Spring Festival in Kings Park. Along with fields of wildflowers, long stretches of lush green lawn and exotic plants from around the world, there were a few new things this year like the decorated E.H. Holden's I showed you here and the 'yarn bombing' below. The story of the journey of the giant Boab tree is quite astounding, but as you can see (last shot) it's doing well and loving it's new home overlooking the Swan River. Don't you love the benches wrapped lovingly around the tree, what a spot to sit and absorb the atmosphere of the park on a spring day, you just know the view will be fab! Take care of yourselves while I'm away, stay safe and I look forward to catching up in a few days....take care!
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Fremantle Dockers in their hometown this week. Fremantle was awash with purple and white.. balloons and spirits flying high in anticipation of a win in the second preliminary final against the Sydney Swans today. I really feel I should care :) the Dockers are WA's only hope of winning the Grand final this year...Go Dockers!! Personally I like to 'reflect' on more pleasing scenarios, such as the ornate dome and corner turret of the tres elegant Esplanade Hotel below. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, take care.... linking to James's Weekend Reflections.
Friday, September 20, 2013
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Fremantle for lunch..if you love old buildings with history Fremantle is a must visit. The Round House above is the oldest remaining building in WA, built in 1830/31 with private labour as it was built before convicts arrived on these wild shores. Designed using the Panopticon Principle with only eight cells it soon became inadequate and the Fremantle Prison (that's a whole new post) was built in the 1850's using convict labour. Below an archive image c1874 looking up from High St. and right, the same view c2013 yesterday :)
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Even though it was only a few weeks ago, I can't for the life of me remember where I took this shot. It was unexpected and I know I was surprised to find it.. in a ladies loo :) but it's really pretty oui! To be fair there is a bit going on at the moment, here's the good news..they've moved the fitting of my new kitchen forward to next week as opposed to two weeks later.. happy, although now we have to step it up a notch with the painting and preparation. Saving the best for last...the VERY excellent news, in the new year..at last I'll be a grand-mère, hallelujah :)) Have a wonderful Wednesday, take care...linking to Monday Mural.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Pacific Black Ducks, I like to think they're the same pair, swoop down and land in the pool. They've been a little unsettled by the new pool cover and it's quite funny to see their reaction when they splash land and don't sink..yesterday there was a bit of quacking as they discussed the situation waddling for cover under the hibiscus bushes. Fascinating the way the heavy rain just beads on their feathers and rolls off, would be handy that don't you think! Neither were amused when P shooed them off below, don't know why they glared at moi :)) Hope your week has started well, take care and stay safe.....
Monday, September 16, 2013
Saturday, September 14, 2013
I don’t want to own anything until I find a place where me and things go together. I’m not sure where that is but I know what it is like. It’s like Tiffany’s.”
You might've guessed that Breakfast at Tiffany's is a favourite :) I'm sure Holly Golightly aka Audrey Hepburn would have been very much at home in Tiffany & Co. Perth, sitting pretty in the 1905 Victorian design building on King Street! When I took these shots the windows were dressed 'Gatsby' style. As yet I've not received one of Tiffany's iconic little blue boxes.. perhaps it's not too late :)) Hope you have a wonderful weekend, take care. Linking to James's Weekend Reflections.
Friday, September 13, 2013
Standing at the Wellington St. entrance to Prince Lane, the mural titled 'Lost Giants' by renowned artist Stormie Mills seems to have acquired a princely crown since I last saw him! The laneway which runs from Wellington through to Murray St. has had a colourful facelift in preparation for it's forthcoming role as one of the thoroughfares from Northbridge into the city when the Perth City Link Project is completed mid 2014. Running parallel with King St., the interweaving paper dress making patterns and design murals by WA artists Clare McFarlane, Denise Brown, Stephen Genovese, Jae Criddle, Paul Caporn and Leanne Bray depict the strong connection to the fashion industry. It's a long lane so the addition of new lighting and security cameras are a definite plus on the safety side. I couldn't swear to the safety of my sanity these days, but most people wouldn't notice a difference :)) TGIF hope it's a good one, take care.....
Thursday, September 12, 2013
banksia. The South African garden, which is part of the original design in Kings Park, like many Australian plants comes into it's full glory in spring and summer. The protea below (worth a click) were like honey cups, the bee disappearing into the feathery folds was one of many that were already in the middle of the flower, fascinating to watch! There's so much more to see of the spring festival, Aimee's battery died not long after we arrived tsk! so a return visit is on the cards! Goodness is it really Thursday already, roll on the end of renovation madness :) Take care and stay safe.....
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
'budgie smugglers' when he goes for a dip.. I took this shot on Saturday after the elections and couldn't help wondering..nah! let's not go there :)) It's one of my favourite murals in the city on the corner of Wellington and William St. I always look forward to seeing it when walking over the Horseshoe Bridge into the city, something sweet at Tartine Cafe is a delish bonus! It was created by the very talented WA artist Anya Brock who's studio is on my visit list..I have just the spot for a giant budgerigar, seriously I do! Hope your week has started well, I'd like to say mine has but I'd be fibbing :) Take care and stay safe....Linking to Monday Mural..
Monday, September 9, 2013
On Saturday Aimee and I went up to Kings Park Botanical Gardens to enjoy our first walk through the profusion of colourful wildflower displays in the 50th anniversary of the Spring Festival.. once is never enough to take it all in. Although spring is a delight, a visit to Kings Park at any time of the year affords many photographic rewards, views of the city and the Swan River from up top on a stormy day are fabulous! As a little extra '50th anniversary' attraction this year there were two iconic EH Holden ute's decked out in daises and cornflowers....Botanical Cafe with a view out to the city and below down along the magnificent lemon scented gum trees that line Fraser Avenue. I have more shots from the festival but no time to sort them out, yesterday was a painting kind of day.. looking good so far :) I hope you've had a more relaxing weekend than I, catch up today..Happy beginning of the week, take care and stay safe.....
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Friday, September 6, 2013
girls just want to have fun (I dare you!) After a frustrating kind of week a bit of silly is called for don't you think? Do you ever take a shot because even before downloading you can see the potential for a bit of fun? Suspended out into the big blue by a mere twig of a branch I knew that with the help of Picasa I could transform the Banksia from a symbolic Australian wildflower into a magically suspended Australian Christmas candle. I apologize and can't promise that things won't get worse :) it's the Federal elections on Saturday, I'm not sure how much worse it can get! Have a fab Friday, take care and stay safe.... Click here to view all participants of Skywatch Friday
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Freesias were out in Hepburn Reserve. I knew before I could see that they were, the perfume was a delight.. There were masses of freesias on either side of the path and one small patch braving it out right in the centre, I couldn't help wondering how many Australians would take that middle road on Saturday when we have our Federal elections! The Australian bush in spring is awash with aromatic bushes like the golden wattle below right and on the left, not perfumed but pretty unusual looking, the long flower spike of the Xanthorrhoea aka the grass tree. Oh yes, the reason I needed to 'chill'..I'd just found out that it will be another four weeks before my kitchen will be installed, cooking on one hot plate is fun :)) Have a great Thursday, take care and stay safe.....