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Bye June.....hi July
Leesa finally arrived though very late. Head winds were a lot for the plane to grapple with which was the contributor to its very late arrival. She is jetlagged and very excited to be here. (Me tooo!!!). Due to the shocking weather here, we are staying put in Perth tonight and heading off tomorrow down south. We have lots of things to see and do. Stay tuned for the update.
Up early, in fact too early. So excited that Leesa is arriving from Sydney and couldn't sleep. You wouldn't believe it....the plane is running an hour and half late due to 130kmp/h winds. Unbelievable weather here and not indusive to flying, camping, walking. Not sure if the plane will eventually land in Perth and will keep you updated. I am showered and ready to pick her up.. .....I think it's going to be a long day for me and even longer for poor Leesa, that's if she gets here.
Another week has past camping out under the stars at Cozy Corner just 30kms west of Albany on the beach. What a magnificent spot. Toilets, BBQ and views to die for. I have enjoyed just resting, reading, chatting, and looking for whales. I did see a large pod of dolphins swimming and feeding in the swells of the Cozy Corner beach. The tides were amazingly high at low tide which left the locals in total amazement because they stated they had never seen the beach so water covered ever. I have just been told the tides in Perth city has also been high leaving people stranded on Rottnest Island due to the lousy weather. Met some wonderful people camping in the same spot and hope to catch up with again. Had Barry the Bandicoot and Quinny the Quails come along most nights to taste the leftovers of my cooking. They were very tame and seemed to enjoy having a little company. It is my first time seeing Bandicoots in the wild.
I travelled 568kms yesterday. Stopped in at Bunbury for a cuppa with some people I met in Mannum on the Murray River in May. They have just returned from their 10 week trip and have found it difficult to settle back into domesticity. They would love to get back on the road and can see their future travelling. They have the same van as me and used their annex most of the time. I left mine at home and just use an awning if I need too. With winter upon us, I like to soak up as many sun rays as I can. I will use it when I head up north in a month's time. The weather down south has been a mixture and the raincoat has been very handy. It's been warmer for me down south than in Perth. After leaving Bunbury I headed to Perth back to my friend's Jen and Dave's place.
Well the time is nearing for me to collect the daughter from Perth Airport. Can't wait to see her. She flies in at 9am on Monday. Went shopping today to buy some food, washed some clothes, had a haircut and have nestled down for the night in front of the heater.
I have posted a photo of the most unique letterbox I have ever seen. I found it when I was driving to Albany not far from Cosy Corner.
NEWSFLASH......my cousin Paul and Jacqui gave birth to a healthy littel girl on Wednesday night. Everyone one is well and Sophie looks very cute from the picture I have seen of her. Welcome to our family Sophie, it's a pleasure to have you on board our family ship. Congrats Paul and Jacqui, I know you will make wonderful parents.
Congrats also to Danny whose daughter gave birth to triplets last week, 2 girls and 1 boy. Wishing you all the best also.
I don't have a lot of news to tell you so this will be very short.
Oh..........I have heard the Dragons beat Wests. Gosh they are the best!!! Commiserations to the Tigers supporters (YOU NEED IT)!
Oh and..............go the Maroons. Fantastic win for all my teams including Collingwood who thrashed the Swans.
I would like to take some time to say thank you for making a donation to the Lupus Foundation. Every donation makes a difference with research and to someone's life. You can purchase some items or learn more about Lupus by just logging onto www.lupusnsw.org.au. Thank you so much.
I am going to add another picture page for WA because it's getting very long. So don't forget to look at Pics of the Bunch - Western Australia Page 2.
Thanks to everyone who has made some contact with me while I am travelling. It's always so great to hear from you and it makes my trip even more enjoyable just knowing that you are there in spirit with me.
Car hasn't missed a beat in the 10,000kms I have travelled. Thank you Mule.
Sometimes this website really is annoying. You can spend a lot of time noting info and the whole thing doesn't update. Therefore you have to start all over again which has just happened again. Pain in the butt.
Lots of new pics have been posted on the website. No'2 165 to 169. Conspicuous beach was fantastic. I climbed to the top of the peak to the left of the pic. I am getting fitter everyday and enjoy making a walk a part of my every day. Walk to around to Circul Pool was beautiful breathing in the clean air and looking at the magnificent trees. The Giant Tingle Tree is/was the biggest tree I have ever seen. Massive which the pic doesn't really depict the enormity of it. Pic 169 looks like a Big Foot and has loads of nobbly character. Pics 170 and 171 show the camp spot Cosy Corner where I am currently camped. What a spot. It's 30kms from Albany. Has a toilet and brackish running water which I use for washing black clothes and dishes. I woke at 10am this morning. I am sheltered under the tree away from the wind.
Have visited Albany a little bit and will do the rest when Leesa arrives next Monday. Off to tea tonight with one of locals I met on the beach. She works in Disability and trains in Community Services work as well. She knows the lady where Matt and Leesa did their course last year up North. Small world as per usual. We met on the beach at Cosy Corner.
I will be heading back to Perth via Bunbury in the next couple of days to get ready to meet Leesa. I am catching up with friends along the way.
The BBQ the other night at Walpole was interesting. Met people who used to live in Camden. Met others who live at Chippington Norton and another group of people who were on motorcycles who were from NZ. They had their bikes shipped over to Tassie. Since leaving NZ 9 months ago, they have travelled 43,000 kms camping in tents and staying in cheap accomodation. They have 1 more year to go of their trip. They were saying there are not many bikes on the road. I think it's probably the time of year with the wind and rain and the freezing temperatures. There was a lady who obviously had a drinking problem which I noted before I sprung her stealing half of my wine because she had run out. She drank directly from my glass without my permission. I am oinking like I a pig now. Swine flu coming on???? Unbelievable and very rude. She definitely had a huge problem. The BBQ was magnificently cooked and meeting a new group of people was interesting to say the least.
Staying at Coalmine Caravan park in Walpole was spectacular. The sites and park were looked after A1. The bush surroundings and animals were just an extra added bonus with the beach just at the van doorstep. I am looking forward to returning their next week.
I am sitting in airconditioned comfort with a coffee whilst typing this. I have no internet service in Cosy Corner but can get phone service. I am going to head back to camp now.
I am hoping that you all had a great weekend and I will be thinking of you all at work on Monday while I fish.
I am spending my last night in Walpole tonight with the locals supplying and cooking a fish bbq with a little taste of vino. I will return in a couple of weeks time with my youngest. I have loved this place because of its diverse landscapes.
I have some more pics to post but have to shower up and don clean clothes. I want to smell better than dinner will. I caught a bream and herring today. The herring was the only keeper. Yesterday was filled with a mammoth amounts of steps exploring beaches, cliffs, the hugest tree in the world (so it's acclaimed) and rock pools. The photos don't do the scenery justice.
Tomorrow I am heading toward Albany. If I finish up at a respectable hour tonight I will put some pics up.
I would like to say to my two offsprings, congrats on completing your half yearly exams and doing the very best you can do. I am a very proud mum.
Walpole is the most amazing place I have visited. It's a little piece of everywhere in the world. Beaches, wildlife, mountainous ranges, tall trees, wildflowers, fish and pelicans, an abundance of birdlife, this place has it all. So much to see so I will stay another day at least. I am picking the cream of the crop for Leesa's short visit. The kookaburras laugh so loud that it was almost deafening. One greeted me as I walked out of the van this morning. I put my dirty dishes in a bucket outside the van tonight and I heard the bucket being tipped over and something licking my dish. It disappeared when I went out to investigate. I hope it didn't get food poisoning. Do wild animals like curried sausos??
There is 17 year 10 students camped here with their teachers. They are hiking,canoeing and learning to be self-sufficient with minimal new age appliances like stove, tv, mobiles, computers. All I can hear is loads of squeals and laughter and that's only from the teachers. Not!!!
