Perenjori, Western Australia

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These photographs were taken during our trip North to Perenjori this past Sunday.  On the drive back from Mike’s footy game we paused to take in the spectacular sunset.  You just don’t see these colours in the city… except now in the morning we do get to enjoy epic sunrises from our bed… as we over look the city and Perth Hills.  Our move has been so refreshing.

My darling has flown back to work this morning and I’m now missing and will be waiting for him until he returns next week.

To help burn off some steam I hit the gym tonight for the first time.  It felt so good!  It’s been the first bit of exercise I’ve done for 2 weeks as I’ve been monitored with a heart device and previously have generally felt really weak.  I had a strange episode two weeks ago and was put under surveillance to see if there is an issue with my heart.  The worst part was the wires that stuck to me to take records, left terrible burn marks and itch to all hell!  I’m finally free of the device and am just waiting on the results.

I lieu of getting fresh air and general exercise I’ve been taking the time to dive into a book that I started way back in JAPAN.  It’s a behemoth, by John Steinbeck.

East of Eden.

It’s a deep, dark novel, but the words…they are like poetry.  Steinbeck describes the smallest of moments in a way that you can understand and acknowledge in yourself… his work highlights the subtly of human interaction and the unchanging pattern of our existence.  Humans will continue to love, hate, kill, breed, waste time…

My friend said the story sounded depressing and she was right.

That being said, I’m in the tail end of the novel and I cannot stop myself from reading it.

On that note, I bid you adieu.  I’m going to polish it off.

Treasures and Horrors found in Kings Park

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I’ve not a clue what that first thing will morph into… perhaps a dragonfly of some kind?

You must watch: “The True Cost”

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This kaftan is a design by an ethical clothing company called “Bachhara”.  The head piece crafted by a local Perth jewellery maker.  The image was taken several years ago in collaboration with an agency and stylist.

The documentary I’ve just finished watching “The True Cost”. highlights the destructive nature of fashion.

http://truecostmovie.com/

The documentary also details the insane consumption of the Western World.  The greed and blindness to our incessant need to have more stuff.  The message is clear… The masses need to wake up to acknowledge that the pitch of advertising, has made us dull and ambivalent.

We need to start thinking about people that this might effect outside of our home countries.

It’s made me pause to think…wow, I do not support this.

I’m not doing enough…

This documentary, broke my heart.   I’m going to be more conscious.  There are shops I’m going to actively avoid, that I know exploit workers and ravage our planet.  The damage is harrowing…

Through the “True Cost” website you can learn more and shop better… click here.

Happiness is ours, all ours.

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These beautiful flowers are called Calytrix brachyphylla and can be found in Eneabba.

I feel great.  Amazing… Everything feels just right.  About a month ago, I earned a promotion at work, and while it has been really challenging, it has also engaged me in an entirely new way that I’m embracing wholeheartedly.  There is so much to absorb, but it’s truly an inspirational organisation.

Next week Mike and I are moving into our own place in the West end of the city.  We are both like kids in a candy store thinking about all the possibilities of having a gym, and our own space to spread out and be comfortable.  It’s been nearly two years that we’ve lived in this house in East Perth, but the market has changed and we can now afford to live in our own (Perth is generally expensive).  I’ll still be able to walk to work, as it will only be two blocks away.

The best part of the move (apart from the much desired privacy) is our proximity to Kings Park.  We will now be only minutes walking distance from my favourite place in Perth.

Redterrain on Sound Cloud – You’ll find fresh music that I’m listening to here.

Kiiara – Gold  (I am obsessed)

Kiiara – Tennessee

Mating Ritual – I Wear Glasses

Griz ft. Talib Kweli – For the Love (Big Wild Remix)

Years and Years – King

JR JR – Gone

Major Lazer – Be Together (featuring Wild Belle)

Tongues. – Religion

Zola Blood – Play Out

Icona Pop – First Time

RÜFÜS – You Were Right

RÜFÜS – Take Me

Adam Lambert – Ghost Town

Our quest to find the unique “wreath flower” Leschenaultia macrantha

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Mike had an AFL game in Coorow this weekend, so we travelled up on Saturday morning.  He played really well but sadly the team was defeated.  We enjoyed a really nice night out with some friends afterward and stayed as guests at the Coorow Hotel when the night was done.  Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 8.00.58 PM Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 8.00.48 PMDuring the game I drove to a little road a few kilometers from town.  It has a sign marking it for flora, and throughout the season it changes dramatically.  Here are some of the flowers I found whiles Mike way playing the first half of his game… Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 8.00.40 PM

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This tiny little trap door spider was 1/6th the size of my ring.  I spotted him closing his door as I was about to walk toward the car.  I then flipped open the lid to see what had shut itself in.. and found this small spider.
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Mike found all of them…they are small and lay low to the ground.  Only one bud was to the point of nearly flowering..  We might get to see them blooming in a few weeks time.  These flowers grow on disturbed gravel in a very specific terrain here in Western Australia.Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 7.55.31 PM Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 7.55.24 PM Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 7.55.11 PM Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 7.54.51 PMScreen Shot 2015-07-26 at 7.57.07 PMScreen Shot 2015-07-26 at 7.56.44 PMScreen Shot 2015-07-26 at 7.56.38 PMScreen Shot 2015-07-26 at 7.56.31 PMScreen Shot 2015-07-26 at 7.56.04 PMAt the end of our day we caught up with Glen, Mikes brother at a place called “Bells Rapids”.  They decided to try and find some fresh water mussels.  They brought a rake, and hunted…but did not gather any shells.  We finished the day off with icecream before we headed back into the city.

