Surf and Turf

Trip Start Mar 01, 2009
Trip End May 28, 2009

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Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Tuesday, April 7, 2009

I'm now staying at my friend Louise's house with her and her family; a husband, two boys, one girl, two kittens, a dog, a pony and 10 chickens!  We also have the occasional visit from Roos.

My last night in Africa was fun.  We went for dinner on the Waterfront which was really good, Calamari followed by Steak...washed down with a good bottle of wine.  I was keen to visit Mama Africa's on Long Street as it has a great vibe and good music.  We weren't disappointed. The band were mainly using Wooden Xylophones and drums, they were amazing.  I couldn't help myself and ended up joining in with the bongo drums.  I think I may have been squeezing them too tightly as I ended up with bruises on my thighs?!

On both flights I met really nice people, the flight from Jo'burg to Perth was 9.5 hours and the time went quite quickly. My fellow passenger Francois was from S. Africa and has emigrated to Perth. He was lucky enough to see all my photos and hear my travel did help the first hour or two pass pretty quickly and he was still speaking to me at the end of the flight! :-)

Arriving in Perth to find my luggage hadn't arrived wasn't the best of starts, but thankfully they have an efficient process to deal with it and I heard today that it should be couriered overnight and arrive tomorrow sometime.  I hope they find us as we are quite remote and rural. 

I got picked up from the airport and was whisked off to the Zoo, as the kids don't get to go to the city very often.  I was a little jet lagged....and got to see the African Savannah! (Lions, Giraffe, White Rhino, Meercats amongst others). That just about finished me off and I fell asleep under a tree and they collected me when they were ready. As I only had the clothes I was wearing we had to go shopping, I am now in possession of an array of sufie gear; Rip Curl, Roxy, Rusty and least I look like a local.  We stayed at an apartment at Scarborough Beach, which is really nice...although I spent quite a lot of time sleeping :-)

I'm staying in the Camper Trailer at Louises, which is quite cool!  They use it as a holiday home for one month of the year and take it up north. They have a lovely house in a 10 acre plot.  There is a great veggie plot and lots of fruit trees and a big paddock for the pony.  They are pretty self sufficient for their fruit and veg.  Yesterday we had a great picnic in central Perth at Northbridge (where I spent many a night in Rosie O'Grady's when I lived there doing my special rendition of an Irish jig!).  We had advocado from the garden and crab from the Fisho (found parked up in Petrol Stations).  I took Bella (9 years old) to Kings Park which overlooks the river and has great views of the city. Surprisingly I never made it there before when I lived in Perth.

Today has been a good day.  It's been really hot again (as it's autumn now).  Lou is retraining as a teacher, so I've been helping her with her assignment and presentation.  It's all about bullying.  Fact:  More primary school children in Oz die through suicide than by car accidents. Scary.

I've learnt the way to the beach which is about a 10 minute drive away.  It's white sand and crystal blue.  We've been twice once to walk the dog and then to go Boogie boarding.  I think that's more my style than surfing...just like being a big kid. Although my bikini wasn't designed for the surf as I discovered....I soon put my shorts and a rashie (sun shirt) back on! :-0

I'm meeting up with my neighbours in Busselton in a couple of days which will be cool, as they are visiting relatives and am borrowing a neighbours car to get there...people are so nice here and it's so laid back.
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ajgray on

Well you look like youve had an amazing time in SA, and made it to Perth without your luggage! Oh well at least you got to get some new gear. I was really keen to see some pics of Perth to see how it compared to the east coast. My freind David Baird and Jo Richardson live there but they are on the east coast at present. David did the wheelbarrow run from Perth to Sydney and now he is training to do another one from Alice Springs to Uluru. Youll have to ask your freinds if they know of him. good to hear from you Angie x

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