The caravan park where I am staying would have to be one of the nicest most natural bushland settings I have experienced. It's immaculately kept while remaining bushlike. I could live here. In fact, I was offered some work today.
The rain hasn't held me back from bush walking. Some of the photos have been shot during rainy periods. I have walked beaches, lakes, and bush trails today. I think it will be an early night by WA standards. As I type this it's 10.40pm in Sydney.
I have heard the Dragons are kicking butt this season. Go St.George.
It's fantastic getting phone and internet service here. I get to hear from you and keep this website up-to-date.
Left Augusta this morning for the trip to Walpole via Pemberton. The terrain changed immediately from coastline to tall timbers. Both were beautiful in their own rite. Got extremely wet this morning packing up camp and found it exhilarating. Looked for whales once more before heading east of the south of the west. Confusing hey?.
I dislike it when people say to me "I have seen heaps of whales, they were out in the bay flapping and carrying on". I want to say to them "why didn't you come and tell me?".
Yesterday I did a bay walk thru the rocks, waves and ocean scrub. It was fantastic even when it poured. I saw a massive pod of dolphins playing in the surf. Magic and beautiful. Still no whales tho.
I am now at Walpole. It's the place of the tall timbers. Surrounded by lakes, the ocean and many tourist attractions and will keep me here for a few days. Everyone here is friendly and willing to have a conversation. This place is beautiful and my co driver will enjoy it when she arrives in 13 days. And who's counting????!!!!
The Caravan Park is in a bush setting. Beautiful, peaceful and close to all main attractions. And yes, it's still wet......but I don't care. I now have the ability and confidence to pack up a wet camp happily knowing it won't kill me.
I have fallen in love with this beautiful part of the south west corner of Western Australia. Everything here is picture perfect. The coastline is spectacular with its golden sands, limestone cliffs and peacock blue waters. Even though its winter and it rained all night, the morning was perfect. Sunlight beamed down most of the day enabling me to shed some outer layers. It was quite warm in the car and once I started walking. I visited the most southern westernly point of Australia today where Capt Matthew Flinders discovered this part of the coast hence its name Flinders Bay. Drove to Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and took some pics. Amazing, this point is where the Indian Ocean meets the Southern Ocean. Even with the abundance of both oceans I was unable to see whales today. Walked to Skippy Rock where I got another view of the Lighthouse, and the Old Waterwheel. The Karri trees are in abundance and overshadowing the sky. This part of WA is diverse and offers the coast, the forests, wineries, all water activities, caving and just chilling out. If you like crowds this place would be the best destination in the warmer months. Hamelin Bay has what is left of a once very long jetty. The Limestone hills even with its corrosion are beautiful. I have some photos using my phone coz at this point the batteries konked out on my camera. I am heading back there in two weeks and will get better pics. I could stay at this place forever. Drove out to Conto National Park for a quick look but I don't think anything could beat Hamelin Bay. It is my pic of the bunch of beaches I have visited so far in my 3 month travels.
I have spoken to nearly all my family today. Fantastic!!! Even my little William smiled when he heard my voice over the phone. Lucky me. I am supposed to be leaving here tomorrow and heading further east towards Walpole. I will wake in the morning and decide then. Meanwhile I will post some interim pics until I return in 2 weeks time.
I forgive Busselton for closing its Jetty. The poor thing is over 100 years old and need revitalising.
Left Perth today and headed down south. It was just too wet to leave yesterday. Drove constantly with the exception of stopping at Busselton. The famous jetty was closed all except for about 200m of it. Very disappointing not to be able to walk to the end of it. It will be closed for 18 months for repairs. Because of its age it needs fixing. Gosh I know that feeling. Winter is here and the nights down this way get down to below 3. One great positive to coming here is the locals saw whales this arvo. I will hopefully see some while I am here too. Booked in a van park at Augusta which is the southern most tip of Western Australia. There's wineries, boat cruises, caving, bush walks, swimming, fishing and many other touristy things to see and do. I am looking forward to going into the National Parks here tomorrow. I am keen on seeing the camping there. It may be somewhere different to camp when Leesa arrives. I think the new driving glasses/sunnies have helped and I don't feel as tired and susceptible to the sunlight as before.
