Tuesday, 6 February 2007

Victoria Square Adelaide


The central point of this rectilinear city is perhaps, the Victoria Square Fountain by the sculptor John Dowie.
The fountain theme is based on the three rivers from which Adelaide draws it's water.
The Murray. (Aboriginal Man and Ibis.)
The Torrens. (Woman and Black Swan.)
The Onkaparinga. (Woman and Heron.)
The Crownlike upper basin recalls the 1963 Royal Visit.
Behind, you can see The Australian Flag, (Blue Ensign) and the Aboriginal flag. Unfortunately the water is turned off as we are experiencing severe water restrictions during the most severe drought in years.

18 comments:

lynn said...

Funny, Ame's fountain has been dry of late too, if you'll pardon the innocent euphemism there.

Nice shot. Today though all i want is to lay on your beach with a book. Relieve the stress. I need it.

M.Benaut said...

Merci Lynn,
Les seules choses que une fille doit avoir sur la plage,
un livre, un grand chapeau blanc et un serveur des boissons.
I shall volunteer for the latter !!!
And Ame, we can hose her down, no worries !!!

lynn said...

Ooh yes sounds perfect. Saw a tv prog about Adelaide it was very interesting, thought of you both of course. Was amazed at the public barbecue facilities in parks. How does it work, who clears up and who attends? Pic please!

M.Benaut said...

That's just so easy, Lynn,
Every "Wensdy nite", we play tennis in the Parque at Tusmore, in the eastern suburbs, The council provide electric BBQ's and the creek is adjacent. Birds twitter in the trees and we twitter to the sound of steak and onions sizzling and corks popping. It's a ritual that we have maintained for years and most wednesdays we have about 10-20 attendees. In June, and to celebrate the birthday of both moi and Marilyn Monroe, we hold a monster bonfire at chez nous. Anyhow, the councils provide the park facilities; water, electric bbq's, tennis courts, rubbish bins etc and we keep the joint nice and clean for the next victims. It's hard posting just one photo a day but I'll try and squeeze one in just pour vous.

lynn said...

Thanks. This is such a good idea. I'm doubtful about people keeping it clean though, i mean i'm sure you would, but what sort of state is it in when YOU arrive there after someone else? It would be filthy at best in the UK and at worst, vandalised or nicked. I'm sure i'm not being unpatriotic or disloyal here, Ham would back me up i think. You live life more there i believe, too.

M.Benaut said...

Lynn,
Well, remember we are a smaller population and the suburb in question is where, how can I describe it without being a snob, er, house values are above the median level, you know what I'm trying to say. Aussies do live out-of-doors as much as possible and we do have a strong anti-litter mentality. You don't see litter much here and our group always does an 'Emu Parade' at the end of the evening, if only to see who's purse or mobile phone has been left. The electric bbq's always need scraping down, but that's nothing. When it's really too hot for tennis we sometimes go to a friend's house right on the beach and carry on like pork chops there. Pretty hard life really. Actually Mme. B and I met at one of these bun fights and were married 366 days later.

lynn said...

Ahhh a year and a day, how romantic. Did you sail on a pea green boat too?

I understand the concept of better areas, but unless it was an exclusive private estate here, i can't see it happening.

Mme Benaut said...

Hi Lynn, no pea green boat (Deborah Conway as well as the Owl and the Pussy Cat?) but we did meet at the beach! Love at first sight ...

lynn said...

Beautiful. I'm with someone i was at primary school- met again after many years. Romance reigns!

Ame said...

HEY HEY HEEEEEEEEEY! WAAAAAAAAY too much twittering and bun talk here!

WHO needs to be hosed down NOW? OH! Guess I still qualify! LOL! ;)

Lynn, we simply HAVE to go to the land of OZ...all us DPers could just have one big or...ganized CHAT FEST!
;)

PS: HI MME! How's the water? ;)

lynn said...

Good idea Ame.

Mme Benaut said...

Hi girls,
We thought you were coming to OZ last Monday!
Going swimming tomorrow Ame but sadly it is only hydrotherapy - I'm recovering from a spinal fusion.
Lynn - you take the cake for discovering your childhood sweetheart!!!!!!!!! I read another few posts of your book last night - I'm up to Sleeping with Dave I think. Even though you're setting the scene of obsession with Jamie and Jo, the farewells for a short visit away were a tad embarrassing to read. I know that this sort of thing (missing you etc) goes on very early in a relationship but for the purposes of a book, p'raps a bit long? Only constructive editorial here, promise. I was a speechwriter once so hope this is helpful. MmeB xx

Nathalie said...

Bienvenue dans le cercle des Daily Photos, les Benaut Monsieur et Madame !
Amis d'Eric de Paris et followers distants mais éclairés de politique française, amateurs de barbecues et de tennis, à ce que j'ai lu ?

Anyway, un petit bonjour de Sydney et bienvenue dans la grande aventure de la photo quotidienne !

M.Benaut said...

Chère Nathalie,
Il est avec le plus grand du plaisir celui que je lis votre commentaire plus aimable à moi. J'avais lu vos belles observations de ville de Sydney pendant une certaine longue heure et votre blog m'a donné beaucoup de plaisir. Vous avez évidemment vu mon commentaire politique au sujet du présidentiel et de vous m'honorer de vos observations. Il est si gentil de voir les français, dans une terre de l'anglais étant ennuyeux condamne et des migrants ! Moi, je suis l'un de ceux. Retournez s'il vous plaît dès que vous pourrez en mesure. Je voudrais vous inciter à avoir un certain rire.
Mille et un baisers,
M. Benaut (et Mme. Aussi).

lynn said...

Hi Mme! Glad you're still reading. Your criticism is appreciated don't worry! It was all rather squirmy wasn't it, agreed. My point was the insecurity in their relationship, the extreme love they felt but which could be potentially blown away with threat of the mere presence of Craig. Hence the 'going off to war' syle of parting. lol! It was quite embarrassing to write too, i assure you. That's the reason anyway. Their relationship does not have too firm a foundation really, otherwise Craig would have been out of the picture long before. Carry on reading and critiquing, i look forward to it! x

Sally said...

I'm in Sydney. Almost every suburban park (and there's a lot!) has BBQ facilities. People pretty much clean up after themselves, and if a bit of rubbish gets left behind then the garbage collectors empty the bins, and the council street cleaners tidy up every so often. But, generally there's no littler left - people take it home or bin it. My theory: we learn to bin stuf at school, because unlike in the UK (where I taught) you generally eat outdoors in the playground, on grass areas etc year round, not in cafeterias. And there's anti-litter TV ads that have penetrated the consciousness over time.

M.Benaut said...

Thanks, everyone for your nice comments.
Sally,
It's wonderful to meet you at long last ! I have been popping over to your BEAUTIFUL city a lot lately as I have just become a grandpa. William will be revealed to you soon, he's now 4 months old. My problem is that to post his photo, taken in Sydney, would possibly be trespassing on your turf (et Nathalie aussi), so I would ask your permissions first. We had a wonderful time at Taronga Zoo but William in his pusher slept right through. Welcome to ADP anyway and let's continue putting Australia on the World Map.

Ame said...

Awwwwwwww MMe....just reading back thru these comments and realize I missed commenting on your fusion...sorry to hear you're having to deal with this...my Mom had a cervical one (for pinched nerve and headaches) many many moons ago...and it's no fun! Hope the therapy is helping and that you're doing ok and will be back to your normal self SOON! Take care...can you believe it's 3:40AM and I have't been to sleep yet? Ahhhhhhhhh...life of a dedicated blogger! LOL! ;)