Saturday, February 29, 2020

Reflections in art..

Cars on the street reflected in window of an art gallery in Nedlands. The three dimensional artwork of a gathering of multi coloured multi species of birds was stunning! I'm determined that the mature tree we are moving from the back to front garden will happen this weekend.. fingers crossed :) Hopefully you will have a more relaxing weekend, take care and stay safe.. P.s. did you find the cars in the reflection?

Friday, February 28, 2020

Salvage value..

Looks promising doesn't it, a bit like a scene from a McCubbin's painting :) On rounding the bend the most 'stuff' I've ever seen in one place. I definitely didn't expect to see a gorgeous peacock. Although I have been to many vintage markets etc this was my first trip to a bona fide salvage yard, was not prepared for the vast quantities of everything you can think of including the kitchen sink and bathtub! Despite the hot weather we have had over the last week we are in the middle of a big garden project, I know right, mad dogs and Englishmen out in the mid-day sun :) involving digging up and replanting a mature tree, paving etc. I thought I might find a huge and fabulous old planter pot here but discovered salvage does not = fabulous vintage 😉 One thing that did stand out were the avenues of majestic eucalyptus trees, stunning...

... and then on the way out this happened, and it hasn't stopped raining since. Just shows you when you wish for something hard enough, those wishes can come true :) Rain, thunder and lightening.. fabulous! Back to warmer weather next week but am enjoying it to the max while it's here 💧 Happy Friday, take care and stay safe..

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Most unexpected!

We went on a trip yesterday in search of 'something'.. tell you tomorrow,  I certainly did not expect to see a family of peafowl.. you will understand why tomorrow when I show you where we were :) I was so taken aback that I was just able to snap a few shots before they were off. I always think it is terribly unfair that the peacock, as with many male birds, is so exotically colourful while the females are often much less so. Really disappointed that they were a bit shy, I would have loved to see that tail fanned out in all it's glory, will keep my eyes open for that shot somewhere, sometime :) Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe.. P.s. Any guesses where we might have been?

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Pigeon pair..

Ironically parked outside Pigeonhole :) I'm not really a car person and probably wouldn't have noticed this flamboyant pair but even at 8.30am on an already warm and humid Sunday morning my coffee companion did. As I took a shot in my mind I had already inverted the image.. black/white, so perfect for that, looks much cooler below don't you think! At first I thought they had been clamped until it was explained that the red and yellow tire accessories were disc brake calipers.. looks a bit like wearing your underpants on the outside 😉 Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe..

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The fox and the butterfly..

The Weekend Reflection here was indeed a reflection of the wonderfully engaging mural on the wall of Jitterz on Hay. I feel there has be a story attached to this one and even though it is signed @HOPE I couldn't find any information re the artist or the story. I think it must be fairly new, am sure I would have spotted it driving down Hay Street before, it was tricky to get a good shot with the many posts in the way. Interesting bit of useless information, I did not know that foxes can climb and often sleep in trees.. did you? Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe..


Monday, February 24, 2020

Plucky ducky..

Despite the weather yesterday, how the rubber ducky here didn't melt I don't know, I bribed Aimee with the promise of ice-cream and we went along to Hillarys Boat Harbour to see what I thought was going to be the sight of 10,000 rubber duckies racing, with help from the wind, from the boardwalk above to the small beach below in the 2020 Duck Derby. We were 34 days too soon, the actual Duck Derby for Rotary is on the 29th March. It was the launch yesterday to sell tickets, did I mention I bought the lucky ticket I should be so lucky for the 1st prize, a bright yellow Yaris, so the trip was absolutely worth it :) OMG I hope the rain they forecast for today actually happens, that would be bloomin' marvelous! Happy Monday, take care and stay safe..

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Bright eyed and bushy tailed..

Advice from a fox..
Rely on your instincts, have a playful spirit
Find a cozy den, be bright eyed and bushy tailed
Stop, look and listen
Be light on your feet, have good scents!

Reflections.. or are they 😉 in a window on Hay Street. It has been unbearably warm and humid here in Perth over the last few weeks, the energy levels are flagging :) With summer almost officially over these last few weeks, sometimes dragging on into March are always the hardest to deal with. Autumn, winter and spring can't come soon enough for me :) Happy weekend, take care and stay safe..

Friday, February 21, 2020

Sir John and friend..

Quite often it's the impulsive shot you take last when looking back that captures your fancy the most don't you think? The magpie and Sir John Forrest above, both admiring the beautiful morning outlook over the Swan River. Before an early morning appointment near the city yesterday we had breakfast in the Botanical Cafe in Kings Park. I think every cycling group in Perth had the same idea :)

 It was only when I downloaded the pics that I saw down there to the right in the background behind the two taking photos of the view that you can see the shade canopy sculptures in South Perth.. I would have taken a better shot if I'd realised.. next time :) Happy Friday, take care and stay safe..


Thursday, February 20, 2020

Stepping back in time..

"Films, photos, books, clothes, music.. it's all so simple at face value,
but it has the incredible power to make us nostalgic for earlier eras we never grew up in.."

 Out and about yesterday we called in at Mid-Century Cafe and Collectables for a coffee. Stepping back into the 1940/50/60's this fabulous retro cafe has enough room to 'create several scenes straight from the kitchens and lounges of the mid-century era that we love so much'. Check out that wallpaper, the TV antennae.. not to mention the TV. Love the table below centre though, the chairs too 💙 It is a super cool spot and the coffee was bang up to date. Anything you recognize here? I'm pretty sure my parents TV had an antennae like that :)  Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe..