Hope everyone is doing there best to keep warm, healthy and happy.
I am the soon-to-be proud owner of new arms for my glasses. I found a pair in England and they are in mail. Yeah, this problem can be now put behind me until they arrive.
Had a quiet day today.
Got the van ready for the next leg of the journey. Was going to head off tomorrow but plans maybe changed due to bruises and bumps from a massive fall I had today. Slipped on some water on the lino and over I went. Sore elbow, back of the head, knee, neck, toe and back. Good one me. The fall reminds me of that song "Slipped on a banana skin and went for a ride. Here comes the bride....."
Well I accidentally cut the power off today at the house then I stood on the little pussy cat. Then when I got home I set the house alarm off. Their security code is similar to a loved one's birthdate and that's what I put in. Silly me. I shouldn't be left to my own devices.
Caught the bus into Perth city today. It was such an easy way to get into the city and the least expensive. Perth put on a perfect day for sightseeing once again. I walked the whole of the city taking in many sights. See photos 134 to 147 regarding today's outing. The first thing I saw was the new Wheel of Perth which is on loan from the Sea World Gold Coast. Apparently is was brought over here to assist Sea World who are in a bit of financial bother.
The contrasting buildings which depict the old style building as opposed to the new architectural styles were interesting and pic 136 is a good indication of that. Get a look at pic no 137 - what am I supposed to say to that. Perth has its own Tudor style arcade called Tudor Court which was opened in 1937. This arcade is Perth's only open air arcade.
I walked around the quay of the Swan River and had a look at the various watercrafts. It is entirely different to Circular Quay in Sydney. Perth has its own dedicated bicycle road which runs parallel to the footpath and road. I have posted photos of the Perth Town Hall. This Town Hall was built by convicts in 1867 and opened in 1870. The clock tower was once Perth centrals highest landmark.
His Majesty's Theatre is still operating and shows the ballet and opera. The Old Fire Station was opened in 1901 and is Perth's original Fire Station. The Government Printing Offices are also spectacular in architectural design.
I went on two tours the first being The Swan Bells Bell Tower which was erected in 2000. The Tower houses the original bells of St. Martins in the Fields Cathedral. These bells were rung by various consumers while I was there. I was able to view the bells in motion through a glass window. This tall building is made out of copper to represent the mining industry. It is supposed to depict a swan and sailing ship sail. Unfortunately I couldn't get the swan or sail representation. The building stands tall and is a popular tourist attration.
I attended a guided tour of the Mint and got the history of Gold Mining in Australia and how gold is melted into ingots. What a magnificent building and interesting tour
It was hard for me to get out of bed this morning around 9am. I nearly had a day of rest but changed my mind and got out of bed. I had an enoyable day and am glad I got motivated. Not sure what tomorrow will bring. I could stay local or go down south.
My hosts have gone to work and I've got the day to myself. Hehehehe!!!! Wonder what mischief I can get into.
Guess what...............................................I had a go on a motor scooter. It was just a little go. I was really scared and took it very easy. Gosh it was exciting. I am going to continue learning. You don't need a motorcycle license to ride this one. I can just touch the ground with my feet. Not sure how I will go when I have to go around a bend. How scary.
How are you all going? I am enjoying the suburbs of Perth. Been out checking out the touristy spots the past few days. My hosts Jen and Dave from Out 'n About Tours have been fantastic. Jen just knows so much local knowledge it's hard to absorb all of it at times. And Dave is the comedy relief (some of the time). Isn't that right Dave? Once more their home hospitality has been unbelievable as well. I would recommend anyone coming to Perth to get in touch with them for any day tours or info you may need when visiting this wonderful city. If you think this is an ad for them......YOU ARE RIGHT. I would only recommend the best and I get to sleep at their place too.
