Some art for a change

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Art by Jackson Pollock

We have been very lucky here in Perth. The Art Gallery of Western Australia has teamed up with MoMA and we’ve had some spectacular exhibitions. Now I’m not an artist but have a brother and mother who are incredibly talented.  When hubby’s family came to visit end of last year, we decided to take the opportunity to see some of the world famous artists at the Picasso to Warhol art exhibition. I thought I’d share some of my favourites with you.

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My mom and brother loves Mondrian

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More Jackson Pollock

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Yep, you guessed it, Jackson Pollock!

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One of my all time favourites, Campbell’s Soup Cans by Andy Warhol

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Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol

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Self portrait – Andy Warhol

A new exhibition has opened at the gallery and I’m hoping to attend sometime soon. The museum is also having an interesting exhibition called Secrets of the Afterlife at the moment. I’m desperate to go see it. It’s the only way I can indulge my interest in ancient history at the moment. So hopefully there’ll be a few more arty / museum blog posts coming in the future.

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Winter time

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Autumn leaves early in the morning.

Well it’s definitely winter in Perth. Icy mornings and my washing refuses to dry. My friends in the northern hemisphere are enjoying sending me photos and emails about how they’re enjoying the sunshine and warmer weather.  But winter isn’t all bad, the tree in our street put on an amazing display as the leaves changed.

It’s also a great time to indulge in some treats I won’t normally do in the warmer months. Hubby baked these delicious scones from scratch! I’m a terrible baker so I’m quite lucky to have a husband who can bake.

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Yummy scones with cream!

The weather really started to get cold earlier last month when we were down in Busselton for the Half Ironman. I took a few photos while we were down there.

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Rain coming in over the ocean at the Busselton jetty.

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Rain on the car window – I was taking shelter from the icy cold wind.

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Beautiful winter sunrise the day of the Busselton Half Ironman event. Pity it was absolutely freezing.

Happy Solstice!

Solstice

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It’s Friday and it’s Solstice! Down Under it’s Winter Solstice…mentally I’m already feeling much happier thinking that days will slowly start to get longer and hopefully warmer!

I greeted the icy morning with some yoga to get the limbs warmed up. Mia decided she was far more comfortable in front of the heater than joining me on my mat as usual.

Just wanted to wish everyone a wonderful weekend and Solstice, which ever one you’ll be celebrating!

Best bookshop in the world…is in Perth?

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Sign at the entrance of Kaleido Books. Love it!

I am so excited I just can’t help myself. As an avid reader and book nerd, I was so excited when I realised Perth has the best bookshop probably in the world. Perth is slowly but surely casting aside it’s sleepy mining town reputation and becoming a vibrant, multicultural city. I’m so lucky to be living here as things are changing.

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The horror section

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One of my favourite signs

The bookstore is called Kaleido Books is located at the train station as you walk from Myer in the city towards the National Art Gallery and the WA Museum. I had a quick browse around and they stock a wide variety of books. If there’s anything you can’t find, the friendly staff will try their best to track it down.

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The history section

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Exactly what most of us are thinking

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The Penguin Classics section

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I love the policeman

While snapping away at their brilliant signs, I met the incredibly friendly Sarah who told me that the signs are just the beginning. Already a talented Western Australian artist have painted some beautiful signs in the store based on Alice in Wonderland and Terry Pratchett. More artworks are to come which will make this bookstore an even bigger feast for the eyes.  They also have some unique and adorable gifts for the art lover and book nerd in your life.

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Alice in Wonderland inspired art

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Terry Pratchett inspired art – I like the kitty

In a world of chain stores, it’s so nice to come across something so unique and quirky like Kaleido Books. So if you’re ever in Perth, pop round to see the latest signs, say hi to the lovely staff and who knows, maybe you’ll find that book you’ve been looking for.

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The language section

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You’re bound to find the perfect recipe book here

On a side note, Find Bliss on Earth is now on Facebook!

Visiting Sydney

As mentioned in my previous post, we had some family come and visit us late last year and took advantage of the situation and headed off to explore Sydney for the first time.

We left very early on a Monday morning. In Perth that means long lines as you book your luggage in as all the FIFO (Fly-in Fly-out) workers on the mine head back to work today. The airport was full of people in high visibility vests getting ready for their next stint on the mines. I was feeling a bit worse for wear as I managed to pick up a tummy bug the previous night. I had some serious flashbacks of India! I suspect my stomach didn’t like the cider I tried earlier the night.

