Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Walking By

Looking Skyward

I discovered Mary MacKillop's Place in North Sydney a couple of years ago when attending a conference being held at this venue. A feeling of peace pervades the gardens and chapel and the coffee shop has a welcoming, homely atmosphere. Enjoying a coffee and pastry on the front terrace of the museum that tells of Mary MacKillop's life story, I looked up to see the juxtaposition of contrasting architecture pictured here . 

Monday, May 30, 2011

Elizabeth Farm

After a hectic day or so in Sydney, it was time to take a break and to see and do something different. For some years, every time I have visited Sydney it has been my intention to take the hour long ride on the "River Cat" to Parramatta. And this was to be it! A refreshing break from the city and a chance to visit some of the historic buildings in the Parramatta area. From the ferry, I set out for Elizabeth Farm taking the walkway along the peaceful riverbanks before turning towards the old historic homestead of pioneering legends John and Elizabeth Macarthur. My visit to the homestead was rewarded with the opportunity to relax on the verandah or in one of the many rooms to ponder life in Parramatta in earlier times. These photos are a small taste of the beautful gardens that surround the homestead.   

Sunday, May 29, 2011


When visiting Sydney I usually stay in Surry Hills: close enough to walk to the city, the Art Gallery and Circular Quay and just around the corner from the many cafes and restaurants on Crown Street. The above window caught my attention as we were walking back from dinner as it has been interesting to see the transitions of this shopfront over a period of time. When I arrived back at the hotel, a dance group that also has a venue not far away in Redfern was in full swing in the hotel's restaurant with their own version of the Waltz, The Pride of Erin and many other dances. With the restaurant windows fully open, the joy and fun of the evening spilled out onto the street creating a wonderful sense of community.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Artworks by Ugo Randinone

I was especially taken by the artworks of Ugo Randinone which are a part of the John Kaldor Family Collection at AGNSW. While at the installation "What Do You Want?", I decided it was time to refresh my lipstick whilst up close to the mirror surface. I fellow art lover was convinced I was part of the installation! 

From the Front Steps at AGNSW

From the moment we arrived at the AGNSW there was something to see or be invloved in. Arriving at 10:00 sharp, we were welcomed by a BMX Bike performance; such a fitting start to what was to be an exceptional day that would finish for us at about 9pm!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Wall Drawing at AGNSW

I took this photo looking up from the lower level of the AGNSW to the next floor where people were taking turns to draw a line on the glass wall. This process was engaging for both participants who were absorbed in line drawing and for those, like me, who looked on and were absorbed in watching the intensity of this process. The vibrancy of the sky and the refraction of  light through the glass made for attention grabbing vision. 

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Approach to Mundi Mundi at Art Gallery of NSW

Just about every year, I make the journey to Sydney to see the Archibald Prize finalists and this year was no exception. As well as the Archbald, it was exciting to be at the Gallery for the opening of the John Kaldor Family Collection. Over the next few days, I'll be posting some photos of my time in Sydney and maybe even a snap shot or two from Melbourne. To start though, here is a night shot taken during the open weekend at the Gallery. In this shot, Shaun Gladwell's work is being projected onto the Art Gallery of NSW. What a sensational time it was to be there!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Captured: The Fremantle Hotel

The old Fremantle Hotel building in High Street is just to the east of the Roundhouse and was one of the early jazz venues in Fremantle. The building is now owned by Notre Dame University and is captured on the right in these reflections of the streetscape.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

North Fremantle Fuel Tanks

The Railway Hotel is adjacent to these fuel tanks near the North Fremantle Wharf. I usually drive through this industrial area on the way to Fremantle which is a fascinating contrast: beautiful beaches, swimmers and surfing on one side of the road and the industrial - fuel tanks, sea containers and trucks thundering past - on the other.   