The past few days I have visited Kalamunda and its markets, MacNuts at Baldivis (the bestest and freshest Macadamian nuts I have tasted), Raeburn Orchards at Roleystone where they sell Persimmon fruit. I had never tried a Persimmon before. Have you? I had never heard of this fruit before. It's pronounced Persi-mmon. It has its own unique flavour and is firm (not hard) to eat. You eat it like an apple though it doesn't have a core. It's a rich red in colour and makes it an attractive piece of fruit when on the tree or in the fruit bowl. See the pictures.
I have also seen the Perth skyline from a lookout.
Sightseeing has been enjoyable with the weather in my favour. Thanks Perth!!!
The next day being Sunday was a huge day. Got up early and went to a swap meet. Got myself a kettle with a handle and spout. I have been looking for one for a long time. You may say it should be an easy task to find one but it's not. We then headed over to collect a friend of Dave and Jen's who supplied a wonderful morning tea. Thanks John, the custard and almond scroll was to die for. We then headed to Fremantle. Us locals call it Freo. It has its own AFL footy team which is one of two Perth teams. The other is called West Coast Eagles. Not sure how they are going this season. They are as fanatical as those Melbournites. Rugby League is just a spec the map compared to AFL supporters. WA doesn't have a rugby league team. Their first educational class in rugby league begins this coming weekend when the Rabbitoh's and the Storm play here. I wonder what the turn out will be like. I may go if I am here.
Anyway back to the good stuff.....around Fremantle I visited The Art Museum which used to be the Women's Assylum until deinstitutionalised. Magnificent building as with most of the photos I have posted on this website. Saw the Freo Town Hall, Challenger TAFE, a couple of Churches with one used as a personal residence, Esplanade Hotel, visited the Fremantle Markets, viewed High Streets buildings, Maritime Museum and the Fremantle Boat Harbour where we had a seafood platter at the infamous Kailis Seafood restaurant near where Alan Bond moored his famous Australia 11 yacht giving Australia the 32nd America's Cup in 1983.
After a belly full of seafood we headed to Bathers Bay, walked thru the Whalers tunnel where the whales were dragged from the water to the slaughterhouse by the prisoners who were imprisoned above the tunnel in the Round House Prison. Check out the latest inmate pics.
There are two war memorials in Perth: One is the State War Memorial at Kings Park and the other is Freo War Memorial at Fremantle. Both are beautiful dedications to those who fought in the war with stunning views.
Off to Kings Park for a brief visit but managed to lay on the GREEEEEN grass, see what the others were doing on the other side of the wall (the pic will explain that), see a motorised tramcar, take a close up pic of a native Malley flower and a Boab Tree or three. Stop for a respectful look around the State War Memorial and Eternal flame. I am hoping to return back to Kings Park in a couple of weeks for a deeper and longer look around.
Headed off to Cottesloe Beach where the cold wind was blowing but still managed to have my favourite Rum n Raisin icecream. On the way home we went past this very exclusive suburb where Alan Bond used to live and I took this photo of Dalkeith park with its views and stately homes.
Forgot to tell you we visited the massive Fremantle Prison which ceased operation in 1991. Tours are being run from this site now. I may do it another time.
I am hoping to head off to Perth city tomorrow for a look around while Miss Australia goes to the panel beater for an assessment. If she is ok to tow, I will head off down through the south of the west coast. I want to have a good look around some of the places I may not have time too when Leesa arrives. I have friends to visit in Bunbury and Albany as well. So much to do and very little time.
Computer seems to be working fine now. The issue was a virus which cost a small fortune to fix.
Do you know how Macadamia Nuts are harvested? Firstly a round ground sheet is put around the base of the tree. Secondly the tree is shaken by hand and the nuts fall on the sheet. Simple and effective technique.
Thanks for the heads up on the State of Origin game schedule. No-one here knows what Rugby League is let alone knows when the next game is.
