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 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!


  1. ...Sami, you wrapped up quite a month, I August will be a wonderful month for you.

    1. Thank you Tom. Always new projects on the go.

  2. Want a beautiful month. The food...yummy.

    Have a fabulous day, Sami ♥

  3. I suspect you are one of those people who fits the bill, if you want something done, ask a busy person.
    The dog sculptures are great.
    Santa looks very trim. Maybe he needed a cushion.
    I paused at a Portuguese food van this week and noted they had tarts, but I thought no, I will spoil my memory of them if they aren't good and I doubt a food van would have the best.
    Good photos and you had an interesting month.

    1. Don't tell Jose he needs a bigger tummy Andrew, his is big enough, he's trying to lose weight. I try not too go overboard on sweets, but I never say no to a Portuguese tart, some are better than others of course.

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    1. Always busy William. Enjoy the weekend.

  5. Dearest Sami,
    That was an eventful month of July with lots of surprises and some unexpected ones.
    José looked good in his Santa suit and you were lucky for obtaining it the way you did.
    What a noble idea for helping out kids and young ladies in East Timor!!!
    You always work miracles with some old pieces of wooden furniture; looking wonderful the way you up-cycled them.

    1. Thanks Mariette. The objective of both the associations we belong to, is not only to get our community to meet each other, entertain, but also to collect funds for a different charity each year, which is lovely as there's always a need. Glad you liked the upcycled pieces.

  6. Que o mês de Agosto nos trate a todos muito bem.

    1. Espero bem que sim Pedro. Bom dia de semana 😊

  7. Belated Anniversary, Sami :-)
    We had the very best rain yesterday, too (well, as you Ingo was not so thrilled driving home). To live in Subi must be great.
    Great meet-ups and views - nice to see the dogs are still there.
    Great Christmas idea, especially with the bags.

    Where are you going to?
    Remember Mark whom we met at the Carousel SC? He chatted yesterday and said WA is closed... is he right?

    Wow on the table!
    Shoot with the water. See, same here with running to shops they state they have something, nada, gone. It w#must´ve been like that in GDR... Glad Jose could fix it!
    The weather is crazy....
    You had quite a month!

    1. Thanks Iris. We aren't going anywhere at the moment, Jose just started a job, so can't take leave, waiting for borders to open next year, just saying we have our vax and are ready. We are not really fully closed in WA, we can travel to the states with no infections like the Northern territory, Tasmania, South Australia. New Zealand has opened for a while but closed again because of the Sydney outbreak, and I think Singapore was also on the travel list. Subi is a great place to live, great places to eat out, near the city...

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    1. Obrigads Francisco. Bom fim de semana 😊

  9. As always, Sami, your days are a constant round of activity. As for forgetting your blogging anniversary, I wouldn't even give it a second thought. I routinely - quite seriously - forget my own birthday - and on our last wedding anniversary, we both were reminded of it when one of Miriam's sisters mentioned it to her during a conversation that day. Neither one of us had remembered!

    1. The blog anniversary I'm not too worried about David 😁, but I'm good at remembering the birthdays of close family members, generation before and two generations below. and I never forget my wedding anniversary and don't let Jose forget it either 😂😂. Have a lovely weekend.

  10. Happy 10th! You've had a wonderful month, I think, meeting up with friends, going to terrific places. I love those trays that you paint. If you lived nearer and not so far away, I would buy one. The shells are lovely. I really admire your work.

    1. Thanks Jeanie. It's certainly wonderful to go out with friends. Have a lovely weekend 😊

  11. Another busy month Sami. Huge congrats on 10 years, can you believe I forgot my 10th year in April also 😀 Jose looked fab as Santa 🎅 Another beautiful restoration, looking forward to seeing what colours you choose for the dolls crib 💜

    1. Thanks Grace :) It was a fun Christmas in July afternoon. I think I will go for pink for the crib. Then I have a kids kitchen to paint, still thinking of a colour :)

  12. Hmm, aluminum dogs. Rustproof and mark-proof, I guess. :-)

  13. What a month. I had to stop several times because you did so much. I love how Jose took over the role of Santa. What a great Christmas in July event you had. Nice idea with the purses filled with needed feminine items.

    My blog was 16 in July and I forgot about it, too. Too many other things on my mind, I guess.

    I am always hungry when I leave your monthly wrap-ups. You always eat so well and go so many places.

    Loved the photos from the river, too. All in all, a very busy month, I believe. Far more social than mine, that's for sure. Many of us are back to wearing masks full time due to the Delta virus.


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