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Monday, 30 August 2021

Monday Mural - The Boab Tree

I love murals and street art. If you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme is for you.  Just follow the Linky steps below.  Once you start looking you will find murals everywhere.  The "Monday Mural" meme goes live on Monday at 12,01AM, Perth,Western Australian time. Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters. Looking forward to your mural finds this week.  Thanks, Sami.

Another mural from the inner city suburb of Subiaco, in the Rowland street carpark.

It was commissioned by the Subiaco Church of Christ, painted by artist Bee Tan and community volunteers,  and was inspired by the Biblical "Parable of the Seed", featuring silhouettes of local residents around the giant Boab tree.



Wednesday, 25 August 2021

Signs - Change

For other signs from around the world please check Tom's blog:

Not sure it has anything to do with carpets, but I liked this quote I saw outside a carpet shop.



Monday, 23 August 2021

Monday Murals - Subiaco was built on a Sunday

I love murals and street art. If you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme is for you.  Just follow the Linky steps below.  Once you start looking you will find murals everywhere.  The "Monday Mural" meme goes live on Monday at 12,01AM, Perth,Western Australian time. Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters. Looking forward to your mural finds this week.  Thanks, Sami.

This is one of the murals I photographed in July, when we visited friends that were renovating an investment property in Subiaco.

Painted in 2016  by Perth artist Melski McVee in a laneway off Rokeby Street, on the side wall of Perth's Cat Cafe.

The 9mt high mural called "Subiaco was build on a Sunday" portrays Subiaco's rich retail history and the name refers to the fact that in the early 20th century, a local company developed kit homes which allowed land owners to build their own houses. Since most men worked , which refers to the fact that men in the area worked from Monday to Saturday, building would usually take place on Sundays.









Wednesday, 18 August 2021

Signs - Personalized Number Plates XI

For other signs from around the world please check Tom's blog:

When we saw this sunny "happy" car, Jose said to me that if I gave him a car like this he would be happy too and his number plate would be "Happy2" 🤣🤣.  

Ford Mustang








Monday, 16 August 2021

Monday Mural - Fauna and Flora in Malaga

I love murals and street art. If you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme is for you.  Just follow the Linky steps below.  Once you start looking you will find murals everywhere.  The "Monday Mural" meme goes live on Monday at 12,01AM, Perth,Western Australian time. Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters. Looking forward to your mural finds this week.  Thanks, Sami.

Saturday we had lunch with some friends north of the river (the city of Perth is divided by the Swan River and you either live in the suburbs south or north of the river). The day before, I had seen some pictures on Instagram of a mural that had just been completed in the suburb of Malaga, which I knew was close to our lunch location, so on our return home we drove past to take photos.

This amazing mural has been painted by the very talented Australian artist Brenton See, for Natural Area, an environmental consultancy company in the industrial area of Malaga.

It features a Western Quoll and a Western Spinebill, which were endemic to the area before the concrete jungle moved in. Behind the Quoll is a Banksia Grandis.

What a pity I couldn't get close, but it was behind gates, and I only had my little Cannon Ixus with me.







Can you see the bee in the flower?


Wednesday, 11 August 2021

Signs - Coffee

For other signs from around the world check Tom's blog:

At Jackie's suggestion I'm also sharing with Elizabeth's T for Tuesday post.

Not a coffee drinker, but I thought this coffee mug my boss brought to work was funny.








Monday, 9 August 2021

Monday Mural - Volunteering is what we do

I love murals and street art. If you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme is for you.  Just follow the Linky steps below.  Once you start looking you will find murals everywhere.  The "Monday Mural" meme goes live on Monday at 12,01AM, Perth,Western Australian time. Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters. Looking forward to your mural finds this week.  Thanks, Sami.

In the July Wrap-up I mentioned that on the 18th July we had visited Point Walter Reserve, in the suburb of Bicton. On arrival I discovered a new mural had been painted on the toilet blocks.

Couldn't find the name of the artist, but I loved the bright colours!

It could have been painted for or by the Melville Volunteer Resource Centre.








Further down the walking path this wall has 12 plaques depicting various activities that can be done in the area.





Point Walter is the site of various cultural monuments, including a war memorial avenue.

The park is also used by the general public for a variety of activities including kitesurfingkayakingcanoeingwindsurfingfishing, swimming, and picnicking. The area contains two shaded playgrounds, cycle and walking paths, a jetty, a boat ramp and barbecue areas. There's also a cafe and a golf course.

This all makes this park a very popular destination for families the year around, but specially in Summer.


Thursday, 5 August 2021

July Wrap-up

Can you believe I forgot the blog's 10th anniversary on the 18th June?  Such a memorable anniversary and it slipped my mind! 😉

Friday 2nd - Perth's 5 day lockdown was lifted, but use of masks outdoor and at work and public transport until midnight Monday 12th. Luckily only 3 or 4 people were infected. 

On Tuesday 6th - We had accreditation at the Clinic.  We just need formal staff appraisals for it to be a 100% pass.

Friday 9th - my day off work I had a haircut, then went to the supermarket. As I got into my car to return home, I was caught in a massive downpour and even though I just had a 10 min drive I had to drive super slowly as I could hardly see. We had a bad storm with 45mm of rain, inundated roads, a sink hole in Subiaco, fallen trees...

Sunday 11th - visited our friends W and L who were renovating an investment property they own in the inner-city suburb of Subiaco. They've turned an old double storey townhouse into a modern residence. We had coffee with them at a nearby Cafe, then walked around a bit and came across a lot of shopkeepers putting sand bags in front of their shop doors. On Friday, during the storm, Hay street, the main street in Subiaco been inundated, and another storm was predicted for Sunday night (which luckily didn't happen) hence the precautions. 

