Saturday, November 18, 2017

Swirling Surround..



This is a bit of a cheat reflection :) it's not in Perth.. yet! We were lucky enough to be in Sydney last month for Sculpture by the Sea on Bondi Beach. The sculpture here titled 'Swirling Surround' by NSW artist B. Jane Cowie looked amazing. I'm sure it will look equally fabulous reflecting under the hot blue sky during Sculpture by the Sea on Cottesloe Beach in February 2018. Hope you have a happy and colourful weekend, take care and stay safe...



Friday, November 17, 2017

It's all in the way you see it!



 I took this shot in Kings Square in the city about a month ago. When I looked it last night I noticed a few things. Although the window cleaner is giving me the thumbs up he doesn't look too happy about it.. the lad coming around the corner is surprised to see me there, the security guard in the background wants to but doesn't have the energy to come over and tell me that I shouldn't be taking pics here and if you look closely you will see the first buds of spring coming out on the tree. Meanwhile the person in the pink jacket is oblivious to the drama unfolding around him/her :) If you are desperate enough look hard enough you can find a story in every image oui! Thumbs up it's Friday, take care and stay safe.. P.s. If I made you smile my work is done :)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Animal behaviour..



Grrr! Only kidding.. even though it looks as if he's hogging the water bowl he was a gentle soul. After an early morning 6km walk along the coast road I probably looked as excited about my coffee as these two did about water, but hopefully not with my tongue hanging out quite so much :) The colours in the below shot are exactly as they were, no touch-ups, I feel incroyably lucky to live beside such a glorious coastline. Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe...




Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Always be yourself, unless you can be a unicorn, then always be a unicorn!



I bet there is not a little girl anywhere who doesn't love a pony, and when that pony transforms into a unicorn.. that's when the magic begins! My five year old great niece loves animals with a passion so it was inevitable that there would be four footed creatures of some sort along for the ride, or in this case giving the rides, at her birthday party in the park.. and naturally a multi-coloured tutu is the perfect unicorn riding gear :)


Some unicorn horns are perkier than others :) After the rides tiny hands were tentatively held out for the unicorns to snuffle up their carrot rewards! The young ladies from 'Ponies for any Occasion' were wonderful with the girls, what a fun job they have! Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe.. 


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Okuda San Miguel.. four levels of Spanish fabulouso!



So new the paint is still wet.. how seriously cool is this! Last Wednesday arriving in Subiaco for a meal we found Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel beginning work on this super colourful geometric Australian themed mural on a four storey apartment block, finished over the weekend.. just one in a series of murals by local and international artists during the week long 'paint Subi project' supported by Perth street art champions FORM. A smallish endeavour for Sr. Miguel who usually works on buildings 10-20 floors high. Check out some of his murals from around the world here, incroyable! Working from 7 to 12, lunch at the beach and back to work from 4 to 7pm was how the artist beat the Perth heat.. it's a hard job but someone has to do it right :) Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe...


Monday, November 13, 2017

Kaleidoscope Festival..'Birds of Lumos'.


 
 My favourite illumination at the Kaleidoscope Festival was the Birds of Lumos aka Rowie and her chick. The artists Amigo and Amigo have 're-imagined these rare animals, Rowi has the body of a light globe representing the egg, a beak with nostrils and wears sight enhancing goggle's - unlike most nocturnal birds Kiwis have very poor eyesight. The result is an otherworldly light sculpture that invites the audience to consider our role in restoring the health of endangered animals and the natural environment'. You can see from the children's faces in the last shot that I was not alone in finding Rowie and chick a delightful pair! Hope you had/are having a good weekend.. can you believe we are so close to Christmas again, how the heck did that come around so fast! Happy Monday, take care and stay safe...


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Kaleidoscope Festival..



"You have to find what sparks a light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world"..
 
It's been hot in Perth since we arrived back from Sydney, around the early 30C.. when I think about that, I realize that by the end of summer a 30C day will be considered a cool day :) On Thursday evening we went to the opening of the Kaleidoscope Festival in Joondalup. The dramatically lit grass trees above, and the entrance to an array of hearts.. broken, cupid etc. all perfect for posing below..


One of the giants from the Fantastic Planet..




Below walking through the 'light forest', thousands of strands of fibre optic cable. Not the easiest shots to catch but so much fun trying :) Show you my favourite of the festival tomorrow. Happy Sunday, take care and stay safe.. P.s. huge catch-up today!


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Sydney glimpses!



