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Monday, March 2, 2015

Disaster at Long Gully Bridge..

This was going to be my theme day post before the lure of my mum's gorgeous face changed my mind at the last moment :) P took this shot when he was walking the Bibbulmun Track back in 2010. The track runs from Kalumunda on the outskirts of Perth down to Albany, a distance of nearly 1000kms taking walkers through vistas as beautiful as you would see anywhere, ranking it high up there as a must do for keen track walkers.The historic 'Long Gully Bridge' ageing beautifully since 1949 was built for the WA Government Railways,vital for the moving of timber to the Dwellingup Mill.When the mill burnt down in 1961 the track ceased operation and the bridge became the only viable crossing point for walkers on the track.

Tragedy! Fifty four years later the bridge has suffered the same fate! At the beginning of February during one of many bush fires started by lightning this year, despite the valiant efforts of Park & Wildlife Fire crews the bridge was totally destroyed! The above shot and the below shot showing the aftermath of the fire were taken from the official Bibbulmun Track site. Always a heart-tug when a piece of history is lost but there's no stopping mother nature when she unleashes her fury! Happy new week, take care and stay safe..

Sunday, March 1, 2015

CDP Theme Day.. Ageing.

For as long as I can remember I have always loved old photographs, black & white and sepia preferably. A moment in time captured when people and places never age, remaining as they were when young and new. I particularly love images from 1920 - 1950. Did you know that the first 'selfie' was taken in 1839 and the word selfie was officially entered into the Oxford Dictionary in 2013, I find that a little disconcerting :) The lady in the photograph above is my Mum.. she remained in my eyes, and everyone who knew her, as beautiful until the day she passed away. True beauty, inside and out, never ages. Happy Sunday, take care and stay safe..

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Well look who's here!

The last time I saw Dogman and Rabbitgirl was when we were in Sydney last year in the gallery of artists Gillie and Marc.. imagine my surprise to see them sitting people watching from a gallery window on St. George's Terrace. Remember the 'cheeky' pair here in Highgate! I would still love to have one of the smaller models but unless a 'windfall' occurs that's not going to happen :) On the other hand this delightful character below by Naka seen in the window of Art Affair at Hillarys Boat Harbour would look fabulous on my red wall!

I cannot go past Art Affair without checking their fabulous window! So much to see, something suitable for every artistic preference! Hope you have an excellent weekend, it's a long weekend here in Perth, looking forward to some 'chill' time! Take care and stay safe...

Friday, February 27, 2015

The strength and diversity of women..

Each time I visit Kings Park Botanical Gardens I make new discoveries.. like the sculptures above by Coral Lowry and Holly Story tucked away in a secluded spot. Using 'symbolic plant forms, these five sculptures invite you to reflect on the importance and diversity of the contribution of women to the community'.. the symbols also embedded in the pathway below depicting life, growth, strength of heart, leadership, and renewal. I like it very much! I absolutely mean it when I say TGIF, roll on a cooler week please! Happy Friday, take care and stay safe.. p.s. early bed with killer headache last night, big catch up today!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The lady in the yellow bikini!

This is one for readers in the chilly northern hemisphere.. to warm up the cockles of your heart :) Taken late yesterday afternoon at Hillarys Boat Harbour, and even though the weather was a cooler 34C the humidity was 90%, horrible!! The lady in the yellow bikini, her flowery umbrella and yellow accessories created a colourful footprint.. and below, something new since I was last here, a lifeguard on the shallow family beach this side of the boardwalk. There are lifeguards all along the main Perth beaches but this is the first time I've seen them here.  Excellent idea, it takes less than two inches of water and a minutes distraction for a tot to drown, good to have that extra pair of eyes keeping watch. Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe..

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Elephant & Wheelbarrow and other weird pub names!

Thank heavens for archive shots! At 41C yesterday it was a wee bit hot to get out and about with camera in hand. I took these a few weeks ago in Northbridge. After perusing the 23 weirdest pub names in Britain list, with 'The Bucket of Blood' (?) in Cornwall coming in at number one, The Elephant & Wheelbarrow above, seems to almost make sense :) not really! The 'pairing of words in the names of pubs/inns in Britain was rare in the mid-17th century' then apparently after that it was game on, the odder the pairing the better!

Meanwhile below in a heritage listed building in Northbridge there's the Hotel Northbridge.. nothing puzzling about that one :) Looking forward to getting out and about on a hopefully cooler day, have a good Wednesday, take care and stay safe... p.s. what is the weirdest pub name you've come across in your travels?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Lunch with a view..

The last time I went to visit mon ami français Marie who lives by the river in Maylands, one of Perth's oldest suburbs, she suggested we have lunch at the Riverside Woodbridge Cafe in Guildford, it was a Wednesday I recall, of course that was the day it was closed! Returning yesterday was well worth the effort.. it was a warm day making the cool breezes from the Swan River most welcome. Directly across the river the vineyards of the RiverBank Estate Winery..

The cafe/restaurant is part of the historic Woodbridge House estate, built on land originally owned by James Stirling later bought by Charles Harper who built this grand old home in 1885, I bet those big wide verandahs looking out to the river were a godsend in the summer heat back then. Over the past 130 years the house has had many uses, a boarding school for boys and an old age home for woman being just two. Saved from demolition by the government in the 1960's the National Trust opened Woodbridge House to the public in 1970 and it is now a popular tourist destination. I'm sure you know what's coming next.. I'll have to go back and check it out :) Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe..

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