Category Archives: Travel

A New Perth

This week, in a flurry of publicity and media advertising, Perth officially opened its newest tourist destination, Betty’s Jetty. I mean Elizabeth Quay. 😄

The powers that be apparently felt it justifiable to spend AU$700,000 on changing the name of the Esplanade Rail and Bus terminals to Elizabeth Quay. This meant that, as the Esplanade was the main terminus for all Transperth bus and train services, every bus and train timetable was affected and had to be reprinted to reflect the change of name. Every train line that passed through the Esplanade also had to have new destination posters printed and the old ones removed from their walls, ditto every train station affected (what’s wrong with simply sticking the new name over the old one? It would have cost the taxpayer less money).

And so, Perth, Western Australia, has had a facelift. Tourists used to bemoan the fact that Perth, unlike her iconic sister Sydney, lacked a focal point for tourists.

Until now, that is. I don’t rightly know if a little pedestrian and cyclist bridge counts as a major landmark, compared to the size and majestic setting of the Sydney Opera House or the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Or if a smattering of eateries and a new venue for the annual Perth Fringe Festival count either.

I took my trusty mobile phone for a photowalk around Elizabeth Quay last week, after another hot and sweaty day at the Dogs’ Refuge. There was one part of Elizabeth Quay that did remind me of the walk around Sydney Opera House. Perhaps it was the series of stepped seating areas, the boardwalk, or the wavy curves of the new Ferry Terminal’s roof. It was lovely to see a ferry coming in to dock. It did remind me of my jaunt to the Sydney Opera House many, many years ago (25 years, to be exact – OMG, when did I get so OLD?!!), albeit on a much smaller scale.

Anyhow, here are some of the photos I took, so you can see what all the fuss is about. Sightseers are able to walk clockwise or counter-clockwise, it’s a more or less a circular walk. You could start from the Perth Bell Tower and walk clockwise, to end back at the Bell. Or, if you’re starting from the Esplanade sorry Elizabeth Quay train station, you could walk counter-clockwise, to the bridge and over to the Bell and back round to Elizabeth Quay. Below is a map I saw on a wall at the entrance gates.

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And here are the rest of my photos. Sadly, just as I was taking photos from the bridge, my mobile phone battery went dead 😕. So, apologies for the lack of photos after the bridge. I will have to make another trip there, I guess…

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Underground Graffiti

I don’t usually park in the underground carpark of my local shopping centre, but I’m glad I did the other day. Otherwise I wouldn’t have discovered this beautiful concrete forest of graffitied pillars, see below.

Now, isn’t that a brilliant idea? Not only did the commissioned graffiti artists get to indulge in their passion, legally, the mall got itself some pretty cool artwork, and drivers found themselves a new and unique way of remembering where they’d parked their car.

Now I don’t need to take a photo of where I parked my car, in case I forget. All I need to do is remember that I’m parked between the Jellyfish and the Banana. 😄

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Pink Bunnies in Perth

Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit!

Hare, hare, hare!

It’s the 1st of the month, so there! 😄

If you’re up or down in Perth CBD these days, you may have seen 2 rather strange-looking giant pink bunnies standing tall amongst the skyscrapers.

They are the work of artist Stormie Mills. For more information on the Welsh-born, Perth-based artist, click here.

For further information about the ideas behind the Pink Bunnies, this article is a good source.

The Pink Bunny first made its appearance at Cottesloe’s Sculpture By The Sea in 2015, and it was one of my favourite sculptures there. Since then, these “hop art” (a term coined by Mills himself) Pink Bunnies have been popping up here and there, during various festivals around Perth City.

I took some photos of the Pink Bunnies a couple of weeks ago, when they first cropped up in Perth CBD. I won’t tell you exactly where they are, but you can easily figure that out for yourselves, by looking at the surrounding landmarks. I get to say “Hello!” to them on my commute to and from the Dogs’ Refuge Home.

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From Out Of The Ashes…

Once upon a time, alright then, back in 2010 when I first arrived in Perth, Western Australia, I discovered to my great delight that there was a Borders bookshop in the city, on Hay Street.

Sadly, scarcely a few months later, Borders shut up shop and disappeared. The company went bust, taking with it all its outlets all over the world. It was a sad day indeed for booklovers who relished the idea of being able to pore over pristine pages and enjoy the feel of paper between their thumb and fingers, before taking those precious books home. Previewing a book digitally on a mobile gadget just doesn’t cut the mustard.