You lucky Sydney sods have a long weekend this weekend. Enjoy!!!!!!
PS Been one year since my neck and throat surgery. Time flies when you having you throat slit.
Just tried to update this website and lost the whole lot. Not happy!!!
Arrived in Perth the day before yesterday. It was a rather long drive and the weather just kept on changing with every kilometer I did.
The accomodation I have stayed in in the past two days was totally different to the farmstay the past 5 days. Before I travel any further with this Blurb I would like to say a huge thank you to my host at Moorine Rock for putting me up. It has been an interesting stay with many moments that will stay with me forever. Many thanks my friend. I look forward to our continued friendship and no doubt will see you again before I leave this vicinity.
I went from the farmstay to a dorm setting stay at the Seventh Day Adventist Van Park. Very interesting. No alcohol permitted which was fine by me. I watched the State of Origin with my Samoan friend alcohol free. It's amazing after some reflection, at how many different places I have watched the past four State of Origin matches. Life is great. We were both ecstatic that the Maroons won. It became an interesting game when the Blues woke up in the 2nd half. Game on. I had a few anxious moments. The best team won!!!
Haven't had a chance to sightsee around Perth yet. I have spent so much time and money getting lost and trying to fix some problems I have encountered over the past week or so. The computer is going to cost heaps to repair, the van lights a lot less and my eyesight a huge financial strain. I now need special tinted driving glasses and my reading glasses can't be repaired and therefore I need a new pair as well. As they say in the classics "All it takes is money". I don't think I can afford to come home now. Ha!
I was visiting Jaycar yesterday, getting my van lights repaired and a voice pops out of the blue and says "I know that voice. It's a voice I remember from Tamworth". Small world.....I met Dave and Jenny (who are from Perth) in Tamworth in January this year. Here we were in the same shop at the same time and at the opposite side of Australia. What are the chances. I accepted their invite to stay with them. So now I have my own bedroom in their home just outside of Perth. How lovely they are for inviting me to stay. I will be here for a few days and then I will be off down the south west of WA. I am waiting for my expensive repairs to be fixed and I will do some sightseeing and then head off.
Can someone please let me know when the next State of Origin is on. Hopefully I will find another interesting location to watch it.
On my way from Moorine Rock to Perth I came across the infamous Rabbit Proof Fence commemorative. I will post a photo of where it all began when I get my computer back. It was interesting.
People in Perth drive like maniacs and I have had trouble keeping up with the roundabouts, speed limits, traffic and people turing left/right. I am definitely out of dense surburbia practice. For those who only drive occasionally, I now have an understanding why they are lousy drivers. No offence meant to those lousy drivers out there.
Have a great weekend my friends and family and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
PS: It's been exactly one year since my neck and throat surgery. Times flies when you're having you throat cut.
I am heading to Perth today. i didn't head out yesterday due to the rain. The weather is a little driver friendly this morning with the fog clearing. I am endeavouring to stay in Perth a short time to have a look around and get the computer and glasses fixed. After that I am heading down to Busselton, Margaret River etc.
Not sure if I am going to be able to see the Maroons flog the Blues tonight but I will try and watch it. All I can say to that is GO THE MAROONS!!!!
For the 2nd of June - Many happy celebrations for your birthday my very dear friend Nett xxxxx
Happy first day of winter and June. The weather here is magnificent and no sign of rain. I am packing as we speak and heading into Perth to see some friends. Look forward to having a peek around Perth and keeping you update with the latest travel experiences.
Well what a time we have had with you visiting us, all that we can say Di is thank you so much. You are a great missy sitter and she is definitely missing you. Dave misses you too, he just loved your quick comebacks. You are a dear friend and I don't know what we would have done without you. Your lovely daughter is a true gem and I can see why you are so proud of her. Keep taking those photos they are great. Might see you in Gero in a couple of weeks, we will be there 7th, 8th & 9th. Keep in touch and let us know if you need anything.
Comment By : Jen on 29th Jul 2009