Saturday, December 31, 2011

As the Sun Sets on 2011

As the sun sets on 2011
Here's wishing you all the very best for 2012
May your wildest dreams come true
Happy New Year!

Perth's evening skies earlier this week were just magnificent. You may have already seen Grace's Perth Daily Photo post for Skywatch Friday. The above photos were taken last Tuesday as I was driving north along the beaches from Fremantle. People out walking or jogging by the beach were stopping and raising their iPhones to the sky to capture this amazing sunset. Simply breathtaking! 

Friday, December 30, 2011

Perth Night Skyline

It has been a while since I have been in the city at night so I was interested to find a different view of the city skyline. This photo was taken just outside the Art Gallery at the Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge. 

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Lake Monger

Last week I was walking around Lake Monger as do many people running, walking, pushing prams or maybe walking the dog. The full circuit takes me about an hour to walk. This beautiful parkland space is not far from Perth City and is easily accessed via the Kwinana Freeway. I was back at Lake Monger this afternoon and with the waters so still just had to take time to get a snap to two before setting out on the circuit again. With views like this it certainly makes exercise enjoyable.   

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Now I do have a love of old cars. Mine is a 1975 Jag but not as classy as this car that I came across while in Freo yesterday. After taking this pic, I had to dash off to meet friends for fish and chips by the sea and forgot to check the make....any car buffs out there who can help?

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Relaxing at Bathers Beach

This evening at Bathers Beach Fremantle.
The grass trees form part of a sculptural installation outside Kidogo Arthouse. 

Monday, December 26, 2011

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Seasons Greetings

Dear Blogger Friends, 
Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas filled with laughter, love and joy. 
Merry Christmas.

Christmas Lights, Fremantle

Saturday, December 24, 2011

From North Mole Fremantle

Fabulous weather here today and a great day to relax at the beach. Driving onto North Mole the brightly coloured yellow and red buoys at the entrance to Fremantle Port stood out against the green lighthouse at the end of the South Mole. It was a quiet day for boats when I took this shot although you can see one off into the distance towards the point of Garden Island. 

Friday, December 23, 2011

North Mole, Fremantle

Back to Perth after a restful break in Nannup I decided to take a closer look at some of the Fremantle Ports area. Having seen many paintings of lighthouses by New England artists during my recent visit I was especially interested in the lighthouse at the entrance to Fremantle Port. So here it is - with a Christmas Tree decorating the balcony. The area around the lighthouse has changed considerably but driving out along North Mole Drive to see boats leave and come into port and to try for the odd fish or two remain popular pastimes. 

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Roses and a Bee

Just as I was about to take this shot the bee arrived. How timely! The roses line the pathway leading up to a wonderful old church in the South West town of Nannup. Our vineyard is about 10kms out of town. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Nannup Fires Aftermath

For what seems like the past decade, we have been advised that a prescribed burn will happen in the state forest that borders our vineyard. Alas, each year and for whatever reason no controlled fires have taken place. After the recent bush fires in the Nannup Shire, it does leave me a bit on edge. We have reviewed our response in case any fires reach the vineyard but depending on the wind and direction of any fire, it is possible we may only have one way to leave the farm safely. Taking a break from the farm chores we drove the 25 to 30 kms south of the vineyard to the recent Nannup bushfire area. A devastating sight. 

Monday, December 19, 2011

Glenoran Pool

When time allows we like to call into Glenoran Pool. Not far from Manjimup, it's a beautiful place to swim on a hot summer's day, relax over a picnic lunch or if there is time to follow one of the bush tracks through the forest. After waiting in Manjimup for the tractor tyre to be repaired it was time for lunch and we decided to take a break here on the journey back to Nannup. There was not another person in sight. Birds twittered and flew through the trees although much too quickly for me to get a decent photo. Still, there is always next time and in the meantime, it was a welcomed retreat from the work we needed to get on with on our return to the vineyard.   

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Rolls of Gold in Fields of Green

I never seem to tire of seeing rolls of hay in paddocks and stopped for this photo just after leaving Manjimup. This year though the fields are greener than usual and the talk is that we are expecting a wet summer. Fingers crossed as rain or at least too much of it at the wrong time is not what we would want especially as it gets closer to grape harvest.   

Saturday, December 17, 2011

On the Road Again

I have enjoyed a few days break at the farm but now it's time to get the tractor repairs done. Manjimup is about 30 minutes away from our Nannup vineyard and the road there passes through some beautiful south west Karri and Jarrah forests. The beauty of the forest is a welcomed break from my city living.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Back in the Bush

Taking a break down on the vineyard for a few days. Be back Saturday. 