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Frog on a hot tiled roof..

If you have been following for a while you know that in March each year Cottesloe Beach is home to Sculpture by the Sea, only a few weeks to go before Sami and I show you this year's weird and wonderful sculptures exhibited in this unique and beautiful setting. Meanwhile, as we were walking back to the car last week after our visit to the Indiana, look what we spotted atop the roof of Cottesloe General Store! Possibly a shire purchase from a previous Sculpture by the Sea, many of the sculptures are bought and placed around the city and suburbs. I'm not sure what I think of the positioning of this one. I don't mind frogs but this one kinda gives me the creeps up there ready to leap 🐸 Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe..

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Peas in a pod.. do not disturb!

Spotted the sleep pods when we were leaving Perth Airport on Saturday night. The eight sleeping pods in T1 are a partnership between Smarte Carte and Finnish company GoSleep. You can see a short video here of the pods in action. At $12 an hour they could be a reasonable option for those few hours between long flights, someone even wakes you up so you don't miss that connection. Do you have them at your airport, have you used one.. would you? I could probably sit in one and read/doze while recharging phone etc. but I would probably have claustrophobic issues with the cover :) Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe..

Monday, February 17, 2020

Top hat and tail feathers..

We were at the airport on Saturday night to pick up Aimee back from her trip to Sydney. The airport was so quiet, on chatting to staff apparently Saturday night is the quietest night of the week.. who knew! This quirky piece was in the cafe we had coffee while waiting. The camera caught my eye straight away, I have and have taken pics with one the same.. the top hat, brogues and suitcase of the flying avian were pretty cool too :) Happy Monday, take care and stay safe..

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Harbour reflections...

It's been a while since I've posted a sunset but the close of day sky at Hillarys Boat Harbour 
last night was too pretty to resist ✨ The reflection is in the window of Over Board Cafe 
and it was only when I downloaded the pics that I realised the cafe was full and that people enjoying their night out might not like the intrusion of someone pointing a camera in at them.. if only they knew it was all about the reflection :) Happy and peaceful Sunday, take care and stay safe..

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Wait up!

A few last shots of the Floaty Party on Wednesday morning on Cottesloe Beach. The tiny tyke above looked so cute trying to catch up with dad while struggling with a unicorn the same size as himself :) Below, who knew there were so many types of blow up floaties! I have a blow up flamingo for the pool, might have to find out where the next party is and join in 😉 Happy weekend, take care and stay safe..

Friday, February 14, 2020

Rubber ducky I luv you..

I didn't think we would be back at Cottesloe Beach so soon but.. it was a Floaty Party! Check out the incredible colour of the water in the aerial pics on the link, couldn't miss that opportunity.  For the past few months the crew from Cold Nips have been organising early morning mid week communal swims at different Perth beaches. Arrive at 6.30am into the water at 7.05 and all you have to bring is your own floaty device. Here on Wednesday at Cottesloe Beach there must have been at least 200 locals and tourists having so much fun..

Looking back as we left for home, up on an airport run since 3am I was wilting fast, the floaters were starting to come in and head home to get ready for work, what a super cool way to start a hot day! Now I know why it's my first floaty experience :) we aren't often up and out that early mid week. Who knew there were so many types of floaties, might have to show you close-ups of some of my favs. Happy Friday, take care and stay safe..

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Perth waking up..

We took Aimee to the airport just after 4.30 AM yesterday morning, she's off to Sydney for the weekend. It's not easy getting up at 3am but there are many consolations along the way. The air is so fresh and cool at that time of the morning, the rising sun gently glinting off the city buildings before it unleashes the heat of the day upon us :)  The only sign of life the seagulls swooping over the river and the early morning walkers and cyclists, too early even for the first ferry across from the city..

We couldn't wait for the sun to come up, more pressing business! It all worked out well time wise. What you may ask could possibly be happening that would stop me heading straight home and back to bed? Such a fun though ridiculously early event and the first time I've taken photos of it.. bit of a clue below :) Be prepared for a multitude of super-colourful shots tomorrow 😉 Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe.. P.s early bed last night, big catch up today..

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Yagan Square Nyumbi..

The main reason we went into the city on Friday night was to see and participate in Yagan Square Nyumbi, a celebration of Aboriginal traditional song and dance. The name Yagan was chosen to reflect the historical and cultural significance of the area to the Noongar people, the area traditionally an important meeting place for Aboriginal people, particularly for women, who gathered food from the lakes that were once in the area. The celebrations began with the traditional smoking ceremony.The smouldering of native plants to ward off bad spirits, the audience more than happy to join in..

It was ladies night on Friday. The stories related to the dances were wonderful, my favourite the story of how in the Dreaming the willy wagtail was a great hunter who was one day robbed of his catch by Wardong the crow and Dwerda the dingo, the wagtail never forgot this crime which is why it angrily attacks crows and dogs much bigger than itself! I know that to be true as I have also been seen off by one of these feisty little birds more than once:) I enjoyed the story through dance so much  I forgot to take pics. It was excellent to see the amphitheater filled with both visitors and Perthites, we will definitely go back, I bet the photographer below got some fantastic shots! Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe..