We live on the most beautiful coast – the west coast of Australia 40km south or Perth. The beaches are clean, unspoiled (once you get past all the shipyards and such just south of Perth), the water is warm, crystal clear and turquoise blue and the weather, for the most part, fine and warm.
Trouble is, we’re not the only ones to love this place – the ocean around here is full of potentially lethal creatures from great white sharks, hammerhead sharks, blue ringed octopus, cone shells, Portuguese man o’war jellyfish, sea snakes, stonefish – you name it, we have it and all of it will do you no good whatsoever if you come into close contact.
So we avoid close contact, and went to the aquarium instead, where some other buggers have to capture and look after all these deadly animals.
The Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA) is only small, but it does have a huuuuuge tank with one of those underwater glass tunnels that goes right around it. Its amazing – bloody great sharks, stingrays and turtles swimming right over your head. They even had a diver in the tank (yeah, I know) feeding the sharks pieces of fish (on the end of a big metal stick thing I might add – they’re not totally silly) – very cool
They had all the dangerous critters, including crocodiles (which aren’t found where we are – you have to go to the north of the state for those delightful animals) which were very cool. Mindful of the need to make the children go ‘ooooh’, they had a touch pool where you could pet some of the less lethal fish and little stingrays. The kids, needless to say, loved it and were busy harassing poor baby sharks and stingrays for ages until we pulled them away, dripping wet and freezing cold!
Then we went to have a decidedly average lunch and waddled off for a walk around the shops to stave off the post nosh slump. At least the coffees were good.
As we were leaving, I spotted the most wonderful spelling fail – hopefully you can see it and are as aghast as I was. This was a full shop window-sized poster advertising a ferry to Rottnest Island. Speechless.
Had a lovely day yesterday – Jay and Anja went down to see a friend so Pipes and I went to the beach for a swim.
It was a beautiful morning, very still and the sea was very clear and gorgeously warm. We splashed about for a while, avoiding the transparent teeny (but not stingy) jellyfish, then built some sand castles and tried to keep the waves at bay. The wind picked up, as it does here, around noon and we got some good waves to belly surf in before coming home.
I got sunburned, despite covering myself in cream – meh! my back is scarlet and very sore today. Bummer.
In the afternoon, I went to take photos of kitesurfers – had a really good shoot – (more on this in the next post) – all in all, a nice and productive day.
I think I wrote about this before.. The bore packed up working at the very end of last summer – suddenly the pump was only pumping air and the grass had a few weeks of cooking (from which is hasnt really recovered over the winter)
A few attempts at restarting the flow of water earlier in the year had no effect, but I finally got it working today.
You have to run water into the inspection valve in the pump body with a hose to refill the pump and, depending on the specific arrangement of valves and pipes, the bore shaft itself.
Then (advice from fellow photographer – Tristan – thanks!) run the pump in short bursts, refilling the pump and bore to allow the head of water to be drawn back up the bore and expelling the air. Eventually, after a good few bursts or water and pump runs, the water started gushing out of the pump inspection valve and the irrigation came on. yey!
Spent the next few hours digging up the pipework to try to work out where the pipes run in order to fix a couple of non working pop-ups. Not easy as this was all laid 15 years ago and is no buried 2 feet under tree roots and stuff. Have hard hands now – callouses and everything!
Was a good day though 🙂 back to work tomorrow – poo!