold Mountain, Nanjing, China

Well, this photo just makes me want to jump head first through my computer screen and join Isabel and her lovely friends. How delightful does that picnic look? Friends (shirtless and otherwise πŸ˜‰ ), good food, interesting conversation, stunning weather…I cannot express how much I nowΒ want to lie back on a picnic blanket, close my eyes against the warm sun, and listen to the hum of chatter and laughter and bees buzz-buzz-buzzing around me. 10 points to Isabel for perfectly capturing the essence of a good time!Β I am definitely living vicariously through you right now! I love the way you’ve framed your shot, too.

18:11, 29/9/2015, Box Hill, Australia

18:11, 29/9/2015, Box Hill, Australia

My photo was taken in Box Hill, one of Melbourne’s Chinese hubs. Mathew and I went here for dinner earlier in the week. So many good restaurants! There’s almost TOO MUCH to choose from. Dumplings and wontons and pho, oh my! But aside from the food options, Box Hill is an interesting suburb. My parents grew up here and often comment on how different it is nowadays. The buildings are different (though I actually find the clash of older buildings, like that church in the middle of the shot, and more modern ones elsewhere, fascinating), it’s a lot busier and hectic with more traffic and noise, and there’s quite a lot of development going on in the general area; it’s almost like it’s becoming a mini city. Fun fact: my dentist is down the road on the left at those traffic lights. You’re welcome.

What I love MOST about this installment of A Snapshot of Two Cities is the fact that it looks like we’ve done the ol’ switcheroo! It looks like Isabel could be here in Melbourne and I over there in Nanjing. I really do love this little project and the completely unexpected patterns and differences that crop up in our photos. Virtual fist bump, Isabel!

A Snapshot of Two Cities is a collaborative project between myself and Isabel from Nanjing Nian. We take a photo of something that catches our eye each week and post the photos on our blogs. We hope you enjoy looking at the differences and similarities between the two cities and cultures, and also just some pretty pictures. You can read more about it in the first posting.

Jacquie

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Jacquie is a 20-something maker and writer from Melbourne. She enjoys eating virtually anything that is labelled salted caramel and, contrary to popular belief, has forgotten how to ride a bike. She feels ambivalent about writing in the third person but thought it might be fun. It was.

10 comments

  1. Carolyn

    Is that the dentist of the ‘exquisite molars’ reference? Like the Wizard of Oz reference in there too. Nice! Think you’ll be able to spread out the picnic rug this weekend. Looks like it’s going to be jolly fine weather in Melbourne town!

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    1. birdandfox

      Why yes, it is! Haha. My actual dentist has changed as the “exquisite molars” one since retired, but still the same practice.

      Thank you! I’m glad you appreciated the reference. I was inordinately proud of myself for coming up with it.

      And yes, I think so too. I’m actually going to a friend’s going away party/picnic/gathering at a park so I am very excited for that! Hope you enjoy the sunny weather coming soon, too! Thanks so much for your comment, as always.

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  2. Isabel

    My fave part about your photo is the glowing red lights, and how they contrast with that beautiful sky. So glad you went back to Box Hill for this shot! I also love that big red brick church building. Would you say 1960s? Something so distinctively Australian about that kind of church. I’m thrilled that the weather will be warm enough for you to picnic this weekend, hurrah! Don’t be too jealous of our lake-side picnic, we did not have nice food (ate lunch before arriving) and actually only ate sunflower seeds, so not much of a picnic! Becoming lazy I guess πŸ™‚ The last time we went to this lake, there was a Chinese guy who climbed up this huge tower to jump off into the lake, and then freaked out and refused to jump, but couldn’t get down from the tower, so the police and fire brigade had to come and get him down with a ladder! It was quite entertaining. Love your fun fact…very important to have a good dentist, after all xxx

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    1. birdandfox

      Thanks, Isabel! I’m glad I went back too. Yeah, I’d say 60s for that church – it looks a bit out of place there, doesn’t it?

      I’m also super excited about the weather! Haha that type of picnic doesn’t actually sound too bad – more time for lazing around on the blanket under the sun πŸ™‚ Oh dear! That sounds quite dramatic! Poor guy. Jumping into the lake does sound kinda fun, actually…especially on a scorcher of a day.

      Haha why thank you! It occurred to me as I was taking the photo that this was one of the sections of Box Hill that I am most familiar with, all because of my dentist. So I thought I’d share that fact πŸ˜€ x

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  3. Dani

    Oh I loved seeing the contrast between the two cities. It was also interesting seeing where Isabel hangs out to play. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. birdandfox

      Me too, Dani! I always look forward to Isabel’s photo because I love seeing what she sees. Thanks for dropping past, Dani! x

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  4. Lisa

    Ooh love these snapshots. They are making me hungry for dim sims and thai curry. Sunshine!! So glad spring is finally here. xx

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    1. birdandfox

      The temptation to grab some dumplings after taking my photo was high, Lisa, I can assure you. But I resisted! Another time πŸ™‚

      I’m so so SO glad spring is here, too! I’m off to a picnic/BBQ today and the weather is just perfect for it.

      Thank you for stopping past, Lisa x

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  5. Clare

    I thought exactly what you said when I saw these photos! I thought the first one was yours. Both great shots as usual.

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    1. birdandfox

      Haha yep! We’re just keeping everyone on their toes πŸ˜› It was amusing though because we didn’t even plan to do it. Love it. Thanks so much, Clare πŸ™‚

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