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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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Sunday, 10 January 2010

Perth Zoo

On Friday 27Th November it was Andy's birthday so we decided to go somewhere special ~ Perth Zoo. It was a beautiful sunny day (again!!) and we set off for the station to catch the train to Perth. The zoo is on the other side of the Swan river which flows through Perth so we had to get the ferry over the river. It was a ten minute walk along to the zoo.
This is the Swan Bell Tower which I mentioned before, it stands on the north side of the river bank. The bells belonged to St Martin in the Fields church in London and were the bells which rung out when Captain Cook set sail on the voyage to discover Australia. They're one of the few remaining royal bells and the only royal bells to have ever left England. We donated them to Australia as a bicentennial gift in 1988. Personally I would have kept them and had replicas made, these bells were part of our history.

This is the ferry we caught , that's the Perth skyline on the opposite bank.

Just inside of the gates we saw this beautiful little bird, I think he's called a Honey bird, he had a bright yellow breast and very pale eyes.

This is an Australian raven, they were all over the place, looks like he fancied a day at the zoo too! One followed us around, cawing at us all the time! I think it's because Andy had cawed back at him and he took offence!

White ginger plants, I saw a lot of these in Hawaii.

The zoo was well landscaped with lovely foliage and waterfalls.

I love hibiscus flowers, they're so big and bold looking.

I liked the strange trunks on the trees too! The roots on the ground looked like big feet!

These are two Tasmanian devils, think they look to hot to get up to any devilment!

This was a VERY big crocodile! He was around 14ft long!

Even their pigeons are prettily coloured!

I knew there had to be Kangaroos around somewhere!

This is a recreation of the Australian bush, it must look spectacular on a large scale out in the wilds.

Look at those eyelashes! I think they must be to help keep the sand out of their eyes.

More of the bush.

I don't know what this bird was in the tree, Australia is full of birds.

This baby orang utan was up over a hundred feet, climbing to his perch where he could eat his branch!

Watched over by dad!

This parrot had had enough of visitors and just wanted to sleep.

A kookaburra, he was wild, flying around and landing on the big aviaries.

I took many more photos at the zoo but thought I'd just show you my favourites. It was a huge place and we didn't get round to seeing everything but saw most of it.
I hope you liked being transported out of this icy weather into the Australian summer. Maybe one day I'll go back and visit more of this wonderful country.


Kath said...

OH! you have realy warmed me up Jeannette and once again your pictures are a credit to you.I loved the hibiscus flower wow just beautiful.Don't think I would have dared go near the croc though LOL!!
What a fabulous time you must have had.I hope you are keeping warm at home and Andy is doing fine.Thankyou for taking time out to show us this lovely placee.I love it.Take Care God Bless Kath xx

madcobug said...

I loved all your photos Jeannette. Thanks for transporting us where you have been through your pictures. Helen

Sugar said...

your pics are absolutely beautiful, as always. felt like i was there!
happy belated birthday to andy!!!
have a nice week.

Julie said...

I do feel warmer. I love zoo's and always take a ton of photos. great shots.

Jan said...

As ever brilliant pictures how nice to get away from the cold and see some sun and colour ,and yes I loved the tree with its feet hee hee Jan xx

Aileen said...

Well! don't know how I missed you,and your travels, but know 'Starting Over' But then I'm not around so much.Great pictures, as always. Allan's Parents stayed in Australia and New Zealand a couple of years ago, and brought me a cute felt Koala Bear.

Jean said...

Hi Jeannette sorry I have not been commenting much but still think of you often ,can't even say I will have more time now we've retired as the days fly by ,but its lovely not to have stand in the cold playground or do the journeys in to school.Jan bought me a small mouse for my lap top which I am using more now ...Love and Hugs to you ...Jeanxxx

Jean said...

PS I really loved your Photos at the "Zoo"xx

Ally Lifewithally said...

Jeannette I enjoyed the Zoo and the pictures ~ I almost felt I was there with you :o) ~ Ally x

Jeanie said...

Dear Jeannette

At last I have caught up with you again! Fabulous photographs! The previous entries have wonderful photos too. I can't believe how white the sands are and how blue the sky is...!
Oh to toast once more in such sunshine. I so enjoyed the tour around the zoo. Thanks.
Take care.

Jeanie xx

Heather said...

I've been wanting to stop by for so long to see how you're doing. These pictures are amazing! They look like they could be in a magazine. I'm so thankful that you share your beautiful pictures with us because these are places I will probably never get to see in person. This way I get to be the fly on the wall to all these great locations. I hope you are doing well.

Shelly said...

SWEET! I love the pics. I know you had a wonderful time in Australia. I would love to visit there someday too. Missed visiting your blog. Love ya ((((Jeannette))))!!!!

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