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Massive rainbow over Lake Monger

Posted by Matt Hayden on Thursday, October 25, 2012,
A few weeks ago I was walking through Wembley. It was a pretty miserable day with grey skies and patchy light rain. When I crossed Harborne St I noticed a huge rainbow.

I headed towards Lake Monger so I could see it more clearly. It stretched right over the lake, just containing the Perth skyline. I couldn't get the whole arc in one shot, but managed to take some that show different sections of it. They don't do it justice but still give you an idea of just how big and spectacular it was.

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The dragonfly sculpture in Bayview Park, Mosman Park

Posted by Matt Hayden on Wednesday, October 24, 2012,
A few weeks ago I was wandering down towards the Swan River in Mosman Park when I came across a sculpture of a dragonfly. It was quite a striking creation in a picturesque setting.

From the plaque at its base I learned that it was comparatively new. Created by Ben Juniper, it was erected there in 2011.

But it seems that there's has been some controversy about it -- at least soon after it was placed there.

Some residents complained that Dragonfly, with an installed height of 5.7m and a wingspan...
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The Brass Monkey Hotel in Northbridge is ornate and distinctive

Posted by Matt Hayden on Tuesday, October 23, 2012,
When I was living Sydney, I was struck by the sheer number of charming old pubs and hotels, many of them quite small and lovingly maintained. If you wandered through inner city suburbs like Paddington and Newtown you'd be sure to stumble upon several of them. This is hardly surprising, of course. The city is older and bigger than Perth.

That said, there are some great local establishments that rival those in Sydney. There are just far fewer of them, and they tend to be bigger, as a rule. One ...
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Cambridge Forum Food Court has a great family atmosphere

Posted by Matt Hayden on Friday, October 19, 2012,
I've been dropping into the Cambridge International Food Court from time to time recently. And I've always been struck by how crowded it is -- even in the evenings. Most of the dining halls around the city are half empty most of the time, after all.

It's particularly good for families because there's a fenced area with a slide and other structures for the kids to play in. Also, there are several stalls that make some really good filling meals for little cost. You could easily feed a family of ...
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Lake Jualbup, formerly Shenton Park Lake

Posted by Matt Hayden on Monday, October 8, 2012,
There are several pleasant little lakes in the Perth suburbs. One of these is Lake Jualbup in Shenton Park.

I have fond memories of it from my childhood. Friends of the family lived just nearby, in Onslow Road. And we would wander down there sometimes. It doesn't seem to have changed much since then.

Its future does seem in doubt, however, due to hugely varying water levels. There is a local campaign to ensure that it is permanently full of water.

I do recall seeing tortoises there. And they ar...
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Good books about and set in Perth and Fremantle
Line of Sight
When War Came to Fremantle
The Devil's Garden
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