Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Good-bye and Hello

On Saturday I pick up my husband from the airport. He is coming home after having worked and lived in Adelaide (South Australia) on a project for the last 3 years.
We had 3 years of weekends together, other short visits from me to Adelaide or from him to Perth, many many frequent flyer points earned, but a lot of loneliness too of course!
Hopefully he will now be based in Perth again for his next project.

But tomorrow (Thursday 31st) I say good-bye for a short while to my son and daughter in law, as they depart on a 3 week visit to Portugal to visit family on both sides.
May they have a safe flight! 

These photos were taken on one of my many visits to the airport to pick up my husband, while I wait for his call to say he has landed...
They have a viewing platform and very handy parking lot, a 5 min. drive to both the domestic and international airport terminals.

There's always lots of keen plane spotters with their long lenses photographing every plane that lands or takes off and some of them even taking notes of the details of every plane.

Another domestic flight landing

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

The world would be a better place if... / O mundo seria um lugar melhor se...

At Sandra's invitation, here is my participation in this challenge.
- The world would be a better place if...
Humans were kinder and more respectful of other people and animals.
 - A friendship is really important when.... 
You can maintain it despite living in different countries.     
- Patience and tolerance for me is ...  
Accepting that we are all different and respecting that. Luckily I'm patient and I try hard to be tolerant too.  
- Something that irritates me profoundly... 
People that have no manners or that don't respect the older generation.    
 - I think that humble people are ...
 An example to be followed!
 - When the day dawns cloudy, I ...    
Love to cuddle up with a good book or watch my favourite TV series. 
An essential quality in people is ...           Respectfulness.

***And I end this challenge by inviting the following bloggers to participate.
Please feel free not to accept it, if you so wish! Or if anyone else wishes, please follow up on the challenge.
Thank you and have a good week  xxx
- Celeste from:
- Sara from:

A convite da Sandra, aqui esta a minha participacao neste desafio.

- O mundo seria muito mais feliz se ...
As pessoas fossem mais respeitadoras e amaveis para com as outras pessoas e animais.
- Uma amizade é realmente importante 
quando ...
Se consegue manter a amizade mesmo vivendo em diferentes partes do mundo.
- Paciência e tolerância são para mim ...
Aceitar e respeitar o facto de que somo todos diferentes. Por sorte sou uma pessoa paciente e tento ser tolerant tambem.
- Algo que me irrita profundamente é ...
Pessoas que nao tem maneiras ou nao respeitam a geracao mais velha.
- Acho que as pessoas humildes sao...
Um exemplo a ser seguido!     
- Quando o dia amanhece nublado, eu ... 
Adoro aconchegar-me com um bom livro ou ver as minhas series favoritas na TV.      
-Uma qualidade indispensável nas pessoas é ...   

***Para terminar este desafio aqui fica o convite aos seguintes bloggers para participarem.
Por favor sintam-se a vontade para nao aceitar, se assim quiserem!

Obrigada e boa semana xxx

- Celeste from:
- Sara from:

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Winter Lights Festival in Perth

Tonight I invited my son and daughter in law to go into the city for dinner, and to go and watch the Winter Lights Festival in St George's Terrace. The festival started on the 11th July and runs until 27th July from 6pm until midnight.

I was surprised to see so many people enjoying the balmy winter evening - 16C , having dinner in restaurants and even in esplanades warmed up by gas heaters.

I still remember not many years ago when the city would be dead when the offices and shops closed for the evening, now even though it's the middle of winter, the city was vibrant.

We left our cars at the train station and took a 10min. ride into the city. Dinner was at a Japanese restaurant in Shafto Lane. It was reasonably priced and quite tasty. Then a short walk to St.George's Terrace to watch the lights, with the display changing every couple of minutes over these beautiful heritage buildings.

These buildings have been restored part of the "City Square development" which was completed in 2012 and renamed "Brookfield Place".

The above pictures are of the Royal Insurance Building on the left and the WA Trustees Building on the right.

Newspaper House above, was the former office of the "West Australian Newspaper" for over 50 years until mid-1980's. Nowadays, the building has been refurbished and houses a few restaurants.

Above, the Old Perth Technical School built in 1910, was refurbished in 2012 and now houses a few commercial premises, among them a wonderful Cafe.

The Old Perth Boys School whose construction was completed in 1854, resembles a church, but originally housed a boy's school.
Nowadays it's owned by the National Trust of WA and is occupied by a Cafe and wine bar. 

And then, to end the evening we had to go and check the "Winterland" and experience the true Northern hemisphere winter. The area near near the James Street Amphitheatre, near the State Library and WA Museum, which in summer housed a "sandy beach" (check the post from January), now houses an ice-rink!

Loads of people were having fun, even though I thought the price per 45min. a bit steep at $24 for adults!
Some kids held onto Penguins ($10 extra) that helped them balance on skates. Cute!
A large screen showed winter images.

The Penguin helping the novice keep the balance
At the Lodge Cafe - a tent erected for the winter fair - we had lukewarm hot chocolate and a not so great Caramel slice, while we chatted inside next to a gas heater. 
The interior was furnished with a  mish-mash of sofas, chairs and tables, a lot of them with a 70's air which actually gave it a cosy atmosphere.

They sold Mulled Wine (Gluwein), which might have been a better choice, but I didn't want risking drinking wine and then having to drive home from the station.

Outside the Lodge Cafe, they had wood fires burning
The TV fires were a nice touch too inside the Cafe
I can't remember the last time I went out during the week, and this certainly was a wonderful Winter's evening.
It almost felt like Christmas in July!!

