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Saturday, September 5, 2015

First weekend of spring and.. Google Plus.



We are officially into spring and the weather is behaving accordingly.. all in the one day we've had chilly early mornings, warm sunshine and afternoon showers, couldn't be more perfect! I always seem to show you the more ugly and bizarre Australian native plants, thought you might like to see that we do have many lovely delicate natives also. I wouldn't swear my life on it but I think the first three are of the Callistemon (bottle brush) genus, the above quite rightly called 'purple splendour', that is the actual colour, no touch-ups..


I confess to not having a clue what the two below are but wouldn't they make fabulous Aussie style decorations for the Christmas tree :) Here's the thing about Google Plus, I know many of you use it and I can still visit your blogs, but there are a few who regularly visit and for some reason I'm unable to connect back. Is there something Google Plus users have to do so that non users can still connect.. and no, I'm never going Google Plus :) Hope you have a happy and safe weekend, take care...


Friday, September 4, 2015

'Windows'.. no explanation needed..



They say it’s never a good sign when an artist has to explain his or her art, I'm not sure I agree totally with this theory, sometimes a bit of 'what the heck?' debate can be enjoyable :) However this super creation in recycled steel by Wayne Jeffrey titled 'Windows' needs no explaining, each misshapen window looking out onto a splendid Araluen vista, I just wish I'd had the foresight to shift my angle to frame a view of the tulips, that would have looked so good.. ah well, next time! Happy Friday, take care and stay safe...


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Plus les escargots M. Pâtissier s'il vous plaît..



Looks like there was a run on escargots, P's personal favourite. Early Sunday morning, 7am, before we set off to Araluen Botanic Park and before we had to queue for a table, we called in at the Mary Street Bakery, on Beaufort Street for breakfast. Slow cooked eggs, with a side of avocado and polenta chips, two cups of steaming hot coffee, and a salted caramel donut for later.. not much later :) sooo good! Check out the menu, what would you have picked? Aimee making the difficult choice below.


A few weeks ago I read a review of the top ten bakeries/patisseries in Australia, the number one choice was the Bourke Street Bakery, I agree, have been there many times and it absolutely deserves that No.1 spot, but.. here's the thing, WA didn't score on the list and my question is this.. did anyone actually make the apparently 'too hard to make the effort'  trip over to Perth to check out our fabulous bakeries, I think not! Therefore my personal mission will be to show them to you here.. that's quite alright, my pleasure :) Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe..


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Skate Park Scuba Shark..



We often talk about the transient life of street art.. classic example here, not so much gone as obstructed! Sandwiched between the wall of a skate ramp and one of those scary new loos that give you a certain amount of time to 'get things done' before the door slides open revealing all :) While in Leederville last week we stopped by the Skate Park, which in typical skate park style is covered in street art. You might notice I haven't signed the top shot, that's because I didn't take it, I passed my camera up to a very helpful young skater who hung over the rail to take the above shot for me, merci beaucoup. Hope I'm not too late for Monday mural! Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe...p.s. would be fab if all sharks looked so friendly :)
See more Monday Murals here...


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Curiosities.. 'Big Bad Banksia Men'




Is it my imagination or is that guy up there giving me the eye.. sly dog Banksia man! When it comes to curiosities the Banksia cone takes some beating. I went a'trudgin' through the bush yesterday afternoon to capture some Banksia characters for today's CDP 'curiosities' theme.  Here, a few of the many unusual variety's of the same genus that May Gibbs called 'the big bad Banksia men' in her Snugglepot and Cuddlepie stories. You down there, you lookin' at me!


Crocodile Banksia aka Cranksia...


Cyclops Banksia...


I can't put my finger on it but this just looks rude :)


Hedgehog Banksia...


Apocalypse Zombie Banksia...


 ... and my personal favourite 'Old Yeller' with his whiskery chin below..



Look who was munching right beside me not the slightest bit bothered by my tramping about, pretty cool right! Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe.. p.s. I don't mind admitting I was a little creeped out by the time I'd finished :)
 To see more curiosities from around the world check here... 


Monday, August 31, 2015

Lily ponds and water sprites...



Although the spring tulip festival is wonderful Araluen Botanical Park is special at any time of the year. One of the many charming features at Araluen, an Aboriginal word meaning singing waters, running waters or place of lilies, is the Grove of the Unforgotten. A waterfall tumbling down over a series of terraces surrounded by pencil pines forming the shape of a lyre, and just below the terraces.. a lily pond where on Saturday I was lucky enough to catch a sweet water sprite gazing at her reflection among the lily pads and later, lured by the 'singing water' flitting past the falls :) I hope you had/are having a good weekend, take care and stay safe...p.s. the view across the valley from waaay up there is not too shabby!


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Bloomin' Sunday..



Above, the first glimpse of the wonders awaiting us below in the valley. Despite the weather prediction of rain and storms yesterday we were up early and off to see the tulips at Araluen Botanical Park. This is the first time we've made it to the tulip festival and we weren't disappointed, it was spectacular! The red had the biggest blooms I've ever seen on a tulip and the colour.. oh la! it was so intense, the hardest to capture. Such a contrast between the surrounding native Australian bush and the exotic tulips and yet somehow it worked beautifully. Luck was with us, just as we made it back to the car the heavens opened and la pluie fell :) Unfortunately not so lucky for the busload of visitors that had just arrived. Hope you have a wonderful Sunday, take care and stay safe...


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