Thursday, November 26, 2009

One misty moisty morning

Went for a walk before work. The sun was high in the sky but there was still a little mist in the air. Or maybe it was pollution................

Either way it made for some nice photos.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Too hot to handle

I didn't go to the beach yesterday. This is an old photo from about a month ago. The only thing I saw this weekend was the airconditioning unit as I lay under it.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Lazy bonus day

I've an unexpected day off (love conferences when you don't have to go to them) and I'm being incredibly lazy. Not even venturing out to find something to take a photo of. It's too hot anyway - nope I'm staying right here under the air conditioner.

So to make up for my laziness here is a photo from the other night's harbour cruise.
Sun setting behind the bridge.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Luna Park lights

The other evening I went on a sunset dinner cruise around the harbour. Food not overly fantastic. Wine ok. But the views...................... I never get tired of them no matter how many times I cross the water.
I shot this view of Luna Park as it was getting dark and the beautiful lights came on. I clearly didn't use the right setting on my phone and the rocking boat was making the holding of my phone near impossible - but I kind of like the effect anyway.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Purple snow

As promised (now I finally got my cable back), some photos of the beautiful Jararanda trees that are in bloom all over the place at the moment. The ground looks like it's covered in purple snow. My cat was rather impressed, spending ages staring at the constantly falling flowers.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Rough sea warning.

I was going to post a lovely photo I took of the beautiful jacaranda trees that are in full bloom at the moment - however...........................
A certain male who resides in this household keeps thinking my nokia cable is somehow his property and nicks it and takes it to work!!!!!
So I'm posting an old photo I already have on my computer. It was taken in Winter and the rough seas reflect my mood at the moment GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


A beautiful white hibiscus peeping over a wall at Palm Beach. It's little stamens so perfectly round.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Insects do the strangest things

This photo was sent to me by my sister. She thought her daughter had created it, but apparently it was made by some sort of insect. I have no idea what type of insect would create such a wonder and google wasn't much help this time.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The pictures you take when there are no pictures to take.

Manly Council Chambers. Best known for being no help at all. The building framed by the beautiful trees makes for a lovely picture though.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Well here I go

Just finished a picture I've been working on for over a month. Not much to look at but I only seem to get 5 minutes here or 10 minutes there to draw. I've been after a painting to put up in my newly refurbished bathroom and someone suggested that I do something myself. Should look ok. The photo I took didn't do it justice but my scanner isn't working.
You can actually see a glimpse of the printout of the original here. The artist was a very independent woman in the 1920's but her name escapes me. I found it when I was using google images to find something pretty I could draw for my bathroom. I hope the copyright police don't beat down my door, but I figured that as it's just for my little bathroom and not for sale (heavens who would by my doodles anyway) then no-one would mind.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Not exactly the Metro

Trying my hand at black and white. This is one of the entrances to The Domain carpark. If you use your imagination it almost looks like a metro station entrance.

Well ok it doesn't, but it's all we have. Our public transport is sadly lacking compared to European countries (and I can honestly say that). During the 2000 Olympics it was unbelievably reliable - but 9 years down the track.................................

I heard talk once of a possible underground railway system similar to the Tube in London or the Metro in Paris, but the cost would be unthinkable.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Art and about in Hyde Park

Today I went to Hyde park to see the Sydney Life exhibition. It's part of the 2009 Art and About event. The Sydney Life exhibition is a display of 22 photographs on huge canvas strung from the trees of the park. They are chosen from over 500 entries and the public vote on their favourites. This is mine. It was taken by Janie Barrett at Coogee Beach. She said that she couldn't help wondering what the little girls were thinking - and neither can I.

I tried taking it with the surrounding trees in the background because I liked the effect.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Insert "I" here

October is an artistic month in Sydney. There are a lot of interesting and, at times, unusual things to see. One of the exihibitions you can see is Sculptures By The Sea. This wonderful outdoor exhibition runs along the coastal walk from Bondi beach to Tamarama beach. It goes from late October to mid November. This years event hasn't started yet, but here is my favourite photo I took from last years exhibition. If you click on the link above you can find some of the sculptures from previous years.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Serenaded at work

Work can be mind numbing at times. But there are other times when one sees something that makes them smile. There's a backpackers hostel across the road from where I work (which incidently used to be an ambulance station. It was opened in 1936 and was operating when I was a youngster in the 80's but I'm not sure when it closed). Today I spotted a carefree backpacker on one of the balconies strumming away and singing. Minutes later he was joined by another happy camper, but alas my work called my attention away.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Night time at the Bacino Bar

Went to Manly last night and snapped this photo.
There's a little cafe in Manly called Bacino Bar where the pretenders go to be seen. Quite often I see flocks cyclists decending after their daily ride. All wearing spandex in colours to match their bikes. Other days I see bikes of a different kind - scooters. I can walk past and for 10 seconds pretend I'm in Rome. It's all quite pretentious, but the staff are lovely and the coffee is delicious so what more could you want really.

Monday, October 12, 2009

A cosy place

I took this photo about 2 weeks ago before I pulled apart the room for repainting. I love this photo of my cat. She looks so cosy. I love it so much in fact I might do a drawing of it (after I finish the one I'm working on at the moment)

We're all just mad about Oroton

I've had a rather aggressive tummy bug these last 24 hours. I'm still a bit wobbly but I wanted to post a photo I took yesterday at Birkenhead Point. Oroton was having a sale and it must have been a good one judging by the line outside the store. I've never seen that before. At first glance one could mistake the shop for a nightclub.
Birkenhead Point is undergoing a revamp leading up to a grand re-opening and as a result there wasn't much there today. Click on the link and then go to "redevelopment news" to see what it's going to look like when finished.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

The romance of public transport

Like ships that pass in the night........................

