Sunday 18 December 2016

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas & New Year

My daughter arrived from Amsterdam last week to spend 1 month with us, and tomorrow her partner arrives from Amsterdam, and my brother in law arrives from Lisbon to join us too.

We'll be quite busy showing them around Perth and surrounding areas, and with Christmas approaching at break-neck speed and still so much to do....I don't expect that I'll have much time to blog.

So, my dear family, friends, and all my wonderful followers I wish you have a wonderful Christmas and that the New Year brings us all Peace, Health and Happiness!

I'll leave you with some Christmas photos taken this week.

Some of the city decorations

Decorated houses in my neighbourhood

This ginger bread house and Christmas tree was at the Perth Convention Centre.
Make by a team of 7 pastry chefs, it used 800 eggs, 40kg of Marzipan, 50kg of honey, 100 kg of flour  among other ingredients, and it took  them 1500 hours of labour!!
Not to be eaten...but enjoyed!!

 Happy Christmas everybody! See you next year.

2016 FACTS (from "The West Australian" newspaper)
- coolest year for more than a decade at most Perth sites.
- coldest winter for more than 20 years at most Perth sites.
- rainfall near average but wettest year for three years for most Perth sites.
- Perth's hottest day was 45,1C at Pearce RAAF Base on February 10.
- Perth's coldest day was 10.7C at Bickley on August 8.
- The warmest night was 28,4C at Gosnells on January 8.
- The coldest night was -1.6C at Jandakot Airport on July 13.
- Wettest day 71mm of rain in Armadale on July 11.
- Strongest wind gust was 109km/h at Rottnest island on May 21.
- Unusually hot year over most of WA's northern half.
- Australia's fourth warmest year on record.

Monday 12 December 2016

Monday Mural - Petrol station

One of the murals painted for Public Form 2016, in April this year. This one was painted in building 208 at Curtin University by Perth artist Jessee Lee Johns.

As with some of the other murals painted during this time I was able to catch the artist at work, and this one right from the start.

For other murals from around the world please follow this link:

The complete mural

From start to end...

Monday 5 December 2016

Monday Mural - Lisbon Story

This mural in Lisbon entitled "Lisbon Story" describes in humorous comic strip fashion the history of Lisbon from it's foundation till recent times.

Painted by comic strip illustrator Nuno Saraiva, the mural can be found on the Arch of Rua Norberto de Araujo, near the Portas do Sol (Sun gates) lookout.

Friday 2 December 2016

Mooing around Perth - II

So much has happened these last couple of weeks, that it's exactly a month to the day that I last posted about the Perth's Cow Parade.
You can read my other post and see photos of the other cows here.

After much mooing running around I've managed to find over 30 of the 40 on show!
But don't worry I won't bore you with photos of all of them...just the nicest.
And in no particular order here are my choices:

Mooey XIV - by  Ae'lkemi - inside the new Perth city Library
A Cow with no Name - by Peter Ellis and Paul Caporn, in front of QV1 building

Holy Cow - by Poppy Lissiman, in King st, near His Majesty's Theatre
Noongar Boodja - by Rod Garlett in Kings Square (near Perth Arena)
Aurora - by Renae Coles at Perth Arena
Bubblegum Bessie - by Minaxi May at  Perth 140, corner William and Murray St.
Garden Cow - by Megan Salmon, in front of Cloisters square
Daphne - by Sally Stewart, inside the State Buildings

When Cow Parede ends on the 11th December, Daphne will be donated to the Muscle Dystrophy WA Association.

Hope you enjoyed my selection.

Have a great weekend. We'll be having a full weekend with my husband's work Christmas function tonight, a party on Saturday, and my work Christmas function on Sunday...and a dinner with friends on Monday! 

Wednesday 30 November 2016

36 years ago...

On a rainy Spring day in Johannesburg, we got married surrounded by some family and friends. 

Thirty six years later, 2 kids, 1 grandchild (exactly 1 week old), a few white hairs (me), a lot of white hairs (my husband), wrinkles and a few more kilos (both of us) and here we are celebrating our love.

Hopefully we will be able to celebrate this date for many years to come...
Tonight, we will go out to dinner.

