Le Chic En Rose

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I’ve been asked a few times by fellow bloggers recently about life “down under” in Perth, Western Australia. In between continuing my travel journals, I’d like to write a bit more about my family’s adopted home. I’ve reworked a guest post that I originally wrote for Nicole at Mein Leben In Graz to give you some insights to life in Perth Β and the South West part of Western Australia.

Perth, the state capital of Western Australia, is reputedly the “most isolated capital city on earth”. Situated on the western coast of the Australian continent, it is over 2000 km from the nearest capital city of Adelaide, South Australia. Western Australia, itself, covers a land area larger than that of Western Europe! Perth lies in the lower south west corner of the state and between here and the east of the continent lies a vast desert. Suffice to say if you want to go to the other Australian cities you need to fly! Β If you prefer you can take the slow route and do a road trip across the Nullabor Desert or take the Indian Pacific train (4 days, 3 nights on board!).

The city has built up around the beautiful Swan River, a wide and open expanse of water affording a natural harbour. The skyline is distinctive and dominated by office buildings mingled with a dwindling few of the old colonial ones.

City skyline Perth as viewed from across the Swan River

City skyline Perth as viewed from across the Swan River

From Barrack Street Jetty on the river front, you can take a cruise down to the port of Fremantle or up river to the Swan Valley to visit wineries and cafes. Talking of cafes, in recent years a vibrant cafe culture has grown up around Perth – with the sunny Mediterranean climate, eating al fresco is highly popular. Kings Park, a large area of natural bushland, lies just to the west of the city centre and you can enjoy wonderful views across the city from the Mount Eliza lookout. At present a new development called Elizabeth Quay is being built on the river front with plans for boardwalks and more cafes and restaurants to take advantage of the wonderful river views. On the south side of the river bank is another of our favourite haunts, the pretty riverside suburb of South Perth with the historical Windsor Hotel being a favourite place to seek refreshments after a trip to the nearby zoo.

 

With its Mediterranean-style climate and proximity to water, Perth is a paradise for water lovers or anyone just wanting to get out into the fresh air. Walking, cycling, swimming and any number of water sports including boating and surfing are enormously popular. Perth’s western suburbs stretch for miles along the coast by the Indian Ocean. Here you could be forgiven for thinking at times that you were in St Tropez!

 

The port city of Fremantle lies about 20 kms along the Swan river from the city centre. Obviously there are roads to get there not just boats! It’s interesting to know other people’s perceptions of Perth sometimes. We once met in the cathedral city of Wells in the West Country of UK, a young man who was a refugee from the Chernobyl disaster in the Ukraine. He was amazed to discover that people actually lived in Western Australia and that there was even a city there – he thought it was just sand, desert and kangaroos! Fremantle has a old world charm that you won’t find in the Perth city centre. It is a working port city, so you can find large container ships and quaysides juxtaposed with boardwalks, pleasure boats and a myriad of restaurants, many of which specialise in fish. Fremantle has also given its name to the famous “Fremantle Doctor”, the cooling breeze that comes in from the Indian Ocean on many days in the summer months, taking the edge off the summer heat and making life far more bearable!

 

Eating fish and chips down by the harbour is highly recommended.

Indian Ocean Fremantle

Indian Ocean Fremantle

Fremantle still retains many of its original colonial buildings including the iconic Esplanade Hotel down near the sea front. There is also more than a small flavour of southern France about some of the buildings. The port city is rich in maritime history and over the years has become a hub for artists, musicians and theatre groups so there are plenty of museums and art galleries to visit too. The weekend markets are also well worth a browse followed up by coffee or lunch.

 

East of the metropolitan area and upstream along the Swan River you reach the Perth Hills, which have a relaxed and more rural feel than the city itself. We especially like the Hills area in the winter when you can enjoy warming meals at the local pubs or restaurants in front of a blazing log fire (yes Perth does have distinct seasons and the winters are much cooler and wetter). Out in small towns such as Pickering Brook in less than an hour you can escape the city for a relaxing day out.

