Monday Photo-day: The River

The river that flows through the city of Perth, where I live, was named Swarte Swaene-Revier (Swan River) by Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh in 1697. It was named so after the famous black swans of the area.

As the river is the centre of the city, and many of the surrounding suburbs, so the river is the centre of many of the locals lives, including my own. As a child, I have memories of swimming in the Swan, knees sinking down into the black muck, reaching into the murky waters to grab a fist-full of mud and fling it at my brother. My Mum had swimming lessons in the Swan when she was at school, and always shares the tale of when she was a teenager, swimming in the river, and feeling something bump her leg…the river has been known to have many inhabitants…along with the prawns and crabs we used to fish for were dolphins and sharks.

These days I work in a building directly across from the Swan. Here are some photos of the historic Swan River that I took during a lunchtime last week:

The River: Lens: Buckhorst H1 Film: Kodot XGrizzled Flash: Off

Swan River via Retro Camera Connector for iPhone

Stalking bird

Bird at lunchtime


Things I Couldn’t Live Without

There are some things I just couldn’t live without:

  • Books – and by books I mean real books consisting of paper that are held in your hands and require you to manually turn the pages.
  • My Dog. My baby. My love. My beautiful girl.

What's Up?!

  • Music. Ah music…it has got me through so much in life.
  • Hugs.

  • My iPhone – okay, I admit it here and now…I have a problem.
  • My partner would probably say that I couldn’t live without my laptop…I mean, I could try! But I don’t want to!
  • My partners cooking. Until I met my partner I really didn’t look after myself. I swayed between not eating at all to eating too much. I now have a healthy appetite and love food – especially if cooked by my partner. He has such a talent and passion for food and cooking. I blame him for the added kilos I have put on since pairing up with him…at least now though I look healthy and not anorexic.


  • Hot showers. I’ve tried living in England where most people have only baths in their houses. Hot showers with good water pressure were one of the things I loved about coming home after 9 1/2 months. I could not take one more day of bathing in my own filth, and washing my hair in the bathroom sink. A bath, to me, is a luxury – used for a good relaxation or pamper session for oneself OR to bathe the kids or the dog.

What is it that you couldn’t live without?

Monday Photo-day: A Walk to Work

Last week I had to drop my car in to be serviced before work. As I drove to the car yard, I tossed about in my head how I would be getting to work once I handed over the keys.

I could take my chances on public transport? Hmmmm really – that option was never part of the equation. I mean, it’s Perth! Public transport is infamous.

My second option was to batter my eyelids and try to convince someone at the car yard to drop me off near work. It was only 10 minutes down the road…surely it wouldn’t be hard?

OR I could walk it. I estimated it would take just under an hour, max.

So I put my decision in the hands of the elements – would the rain stop and clouds clear to allow me to walk, or would the wind pick up, predicted thunder storms hit, forcing me to resort to my lashes?

As I neared the car yard, the rain stopped, sun starting to peek around the clouds. There was my decision made for me. Why not try and walk? [Great idea, apart from the fact that I had left both of my umbrellas on the kitchen table at home]. So I threw caution to the wind and set off on my journey.

The walk took me 50 minutes, but it was well worth it – aside from the much needed exercise. As I walked down the road, passing the houses, racecourse, river and parks, I was reminded of why I love to travel. It is because of my love of walking and exploring – the chances to soak up the surroundings, to smell the air, to notice the quirky differences between houses, the chance to get back to nature, and the joy of exchanging ‘hello’s’ with people walking their dogs.

The morning in question was especially beautiful as the sun was still rising.  As I walked I caught shimmers of sunlight in the droplets of water on the leaves of the trees.

Luckily I had my iPhone with me so that I could capture some of the beauty.


Tree at Swan River: Hipstamatic Connect for iPhone, Lens: Jimmy Film: Kodot XGrizzled Flash: Off

River through bars: Hipstamatic Connect for iPhone Lens: Buckhorst H1 Film: Kodot XGrizzled Flash: Off

The Swan River

Rain drops

And in a way, it was a sign that I have made the right move last week – the clouds may finally be clearing from my life.

Monday Photo-day: iPhone Photo Apps

This is my favourite photo. This is my niece Charlotte, and I adore her.

I can’t take the credit for taking the photo – that belongs to my partner Denis. He captured her innocence and beauty perfectly.

I thought this photo would make a beautiful pencil sketch, and I tried to convince my partner to draw something from the actual photo (as he is an amazing drawer), but in the meantime I tried converting it to a pencil sketch using a free App on my iPhone called PhotoFunia. I think it looks stunning.

Experimenting with iPhone Apps