L to R - my Mother, brother in law, sister, hubby, me, Father, younger sister

Monday 28 November 2016

Monday Mural - colourful house

Painted in 2014 for Muraliza Cascais, by artist Paulo Arraiano, on the side and front of  a house in the centre of Cascais (Portugal).

For other murals from around the world please follow this link.

Wednesday 23 November 2016

We've been promoted to grandparents!

Hello dear friends:

Most of my family, and some of my close friends have already heard me shout my news, since I first heard it this morning...but for all those blogging friends that haven't yet heard, here are the exciting news:
Our first grandson, Joshua was born this morning (23rd November) at 9,40AM, with 3,440kg and 51cm.

After a long labour, Mom and Baby are doing well. I've already visited him twice in hospital today, where my daughter in law will stay for another day.
We are so excited to have a little baby to spoil.
My parents living in Portugal are super excited to have a second great-grandson born this year.

And we finally feel we are entitled to use the mugs we were given as a present when the pregnancy was announced.

Monday 21 November 2016

Monday Mural - African Queen

Another mural from Portugal, painted by Ivo Santos aka "Smile" on the side of an apartment building in the residential area of Torre, Cascais. 
I couldn't find out anything about the artist but I presume he might have been born in one of the former Portuguese colonies in Africa. Isn't she a beauty?

For other murals from around the world please follow this link.

Friday 18 November 2016

Open House Perth II and Food Festival

As promised in my last post, here are some more venues that I visited during last weekend's Open House Perth.

3. City of Perth Library

The new Perth library is a super modern 7 storey round building, situated behind Cathedral Square, in Hay street, and inaugurated in March this year.
I'm glad I had a chance to visit it, as the interior is really amazing!  Covering an area of 3,500m2, and each floor is targeted to a different audience (if I can describe it that way!) - adults library, children's only floor, young adults floor, meeting rooms and multi-function room, History centre floor.  Free Wi-fi is available and public use computers too.
The ceiling that can be seen from the adults library floor was painted by Andrew Nicholls and called "The Isle is full of noises".
There is a terrace too with views over Cathedral square, Perth's city hall and even the Swan River. The children's area that can be seen on the photo on the second row has trees, bean bags and a roof with a view.

4. State Buildings

Also in the Cathedral Square Precinct, on the corner of Barrack st and St George's Terrace, are the State Buildings, a 19th century building that used to be Perth's Post office.
It lay vacant for 2 decades and after extensive remodeling it opened about a year ago as a high-end retail and hospitality centre. 
On one side of the building is the entrance to a 48 room boutique hotel - Como - The Treasury, recently voted second best hotel in the world by Conde Nast travel magazine.
On top of the hotel is a glass box rooftop restaurant - The Wildflower.
There are a myriad other small restaurants, beer and wine bars, boutiques, chocolate makers, flower shop...

Como- The Treasury and The Wildflower restaurant in the rooftop glassbox
5. Curtin University - St George's Terrace hub

Originally Perth's Boy's School, this is the oldest government school building in Western Australia. Built in limestone was constructed in 1854 and resembles a church, although the bell tower and spire have been removed.
Last year Curtin University transformed the building into a central location to provide course information to prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students.
The main hall is also used for public exhibitions.

Inside the Curtin University Perth hub

6. His Majesty's Theatre

This Edwardian Baroque theatre constructed from 1902 to 1904 during Perth's gold rush, is situated on the corner of Hay and King streets and seats over 2,500 people. 
When constructed, it Australia's biggest theatre and was one of Australia's first reinforced concrete building too.
After an uncertain future, it was bought in 1977 by the West Australian government who undertook a 3 year refurbishment.
I didn't go inside the performing hall as there was a long queue, so only took photos of the entry hall.

And after hours of walking I was feeling tired and famished...and it was time to get to the World of Food Festival that had started at 11am and would end at 3pm.

World of Food Festival 2015:

Government House

Held at Government House Gardens in St George's Terrace, by the Consular Corps of WA, this is a free annual event that features food stalls of traditional cuisines, cultural performances, petting zoo, children's games and face painting.

