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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Joondalup Festival at twilight..



Yesterday evening found us wandering around this year's Joondalup Festival, it was hectic! Joondalup City is roughly 26 km north of Perth and just ten minutes on the freeway from where I live. When Aimee was looking to buy her first property Joondalup was on the list. A festival is not a festival without the flying swings, I remember loving those swings, these days I'm happy just to listen to the screams :) now the carousel below is another matter, I quite like the idea of choosing a mount and having a ride!


Pop up coffee and Gelato bar!


The Beatles were there.. they were fab!


The real reason we were there was the same as the thousands of children and parents below excitedly waiting for....! Show you tomorrow :) Hope you're having a groovy weekend (man that just aged me), take care and stay safe...


Saturday, March 28, 2015

The 'Extra Mad' chandelier!


Well I guess it's not really all that mad, but it was the first thing that I noticed on entering Mad Mex at Hillarys Boat Harbour.. if you pull the image in you'll see the perfectly placed rows of Corona Extra beer bottles make a pretty cool chandelier! As soon as I downloaded this shot I knew it would be fun to have bit of a play, works well with the colours inverted don't you think? Bon weekend, take care and most of all stay safe...





  

Friday, March 27, 2015

Sunny side up.. this way and that!



I like the young lad's expression :) Couldn't resist showing 'is this a step forward' by Keld Moseholm (Denmark) it was one of my favourite pieces from Sculpture by the Sea this year. Three chubby chaps absorbed in their reading, about to step off the ...! As an avid book reader I can relate, I've burnt many a dinner distracted by words :)


... and 'ocean lace' below by Britt Mikkelsen (WA) just because it's pretty in the sunset! Look at those surfers out there.. you wouldn't catch me in the water at twilight, feeding time for big beasties in the sea! End of week already and storms predicted for Perth today, I hope they've got it right this time, a storm would be most welcome! Happy Friday, take care and stay safe...


Thursday, March 26, 2015

The hot, the cool and the ugly!



We went to Kings Park yesterday, it was a perfect Perth afternoon and it's a lovely spot to enjoy a coffee, two sugars, a splash of milk and spectacular views s'il vous plaît  :) Walking down towards the State War Memorial the summer planting around the Eternal Flame is fabulous as always, flame Red Salvia (I think), remember the end of spring view below, cool Blue Salvia (I think) All good so far, and then...


... of course I had to spoil the ambiance by looking out over the city to see how my least anticipated of all the building projects going on around Perth is progressing. Elizabeth Quay.. what can I say, still trying to keep an open mind but after all this time it still looks like a bloody disaster! You never know, before I retire from PDP I might be able to show you the finished view from Kings Park :) Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe...


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Birds and the bees!



When I first set eyes on Peregrine House above, home to BirdLife Western Australia I thought how perfect! It almost looks like a bird hide don't you think! Nestled in the 80 hectare of Perry Lakes Reserve, 13 hectare of which are conservation wetlands, surrounded by old eucalyptus trees, many in glorious flower right now.. if you pull in the shot below you'll see each flower has several gorging bees inside. The reason we were there at Peregrine House is because P, who has infinitely more patience than I when it comes to birding, is joining as a member.. if you have a spare four minutes I'd love it if you had a squizzy at his very first video here.. guaranteed to relax if you're feeling a wee bit stressed :) Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe...


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

"Adventure in life is good, consistency in coffee even better." Justina Chen.



“I told the waitress I wanted some coffee. She asked if I wanted leaded or unleaded, so I had to leave the restaurant, because I quit drinking gasoline years ago.”  Jarod Kintz
  

Drowning in coffee/tea.. who hasn't had one of those days :) Mural by Yowza spotted in Grosvenor Lane, Mt. Lawley. Couldn't resist popping in this little cutie below by super talented Perth artist Drew Straker, remember The Guardian of Highgate. Hope your week is off to a good start, Happy Monday take care and stay safe... 



Monday, March 23, 2015

Along the South Perth foreshore..



Parking under the Narrows Bridge in South Perth yesterday afternoon, Aimee and I began our stroll along the foreshore. It was the last day, or so we thought, of the South Perth Fiesta, and there was something in particular that we were there to see. Along the way.. deckchairs set up for visitors to enjoy the city views..


Handsome man singing ballads...


Miam Miam a Bite of France.. the roving food vans preparing to begin cooking.


More deckchair views...


... and my view!  Whenever I come south of the river from now on I'm going to take a picture of this view because when the Elizabeth Quay project is eventually complete, this view will be changed dramatically. Oh yes.. the reason Aimee and I were here in the first place was to take some shots of an installation titled 'Intrude' by Sydney artist Amanda Parer, 7ft illuminated white rabbits, see what they look like here, what a fab shot that would have made with the cityscape in the background. Too late, it finished on Saturday night :) Ah well, c'est la vie! Happy Monday, take care and stay safe..



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