We were cycling through the Hay Street subway in the Perth suburb of Subiaco recently and stopped to admire the artwork. The mural is by Too Much Colour and pays tribute to the Australian Fine China works that used to be nearby.
The pottery made lots of decorative crockery and ceramic ornaments, known as Wembley Ware and still a popular collectible. The owl was a a popular piece – shown below when an example was displayed in a local shop window during Wembley Ware Week a few years back.
Last week we featured a 1965 Olympic Riviera fibreglass caravan. This is the 1968 model. It has the same basic shape as the 1965 one, but has been given a different colour scheme. However the interior is entirely different on this one – thoroughly retro with Marilyn Monroe motifs, instead of updated modern elegance.
If Gilgandra is the Australian Windmill Capital, as we suggested yesterday, then the wheatbelt town of Morawa must be the West Australian Windmill Capital. The town has a windmill museum with vintage mills like the one above, and public art which depicts windmills.
The New South Wales town of Gilgandra is the unofficial Windmill Capital of Australia. Scheme water didn’t reach the town until 1966, so almost every house had its own windmill. Today there are still some windmills scattered around the town, and a lot of them at the Rural Museum.
As well as the colourful wildflowers that we featured yesterday, we saw some interesting orchids in Kings Park on the weekend. Perthites like us have a soft spot for orchids, and a wide variety of them grow wild in Western Australia. The one shown above is Banded Greenhood, which is fairly widespread in Kings Park at present.
We only saw a few of the more colourful Coastal Banded Greenhood below. Both orchids look especially striking with the sun shining through the flowers, from in front of the camera.
We went for a walk in the Kings Park bushland in Perth a few days back and saw this striking wildflower. It’s called Star of Bethlehem – even though Christmas is still 6 months away.
There was also a lot of this Common Hovea (above) in flower, plus some Pearl Flower (below). Yes, it’s winter here.
Hong Kong airport is one of our favourites. Everything is swish and modern … except for this old biplane hanging from the ceiling. It’s a 1910 Farman named “Spirit of Sha Tin”.