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Friday, July 1, 2016

Looking Down...



The theme for City Daily Photographers for 1st July, is it really the first of July, where did the first half of the year go.. is 'looking down'. How could I resist this shot of my flower power bubble blowing granddaughter, the fact that there isn't a bubble is immaterial, just look at those eyelashes :) Below looking down a barnacle encrusted ladder into the deeply suspicious depths of Fremantle Harbour :) As always looking very much forward to seeing how CDP'ers around the world interpret this theme. Happy Friday and 1st of the month, take care and stay safe...




Thursday, June 30, 2016

Bit of a brute!!



I've been thinking a lot about architecture lately and while the loved and restored buildings of the late 18 early 1900's are visually and emotionally more pleasing to the eye and the soul what if the world was deprived of the imagination of architects like Canadian born architect Frank Gehry. Oh la, incroyable! As far as I know Sydney's Chau Chak Wing Building is the only Gehry in Australia, I'm sure we would make M. Gehry very welcome in Perth :)   


 While the Telstra Exchange building on Wellington St. constructed in 1975/78 in the brutalist design which sees heavy use of concrete is not a favourite it is 'purpose built to the requirements needed to regulate and maintain the internal temperature of the building'. As much as I love heritage buildings, and you know I do :) a street composed of multiple architectural designs surely has to be more interesting oui! I missed the open house here last year, hope it's on the list this year, I'd like to see what's behind this stern exterior :) Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe... p.s. in no way am I comparing this to a Frank Gehry creation :)
  


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Ear-muff weather, an almost catastrophe & faith restored!



 In the city on Monday to buy a new coat.. it was time, I haven't had a new coat since I went to Paris years ago, it's not such a priority here in Perth :) The good news is that I found the perfect coat in one of my fav shops, Dangerfield. The catastrophe was when, after lunch and almost back to the car I realized my wallet wasn't in my bag! Mad panic rush back to the lunch venue, big busy spot, to find a young man sitting where I had sat. He had handed it in to one of the staff, who had passed it along more than once until it eventually arrived in-tact downstairs at reception. As crazy as this world is right now, I like to believe there are more honest people than not.. just to clarify, when I say people, that doesn't include most people of the political persuasion :)


 I took these two shots yesterday afternoon at Hillarys Boat Harbour.. not how you usually see it oui! Seagulls below cavorting in a huge puddle in the car-park! Hope the skies are blue for you today, happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe... p.s. my knee didn't appreciate the mad dash on Monday, back to square one :)

 

Monday, June 27, 2016

'Flying Australian things' ...



Two of my favourite Perth artists side by side! Spotted in a carpark in Coogee Street Mount Hawthorn alongside many other artists (show you more next Monday) the theme being 'flying Australian things'. The 'wom-bat' painted by surf, skate and street artist Fieldey, aspiring artists out there see her in action on Fieldey TV Art & Tutorials here.  The wom-bat, as elusive as the now extinct Tasmanian Tiger which fell foul of the most dangerous predator the world has known.. man!
  

The beautifully coloured Rosella (parrot) painted by Brenton See. Inspired by David Attenborough's documentaries Brenton's work, a combination of animals and geometric shapes, tells the story of the unpredictable relationship between nature and man in this, I want to say dodgy :) but will say insecure world! Hope you had/are still having a good weekend, happy Monday, take care and stay safe...


Sunday, June 26, 2016

'Twas a perfect day to eat fish & chips by the sea!



I never would have guessed when I first opened my eyes yesterday morning that it could transform into such a wonderful winters day. The heavens were grey and beaucoup de pluie was falling :) but a few hours later the clouds gave way to a pale blue sky and a perfect 16C day. We stopped in at Kailis Trigg Beach kiosk for lunch, 'twas a perfect day to eat fish and chips by the sea! The long glass window of Kailis restaurant is perfect for reflections, 'the double trouble' below is as close as I'll ever get to a selfie :) Happy Sunday, hope you're having a good weekend, take care and stay safe...




Saturday, June 25, 2016

Espresso Yourself...



So I did.. and whats more I plan to do it again :) I'm going to take as many photos as I can this weekend to keep the blog going next week and rest up before I see the knee surgeon the following week, it's never too late to do the 'sensible' thing :) What are you up to this weekend.. enjoy! Take care and most of all stay safe...


Friday, June 24, 2016

Reminders of the past...



It was so good to see that in the restoration of the old Guildford Hotel so many features from the original hotel have remained. On two levels the upstairs floor is a combination of comfy leather chairs and sofas around a roaring original old fire, tres joli in winter oui! Also seating for eating :) out on the balcony and a large reception room for weddings and other functions..


 Looking down from upstairs you can see that the original old corner fireplaces are still there, albeit minus the rest of the floor! Amazing to see the charred remains of what was once the second floor.. maybe I should have kept these next three shots for the July 'looking down' CDP theme day subject :)


The main eating area on the ground floor is rustically (?)  charming...


The original spiral staircase and a glimpse of the belvedere.. Loved the little touches like the sink basin still attached to the wall there in the corner middle shot below. A beautiful and much in keeping with the heritage history of the hotel restoration.. I'm quite sure I will find lots of lovely details each time I visit.. Happy Friday, take care and stay safe...


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