Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The colours of Perth

I mentioned previously the colours Perth displayed in its glory.      The sea turquoise, emerald, azure, and list can go on.    Decided to take a day and travel down to Rottenest Island, one hour south from Perth, and across by ferry from Freemantle.

The beautiful waters surrounding Perth.
This one taken whilst traveling around Rottenest Island.
Walked from the ferry across to information centre, bought ticket for local bus which takes tourists around the island.  Once fare paid, was able to stay on the bus as long as I wished - and I wished!   Far too cold and windy, and was thoroughly enjoyable as took many photos from the bus and second time around knew what was coming up in order to have the camera at the ready.

One of the beautiful beaches at Rottenest.

Again the wind was up.   Terribly cold and quite a breeze.   The ferry across to the island was fine and a bit of up and down, but... oh my goodness coming back another story.   We went up, down, banged down, rolled and water coming over.   All ok even on a very fully booked vessel and must say was very glad to put my feet back onto hard concrete.   Was told it can get very bad and the boat had to pull out of harbour and sit out the storm/wind for several hours a little while back.    Thank goodness that was not us - have to own up to being a not very good sailor in those conditions.    In spite of the bumps coming back was a great journey and then back to that lovely electric train and home.

Just had to take this photo inside of electric train to show what
all the electric trains I traveled on were like. Such a pleasure.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Whilst in Perth, Australia ...and my first ever 'paint-out'

As am planning another trip over to Australia next week thought would post something which sort of continues on from my blog on my travel from NZ across to Perth last year.  

Quite a long flight across to Perth if flying straight around 7/8 hours.    Decided to break my trip and flew from Auckland across to Sydney, a couple of hours flying and then maybe an hour or so awaiting next flight to Perth, which was then 5 hours.  Good that I did as long flights are just not for me and up and down to exercise and use the 'you know what' weren't for me.

Painting en plein air at Mandurah Plein Air Paintout

Arriving well after 10pm was collected by the lady who offered to look after a stranger in her home for 2 weeks of which I was so appreciative of.  A single lady herself it must have been quite difficult to have a stranger in her home - but believe we did quite well.   We both agreed maybe two weeks a bit long and a break in between would have been great, however, having said this, we were a little 'lost' without one another;s company when I departed and arrived back home.    Wonderfully looked after and cannot say thank you enough to Shirley.

A few days after arrival we both participated in a paint out one hour south of Perth at Mandurah.  First time ever for me taking park in any plein air event - fabulous.   

My first every 'paint-out' and painting accomplished above on the second day,  undertaken looking back at the apartment high-rise and the Arts Centre at Mandurah.  Loved that town and roughly an hour from Perth on superb train.

Whilst in Perth, everyone said I took the NZ weather with me as lots of clouds, which they never have, and heavy rain and black skies.    This day a bit of cloud arrived, a chilly wind and later dark rain clouds.   And the sun of course came out, and definitely not complaining as enjoyed myself so very much.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Such a long time absent ...

Having now come back to Blogger after considerable time away.... I cannot believe that five months have actually passed.     It seems impossible, totally ridiculous and absolutely not at all possible - but it is true five months !!!

Rottenest Island, just off Perth.

After my previous postings and participating in the challenge of 30 a day for 30 days, had an opportunity to depart the shores of New Zealand and fly across our Tasman Sea to Australia.   To Perth.    Had never been there to stay, only passed through the airport - it was amazing, fantastic and wonderful.    If you have never visited, then from an artist's point of view it was all those things - colours so bright and clear, with the ocean turquoise, azure, emerald and the rest.    Gorgeous.

Traveled over to undertake a workshop and stayed with lovely lady also an artist, who put up with me for two weeks and took me all around like a tourist (which of course I was). 

Did not wish to return back home - everyone saying come back and live here as best place in Australia to live.    I believed every word they said and definitely wished to remain.

Well.. the story can go on, but will leave for the next visit .