The flight was relatively uneventful if not somewhat long. Luckily I had the window seat so I could look down at the beautiful patterns and landscape down below.

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Clouds from above

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Farm land with pockets of indigenous bush

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Patterns

Instead of writing a long post about all the things we did, I thought I’d just share some photos as our main reason for visiting Sydney was seeing family.

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One of the beaches in Manly

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At the Manly Ferry Terminal

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View from our bedroom at the B&B we were staying at. A navy ship going through The Heads.

Manly is really a nice suburb. It has great beaches and the best Thai restaurant I’ve ever been too (sadly I forgot the name of the restaurant!)

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Iconic Bondi Beach

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Kitty graffiti at Bondi Beach

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A cute fox sculpture – part of Sculpture by the Sea

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Aptly named sculpture

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Sculpture on Tamarama Beach

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Ferry that goes from Manly into Sydney

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First proper view of the Sydney Opera House

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Sydney Opera House

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Delicious chocolate ganache cake at La Renaissance Patisserie at The Rocks in Sydney

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Beautiful Sydney Harbour Bridge

Now is a good time to mention I have a slight obsession with cats (crazy cat lady!) So when I saw the following in the mall in the beautiful Queen Victoria Building, I had to take photos.

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Adorable cat containers

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More cute kitties

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I so want this cute tea set

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Chinese Garden of Friendship in Sydney

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Part of the new Wolverine film was shot here

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Beautifully carved detail

It was quite a hot, muggy day when we went exploring in Sydney. We decided to have a rest at the Museum of Contemporary Art. They have a great cafe right on the top floor and it has a beautiful view of the Sydney Opera House. While we were sipping our coffee, the sun came out and shone directly on the Opera House, allowing me to take quite a nice photo (even if I say so myself!)

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The Sydney Opera House lit up by late afternoon sun

We met up with a varsity friend and his girlfriend for dinner. It had been a long day enjoying Starbucks (we don’t have even one branch in WA!), shopping at Zara, visiting museums and sightseeing. We took the ferry back to Manly that night and saw the Opera House all lit up. The full moon really made it all the more magical. Our visit to Sydney was brief but wonderful!

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Sydney Opera House at night with the full moon

Exploring surrounding Perth

Last year we were lucky enough to have my mother-in-law and brother-in-law come for a short visit. They were here for two weeks. The first week we showed them in and around Perth and the second week we all flew to Sydney to visit family there. I thought I’d share some of the photo’s I took while we were exploring around Perth.

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Pretty cherry chocolates

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Don’t they just look delicious?

No visit to Perth is complete without a stop at the Margaret River Chocolate Factory. As time was limited, we visited the one in the Swan Valley. They make beautiful little individual chocolates but I usually buy their chocolate buttons. They’re divine!

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More yummy chocolates

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Giant freckle chocolates

We also visited Caversham Wildlife Park. We have visited some of the other wildlife parks but not this one and we really enjoyed it. They breed white kangaroos and we even saw a mommy with a joey in her pouch. You just saw long legs sticking out! They had a wide variety of bird species found not only in WA but around Australia. Naturally my favourite were the koalas. They are just too adorable!

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Wallabies relaxing

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Super cute baby kangaroo, known as a joey

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One of the white kangaroos

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White mommy kangaroo with her joey’s legs sticking out from the pouch

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A Kookaburra. I love the sound they make!

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Beautiful Dingo

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Adorable koala. How can you not love them?

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Close up of the koala

Another stop was at The Pinnacles.  There is no agreed theory on how these were formed, but it makes for a very strange landscape. We spotted a bobtail lizards and some Galahs flying about and making a noise.

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The Pinnacles with dunes in the background

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The Pinnacles

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Me trying to get creative

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Galahs in flight

As my mother-in-law is a micro biologist, she really wanted to see the stromatolites at Lake Thetis. They’re living fossils and the ones found in this lake are about 3370 years old! It was quite windy but the view over the ocean was still beautiful.

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Stromatolites (the rock-like formations) in Lake Thetis

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Aqua water at Cervantes

I’ll be sharing some photos of our trip to Sydney soon! Stay tuned.