Gardens, Zoo, Games, Dancing, Food stalls

AND THE BEST WAS....I got to hold a little joey. My husband bought a Belgium waffle and a young girl there was holding him and I was asking questions and she asked if I wanted to hold him.
Of course I did! He 3 or 4 months old, was being cared for during a year in a foster program as he had lost his mom.
Apparently he slept in the girl's bed and was fed bottled milk 4 times a day, and hated being left alone in the backyard, as he considered himself part of the human family.


And believe it or not, after having had our late lunch here, my husband and I walked about 15 minutes  towards Elizabeth train station to return home, but decided to take a detour and have a refreshing ice-cream at Elizabeth Quay.

An so ended a wonderful and informative day...I don't know how many kms I walked but I walked many kilometres all over town and my feet were killing me!!!

View of Perth CBD from Elizabeth Quay
And to end it all - a refreshing ice-cream

Wednesday 16 November 2016

Weekend Decor and Open House Perth I

It seems the closer it gets to Christmas and with the weather getting warmer there are more and more activities happening in Perth. 
This past weekend we had Perth Open House, where over 90 venues were opened to the public for free, there was a Cheese Festival on the weekend too and on Sunday there was the World of Food Festival.
On Saturday I stayed home doing a few refurbishings at home, so I only managed to go to the city on Sunday...  I need a clone!!

Around the House & Garden

I bought some material with blues and grays to recover the seats of these two chairs, but that was a quick do - just unscrew the seat, cut the material and staple to the bottom. Voila, now it fits with the new decor!

On the left the old, and on the right the new material

I have also finally re-purposed  this old wooden frame with a poster I didn't want - spray painted the frame white, stapled the backing board and with a glue gun, glued a few shells and other beach stuff I found on the beach ages ago. It now hangs on my backyard wall.


My husband and I pressure washed our decking so we could set out the dining and sitting area ready for summer entertainment and Christmas. 
It was my idea to choose light gray composite decking boards, but unfortunately they get dirty very easily, or at least the dirt shows a lot more than if the boards were dark brown for example...

All the outdoor furniture on the grass, waiting for the decking to dry
All back in place and ready to go!


On Sunday I managed to visit a few of the sites on the Open House trail and then still managed to go and have a late lunch at the World of Food Festival in the Governor's House gardens.

1. Woods Bagot Building

On the corner of William and St George's street, the former Palace Hotel, was built during the gold rush in 1895. 
It was known for it's elegance and Victorian style features and it had the first lift in Perth. After a few owners the latest occupier is the firm of architects "Woods Bagot", and although they have a very modern decor, they have kept a lot of the building's Victorian features and even showcase some wooden furniture that belonged to the hotel.
In the next photos you will be able to see the some of the modern features as well as some of the building's original features - the wooden staircase, the lobby mosaic floor, statues, stained glass windows...
And what a great place to work!!

The former Palace hotel and the modern South32 Tower behind it.

Check the wooden sideboard that belonged to the Hotel on the bottom right! The glass ceiling in some parts lets you see the glass tower adjoining the old building.

The next visit was to the glass tower behind Woods Bagot building where two floors were opened - the 30th and the 51st floor.

2. South32 Tower

This triangular building  stands behind the Victorian Woods Bagot building.
Formerly known as Bankwest tower, Bond tower and R&I tower, it's a 52 story tower completed in 1988 and was Perth's tallest building until 1992, and is now the third tallest with a telecommunications tower of 48mt on top.
All open plan offices face the Swan River for amazing views, the building is clad with green tinted double pane glass, the 14 lifts are divided into zones that go from ground up to floor 17, floor 18 to 29 and from 30 to 51.
Another great place to work with wonderful views.

Old & new side by side with the Woods Bagot building adjoined by the South32 Tower
The views from the 51st floor over the Swan River
Part of the new Elizabeth Quay development, here is the new ferry station with a ferry docking

Next post I'll bring you a few more venues that I managed to see around Perth on Sunday.
Hope you have enjoyed getting to know a bit more about Perth's buildings.

                                                                                                                                 12 &13 Nov 2016