Heading for the wedding of Joe and Bronwyn in Freo via a stop in Thailand
  • Day24

    Arrival at LHR

    January 21, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ -1 °C

    We landed bang on time despite late departure. One of the most comfortable rides we’ve had. Maybe the Recaro seats but also a splendid aircraft A380-800. There was plenty of moonlight but no ‘blood’ moon visible from our side of the plane.
    LHR T2 was pretty quiet and we were out in less than an hour to meet our ride home.
    End of a memorable and varied trip. Zero degrees a little different from the 40 degrees we left in WA.
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  • Day22

    Last day in Perth

    January 19, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 36 °C

    Another hot day forecast and by 09.00 it was 36 degrees-phew. Brilliant sunny morning. We drove to Mass at St Simon Peter it was so hot.
    Charlie cooked another delicious breakfast which we had outside then some packing. We all then went up to Mindarie Keys for coffee, much busier than usual.
    12.30 our taxis arrived, Azizi brothers both came to ensure there was sufficient room, and we said farewell to Uncle Crispy. We had some lunch with Charlie & Sue at the airport as their flight to Adelaide was an hour after ours, though ours was indicating delay.
    We said our goodbyes and went to await our flight which was some 45 minutes late leaving. When we did the views of Perth and coast heading north, including Ocean Reef and Mindarie Keys were stunning in the late afternoon sun. We landed in Bangkok just after eleven local time.
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  • Day22

    WA birds mammals etc

    January 19, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 39 °C

    WA birds and mammals
    Fairy Wren
    Grey fantail
    Australian wood ducks
    Little wattlebird
    White tail black cockatoo
    Black back magpies
    Australian Ringneck Parrots ‘28’
    Western Rosella
    Grey flycatcher
    Whistling Kite
    Red tail Black Cockatoo
    White tail Black Cockatoo
    New Holland Honeyeaters
    Black Swan
    Glossy Ibis
    Australian Whit Ibis
    Australian Pelican
    Caspian tern
    Crested tern
    Bridal tern
    Wandering Albatross
    Yellow Albatross
    Short tail Shearwater
    Storm Petrel
    Willy Wagtail
    Singing Honeyeaters
    Pied Flycatchers
    Laughing Dove
    Australian Raven
    Orca incl young

    Kangaroos with Joey
    Dragon flies

    Orange & black

    Pink centaury
    Orange WA ‘Christmas Tree’
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  • Day22

    Deck step rail

    January 19, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 39 °C

    Bright and clear with forecast top in Perth of 39 degrees.
    C & I set to building the rail. However lack of suitable drill bits and rising temperatures curtailed activity. J & S took Crispy to have his hand dressed. A painted the poolside plants from inside.
    We spent the afternoon finishing off various bits and enjoying the a/c.
    Hope to eat out if it’s cool enough!
    It’s been an excellent trip all round.
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  • Day21

    Elizabeth Quay

    January 18, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    We rose reasonably early to take the car back to Perth.
    It was another beautiful sunny day and we were able to walk to the art gallery and enjoy a coffee and some art including some by artists who had begun life in the uk.
    From there we walked through some stores and on down to Elizabeth Quay. Here we found the Brewhouse and tried several local brews along with flatbread and delicious dips.
    We took Transperth back to Edgewater where we did a tour of a giant Bunnings to kit ourselves with parts for the garden step rail.
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  • Day20

    Return to Ocean Reef

    January 17, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Another fine start to a day. We had another good breakfast and packed and cleaned ready to leave for Perth by ten.
    Heading up the Albany Highway past the Sandalwood Factory through mainly agricultural landscape. We stopped for coffee at a lovely Black Cockatoo cafe in Kojonup with a great souvenir shop attached.
    We took a picnic lunch at Williams and returned just after four having completed some 1700 km.
    We later rustled up a pasta and sauce and unwound watching the sunset and tennis.
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  • Day19

    A Tour of Albany

    January 16, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    After another gourmet breakfast and visit to the recycling point we headed out on a tour of Albany. First we went to the Sandalwood Factory which processes WA Sandalwood, manufacturing cosmetics and sending quantities to pharmaceutical companies. We had a very interesting tour , purchased some products and stopped for coffee.
    Next we headed south and found a beautiful spot at Rushy Pt where we spotted birds from the beach.
    Next the Gap and Natural Bridge with beautiful views of the Southern Ocean and rock formations. The Blowholes were not blowing so we went on to the Whaling Station for a spot of lunch and view of the Plein air painting group. Lunch accompanied by blue tail lizard.
    Returning via Quarantine Point and the IGA we had to visit Emu Pt at the other end of Middleton Beach- a lovely spot.
    Cocktails were scuppered by the bar being closed on Wednesday so we resorted to g&t in our apartment before heading out to Hooked for the best f&c in WA. They were brilliant - a selection of hake from SE Atlantic and local Nannygai (red snapper) and Denmark Cobbler - all very excellent.
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  • Day18

    Orca watching

    January 15, 2019, Indian Ocean ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Up with the sun to drive 175km for a Whale watching trip from Bremer Bay. The boat is operated by a family and there were some 25 on board when we set out at 8am. Unfortunately it was quite rough with a swell producing a corkscrew motion that led to several passengers feeling the worse for wear. About an hour out we reached the canyon where the sea bed drops away to 1000m and almost immediately we caught site of a couple of Orca with Albatross and Shearwater flying round. The on board commentary was excellent and many of the Orca were known by name.
    Over several hours we saw three pods in all and a wandering Albatross, the largest flying bird. We followed one pod for some time, which had a nine month old called Stormy staying very close to its grandmother. Several came under the boat giving us up close views.
    The crew were really attentive throughout and served snacks and excellent lunch, topping off with beer or champagne.
    We got back around 17.30 and after dinner went out to see Field of Light, a light installation by Bruce Munroe, up by the Anzac museum.
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