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Perth Royal Show 2015

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It’s on again!  The Perth Royal Show, this year, runs from Saturday 26th September until Saturday 3rd October 2015.  Just one week of games, rides, showbags, animals, exhibitions and purchases you wouldn’t normally make!

My sister and I bought our tickets earlier from our local IGA store with a saving of $4, making our Adult priced tickets $25 each rather than $29 each.  Any saving is a saving, we thought.  Having perused the parking suggestions on the official website, we decided to park at Rowe Park, the closest parking to the show at the Claremont Showgrounds.

I’m used to getting up around 6.15 am to go to work, so my sister stayed the night at my house on Friday 25th, then on Saturday 26th, we got up early, had a light breakfast & got ready.  Off we went, with my sister driving, loaded with camera, coffee in a thermos flask, hats, and a bottle of Powerade drink each.  We arrived at the little concrete car park for the actual Park, about 7.50 am, yes, at ten to 8.   We planned to get there an hour before the Show started, because we heard there was very limited parking.   We also though that one had to pay $20 for official parking.

However, because we had got there so very early, luckily, we were able to park in the official car park, rather than have to drive onto the lawn, which I think is what you have to pay for.  Rowe Park was a pleasant grassy area with swings and amenities, a great place for kids to play in or adults to sun themselves to have a sleep, or to do some pleasant reading.  In the car, I sipped my coffee eagerly, while noting a Sign reading “Surveillance Cameras” in use.

If you are driving, I recommend you turn into Langsford Street, Vaucluse Avenue or Reserve Road, off Stirling Highway, as shown below, to get to Stevens Road.   The small Car Park is off Stevens Road.  You then simply get out off your car, and bear right-ish or cross the road carefully ( two lanes ) and walk to the right under the bridge then around to the left and there is Gate One. 

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Happy Birthday to Therese and Celine

It’s our Birthdays today!  I was born 1.25 hours after my non-identical twin sister, Therese.

The nicest birthday gift for me ( Celine ) today was waking up, and the first thing that I saw –  was our beautiful, sweet, soft Shandy cat, smiling at me.   How nice is that ?   Below is a photo of him in his new “tiger cubby” bed, napping by the fire.  He sleeps alot as he is 15 years old, but he is full of Life and is a wise Be-ing.  I was grateful to pat his little head, and say “Thank you for being here on my Birthday” to him!

Shandyinbed2So, on the Saturday past, I went out to dinner and here is a photo of the cake that I was surprised with.

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Today, my partner & sister and I will have a quiet but lovely evening at home, with dinner and watching movies.  This is a special birthday for me, as it took 8 months from last October for me to fully recover from major surgery.  I am so glad that I made it to this Birthday.

To finish off, here is a coloring picture from my book on Mandalas.  I coloured it in myself, and it took quite a while to do so.  It is a reminder that there are “invisible” spirits or sprites cum energies around us all the time, that are benevolent and help us and Nature.

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Squid Lips, Candy Cows & Margaret River

Entrance to Lake Cave Western AustraliaMy partner and I spent a lovely 3 nights away recently in Margaret River, at the beautiful Riverside Tourist Park in Willmott Avenue, a stone’s throw away from the Town centre! We left the suburbs of Perth around 11.00 am on Thursday 23rd April and arrived at our new temporary residence 3 hours later.

Margaret_River_Town_MapOur domicile was a small 2 person chalet, number 15, quite close to the Office. The park consists of a great number of different accommodation arrangements, to accommodate singles, couples and families, and includes lovely awesome cottages alongside the Margaret River.

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Royal Hampshire Foundry Pewter SHIRE HORSE

Royal Hampshire Foundry Pewter Horse

Royal Hampshire Foundry Pewter Horse

I bought this BEAUUUTIFUL pewter Shire Horse from the eBay Seller – sea-eagle 1, a great Seller, with beautiful sculptures and figurines for sale – Collectables, Dolls & Toys.  Have a look at their porcelain Ladies and their Sherratt & Simpson animals for sale.

It is quite heavy and in mint condition, a stunning old, long retired original Wildlife Sculpture, circa 1980s.  The Horse ia approx. 3 3/4 inches long by 1 1/4 inches wide x 3 1/2 inches high.   The Horse was packaged very well indeed, with special “puffy” padding and in a box with extra packaging material.  I was so excited when I got it and even kept the stamps on it.

This horse of course reminds me of Bill, the Shire pony in the “Lord of the Rings”.   I havent’ named my horse yet, but think it will be a lady’s name, when I do.

Royal Hampshire Foundry is well known for its pewter military figures, but it also manufactured some wildlife sculptures.  Alan Haig has the Kingfisher avaiable at the time of posting this.   He had a Squirrel, which was also VERY cute, but that has Sold !!

 

You can visit     SEA-EAGLE 1  

for a beautiful and unusual figurine NOW. 

YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED


 


Hopman Cup 2013 / 2014 – Solid Gold Tennis Racquet Trophy Prize !

UPDATE:  

See my Post  Hopman Cup Winners 2015  for photos of the actual tennis racquet trophies.
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For the first time in 25 years the Hyundai Hopman Cup has revealed new trophies for 2014, which have been handcrafted by the tournament’s new official jeweller – Solid Gold Diamonds.  The bespoke pieces have been created in the shape of an intricate tennis racket, using just under an ounce of 18-carat white, yellow and rose gold.

Please go to  Solid Gold’s News page   for more information.  You can see the size of these trophies by looking at my post on Hopman Cup 2015 Winners.

If you have trouble getting to the correct page on Solid Gold’s website, click on “News” at the top right, then on “Go to News Archive” and under the “Telethon Pendant” you will see their news article for the new Hopman Cup trophy.

UPDATE @ 4 Jan 2018the Solid Gold News pages are no longer there, but a Google search reveals a fantastic video of how these beautiful trophies are made, in the Solid Gold Blog.  Click on the link below for details about the Tennis Racquet trophies & a video of how they are made by Solid Gold crafts-men.

https://solidgold.com.au/blog/hopman-cup-trophy.html

Not only will the winning male & female receive one of these gorgeous Trophies valued at $26,000 each, but she and he will also receive jewellery designed like the trophies.

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