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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Malaysia Hall, Northbridge..

Reflections of Malaysia Hall on Newcastle St. in Northbridge.This is the third Malaysia Hall in Australia, with a similar facility in Sydney and Melbourne.. focusing on the welfare of the many Malaysian students beginning their studies in Australia. It's an attractive building but as hard as I tried I couldn't find any information about when it was built, it looks old but how old I failed to discover :) Heading down to Cottesloe over the weekend to see Sculpture by the Sea, get ready for some weird and wonderful creations!  What are you up to this weekend? Enjoy, take care and stay safe..

Friday, March 6, 2015

A big hand for King Neptune!

When we took Iris (fellow blogger from Germany) to Yanchep, 56 km north of Perth, a few weeks ago (sorry Angie in Yanchep, tried but couldn't find your phone number), we were lucky enough to be at the old Atlantis Marine Park site at the same time as workmen cleaning up this long neglected area which we were told would be opened to the public at some time in the near future. Once again King Neptune, now all spruced up and rid of the graffiti he had to bear for many years will be in the limelight, those steps leading up to his giant hand were just made for photo ops right.. Iris will be taking one such photo home with her :)

The shot above with workman in corner to give you some idea of size and below all that is left of the original marine park. Yanchep has many attractions that make the trip more than worth while, the Yanchep National Park, the Crystal Cave, a thriving Art and Culture group (oh there's that number I was looking for, next time Angie).. and did I mention the beaches :) Friday again can you believe it, where did the week go.. take care and stay safe..

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Living in Northbridge, heritage v modern..

When I saw the two 'workers cottages' above sitting all alone on one side of the road on Lake St. in Northbridge I thought how wonderful they would look restored and perhaps joined into one cottage.. what do you think! Northbridge has some beautiful heritage homes, like the restored cottages below on a tree lined street and the bigger homes fourth pic down..

... and then there are the smart new modern apartments in Northbridge like these below.  What is your taste? I think if money was no object I would prefer old, but old usually means restoration according to heritage rules which equals lots of expense and sourcing of the right materials.. I think it would be so worth it though when I win the lotto :) Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe...p.s. catch up today!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Bountiful Beaufort!

Yesterday we took visiting German bloggers Iris and Ingo along to Beaufort Street Mt. Lawley on a bit of a mural hunt. It's possible that Mt. Lawley, an older inner city suburb, may have more street art per square inch than any other suburb in Perth.. and then there's the art deco buildings to swoon over!

Being an older suburb with above ground power lines, heavy pruning back of these wonderful old trees is necessary..

Found so many murals that I've been wanting to snap, but will save them for Monday.. couldn't resist showing you this beauty by Paul Deej in Grosvener Lane, brilliant the way he's incorporated the tree behind into the work don't you think...

Iris and Ingo with Dogman and Rabbitgirl, a sculpture by Gillie and Marc. Check out Iris' tee-shirt, 'HEAPS GOOD' Western Australia, Perth.. must be true if it's on a tee-shirt right :)

Rounding off the morning with lunch in The Flying Scotsman och aye! Was an excellent way to end a successful morning. Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe...

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

No need to lose your head!

You might remember the 'physics defying hairstyles' on the alien-like figures featured in murals around town by painter and freelance illustrator Martin E Wills. 'Genetic Vibration #1' seen on William St. Northbridge, alongside this fantasy piece below by Auckland born artist Misery (click to see more of her beautiful work)..

... and below this piece by NYC based artist Jerkface. I may be wrong, sometimes I am :) it's possible that this wall might disappear during the Northbridge 'facelift' that is all part of the Perth City Link Project. The life-span of street art has always been transient, that's part of it's charm I guess, catch it while you can.. c'est la vie! Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe...

Monday, March 2, 2015

Disaster at Long Gully Bridge..

This was going to be my theme day post before the lure of my mum's gorgeous face changed my mind at the last moment :) P took this shot when he was walking the Bibbulmun Track back in 2010. The track runs from Kalumunda on the outskirts of Perth down to Albany, a distance of nearly 1000kms taking walkers through vistas as beautiful as you would see anywhere, ranking it high up there as a must do for keen track walkers.The historic 'Long Gully Bridge' ageing beautifully since 1949 was built for the WA Government Railways,vital for the moving of timber to the Dwellingup Mill.When the mill burnt down in 1961 the track ceased operation and the bridge became the only viable crossing point for walkers on the track.

Tragedy! Fifty four years later the bridge has suffered the same fate! At the beginning of February during one of many bush fires started by lightning this year, despite the valiant efforts of Park & Wildlife Fire crews the bridge was totally destroyed! The above shot and the below shot showing the aftermath of the fire were taken from the official Bibbulmun Track site. Always a heart-tug when a piece of history is lost but there's no stopping mother nature when she unleashes her fury! Happy new week, take care and stay safe..

Sunday, March 1, 2015

CDP Theme Day.. Ageing.

For as long as I can remember I have always loved old photographs, black & white and sepia preferably. A moment in time captured when people and places never age, remaining as they were when young and new. I particularly love images from 1920 - 1950. Did you know that the first 'selfie' was taken in 1839 and the word selfie was officially entered into the Oxford Dictionary in 2013, I find that a little disconcerting :) The lady in the photograph above is my Mum.. she remained in my eyes, and everyone who knew her, as beautiful until the day she passed away. True beauty, inside and out, never ages. Happy Sunday, take care and stay safe..

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