 

Or just a bit further north you can explore the countryside in the Upper Swan Valley or stop at one of the many wineries or restaurants. The town of Guildford is one of the most historic in Western Australia (important both in the modern history of European settlement but also as a site of aboriginal settlement) and there are several heritage walks you can do in the area. Lunch at the Rose and Crown Hotel is a very pleasant way to while away the time before or afterwards.

Rose and Crown Hotel Guildford Western Australia

Rose and Crown Hotel Guildford Western Australia

Clearly the beautiful Mediterranean climate is a major attraction of life in Perth. Whilst we enjoy the many hours of sunshine, we also love the winters here when wild storms blow in off the ocean and we can rug up indoors – it makes a refreshing change from the summer heat. I couldn’t leave out the Margaret River wine region in my Perth article as it is such a wonderful part of the world! Our favourite season to go there is during the winter months. Blessed with a favourable climate for wine production, this area has become known world wide for its delicious wines. With dairy farms too it also produces many cheeses and tasty chocolate. In the south west Cape area you will find national parks, caves, cafes, restaurants, wineries and many art and craft galleries. About 2 and a half hours drive from Perth it is the perfect destination for a long weekend getaway!

 

 

I hope you have enjoyed learning a little bit more about my adoptive home town of Perth! Obviously there is so much more to Perth than the brief overview I have given you here. There really is something for everyone to see and do here whatever age or background you come from. Perth is a walkers’ paradise – there are walking trails along the coast, round the River Swan, a heritage walk round the lovely old town of Guildford and numerous spots in the port city of Fremantle along the boardwalk or down by the sea. Therefore I’ll link this post with 2 of my favourite blog get-togethers, Restless Jo’s Monday Walks and Allane and Ting over at Monday Escapes! I’ll leave you with a defining photo of Perth – our beautiful daily sunsets over the Indian Ocean!

Sunset over the Indian Ocean Perth

Sunset Over The Indian Ocean Perth

Packing my Suitcase

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66 thoughts on “Our Adopted Home – Perth And South Western Australia

  1. Lovely overview…(Suzanne)

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    1. Thanks Suzanne hope it helps to convey an impression of life here in SW Western Australia! Hope you have an enjoyable weekend πŸ™‚

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      1. Rucha says:

        Thanks Rose for bringing the whole city in front of me… it feels nostalgic having left the city two years back. I agree with your point… that the city has something to offer to everyone.. all age groups. I am that rare species who preferred Perth to more flamboyant Melbourne and Sydney πŸ™‚
        Living in Perth is like walking in a life size painting.

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        1. Thanks Rucha and what a lovely analogy, “living in Perth is like walking in a life size painting” πŸ™‚ We lived in Melbourne for a while and whilst I loved it there, Perth has a special feel to it and I prefer not living in large cities anymore (I know is actually very big but it’s spread out over a wide area though still with a sizeable central area). Hope all is going well for you back in Mumbai with your little daughter and hope I’ve been able to bring some lovely memories of Perth back for you! πŸ™‚

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  2. I never realised how isolated Perth is! After reading your post I had to take a look at the map.
    Nevertheless you are blessed with nature, that’s for sure, because this place is stunning Rosemary! I really hope to visit it someday πŸ˜€

    Happy to have you on #MondayEscapes once again! πŸ˜€ have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. I know Allane – I don’t think it’s widely known exactly how isolated Perth is! I know it’s still a long way away but it is actually a fair bit nearer to Europe so it takes a few hours off the flying time than from eastern Australia and New Zealand! The scenery is stunning and this is only the small area in the south west part of the state – the north, which is much warmer and tropical in parts has some wonderful scenery, which we’ve yet to see. I really hope you can come and visit here someday too – am sure you’d love it! Happy to join along with #MondayEscapes again – I’ve been introduced to some more wonderful blogs and bloggers through the blog hop πŸ™‚ It’s a great idea to start the week for everyone! Have a great weekend too!

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      1. Funny, because this weekend I was watching documentaries about sharks, and one of them mentioned that year which many shark attacks happened in Australia, so I remembered you πŸ˜€ in a good way of course… besides, I love sharks, and one day I wanna dive with them there in Australia πŸ˜€

        I am happy you are enjoying the link up!!

