Welcome to Life Images by Jill

Welcome to Life Images by Jill.........Through my writing and photography I seek to preserve images and memories of the beautiful world in which we live and the people in it.

I am a Freelance Journalist and Photographer based in Bunbury, Western Australia. My published work specialises in Western Australian travel articles and stories about inspiring everyday people. I have a day job, but my passion is photography, writing, travel, wildflower and food photography. For now my day job supports me until I can pursue my passions full time.

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Sunday, 25 January 2015

Australia Day - 26 January - on the beach

26 January is Australia Day and the day we celebrate everything Australian, our history, the future, mateship and cultural diversity. 

I'd love you to waltzing matilda over to my post from last year to look at a more humorless look at what Australianism is - Celebrating Australia and Waltzing Matilda

Why do we celebrate Australia Day on 26 January?  This is the day in 1788 that Captain Arthur Phillip landed in Sydney Cove with the First Fleet (eleven convict ships) from Great Britain. They raised the Union Jack to symbolise British occupation of the eastern half of the continent claimed by Captain James Cook on 22 August in 1770. We should also remember on this day that Australia's first inhabitants, the traditional indigenous owners, have a slightly different view of this event. You can learn more by clicking here - Australia Day History 

As well as the presentation of the Australian of the Year awards, Australia Day is celebrated around Australia with citizenship ceremonies, parades, concerts, sporting events, community festivals and barbecues, and in more major centres there are fireworks. 


And of course there is the beach and many Australian's flock there on Australia Day. Australia is an island and so it is no wonder that we love the beach. And with impossibly blue water like this can you blame us? This pic was taken down around Meelup south of Dunsborough in south west of Western Australia - a very popular area during the summer holidays.


It's only about an hour south of our home, so today we went down there for the day. But before the beach we stopped off for a fantastic take-away coffee at "Hot Chocolatte" in Dunsborough. Honestly they have the best ever take-away coffee and hot chocolate, and chocolates of course.  You can check them out on their face book page here - Hot Chocolatte, Dunsborough.
I loved this sign in their window - so I've posted it for my chocolate loving friends. We all knew that chocolate was good for us!


Then on to the beach. Ok.... Busselton, Dunsborough and Meelup beachers are not for surfers. It is more for families. Surfers go a bit further south to Yallingup and Margaret River.


 We sat under the trees to eat our lunch at Meelup



 There are lots of little coves like this one along this stretch. Make sure you pack a sun shade and sunscreen - slip, slop slap, wrap - as they say here in Australia. Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat and wrap on sunglasses.



 Bunkers Bay


On the way home we stopped at the Busselton Jetty to buy an icecream at Simmos. We tried to stop at their main shop just out of Dunsborough, but people were queued out the door! You can see my Mango icecream in the collage up above here. Check out the yummy flavours you can get - Simmos Icecream on Facebook

Extending 1.8 kilometres into Geographe Bay, the heritage listed Busselton Jetty is the longest timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. You can read more about it here - Busselton Jetty.  It has always been a popular spot for locals and tourists. 


 Ah..... life is a beach in Australia on Australia Day..... and don't forget the bronze Aussie bloke


Happy Australian Day to all my Aussie readers. What are you doing on Australia Day?

Thank you so much for stopping by. I value your comments and look forward to hearing from you and will try to visit your blog in return. Have a wonderful week. 


I am linking up to Mosaic Monday, Travel Photos Monday, Our World Tuesday, Wednesday Around the World, Travel Photo Thursday, and What's It Wednesday.  Please click on the links to see fabulous contributions from around the world - virtual touring at its best!

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Celebrating Australia Day and Waltzing Matilda - 2014
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Blue on Blue - Coral Bay, Western Australia


Sunday, 18 January 2015

Bunbury street art on a Sunday morning, Western Australia

So what does one do in Bunbury on a Sunday morning?

  • Go to the beach
  • Take a walk
  • Have breakfast in a cafe
  • View the street art
  • Go to the art gallery

Or as we did on this last Sunday all of the above!



