Saturday, December 7, 2019

They're still there!



Little girl looking up 'what's that mummy?' Mum dragging eyes away from phone 'I'm not sure, an octopus I think' eyes back to phone.. little girl looks back as they walk away. A most unimaginative explanation I thought, where are the kraken and pirate ship emojis when you need them 😉 Happy Saturday, take care and stay safe.. P.s. how those plastic tentacles stay pert in 40C s a mystery to me!

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Friday, December 6, 2019

You can keep your hat on..



When is an umbrella not an umbrella, when it's used as a parasol! It was a scorcher in the city yesterday, 40 something I believe, 42C tomorrow, oh joy.. not! Never mind, it's slip! slop! slap! (cute Aussie video) time again, earlier than usual but hey c'est la vie! Good to see so many hats on heads although there were still many without.. including moi, next time for sure 😉 Happy Friday, take care and stay safe... phew :)


Thursday, December 5, 2019

A weird and wonderful landscape..



The only time to go hiking in summer is really early in the morning before the heat of the day settles in. Here we are in Ellis Brook Valley 20km south east of Perth, you can just see the city skyline way back there on the misty morning horizon. So, would you like to...


... wipe your feet please, we don't want to spread any dieback disease..to which 40% of WA's native plants are susceptible, and come along with me..


... through arches of dried branches, crossing over streams that before too long will dry up until the next rains, opening up ...


... into green once more.


Just when you begin to wonder if there is anything pretty in the bush the gorgeous soft powder-pink puff balls of the flowering gum tree appears.. there were actually many lovely native flowers along the way, but macros are Aimee's forte, I lean towards the big picture :)


Looking up the intensity of the blue sky is a sign that it is time to head back before things heat up, taking it from a pleasant hike.. to not such fun! There you are and you didn't even have to get hot and bothered :) hope you enjoyed the walk, happy Thursday, take care and stay safe..


Wednesday, December 4, 2019

A dash of colour..



Looking down to Cathedral Square from the upper level of the City of Perth Library. Love that the tables are painted in rainbow colours but a few umbrellas wouldn't go astray in summer, did I mention those relentless blue skies 😉 In an article I read today it said that if we don't change our wicked ways Melbourne and Sydney could be experiencing 50C in a few years.. imagine that 50C mon dieu! Thinking cool thoughts, happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe..



Tuesday, December 3, 2019

'An inconvenient heatwave'..



Getting broiled in the daytime
And slow-cooked at night,
Could it be that
Al Gore was right?

It has been a hot couple of days in WA with more to follow.. the sky relentlessly blue, hot winds blowing in from the desert. It's been a while since summer started on time, December usually being relatively cool. The party is over, let's have another coffee 😉 Happy Tuesday, take care and keep cool..


Monday, December 2, 2019

'It's always summer in the house of rum'..



Spotted a few weeks ago when we were at Scarborough Beach. Murals on the wall of Ocean 6019 aka Temple of the Tiki. Painted by WA based multi-disciplined artist Rach Ku whose abstract and original art is often inspired by the ocean.. super cool and so perfect for the beachy vibe at Scarborough. OMG it's officially summer and only three weeks until Christmas, I'm not ready for either, are you? Happy new week, take care and stay safe..



Sunday, December 1, 2019

All the colours of the rainbow.



Each month through 2019 has started with a colour theme for City Daily Photo bloggers around the world.. for December it is the joining of all the colours to create a rainbow image. I haven't seen an actual rainbow for a while but I did see see all of the colours here at Chatsworth Deli, once a deli now a florist, in Highgate. Combining three of my favourite things, colour, flowers and messing about with photos :) Looking forward to seeing how others have interpreted the rainbow theme, happy Sunday, take care and stay safe..

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Holey cheese Batman!



Church window holes that is :) Reflections of St John's Anglican Church in Kings Square in the windows of Kakulas Sister. Here you will find cheeses to die for.. spices and all things nice also, but the cheese, oh la! I cannot resist a soft delightful brie and have at times gorged nibbled my way through a whole round, shocking I know :) What is your weakness food wise? Happy weekend, take care and stay safe..  



Friday, November 29, 2019

Whatever floats your (house)boat..



Walking alongside the boats at the marina yesterday, the houseboat here stood out from the crowd of tall mast yachts and other pleasure cruisers. A homely looking craft and as I watched, the owner returned home with his groceries. It got me thinking about what it might be like to to be able to up anchor and away with the tide whenever you fancied, off to adventures new. What do you think, would life on the waves be right for you? Btw if you read the name on the houseboat it is Tranquility, perhaps that says it all :) Happy Friday, take care and stay safe..


Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Bloomin' beautiful..