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        1. Yes people do associate Australia with shark attacks!! Of course it is terrible when they happen but it is actually quite rare πŸ™‚ Would you dive in a cage if you dived with sharks? The thought would terrify me!! I heard on the radio today that a lady had passed away after being bitten by a snake at the weekend – that is quite shocking 😦 She was walking by a park near Fremantle (which I wrote about in my article). Saturday was a weird day – very hot for August it got to 27 degrees after being about 14 degrees max the previous weekend so I imagine the snake came out of hibernation as it was unseasonally hot. It’s gone cooler and wetter now and that day was really a one off aberration for the time of year. Apart from at zoos I have never seen a snake though you have to be vigilant if you’re walking in areas with long grass or parkland especially as the weather starts to warm up. Fortunately snakes are scared of humans and usually slither away if they sense footsteps. Anyway changing the subject to more pleasant topics yes I love the link ups it’s a great idea!! πŸ™‚

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          1. I don’t like the idea of diving in a cage, I rather dive freely. But if the case is a great white, then that’s the only way to dive with them unless you are a professional, or depending on the location.

            Ohh nooo how awful about the snake 😦
            It’s incredible how the weather interferes on the animal’s lives, more than we think.

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            1. Yes climate and environment are so important. Snakes do come out of hibernation in the spring when the weather warms up and if you go bush walking you do of course have to be aware. Usually they will only attack if interfered with eg if people are trying to remove them. As I said fingers crossed I’ve never seen one but you have to be sensible if you are in bushland (not that we usually are but we do take the dog walking in parks with native bushland so obviously we stick to paths and never pick up anything that looks like a stick – it could be a snake!). Last weekend was unseasonally warm especially on Saturday – it was quite balmy. Now much cooler again – in fact it’s pouring with rain at the moment and feels quite chilly again I have just put the heater on! I certainly don’t fancy the idea of diving in the vicinity of a great white shark you’d have to know what you were doing and hope it had had a huge meal beforehand so wasn’t feeling hungry!

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            2. Ohh you are right about the snakes, better to stick to your path and not pick up any sticks (I never though about this one). We Brazil we often see snakes crossing the roads, or if you are in a farm, they can be pretty dangerous.

              hahaha yes you are right, it’s better see a white shark after he had a seal for lunch πŸ˜€

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            3. Apparently it is possible to mistake a snake for a stick Allane if it is basking in the sun!! I can imagine you’d get quite a few snakes in Brazil with the warm climatic conditions especially out in the country areas. Crocodiles are like sharks – if they’ve had a big meal they won’t be interested in eating you but how would you know whether the crocodile was well fed or not? Best not to find out!!

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            4. hahaha you are right!!! How would we know? It’s definitely a risk πŸ˜€
              I have never seen a crocodile from near. We have them in Brazil too… I think in Brazil we have a lot of wild animals, the climate probably helps πŸ˜€

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            5. Yes crocs love hot humid climates – fortunately we don’t get them in Perth it’s a Mediterranean climate down here! πŸ™‚

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            6. hahaha that’s good, better only have the snakes πŸ˜€

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  3. restlessjo says:

    Looks like you’ve picked yourselves a very agreeable spot to settle in, Rosemay πŸ™‚ What brought about the move in the first place? A spirit of adventure or was it work related (or a bit of both πŸ™‚ ) Many thanks for the link.