We were up early on Sunday so that we could walk and look at the new street art in the city centre before it was too hot. Part way through the walk we stopped at one of the many cafes around town for breakfast. 
I love this sign below - "Coffee makes it possible to get out of bed, cupcakes makes it worthwhile - we have both"
You can see our busy cappuccino strip in the collage below. Ok it doesn't look too busy in these pics because we were there about 7am - but trust me it is usually buzzing!
 The Re-Discover 2015 street art project is an initiative of " "Six Two Three Zero", a Bunbury based, artist run initiative, that seeks to use street art as a catalyst for urban development and social change by bringing communities together in conversation and creative inspiration"

One of their aims of the street art project is "to increase awareness of street art and its positive effects". Six murals were last year painted on blank walls in the CBD with the support of local businesses. Eleven more murals have been added this year. They also held Youth Street Art Workshops at the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery for youths aged between 13-17.  You can read more about the street art on Six Two Three Zero's Facebook page by clicking here - Six Two Three Zero & Bunbury street art

Some of the artists from 2014's Street Art project returned to paint another mural this year.  Below you can see some of the new murals - the bottom two RHS are two of my favourites from last year.
 I have shown you the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery before. In a former life it was
the Sisters of Mercy Convent and Chapel.  Built in 1897 in Federal Free Medieval style, a blend of Gothic and Southern European architectural characteristics, it is a distinctive part of our city landscape. At the rear of the gallery on the walls of the more recent additions is now this vibrant mural - painted by Beastman - a multidisciplinary artist based in Sydney who has exhibited internationally. One of my favorites of this year's street art.

Some of the art is very long..... like these two painted by Ayres (based in Perth and works strictly with a spray-can) and the graphic style of Fecks (also based in Perth).

Whilst others are very very tall.... like these two behind the Bunbury Entertainment Centre - the surreal and figurative style of Fintan Magee and Kyle Hughes-Odgers whose latest picture book has been published by Fremantle Press in October 2014 . To give you a bit a perspective that is a 60ft Elevated Work Platform there in front - I know this because the company I work for supplied it.  You might be able to imagine the scale of this piece - imagine painting it and getting all the proportions right! 
This piece in a laneway by Yokohama born TwoOne was so big I couldn't get far enough back to photograph it all in one shot.

Afterwards we went to the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery where you can view and purchase art pieces on canvas by the artists involved in Discovery 2015 Street Art.

I congratulate Six Two Three Zero for bringing these artists to Bunbury and helping to create a vibrant public art culture for our city and bringing street art to our community.

I haven't shown you all the art there is to see. To do that you must visit Bunbury and see for yourself.

After all that walking you might want to just sit down with another coffee...and cake maybe...

   
I leave you with this photo.....on Saturday evening we went down to the Bunbury back beach to see the sunset dripping leisurely into the Indian Ocean, to meet up with some members of the Photography Group of Bunbury, and so I could play around with my neutral density filter and slow shutter speed.


Thank you for stopping by. I really do value your comments and look forward to hearing from you and will try to visit your blogs in return. Have a wonderful week.

I think this image says it all about summer and family - two boys (my grandsons) having fun on a swing on the beach.


I am linking up to Mosaic Monday, Travel Photos Monday, Our World Tuesday, Wednesday Around the World, Travel Photo Thursday, and What's It Wednesday.  Please click on the links to see fabulous contributions from around the world - virtual touring at its best!

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Artist's trail around Bunbury 
Lyndendale Gallery in winter 
Blooming art at the Bunbury Art Gallery 
 

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

St Werburgh's Chapel, Mt Barker, Western Australia

Years ago we visited St Weburgh's Chapel not far out of Mt Barker and north of Albany on Western Australia's south coast.
I wanted to visit again, and this last weekend we took a side trip to Mt Barker and St Werburgh's on our way to Denmark.

St Werburgh's Chapel is nestled in a small grove of trees on a hill surrounded by farming land and overlooking Hay River. It is one of the few church buildings in Western Australia which have been built by a landowner on their own estate.  


 Dedicated to Saint Werburgh (English Abbess 7th century AD) the chapel was built from clay pug and completed in 1873.

I love old country churches. There is something about the feeling of peace and calm they spread over you. We enjoyed wandering through St Werburghs and around the church graveyard containing the graves of the Egerton-Warburton family as well as other local families. 

I would think that the very steeped pitched roof and the wide verandahs would have been built to help withstand the hot Australian conditions. The original shingles have now been replaced by an iron roof. The interior of the church is simply but beautifully decorated. There is a decoration of grape vines at the front, relating to grape growing of this region. I don't know if these are the original stain glass windows. The church has never had power and services, held once a month, are still lit by candlelight today. 