While having lunch a few days ago in the beautifully restored Guildford Hotel, to side of shot below, I couldn't take my eyes off the stunning jacaranda blooms along the street outside and couldn't wait to take a few shots. The jacarandas are flowering profusely all around Perth at the moment but seldom have I seen boughs so laden with blooms that they droop.. aren't they fabulous. James Street, aka Guildford's antique strip, is one of the busiest streets in Perth and at this time of the year one of the prettiest 💜 Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe..
 

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Blowing in the wind..



In Guildford yesterday to have lunch with mon amie française Marie we were witness from afar, as were all for miles around, to a huge industrial fire in a waste facility in the adjoining area of South Guildford. Pallets of compressed plastic and compressed cardboard blocks destined for recycling fueling the fire. It was quite something to watch, if you are interested you can read about it and see the fire here. The billowing smoke changing direction with the wind gave an insight into some of the unimaginable difficulties the fire fighters and volunteers who are dealing with horrendous fires blazing around the world right now have to deal with. Was a bit worried about the helicopter below, it seemed to get too close but it probably just looked that way from my perspective. Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe..
 

Monday, November 25, 2019

Epic endeavour..



The astoundingly huge endeavour here at Elizabeth Quay was painted by Perth mural and sculpture artist Melski McVee with a lot of help from the community during the October school holidays this year.. click here to watch a short video of the artist and helpers at work, looks like so much fun (let me know if link works). You can't see it clearly here but each animal bird and plant has it's name alongside it, such a good idea for overseas visitors who are unfamiliar with Australia's flora and fauna. I'm guessing that at some point the hoarding here will come down, wonder if the panels will be saveable. Hope you had/are still having a super weekend, take care and stay safe..


Sunday, November 24, 2019

Shakespeare with a touch of Maori..



Cupid is a knavish lad, Thus to make poor females mad.
(Puck, Act 3 Scene 2)


Shakespeare under the stars! On Thursday evening we watched A Midsummer Night's Dream in a 'full-scale temporary working replica of the Second Globe, the theatre that Shakespeare and his company built and opened in 1614 after the first one burned down'. It wasn't at all what I was expecting but it was indeed a 'brilliant mix of hilarious comedy and beautiful poetry. This production fuses spectacular Jacobean costumes with Maori folklore to create a flagship production.' When the production first opened in 2016 in Auckland a small group of purists were not happy about the fairies speaking te reo read about it here. In Shakespeare's original work Puck and friends speak a different dialect anyway so I don't see the problem, If Shakespeare was watching from the beyond I think he would have thoroughly enjoyed it along with us :)


The cast below ending with a with a haka before the traditional last bow.. fabulous! Happy Sunday, take care and stay safe.. P.s. was a twicky situation photo taking wise!


Saturday, November 23, 2019

Smoke and mirrors..



It's been a while since our last visit to Crown Casino, I had forgotten how glitzy it is. Definitely not my habitat of choice but we were there for a special event, which turned out to be unique in many ways as well.. show you tomorrow. Couldn't pass up the opportunity of a quick weekend reflection and glass of wine in La Vie before the 'event'. Happy weekend, take care and stay safe..P.s. there was no smoke :)

Friday, November 22, 2019

Guests for breakfast..



I had no time at all yesterday during the day to venture out and about to take photos, so it was a quick early morning overexposed shot here of my colourful and noisy breakfast guests. It's interesting that the feathers on the underside of the galah wings are a much richer colour than their grey and pink plumage, not as faded by the sun perhaps.. I just made that last bit up :) Happy Friday, take care and stay safe.. P.s. Out last night, hopefully some good pics tomorrow..

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Octopoda alert!



'Tell me, O Octopus I begs
Is those things arms, or is they legs?
I marvel at thee Octopus,
If I were thou I'd call me Us'.. Ogden Nash 

The octopus limbs appearing out of the upper levels of His Majesty's car park in the city are there to draw attention to the new three hour free parking over the weekend and public holidays, trial period beginning last week and designed to draw more shoppers into the city. Crossing over to the art gallery a fellow octopus alerting visitors to the Perth Cultural Centre that the car park there is also part of the trial as is the car park on Pier Street. The three hour free parking is a brilliant idea which hopefully will continue after the Christmas period 😉 Not sure about the octopus limbs though, they are fun for five minutes.. then not so much :) Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe..


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Dining in style..



I mentioned that of all the venues open last weekend during Open House Perth I saw two.. I know pitiful right :) It was just too darn hot. Not far from Barracks Arch shown here on Mounts Bay road is the terribly elegant and yet lots of fun Lamont's. Housed in the beautiful heritage listed Bishops House Lamont's 'can offer you private dining room options, cocktail events under the stars, balcony dining while watching the sun set, and unique dinner settings in our outdoor gardens'. All that set in gorgeous gardens and right there in the CBD. Definitely a spot for that special birthday, will remember that. I can tell you sitting in the shady gardens drinking an ice cold angostura lemon lime and bitters was a super cool moment on a hot day! Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe..


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