Some parts of our trip have been very remote. One of our reasons for a trip like this was to spend time together, just us. It has helped us to appreciate each other’s ways and to embrace our differences (sometimes not voluntarily!). Being by ourselves is actually quite tricky to achieve in Sydney, but we have grown very fond of it on this trip.
On other days we have been very thankful to have time to meet new people. We have had an opportunity to develop new friendships and meet different people, who would never cross our paths in Sydney. Some of our most wonderful memories so far are shared with fellow travelers.
Almost four months in, as we drove into the outskirts of Perth, we were ready for a home stay with dear friends.
Some of the little things we loved included undercover walking to the bathroom, no set up or pack up, food cooked in an oven (and not always by us!), and watching a real TV. Then there was the really good stuff like not queueing for the washing machine and buying a coffee at a great coffee shop.
Barrandgirl’s kids, AB aged 3 & Jemmie aged 1, became brothers and sisters and the extra parents made everything much easier to achieve. Always on top of what’s happening in Perth, Barrandgirl steered us in the way of some great tourist & some great not so tourist places. But we also had the opportunity to just do some suburban living.
AB & The girls took a shopping trip via the Mad Men fashion exhibition, and ended up in the State Library of WA, where some of the best shopping was done. Previously loaned books are sold for about $1 there! Yippee! Together with our Vinnies finds and extended loans from the Stark Library, We have just about managed to stock up on enough reading for the rest of our trip.
Scitech – the WA Science museum was a hit for all. It wasn’t our first visit, but still held it’s audience, as we investigated all the exhibits and then watched the “High Voltage” show – all of which we figure covers science for this term…
We visited a Swanbourne School Church, a Perth Home church. We took in a movie at Freeo, even did a bit of school work and went to Heathcote park where we played on the most fantastic pirate ship. Axo1000 was heard to remark “This is the best engineered playground I’ve ever been to.” And technically, he has not been to the brilliant-brand-new Darling Quarter Playground in Sydney – engineered by his father!!
Another brilliant thing about boarding at Chateaux Barrandgirl was the trusted babysitting service. It was our first “just adults” dinner in 4 months. We had dinner at Steve’s in Nedlands and the kids spent the evening regaling long suffering Carms with stories of our trip. We were so appreciative.
A real highlight of our stay was a day of exploring Freeo with the aforementioned Proprietors of Stark Library. Our kids could not wait to hang out with their best friends in Perth, and we couldn’t wait to see our wonderful friends either. Nick selected a picnic park with sweeping views of Freemantle Port.
And next it was on to Freemantle prison.
We took the “Escapes” tour. Our guide, John, was a marvellous storyteller who had us hanging off every word.
We particularly enjoyed the stories of the famous WA artist whose works are all in the State Art Gallery except for the ones on his prison cell wall, and Moondyne Joe, the bushranger who escaped so many times that they eventually made him a free man.
Not only did we think it an excellent time to be in Perth this week, but so did HRH Liz II. While CHOGM disrupted the city (but let’s face it – a trip down Ryde Rd at 7:30 any morning would give you more grief!!) we queued for a glimpse of Her Majesty.
Ending on a royal high, we went for one last group shot of Team Perth. Our heartfelt thanks Mike & Rach, AB & Jemmie!