Monday, 25 March 2019

Monday Mural - Spice Alley

I saw these murals the day I visited Cockatoo Island and later my friend and I walked to the inner Sydney area of Chippendale, near Sydney's Central Station, where we visited the "green" building - One Central Park and the Asian restaurants in Kensington Street, known as Spice Alley.

I didn't find names of the artists, but there's a big variety, some of them inside the restaurants, others in the courtyard, all with an Asian flavour. 壁画
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.  
Thanks, Sami. 

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Saturday Critters - Dove babies and a baby girl is born 💖

Remember my post about the doves in my garden two weeks ago? 
Yesterday I went to the backyard to water the garden and looked up at the tree and noticed two baby doves in the nest.

For more Saturday Critters from around the world check Eileen's blog.

Two baby doves in the nest
Our second grandchild, was due on the 1st April, but last night (22nd March) my son called to announce little Eleanor had been born, with 52cm (1,70ft) and 2,880kg (6,35 pounds) by cesarean section. 
I visited Mom and baby in hospital this afternoon and they are doing well and might be discharged on Sunday.

First photo with grandmother and granddaughter 💖
  Have a lovely weekend.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Visit to Sydney - day 5 & 6 ( Petersham & Royal Botanic Gardens) & SIGNS

Tuesday 5th March - arriving at Circular Quay that morning I came across another giant cruiser - Radiance of the Seas.

At Circular Quay station, I caught the next train to Redfern (1 station down from Central Station). 
The old inner city suburb of Redfern, with its lovely heritage terrace houses near the super modern University buildings is very popular with students.

Redfern - old terrace houses and modern university buildings

I was on the hunt for some murals, but it was hot and humid and after finding a couple of murals I got back on the train towards Petersham (4 stations further), known as the Portuguese quarter. 

In Petersham, the Sweet Belem Confectionery where I envisaged sitting down to eat a couple of custard tarts and buy corn bread (broa) was closed (Mondays and Tuesdays) 😞.
I had to settle for a light lunch across the road in the Portuguese restaurant - Costa do Sol.

At the Italian/Portuguese Convenience store on the main road, I bought Portuguese wine to take to dinner with our neighbours, and Quince paste (marmelada) for my son and daughter in law, who had requested it.

Shopping done, I took the train into the city, and as the stops weren't being announced I didn't get out on the right one.  Thanks to the "Opal" app (Sydney transport) I got off at the next stop and then had to take 2 buses home, following the route religiously on the app so I wouldn't get lost 😌.

At 7pm, after Jose got home and tended to his little garden, we went upstairs to his Iranian neighbours who had invited us for lasagna. We took the Portuguese wine which they loved and for dessert we enjoyed a Chocolate mousse which I made earlier.

They have two Persian cats, an older very shy male - Tom and a young and playful female - Sophie. We had a great dinner, wonderful conversation and I'm so glad they keep an eye on Jose.

Tom (peering over the balcony) and Sophie (on the dining chair), Jose's little courtyard and garden patch (under the trees) and the granny flat where he lives (next to garage)

Wednesday, 6th March - I would be leaving Sydney towards the end of the afternoon, so I met up with Jose at Central Station where his company has offices, to leave my suitcase so I could walk around unhindered.

I wanted to visit the Royal Botanic Gardens for the "Plants that bite exhibition" at the Calyx.
The Calyx - some ducks and Ibis by the pond
The plant wall and the "biting" plants scattered in the middle and in hanging baskets

After the exhibition I wandered around the Botanic Gardens until I reached the Tropical Garden area, with it's exotic plants.

   The signs about the biting plants were informative.
For other signs from around the world please follow this link.

  On the way out a few statues, and the pretty views over the city. 

Sculptures in the Botanic gardens

I had to be back at Central Station just before 3pm, as Jose had a meeting at 3, so I left the park towards Circular Quay and suddenly the sky started to get quite dark and heavy as you can see on the next photos.
As soon as I arrived at the main concourse the rain started pelting down!

The Opera House, Sydney Bridge and the "Radiance of the Seas"
I called Jose when I arrived at the station, and he met me by the timetable board to hand me my luggage. We said our goodbyes and I walked to platform 23 from where the train to the Domestic and International airport departs about every 10 minutes, taking about 15 minutes.

 It had been a very hot (35C) and humid day in Sydney (we can have hotter days in Perth, but usually our summers are dry), so I was sweaty and clammy and as soon I arrived at the airport I went straight to the toilets for a change of clothes! 
I felt much better then, and I'm sure my travelling companions were happier around me too 😁.

Domestic airport 
  The flight departed about half an hour late, landed in Perth at about 7,30pm and I caught a taxi home where I arrived 20 minutes later.

During the flight I watched two movies - the brilliant romantic musical "A star is born" which I'm sure would have been a much better experience in the big screen and "If Beale street could talk", a romantic drama which I found a bit sad.
Have you seen any of these, and did you enjoy them?

And for me it's back to my normal routine at home and work.

"A star is born" with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper - brilliant acting and superb music (youtube)

 "If Beale street could talk" - the struggle of a young black couple to clear his name from a crime he didn't commit. (youtube)

Monday, 18 March 2019

Monday Murals - Bondi Beach II

These photos were taken during my visit to Sydney in October 2018, when I visited Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi Beach.

The Bondi Graffiti Wall became popular in the late 70's with graffiti and street artists, and in the last decade has became a legal space for artists to display their work.
Artists have to apply to the Council to secure a spot, which is awarded for 6 months, and then the spot gets painted over by a new artist.

There are only two permanent murals - Frangipani Girl and the ANZAC memorial, both by Sydney artist Droogie, and they get regular restorations funded by the Council.

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.  Thanks, Sami. 

Frangipani Girl:
Painted in 2003, it honours local 15 year old Chloe Byron, one of the 202 people who died in a bomb attack at the Sari Club in Bali on 12th October 2002. She was know for her active participation in many local sporting clubs and a Bondi surfer with her Dad David. 

A list of Bondi residents who lost their life in the Bali 2002 bombing

Anzac Memorial:
Also painted in 2003, it was painted using a photo given to him by an old Bondi Digger.