Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Millennium Man

One of four sculptures in St George's Terrace, Perth on the site of the first businessman's club in Western Australia.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Peering Through the Bush

At one of my favourite parks, Perry Lakes Reserve, peering through the bush at the corellas feeding.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Liza's Salute to Cadel Evans

While Liza commemorates where Crawley Baths used to be on the Swan River, the statue also takes on a life of her own, often making commentary on the latest news and fashion. This time enterprising cycling fans have gone to the effort of dressing Liza in Australia's gold and given her a Repco Spectra bike to hold that has some BMC red on it.

Dressed in such garb, it certainly makes driving along Mounts Bay Road interesting - you never know what Liza will be wearing - and a few keen motorists acknowledge her style by honking their car horns as they drive by. Needless to say it brightens a grey day and makes for great fun when out there taking a snap or two.

This is probably one of Liza's more elaborate dress ups and in case you are wondering, the statue is not close enought to shore to get to easily.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

About to Take a Plunge

While I enjoy an early morning walk, a swim in mid winter - no way! I do admire those who take to the water but for me, it's the comfort of the beach cafe and a morning coffee.

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Old Swan Brewery Building

Each weekday as I drive home across the Swan River to Perth's northern suburbs, I turn onto the freeway and see the ever changing view of the Old Swan Brewery and Kings Park. An iconic Perth landmark, the Old Brewery was built in the late 1830s and has an interesting history as a flour and timber mill, tannery, convict depot, brewery and more recently restaurants, function centre and apartments.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Winter Swim

"Nice weather" I heard someone say while I was walking at City Beach early yesterday morning. Brrrr is all I could think as I continued rugged up. No way you will catch me swimming at the beach in winter!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

A Favourite Garden Revisited

Many delightful Sundays have been spent in this interesting and beautiful Hawker's Hill garden beside Lake Goollelal in Kingsley. Peacocks would strut by while we turned our attention to painting models dotted through the gardens or by the lake. 

It was wonderful to revisit Hawker's Hill today to enjoy again the company of friends and share many special memories.


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Sitting at the Edge of an Old Pond

A creek surrounded by native trees flows through the five dams at the bottom of the vineyard - an inviting place to walk or to enjoy a moment of relaxation.

 Sitting at the edge of an old pond
Leaves floating by
Water trickling
Absorbed in illusions and reflections
From the brown surface
More enchanting
Than the outer world.

Friday, July 15, 2011

There is Always Work to Be Done

There is always something that needs doing. It can be lonely work but thankfully only 14 rows remain to be to pruned!

Thursday, July 14, 2011


From the verandah's edge
Thoughts turned inwards
As old wood burns
And embers fly.


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

From the Verandah: Waiting

Morning dew
Clinging to branches
Laid bare.
On closer view
New life forming
Waiting, waiting, waiting
To shake away the cobwebs
And welcome in the Spring

Monday, July 11, 2011

Water's Edge

Not all of the weekend was for pruning of the vines.
These reflections were taken from one the five dams on our Nannup vineyard.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Back to the Vines

There is always work to be done on the vineyard. Over the weekend, it was time to get back to the vines and pruning. We have over 6000 Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and other vine varieties  on the vineyard which is 10 kms south of Nannup in the South West of Western Australia.

Pruning can be back breaking work, but it's also time to reconnect with the seasons. Fortunately, the weather has been good to us and pruning is progressing well. Of course at the passing of yet another busy day, we relax with a red wine by the evening log fire and to restore our energy a hearty meal. Joined by friends, there is much good conversation, stories to share and plans to be made for the next day.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Winter Blues

Morning darkness
Winter frosts
Sunlight creeping, crawling
Softly. Slowly
Brushing away the night
Dragging up the day

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Laneways 1

In Perth City laneways are now being explored for the full potential and diversity of this environment. I love laneways, laneway artwork and the grunge.

Last week after postiing a laneway photo I had intended to get back with more. Well here is a start. This photo was taken from the Murray Street Mall looking towards Wellington Street.