It was one of those rare times when I just happened to take the photo at precisely the right moment. Unfortunately the picture is not very clear as the zoom on my phone isn't as good as a regular camera.

These are two of the Manly ferries. One on it's way to Circular Quay and the other on the run back to Manly. I took it when I was sitting on Balmoral beach eating some rather expensive fish and chips. It almost looks like the ferries are having a kiss :)

Friday, October 9, 2009

Funky religious advertising

I have been seeing these signs on churches all over town lately. I got curious and googled it. Started to read up on the message behind the message - but I've had too many wines. Need I say more. If anyone can fill me in I would be most grateful.

Winter is back with a vengence

Look at this picture. What do you see? Or rather what don't you see? The bloody sun!!!!!

Where did it go?

I know you're up there sun! I can see the faint evidence of you of what is laughingly called daylight! Don't get me wrong - I love Winter. The Winter fashion, food, and curling up in front of the fire with Hugh Jackman, his head in my lap as I lovingly stroke his hair............ ok ok so it's a heater and it's not Hugh, but a girl can dream.

But dang it I've bought dresses!!! And shoes!!!!!!!!!!! I want to wear them!!! You tantilised me with Spring and then snatch it from my paws!!!! Bad sun!

I digress.....................

Uhhhummm.. This was taken in Manly as I stomped my way to work enveloped in Winter coat, boots and scarf.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Speak English James!

Outside a Newtown bookstore. Anyone whos ever tried to read Ulysses, Finnegans Wake, or anything by James Joyce will appreciate this sign.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Newtown the remedy for cabin fever.

Sunday night we were going a little crazy from being cooped up. So we dug out the Winter coats (thank goodness for laziness - I should have lovingly packed mine away ages ago) and headed to Newtown for some Egyptian food. I love Newtown but especially at night. The eclectic shops and cafes - heaven. The diverse array of old buildings - fantastic.
I took this picture as we were heading home. I'm no architect but this building had an art deco look to it and the lights shining on it created a beautiful effect. Well I thought so anyway.

Late weekend entries

The Manly Jazz Festival was on this long weekend. And it rained. All weekend. I was going to chance the weather for some photos but decided that it was too cold and - well - wet. And I realised that I wasn't really that dedicated. "Never mind" I says to myself, "I'll dig up some photos of previous festivals". You'd think I'd have some wouldn't you. Well I didn't.
"I need something nice to put up" I panicked. So I dig out photos that I took at the Botanical Gardens this time last year when it wasn't raining. Spring is a wonderful time to visit the Gardens. My favourite walk is the Spring Walk (of course). So colourful and the scents send you into raptures (and possibly reaching for the Telfast).

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Daylight saving starts tomorrow

A lovely little reminder in the paper. Daylight saving starts 2am tomorrow. I do enjoy the longer days but I must admit the first couple of weeks leaves me a with feeling not unlike jetlag.

Friday, October 2, 2009

A much needed shower

We had a small (very small) storm tonight and the houses, apartments and gardens got a much needed wash after all the dirt from last week. I got rather excited and raced out to try to photo the rain. As you can see I didn't have much luck.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

It's harvest time!

Saw this wonderful display above the counter of a Mona Vale butcher. It ran the length of the shop so I could only fit part of the display into the picture unfortunately. I had to take it quickly through the shop window as the staff were giving me funny looks.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Public art in Manly

Wall mural in Market Lane, Manly. It was done a couple of years ago to cover up an otherwise drab lane. It lists events in Manly over around 70 years. You can see more about public art in Manly here.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Progress unveils the past

Thanks to all the "development" of Dee Why, part of an old advert was discovered by a friend of mine. It looks like an existing ad was taken down from the side of a building to make way for a new appartment block and revealed an advertisment from the past. I must admit I don't remember when I last saw an AWA television.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sunday is Market Day

Well so is Saturday really. This is my favourite market. Rozelle market - held in the grounds of Rozelle Public School. A beautiful old school opened on the 4th May 1878 (2 years before the NSW Department of Education was formed and education became compulsory). This photo wasn't taken today - it was too windy to do any real activity outdoors. I took this about 2 weeks ago so it's still pretty current.

Dust free outing

Thanks to all the wind and dust of late I've spent most of the weekend in a antihistimine haze. But I did venture out to Liechardt for a couple of hours. This is the arcade leading to the Italian Forum. Kind of a big square surrounded by appartment blocks with shops on the first floor. On ground level are amazing Italian restaurants and cafes. To windy to sit outside today but I found a small place that made nutella crepes. Bliss.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Red sky in morning

This morning I woke to find a strange sight outside. The sky had turned red. A huge dust storm had blown in from goodness knows where and changed the world as we knew it. I'm posting a few photos because it was such a bizarre occurrance.
1. Taken from my rear deck to show you just how red the sky was.
2. Where did the beach go? Taken just before going into work. Could you believe there were surfers out in that?
3. St Matthews church in the Corso.
4. Manly Wharf.
5. Finally, had to take a photo of this sign outside St Matthews church. I think it said it all.