Warradarge, Western Australia.

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To move back here feels so surreal, and wonderful – it’s as if we never left. ¬†The house is just as charming as when we last lived here and the view… I doubt we will ever tire of these spectacular sunrise and sunsets.

Wuzza and his mates sleep in the driveway in front of the house, and at the right time of morning you can just catch a hint of a grey silhouette and the stunning soft pink and purples that fill the sky just before the sun cracks over the horizon.

We have a number of projects we’d like to jump into on the house, and when Mike returns from work (he’s working offsite on a mine up North) next week we’ll sit down together and come up with a plan and start to prioritise tasks. ¬†For the time being Wesley and I have been doing quite a bit of gardening and have also dug in a watering system for the yard (lucky for us it’s sand so made it really easy).

Wesley is hilariously obsessed with the pet sheep, from the moment he wakes till the moment he sleeps he points them out and asks in his own little way if we can go and see them. Once we are near he squeals and chases th wee lambs and is unstoppable until I scoop him up.

Wuzza is weary of my human baby, but he has come over to say hello a couple of times. He’s my first wooly baby and I have missed him dearly, not sure the same could be said in return… but I’ll be sure to offer him some bread to reestablish a bond of trust.

When we first arrived to the home late last Friday afternoon, there was a gorgeous bouquet of wildflowers, some free range eggs and wonderfully juicy oranges for us to enjoy from Tessa and Brian.  Such a welcome package for a couple of tired travellers!

Fremantle, Western Australia.

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Fremantle has some seriously stunning architecture.  Early this morning I popped onto a train and headed West to capture some of the details.  The breeze was perfect, it made the balmy weather feel like magic.

I also took some time to watch the film “The Danish Girl” which had me literally in tears every five minutes. ¬†It’s a beautiful film. ¬†It’s also terribly sad.

Have you seen it?  What were your thoughts?

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.

x

Holly

The Bump.

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Hey everyone, this is the belly today as we near 5 months. ¬†I took another photo last week with my pro camera, but I’m kind of actually very naked in it…

Tess has been moping and looks really sad most of the time.  However, tomorrow her adventure begins!  We will both be on our way to New Zealand for the holidays to spend some time with Mike and his awesome family.

Mike flew out yesterday morning – and whilst I’ll be travelling tomorrow I won’t actually arrive until Wednesday, due to the fact that I rushed and booked a flight without looking at the 24 hour stop over….haha in Brisbane.

The¬†silver lining:¬†I’ve never actually been to Queensland and am so stoked I get to spend a night and day in Brisbane in a swanky hotel near the river.

Do you have any special holiday traditions?  

I’d love to hear what you and your loved ones do each Christmas…

Sending you all love and cheer.

xo

Holly, Mike, Baby and Tess.

We are so pregnant.

We discovered we were pregnant whist we were camping in Stirling Range National Park back in September…

Naturally being in a quite remote location it was initially speculation and so we spent our last 4 days talking about the “what if’s” and pondering the future of what it could look like for us as a mum and dad. ¬†It was a really nice segue into learning we were about to start a new journey together.

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In all honesty РI was not ready!  Mike had mapped everything out in his mind and I was definitely in denial until we saw the actual results.

We laughed together when we discovered the news, and then I totally freaked in my mind and lay on the floor (half hyperventilating) for the first few minutes. ¬†The overwhelming voice in my head said loud and clear “Holly – life is not going to revolve around you anymore!”.

When the dust settled in my thoughts, I realised I was really happy and perhaps this was how I would finally phase myself into some form of adulthood.

This surprised me… I’d always been very unsure of how I felt about reproducing, and have been vocal about not being sure if I was really into it. ¬†Suddenly I felt very ok with starting a family with Mike. ¬†We had talked about it the past few years – but it always came down to (yes – lets try next year). ¬†Suddenly it was right now. ¬†Next year was always my buffer haha and lately Mike has been reminding me of my age (which I’ve also been in slight denial about). ¬†I’ll be nearly 32 when the baby is born. ¬†It feels like everything has fallen in to place right when it was meant to. ¬†Sometimes I sort of forget how old I am.

The news comes at a really great time for us, as we can also share with you the news that we are moving to New Zealand in early February.

I was granted my visa a few weeks after we learned we are due to be parents.  This comes after a year of planning and paperwork.  I actually cried I was so happy when we got the news.

We’ve just been to Eneabba and Coorow this past weekend to say our farewells. ¬†After our country tour we brought Tess back with us to the city. ¬†She’s back with us, finally! ¬†We will be getting her ready for her flight over in the next few weeks. ¬†She has literally fused herself into my side of the bed and has taken up any space that I unwillingly relinquish…like a cunning thief. ¬†It never ceases to amaze me how comfortable she makes herself.

I’m too soft. ¬†I’m just happy she’s cozy.

It has been bitter sweet – knowing our time in Australia is winding down…we’re both going to miss our friends here. ¬†We have met some incredible people, but there are some equally awesome people waiting for us in New Zealand and I’m truly looking forward to the adventure of starting our family and placing down some roots.

I was really hoping to show you a photo of our 4 month bump – but it will have to wait until Mike is back on his next swing in two weeks. ¬†I’ll try to set up a super tacky family portrait.

In the mean time here is a photo I took during a particularly rough bout of morning sickness…(which has thankfully only recently lifted).

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Of course – this blog will always feature the beauty of local flora and fauna, and I cannot wait to capture what treasures await us in New Zealand.

I hope I’ll see you here soon.

Love,

Holly, Mike & Tess

ps. ¬†I just want to acknowledge my amazing dad. ¬†He has sent me the biggest care package of junk food ever – and a hilarious doodle of what looks like I’m the size of a hippopotamus carrying a wee little baby in my belly. ¬†I laughed pretty hard when I saw the proportions. ¬†And then panicked a little ahah.