December 2017 - January 2018
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  • Day24

    Time for me to go home

    January 10, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    This morning I take the hire car back to Hertz at the Perth Airport. In Albany a lady put a ding in our car but it isn't too bad. I didn't own up to it and it wasn't noticed so hopefully we won't get billed for repairs!!
    I get into Melbourne and when I ring Jimmy to get me, we deiced I will get the Sky Bus into Southern Cross station. I only have time for 1/2 a coffee before he, Lauren and Will meet me and then we go to a lovely pub nearby for a few drinks. We end up having tea there too. Then we train home to Maribyrnong.
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  • Day23

    Mum and Dad go home

    January 9, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    I take Mum and Dad to the plane this morning. The Melbourne cricket team are there going home too!
    Jac and George are at work today. Ruby and I go to the movies at Carousel and see the "The Greatest Showman on Earth" starring Hugh Jackman. It was a good modern musical.
    It's 36 degrees today but cool in the theatre. Millie stayed at home with one of her girlfriends.
    I cooked Spaghetti Bog for tea tonight. Ruby's portion was lots of chunky vegies in pasta sauce. She liked it as she doesn't like meat.
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  • Day22

    Cruisy day

    January 8, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    In the morning Jac, Ruby and I went to Spotlight. I bought a heap of craft stuff to post home.
    Mum and I went to Freo to post a box home and get a few places things from Target. Then we went to South Beach for an icecream.
    Dad, George and Millie went to another Big Bash - Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Renegades. Scorchers won.
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  • Day21

    Day with the girls

    January 7, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Lazy morning, Jac, Ruby and Millie and I walk around Fremantle markets. There is a Falls Festival going on at the footy ground right in Freo.
    We've heard a lot about Duck Duck Bruce. We go and have lunch there. Yummy, it is tasty healthy food.Read more

  • Day20

    Dive day off Rottnest Island

    January 6, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    I decide I want to dive off Rottnest Island so a few days ago I went to a dive shop and booked a charter.
    I am teamed up with Buddy Chrissie. We don't have a guide so we fumble our way around the dive sites together. She has better navigation instincts then me so we both survive OK. The dives were nice, very similar to diving at home really.
    There was another diver I talked to who is from Dover in Tassie. He is now a headmaster but was an ex Navy diver. Interesting bloke.
    Mum and Dad went up to Geraldton for night the night to drop off the camper trailer to cousin Anthony in readiness for their next driving adventure in March.
    Di and Smithy to plane tonight
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  • Day19

    Happy birthday to 2 girls

    January 5, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Today is Jacqui's birthday. Tonight we have her birthday tea at a South Fremantle pub they often go to.
    It is also Anne Marie's. I join Anne Marie at the movies and we watch Star Wars together. I understood it a bit more the second time around.Read more

  • Day18

    3 sisters day in Freo

    January 4, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Today Mick and girls leave to go home.
    That left the 3 sisters to walk around Freo shops and the Fremantle Gaol. Di reckons this is the first time the 3 sisters have hang out alone since we went to Night Moves nightclub in the 80's!! I think she's right.
    Up High Street you could see yellow lines painted randomly on buildings up the street. I googled it and found it is a temporary work of art... - "FREMANTLE has been transformed into the ultimate canvas by acclaimed street artist Felice Varini. The mind-bending artwork in the harbour town uses giant sheets of painted foil to distort the viewer’s perspective.
    Named Arcs d’Ellipses, it spans 800m of High Street and was custom-designed to cascade from the Round House to Town Hall. Taking a month to create, Varini had a small army of assistants, volunteers and specialised equipment.
    The 65-year-old has been creating optical illusions for three decades and is in WA for the Fremantle Festival."

    When we got back we had a swim at South Fremantle Beach.
    Dad cooked tea
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  • Day18

    Fremantle Prison

    January 4, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Fremantle Prison, sometimes referred to as Fremantle Gaol or Fremantle Jail, is a former Australian prison and World Heritage Site in Fremantle, Western Australia. The six-hectare (15-acre) site includes the prison cellblocks, gatehouse, perimeter walls, cottages, and tunnels.

    Initially known as the Convict Establishment (or just The Establishment), Fremantle Prison was constructed between 1851 and 1859, using convict labour. It was initially used for convicts transported from Britain, but was transferred to the colonial government in 1886 for use for locally-sentenced prisoners. Royal Commissions were held in 1898 and 1911, and instigated some reform to the prison system, but significant changes did not begin until the 1960s. The government department in charge of the prison underwent several reorganisations in the 1970s and 1980s, but the culture of Fremantle Prison was resistant to change. Growing prisoner discontent culminated in a 1988 riot with guards taken hostage, and a fire that caused $1.8 million worth of damage. The prison closed in 1991, replaced by the new maximum-security Casuarina Prison.
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  • Day17

    Joe heads off too.

    January 3, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Lay day, walk around Freo on my own. I'm feeling it's time for some alone time.
    Joe drives off int he morning to continue his great Aussie Adventure. He's heading to Esperance
    Tea at Samson Street, our Air b'nb. Di wants to cook tea so they do it here as only a few people have seen "my house" yet. She does a yummy job.Read more