Perth, Western Australia

Screen Shot 2016-01-22 at 7.25.27 PMThis common bronzewing startled me so badly that I yelled out when we first met one another today.  We shared a moment.  It let me photograph it for 10 minutes at about 2 feets distance.  Which was incredible…  The colours were truly that vivid.  I also think this may be the first time I’ve seen one. Screen Shot 2016-01-22 at 7.22.56 PMScreen Shot 2016-01-22 at 7.21.09 PMScreen Shot 2016-01-22 at 7.22.31 PMScreen Shot 2016-01-22 at 7.24.57 PMScreen Shot 2016-01-22 at 7.23.29 PMScreen Shot 2016-01-22 at 7.23.38 PMScreen Shot 2016-01-22 at 7.23.16 PMOne of Australia’s “most dangerous” creatures – the common magpie.  Mum/Pops bashed this centipede for a few moments before passing it to it’s loud, totally capable and incessant offspring.Screen Shot 2016-01-22 at 7.23.03 PMScreen Shot 2016-01-22 at 7.19.34 PMThere are still a few flowers popping out despite the season technically ending in early December. 

It’s dawning on me now that we will be moving overseas in less than two weeks.  Of course I’ve been packing and all that tedious stuff, but a part of me is not fully ready to say adieu to this charming city.  I’m currently finished work, and so have taken time each day to visit with friends and get out and about to enjoy the nice things this city has to offer.

I became acutely aware of my deep love for the city only in March of this year.  We’d just spent three weeks in Japan – 4 of those days in mega city – Tokyo.  Tokyo is an amazing city, however almost immediately it hit both Mike and I that it lacked nature.  Returning to Perth, I observed a city that was lush, green and divided by an enormous river teaming with wildlife.

Some of my favourite parts of the area have featured on this blog over the past couple of years…

Kings Park – Some of you may know is my favourite place here, and it is a treasure.  Even today as I strolled about, wildflowers and native birds were on display and gave me plenty of beautiful moments to photograph.  The vibe at this park is just chilled – and I will forever be grateful for the 6 months we were in walking distance to it’s beauty and charm.

Moonlight Cinemas – Due to the non rainy summers, you can almost certainly head to this awesome outdoor cinema whenever you fancy (there are several, however we’ve only been to the location at Kings Park).  It’s such a cool way to see a film.  Mike and I went about a week ago, brought blankets and hired some bean bags and enjoyed one of the latest releases “The Big Short”.  You can pack a picnic dinner, order junk food and beer and enjoy a great film all in the warmth of a summer evening under the stars.  It was here that Mike felt the baby (boy!) kick for the first time.

The clean beaches.  By god they are nice here.  Nothing will top the beaches in Greenhead, but for a cosmopolitan city – you really can’t go wrong at any of the sandy, sun drenched spots.

Fremantle – This was the original location for the township of Perth.  It’s architecture is very distinct, and the people here are much more relaxed than in the CBD.  We go out every couple of months and always say we could live here.  There is a great market, and plenty of dining options… And if ships take your fancy, there is also a maritime museum and shipping docks to explore.

Northbridge – Apparently this place used to be pretty scummy.  Now, it’s a great hub for the arts, foodie and entertainment crowd.  At the moment Fringe Festival is on and the whole community is getting amongst the quirky entertainment that can be found here.

The proximity of the city to the Perth Hills and Swan Valley.  If you love good wine, beer, cheese, chocolate and nature…consider this an area not to be missed.

There is plenty to see and experience in this sun soaked city, and I’ll be trying to squeeze in as much as I can these last few days.  If you do get the chance to travel West – it’s worth checking out.  Perth is absolutely a great place to start.



11 thoughts on “Perth, Western Australia

    • Hey Jolynn, you are totally correct. It’s indeed a native pigeon… There are a few varieties but this is the prettiest I’ve seen yet.

      We’re both stoked the baby’s healthy and now we know the little taps are coming from a little dude, which is cool knowing just a little about the person growing inside. I’ve not had alot of experience with boys, but I am excited to see who he ultimately becomes.

      What are your son’s names? Did you find it difficult to pick their names?


      • Well Holly,
        actually Tom’s mother suggested our oldest son’s name ( Cody) and I am from the area where Buffalo Bill Cody is buried so it seemed fitting… his middle name is also his father’s middle name ( Allen) so that was easy…. as for my little one…. I like easy to spell and say names… so with Cody we added Christopher from a friend of mines name. His middle name is ( Thomas) after my husband also…. I like to keep something from the family if I can and Thomas is a name in my husband’s family for 5 generations so that was also easy… but many people like new and unique names and I just hate that fact that no one can spell my name correctly ( unlike you) and no one knows how to pronounce it!!! usually It is slaughtered into Joleen… so my personal taste was away from being creative and just making life less stressful for my kids…

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        • Choosing a name that doesn’t bring ridicule or undue blunders…that’s the trickiest part. Reminds me of Johnny Cash’s “Boy Named Sue”. It’s such a great song. We’ve got some simple names picked out so far. Boy names were easier – and we’ve gone down the not so creative road. I legitimately tried to persuade Mike to join me in loving Huckleberry haha…. Huck, is an adorable name. Sadly, hes’ not down with it at all. haha…

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    • Hi Elaine,
      It should almost be renamed to rainbow pigeon. The colours are mind blowing. Yes, feeling pretty good…today – I impulsively napped for 2 hours. Literally stopped what I was doing, and woke up 2 hours later on the couch. Apart from having small sleeps – I’ve been really feeling great. I can still walk around (I wheeze and am short of breath) and have a few more months to go before it becomes a real struggle.
      Did you ever feel really puffed walking around? It’s actually hard work to walk uphill these days ahah… Apart from rambling on about how much I love Perth, I am so keen to explore New Zealand and finally have a forever home with Mike and Tess and especially the baby.

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  1. Have so enjoyed your sharing of Western Australia and I know time is running out … but before you leave W/A think about taking in Wave Rock.

    So delighted to know your bundle is a wee boy.
    Wishing you Health & Happiness always.
    Hugs xoxo

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    • Hey Verla,

      Thanks for popping in. I have heard excellent things about Wave Rock – and it’s definitely on the list. Mike and I will no doubt be back to see what we were unable to as a family one day… There is plenty left that we realise the surface has only just been scratched. Which is great it gives us plenty of reason to return as tourists/visitors.

      We need to see WA North of Geraldton as well.

      I’ve heard it’s magic up North and inland too. I had intended to take a month and travel to remote communities before I became pregnant, however that plan was put on hold. I still hope to get out there and meet with Aboriginal families (particularly those in small communities under the threat of closure).

      When you were here did you manage to travel North?


    • Morning Judy, If any of them are up – the should see the sunrise. It’s quite early (5am) but the colours and the colours are like cotton candy. It’s beautiful. I hope it’s been nice in Queensland for you.


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