In 1836 George Edward Egerton-Warburton, a young Lieutenant of the 51st Regiment arrived in Albany. When he married, he sold his commission and settled in Albany for the schooling of his children and so they could attend Albany’s St John’s Church.  Gradually the family spent more time at their property at Saint Werburgh’s, particularly after the death of George’s wife Augusta in 1871.

In 1872 George received 550 Pounds from his eldest brother, the squire of Arley Hall and rector of Northwich in Cheshire, England, for the building of a Chapel at St Werburgh’s for the local settlers.  The walls we built by Samuel Swift using local timber and clay pug dug from a nearby hole. David Brown, a carpenter from Albany built the shingle roof and George did all the plastering himself.  Most of the interior woodwork was completed by Thomas Rogers using local Sheoak and Jarrah and the ironwork was made in the family forge.


 The simple wooden posts you see in the image above mark graves, mostly unnamed. Some of them have metal plates telling who lies there, like the one in the collage below for a 6 week old baby girl who died 24 May1886.

The building was completed in 1873 and was consecrated and dedicated to St Werburgh by Bishop Hale on 21 June 1874. Saint Werburgh was a female Saxon saint who died in 690. She was the daughter of Wulfere, King of Mercia and the third Abbess of Ely.



I love this little view of the desk through the doorway of the little side room. Wouldn't you just love to be sitting writing at this desk in this beautiful peaceful environment?

 There are 32 religious buildings dedicated to St Werburgh, 29 of which are in England, one in Zimbabwe, one in Ireland, and this one at Mt Barker in Western Australia.
Services are still celebrated at the church on the fourth Sunday of the month.  Weddings and Baptisms can also be arranged. 
St Werburgh’s Chapel can be seen on St Werburgh’s Road along a 30 kilometre heritage drive through the area.  Preservation and restoration work is an ongoing concern, so please leave a donation in the box provided.

Do you have a little country church that you like to visit?  Perhaps you would like to share in the comments.
Thank you for stopping by. I value your comments and look forward to hearing from you. Have a wonderful week.

I am linking up to Mosaic Monday, Travel Photos Monday, Our World Tuesday, Wednesday Around the World, Travel Photo Thursday, and What's It Wednesday.  Please click on the links to see fabulous contributions from around the world - virtual touring at its best!

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Peace in a country church, Mourambine 
Cathedral Avenue and Australind Cemetary

Sunday, 4 January 2015

And that's a wrap - 2014 and my 365 Project

And so 2014 is at an end. What a year it has been. When I started my 365 project back on 1 January 2014 I could not have imagined where the year would take me. It has been interesting to look back over my year in pictures. At times the project has been challenging and I didn't think I would be able to maintain taking at least one photo every day, but I have and it has been immensely enjoyable and very rewarding. During times when life has been a little tough, my camera has been my solace, and a welcome distraction. 

Very few of my images where planned in advance. The food shots, yes, but the rest was just life as it was during 2014. They are a snapshot of my life. Some days I just quickly took an image on my way home from work, but I guess even this tells something about those days. I am not sure if I can stop now the 365 is done. I am still taking photos, just in case I do a second 365!

In keeping with a fresh start for 2015 I have updated my blog to a brighter fresher look. Same layout just a new colour scheme. What do you think?

And no this pic wasn't taken on my way home from work! 


You can check our the other months of my Project 365 by clicking here - 365 Project 2014

And so here it is the last month of my Project 365 - 1-31 December - days 335-365.

Below is 1-16 December -
Magazines in our newsagent (Australian Traveller has just contacted me about using some of my wildflower images), garlic chive flower heads, quiche and muffin lunch at my desk, my flamenco group Sol-y-Sombra performing the Fire Dance at the end of year windup, our new 4WD, paper butterflies, arriving home to my sanctuary my home, cherries in a billy-can, gardenia in my garden, my grandsons in the hospital chapel (we had just gone to visit their Dad who had had a shoulder operation and they wanted to visit the chapel), flowering red gum, start of summer at Koombana Bay beach, Christmas baubles (I had just been to a special memorial service for people whose loved ones had passed away this past year and we were all given a hand made glass Christmas bauble), creating handprints at Lava Glass, ginger star biscuits, quick & easy savoury muffins.