Our dear friends.

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Danae and Bryn.

Some friends are there for you no matter what continent you land yourself… and some relationships fade in due time.  It is enevitable as we all become caught up in the immediate world surrounding us.  I’ve come to accept and also appreciate the fading of old relationships, strengthening the strong, and nurturing of the new.

Danae (and her equally wonderful sister Carly) met Mike and I in Lake Louise, Canada six cold years ago.  It was the deep winter, and we were drinking at an 80’s party.  They had travelled from their lodge up the road to the chalets that Mike and I worked at.  With limited social gatherings, it was really nice to let loose with our neighbours (Baker Creek is situated on a lonely stretch of road that cuts through some majestic and altogether impressive mountains).

It could be a lonely life for some… but for us… it was heaven.  The snowboarding, the log fires, and sense of adventure kept us all connected.  We shared a passion for the great wilderness that is Banff National Park.

It’s been nearly 6 years since we all met…and it’s been awesome to remain close with the Watson’s here in Australia.

Yesterday it was Danae’s birthday.  She is incredibly intelligent, gentle, warm and kind hearted.  We celebrated at Fremantle’s “Little Creatures Brewery” and legitimately ate like kings and queens.

I feel very fortunate to call her and Carly friends.  I know Mike does too.

Bubbles to Make Us Smile.

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With a stick and a soft piece of string, and some soapy water he has created a space for people to pause and take life lightly. Today I stopped and enjoyed the bubbles just as much as the kids…

He has been creating happiness for adults and children alike in the hopes to help fund a trip around Australia.

The Wild Flowers of Western Australia

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It’s only the beginning of the wildflower season here in Western Australia… but that doesn’t mean there isn’t much out yet.

Yesterday before we arrived at the farm, we did a very quick detour to Lesueur National Park (I’ve posted about this amazing place a few times over the past several years).  The windy was chilly, however the sun warmed our backs and faces as we moved about the scrub looking to see what had already sprouted.

It was beautiful.  There were at least 40+ species out in the short time we spent looking at various stops throughout the park.

The weather, lack of flies and the smells (there were some gorgeous rose scented flowers that were intoxicating) it really could not have been a better day.

It was a short trip to Eneabba, we caught up with Brian and Tessa and their (very cute) grandson Jack.

Tessie sadly stayed behind this trip, but we’ll bring her into the city the next time we’re out again.

MAMMÚT and more…

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Tessie, Bonnie and Chocco loving the long walk and spreading happy vibes

Every couple of months there appears to be a dry spell of decent music that is pushed out into the webisphere, and then suddenly it rains and pours.  I hold out for these days.  This has been the trend for the past two years. I spend a few hours each month listening to the backlog of music to listen to what’s been hyped.  This involves sorting through some garbage (you might even think some of the stuff I’ve listed here before is in that category) – and even a few of the choices below might not be like fine wine on your ears.

Here are today’s finds.   If you take a listen, let me know what you think.  I’m aaaaalways open to new music.  So if you feel like sharing with me… Could you let me know what have you been listening to lately?

MAMMÚT – Salt (this one is simply haunting – English Version)

MAMMÚT – Salt (Icelandic Version)

Wolf Alice – Bros

Slaptop – Sunrise

Litany – Woman (Feat. Appleby)

A$AP Rocky – LSD (Shemce Remix)

Lewis Del Mar – Loud(y)

Baile – Matter (feat. Felicia Douglass)

Dillon Francis – Bruk Bruk (I Need Your Lovin)

Michael Calfan – Mercy

In Search of the Jumping Spider Holy Grail…

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This morning Mike agreed to come with me to the park near my office (it’s Saturday).  The place is just crawling with little jumping spiders.  I think of the place as a wee little spider treasure trove.

We found some straight away.  Mike quickly tired and lay on a grassy hill in a sunny patch.  The park is quiet, with a rush of water to drown out the sound of the local traffic.  It’s really peaceful there.

I did a few slow laps in search of more spiders and eventually settled on the grass beside Mike.  We spoke of this one jumping spider that has been eluding us for a few years now…

The peacock jumping spider.  Have you heard of it?  If you’re in Perth and you’ve seen one, please get in touch.  I am so keen (as is Mike) to see one in real life.  Where might we find one?  I’m always searching…and now Mike is too.