Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

A few photos taken out and about on our local walks recently. We are able to go out today for the first time in a couple of weeks without wearing masks, a very welcome change. We are very thankful that the recent short sharp lockdown appears to have been effective and we are now back …

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A few photos from a recent walk in the Whitfords park by the sea (see my previous post here). I made it to the top of the exercise ladder this time, having somehow managed to avoid the entrance on our last visit. No dogs allowed so Monsieur and Winston le Schnoodle waited for me at …

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We are in the midst of a scorching heatwave here in Perth, probably the hottest Christmas we’ve had here for some years. We are so lucky though, in that we continue to live relatively normally here in Western Australia unlike so many parts of the world. Wishing everyone a “Merry Christmas” and hoping for brighter …

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Walking round one of our regular local haunts this week, Carine Glades Nature Reserve, we came across the beautiful horses from the local Riding for the Disabled scheme. Calm and placid, they were quietly enjoying some morning tea (in their case chomping away on the grass). They were completely unmoved by us or the presence …

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Courtesy of Monsieur this week – some photos he took on a beautifully clear, crisp winter’s morning walk with Winston Le Schnoodle from our local vantage point, “Top of the World”. If you look closely you can spot the kookaburra in the tree. It seemed appropriate to share them today on the midwinter solstice, our …

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With Covid 19 restrictions gradually being lifted here in Western Australia we are now free to travel widely within our home state (the interstate borders to the east remain closed for the time being though). We had a leisurely lunch today in the beautiful setting of Millbrook Winery in Jarrahdale for a belated birthday lunch …

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Some photos below taken a couple of weeks ago down at Hillarys Boat Harbour walking out along the breakwater. It was the first time we had been down to the sea for a while (even though it’s only a 5 minute drive away) as we opted to do voluntary self isolation whilst our daughter, Mlle, …

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Another discovery recently down in the south east corner of the Perth Metro Area was the Pioneer Village in Armadale. This suburb is not one that most people associate with tourist attractions but it is worth stopping by if you happen to be in the area. A replica of a gold mining village, Pioneer Village …

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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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