Wednesday, 2 September 2015

First day of Spring - Kings Park



It felt a bit more like a Winter's windy day, but today was day 1 of Spring!
Apparently this week a cold front is passing through Perth and next week the weather will start to get warmer again.

Today, the month long Kings Park Spring Festival started, this year celebrating it's 52nd anniversary, while the Botanic Gardens celebrates it's 50th anniversary.

I'll leave you with just a few photos of the hundreds I took.
I'll certainly go back for some of the events planned for this colourful season - music, talks, plants sale, seminars, etc.

The great Boab dressed in the Aboriginal flag colours
This year there are a few dressed tree trunks, and the one above is the show stopper -
this eucalypt tree was planted by Her Majesty the Queen, Elizabeth II on her visit to Perth in March 1954, and now it was dressed with a white ball gown, a blue sash, long gloves on two of it's branches and a crown further up the trunk. Cute isn't it?
A few more dressed tree trunks
The Queens tree with the War Memorial at the end, and further behind you can see a sliver of the Swan River
                                                                         
Wattle trees
Banksia
                   
Bracteantha (straw flower)


The "Bella Umbrellas" is another playful addition adorning the entrance to "Aspects of Kings Park" gift shop, right next to the Visitor's Information centre.

Hope you enjoyed the short visit and I'll bring you some more Spring beauties soon.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Monday Mural - Do aliens dance the Flamenco?

This mural on the corner of Beaufort and Harold Street in Mount Lawley, was painted on a wall of a laundromat by Martin E Wills (MEW), a Perth based artist born in the UK.
His murals mainly depict aliens with 60's beehive hairstyles and desolate landscapes.

The whole wall is covered by this mural which also has an Asian dancer/instrument player with a red flower in her hair. I'm not sure this part of the mural which integrates with the aliens is also Will's work, it's got a totally different style so I presume it isn't, but I couldn't find the artist's name anywhere.
Hope you enjoy the quirky characters.
You can see more of Monday's murals by following this link.




Sunday, 30 August 2015

Unusual potting vessels



Around Perth I've found a few unusual potting vessels from a bath tub to an old metal bed frame.
It shows that if you have imagination you can recycle and use anything in your garden.

This was meant to be a very wet weekend but luckily it hardly rained and we were able to buy grass rolls and lay them on Saturday. So much work, our bodies are all sore...old age!
I'll be working on a couple of posts about our garden renovation.

It's looking so much better with a bit of green....

Colourful geraniums outside a Vegetarian restaurant in Mount Lawley

Herbs anyone? Please pick some on your way home...


Recycle old pallets for an unusual box

An old metal bed-frame turned into a planter for herbs in Mount Lawley
A plastic tank surrounded by a metal frame holds a tree outside a Fremantle bakery
These aren't unusual, but are pretty cement pots with mosaics, outside the Shipwreck museum in Fremantle

Hope you had/or are still having a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Sunset by the River

Today was my day off work and I took some visiting friends to Kings Park Botanic Gardens to get a glimpse of the wildflowers - the Spring wildflower festival starts on the 1st of September, and I'll be going back for more pictures...

Afterwards we drove via Mounts Bay Road, close to the river's edge towards the University of Western Australia, so we could photograph the Crawley Boatshed also know as the Blue Boat House or Matilda Bay Boathouse, this spot is a popular wedding photo venue.
The jetty was blocked as it was unsafe, but it's still a worthwhile photo destination, specially as in our case we got the sunset colours...
A bit of a picture overload, buy I can't help it, it was such a peaceful and beautiful place.




 


The Swan river at sunset

 A short walk away is the statue of Eliza, 15 metres offshore on the Swan River.
She was "naked" today but often people dress her up according to the occasions - a flag for Australia Day, a scarf for winter, T-shirts, a hat and a dress for Melbourne Cup day, etc.
Eliza, is made of bronze, 2,2 mt high, dressed in a swim suit and cap with her arms up as if about to dive from the wooden platform.
She was created by Perth sculptors Tony and Ben Jones and was unveiled in October 2007.
The statue was located in that area to commemorate the "Crawley Baths", Perth's prime competition and recreational swimming venue on that site from 1914 to 1964.

the statue of Eliza as seen from the Boatshed





The Boat shed taken from Eliza

Hope you enjoyed the sunset photos as much as I did. Have a wonderful day.


Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Monday Mural - Would you buy it?

On a recent visit to the inner city suburb of Mount Lawley I came across this tiny house and fence covered in graffiti. I have to presume that the owner wanted it painted that way.
The garden looked well looked after, so it couldn't have been an abandoned house...
But I don't think I would buy a house that looked like this, even though it is for sure a one off!
I wonder what the neighbours think of it?
Would you buy it?
For more murals around the world check this link.
Have a wonderful week.






Saturday, 22 August 2015

Public Art in Perth 8

Looking back at some of my draft posts I realized I had yet to post some photos related to the series I did last year about Public art in Perth. So here are a few more works of art.


By one of the entrances to the Crown Metropol Casino at Burswood, stands this very elegant metal structure. I don't know much about it though... It could well have been part of the Sculpture by the Sea exhibitions a few years ago...
  

This pink kite is just outside the Art Gallery of Western Australia in the Cultural precinct. The artist is also unknown. I like the quote...



This one called "Games" was one of the statues exhibited at the Sculpture by the Sea 2013, by Chinese artist, Chen Wen Ling. As I drove home one day from the Northern suburbs I saw this while I waited by the traffic light. Luckily the light was red and I quickly took out my camera and took a photo. A bit blurry... 




On the corner of Beaufort and Vincent Street in Mount Lawley stands this quirky bronze statue of a male dog and female rabbit on a bike.
I first saw it about 2 years ago when I was invited to a friend's birthday lunch at "Veggie Mama", a vegetarian restaurant.
On my last trip to Mount Lawley where I photographed some murals, I went past it again, and this time the bicycle tyres were covered in pink material, as well as the "dog" was holding a board advertising something.

Silver Circle by Unknown


Hope you're having a fabulous weekend! Enjoy it!!




Monday, 17 August 2015

Monday Mural - Old world trams

This wonderful mural at 824 Beaufort Street in the suburb of Mount Lawley, was painted by Canadian born, Perth based artist Mel McVee aka Melski.

Painted on a wall between a dentist's car park and the Mondo Butcher and Delicatessen, it represents the old world of Perth's trams when up to 130 trams would go past Beaufort street.
Now it's just cars...

You see more Monday Murals from around the world by clicking here.




The mural and the Mondo Butchery