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Monday, 28 February 2022

Monday Mural - Fauna and Flora in Attadale

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.

A mural from Perth this time - sorry for the photo overload, but it is a very, very long mural with so many beautiful subjects...

This mural was painted in September 2021 by West Australian artist Imogen Palmer, in the triangular shaped Davis Lawlor Reserve in the riverside suburb of Attadale.

The community was asked to help the artist paint the background of the mural in a paint-by-numbers style, and Imogen added the details of local fauna and flora.


Part of the huge mural

Dolphins

Pelican

Black Swan

Wagtail

Bat and Brushtail Possums

Kookaburras

Cockatoo & Banksia seed pod




Banksia flower


Banksia flower

Black cockatoo

Magpie


Signatures of the community helpers

Wednesday, 23 February 2022

Signs - I love this place

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

A sign I saw ages ago in a food van, which I thought was quite funny.





Monday, 21 February 2022

Monday Mural - Tribute to Vincent Lingiari

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 12 murals painted for the 2021 Darwin Street Art Festival, in August last year, by local artist Jesse Bell, and can be found in a vacant block of land on the corner of Bennett and Cavenagh Streets in Darwin's Central Business District. 


"This mural is a very special memorial piece for the late, great Vincent Lingiari. Vincent Lingiari was a Gurindji man from Central Western NT working and living at Wave Hill Station. In the 1960's Wave Hill became a flash point for Aboriginal Rights with workers demanding improved  pay and working conditions as well as the repatriation of some of their traditional lands. Vincent was elected to become the leader of the workers, and took the fight to Canberra and gained national attention for the movement. After 8 years of striking the fight at Wave Hill reshaped the conversation around Aboriginal land rights and ultimately culminated in land being handed back to the Gurindji people and the symbolic gesture of Gough Whitlam (Australian Prime Minister from 1972/1975) pouring sand into Vincent Lingiari's hands.   Later, Australian musician Paul Kelly wrote the hit song "From Little Things Big Things Grow" which tells the story of Vincent Lingiari's fight at Wave Hill, a song that helped immortalise the story in the public eye"


Wave Hill Walk Off with the Gurindji workers sitting and striking 


The symbolic finale of the fight with Gough pouring sand into Vincent's hands 


 

Wednesday, 16 February 2022

Signs - Say Cheese :)

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

Hope you love cheese as much as I do :)


This "Denmark" is in Western Australia, not in Europe. 

One of our favourite holiday spots, the pretty coastal town of Denmark is about a 4 hour drive south of Perth.





Monday, 14 February 2022

Monday Mural - Saltwater country

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.

Painted in June 2021 at the offices of the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) building on the corner of Bennett and Cavenagh streets in Darwin's central business district.

The 30mt long wall titled Saltwater Country (Gunimidjina Gwala Daraniki,) shows a crocodile, a kite and a magpie goose.

Painted by Larrakia artists Denise Quall and her brother Tibby Quall.

 



Happy Valentine's Day ­čĺô


Monday, 7 February 2022

Monday Mural - East West Design 2

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.

Painted by the very talented Graeme Miles Richards, this mural on the other side of East West Design, a furniture warehouse in Marine Parade, South Fremantle.

He also painted the main shop front of the warehouse on South Terrace, and of course the lovely mural I showed last week in Bayswater.

The murals at East West Design are in my opinion one of the top murals in Perth!






Quokkas - the happiest animal on earth can be found at Rottnest Island, across from Perth *




* Quokkas are one of the smallest wallaby species in Australia. These herbivores, with thick coarse, grey-brown fur, rounded fluffy ears and short hind legs, measure about 40-54cm (15-21 in) and weigh about 2,7 to 4.2kg (5.95 to 9.25lbs). They are mainly resident in the island of Rottnest, 30km across from Perth and they are very curious and friendly.


Quokka photos taken in Rottnest in Sept 2019

Wednesday, 2 February 2022

January Wrap-Up & Signs

Also joining Tom's Signs meme - for other signs from around the world please follow this link.

Monday 3rd - a public holiday, so in the late afternoon we packed a picnic basket and drove to Point Walter, a park by the Swan River. My intention had been to watch the sunset, but we were in the wrong direction. 

Never mind, we found a spot with a little "private beach" and as we tucked into our crackers and cheese, two black swans that were just swimming past waddled off the water to us.

