For once I’ve done this Weekly Photo Challenge strictly according to the rules. The instructions were to depict the delights of your neighbourhood as seen through the hole in the back of your phone.
So armed with nothing but an iPhone 4, out I went into the streets of Marrickville, Sydney, NSW, Australia. First stop was the Post Cafe – the old post office now converted into something far more useful early on a Saturday morning.
Now my heart had started functioning again, I could get on with doing the shopping. The great thing about Marrickville is that there’s practically no sort of food you can’t get here. The population is a great ethnic mix – Greek, Middle Eastern, Portuguese, Chinese and Vietnamese.
I had a Vietnamese meal in mind for the evening – make-your-own rice paper rolls with Asian herbs. Van Long had all the makings. I picked out a bunch of betel leaves and one of coriander. A lady quickly bustled over to take them out of my hand and replace them with fresher bunches.
Next door was Van An Seafood, where live barramundi swam lethargically in tanks, trying not to attract anyone’s attention. I was pleased to see that Van An catered for colour-blind shoppers, thoughtfully labelling the red fish ‘RED FISH’.
There were also BLACK FISH, SILVER BREAM and BLUE SWIMMER crabs.