A busy week, which has left little time for blogging as we enjoyed the last few days with our daughter, Mlle, before she flew off back to London. However we did pack a lot into her trip – certainly Perth has much to recommend it as a destination apart from visiting friends and family! Here is a montage of a few of the places we went to this week, some of which I will write up in more detail soon!
Hopman Cup at the Perth Arena – a mixed team tournament used by players from around the world as a lead up to the Australian Open in a couple of weeks time.
Caversham Wildlife Park – a privately run wildlife park that has plenty to interest adults and kids alike. The highlight was the wonderful farm show – afterwards you can pat the lambs or try your hand at milking the cows! Plus there are plenty of kangaroos, koalas and all manner of other creatures to meet.
Whiteman Park – adjoining Caversham Wildlife Park. A beautiful parkland area with picnic zones, a tram ride and paddling pool plus a cafe and kiosk.
Oakover Estate Swan Valley – a favourite winery in the Swan Valley to the east of Perth. Delicious food in a welcoming setting – casual vibe with outlook over vines and a lake including pedalos for adults and kids alike!
On Wednesday we were happily lunching at Oakover Estate in the Swan Valley to the north east of Perth with a stunning view out to the Perth Hills and Darling Scarp. We were unaware at that stage that a lightning strike in the state forest a hundred kilometres or so to the south had started a bushfire, which set off a horrible chain of events culminating in the almost total destruction of the small community of Yarloop. Sadly homes, businesses and historical buildings including an old timber mill were lost in the firestorm and many people and animals displaced. At the time of writing there are still emergency warnings in place – the fire front is massive and many roads have been closed and communities remain under threat. We are, in our coastal Perth suburb, thankfully, living in relative safety, but our thoughts and prayers are with the poor folks caught up in this terrifying act of nature and the firefighters fighting to contain and eventually subdue this dreadful fire.
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