Wednesday, August 12, 2009

our streetscape




Beaufort Street in Highgate is portrayed as a trendy restaurant etc strip. A couple of our favourite restaurants are there - GoGos and Koinonia. It was starting to look rather good - tree planting - nice strip down the middle - giving it a slightly villagey look - apart from the traffic which roams up and down all the time as it is a major throughway. However the Main Roads had this idea to put Las Vegas style neon lights up in the guise of 40 with a ring of red around it - all the way up - and the Town of Vincent in their excitement jumped in feet first to have these obscene intrusions. The trouble is - past the lights you can go 60 again straight away and anyway the traffic crawls along and you could be pushing it to get to 40 at the best of times.

I took these pics when I went off tonight to get my ingredients for our curry and tried to get myself killed lingering off the middle of the centre. Never mind I am still here typing.

Not a lot to report creatively other than to say that almost everything is back in place and I have done more than half of the ordering and I must say with glee that the Moonglow Sprays are so organised down at the lockup that I spent quite some time admiring my handiwork.

I am busy playing with Walnut Ink and also writing an article on threads for the machine embroidery (and textile art) magazine so I suppose I have been reasonably constructive. Not sleeping in my own bed though, Maggie......

3 comments:

Doreen G said...

You should explain more Dale-I know what you mean but other people may be wondering whose bed you are sleeping in.

Heather said...

Doreen is right you know - you could be misunderstood! Have a pat on the back for all that sorting and organising. What is it about planners that allow ugly signs everywhere. We have seen places where there are so many signs that you can't possibly read them all and drive safely at the same time.

lisa_crofts said...

dale I too have encountered those ugly neon lights. They are really bright and can be seen from far away even during the day. They are absolutely bizarre and quite useless. As you say traffic through crawls anyway. It certainly detracts from the overall look of the area now.

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