18 April 2011

Day 4 - Tropical Paradise

At the beginning, we lived in Melbourne. Above a shop, next to a petrol station.

The entrance to our place was through a back door and up some dark stairs, I remember that. I have forgotten most of what the inside of the house looked like but I remember that on Sunday afternoons, we used to look out of the front windows which overlooked the wide street and the awning of the shop below. From there, we could watch the Salvation Army band as it marched up the street. On very hot summer days, the marching music floated up the street long before we could see the band and it sounded like the heat of the day distorted the music.

Our Christmas tree for our first Christmas in Australia was a palm tree. My father took photos to send to our relatives in the old country, so they would see that we lived in a tropical paradise.

Nothing at all from those times seemed real to me. It all seemed like a hazy, brightly-lit dream which mostly pleasant but always confusing.

4 comments:

Heather Meyerratken said...

I love this Ulrike ! simply lovely - I can feel the breeze. We should skype soon as i get back from Egypt ok ? Keep on making your beautiful imagery . . . . x

fifi said...

How very jolly and lovely, a splendid tropical christmas tree indeed.

silvia said...

I love the story, and I know there is so much more behind the Christmas tree for your father. Great story indeed.

jennie said...

Have just returned from that tropical paradise Melbourne.

Lovely memory/story Ulrike.