Monday, August 21, 2017

Winter blues...

I took these shots yesterday standing on the fisherman's pier, in the collage below, along the West Coast road five minutes from home. Although a chill brisk breeze was blowing strongly it was wonderful to feel the wind blowing through my hair, gazing out on the medley of blue and turquoise, which were exactly as you see them here, no touch-ups I promise! Turning their camera this way then that I was tempted to call down to inquire what had captured the photographers eye down there. The young boy fishing with his dad was hoping to take home a whiting or two and the companionable seagulls were just shooting the breeze :) Hope you had/are having a good weekend, happy Monday, take care and stay safe...  

Sunday, August 20, 2017

St. John's Church..Pinjarra.

When we were watching the white river rafters thinking how high the river was apparently that was nothin'! St. John's Church has seen the might of the Murray River many times, right from the start during the construction in 1861 building was delayed by the winter flood of 1862 because the flood was so bad 'that water rushed through the windows one side and out the other, imagine that! Then there was the Meckering earthquake of 1968, 6.9 on the Richter Scale. This sweet church has been through a lot, now closed for much needed restoration, it has well earned it's place on the heritage trail and I will definitely go back, would have loved to see the windows from the inside. Just a thought, maybe they should have built it on higher ground..

Meanwhile back to the Murray River.. the bridge that you can see in the background above and below is the fifth and hopefully last traffic bridge. Four gone before, the mighty Murray takes no prisoners! Hope you are having a good weekend, happy Sunday, take care and stay safe..

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Reflecting on life..

The trip to Dwellingup last weekend is the trip that keeps on giving, it was the trip that kept PDP going through a heck of a week. My friend, aka mon amie française Marie, was heading over to have lunch with me. I got a shaky call 'Grace I've had an accident', I knew exactly where it would be. I won't go into details but two minutes later this is what I saw, too much too soon! My heart stopped! The best news, although my friend's much loved camper van that took herself and her late husband on many trips around Australia is a write-off, as is the other car, both drivers were bruised, shocked but unscathed thanks to safety belts. Btw just in-case you're wondering I didn't take this shot until after mon ami was safely in the ambulance :) Aimee got serious flu, looking after her I got it too. The week could have been unthinkably worse.. not always but sometimes, miracles do happen. Happy weekend, take care and stay safe..  
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Shooting the Murray River rapids..

The point of entry for the white water rafters into the Murray River running through Lane Poole Reserve looks calm enough...

.. until the pull of the current draws them over the edge!

Up to now you may not have thought these rapids were up to much but I think the perspective in the pics below gives you some idea of their size and rough and tumble! There was much hootin' and hollerin' from all on board as they went over, leading me to believe that it could have been an exhilarating experience.. standing on the edge of the rocks here was all the excitement I needed :) Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe...

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Murray River..

This is what we came to see.. the Murray River. 'The longest permanent river in the jarrah forest and one of the few major rivers remaining undammed flows through Lane Poole Reserve . Slow and meandering in spring and summer people flock here to canoe its tranquil waters. In winter the river rises, with white water and fast currents creating a challenge for more experienced canoeists and kayakers'. Aimee and P tell me that Bobs Crossing below is where they would normally cross to the other side when hiking, not happening at the moment.. we have had so much rain in the last month that it's completely underwater..

 Looks deep and tranquil when past the rapids but don't go jumping in willy-nilly there could be hidden 'stuff' under those beckoning waters :)

'If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?'

When we were in Europe there were many a desperate moment when there wasn't a loo to be found.. not so in Australia, even here in the middle of the forest 'accomodations' are met :) I'm sure there are many of you who have already seen or heard about Red Nomad Oz aka Marion Halliday's Aussie Loos with Views. Incroyable images.. 

So just as we were getting ready to head off a bus full of super excited and eager 'rapid rafters' arrived.. well I couldn't possible leave then could I :) To be continued.. Have a good Wednesday, take care and stay safe...

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Binks in the country..

Driving through the country town of Dwellingup, 100 kms out from Perth on Sunday I was delighted to see Wendy Binks wonderfully familiar 'stunned emu' adorning the outside wall of the local supermarket. Perfect quirky character to show the way to the Forest Heritage Centre.Wendy's work is much loved by Perthites and tourists from around the world.

... and how lucky was I, just around the corner on the same supermarket wall the equine beauty below painted by South African born Perth based James Giddy whose work you have seen here many times before, click his link to see more of his work..

Directly across the road we had breakfast in the Blue Wren Cafe.. is it just me or does the country air spike everyone's appetite, that's my excuse for partaking in a hearty breakfast :) Although I'm a city gal at heart country towns are such a treat to visit. Was sidetracked by finding unexpected street art in the country but I will show you the point of the trip tomorrow :) Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe...

Monday, August 14, 2017

Destination.. Lane Poole Reserve.

Take no notice of the shot above it's merely to show that yesterday we were up with the sparrows and on our way to Lane Poole Reserve 100km from Perth. The weather was a bit dodgy but as the sun came up thankfully it cleared and wasn't too bad a day, only had to run for cover once :) Below the country roads are pretty good, here leading into the small country town of Dwellingup..

We stopped for a quick look around and saw in the right hand corner below the Hotham Valley Steam Ranger building up a bit steam, the light was shocking..

Don't ask.. I'm sure there's a story here but it was too early to inquire, it was the acorn in the head that flummoxed me :)

After the rain we've had in the last few weeks the fields were green and lush..

The tarred roads turn to dirt roads as we near our destination.. to be continued :) Happy Monday, take care and stay safe...

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