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Monday, June 27, 2016

'Flying Australian things' ...



Two of my favourite Perth artists side by side! Spotted in a carpark in Coogee Street Mount Hawthorn alongside many other artists (show you more next Monday) the theme being 'flying Australian things'. The 'wom-bat' painted by surf, skate and street artist Fieldey, aspiring artists out there see her in action on Fieldey TV Art & Tutorials here.  The wom-bat, as elusive as the now extinct Tasmanian Tiger which fell foul of the most dangerous predator the world has known.. man!
  

The beautifully coloured Rosella (parrot) painted by Brenton See. Inspired by David Attenborough's documentaries Brenton's work, a combination of animals and geometric shapes, tells the story of the unpredictable relationship between nature and man in this, I want to say dodgy :) but will say insecure world! Hope you had/are still having a good weekend, happy Monday, take care and stay safe...


Sunday, June 26, 2016

'Twas a perfect day to eat fish & chips by the sea!



I never would have guessed when I first opened my eyes yesterday morning that it could transform into such a wonderful winters day. The heavens were grey and beaucoup de pluie was falling :) but a few hours later the clouds gave way to a pale blue sky and a perfect 16C day. We stopped in at Kailis Trigg Beach kiosk for lunch, 'twas a perfect day to eat fish and chips by the sea! The long glass window of Kailis restaurant is perfect for reflections, 'the double trouble' below is as close as I'll ever get to a selfie :) Happy Sunday, hope you're having a good weekend, take care and stay safe...




Saturday, June 25, 2016

Espresso Yourself...



So I did.. and whats more I plan to do it again :) I'm going to take as many photos as I can this weekend to keep the blog going next week and rest up before I see the knee surgeon the following week, it's never too late to do the 'sensible' thing :) What are you up to this weekend.. enjoy! Take care and most of all stay safe...


Friday, June 24, 2016

Reminders of the past...



It was so good to see that in the restoration of the old Guildford Hotel so many features from the original hotel have remained. On two levels the upstairs floor is a combination of comfy leather chairs and sofas around a roaring original old fire, tres joli in winter oui! Also seating for eating :) out on the balcony and a large reception room for weddings and other functions..


 Looking down from upstairs you can see that the original old corner fireplaces are still there, albeit minus the rest of the floor! Amazing to see the charred remains of what was once the second floor.. maybe I should have kept these next three shots for the July 'looking down' CDP theme day subject :)


The main eating area on the ground floor is rustically (?)  charming...


The original spiral staircase and a glimpse of the belvedere.. Loved the little touches like the sink basin still attached to the wall there in the corner middle shot below. A beautiful and much in keeping with the heritage history of the hotel restoration.. I'm quite sure I will find lots of lovely details each time I visit.. Happy Friday, take care and stay safe...


Thursday, June 23, 2016

'A short stumble to the station'..



Yesterday we had lunch in the newly restored Guildford Hotel.The heritage listed Guildford landmark built in 1886, just across from the railway station hence the title.. after many a few ales a 'short stumble to the station', love it :) The hotel was all but destroyed in what was described as a 'suspicious' fire in 2008. The shell below was all that remained..  


Reopening last month after a beautifully 'sensitive to it's history' restoration, complete with belvedere, originally added in a 1915 restoration, the Guildford Hotel is once again the hub of the Guildford community..


 I'll show you some inside details tomorrow but suffice to say the original black and white shots of the hotel c1920 (guessing here) were one of my favourite features. One of these days I'm going to have a whole week of shooting in black and white.. if only the world wasn't so fabulously colourful :) Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe...


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Winter Solstice...the shortest day!



 Yesterday was the Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere.. here in Perth the sun rose over the city at 7.17am and set gloriously over the Indian Ocean at 5.20pm giving us 10 hours 3minutes and 26 seconds of daylight.. blue skies and a crisp 16C. By next Monday the days will be getting longer minute by minute. Happy Summer Solstice to all in the Northern Hemisphere, take care and stay safe, especially if you venture near a 'stone circle' :) p.s. you may notice Elizabeth Quay is missing from the foreshore above:) I confess I took the shot a few years ago on Anzac Day in Kings Park..


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Today will be.. GREAT!



Do you ever have one of those days when you sleep through your alarm and it sort of sets the tone for the rest of the day so that by midday you wish you'd taken it as a sign that maybe you should have just rolled over and stayed in bed :) Then as you go about your day you unexpectedly come across a sight that makes you smile, makes you realise how very lucky you are in this crazy world just to be waking up in a warm bed with a roof over your head.. 


This colourful, happy and positive mural found in the underpass into Claremont was painted during Public2016 by Perth based artist, letterer, graphic designer and illustrator Matthew Wong aka I Am the Wong.  Merci beaucoup Monsieur Wong for making me see that although it had a dodgy start, it really was a great day! Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe...

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