Monday, February 2, 2015

Last day of the holidays

Wow, where has the time gone?  It's been a while.

On top of the world, on a huge 400 year old Jarrah stump ... you'll see it again in a mo ...
School went back today.  Little Man and I needed to do something cool on the last day of the hols yesterday to make it memorable.  I asked him what he wanted to do, and he wanted to visit the local history village in Kalamunda.  We haven't been there since my mum visited us in 2009, so thought it might be due another visit.  I was also secretly impressed that this young man, who is at home with computer games and iphones, chose to visit history of a quieter time (and enjoyed every minute).  Here are some pics to show you why it's one of our favourite places in the world.

It tickled me that I was taking a photo of this telephone exchange with my lovely slimline iphone!
I can never resist mailboxes ...

Could you say I'm obsessed with crafts and sewing?

My favourite building in the village is the McCullagh house - a family from Ireland lived in it after they moved to Perth in the late 1800's - mum, dad and 6 kids - and there was only one front room, parents' bedroom with baby cot, girls' room, kitchen area, and the poor boys had to sleep on the verandah!  There is a beautiful bedspread made from yoyo's (fabric circles gathered up to make puffs!) - the fabric was actually wrapping from a laundry product!  It's inspired me to make a similar cover, but I think I will use quilting cottons :)
The McCullagh house
I love the particular Australian flavour to this recruitment poster for the first world war:
And here's that tree 'stump' again ...
As I write there is thunder and lightening over head.  We have had 3 or so lightning storms this week, very spectacular.  Some trees were literally blown apart by forked lightning - must show you some photos of that too, it's just so amazing, like woodland sculpture (only slightly dangerous, maybe extreme sculpture). 

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