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    1. It is certainly a lovely part of the world Jo πŸ™‚ Really a spirit of adventure – we wanted to see a bit more of the world and came for 6 months to see if we liked it. Had no jobs or anything lined up – rather crazy really looking back! Then work took us over east to Melbourne for 7 years and we came back to Perth (again for Monsieur’s work) nearly 14 years ago. The rest they say is history. We still have strong links to the Uk of course but Perth is “home”! Hope you have an enjoyable weekend and looking forward to reading this week’s instalment of “Monday Walks” πŸ™‚

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      1. restlessjo says:

        Thanks for that, Rosemay πŸ™‚ I’m currently multi tasking- preparing 6WS, watching Rafa in Montreal and trying to sort through a big bag of washing my son brought back last night. Happy weekend! πŸ™‚

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        1. I know the feeling Jo! I need to put my wet washing out and I’m still on the computer but am due to Skype my dad in 10 minutes! Hope you get everything done and get a chance to relax at some point! πŸ™‚

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  4. KerryCan says:

    This was so interesting and appealing! I haven’t been to Australia and am not likely to visit–it’s so far! But this area looks gorgeous and appealing–great travelogue!

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    1. Thanks Kerry am so glad you’ve found it interesting! There are so many beautiful parts of the world and it would be impossible to visit them all! It’s fun to be able to read other people’s accounts and see their photos via blogs. Australia is a long way from the USA, although I do have American friends living here who travel back every so often. Have never been to the States either but one hope to make it there! Perth is certainly a gorgeous part of the world and today we have a taste of spring but then it is due to rain again and go cooler by tomorrow evening. Hope you’re having a lovely weekend πŸ™‚

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  5. Heyjude says:

    A wonderful summary of your adoptive city. I have been privileged to visit Perth and Fremantle and even Margaret River so some of what you write about is very familiar and as you know my eldest son is now resident in Fremantle so I hope to spend more time over there in the coming year(s). We also stopped over in the town of York in a lovely old hotel.

    I noticed on the map that near to Guildford is a Hazelmere – which made me smile as I lived in Haslemere (Surrey) which is close to our Guildford. I wonder how come yours ended up with a Z. I’m intrigued by place names in the Commonwealth countries that have been named by settlers from the UK presumably. I shall have to have a look at the #MondayEscapes since you and Jo mention it.

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    1. Thanks for calling by Jude – I thought of you when I wrote this article as I know you’d said you’d be interested to read more about Perth and WA so am glad you liked it! It’s such a lovely part of the world but often you do need the excuse to visit a family member to come out here! I have been to Fremantle a couple of times recently and have some more things to write about there so stay tuned! Margaret River is a wonderful area and we’re going down to that part of the world for a few days in a couple of weeks time (just 3 nights but will be lovely to have a break). I’ve been to York WA but years ago and we though it was so funny that it had 1 main street and that was about it (my family live in Yorkshire so I was used to a very different York)!
      It is funny how names are used here but changed a bit too. You also find that in the pronunciation for example Derby in the north of the state is pronounce “Durby” but spelt “Derby” and the same if there is a local “derby” between 2 sporting teams. The Avon River is pronounced with short “a” sound like in “apple” rather than a longer “ay” sound and Albany in the south of the state is also a short “a” not “Orlbany” if that makes sense! You get used to it – after a while here now I can switch depending on where I am and who I’m talking to!
      #MondayEscapes is a great blog get together each week – you just link your post if you’re interested in joining along and I’m very pleased that Jo and her Monday Walks and Allane and Ting from Monday Escapes have linked up as now I can combine the 2! πŸ™‚

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  6. Perth is gorgeous through your lens and story. I have heard about Perth as it is a popular destination from Indonesia. Some of my friends were studying there. It feels like the city and nature blends in together!

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    1. Yes it’s a beautiful place Indah and the city and nature do blend together well – there are lots of parks and open spaces here and it’s a lovely setting with the River Swan and the Indian Ocean. Indonesia is closer to Perth than the eastern states so it’s a popular place to come and study and also very popular with West Australians who go up there for holidays. Am glad you like Perth through my eyes – there was a lot to say in a relatively short article so hopefully I’ve conveyed an impression of the lifestyle here! πŸ™‚

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  7. Sounds like a perfect place to live Rosemary and those ocean views definitely donut for me!! Having different and distinct seasons really appeals to me too – never been to Australia (yet) but Perth is now a must see!!