Monday, May 23, 2011

Northbridge Laneway

A vibrant laneway behind the Brass Monkey Hotel in James Street Perth.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Wetland Reflections

These reflections caught my eye. Although I often drive past here, I had not previously seen this small wetland adjacent to a riverside car park just off the Kwinana Freeway in South Perth. The City of Perth is to the left of this photo and across the river.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Morning View of Perth

I sometimes go walking in the early morning through this idyllic and peaceful bushland. The view from this part of Bold Park gives a very different perspective of Perth. Crisp morning air, shimmering dew drops, the occassional person walking their dog and birds begining to stir provides a wonderful backdrop to the start of any day. One of my favourite places in the city.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Perth City Farm

Last Saturday I called into Perth City Farm in East Perth and found that much had changed during the past year. There is now a cafe and the delicious organic coffee is no doubt a bonus for nearby city workers. Much of the charm of Perth City Farm is that the community garden, chooks, plant nursery, rabbits and windmill abut an office block constructiuon site, the railway line and are a short walk from established office complexes. If you are looking for certified organic produce, Perth City Farm is well worth the journey.

Monday, May 16, 2011

On the Nose

The restoration of the historic Guidlford Hotel has remained in limbo since all but the external walls burnt down in September 2008. With all the delays in restoration, a local action group has been formed. That no roof has been constructed to protect the building is a major issue commented upon. Banners with poignant messages just like the one here which was up when I went past last week, bring public attention to the issue. The socks tied to the fence are part of the campaign which I understand are to say that it's all "on the nose".  

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Off the Line

Just off the railway line between Perth and Fremantle, is the Railway Hotel in Tydeman Road North Fremantle. The Railway Hotel has been a home to jazz in Freo since the 1980s. Jazz is on every Saturday afternoon from 4pm to 7pm and combined with a meal at one of Freo's many cafes, makes for a great evening. If you also visit at the right time and need a haircut, the on site barber can meet your needs. A hotel has been on the site since the 1890s. I have been told that during re-construction, the railway line was diverted to ensure the hotel, which is opposite Fremantle's north wharf, was retained. Tall tale or true, who knows but it makes a good story!

Saturday, May 14, 2011


The larger that life bronze statue, Eliza commemorates where the Crawley Baths used to be on the Swan River. Eliza has taken on a life of her own. The birds like her but so do some dedicated people who fashion dress her from time to time. She looked resplendent for the Royal Wedding! It certainly makes driving along Riverside Drive in Crawley all that more interesting.


An eye catching entrance that you can see at Juicebox Creative, 24 Angove Street North Perth.

At the End of the Day

It was the end of the day and driving home I decided to take a road less travelled; this time to enjoy more of the Swan River vista by turning off the Kwinana Freeway and onto Riverside Drive. Whilst the light was fading, I wondered what it would be like at Matilda Bay near the Royal Perth Yatch Club. So here it is.....a peaceful evening and a wonderful pause before heading back into the traffic and home.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Historic New Norcia

It was warm and dusty when I visited New Norcia this week to explore this historic town. An easy 132kms drive from Perth, the town is on the Great Northern Highway. Established in 1847 by Benedictine Monks, New Norcia is an amazing sight amidst surrounding farmlands. Dust rose with each passing car in the picnic grounds, but somehow the contemplative atmosphere of the town pervaded. The photos above include the old flour mill, the bell from the Abbey Church and what is now the Art Gallery and Museum. A truly unique town. Of course, I bought a loaf of the famous New Norcia bread (I like the delicious multgrain fruit loaf) before leaving and look forward to a return visit later this year.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Flowers on Angove Street

Pool at the Orient

The Orient Hotel and Bar Orient is on the corner of High and Henry Streets, Fremantle. Although the current hotel was constructed at the turn of the century, a hotel has been on the site since 1848 and is an essential part of Fremantle's historic West End. 

Friday, May 6, 2011

Bold Park

Perth from Ascot

Ascot is about 10 kms east of Perth. Located in the City of Belmont, the suburb was named after the Ascot Racecourse a major horse-racing track within the suburb's boundaries.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Jane Flowers at Gadfly

Jane Flowers is currently exhibiting her news works at Gadfly Gallery in Dalkeith until 15 May.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Bathers Beach 11

Bathers Beach is a short walk from the Western Australian Shipwrecks Gallery, Fremantle shopping precinct, the Fishing Boat Harbour and Esplanade Park.  To the northern end of the beach where this photo was taken, the stairway leads to the Roundhouse which opened as a gaol in 1831. It is the oldest public building in Western Australia.  

Monday, May 2, 2011

Sunset Today


The Reflection Pool was built to enhance the beauty and surrounds of Winthrop Hall at the University of Western Australia. The Pool was completed in 1932 largely due to the efforts of students who volunteered to provide the labour if the University provided the materials.