Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Making Progress......

Making progress in the pruning at our vineyard, Red Gully Wines at Nannup. 

Monday, July 30, 2012

Peach Blossom

It's wonderful to have enough space around our home at Red Gully Wines to grow fruit, olives and some passionfruit vines. This is the peach tree in the corner of the yard. 

With the number of birds that are around the blossoms, I doubt that many or any of flowers will be remaining on the tree to develop into fruit. Nevertheless, it is delightful to see this tree in full bloom from the kitchen window.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Mum and Son

To keep the winter grasses under control during winter is always a challenge. So to help things along at the moment we have eight sheep in the vineyard at Red Gully Wines along with the four lambs that have recently been born. The sheep stay in the vineyard until the middle to the end of September when the vines are starting to sprout again. 

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Morning View

Looking across the road from the front verandah at our home at Red Gully Wines, Nannup. 

Friday, July 27, 2012

Rainbow at Red Gully Wines

As we were by the vineyard gate out come the sun and rain. The resulting rainbow sparkled against the dark rainclouds and came to rest in the nearby dam. Now, I just wonder where is that pot of gold. 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Still Time to Play Ball

Elvis is one ball crazy dog and manages to find balls almost any and everywhere. Whilst pruning every now and again my rhythm is interrupted by stepping on a ball that Elvis had dropped at my feet. 

The trick then is to throw it far enough to keep him occupied at least for a minute or two so I can get on with the work. And it is not exactly easy work. As you can see the vineyard is planted on a step slope making not only the pruning but walking up and down the rows of vines a good workout. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Waiting at the Back Door

Rather curious about what was going on, it was up close and personal at the back door of our house at Red Gully Wines in Nannup. The vineyard is just captured in the left hand corner of this photo.

In addition to the vines, there are about 15 or so cattle as well as a few sheep on our property at any one time.  

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Rain Stayed Away Today....Well Almost

After yesterday's cold and rainy weather the sun was shining today. Rain showers were intermittent meaning conditions were good enough to spend the day in the vineyard pruning. 

We have made good progress with about sixty per cent of the pruning now being completed. Despite sore hands, arms and backs, after a good night's sleep will be back amongst the vines again tomorrow morning. 

This photo was taken in the forest conservation reserve that borders our vineyard.

Monday, July 23, 2012

A Postcard from Sydney

We had expected there would a little drizzle but not the steady and sometimes heavy rain that we had at Red Gully Wines in Nannup today. It was definitely not a day to get out and about with a camera in-between the vine pruning.

There was time though to go through some of the photos on the laptop I take with me when travelling. So here is a postcard this time from an unexpected place - the Pool of Reflection at the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park Sydney.

Let's hope that tomorrow sees the sun peeping through long enough for us to work up amongst the vines without getting totally wet through.  

Sunday, July 22, 2012

A Postcard From Nannup

We are back at our Nannup vineyard, Red Gully Wines to spend a few days pruning. It takes about 40 days to hand prune our vines and already about half of the work has been completed. So much remains to be done and tomorrow will another day working amongst the vines. 

The above photo was taken in the Nannup township which has a strong connection with the timber industry. As we cross the Blackwood River and come into Nannup, the installation Against the Forest Wall by Bob Clarke welcomes visitors to the town. 

If you are interested in seeing previous posts of Nannup and our vineyard, click on the Nannup tab below. 

Friday, July 20, 2012

But How Can I Eat It?

Working out where to start on this frozen and twirly ice-cream treat was rather a challenge.
At Perth Zoo yesterday. 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

A Wonderful Winter's Day at Perth Zoo

Despite the cold morning, the sun was shining enough to warm the day and make a visit to Perth Zoo well worth the effort.

We arrived when the gates opened and stayed for most of the day soaking up the sun in the tropical like surrounds. In contrast to the morning's low winter temperature it was a wonderful day to be out and about in Perth. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Catching the Morning Dew

There is always much to find in gardens and parklands and not far from my home Perry Lakes Reserve in Floreat Park is a winter wonderland well worth exploring. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Long Lunch

It has been a while since I have been to a long lunch. Long enough that is to catch the sun setting over the Indian Ocean. 

This image was taken at North Beach and but the way, the lunch was delish! 

Monday, July 16, 2012

Longboard Lovers at Cottesloe Beach Over the Weekend

Whilst I was distracted by this young girl picking flowers on the cliff top at Cottesloe Beach, there were many long board lovers keeping their eyes on the sea for the Whalebone Classic held at Iso's Reef this weekend. 

The Classic's field was 190 strong although I am not sure that the waves were as exciting as competitors may have hoped. Then again surfing is not quite my thing although taking time to be by the beach certainly is a favourite pastime.  

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Morning Light

There is always so much to see and wonder at while walking through Perry Lakes Reserve in Floreat Park. This photo was taken early yesterday morning as the sun was gently creeping up to awaken the day. 

It seemed to be the coldest time part of the morning. After being in Bathurst last week, luckily my gloves were still in the camera bag. I am sure the temperature dropped several degrees whilst I was there but the beauty of the early morning was worth the effort.  

Friday, July 13, 2012

Even in Winter, Sometimes the Beach is Just the Place to Be

Mid morning and the sun was warming the beach and the surf was rolling in.

