A Snapshot of Two Cities #9

15:33, 15/9/2015, Nanjing, China

I feel I should inform everyone that I spent about five whole minutes trying to come up with a funny, punchy line using a phone-based song lyric to team with Isabel’s photo this week. And nothing. Nada. All I could think of was ABBA’s Ring, Ring, Blondie’s Hanging On the Telephone, and Lady Gaga’s Telephone…so all just phone-related songs, but no actual punch line. Good work, Jacquie, good work. Anyhow. What’s more important is how much I LOVE Isabel’s photo this week. I love how dilapidated (one of the best words ever) it looks, I love the colours of the sky blue pipes, the pastel yellow of the phone, and the bright pink of the flowers. I love how the vine looks like it’s slowly consuming the phone box – mother nature wins this battle perhaps?

7:40, 15/9/2015, Melbourne, Australia

7:40, 15/9/2015, Melbourne, Australia

Speaking of mother nature, my photo captures some lovely weather we were givenΒ earlier this week. It was taken just outside the uni I study and work at. I woke that morning to a heavy downpour of rain that didn’t let up until maybe near lunch time. What amused me about the whole thing was that just the day before, it had been a glorious, 24 degree day filled with sunshine and warmth. I even had to change the pyjamas I wore to bed Monday night, that’s how serious it was. Flannelette pjs were a no-no on Monday night and then BAM! Rainy and overcast the next morning. Classic Melbourne weather.

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

    What a great contrast in photos! Isabel’s is just one of those perfect colourful moments when nature and man made environments collide. But then there is something comforting about being enclosed on grey , rainy days. Wish I could offer something on the caption front but I’ve got nothing as well!

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    1. birdandfox

      I thought there was a good contrast too, Carolyn! I do love curling up under a blanket on a cold rainy night – so comforting and cosy.

      Haha glad it’s not just me! Ah well, we tried! It’s the thought that counts, right?

      Thanks so much for stopping past, Carolyn πŸ˜€

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  2. Isabel

    I love that you spent ages trying to think of a phone pun and came up empty. I can only think of that ‘Call Me Maybe’ song…but again, no punchline! Oh, I’m sorry you had to go back to your flannel PJs after you’d already made the big post-winter change. Not fair, Melbourne! Don’t give people false hope! You’re right, the phone box does suggest the plant world encroaching on the man-made. Dilapidated is the perfect word for it πŸ™‚

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    1. birdandfox

      Oooh Call Me Maybe! It took me months to get that out of my head – can’t believe I didn’t think of it!

      I’m a little sorry too re the flannel pjs but I think it’s my own fault. I just got too excited. I should have known better – Melbourne weather is a tricky business.

      Thanks for commenting, Isabel πŸ˜€ And I really do love this photo. I kind of want to print it out and frame it!

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  3. Laura

    Haha! Damn puns, where are they when you need them. Great photos this week. I like how they represent the changing seasons though ironically yours looks more like autumn and Isabel’s more like spring. And so sorry that you had to revert to flannel. I’m still very much with the flannel here, haven’t even decreased the number of blankets on our bed. Ah, summer is out there somewhere.

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    1. birdandfox

      Haha, exactly! I was very much let down by the puns yesterday.

      Thanks! I thought the same thing. It’s meant to be spring now and Melbourne isn’t having a bar of that, apparently! I am also quite a bit sad that I’m still in flannel (with blankets on the bed, too!)…though I do love being snug. I just got so excited for warmer weather! Such a fool. Never trust Melbourne weather.

      I’m hanging out for summer. I’m sure it will come soon!…right? Thanks for stopping by, pal πŸ˜€

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  4. Jasmine

    I really do love Isabel’s photo so much! And we could really do with some of your Melbourne rain up here is Qld Jacquie.
    Let’s do a trade I’ll send you a clear day in the low 30’s for a day of rain!
    (I can’t think of any good puns either, other then Collette’s “you can ring my bell” which isn’t even really related!)

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    1. birdandfox

      Oh, yes! Let us trade! Have the rain and we’ll take some sunshine please.

      Haha thanks for trying with the pun – it’s hard, right? I think “You Can Ring My Bell” is still related, given the typical Aussie “I’ll give him a bell” saying!

      Thanks for stopping past, Jasmine πŸ™‚

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  5. Robyna | the Mummy & the Minx

    We had the same thing happen in Brisbane – the weather tricks you into thinking it’s summer and then turns on you again. and you are left wet and soaking in denim shorts (or that might be just be over-hopeful me).

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    1. birdandfox

      Haha oh dear, Robyna! That’s no fun at all! I don’t blame you for being hopeful though – it’s so tempting. Hopefully we both get some nice sunshine-y weather that hangs around soon! Thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

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