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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

St. Johns Lutheran Church..



While chatting over lunch yesterday with mon ami français Marie I mentioned that on my travels I often come across lovely old churches in the most unexpected places, many surrounded on all sides by residential, business and other modern premises.. 'Ah oui' says she 'but remember how different their surroundings would have been when they were originally built' :) One such church in Northbridge surrounded by Central TAFE buildings is St. Johns Lutheran Church, the exterior walls built using stone from the Darlington quarries in the Perth hills. The door was open, next time I will go in! Hope your week has started well, happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe..


Monday, May 4, 2015

Monster from the deep..



The main reason we went to Fremantle last week was to look for this new mural by English artist Phlegm. Fortunately we didn't have to search at all, there it was! When you come into the port city on Queen Victoria Street, the main road entering Freo from Perth, you can't miss it on the side of the old naval store building. Directly over the road from the harbour it couldn't possibly be in a more ideal spot.


Painted in early April this year as part of FormPUBLIC 2015 the detail in Phlegm's work is phenomenal, remember his piece here for FormPUBLIC last year. There's much history along this stretch near the harbour.. Cantonment Hill has been used for military purposes since the early 1900's, looks like the signal tower has had a bit of a (t)art up also!


I was lucky to get this shot below without any cars obstructing the view as it's a really busy intersection, I'm standing on the river-side of the road. Isn't it fantastic, I think it will be there for a while, I'm almost sure there are no plans to knock this building down. Hope you had/or are still having a good weekend, happy Monday, take care and stay safe..
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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Croque Madame with Mrs S..


Caught up with sisters and nieces yesterday for brunch at Mrs S in Maylands, a tres popular weekend brunch spot. We had to wait a while for a table to free up, the days when you could phone up and book a table are long gone. It was worth the fifteen minute wait, brunch was excellent and even though Perth has a reputation for being expensive, if you pull in the menu below, what do you think? My Croque Madame at $13.50 was worth every scrumptious bite :) Aren't those menus too cute!


Look what I spotted as we came out, don't know what it is but was worth a quick shot oui! Hope you're having a good weekend, take care and stay safe... p.s. check out Aimee's post to see what she had for brunch. P.p.s. can't wait for Monday mural :)


Saturday, May 2, 2015

'Bringin' booty back'!



I love creative signage, a chalk board that brings a smile to the dial! The sign above advertising cup cakes and other sweet treats at the markets and even though I was tempted, I resisted. My 'booty' never left :)


This is more like it. Spotted in Leederville (remember this one Iris) outside my favourite hamburger joint. I was tempted to whip out my chalk and add Perth Daily Photo, as a definite, to that list of 'probable' celebs :) who appreciate a low carb super bun from Grill'd, seriously good! Brad Pitt, George Clooney et tout, you don't know what you're missing. Hope you have many moments that make you smile this weekend. take care and stay safe...




Friday, May 1, 2015

Revolution! Turning full circle..



The City Daily Photo theme this month is 'revolution' and although Perthites will rise up and make their voices heard when the government makes unfair cuts in essential areas, le guillotine is yet to make an appearance! I tossed around a few ideas.. my washing flying around on the iconic rotary Hills Hoist, an artistic shot of the sprinkler throwing water around a parched garden.Then.. an epiphany! I love an epiphany :) What do you and I spend time watching and waiting for? A complete clockwise revolution or a hundred of the often annoyingly slow refresh sign! Can't wait to see what everyone's come up with, happy Friday, take care and stay safe.. p.s. I really must clean my laptop screen :)


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Gilt, glamour and stuffed creatures!




I can never resist the opportunity to fossick in amongst old 'things' and Fremantle has many fine antique shops. Stuffed animals are not something I've seen a lot of but apparently taxidermy is alive (?) and well in Australia!


This was interesting.. when I took the first shot of this amazingly huge chandelier above, it must have looked as if I was interested.. am still trying to imagine this enormous beauty hanging in my wee house :)

... because when I returned ten minutes later after further fossicking .. check it out, a SOLD sticker! As difficult as it was to imagine the chandelier hanging it was impossible to imagine a stuffed fox on my mantlepiece :) Wish I had asked how much it sold for, what do you think, it doesn't look like it but it really was big, would love to see it in situ.. perhaps over an elegantly laid oak dining table..


This last shot is for Bill an avid collector of vintage typwriters.. This one was even before my time, I remember learning to type on a Remington to the William Tell Overture..  OMG listening to that brought back memories lol! Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe...


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Bus Stop Cafe and a big ship!



It was a grey day in Perth yesterday, menacing clouds that were all show and no action! On the way to Fremantle to take some shots of the most amazing piece of new art (will I be able to wait until Monday to show you that is the question) we came across the super cool Bus Stop Cafe parked by the beach and seriously, is there ever a time not to stop for coffee, especially on a grey day!


Couldn't get the National Geographic telescope above to work so whipped out my trusty camera et long lens to see what was sitting out there on the horizon and look.. we have visitors. The USS Carl Vinson docked for a few days R&R.. hello sailor :) or should I say sailors, there are about 5000 of them! Watching the smaller vessels buzzing around the battleship made me think of the oxpecker birds on a hippo another large, grey and dangerous water body. Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe..


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