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The one about Eliza of Perth

In Charlotte we had the Hugh McManaway statue. It’s a life-sized golden statue that sits on a busy thoroughfare in a residential part of the city, and almost every weekend, you’d see the statue of Hugh (a sweet, gentle, mentally disabled Charlotte resident who directed traffic on the same street his statue is now in the 1960s and 70s – he’s now immortalized on Providence Road, forever directing traffic for motorists) all dressed up.

The original Hugh directing traffic in Charlotte in the 1970s (Via CharlotteEats.com)

The city tradition was to hang signs, balloons, ribbons, and the like on the statue of Hugh to commemorate weddings, birthdays, graduations, and other big celebrations. While the adornments only stayed up for a day or so, I loved driving by on Saturdays to see who was getting married, celebrating a birthday, etc.

Hugh, directing traffic and ringing in celebrations, now and forever in Charlotte, North Carolina (Via RoadsideAmerica.com)

When we moved to Perth, I was thrilled to find that our new city had something similar – meet Eliza:

Via RandomPerth.com

Here’s Eliza’s Google Street view (Via RandomPerth.com)

Eliza sits just off the shore in the Swan River, and like Hugh, she greets passersby on a busy road. And also like Hugh, locals love to dress her up, commemorating big and fun events – some say she’s Perth’s “best dressed“! Eliza is a representation and celebration of the historic Crawley bath houses that once lined the Swan River and Matlida Bay in the early 1900s. If you’re so inclined, you can read more about the history of the Crawley baths and the inspiration for Eliza, try this site.

Eliza celebrating Australia Day (Via RandomPerth.com)

Eliza in her yellow Tour de France jersey (Via ABC.net.au)

Eliza loves the Freo Dockers! (Via Facebook.com/pages/Eliza-the-Swan-River-Statue)

So why did I bring up Hugh, Eliza, and their shared affinity for dress up and celebrating? Well, my husband is about to celebrate his birthday (out of respect for the elderly, I won’t divulge his age) 😉 and fingers crossed, I can add a loving birthday message on Eliza before the big day on Saturday! From what I can tell, there is some kind of stone work or pathway over to the sculpture, so now I just have to fashioned a festive (and durable) sign (and work up the courage to walk out there!) But even if I don’t make it out to Eliza and she doesn’t wish Barr and happy birthday, perhaps this post and well wishes from friends and readers will suffice, reach him, and fill him with birthday love 🙂 I’m a big fan of an entire week (oftentimes an entire month) of birthday celebrating. Until next time…

Via Yelp.com

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The one about the short but sweet stateside visit

I’m sure y’all think I still live in the states given the number of times I’ve been back to visit, but unlike myself, this was Barr’s first trip back since we moved last September – crazy!! So this was a very long awaited, fun, and therapeutic visit “home”.

Our first leg had us laying over in Sydney for about 7 hours, but thankfully Barr’s excessive travel does have its perks and we got to enjoy the fab Qantas lounge at the airport, complete with a speedy spa treatment in house – oh la la! But first a snooze…

Qantas Lounge in Sydney - hands down the best layover I've ever had

Qantas Lounge in Sydney – hands down the best layover I’ve ever had. And check out the Sydney skyline in the distance

The impetus for this journey was our good friends, Billy and Alex’s, wedding celebrations in Louisville, Kentucky. Thankfully, this is also where Barr is from so we got to have some quality time with his parents as well 🙂 The wedding weekend was an absolute blast {understatement} and our time in the blue grass state went by all too quickly…

Deskins getting down

Deskins getting down – amazing couple, inside and out

The Louisville kids

The Louisville kids (and their significant others)

Smiles all around

Smiles all around

Great day :)

Great day 🙂

Celebrating big!!

Celebrating big!!

After our stop in Kentucky, we flew further east to the mountains of North Carolina to see my parents, grandparents, sister, and of course, DASH! We had the BEST time seeing our furry son, spending time with my side of the family, playing golf (a lot of golf), and playing tourist in Asheville.

Our little family

Our little family

This little buddy <3

This little buddy ❤

Dash and Raffles

Dash and his buddy Raffles

Long lost friends

Long lost friends – look at that high speed tail!

Mummy and me

Mummy and me

Mema, mom, and I on the Asheville Trolley Tour - always a tourist!

Mema, mom, and I on the Asheville Trolley Tour – always a tourist!

Happy 2nd birthday, Dash!

Happy 2nd birthday, Dash!

9 days visiting friends and family back in the USA was short, but oh so sweet. We had had a tough few days in Perth leading up to our trip so the visit was serendipitous timing. That being said, we were so happy to get back to Australia, just in time for the first day of spring – here’s to warmer temps and beach days in our future!! Happy weekend everyone 😀 Until next time…

Cotton Anniversary

On September 24, 2011, I married the love of my life (aka L.O.M.L), so that would make today our cotton anniversary – woo hoo, he put up with me for 2 whole years!! I can scarcely believe it. (If we’re really being specific here, though, he’s put up with me for 6 years longer than that, but who’s counting?) Please humor me with some of the snaps by Angela Stott Photography from our amazingly special, heartbreakingly lovely and breathtakingly blissful wedding day! Until next time…

Outside the church

Outside the church

Our sweet family

Our sweet family

The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains behind us

The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains behind us

The wonderful bridal party at our country estate. Err, I mean the Biltmore Estate :)

The wonderful bridal party at our country estate. Err, I mean the Biltmore Estate 🙂

Do you remember?

Do you remember?

One of my favorite shots

One of my favorite shots

The epitome of a celebration

The epitome of a celebration