Monday, December 12, 2011

At Kidogo in Freo

In time for the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing Championships Kidogo at Bathers Beach has taken on a new lease of life with the Kelp Bar. Lots of art and bush tucker and by day, a wonderful location from which to watch the sailing. Yesterday evening, the wind had dropped and after enjoying dinner at E Shed Markets and the fabulous Wired and Free "flying" 40 metres above the ground at the ISAF entertainment arena, there was time to relax by Bathers Beach with coffee and some delightful French crepes being sold from a stall near the boardwalk. And as you can see, the new bar has a distinctive style with some quirky window decor.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Lovers

In a land based row boat it was entertainment with a difference with love hearts, picnic basket, wine, poetry and song at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships. A delightfully romantic take on more gentle times and the everlasting theme of "The Lovers". 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Power Station East Perth

While strolling along the Swan River in East Perth I could not resist getting closer to the industrial grunge and rust of the old Power Station. Not so long ago the building was to house some of Perth's cultural activities including the Museum. Now the proposed use of this building is up in the air and planning continues. The Power Station's location by the river is fabulous. Let's hope that whatever the building will be used for in the future public access will be assured. 

Friday, December 9, 2011

The Last of the Kangaroo Paws

As the weather changes the Kangaroo Paws are also beginning to fade. This photo was taken in the garden outside the Art Gallery of Western Australia. The gardens are on the roof of the carpark at the Perth Cultural Centre and as I was walking to the Art Gallery yesterday evening people were enjoying cocktails under a marquee on the lawns. With first class views of the city it's a fabulous location to enjoy end of year celebrations.

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Grand Lane

Laneways are part of the changing urban landscape and culture of Perth.  Here is once again one of my favourites, Grand Lane off Murray Street Mall. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Calm After the Storm

Yesterday was rain, lightning and thunderstorms. Our dog Elvis was most uncomfortable and spent much of the day seeking a safe place under a bench. Severe hail storms were also predicted, but fortunately these did not eventuate as least where I was during the day. Not exactly a day to venture out unless you really needed to leave the comfort of your home. But by day's end the rain and storms had cleared and the beachfront was peaceful once again. What a day of contrasts!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Celebrating Women in Fremantle

An informal community art group has been advocating for work that redresses the public under representation of women and women artists in Fremantle. At the moment, nearly all of the public artworks celebrate men and men's achievments. The City of Fremantle has taken up the challenge and six designs celebrating women have been shortlisted for exhibition. Three of the six designs are shown here: Lace (Louise Elscot) and below on the left, Yarning Circle (Sharyn Egan and Fiona Gavino) and Sisters (Bridget Norton). All works are being exhibited at the Fremantle Art Centre. Visitors to the Centre are invited to nominate their preferred design for a proposed new public artwork for Fremantle. It will be interesting to see which of the six pieces will be chosen. I am still undecided as to which of the six designs I will nominate and will post the other three designs later in the week. 

Monday, December 5, 2011

From a Bygone Era

We hurried past this old truck on a farm in Ludlow on the way down to the vineyard at Nannup as there was work needing to be done on the farm. On the return journey however I could not resist stopping for a photo of this old truck lined up to the cattle loading ramp as it would have been in an era long gone.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Reflections from the Dam 11

In winter the dam reflections seemed to be muted pinks and greens as well as reflections of clouds and the brightness of the blue winter sky. Now with summer here and the green grass fading to many shades of brown the dam waters are again changing, reminding me of an oil painting. 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Green, Green....

Well for the moment it is green, green but fading quickly. The different colours of the vines in this photo are the different grape varieties - cabernet sauvignon on the left and shiraz on the right. 

Back to more dam reflections tomorrow! 

Friday, December 2, 2011

Reflections from the Dam 1

It is a wonderful feeling to wander through the natural bushland that rings some of the five dams on the vineyard. Usually I walk along the same pathways taken by the cattle partly because it is easier to find my way through what remains of the long winter grasses and at this time of year I want to avoid stepping on snakes lingering in the long grass. I don't think that I have seen it so green down here for a while. Usually we are already starting to be concerned about whether there will be enough water to carry us through the summer season and especially when we have between 10 and 12  people  on the vineyard for picking. Even so, since being here for a few days the grass is already starting to look browner as it dries and the green fades. 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Smoke Cloud

One the first of each month City Daily Photo has a Theme Day. For December the Theme Day is an Action Shot. Now this may seem a rather unusual action shot but in this case, the action has been happening over the last week in the Margaret River and Donnelly River areas where 3400 hectares and 41 properties have been burnt in bush fires. The fire is about 25kms south of our vineyard and thankfully at the moment is not coming in the direction of our property. It has been a difficult time for many families and communities in the area with many assisting voluntarily in fighting the fire. This photo is of the smoke cloud that we could see yesterday evening from our vineyard.

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