Monday, May 31, 2010

Extraordinary mondays - Breaksea Island

If you haven't noticed, I've been rather irregular with my updates. As you would probably have guessed it, life is sure busy right now. Work particular sucks me dry. But you know why I love my job so much? the last two days, I got to go on a boat, a plane and a helicopter, all to access places that not many people can go to. I feel special to say the least. I thought I'd share with you what I experienced on Friday.

On Friday, I flew down to Albany, jumped on a helicopter and flew to an island in King George Sound known as Breaksea Island. Its current inhabitants are mainly birds, a few penguins, a seal colony, an infestation of rabbits and a small group of stone masons, builders and carpenters. There is a total of 7 structures on the island: two lighthouses two cottages, two outbuildings, one jetty. The original lighthouse on Breaksea Island was built in 1858 to improve navigation into the harbour of Albany. Another lighthouse was built in 1902 which you will see in the photos to below. On the island there are two cottages which were built in 1902 and 1908. The 1858 lighthouse and its associated keeper's quarters are currently in poor condition. So were the cottages but you will see that they have been slowly conserved.

The island is beautiful. The buildings sit within this picturesque setting that speaks to you of the early rugged colonial life in what would have seem to be the most isolated landscape in the ocean. Anyway, I'll shut up now and let my pictures speak:

Monday, May 24, 2010

Extraordinary mondays - Happy anniversary, baby!

I've had a wonderful weekend. Khoa and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary on Friday. He surprised me by organising a surprise! He had the kids spend the night with their Auntie Tina and Uncle Brendyn so that we could have a night out in the city complete with hotel accommodation! We had teppanyaki at Midori Japanese Restaurant and became local tourists enjoying the late night city shopping. Below is a shot of our chef, Charlie, working his magic. Look at the size of the scallops (!!) and they were so fresh and yummy.

Then, on Saturday, we had another night out! This time to have tapas (my first experience! I know, I need to get out more) at Andaluz and to the ballet to watch Don Quixote staged by the WA ballet. I don't think I've ever laughed at the ballet but the dancer playing a character named Gamache was hilarious. Thanks so much Richard and Alex! Photography was not allowed so here is a shot of synopsis page of the program.

I'm so very pampered!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I want cookie

Look what my sis-in-law, Tina, made tonight? Cookie Monster muffins! Yes, she's the one and the same who made the Minnie Mouse muffins. Isn't she talented?

Note the cookie in Cookie Monster's mouth! Too good to eat.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Zach's wubbulous structures

Zach got a marble run for his birthday and he has been playing with it almost everyday. He builds such wonderful structures that remind me of the Wubbulous World of Dr Seuss. Major spans and cantilevers. Very fantastical! He builds these structures all on his own and ravels in the challenge to build higher and more wubbulous ones. PLUS they always work! Marbles run down on their predetermined tracks from top to bottom without being stuck.

Take a look!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

What are you wearing?

Cool weather is setting over Perth. The sun is setting earlier and the morning air is crisper.

I've got my red legs on. What about you?

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy mother's day!

I've had wonderful mother's day today! I was surprised with this beautiful card Zach made at kindy. He also served me a yummy breakfast that Khoa made for me. Amelia had also drawn some pictures too!

This card he made had pockets for two bookmarks, a star and a small present of a teabag and coffeebag. It's actually a pretty cool idea. Made out of a brown paper bag folded in half lengthwise and then folded again to form a card. This leaves you ready made pockets to put little presents into. I might reuse this idea myself.

Hope you had a wonderful mother's day too!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Make my heart sing with these ice shapes!

These have been on the market for a while now. Often in specialty stores and shops of galleries and museums. I'm talking about funky ice trays and oh, how I love them! Just look at them! There is heaps more to look at at Fred & Friends and I'm totally taken by the whimsical nature of the products. Much of the products either brings a smile to my face or just cracks me up! I'm off to look for something for myself for Mother's Day in their current catalogue! Bye!
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