Saturday, 5 July 2014

A Cemetery with a difference

Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park in Perth's northern suburb of Padbury is certainly a different type of cemetery.

Even though it is located just 500 metres from the Whitfords train station, and just off the Mitchell Highway, once you turn into the huge green grounds, it feels very peaceful.

Pinnaroo had it's first burial in 1978, and I presume by then that area must have been quite remote, but with the growth of Perth there are now loads of new suburbs further north of the cemetery.

It's considered to be Australia's most environmental friendly cemetery, with plenty of bushland surrounding it, and it has been planted exclusively with native species. The park is also a haven for kangaroos and other native animals.

Loads of Kangaroos lying in the sun - the indentations in the grass are bronze burial plaques

The cemetery has various courtyards named after Australian flora - Acacia court, Melaleuca court, etc., which are used for burials. Ashes can be placed in memorial gardens by planting native trees or bushes - a living memorial to the loved one.

No headstones or monuments are permitted and the graves are marked with flat        bronze or natural stone memorial plaques.

There is also a Cafe in the grounds open to the public 7 days a week, and there are 2 limestone and timber chapels where funeral services are performed. 
Bereaved families can engage the services of a catering service, very appropriately named "Celeste Catering", and can then gather in the lounges next to the chapels.

The cemetery is very popular with joggers, walkers, picnics, dog walks and even for wedding photographs, reason why I hope you don't find this post a bit creepy.
I thought the cemetery had such a calm and relaxed feeling and was just beautiful!

Below are some "soft" photos of the cemetery with it's beautiful surroundings - lakes, waterfalls, plenty of greenery and of course the wonderful wild kangaroos.

Hope you enjoy the views.

One of the burial plaques of a tiny 1 day old baby

Around the lake lots of plaques commemorating cremations

And the kangaroos!

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Bedroom Revamp

Winter is here and with more time spent indoors I was eager to renovate our main bedroom.
The whole house was painted about 7 years ago when we purchased it, but I was getting tired of the green feature wall and wanted a more contemporary and warmer colour.

I visited Bunnings (one of our hardware warehouses) to pick a few colour cards and get inspiration for the makeover.
I love blues, and most of my house has either a feature wall with Turquoise on it or has some sort of turquoise decorative elements!
This time I wanted something else that would complement with turquoise, so I settled on "Renewed Timber"  from British Paints - a light brown colour.

Last weekend, I moved the furniture to the middle of the room and started painting the walls. Two coats later the room looked cozy and warmer.

Another addition was a curtain rod and champagne blackout curtains running the length of the window wall. I have two windows that aren't centered on that wall, but because I also changed the bed to the window wall I thought it would look neater to cover the whole wall with curtains. 
My son helped out with drilling the holes to put up the rod and hung the curtains while I went to the airport to get my husband and surprised him with the makeover. 
He liked it and was pleased with the curtains as he hated waking up with the light coming trough the blinds.

The photo frame was spray painted in white and the lamp bases in turquoise

I also added small mirrors to 2 of the 4 doors that make up on of the walls of the room - the one to the right is the bedroom door, then 2 are cupboard doors  with a narrower door in between them into the en-suite. 
All those doors on one wall have always nagged me, and I found the best way to beautify them was to glue mirrors to them. 
Of course I had to paint them with a gloss water based paint. I still have to finish them off with some beading, which I intended doing this weekend, only I got a cold and don't have the energy to work!
The doors before the makeover
The doors with the mirrors on (minus the beading)
And remember the post from February, about these little glass dishes I got from Salvos to put my jewellery in?
Well, they have now been spray painted in a turquoise colour to contrast with the brown walls.


 Also in the same post I showed my green necklace hanging frame. It was getting too small, so I used a spare frame, spray painted it white and put all those hooks and necklaces back. 
I still have to put something strong to hang it from on the back of the frame, and then it will be hung above the chest of drawers.


 I still have to put the beading on the doors and then repaint the shoe box (you can see it in the first pictures at the foot of the bed, or now under the mirror in the renovated bedroom) with a light shade of turquoise...

To finish it off I still need an electrician to install electrical plugs on the window wall, so that I don't have to run ugly cables from the side-tables to the plug by the right side of the chest of drawers, a long way away...
Oh well, old houses like mine, only had one plug in each room!!

I leave you with 2 photos of the bedroom as it was when we came to see the house for the first time.
Scary, I know but we still bought it, as it had good bones and the we managed to negotiate the price too! I think there were 4 different wallpapers, 7 different tiles, and that hideous brown and orange carpet...
Now you can see the difference!!

Then and afterwards with bed in the same position

Then and afterwards with the chest of drawers in the same position

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Happy First Wedding Anniversary

On this day last year we were in Sydney celebrating our son's wedding.

It was a wet day, but as the Italians say "Sposa bagnata, sposa fortunata" - or "Wet bride, lucky bride" - so the rain is a good omen. 
Unfortunately due to the weather they didn't get to take the pictures on the beach, which was right next to the lovely reception room...

So a few months ago, some friends of ours, Cassie and Andrew, who are professional wedding photographers offered to do a "Rock your frock photo shoot" so they could have some lovely photos. 
Check some of the photos taken by Andrew of Michael and Sara in Fremantle:

These two photos taken by Andrew are my favourites! Aren't they so different from the usual wedding photos?
On my post about Mother's Day in Fremantle I have a couple of photos of the above mural, done by the Portuguese artist VHILS. It's a great mural and a wonderful background for wedding photos...

For their first wedding anniversary I offered them a canvas printed out with their first dance photo and added their first dance song to it (an idea I saw on Pintrest, where else?).
What do you think?

Happy First Wedding Anniversary!


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