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I'm a 62yr old AOL refugee, living on the south coast of England. I love travelling and sharing my photos. I live with Nina and Katinka, my two Maine Coon cats.


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Monday, 28 December 2009


I thought it was about time to add some more photos of Australia. One day we decided to catch the train down to Mandurah (pronounced Manderer). It's about sixty miles south of Perth and has a wonderful bay. It was another hot and sunny day so we set out early. It was a beautiful small town with flocks of wild cockatoos in the trees. It just seems so strange to see them wild rather than trapped in a cage. These weren't the sulphur crested cockatoos. In Mandurah they have flocks of Corella, Black and Galah cockatoos. The Corella is white with bright blue eye patches; the Galah is grey on it's back with a bright rosy pink breast. There were miles of walkways by the bay and we wandered almost down to the sea. First we walked across the under bridge walkway across the river where I took the next three shots.

In this jacaranda tree we saw this huge black cockatoo.

Walking on further we came across a tree with lots of Corellas and Galah cockatoos. They do have crests but only put them up if startled or mating.

Further down the bay we found flocks of silver gulls and some cormorants. The silver gulls are much smaller and less noisy than our sea gulls at home.

We saw this pretty brightly coloured crab on the rocks.

So did he!! Fortunately he didn't try to catch him. This is a Darter, I saw flocks of them in Borneo.

It must be nice messing about on boats in the Australian summer. Everything seems so laid back there, life is so much slower and relaxing!

That's all the photos I'll upload tonight. Blogger will never let me add more than just over twenty. I'll try to get back before the end of the year but if not I'll wish you all a very happy, healthy and peaceful new year.... stay warm!

Monday, 21 December 2009

Scarborough and Brighton Beach~ as you'd never recognise them!!

The first weekend we were in Australia we decided to catch a bus and visit Scarborough. As my UK readers will know we have a Scarborough in the north of England. This Scarborough was a bit more tropical than our one! We wandered for miles along the beach front and into the sand dunes. It was another beautiful day; I don't think they know what a bad weather day is in Australia! I won't add much text, I think the photos speak for themselves to show the natural beauty of the area. Some of the photos look a bit fuzzy in this browser, I'm going to look at them on Firefox and see if it's just the AOL browser, I remember they did this before to us!

The beach volleyball courts were always well used, we have one here in Brighton but I don't think it gets used much owing to the inclement weather!

Endless beaches!

The lifeguards tower, there are some sharks around!

People seemed to be so relaxed and happy, it's what sunshine does for you I think. There didn't seem to be much crime over here! Everybody's too busy enjoying the sun!

Next to Scarborough we found Brighton! The beaches here were stunning, unlike the ones here in Brighton UK! We have pebbles on our beach. I remember when I was young my mother used to take us to the beach, I still remember the pain of coming out of the water onto those pebbles!

The sand dunes were all protected, there were designated paths to walk on to protect the flora.

We're still on Brighton beach!

Take me back there somebody!!

Surfers making their way to the beach.

Andy on the beach, the 4x4 is a beach patrol car.

I may be able to add more tomorrow as they've changed my shift at work again for this week. Nobody asked me first but I'm down to work from Wednesday through to Sunday night. Being the Christmas holiday I wasn't too pleased and told them so this morning. New year resolution coming up.... don't let them dump on me! I would refuse to do it as my contract is only Monday to Friday but I'm thinking of doing a Panama Canal cruise next December and need extra money for it.
Take care, I hope the weather isn't too bad where you are. It's nice to look at beach photos and remind ourselves that one day winter will be over (hopefully!!).

Thursday, 17 December 2009

The Swan Valley

Hi everyone! Well, I actually had a day off today. When I went back to work on Monday I looked at my roster and saw they had actually booked me to work from Monday till Christmas day with no days off! I went in and asked my boss what was going on and did she really expect me to do twelve days in a row. We agreed I'd have a day off today~ my last one till Boxing Day! Oh well, I'll be able to save a bit more money for my next trip!
So, on to Australia. One of the days we booked up to do a tour of the Swan valley. We were picked up at our hotel by a lovely man called Ron who does these tours daily. He was a typical friendly Australian, outgoing and so proud to show us around his lovely country. There were only Andy and I and another couple on the tour that day. We set off early and drove up into bushland outside of Perth, it was another beautiful sunny day and we saw plenty of great scenery. that's our tour bus above.
Our first stop was at Caversham Wildlife Park where we were able to feed kangaroos and go into the koala enclosure and stroke these darling little creatures! Oh, they were so beautiful. I'd never seen a koala move before, only seen them clutching onto a tree but these guys were running around, coming down from their trees to see us and generally being cute!
This first photo is one of my favourites. It looks like he's posing doesn't it?!

I love this very polite kangaroo coughing in her paw!!!!

This was my header photo last entry, I love their faces with that big rubbery nose! They were so friendly, I could have spent all day there.

This one was doing his balancing act for us, they were real little show-offs! The keeper said they were lively that day as they'd just got there new supply of eucalyptus branches in.

They're making short work of the branches!

This is a wild kangaroo out in the bush.

There were beautiful flowers all around the park, these are native to the area.

I loved this one, I don't know what it's called~ can you see the bees in it?

Back in the kangaroo enclosure, Andy was getting mobbed by some hungry inmates who could see that he'd picked up some pellets to feed them with!

There was also a farm area where kids were enjoying feeding the lambs.

We then drove on to a place called Guilford, this was the pottery we visited there.

These are out of order, this is a fountain by the Bell Tower at Perth where we ended our day.

The skyline of Perth across the Swan River. Ron dropped us off there and we took a ferry across where he picked us up again.

This is the Bell Tower on the shore of the Swan River. It houses the bells of St Martin in the Fields. English readers will know that St Martins' church is in Trafalgar Square in London. I wasn't aware that they'd given their bells away! They were mentioned in the rhyme Oranges and Lemons.

After our day of travelling around Ron very kindly took us to his house for a barbeque, he has a lovely wife and the cutest friendliest little chihuahua dog you could wish to meet! Chihuahuas are normally snappy little dogs over here but I met another one in Australia who ran over to say hello to us and rolled on it's back to have a tummy rub before it would go back to it's owner! Ron's little one was gorgeous, I picked him up and he licked all over my face. We had a great barbeque then went through the house out onto the decking which looks over the Swan river, it was such a wonderful setting to live in. Just look at these views! The first was looking out to the river where Ron fishes at night, he'd caught two bream the previous night.

This was his swimming pool area, guess you need a pool with all the sunshine over there!

Looking back towards the house.

Going back in time to midday, this was a lemon tree at a vineyard we visited.

These were the vines, the purple tree in the centre is a jacaranda tree
Perth again, with the Ferris wheel on the Swan river.

I hope you liked the photos as much as I liked taking them! Australia is a wonderful country, I'd love to return some day. If not I'd just like some of their sunshine!! Lol!
On a different subject, my regular readers may remember me talking of Mohamed, my tour guide in Madagascar last October. I had a nice surprise this morning when I went online. Mohamed had emailed me to wish me a happy Christmas and a happy 2010! He's Muslim so doesn't celebrate Christmas himself so I thought it was really thoughtful of him to remember me. He asked if I remembered him; how could I forget someone who dragged me through the rainforests?! Lol! It was really hard to walk as I had a knee injury but Mohamed would always take my hand and help me up the hundreds of steps and slippery bits on our outings.
As I said earlier, I haven't got a day off from now until Boxing Day but I'll try to add more photos when I have time. They're already uploaded to Photobucket and only take a few seconds to upload onto here so I'll try to add more next week.
It's been snowing here today, I wish I was back in the heat of Australia, I miss it! Stay warm and have a good weekend.

My Creative Spirit award given to me by Gina

My Creative Spirit award given to me by Gina

Superior Scribbler award given to me by Jeannette

Superior Scribbler award given to me by Jeannette

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