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..

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Book owls..

You might remember how excited I got when I saw and took photos of the tawny frogmouth, see here, last year.. I was almost as excited to find the pair here :) I asked and got permission from the school to take these pics, part of a wraparound mural painted last year on the outside wall of the school library by Perth artist/illustrator Paul Deej, the frames on the wall to the right were left to be filled in with drawings by the children, such a cool idea. I know strictly speaking the tawny frogmouth isn't technically an owl, but you have to admit they look right at home amongst the literary volumes here 💙 Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe..

Monday, November 18, 2019

Window views down the terrace..

Over the weekend it was Open House Perth, click link to see the diversity of locations opened to the public to have a peek inside. I saw two! It's been a stinking hot week in Perth and energy levels were low, mine that is :) but I was determined to take photos of St Georges Terrace from the upper levels of Barracks Arch, quite a history there. I would have loved this shot to show the working week hustle and bustle on the terrace, one of the busiest streets in the city, but it was the weekend and it was 38C, climbing those steps was a determined effort :) Below looking the other way to Parliament House. The last shot shows the third floor window from where I took the pics. Hope you had/are having a super weekend, take care and stay safe.. P.s. it would have been so cool if we had been allowed up on the battlements.. or maybe not :)

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Horsing around..

Crossing over to the Perth Cultural Centre to visit Art Gallery WA a few days ago I was amazed to come across the humongous rocking horse in front of Myers in Forrest Chase. It's no Trojan horse but it's big, it's bold and it's really a bit beautiful to behold. Perth is definitely styling it up this Christmas :) I was determined not to show Christmas decs until December but hey, it made a super cool reflection. Definitely no more until December, maybe not even then 😉 Happy Sunday, take care and stay safe.. P.s. Big catch up today..

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Portraiture prize..

What's not to love on a steaming hot day in the city than to seek refuge in the cool, calm, quiet of  Art Gallery WA. We went to see the Lester Prize for Portraiture which was displayed in the  'grand, classical buildings of Perth's first police complex now housing the Art Gallery of Western Australia's historical collection'. It's a little like stepping down into the past in this section of the gallery, which of course I love :) I picked five of the portraits to show but you can get an idea of them all in the poster below. I liked the way the artist above painted his friend, both students of meditation, as if he were levitating..

I particularly liked the portraits below because if you read the words they reference a major flaw in our society then and even still today unfortunately. I really hope the words are clear enough to read when you look closer. There were many that I wished I had taken closer shots of, they were brilliant,  so realistic they looked like photographs. Some people really were at the front of the queue when they gave out artist skills :) Happy Saturday, take care and stay safe.. 

Friday, November 15, 2019

Art appreciation..

We were in the city yesterday to see the Lester Prize for Portraiture exhibition at Art Gallery WA. Amazing series of portraits by Australian artists but not everyone was impressed. There were a few school groups visiting the gallery, the young lad above was fast asleep..couldn't resist a quick snap before his teacher came striding around the corner to drag him off. Was one of those hot and busy days yesterday, didn't get a chance to edit the many shots I took so will show you my favourites from the exhibition tomorrow. Happy Friday, take care and stay safe.. P.s. Wonder if this is the way most young men feel when they visit an art gallery 😉