Last week, I had to post some items at the Post Office in the city. And I decided to walk through the very quaint “London Court” walk through shopping mall through to Hay Street, where I intended to grab some lunch before heading home. London Court is worthy of a blog entry in its own right, but that will have to wait another day.

Imagine my surprise when what should I spy in the space previously occupied by Borders the bookstore, but another American import.

Pottery Barn.

Pottery Barn! Right here in Perth, Western Australia? No, it can’t be, surely?

Yes, Pottery Barn. Plus, Pottery Barn Kids. And also their more contemporary, edgier, small-space- living style little sister, West Elm.

So, what’s a girl to do but to go find out what all the fuss is about. Here are some photos to show you. Enjoy!

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Dogs’ Refuge Home Open 2015

Today the 22nd of November 2015, the Dogs’ Refuge Home hosted its annual Open Day, a fun day out for all the family and their furry four-legged friends.

The Kid and I had originally intended to get there by train and on foot, as the Sunday bus service was infrequent to the Refuge Home. At the last minute, though, I decided to do what I’d never dreamed I would do…I decided to drive the 48km there.

My little car, Missy Meep, must be charmed. Either that, or my driving isn’t half as bad as I thought. We got there just before 11am. The festivities had only started an hour before, and already there were lots of people there.

I got so excited seeing my favourite dog, Django, and with him giving me his usual exuberant welcome of hugs and slobbery kisses, that I plum forgot to take photos of the Home open event until much later.

Anyway, here are a few photos, to give you an idea of the festivities on this very hot day. I pity the poor people who had volunteered to sit “In The Dog House” to raise money for charity, it was really a very hot day, with temperatures in the mid to high 30s.

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I did shoot a couple of videos as a virtual tour of the Dogs’ Refuge Home, but I can’t figure out how to download them to WordPress without first having to upload them to my YouTube channel. This I will do when I get home tonight, but right now I’m writing and posting this off the hoof.

While we were there, it was announced that one of our long-term residents, Tango, had just been adopted. He’d gone into foster care a couple of weeks ago, and today Clemence, his foster Mum, had decided she wanted to formally adopt him. Her little 4-year old boy, Luca, was beside himself with excitement.

And so it was a happy day for Tango and his new family. Clemence decided she wanted to give Tango a bath at the City Farmer’s hydrobath stand, so Pilot, a fellow volunteer and I accompanied him there. When the nice City Farmers folks at the hydrobaths heard that Tango had just been adopted and was going home, they very generously waived their fee.

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Good luck, and Bon Voyage, Tango! ❤

T2 Eye Candy

Oh, just some photos of the delectable teacup and teapot offerings at the Perth T2 store. I always make sure to drop by there on my way home from the Dogs’ Refuge, to test their newest brews. Ice cold tea goes down a treat on those hot, sunny days, I tell ya!

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And, some sweet little teaspoons too. What can I say, this store makes me a happy bunny. It’s a veritable Aladdin’s Cave of colourful delights. A treasure trove for the senses. Eye candy. Mmmmmmm T2! ❤

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All Ford Day Perth 2015 – the Devil is in the Details

A collection of details of car interiors etc, as seen at the recent All Ford Day vintage car rally in Perth, Western Australia.

Enjoy! I know I certainly did! The Kid was over the moon when I told him there was this event going on the day after his 13th birthday, and that I was taking him there. Now he’s even more determined to buy himself a vintage Ford Mustang to do up when he reaches adulthood…I’m just wondering if he thinks his Mum will be bankrolling that car…

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All Ford Day Perth 2015 – All And Sundry

Featuring Ford vintage cars of all sorts of colours, shapes and sizes. And what The Kid is convinced was the same model V8 that was Mad Max’s car in the film Mad Max : Fury Road. That’ll be the Ford GT Falcon XB GT Coupe V8 Interceptor (quite a mouthful to say!), here.

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All Ford Day Perth 2015 – Red Cars

Part 2 of my posts about the All Ford Day is on red cars. I love the colour red in cars…my previous 3 cars were all red. Scarlett the Suzuki Alto, Ruby the Peugeot 307 and Cherry the Seat Ibiza. My current car, Meep the Kia Cerato (also known as “Missy” from Doctor Who) is white, but shhhh! don’t tell her! 😉

Anyway, here are some luscious red Ford cars from the All Ford Day Rally. Enjoy!

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