A bit of Western Australia
24.02.2011 - 01.03.2011 34 °C
Writing this from Perth airport as we experience our first flight delay of the trip. Pain of it is, we got up at 5.30am for a 3 hour drive to get here in time and we all know what a good mood everyone tends to be in at that time!
Still it gives me time to update you on the last weeks adventures.
We spent 24 hours in Perth and it would be ridiculous not to mention the heat. It was about 36 degrees in the city that day and we didn't cope very well......we spent quite a while in department stores just to take advantage of the air conditioning. However, we did have a treat in the form of a few hours with Sal, Helen and Summer. For those not in the know, the three of them live about 5 minutes from us at home but they come to Perth to visit Sal's sister. We escaped the heat in a beer garden on the river and quenched our throats with local brews while Summer ate ice cream that was all the colours of the rainbow.
The next day we picked up another toyota corolla to drive three hours south to Margaret River. It's a gorgeous spot and we were lucky enough to be the guests of great friends....from Brighton this time! Becky, Ben and little Eva played host, in a fabulous house that Becky had been given for the week in exchange for one of her gorgeous paintings. We were also with Becky's mum, Carol Ann and husband Geoff - and we each had a wing to ourselves! 5 bedrooms, spa baths, games rooms with pool table, large deck, big kitchen - now this is my idea of backpacking!!
The house was also surrounded by fabulous flora and fauna and Noush got to continue the Attenborough theme she has started. We had a new addition this time though - playing around the house in the evening.....
We spent our first afternoon drinking beer on the deck before heading to the beach for a late afternoon swim. Early morning or late afternoon is about the only time you can bear to be on the beach due to the heat - and the sea was amazing. Perfect for body surfing and playing like a big kid!
Our last 5 days have comprised of swimming, sunbathing, eating and drinking, playing games, dancing with Eva and most importantly hanging out with one of my oldest friends and his lovely family. We have also been to a cinema in a vineyard with a lovely deli bought picnic - very swanky.
We went to a petting zoo where I took a shine to Adam the Alpaca - although his mate Alf spat at Noush which was bloody rude. She was only trying to give him some carrots.
Noush and Ben have played a lot of pool. I made some meringues. It's been bliss and we were sad to say our goodbyes before bed last night.
And that's that. Next stop Sydney. Good luck with the show Becky Blair! Lots and lots of love and thanks XX