Elaine’s Ephemera

 

Captain Cook welcomes you to this weird post

Captain Cook welcomes you to this weird post

As the trip draws to a close, I thought I’d share a few ‘homeless’ items that haven’t earned their own blog posts.  Sadly, this will give you a bit too much insight into how my mind works and what my interests are, so proceed at your own risk.

Take mobile homes, for instance.  I saw these (in finished form) in a few mobile home parks and was so happy to see that someone took the time to design a pleasant looking residence.  It was our last day with the car, and I hadn’t been quick enough to grab a few shots of finished homes earlier in the trip, so this was the best I could do without forcing Roger to drive around looking for more.  When we stumbled upon a mobile home factory, I had to act quickly.  He barely stopped the car (which I think is pretty obvious)!  It’s hard to imagine that he doesn’t share my interest in manufactured housing (he would if they had engines and two wheels).

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Whew!  I’m hoping you’ve recovered from the excitement of that last slide show!  Next, I’m ALWAYS interested in how other people live.  And by this I mean:  what their houses look like.  This is a testament to my husband’s never-ending patience – he would actually drive me around so I could take pictures of people’s homes.  So, if you’re curious about the homes of people in faraway lands, here they are:

First, Moorea, in French Polynesia:  (please know that most houses in Moorea, New Zealand and Australia were walled.  It was really hard to find houses that were exposed to the street.  I gave it my best shot….)

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Now, New Zealand:

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And, finally, Australia.  Note all the filigree ironwork that decorates many, many homes in Melbourne.  Shades of New Orleans.

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Something that might surprise you:  there were virtually no bugs in any of the countries we visited.  It was autumn, but not cold.  We were surprised to find only one beetle and some ants in Moorea, which we thought would be teeming with insects.

If you haven’t given up by now, you are clearly a glutton for punishment.  Your reward (or more punishment) – some random photos and appropriately random thoughts:

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Congratulations!  You’ve made it to the end of this post.

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5 Responses to Elaine’s Ephemera

  1. Linda May 13, 2013 at 9:42 pm #

    …..and it was a wonderful ride, Elaine. Enjoyed every minute and every picture, especially the one of you in the pants that scared everyone away. I’m still laughing!

  2. bobby May 13, 2013 at 10:07 pm #

    What was the price of gasoline in Australia?

    • Elaine Haydock May 14, 2013 at 12:38 am #

      Hi Bobby! We were paying $110 to $120 American dollars to fill a smallish sedan.

  3. Vic May 13, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

    Beautiful locations – Great photos – Loved the Blog

  4. Gabriele May 14, 2013 at 10:49 pm #

    Kudos, mate. The vicarious thrills I received from your posts are priceless. You have a gift and you use it well.

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