Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Signs - Pink 2

More personalised car registration plates in pink.
Do you have personalised car plates in your country?

For other signs from around the world please go over to Tom's blog.

Do you love it
Betty Boop
Gamer girl

(Beleza = Beauty)

Monday, 17 February 2020

Monday Mural - Dolphins and mermaids

If you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme is for you;
just follow the Linky steps below.   Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to your mural finds this week.  

Monday Mural Meme goes lives at 12,01am Perth, Western Australian time.
Thanks, Sami. 

When we had lunch at the Vat 2 Restaurant in Bunbury (crn Jetty Road and Casuarina Drive) during our recent trip down south, I came across some great murals.
Outside the complex the VAT 2 mural with a mermaid on one side, and a ship in a bottle on the other side, links beautifully with the site of the restaurant next to the beach. 
Painted in May 2018 by Perth artist ArtbyDestroy.

Inside, by the entrance to the restaurant a wall of words and a pod of dolphins also painted by Art by Destroy in November 2017.

Next week I'll show you the other murals inside the restaurant.

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Signs - Pink

For many years I've been on the lookout for personalised car registration plates, of which there are plenty in Perth. I have over 800 photos...
Today I'll post some of my favourite PINK ones.
Do you have personalised car plates in your country?

For other signs from around the world please go over to Tom's blog.

Monday, 10 February 2020

Monday Mural - Various in Bunbury

The 3 murals posted today were all seen during our stop-over in the town of Bunbury when we travelled to Margaret River in December.
Bunbury in regional Australia, is apparently home to the largest collection of street and public art. Quite impressive!

If you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme is for you;
just follow the Linky steps below.   Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to your mural finds this week.  

Monday Mural Meme goes lives at 12,01am Perth, Western Australian time.
Thanks, Sami. 

Just outside Mojo's restaurant in Victoria Street (where we had lunch), this sea container had a wall painted by Tattoo artist Tim Howe - a woman in an aquatic setting, which was painted in November 2015.

The next mural in a laneway off Victoria Street next to Trafalgars Hotel, and across from Ian Mutch's Autumn leaves mural,  the words Rebel, Rebel, were painted by Australian artist, typographer and illustrator Gemma O'Brien.

She does a lot of advertising commissions for big companies, and a number of her projects have been recognized by the New York The Type Directors Club, with awards of typographic excellence.

This last one also in the same laneway off Victoria Street,  where Kyle Hughes-Odgers mural was painted, but behind a closed fence to which I presume was a bar. 
I couldn't find who painted it.

And a very happy birthday to my Mom who celebrates her 82nd birthday today 10th February.

Mom and I in Perth, Dec 2015, Mom and I in 1964 and Mom in 2019.

Friday, 7 February 2020

January Wrap-Up

I know I've just finished posting about the month of December, which was crazy busy, and here we are in February already, so before it ends, here is my January.  Luckily a lot quieter...

On Sunday 5th, I picked up two friends - Vina who is 84 and Idalia who is 87, and drove to the northern suburb of Quinns Rocks, about 1 hour's drive from my home, and 20min from the most northern suburb of Two Rocks. (Perth is a very long city, approximately 125km (78mi) and about 50km (31mi) from the coast to the east.

The occasion was an afternoon Tea for ladies only, held at the Quinns Rocks Surf Club and organized by the Portuguese Australian Women's Association (PAWA) of which I am the treasurer.

Ladies were encouraged to bring a cake to share and tea and coffee was provided. 
When I got there, we had to set up the tables and chairs for the guests (luckily two husband's were present to help out) and put out all the cakes being brought in.
Considering that it was the first event organized by the Association it was very well attended by about 50 ladies. The Mayor of the City of Wanneroo (to which those northern suburbs belong to) the lovely Tracey Roberts was invited to the event, gave a beautiful and uplifting speech and even became a member of the Association.

We had a few things gifted to us to be raffled and the money collected was to be donated to a women's refuge.

The ladies at the event - Mayor Tracey Roberts (black dress) and Manuela, the Association's president

The long table with the cakes and desserts

Me and friends Idalia, Vina, Mena and daughter

On Monday 6th, I returned to work. After 3 weeks at home it was hard...

Thursday 9th I restarted my French lessons. Not sure if I made any progress, during December, I tried my best to speak in French to the in-laws once in a while, but there were a lot of missing words in between. I still find I can read and understand what I'm reading a lot better than speaking.  For the time being I will continue as it's also good for the brain.

On Friday 10th, I invited two Portuguese couples for dinner. One couple was visiting  their daughter, who with husband and baby daughter stayed in my house for a month when they moved to Perth about 7 or 8 years ago, and the other couple are our oldest Perth friends.

In the morning my friend, the very sprightly 97 year old Idalia called me to go and fetch an apple cake she had baked me to thank me for my help with some paperwork a few days before. It came in handy to serve to my guests with their coffee after dinner.

Visiting friends on the left and our oldest Perth friends on the right

It was almost dinner time on Saturday 11th, when it suddenly it me that it was the 13th anniversary of our arrival in Perth.  So I quickly rustled up a tray with snacks and we opened a small bottle of (real) French champagne, which had been given to me by Dr Y as a Christmas present when I returned to work on the 6th.  Well, we had no dinner then of course.

Lanson Champagne and snacks to celebrate our 13th anniversary in Perth

The next morning when I woke up my daughter Karina had sent the family a message on WhatsApp to inform us that the Taal volcano which is 30km from where they live in the Philippines had erupted.  People were being evacuated in a radius of about 10km, ash was blowing in their direction and they had to wear masks, but they were ok.
She was confident they would be ok and luckily they would be evacuated in case of danger by the company she and Thomas work. 
Luckily a massive eruption as predicted hasn't yet happened. 

Saturday 18th, Jose and I and friends W and L attended a concert at the Crown Casino TheatreThe Beatle Boys - a young Sydney band who played Beatles songs.  The "rheumatic brigade" was there in force...not us of course, we were part of the younger ones there ūüėČ.

The boys were fabulous singers, the crowd participate, sang and danced. We loved it!

My Youtube video from one of their songs at the Perth Casino

After the concert we went to the Casino to have a coffee and found the Atrium was decorated in pink, blue and white. 

Pink, blue and white decor at the Atrium Crown Casino

For the first time since we arrived in Australia I didn't attend Australia Day's celebrations on the 26th, but just not keen on going out in the heat.

Monday 27th,  was a public holiday because of Sunday's Australia Day, and somehow I managed to accept two invitations for the same day, as I didn't write one of them down in my diary. 
Anyway, we solved it by attending a barbecue lunch at our friends W and L's house by the Canning River.  The ducks were out in force, but no black swans this time.

Around 4pm we left and went to the other "late lunch" at Idalia's house, where we arrived in time for dessert and stayed until 8pm.

My 87 year old friend Idalia dancing after lunch :)
And so ended January :)