Saturday, March 25, 2017

Cansumerist reflections..

Just when you thought I was fini with Sculpture by the Sea :) There is more to 'Cansumerism' than first meets the eye! Created by WA contemporary visual artists Hayley Bahr and Tim Keevil using recycled metals, perspex and printing equipment 'this evolving sculpture is a fully functioning printmaking studio. Inside lies a hammock for contemplation, a printmaking press and all the materials to create prints from etched recycled drink cans'. Even before discovering these internal workings this is an eye-catching, message sending sculpture lying semi-crushed on Cottesloe beach! Happy weekend, take care and stay safe...

Friday, March 24, 2017

'A good golf partner is one who's always a little bit worse than you are'..

That would be me, except it wouldn't be a little bit worse it would be abysmally worse.. I've only ever played three games of golf many years ago, to cut a painful story short I don't have the temperament for it, which is a shame because P loves it :) That doesn't mean to say I don't appreciate the sight of a beautifully designed and maintained golf course. Took these shots very early yesterday morning at the Araluen Golf Resort (good coffee) for all the keen golfers out there you can see the golf course flyover video here.. you will enjoy the view!

It was a rainy, cloudy overcast day but when the sun burst through for short spells the greens and surrounding trees looked amazing.. surprisingly few golfers out on the course..

This I think is the ninth hole below, I watched three balls successfully sail over the lake to land on the putting green, of the fourth ball there was nothing to be seen but ripples on the water.. didn't see any golf clubs go flying through the air :)

Below the same group of four teeing off for the second nine, clubhouse in the background. Have you ever looked at the word GOLF backwards..  just saying :) No, seriously I do get it.. it's an every game challenge between you and that little white ball with only one winner, but the fresh air, walking and companionship are all good! Happy Friday, take care and stay safe.. P.s. 'the size of the divot is directly proportional to the frustration felt'.. sound familiar :)

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Here's the sting!.

Christopher Robin I think the bees suspect something
Perhaps they think you're after their honey
Well, it may be that. You never can tell with bees..
 I remember a few years ago in summer we had a real problem with bees in the swimming pool. Attracted to the water in the hot weather they would end up desperately clinging on to anything to get out, the anything quite often being swimmers.. if you've ever been stung you know it's not fun :) On investigating it was found that someone in the neighborhood was keeping beehives, a definite no-no in residential areas. Problem solved when said neighbours moved the hives out to a rural location. I spotted this swarm of bees high up in a tree while looking for birds, not great shots (minus long lens) but look at all those very important little workers swarming away up there.. they kind of give me the creeps en masse like this but I know without them we would be up the creek without a paddle :) Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe... P.s. wee bit different from the belly dancers yesterday :)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bollywood in the city...

We were in the city on Thursday last week to enjoy the cultural diversities of Harmony Week in 140 William. Diversities that included $5.00 truly tasty street eats.. the Bollywood/belly dancing, African drummers and Chinese lion dancers were an unexpected (to me) treat. Focused on food :) it was the music that alerted me to get my camera ready, music followed by a flurry of blue and white swirling silk capes opening to reveal dancers from Bollywood Dhamaka..

The combined super shimmying sent my camera into multi-exposure:)

A triumphant  finale..

... before disappearing into the crowds from whence they came! It was exciting to watch and almost impossible not to wiggle one's hips to the hypnotic beat.. you should have been there :) Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe..

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Minty blue and white freshness..

Driving along Vincent street last week I couldn't have been happier to spot another delightful Robert Jenkins mural on the side of Mount Lawley Dental Clinic. 'Minty polar bear' in fresh blue and white.. mmm! I could almost smell the toothpaste :) The cheeky little chaps featured in many Jenkins murals, although not on one of my favourites here, were fairly active above and below.. you can see in the last shot this was no small endeavour and although only painted in August last year it has already been tagged, I've noticed a lot of that lately in Perth.. so not cool! Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe.. P. s. had a few computer glitches over the weekend, hopefully sorted now so big catch-up today.
Click here to see more Monday murals from around the world...

Sunday, March 19, 2017

A grand example of adaptive reuse..

When the Perth General Post Office was completed in 1923 it was described as 'the most sumptuous and impressive Federal building in Australia'. I remember thinking it was rather splendid when we first arrived in Perth and I walked through the doors below. I'm happy to say the herringbone pattern parquet flooring made up of 600,000 jarrah blocks and other jarrah features are still there, the post office is not, making way this year for Swedish fashion retailer H&M..

When the Melbourne General Post Office was restored after a fire severely damaged the interior in 2001 it was restored and remodeled as a shopping facility, it's main tenant H&M, it was described as 'a grand example of adaptive reuse'. On the one hand I feel a wee bit sad that such a wonderful heritage listed building is being used for this purpose, but on the other at least it is being used. Below another shot of the chandelier repeatedly reflecting as it disappears into the distance. What a busy Saturday it was, am very much looking forward to a lazy Sunday, how about you? Take care and stay safe...

Saturday, March 18, 2017

'The jewellery of architecture'..

'Chandeliers are marvels of drop dead showiness, the jewellery of architecture..
Peter York...

I'm not going to tell you where this fabulous multi-bulb'ed (sp?) chandelier is today, I'll save that for tomorrow but I'm sure Perthites who read the blog will guess straight away.. it's one of my favourite buildings in the city that is sadly no longer used for the purpose it was built. You can see the splendid original parquet flooring reflected in the mirrored ceiling and in the shot below under the chandelier the wrought iron stair case leading to the second floor, not used now I'm sure, replaced by lifts and escalators. A belated happy St. Patrick's Day for yesterday.. bon weekend, take care and stay safe...P.s. own up.. who has a chandelier in their home, they were tres fashionable at one time :)


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