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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

No loitering!

It's true.. but only if you overstay your welcome.. you know what I'm talking about 'ladies' and 'gents' :) My first experience with one of these time-controlled, self-cleaning public conveniences was in Paris, I remember it was a pretty desperate situation :) and as the doors opened and the occupant emerged, someone obviously even more desperate.. or just plain rude.. pushed past and the doors closed on my anguished visage! One thing you can be assured of when you come to Perth the WC situation is excellent, clean facilities abound. Come on now.. you really wanted to know that didn't you :) Happy Monday, take care and stay safe.. p.s. read the instructions, at least you get a one minute warning :) p.p.s found in Northbridge...

Monday, February 8, 2016

Hairy Maclary doppelganger.. or 'horse, what horse?'..

Look at that face.. of all the doggy antics I saw on the beach on Saturday the Hairy Maclary lookalike above was the most amusing, such an expressive face and long lollopy legs, can just see him thinking 'a horse in the water behind me.. yeh right, sure there is' :) We're in for a scorcher of a week, dangerously hot temps.. I worry about my garden but much more about the creatures out there fending for themselves, time for bird baths and dog bowls to be kept brimming over with fresh water. Hope you had a good weekend and ready to begin another, happy Monday, take care and stay safe.. p.s. I quite like the doggy leg reflections :)

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Horses on the beach..

I've been wanting to take some shots of horses on the beach for ages so when Aimee rang from her early morning walk yesterday to say there were many equines on the Whitford horse beach all thoughts of grocery shopping :) were abandoned temporarily! We arrived just in time to see the 'first timer' above arrive, ears cocked he wasn't sure about the scenario before him at all.. dogs, people, fellow gee-gee's swimming in the big blue, it was all a bit much! I love horses but oh my they are so big close up :)

How fantastic does the water look right! It was 36C yesterday going up to 40C today and 43C by Thursday, our first proper heatwave this summer, it had to happen. So be prepared this week for a series of shots showing how Perthites keep their cool, you might even catch a shot of moi keeping my cool in the pool :) Happy Sunday, take care and stay safe... p.s. out last night, catch up today!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” CS Lewis..

 “There was a teapot, in which Mma Ramotswe -- the only lady private detective in Botswana -- brewed tea. And three mugs -- one for herself, one for her secretary, and one for the client. What else does a detective agency really need?” Alexander McCall Smith, The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency..
Tea tasting at Chapels in Maylands. My favourite is Earl Grey, followed by a silky Oolong but up to now the ratio has been all wrong.. one cup of tea to four of coffee, bad Grace! Things are going to change.. in my pursuit of a healthier lifestyle in 2016 :) that ratio will reverse. Are you changing any habits in the quest for a healthier year? Bon weekend, take care and stay safe.. p.s. the art below in Chapels just because I love it!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Ducks flying amok.. or, the two that got away!

We took Aimee out to brunch for her birthday yesterday and continuing the breakfast/brunch adventure it was back out to Mount Lawley to the fairly new Betty and Dave's Espresso & Kitchen. Did you ever see so many ducks flying hither and thither en masse.. but if you notice above there are two empty spots, I found these two renegades around the corner, j'adore that they flew off to find their own way, there's a moral there somewhere :)

Aimee, of the mind that no one should work on their birthday :) organized a RDA and began the day with an early walk on the beach to invigorate body, mind.. and appetite :)

There were no disappointments.. poached eggs on a sweet potato rosti, surrounded by a green pea salad, I think there was a Nutella milkshake in the mix, for Aimee not moi :) Happy Friday, take care and stay safe..

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Spanda... 'never judge from a lofty height'!

If there's one thing I've learnt over the years but obviously didn't put into practice re Elizabeth Quay :) 'never judge from a lofty height'! It is true that I have made most of my unfavourable assessments looking down (my nose) from the top of Kings Park. It was therefore as much a surprise to moi as to anyone that I wasn't horrified when we saw the progress from ground level. The 29mt high sculpture Spanda, meaning 'divine vibration' in Sanskrit, designed to link river, land and sky, does exactly that when looking through to the city and to the Swan River. Created in steel and carbon fibre by WA artist Christian de Vietri, Spanda is smooth, sensuous and super white against the blue WA sky.. can't wait to hear some of the nicknames Perthites will bestow.. as they have a wont to do :) Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe...

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Elizabeth Quay.. eating my words!

Even though there is still a long way to go before complete, Elizabeth Quay was officially opened to the public last Friday, I didn't make it then but did go and check it out on Monday. After all my wittering on about how awful Betty's Jetty (thanks Angie) aka EQ was going to be I was totally unprepared to 'quite' like it.. can you believe it :) If you are interested in bridges you can see the design plans here (super photos too) for the 110mtr long pedestrian/cyclist crossing spanning the new inlet under which the ferries will now come from south of the river into the new terminal. As it is now, before the high-rise development unfortunately begins it is a tres photogenic space, there will be many more angles to explore.. show you the controversial new sculpture tomorrow! Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe... 

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