Home from Sydney for a week now catching up with and taking pics of what's been going on in Perth.. as always, lots! When in Sydney I like to take a different view of my favourite Sydney Harbour Bridge, seen faintly in the background above from Circular Quay where Aimee and I had an early breakfast on our last day, accompanied by a pair of cheeky rainbow lorikeets after the sugar on our table :) Below, the bridge as seen from the Museum of Contemporary Art. It gets harder each time we have to say au revoir to our Sydney famille although this time it was more like à bientôt as we will see them in a few weeks when they come over for Christmas. Looking forward to catching up and seeing what you have been up to while I was away, bear with me! Happy Saturday, take care and stay safe..


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Taking off... à bientôt!



Here we are again.. so excited to see my Sydney famille while at the same time irrationally apparently, panicking at the thought of flying! It doesn't matter how many times well meaning folk tell me it is the safest way to travel I cannot get my head around that theory.. thank heavens for that little white pill :) Aimee and I are leaving at the crack of dawn so, à bientôt.. take care and most of all stay safe until we catch up next weekend. P.s. Below a few random shots from around and about over the last few weeks..

Watch the dinosaur arrival in Elizabeth Quay..


From an exhibition of photographs by renowned Australian artist Bill Henson at Art Gallery WA.. Mr Henson's luminous lighting is exquisite.. mine not so much :)


Looking out to the Swan River from Kings Park.. if you have three minutes to spare have a look at the latest video here, unbelievable views over the city and river, so worth a watch..


The many layers of the paper bark tree..


Back in Art Gallery WA. Generational appreciation of art is a pleasure to see. This exhibition by WA artist Gregory Pryor, made up of 1585 sheets of paper, with the help of a team of students, was a lengthy endeavor to construct...    


Last but not least an aerial shot of Busselton Jetty. At 1.841km long it is the longest timber piled jetty in the southern hemisphere, check out the link here, what do you think, definitely worth a visit when we get back from Sydney? Btw I didn't take the shot :) See you soon..


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

When one town hall is just not enough!



In North Perth last week I noticed there were two Town Halls side by side. The first Town Hall above c1902 built during WA's gold rush period soon became unable to cope and a second Town Hall, below, was built in 1910, extended in 1933. Most of our fabulous heritage buildings were built during that golden period. The first Town Hall is now known as the Lesser Hall..


... and the new Town Hall the Main Hall. Here's the thing! The Town of North Perth in it's own right was short-lived.. amalgamating into the Town of Perth in 1914. These two wonderful building are now used as function rooms and tres splendid they are, check out some images here. I would love to transport myself back to this era just to have a peek, wouldn't you? Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe...


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Angus..



In Bassendean a few days ago, in desperate need of coffee we stopped in at Holly Raye's. Double bonus, the aforementioned excellent cuppa and this beauty by renowned Fremantle artist Anya Brock who's style you may recognize from the many times her work has appeared here. The mural a portrait of the cafe owner's much loved dog Angus...

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Most cafes these days are dog friendly with bowls of water at the ready.. Holly Raye's added that extra special touch to their thirsty pooch spot.. too cute! Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe...


Monday, October 23, 2017

Élégance française..



Aimee and I were both looking forward to seeing the FACCI (French-Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry) Bonjour Perth Fashion Show while at the French Festival on Saturday.. we were not disappointed. Beautiful dresses both elegant and flirty. What made me smile when I saw the pic above, can you see those horns in the background, Obelisk and Asterisk were enjoying the fashion also :)


Just as we were leaving I spotted the charming scene below.. after all, a French festival without a handsome, strolling accordionist is like wine without cheese oui! Hope you had /are having a fab weekend, take care and stay safe...



Sunday, October 22, 2017

Mlle Rouge..



Ceci n'est pas une voiture c'est une joie de vivre!

After a bit of morning drama Aimee and I eventually arrived in Subiaco for the French Festival. We weren't exactly sure where Market Square Park was but luckily Mlle Rouge aka Red below was there to point us in the right direction :) Snippets of conversation are a delight. Australian lady to elderly French gentleman sporting a fabulous beret "excuse me did you buy your beret here?" Elderly French gentleman to lady a disdainful "Non!"..end of discussion! Made me smile :)


I didn't wear a beret but like many others I did wear le striped tee shirt :)


Asterix and Obelix never looked so good from behind :) I'll show you some of the gorgeous French fashions tomorrow. Hope you are having a good weekend, happy Sunday, take care and stay safe..




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