Sunday, January 20, 2019

York road trip.. Flower power.

Unfortunately we ran out of time to explore the York Motor Museum this time, I took the quick click above as we passed but if you are a lover of vintage cars it's worth a look inside here. The juxtaposition of old vehicles in the museum and new cars on the street appealed, plus I thought how much fun my grandchildren would have in the vintage toy car centre stage and myself in the 🌼 power beauty complete with hood ornament to the left, too cool! I hope your weekend is going well it's a wee bit hot here in Perth, but only for the weekend so I've heard. Happy Sunday, take care and stay safe..

Saturday, January 19, 2019

York road trip.. Town Hall.

The York Town Hall, built in 1911, is a grand old beauty built in a mix of architectural styles of that period and sits proudly on York's main street. I was thrilled to be able to go in and explore the heritage listed town hall and was not disappointed! If you click and read the link you will see that it has quite a history. Condemned in 1926 later restored to it's former glory in the early 2000's with many a trial in-between. There was a peculiar incident while I was sitting up in the balcony seats looking down to the stage.. I don't consider myself particularly intuitive in the awareness of anything 'otherworldly' but I felt a definite chill, enough to make me head down the gorgeous jarrah staircase tout suite :) I found out later that back in 1933 while at the St. Patrick's Ball a young man standing on the railings of the dress circle unfortunately fell, breaking his neck on the dance floor. Apparently I'm not alone in feeling the chill.. spooky huh :) Happy weekend, take care and stay safe..

Friday, January 18, 2019

York road trip.. Wara Art.

Every now and then it's good to get out of the city and into the great outdoors. The last time we were here the York Cycling Festival was in full swing and the town was way too busy for serious exploring. Yesterday on the way to Northam to visit P's brother we stopped to have a proper look around. The first thing I spotted, hard to miss :) was the giant Bilby constructed during the Hay Bale Challenge at the end of last year. The huge straw sculptures of endangered species are created in the Japanese style Wara Art (interesting link). If you are interested you can read here how these incroyably detailed straw sculptures came to be here in WA's oldest inland town. Much more to show you when I've edited the many shots taken. Happy Friday, take care and stay safe.. P.s. They are holding up pretty well considering they've been here since September last year!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The colour red..

It may only be a young and slightly spindly Illawarra flame tree but it packs a visual punch as you walk down Hay Street. Seriously.. how fab does it look against that super blue sky! In a few years time that will be a proper stunner. A stones throw further down Hay St. the plane trees in Central Park gardens provide a green canopy of shade from the summer sun. All in all not a bad little stroll into the city. Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe..

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The beauty of multiculturalism..

Zipped over to Morley early yesterday morning to take some of shots of a brand new mural before the car park filled up. The mural a collaboration between one of Australia's leading fashion illustrators Pippa McManus and the Morley Momentum. The artist has created 'a vibrant mural reflecting the diversity of the local community, the top five ethnicities according to the census being Vietnamese, Italian, Indian, Malaysian and Polish families'. The artist 'has incorporated traditional costumes of those five cultures, each costume has been researched and combines modern and traditional details.' You might notice above to the left the 'Acknowledgement of Country' to the Indigenous Australian people the Whadjuk Noongar, a thoughtful, if somewhat ironic touch. Hope your week is off to a good start, happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe..

Monday, January 14, 2019

The Red Baron..

It was exciting to see the flash of red on the water at Barrack Street Jetty. Splitting it's time between Perth and Townsville so far I haven't been lucky enough to catch the Red Baron in it's Perth home on Jetty 4. The Red Baron, 'built for Hollywood and a star in the movie 'The Phantom' is now gracing the skies above beautiful Perth. The historical Grumman Sea-Cat is now being cast in a new adventure for you and a friend to enjoy. It is the only two passenger, open cockpit bi-plane on floats in the world. Billy Zane flew in it, Catherine Zeta-Jones flew in it, now it's your turn to fly in the Red Baron Seaplane for an experience of a life-time.' Well not my turn:) this is one for my adventurous younger sister, she loves a bit of aerial excitement and I'll be there to take pics of her taking off and landing 😉Happy Monday, take care and stay safe..

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Sunday vibes..

There was a time when the idea of taking your kids into the city to have fun would have been fairly unusual. I'm happy to say these days there are so many family fun activities organized, especially during the school holidays, that it's too easy to jump on the train and head into the city. Despite attractions in Elizabeth Quay and Yagan Square it's good to see that youngsters still enjoy getting wet while hatching plans, below, in the water labyrinth in Forrest Place.. simple pleasures that don't cost a cent while at the same time mum and dad can enjoy a coffee ringside in Bocelli's Espresso. That's where we were.. the two young boys above acting too cool for school :) Happy Sunday, take care and stay safe..

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Multi-faceted reflections..

