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.