Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

It has been unbelievably hot here in Perth for the past few days – in fact we are in the midst of an unprecedented heatwave (in terms of duration). The mercury has been hovering around 40 degrees centigrade (C) maximums and it’s been well over 20C overnight.

This is the second such heatwave this summer (the first was over Christmas when it got to about 43/44C on a couple of days). We are used to the occasional day hitting 40C in the summer months here but not for such extended periods of time. We do have air conditioning in the upstairs part of the house and also a pool so are fortunate in that respect. Still the heat has been relentless and enervating.

Monsieur has been walking Winston le Schnoodle first thing and I also managed to get a walk in early this morning. For the most part though we have been staying inside and trying to keep ourselves and the pets cool.

These photos were taken a couple of weeks ago down by the sea at Hillarys Boat Harbour when we came across a yacht race – the wind was up that morning and in fact it was rather cool. Very refreshing! I’ve posted about our local coastal strip on several occasions previously see here, here, here , here, here, here and here).

The ferry you can see in the photos was setting off for Rottnest Island . Known colloquially as Rotto, it’s just 19kms off the Perth coast and is a car-free protected nature reserve. Most people either hire bicyles or take their own over there on the ferry (or their own private boat if they have one)!

It’s particularly well known for the quokkas, an adorable little marsupial, which got its name from aΒ Nyungar word (a dialect of the local Noongar people), which was probablyΒ “gwaga”.

Rottnest Island though was named by Dutch mariners who sighted the marsupials back in the 2nd half of the 17th century and mistook them for giant rats (Rottnest Island being a translation of Rat’s Nest Island in Dutch).

The Noongar name for Rottnest is however Wadjemup, which means “place across the water where the spirits are”.

We are looking forward to the promised cool change and return of the sea breeze in the next couple of days!

Copyright Β© 2022 Rosemary Thomas Le Chic En Rose

18 thoughts on “Down by the sea – Yacht Race at Hillarys Boat Harbour

  1. prejila says:

    Wonderful photos

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    1. Thanks Prejila! πŸ™‚

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  2. restlessjo says:

    Too much heat! Too little heat! That’s our world. Funnily enough we were out by the river mouth this afternoon watching the junior yacht club practising their moves. It was quite breezy. Posted on Instagram. Wishing you a cooler spell. Dad ok?

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    1. Thanks Jo – the beginnings of a sea breeze here this afternoon. Have just thrown open the large sliding doors for the first time in a while. Still hot but definitely signs of a change thank goodness. There is something so lovely about watching yachts on the water – saw your Instagram posts it looked so nice down by the water. My dad is ok thanks – just fed up with rules and restrictions (they seem to vary all the time). Our planned border reopening (in WA) early next month has been pushed back indefinitely. However we have Omricon cases spreading here in spite of the strict border controls not many but increasing all the time. We won’t be going anywhere for quite some time! Hope you are having a lovely weekend πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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      1. restlessjo says:

        Watching Rafa right now and hoping Mick will feel a lot better when he gets up. James birthday today. All of 32πŸ˜πŸ’ŸπŸ’Ÿ

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        1. Yes of course you will be enjoying the tennis in Melbourne Jo! Oh dear hope Mick is ok? Many happy returns to James! My “baby” Mlle was 30 in December!

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          1. restlessjo says:

            Yes, Rafa on a roll again! Mick lots better today. Spoken to James and he’s excited about the house. Quietly hopeful!

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            1. That’s good to hear Jo! You’ll be delighted to see Rafa is in the final on Sunday!

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            2. restlessjo says:

              I was there at 4 o’ clock this morning, hon.

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            3. Looks to be a very exciting final Jo – am sure you’ll be glued to the TV!

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            4. restlessjo says:

              I’m completely shattered! Good thing he won πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ’•πŸ’•

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            5. Am not surprised Jo – I saw the highlights it must have been an emotionally exhausting match to watch all the way through! xx πŸ™‚

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  3. Beautiful images, but I am gasping with horror at your temperatures!

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    1. Thanks Anabel – the photos were taken on a far more temeprate day a couple of weeks ago. It is certaibly a concern – our 2nd major heatwave of the summer and a record breaking number of 40 degree days so far this summer here in Perth. Thankfully the sea breeze is starting to come back in this afternoon πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  4. Heyjude says:

    That kind of heat is exhausting! I would be staying indoors or sitting in the shade with a large G&T after a dip in the pool!

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    1. Sounds an excellent idea Jude ! Don’t normally drink G&T’s but maybe they would be more refreshing (usually have a glass of chilled white wine). Perhaps I should experiment? Yes the heat has been relentless even with a pool (too hot to go out there till the evenings) – we definitely feel drained as do the pets though we are keeping them as cool as possible. Plenty of water too!

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  5. RuthsArc says:

    That’s crazy hot temperatures. Stay cool πŸ™‚

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    1. Fortunately cooler this week Ruth but a warmer day tomorrow (mid 30s). Honestly after 40 C it won’t seem too bad πŸ™‚

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