Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

I still have a few Swiss posts to cover from our trip earlier this year but fancied a change of scene this week and realised I hadn’t written anything about our home in Western Australia for quite a while (see here and here).   The seasons had shifted when I got back from my unscheduled …

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Dardanup is the pretty settlement that leads you into the charming Ferguson Valley. With beautiful scenery, forests and also a part of Perth’s Geographe Wine Region this unspoilt area, south west of the city of Bunbury, has much to offer as we found out last week (see here). En route home we had a brief …

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Alas after being temperamental for the past few weeks my home computer decided to have a total nervous breakdown yesterday collapsing into repeated blue screens with “the kiss of death” then it packed up altogether. Hence I’m only able to use my iPad for the next few days whilst it is at the computer repair …

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Elizabeth Quay is a new development in the heart of Perth by the Swan River, built with the intention of bringing the Esplanade area to life. Although blessed with a gorgeous setting on the river and popular with recreational cyclists, walkers and joggers, the area round the river front has been in many respects an …

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With its plethora of wineries and rolling green pastures you might sometimes be forgiven for thinking you were in France when visiting the South Western tip of Western Australia. Of course, the tall Karri and Jarrah trees, not to mention the red soil, are a bit of a giveaway but in fact there is a …

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We have only a few days left with Mlle, our younger daughter, before she heads off back to London. On New Year’s Eve we had a lovely walk followed by morning tea at beautiful Kings Park.  I wrote a piece about this lovely area of bushland and park quite recently (see here) but that only …

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A slighted belated Christmas message but it should still be Christmas Day somewhere in the world! Wishing everyone a joyful festive season and very best wishes for 2016! Thanks to all the lovely people who visit Le Chic En Rose – I value all your comments and support and very much enjoy reading everyone else’s …

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Cape Naturaliste Road wends its way along the peninsula from the small township of Dunsborough out to the lighthouse at the end of the headland. We have always loved this pretty area in the South West Cape Region of WA. It has a more tranquil beauty than the equally beautiful wild and rugged coastline round …

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Last weekend saw Perth experience its coldest December day in over 5o years. The temperature briefly struggled to the dizzy heights of 19 degrees though for much of the day it was considerably cooler – not what we expect in sunny Perth during summertime! Since I had to hunt out my winter jumpers again for …

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We first arrived in Perth just over 25 years ago. It was the middle of spring – more like a very hot northern summer! Perth was a profusion of colours as flowers and trees began to bloom in the warmth of the spring sunshine. The gorgeous purple hues of the flowering Jacaranda trees especially caught …

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