They were curious and brazen , looking inside my bag and hissing at me when I gave them a strawberry! They just wanted crackers and if they were given too big a piece they would go to the water, wet it before eating it, but sometimes the seagulls would steal it from their beaks ­čĄú.


And when the swans disappeared back  into the river, Jose spotted 2 dolphins.

They move so quickly that I only managed to catch their fins. They headed straight to a couple of kids who were sitting and talking on their paddle boards who screamed in fright.  I was so thrilled to see them.



Tuesday 4th - Jose and I returned to work after a 2 week break. 

After just a few days at work I was ready for another very, very, long break! 

The vaccines and the many options, the people who miss appointments, calling other patients on waiting lists to fill those spots, the people who get upset with us because the next available vaccine appointment might be 2 weeks ahead.... Stress, stress! We started vaccinating the over 5 year old's on the 10th...

Sunday 9th - BBQ and swimming at our friend's W & L's house by the river. With the high temperatures in Perth it was a great day to be in the water. It's always wonderful to see the ducks, black swans, coots and purple swamphen that comes around to their house to be fed.

Swamphen, black swans and ducks, a baby coot,  coot couple with the baby

Tuesday 11th - we celebrated the 15th anniversary of our arrival in Australia, and went to dinner at Yuki Japanese restaurant.



Even with our borders closed to the world and all the other states of Australia, Omicron infiltrated its way into Western Australia, and from the evening of Sunday 16th mask wearing became compulsory in closed spaces, public transport, work...

I know most of the world has been wearing masks for 2 years, but in Western Australia we have been fortunate that we only had 3 or 4 two week long lock-downs in the last 2 years, and only had to wear masks during the last two I think. 

From the 18th we had a row of 5 days with record breaking temperatures of over 40C, not seen since 1897! Luckily they temperatures have gone back to the more manageable Summer temperatures in the 30C's.

On Friday 21st West Australians were given the "bad news" by the Premier, that the State would no longer open the borders on the 5th of February when we were expecting to reach 90% double vaccinated rate, as had previously been announced .

We were almost there, but Omicron has messed up the plans, and apparently the medical advice was that we should stay closed to the rest of Australia and the world with a few exceptions - more Australians to be allowed in from overseas, and other States, or on compassionate reasons, as long as they quarantine!  

West Australians now seem to be very divided into the ones who think it's ok to continue to be closed up and the ones who have had enough, who had already booked flights to visit overseas family or in the East coast. The goal posts keep on changing when the deal was that the borders would open once we reached 90% double vaccinated...  I do feel safe being closed but I know Covid will spread anyway once we open up, and I would also like to visit my family.

Australia Day - Wednesday 24th - despite the risk of the spread of Covid, fireworks in the city went ahead, with masks being mandatory and people could get spot checked for their vaccination status.

Even though I love the fireworks and the atmosphere I had decided not to attend the event this year. Luckily we had not one but two invitations for the day!

We first went to our friends W and L for a BBQ with the rest of their family. After lunch we still had time for a dip in the pool. 




At 5pm we left and went to the next venue - the riverfront townhouse of one of our Doctors at the clinic, for late afternoon snacks and drinks.

View from the balcony of the riverfront townhouse

Just before 8pm, 2 of the Drs and I jumped in the car and drove 5 min down the road to a park on the other side of the river next to the Nedlands Yacht Club, and got there in time to sit down on a blanket and watch the city fireworks in the distance (about 8km/ 5mi away). It was still nice and a safer option.

 


We started again interviewing for a medical receptionist at work, as our youngest receptionist - a medical student - is off on a country placement for a few weeks and when she returns to University she will only be able to work half to 1 day a week.

One of our Doctors also left at the end of the month, as she decided to relocate to Melbourne to be close to family, so we will be getting a new Doctor too.

I was gifted 2 pieces of furniture from the "Buy Nothing group" to upcycle, and I've started on one of the projects - a beautiful antique sideboard - the exterior was in great condition apart from a burn mark on the top where I've put a stencil. The doors and drawers were just covered with a wood veneer, and that is all I painted. The interior needs a full replacement of the flimsy shelves, so waiting for Jose to buy some wood and cut new shelves.

A round table and 4 chairs awaiting to be upcycled

Antique sideboard - drawers and doors in Ash, shelves awaiting replacement

And I end the month with our resident wagtail that still comes to sleep under the patio roof every night, and our Twiggy, always comfy on top of a pillow and some number plates I saw during this month.




Personalized number plates: