Thursday, 31 December 2009
Wednesday, 23 December 2009
Monday, 21 December 2009
Then I took a shortcut through this park. Do you see that dark spot on the tree just about in the middle of the picture? There were quite a few of those dotted here and there high in the trees, and I really don't know what they are.
Here's a closer look at one of them. It looks like some sort of waspsnest or at least something's nest.
A lot of wild birds come right up to the house looking for handouts. Here is a lorikeet family (mother father and baby) that came right up to the kitchen window and tapped and called out.
And this is a cockatoo, who was so tame he almost let me come right up to him, and even posed for this picture.
Friday, 18 December 2009
We stopped for a break at this beach with the most amazing soft white sand, and turquoise water. There were people windsurfing and kitesurfing, and the wind was so strong that we were sandblasted.When we arrived at the Pinnacles the tour guide told us to follow the directions on the blue posts so that we wouldn't get lost.
But halfway around I stopped to take a picture or two, and when I looked I couldn’t see another soul. I tried to follow the direction of this post, but couldn’t find another post and got completely lost.
Then these two emus appeared in front of me, and I hid behind a rock and took their picture, but to tell you the truth I was really scared they’d see me and decide I was an enemy, so I waited till they were out of sight and I went in the opposite direction. I did eventually find my way out, but I was absolutely terrified the emus would suddenly run out in front of me again. They looked much bigger than me.
Monday, 14 December 2009
Suddenly Santa went down on one knee, put his bell on the ground, and held his arms out.
And this little kid ran straight into his arms. Santa lifted him up above his head, and the kid was just laughing out loud. It was such a lovely thing to see.
Saturday, 12 December 2009
The island's name derives from a Dutch captain who mistook the quokka (that cute marsupial in the picture below) for a large rat, and so called it a rat's nest.
Friday, 11 December 2009
This is Swanbourne Beach. The secluded nudist area is apparently behind the rocks. I turned left and walked along Cottesloe Beach.
The only things I stripped off were my shoes and socks, and rolled my trousers up to my knees, and walked on the shoreline. But the first wave got my trousers truly soaked, and after that I gave up trying to keep them dry.
Rickshaw drivers waiting in the rain.
Foodstuffs in bulk.
Thursday, 10 December 2009
Because we landed an hour late I didn’t actually get to my hotel until 3.45 am, so I’m a bit tired today.
It’s lovely and warm here in Perth, and there’s a free city bus that stops right outside the hotel, so I took a ride in to mail a parcel for a friend, and found the post office without any problem. Then I had a wander around the shopping area, bought a pair of cotton crop trousers for only $13.90 – about £8.40 – a bargain.
Wireless internet is really slow here at the hotel, so I’ve decided write my posts offline and upload them when I get a chance, so the date in the heading may not match the date the blog was updated.
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
It all ended well, though, because the hotel concierge managed to rustle up a little sewing kit for me, so now my trousers aren't dragging along the floor any more.
PS (a few hours later) I found some needles and thread in a small shop in Bugis Street. I wasn't really looking any more, which is probably why I found them.
Sunday, 6 December 2009
I'll be travelling alone, except for a three week period over Christmas which I'll be spending with family.