Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

Another very busy week in Le Chic Household! However to boost spirits, after an earlier than usual winter when temperatures dropped down rapidly in May and June, we have the beginnings of spring already. There is a warm feel in the air, the birds are nesting and blossoms and spring flowers abound.

Spring Flowers In Perth

Spring Flowers In Perth

Last weekend Monsieur Le Chic and I did our usual walk around the block, which is a wonderful stress relief and one we could easily take for granted. We took Winston Le Schnoodle, (our very friendly and exuberant schnauzer/poodle cross), for a walk up over the Top Of The World. This is not an expedition across the Himalayas or Alps but a path that takes us through an area of natural unspoilt bushland only about 20 minutes from the centre of Perth. Since we live a few minutes drive from the Indian Ocean, we are basically at sea level and this happens to be the only big hill for several kilometres around, so you get wonderful views across to the ocean in the west, the city of Perth to the south and the Darling Hills to the east.

We are so privileged to live no more than 5 minutes walk away from this beautiful unspoilt natural bush. The park’s official name is Trigonometric Park. This has a mathematical meaning, which Monsieur Le Chic has tried to explain to me on a number of occasions and which has totally gone over my head (the very mention of the word trigonometry reminds me of my struggles with geometry at school)! What I can relate to however, is the importance of conserving this precious bushland and as a result, the flora and fauna that live there. The Urban Bush Council of WA promotes conservation work in such areas and there is a local group, the Friends of Trigonometric/Glenbar Park who assist in this work. They are volunteers who work with the local council, the City Of Joondalup, in order to clean up rubbish, control the weeds and replant in areas where vegetation has died. They encourage local families to bring their children along so there is an educational purpose too, which is important if these areas are to survive. This will be a great activity to do with our little granddaughter, La Petite, when she is a bit older.

Local conservation group Friends Of Trigonometric Park and Glenbar Park Perth WA

Local conservation group Friends Of Trigonometric Park and Glenbar Park Perth WA

I had to look up what a “quenda” is and found that it is commonly called the “southern brown bandicoot”. It is found mostly in southern Australia including the south west corner of WA. It is a marsupial and its conservation status whilst not actually threatened is listed as “conservation dependent”, hence the need to preserve these bushland areas, its natural habitat. Unfortunately in the haste to build new homes quickly and cheaply, especially in the outer areas of Perth, trees and vegetation are bulldozed to make way for new developments. Another threat comes from domestic pets which is why Winston Le Schnoodle is always kept on a firm leash whilst walking over The Top Of The World and our cat, La Duchesse, is kept indoors (so far so good – she is still a kitten)!

We have in our garden a couple of beautiful grass trees which must be over 100 years old. Nowadays they are usually removed when land is cleared for development and there is a thriving business in selling them for replanting. This all seems rather unnecessary if they were kept in situ in the first place. When our suburb was first developed around 40 years ago, they used to leave them exactly where they had always been!

Grass Tree In Our Front Garden Perth Western Australia

Grass Tree In Our Front Garden Perth Western Australia

On a final note I’ll leave you with a photo I took at the end of our walk just as the sun was setting over the Indian Ocean. This is another wonderful benefit we get from living in this part of the world on the western coast of Australia. We have some magnificent sunsets! Especially in the summer months watching the sun dip down over the horizon and finally disappear is a lovely way to end the day.

Sunset Over The Indian Ocean Perth

Sunset Over The Indian Ocean Perth

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11 thoughts on “Ode To (Almost) Spring – View From The Top Of The World

  1. richathomas says:

    Well played

    Richard 0411 603 644

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  2. restlessjo says:

    Can’t beat a little fresh air and exercise in beautiful surroundings. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve never seen a grass tree before. It’s rather splendid. And what a lovely mellow sunset!

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    1. Thanks Jo – yes I love walking for that reason ๐Ÿ™‚ I always feel so much better afterwards and it’s free too! Grass trees are wonderful and native to Australia – to “prune” them you are supposed to burn back the bark every few years or so but I haven’t done this as I don’t want to set the whole neighbourhood on fire! Yes we do get some beautiful sunsets – it’s so relaxing watching the sun go down ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. colibrist says:

    Must be great to have such nature nearby! The last picture, the sunset over the ocean, is wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thanks Laia yes it’s so beautiful and we have lots of opportunities to be outdoors with the lovely weather. Australia is a vast place with many attractions but only over here in the west are we fortunate enough to get the sun dipping down over the Ocean every night – it’s so special ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. colibrist says:

        Yes, sunsets over the sea/ ocean are very special ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m looking forward to reading more about Australia!

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        1. Thanks Laia ๐Ÿ™‚ I was originally just going to write about my overseas travel experiences but then realised that it might be interesting to also mix it up with articles about my adopted homeland of Australia too! So the blog is going to be a mix of things – thanks for your kind comments! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. megtraveling says:

    Great pictures and it looks like spring already!

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    1. Thanks Meg ๐Ÿ™‚ Being in the southern hemisphere we’re just coming into spring but I got a bit too carried away last week as it’s suddenly gone much cooler and wetter! Am glad you like the photos – thanks for visiting again ๐Ÿ™‚

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