One here for Weekend Reflections. Tree 5 and tree 6 in the Enex Christmas Tree Trail. I was surprised to see the Christmas decorations still up in the city a few days ago. My tree went up a day before my grandchildren arrived and down the day after they left.. what do you mean where's my Christmas spirit :) Couldn't resist a merging of the two trees, they were perfect for reflections.. and multiple exposures! Happy weekend, take care and stay safe.. P.s. how long did you leave your Christmas decorations up for?

Friday, January 11, 2019


When we first arrived in Perth many years ago my SIL Sue and I spent a fair bit of time in Madlilys Espresso drinking coffee and people watching in London Court.. those were the days before work and children :) These days we are usually rushing through London Court from St Georges Terrace back into the city. After reading the brilliant reviews re the coffee we will definitely have to slow down and smell the coffee beans roasting the next time we're in the city. You can tell by the pull-along suitcases and backpacks that London Court, described as 'a piece of pastiche' is a popular tourist spot, lots of quirky wee shops. Happy Friday, take care and stay safe..

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Blurred lines..

There isn't anything clear about the blurred image above.. except that I like it 😉 In the city yesterday to see what was happening at Elizabeth Quay we caught the last day of the Kids Summer Fest. So many fun attractions for the parents kids, including the 'dream swinger' here boasting 360 views and ultimate thrills.. the screams emanating from the first moment of swing movement verified this claim :) What I love about these attractions, here and on the Elizabeth Quay Carousel are the beautifully hand painted, timeless artworks.. magic memories. Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe..

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Dogs and horses...

'Some of my best leading men
have been dogs and horses'.. Elizabeth Taylor.

I'm hoping that as much as I love looking at your winter shots of snow and rain you might also enjoy my blue skies and summer weather. Took these shots super early a few mornings ago on Hillarys horse beach, a stone's throw from Hillarys dog beach where more often than not the two interact with more respect than many people manage to do :) We've been waiting for the heat of summer to hit but as yet it's been pretty mild compared to the rest of Oz and parts of WA, not complaining at all, high 20's low 30C is parfait! Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe..

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

It's the little things in life..

Take, give, share.. you've got to love that ethos. After seeing the tiny street libraries on other blogs around the world I've been keeping my eyes open to see if Perth participates in this friendly gesture.. of course it does, why did I doubt it :) There are many mini libraries scattered around the suburbs. The wee literary house here seen on Eighth St. in Maylands matching perfectly with the wee house behind the white picket fence. Will be prepared with a couple of books in the car and on the lookout from now on! Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe.. P.s. the 'No Junk Mail' sign made me smile, surely no one would 😉

Monday, January 7, 2019


After breakfast in Leederville yesterday I walked around the YMCA HQ buildings to see if there were any new murals on the outside walls. I was rewarded with the portrait of Vincent van Gogh above. A Post-Impressionist artist Van Gogh was partial to painting self portraits, his style described as 'bold in colour with dramatic, impulsive and expressive brushstrokes.' I wonder what M van Gogh would have thought of the portrait here, personally I think he looks rather dashing even if somewhat green about the gills :) Happy Monday, take care and stay safe..

Sunday, January 6, 2019

My what big teeth you have..

'What's scarier than an ocean with sharks?
An ocean without them!'  Greenpeace..

It's been a while since I took any photos apart from family shots. Am heading out today camera in hand, plus looking for a new summer header shot. Took the shark reflection above when we were at Hillarys Boat Harbour with my grandchildren over the Christmas/New Year period.. so much school holiday fun! Is it just me or is this a wee bit scary 😉Happy Sunday, take care and stay safe.. P.s. Bear with me as I catch up..

Saturday, January 5, 2019

City Daily Photo Theme 'Favourite shot(s) from 2018'..

 The City Daily Photo theme for January is 'favourite photo from previous year'. It's a tricky one and I've picked the two here for very different reasons. The spur of the moment shot above typifies the free spirit we all, deep down, would like to be, current day pressures often getting in the way. I'm aiming for a sunset meditation any day now :) The shot below was such a thrill because it was the first time I have ever seen a tawny frogmouth, check out post here to see this amazing creature doing it's thing, was an incroyable sight!

This is my fav shot.. just scraped into 2018, the last piece of the 1000 piece jigsaw, my Christmas present, going in on New Year's eve. A real family affair over the last few weeks, although most of the credit should go to P and my daughter-in-law who were hooked from the moment the pieces fell out onto the dining room table :) Our Sydney famille flew home today, I miss them already. Looking forward to catching up this weekend to see what you have been up to while I've been away, happy weekend, take care and stay safe..

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New year.. Let's Do It!

Happy New Year! We are heading into day two of the new year here in Perth but for those still recovering enjoying NY day celebrations, enjoy! PDP will be up and running by the weekend, hopefully before the City Daily Photo 'Favourite Photo of the Year 2018' theme closes. Is it just me or is this one of the most difficult themes :) See you at the weekend, take care and stay safe..
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