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    1. Thanks Joy it really is a lovely spot but I know it’s quite a long way to come to visit! The ocean is lovely – we aren’t too far away from there about 3 to 4 minutes by car so we go down there a lot especially for walks. It also means we get the benefits of the “Fremantle Doctor” the cooling sea breeze in the summer afternoons. It’s lovely any time of year (well it can get a bit too hot in January and February but everywhere is air conditioned) and there are some great little cafes (though not too many it’s still quite laid back along the coast). I certainly couldn’t cope in places with very little difference between the seasons and I don’t like humid weather either and Perth has a dry summer heat (we get most of our rainfall between May and September). Our younger daughter has been to Lisbon a couple of times now and says it does remind her of Perth (the buildings are a bit different obviously). I guess they are both on the western sides of continents and right by the sea so there must be climatic similarities. I really hope you can get out to Australia someday and if you do, you’ll have to come to Perth and the south west – I’m sure you’d love it and the plane ride is really not too terrible! Once you’re on the plane it is quite relaxing really (or that’s what I find anyway!). Hope you’ve had a good week and enjoy the weekend πŸ™‚

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      1. It definitely sounds very tempting Rosemary!! Lisbon is somewhere I’ve also never visited but we are planning to go as my husband visits frequently for work – I will have to tag along next time! Hope your weekend is a great one too.

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        1. Yes you’ll definitely have to tag along to Lisbon Joy – our daughter thinks it’s wonderful and my cousin has also been there and showed me some lovely photos of his visit. It has a lot to offer and has a really interesting history too. Mlle stayed out in the hills in a place called Sintra – it looked so pretty and has a castle and a royal palace there too. Plus she says the food is amazing! In fact we are hoping to go there ourselves next time we’re in Europe! Enjoy your weekend! πŸ™‚

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  8. Anabel Marsh says:

    Sounds wonderful! I did read up about Perth when we were considering our first (and so far only) visit to Australia, but dismissed it because, as you say, it’s a long way from everything else. We decided W Australia merited its own trip some day. Some day…….
    See what you mean about the French feel – and the Esplanade Hotel makes me think of New Orleans.

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    1. Thanks Anabel – that’s interesting about the Esplanade Hotel! I’ve never been to New Orleans but have seen plenty of photos and see what you mean πŸ™‚ I’ve always though there was a bit of a French feel in the south west part of WA (the French did sail past here back in the day and some of the names in the far SW are French eg Geographe Bay. The Margaret River region has wonderful wines produced from the proliferation of vines there too. I agree with you that W Australia merits its own trip especially if you were going to travel round the state. It’s a vast area and really you need to fly if you’re going up north for example though plenty of people prefer to drive! When we lived in Melbourne we were able to explore so much of the eastern and south eastern seaboard but from Perth you have to fly each time to get over to the east coast (though my daughter did do a road trip with her friends across the Nullabor one year – I was very stressed!!). Have a lovely weekend πŸ™‚

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      1. Anabel Marsh says:

        Yes, Margaret River would definitely be on the itinerary! Not sure I’d fancy the road trip (well, I definitely wouldn’t) but the train might be ok. I still think we’d just fly in though and not go anywhere in the east that time. When my husband retires………. I have so many plans that he will find out about πŸ˜‰

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        1. The Indian Pacific train goes all the way across the continent – that would be fun to do I think and definitely more enjoyable than driving in my book! If you ever come to Perth just hire a car and go round Perth and environs and then drive down to the South West and Margaret River for a few days. That would be a lovely trip πŸ™‚ Am sure your husband will love all the trips you have planned!

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  9. Looks like such an amazing city! I hope to visit it one day! I really enjoy reading your posts about Perth, as I always learn something new about it, as I did not know much about it before you started to write post about it (guest and there) πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks Hanne, Perth is certainly a lovely part of the world and it’s great that we can share info via the blogs about new places and parts of the world we don’t know much about! Am happy you enjoy reading about it – think you would love it if you can ever make it out here! Have a great weekend πŸ™‚

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  10. colibrist says:

    Wonderful! I understand why you decided to settle down there πŸ™‚ The pictures alone would have convinced me to visit, but… Mediterranean weather, that sounds even better! Thanks for a very interesting article! Happy travels πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks so much Laia! You’ll have to come by Perth on your next world trip! I don’t like humid climates but I love the Perth Mediterranean climate and the south west is one of my favourite parts of the world. Hope your travels are going well always enjoy reading about where you are! πŸ™‚

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      1. colibrist says:

        The trip is going fine, I’m in La Paz, Bolivia, visiting a friend and getting used to the altitude. I really hope I can go back to Australia one day, and visit the south western region πŸ™‚

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        1. That sounds wonderful Laia but hope you don’t get affected by the altitude too much! Look forward to seeing your posts from Bolivia πŸ˜€

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          1. colibrist says:

            I’m almost done with the posts of New Zealand, I’ll start with South America soon! Happy travels πŸ™‚

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            1. Your posts of New Zealand have been wonderful Laia so am looking forward to reading the South American ones too! Happy travels! πŸ™‚

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  11. Rachel ¦¦ A Nesting Nomad says:

    Lovely! I’ve always wanted to visit the Margaret River area. I visited Perth back in 2009 but only briefly, unfortunately. My husband and I hired a camper van and drove up the coast as far as Exmouth. It was one of our most favourite trips ever! You live in such a stunning part of the world. I’d love to come back for another visit. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You’re very welcome Rachel and thanks for visiting me here in the blogosphere! Although I’ve lived in Perth for many years (with a 7 year hiatus in Melbourne in the middle) I’ve never been up to Exmouth or really very far north – just as far as Lancelin! That would have been some drive up to Exmouth from Perth! You must have seen so many interesting things. The scenery is so varied here – north of Perth is very different especially in the far north west, which is tropical. South West WA, down in the Margaret River area is beautiful – it is quite temperate compared to the northern part of the state and is also a bit cooler than Perth in the summer and somewhat colder in the winter (but it’s only 2 to 3 hours drive away from here). The scenery is stunning and the coastline ruggedly beautiful. Plus the wineries, cafes, restaurants and craft shops are lovely. We are going down there for a mini break soon so I’ll be doing some more posts on the area in the next little while. I’ll head over your way and visit your blog too, thanks for visiting and hope you come back to Perth and WA for another trip someday! πŸ™‚

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  12. I understand why Australians take internal flights instead of driving :p Perth looks lovely and I love this sunset ! Sorry for the delay, but I had a friend over from Belgium and i spent some time with her, it was lovely πŸ™‚

    I also change the address of my blog, but nothing should change for my followers (I hope :-))

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    1. That’s lovely that you’ve had your friend over from Belgium for a visit Gin! Sounds like you’ve had a great time πŸ™‚ I have had a busy week too so have only just come back to the blog after a couple of days – there are quite a few things to balance at present! Yes it’s funny we do a lot of local driving here as Perth is very spread out and of course we drive up to the Perth Hills or down to the south west for trips but anywhere further and you accept that you have to fly. We have got used to it but I can see how isolated Perth is once I get on a plane and see the projected flight paths, which I follow on and off when we’re flying somewhere. The Perth sunsets are gorgeous πŸ™‚ As far as I know there hasn’t been any interruption with your blog – I can see you’ve changed your email address but don’t think that should make a difference. Will let you know if there are any issues!

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      1. Yes, I had a lot of fun ! It was nice to be able to speak with my friends, it’s not easy to make new ones here.

        I’m glad there is no problem with the blog, i’ll try to publish a new post soon and I will see if people can see it in their reader or not πŸ™‚ But I have a new jewellery fair at the end of the month, and i have to prioritize that πŸ™‚

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        1. I’m glad you had fun with your friends Gin πŸ™‚ Sorry though to hear that you are finding it a bit tough to make new ones in Leeds – I haven’t lived there for so long now so most of my UK friends are in London and the South East where I went to uni and worked. Hopefully the jewellery fair will go well at the end of the month πŸ™‚ I’ll let you know when we’re next planning on coming over so we can catch up then (we haven’t decided yet but are starting to have a think about when our next trip might be!). Hope you have an enjoyable weekend πŸ™‚

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          1. I have two jewellery fairs this weekend, so you can imagine how busy I’ve been. I’m going to Dewsbury and Thirsk ! I hope it will go well πŸ™‚

            I hope we will be able to meet if you come over ! πŸ™‚ It would be nice !

