This is the area
I grew up in.
A family suburb on the foreshore of Sydney Harbour
the cars parked in the driveways
Fords, and the occasional Bentley.
My parents paid 14,000 pounds
for our house
it was three stories high
(if you count the attic with it's two bedrooms
and the playroom built into the slope of the block!!!!)
and it had a view straight through
the heads of the Harbour
it sold recently for over
2 million dollars
I do wish they had kept it!!!
The homes were all a bit tired,
the gardens often had a bike
on it's side in the drive or
a cricket bat lying on the lawn
and the grass was often just slightly too long
and the gardens were a bit free flowing,
hydrangeas and camellias were the plants of choice.
It was not an untidy suburb, it was just a family
recently I went back to visit
and it was not the same
There is not a bit of peeling paint
to be spied anywhere
the gardens are manicured to
within an inch of their lives
the cars in the drives are
BMW s, Mercedes Benz, and Suburus,
mostly large 4 wheel drive machines
It is beautiful, there is no doubt about that
but somehow it
has lost that fabulous familiar feeling
you are home!
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