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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Late autumn in Perth.. 'there's something about trees'!

There is isn't there! You can be frazzled as all heck but the minute you're surrounded by the leafy wonder of trees all is calm again. As you know I'm searching for the perfect tree for the back garden, taking time to choose because of multiple mistakes in the past :)  There are several mature tree nurseries around Perth and yesterday we went to Ellenby Tree Farm in Gnangara, only 25 mins from home it feels like you're way out in the country..

... and there it was (below).. the perfect tree! Not sure if you can see it all that clearly here and bottom shot, it has the pink tag and perfect spread :) It's a Tipuana tree and the pink tag means that I was too late, it's been sold.. which after reading the info might have been a good thing, apparently it can grow to 30mt high.. but I love it and would have bought it in a Perth minute if it had been available :) Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe.. p.s. Aimee's descent down the QV1 building today, eek!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Perth from the south side..

It was a grey day when I took these shots, grey but not cold.. about 21C if I remember rightly. You don't see South of the river here very often but coming back from Victoria Park on Saturday we stopped to get some city views over the lakes on the South Perth foreshore. If you pull the shot below right in, reeeally right in :) you can just make out the new sculpture at Elizabeth Quay. I believe they have big problems here with people feeding the bird life on the lakes resulting in sick and even dying birds, there are signs everywhere.. don't do it people!

In the background below you can see the Narrows Bridge which crosses from North to South over the Swan River.. and up there on the hill the State War Memorial in Kings Park. It's definitely spring weather here in Perth.. rain one day sun the next. Perfect weather for planting trees, I'll have to decide soon :) Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe... p.s. so weird to post such dark images :)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tall ships and sumptuous feasts in the Dutch Trading Co..

Who doesn't love the romance and spectacle of the tall ships! Created here on a wall in The Dutch Trading Co. in Victoria Park by talented Perth based artist Bertie Louise. Stopping in for a quick coffee on Sunday morning just before the crush of lunch patrons our timing couldn't have been better to get a clear shot of these portrayals of a different era. The DTC is such a cool space and home to the 'craftiest of pints' :) You can see the mural tucked away there in the right corner below..

A bonus treat a little further in.. a second mural by the same artist titled 'The Golden Age'.. a lavish  feast.. love the quirky little detail of the 'ship in a bottle' to the right on the table :) How is it possible that I haven't spotted Bertie Louise's work before, will be on the lookout now! Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe...

Monday, May 2, 2016

CDP Theme Day... 'Smell'.

Maybe not so much a smell as a perfume. Ever since two French sisters walked into my class in high school, a subtle hint of L'Air du Temps wafting in the air as they passed, I've been hooked, j'adore! The first perfume created by Nina Ricci after the war in 1948, the bottle designed by Lalique, has been described as feminine yet modern, vintage yet elegant, I don't know about all that, I just know that without a tiny touch before facing the day ahead I feel a little déshabillé :) Very much looking forward to seeing how you have interpreted the theme.. happy Monday, take care and stay safe...

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Even superheroes have to practise..

Did I mentioned that Aimee will be insanely bravely abseiling down one of Perth's tallest buildings early on Thursday morning this week.. all in the name of charity! The Abseil for PMH, now in it's thirteenth year is a major fundraiser for Princess Margaret Hospital for Children (PMH). Today the participants had a practice run at Statham's Quarry albeit only a, yikes, 20/30mt climb.. on the day it will be a 160mt climb down the QV.1 building, double yikes! The doctors and nurses at PMH looked after my great niece so well last year that Aimee was happy to help.. if you would like to see how Aimee's fundraising is going and perhaps make a donation :) check her link here.. Happy Sunday, take care and stay safe.. p.s. I haven't forgotten the 1st of May CDP theme.. smelly post coming up tomorrow :)

Friday, April 29, 2016

The Old Treasury Buildings...

Definitely one of the most beautiful buildings in Perth can you believe the 19th century Old Treasury Buildings were left neglected and unloved for many years. Now known as the State Buildings, after an eight year restoration they are stunningly revitalized and part of an amazing space in the heart of the city Cathedral Square (fabulous old black and white shot of the Old Treasury on this link if you scroll down a bit). If you haven't already seen inside check out the short video here to see how it looks inside now. If you're interested you can read about the renovation details here. Happy Friday, take care and stay safe...

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Bloomin' marvellous!

It's true.. all the girls love a musician and there's no denying that Perth busker Petar Cirovic is kinda cute :) Wherever he parks his mike/mic in the city there is almost certain to be an audience appreciating his husky vocals, possibly the majority being of the female form :) Happy Thursday, goodness is it Thursday already.. possibly not where some of you are reading this :) take care and stay safe...p.s. black and white or colour.. I couldn't decide!

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