This is the ornamental lake at Subiaco Common in Perth’s western suburbs. It doesn’t look like a great place to find wildlife but there is more here than first meets the eye.
To start with, a pair of Black Swans took up residence in the lake during the spring and have stayed there ever since. We are waiting to see if they head north in autumn. Meanwhile they are frequently featured on our Instagram page – swanningaroundperth.
During our visit to Hong Kong earlier this month, we did the Lucky Cat Fashion Walk in Causeway Bay. There were 12 cats, each dressed to represent one of the Chinese zodiac animals.
That’s the horse up top, the tiger above, and the dog (left) and rabbit below. The event has finished now. So if you missed it, you’re too late!
This is the fishing village of Sok Kwu Wan, where we ended our walk along the Lamma Island Family Trail. We liked this colourful Chinese temple on the edge of town.
We also stopped to look at this cave beside the walking trail, near the village. It’s known as a Kamikaze Grotto, since the Japanese were planning to launch kamikaze boats from this and other nearby caves during World War 2.
We also went for a hike across Lamma Island during our recent visit to Hong Kong. The Lamma Island Family Trail goes from Yung Shue Wan to Sok Kwu Wan, along a paved and well signposted pathway.
Along the way there are stretches of woodland, and also views across the island and the surrounding sea. It all feels like you are a long way from the hustle and bustle of Kowloon
We enjoyed exploring the narrow streets of Yung Shue Wan on Lamma Island, just 30 minutes from central Hong Kong by ferry.
Had a coffee from the Coffee Guy and stopped to admire this colourful temple dedicated to Tin Hau, the Goddess of the Sea.
We did some island hopping during our recent visit to Hong Kong. One day we caught a ferry to Lamma Island, where there seem to be more bikes than cars.
The pier where the ferry stops at Yung Shue Wan was decorated with festive Chinese lanterns, and the township was looking pretty in the sunshine.
We noticed this brownish bird sitting on a television aerial recently. With a bit of zoom and a field guide to Australian birds, we found that it was an Australian Hobby – a variety of falcon. It looked happy enough sitting in its metal tree in suburbia. The funny thing is that we have never seen one in the bush.