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            1. You sound to have been very busy Gin! Dewsbury and Thirsk are in opposite directions from Leeds so you’ll be doing a fair bit of travelling too! Hope it goes really well for you πŸ™‚ Yes definitely we’ll organise a catch up when I’m next over – you’re so close to where my family live it’s such a nice coincidence! I will let you know once we have some firm plans and in the meantime good luck with the jewellery fairs this weekend (hope it will be fine and people come out for the day!) πŸ™‚

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            2. Thank you πŸ™‚

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            3. I’ll check out the jewellery photos tomorrow Gin – have had a quick glance and they look lovely but it is very late here now and I need to go to bed! Good luck – I’ll be interested to hear how you go! πŸ˜ƒ

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            4. Don’t worry, I’m not in a hurry πŸ™‚

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            5. The designs look very pretty Gin so hope very much you get a lot of interest this weekend. I’ll have to try and pick my favourites now! πŸ™‚

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  13. Pati says:

    I WOULD LOVE LOVE TO VISIT AUSTRALIA ONE DAY πŸ™‚

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    1. It’s an amazing place Pati! My post only covers a very small part of it – the far south west. There are so many beautiful and varied parts of the country to see πŸ™‚

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  14. I went to school in Perth for a couple of years as a teen, when my family moved there with my Dad’s work. My brother and I adored it, and not a day goes by that I don’t wish I were living back there. It’s strange, even though I’ve spent most of my life in the UK, that time in Perth was such a huge part of my life and I loved it so much, that in many ways I feel more at home there than anywhere else. I go back every year to visit friends and my aunt & uncle, and every time I go I never want to leave. One day I’ll move back…I just need a visa first :/ which is unfortunately no easy feat with Mr Abbott in power.

    C x | Lux Life

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    1. Am so glad you love Perth, Catherine, and can relate to the places and photos in my post! I have lived in Perth a couple of times (we did go to Melbourne for 7 years in between) and I really love the life here. I do miss Europe for the history though but I love the laid back lifestyle here and the beautiful weather (though still with distinct seasons I do like the cooler months too here). Actually it’s cold and rainy today but we need the rain so it’s good in that respect and it will be spring before too long. We also travel back to the Uk each year to see our extended family including our younger daughter who is now in London – she wanted to go and see what it would be like living over there! Although I love my trips back to the UK and Europe, am very lucky to be able to call Perth “home”. I hope you can get your visa organised – I know that can be tricky to do so good luck with that! Thanks for calling by here and I’ll head over to your blog too! πŸ™‚

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  15. ledrakenoir says:

    Looks and sounds wonderful – excellent captures too… πŸ™‚

    You are right Australia is so huge – have only visited Melbourne (several times – business) and once Brisbane – – no doubt there are so many inspiring and worth visting places – but it takes so much time if you want to see it all – one day we’ll take half an year down under, it’s on the to do list… πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks Drake! Melbourne is lovely too in an entirely different way to Perth – we lived there for 7 years before moving back to Perth. It has an elegant European feel. I’ve only been to Brisbane once – not sure I’d cope with the humidity there in the summer but it’s great in the winter months and warmer than Perth at that time of year. There are so many other places to visit – Australia is huge though of course much of the interior is desert and not inhabitable. Half a year down under sounds a great plan to work towards πŸ™‚

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  16. Looks like a wonderful destination Rosemary! I have a few friends from there including fellow sailors and you make it look as beautiful as they have told me it is. I don’t know if I will be able to make my way over there when I am down Australia way this cyclone season, but if I can, I will give you a shout.

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    1. It certainly is a lovely place Lisa and a wonderful place for a sailor such as yourself! Yes definitely give me a shout if you find yourself heading this way – it’d be lovely to meet up! πŸ™‚

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      1. Will do. It would be so much fun!

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