Came across a few murals which I had photographed years ago but not yet posted, so just took new photos.

Townhouses in Subiaco

Wednesday 14th - Bastille Day -the French class group and partners went to the Duke of George pub in Fremantle. Sadly the teacher and her husband couldn't come as her husband had burned his hand badly 2 days before, when he switched off the Thermomix and it exploded with hot soup. He was going to hospital the following day for a skin graft to his hand.

It was a fun night with a British jazz singer Catherine Summers, who had lived in Paris in her childhood. She sang a lot of French classics from Edith Piaf, Ella Fitzgerald, etc.

Duke of George 

Friday 16th - I picked up my retired colleague Gill and we drove to Baldivis (about 40min from me) to meet up with our other retired colleague Jan at Brother of Mine Cafe. Great food and service, beautiful newish residential area, and always nice to catch up with them.


Sunday 18th - Annual General Meeting of the Perth Codfish Academy, at the Yangebup Bowling Club.  None of the participants volunteered for the committee roles, so the committee members stayed the same, Jose being re-elected the Treasurer, and the Secretary nominated me for the job.

After the meeting lunch was served by the local "Bowl and Fork".

Our table (top photo) with our friend Idalia on the right

Barramundi (fish)and chips and Chocolate Brownie for me

On the way home we dropped our elderly friend Idalia at her retirement village, then drove to Point Walter Reserve, nearby. Jose was hoping to have a coffee overlooking the river, but sadly the coffee shop was already closed.

It was quite windy, but a couple of youngsters were being pulled by a boat on their board. Quite a few falls...

Top: the bronze "Habibi" sculpture by Iranian artist Ayad Alqaragholli. The kids water skiing.                                                                                                                    Bottom: a tongue of sand extends 1km into the river hosting bird colonies.

From Point Walter you get great views of the city across the river Swan and we even saw a rainbow 🌈. It's a very affluent area with million dollar houses with river views.

Just before going home, I photographed "Spirit" - the life-size statue of a man with a dog on a lead, surrounded by a bevy of playful dogs, all made of powder-coated aluminium, created in 2018 by April Pine for the Sculpture by the Sea, in Cottesloe 


Sunday 25th -  Christmas in July, organized by the Portuguese Association Women of WA

A few days before I was reminded that Jose needed a Santa suit as I had volunteered him to play Fathers Christmas.  They suggested I hire one and the Association would cover the cost, but I thought it was quite expensive and decided to go to a few shops that might have that type of thing. Sadly this year they didn't carry "Christmas in July" merchandise. I also tried 3 of the nearby op-shops (thrift shops), but nothing either...

I decided to ask my "Faceboook Buy Nothing group" if anyone had a Santa suit to lend me, and someone actually offered me one, as she had two.  How good was that?

I baked a Chocolate Christmas log cake to add to other desserts donated by some of the members, and the Association ordered 2 kgs of mini custard tarts from the Portuguese bakery, which I picked up as I'm the one living closer to it.

The lunch was a success, even though we had half the people we had last year. There was music, dance, good food, face painting for the kids and Santa surprised the kids with gifts.

Fish (for me) and Osso Buco (for Jose), cake platters, the dessert tables, my Christmas log cake, mini Portuguese tarts

Jose as Santa, Jose and I, the Committee on stage

At every one of our events we also collect for a cause. This time we asked guests to bring a gift for a child in East Timor. We also asked if guests could donate a handbag and put a few care products inside, as well as a scarf or necklace to donate to young ladies in East Timor as well.

I actually bought 5 bags, scarves and necklaces at one of the op-shops (thus helping 2 causes) and filled them with a box of sanitary pads, small bottle of shampoo, and body cream.

table with gifts for the kids at the lunch, table with donations for raffles, gifts for kids in East Timor (this was at the beginning, didn't take a photo at the end, it had tripled in size

At the Op-shops I also bought a few other goodies - a bedside table ($10) and a swinging doll's crib ($8) to be painted.



Wednesday 28th - I received my second dose of Astra Zeneca, at my clinic, again no side-effects.  Jose had his second dose about 10 days before me, no side-effects either. We are ready to take off!!

Friday 30th - spent my day off work, finishing off a few pieces of furniture. Had to bring them indoors, as it was another rainy day. Luckily the "Fusion mineral paint" is voc free, so no problem painting indoors.

A change of colour - bedside table from the op-shop

I painted a few trays and a big pottery vase I got from the Buy Nothing group also got a facelift


Saturday 31st - On Friday I had heard a strange running water sound which I had put down to rain falling from the gutters, but Saturday the sound was still there when I was in the laundry putting the washing on. I told Jose about it and he went outside to investigate, turned the water off, and the meter was still going....so guess what?  Leaking water pipe. He lifted some pavers from the side of the house leading to the water heater and then notice that close to the heater there was water coming out from underneath!  Main water turned off, then he had to break the cement to get to the pipe.

Then followed a search on the net for the pieces and tools he needed he was looking for.  It was too late to go to the shops on Saturday, so only on Sunday he managed to go to the local Bunnings (hardware store). Due to lack of stock he had to drive to 5 hardware stores as their website showed stock in some shops but when he got there, nothing!  Finally the leaking pipe was fixed, water turned on, heater had to fill up and warm up, and then we could finally have a hot shower again on Sunday night!  Never a dull moment!

With 271mm of rain, July was the wettest month in 26 years, and with 28 consecutive days of rain making it also the most rain days in 75 years and only the lowest sunlight averaging just 4 hours per day!