Sunday, April 24, 2016

Cottesloe Beach

This is an iconic beach in WA. Not only is it beautiful, but it is also very sharky. The government is planning a multi billion dollar upgrade to the beach which includes a very good shark net. Heaps of people in the water on this day though, enjoying a swim, splash or snorkel. 
The  beautiful building on the beach is the Indiana Teahouse, which used to be the Surf Club, 

Lifeguard lookout. 

Tara, Scott and Stuart

Tara and Scott.

Stuart and Scott, and that's Evan photobombing. 
Callum flexing. 

Another view  of the Tea house and the beach from the groyne. 


A view away from the beach along the coast line. 

Freemantle Fishing Harbour

After wandering through the market, we walked across to the Fishing Harbour, and had a look around. This is quite a historic part of Freemantle, and had lots of statutes commemorating the early fishing industry here. 

Caitlin and I with a bathing beauty. 

That's the Indian Ocean!

Bon Scott, lead singer of ACDC grew up in Freemantle and it was only appropriate that Scott should have a pic taken here with Lachie, Evan and Caitlin.

Freemantle markets

The Markets entrance. I remember this from my visit back in 2007. 

Queuing up for crepes!

So many dream catcher stalls!

Cronuts! Croissant +donuts. Filled with Nutella. Along with a good coffee, this treat was super yum!

Hat stall

Public art...

Callum got an Akubra, so he and Ray were not only sun safe, they were also very Aussie!

Close encounters

We went on a drive to a Yanchep National Park , just a ways out of town, and I was SO EXCITED to see a mob of kangaroos just chilling out and having a snack.

Here is a grass tree that grow unchecked in WA. In Melbourne, they cost around $300 at the nursery, and that is for just a small plant.

Weekend in Perth

Scott and I went on a whirlwind trip to Perth to celebrate Scott's dad's birthday. Ray turns 70 this year, and whilst he had already had 2 birthday gatherings, we were a surprise! 

We had a birthday luncheon at a restaurant at  Hilary's Boat Harbour. The weather was fine and warm, and as it was school holidays for Western Australia, there were families settling in for a day in the water. 

Lachie, Tara, callum and Fran at lunch. 

I think this is amazing! It's a solar\powered sunscreen dispenser. It doesn't get more Australian than that....

Scott's nephews and nieces: Lachlan....



...and Caitlin.

A view of the pier, looking back at the marina. How clear is that water?!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Seeing in the New Year

It was a hot New Year's Eve in Melbourne this year...... and we celebrated properly with sparklers, party poppers and Smores (done this year in the microwave due to the total fire ban).

Our New Year's Eve shopping trip to USA Foods is becoming a tradition. 

New taste experiences for NYE2015 were the Twinkies and Pringles Ranch flavour chips. 

Happy New Year, everyone! We wish you all blessings and goodness in 2016. 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Faux Fur

Ella was keen to have her desk chair recovered to better suit her room. It's an old IKEA chair that used to be red and black. Some time ago, I spray painted it white,and was quite happy with how it turned out..... but we couldn't reconcile the red upholstery in a mint, watermelon and blue decor!

The base upholstery is now White vinyl for the clean, ladylike look.....

 But at the moment, we're going with green/blue faux fur for that accidental kind of Monsters Inc look