Despite the cold of the last few days, surfers were out on their boards and people were taking advantage of the wonderful morning weather to do a spot of fishing. Were the fish biting? Well I don't really know. But the day felt  magical and by the water at Trigg Beach was just a delightful place to be. 

Thursday, July 12, 2012


Bold Park where I took yesterday's photo of the fog lifting over Perth is a delightful place to walk through the natural coastal vegetation. I feel so lucky to have this park to wander through so close to home. 

Banksia trees are very much part of our bushland and it was whilst walking down from the Bold Park hilltop yesterday morning that the light on this Banksia tree caught my attention.

After the flowers dies a rather interesting looking cone shape remains. The Banksia tree then takes on quite a different form. It was this cone shape with its strange follicles and eye shaped holes that inspired May Gibbs' drawings of the Banksia Men who were the villains in her children's book series Cuddlepot and Snugglepie. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Fog Lifting Over Perth

I was certainly glad when my flight from Sydney landed in Perth last night.  Despite wet and some windy conditions at Perth Airport and delays caused by planes taking off later than scheduled, at least I was home. 

Those travelling later in the night and this morning were not so lucky. With thick fog enveloping Perth airport, about sixty planes were either delayed or diverted to other airports. Some travellers arriving from international destinations found themselves touching down in Melbourne, Alice Springs or other destinations able to accommodate larger jets.  

Even mid morning when this photo was taken the fog was still lifting over Perth. Taken from Bold Park in City Beach visibility of the Darling Ranges remained limited despite the sun shining through on an otherwise pleasant winter's day in "The West". 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A Late Breakfast

There are many wonderful cafes in Surry Hills that I love to visit. With delicious food like this it is certainly enough to keep me going through the day until the flight back home to Perth. 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Jonathan Jones: Untitled (Oysters and Tea Cups) at Cuckatoo Island

Back in Sydney for a day or two, I took the opportunity to return to Cuckatoo Island to see some more of the amazing installations that are part of the 18th Biennale of Sydney. 

Cuckatoo Island - an island in the middle of Sydney Harbour - has been a convict prison and a dockyard for ship building and repairs and provides a magnificent location for contemporary art installations. Last weekend I started viewing works from the upper levels of the island but today, my focus was to see the installations on the lower levels. 

The images in this post are of Jonathan Jones' untitled installation - although there is reference to oysters and tea cups in the installation's label. The work on Sydney harbour comments on the historical meeting between representatives from the British Empire and the Eora people some 220 years ago. Whilst I was there, there was also plenty of interest in the tea cups used in the installation. 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Joey and Lucy

Over Saturday's Fifty Kms Lunch (made from fresh produce sourced within fifty kms of Bathurst) we were joined by friends from Gulgong with whom we had shared fabulous adventures as we journeyed  through Western Mongolia.

Gulgong is about 160 kms from Bathurst and as our friends were hand rearing two joeys that needed frequent bottle feeding, they had been brought along for the journey.

Jude's cat Lucy was cautiously inquisitive about the two lunchtime visitors. 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Oberon Markets

It was more than chilly at the Oberon Markets this morning as Jude and I searched out the tastes of the region for our lunch. The Fifty Kms Lunch we called it as we gathered together delicious local produce made or grown within fifty kms of Bathurst. 

The truffles from the Lowes Mount Truffiere stall pictured here were just amazing. 

Then it was back to Bathurst with the delectable goodies to prepare a most inviting lunch to be enjoyed with local wine.  

Friday, July 6, 2012

Front Door View

Front door view from residential cottage Diggings M
Charles Sturt University, Bathurst

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Morning Mist and Cecilia

The low overnight temperature in Bathurst meant it was not only cold when we left our toasty warm accommodation but morning frost covered the grounds. 

As we walked to out art group the mist resisted the encroaching sunlight. By mid morning, the grey veil had lifted to and the day warmed to about 11 degrees. 

At Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, New South Wales. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

In Full Flight

Bold in colour, interesting in shape and with distinctive behaviour, pink and grey galahs are like the larrikins of the bush. They are certainly numerous around Charles Sturt University where I am staying in Bathurst.    

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

From the Train to Bathurst

I had been warned that it would be cold here and it certainly has been. Sunday the cold seemed to seep through my clothes and up through the soles of my boots. 

Yesterday seemed to be  a little warmer although this is based solely on being able to leave my heavy coat in the room. But the countryside here is beautiful. This photo (window reflections and all) was taken from the train just before we arrived in Bathurst. Wonderful country and wonderful to see old friends again. 

Monday, July 2, 2012

The Golden Years

When the occasion arises, I really do enjoy a country train ride and travelling to Bathurst from Sydney gave just that opportunity. It was while pulling into a train station (possibly Katoomba) that I saw this mural celebrating the golden years in the Blue Mountains.

Despite being half obscured by piles of rubble, the mural had a story to tell of a land where settlers' pioneering and adventurous spirit had built a "lucky country".  It is a page from the history books that is well worth preserving.

My contribution to Mural Monday.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

City Daily Photo Theme Day: Chimneys

Perth is not really known for its chimneys so this photo is from Sydney and was taken at Mary Mckillop Place, North Sydney in late April. As it turns out, I am back in Sydney again but this time only passing through. Today it's the early morning train and off to Bathurst for a few days. 

To see other participants in the Theme Day, click here