 For 17-31 December - day 351 to 365 - we have -
home made plum jam gift for a friend, yellow summer flowers, inflatable Father Christmas on a shopping centre roof, smile in a coffee cup, Perth city skyline while driving over the bridge (no I wasn't driving), grandson #1 painting in a cardboard box, sunset sky, shady church pathway, Christmas table, new units on land where my parent's home used to be, My great-nephew's 2nd birthday cake, flowering Australian Christmas tree, post Christmas sales, grandson #2 having fun in the pool, New Year's eve sparklers.



Below is another look at that native Australian Christmas tree (Nuytsia floribunda), and a close up below..... it is a magnificent splash of yellow this time of year.




This last 4 months has been a difficult one for our family loosing two parents. As the sun set on 2014 and we prepared for the funeral of my dear mother-in-law who passed away peacefully on 26 December, I am grateful for the special joys of our children and grandchildren, and look forward to all that 2015 may bring.

As Gayle at Behind the Garden Gate in per blog post "Piecework Quilt" says, life is like a patchwork quilt with light and dark colours. As I look back over 2014 I know this to be true.  You can read Gayle's beautiful post by clicking here - Behind the Garden Gate-Piecework Quilt


Thank you for supporting me by visiting my blog during 2014. I sincerely thank you for taking the time to visit and to comment. I enjoy visiting your blogs, and always endeavor to visit you too, but sometimes life just gets in the way. 
I am planning a few life changes in 2015, and I look forward to sharing them with you. 
I wish you and yours health and happiness in 2015 and for you to fulfill your dreams.

Until then, thank you for stopping by. I value your comments and look forward to hearing from you. Do you make New Year resolutions? Perhaps you would like to share in the comments. Have a wonderful week.

my home made door wreath includes Australian native seed pods, nuts and leaves
I am linking up to Mosaic Monday, Our World Tuesday, Wednesday Around the World, Travel Photo Thursday, and What's It Wednesday.  Please click on the links to see fabulous contributions from around the world - virtual touring at its best!

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Sunday, 21 December 2014

A little bit of Christmas baking

It's nearly Christmas. Do you go all out and do a lot of Christmas baking? Or only a little?
In truth Christmas in the Australian summer is not the best time for baking, so I usually target a cooler day to cook.


Looking for a simple Christmas cookie recipe? Try these Ginger Stars.


You'll need:
2 cups self raising flour
2 teaspons ginger powder
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup sugar
4oz (110gms) butter of margarine
1 egg
4 dessertspoons golden syrup

Beat butter and sugar together well. Add egg, syrup and then dry ingredients. Roll out (not too thin) and cut into shapes with a star cutter.
Bake in moderate oven (190C) for about 15 minutes.


Need to make something quick and easy to take to a morning tea or supper get-together? Try these easy-peasy Cheese & Bacon Puffs.

You will need:
1/3 cup milk
1 egg, lighten beaten
2 cups grated cheese
4 bacon rashers, chopped
1 onion, finely chopped (or use spring onions or chives)
1 cup self-raising flour
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Combine milk and egg in a large bowl, mix well. Add cheese, bacon, onion, sifted flour and mustard. Mix until combined. 
Drop teaspoons of mixture onto baking paper covered oven trays.
Cooking in hot oven, 200C, for about 15 minutes or until golden.
Great served freshly baked and still warm.


And what about these delicious little mini Christmas puddings?

You will need:
800g Christmas cake (any cheap shop bought Christmas cake will do)
180g dark chocolate
1/4 cup brandy
white chocolate bits, and red and green glace cherries for decoration.

Crumble the cake and melt chocolate. Mix together with the brandy.
Roll the mixture into small balls (about golf ball size)
Melt a small amount of white chocolate and drizzle over the puddings.
Cut up the glace fruit to decorate (so they look like red berries and leaves)
Only garnish a few puddings at a time as the white chocolate sets very quickly. 
Refrigerate.


So there you go. Three simple recipes.  Enjoy!

Wishing you all the joy and good-will of the festive season. I hope it is spent with the love of your family around you. 

Do you have some simple Christmas baking recipes? Perhaps you would like to tell us about it in the comments. 



Thanks for stopping by. I value your comments and look forward to hearing from you. Have a wonderful week.

I am linking up to Mosaic Monday, Our World Tuesday, Wednesday Around the World,  and What's It Wednesday.  Please click on the links to see fabulous contributions from around the world - virtual touring at its best!

Mosaic Monday
Our World Tuesday
Wednesday Around the World at Communal Global
What's It Wednesday

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Christmas baking while it's baking hot in Australia 
Summer fruit sorbet 
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