Storm season

You know winter is coming to Perth when the rains arrive.

We have a remarkably livable climate here.

For most of the year it’s pretty much awesome – can be a bit too hot in the summer, and the lack of insulation and central heating can make winter a bit chilly, but for the most part – it’s peachy.

But did you know we get more rain in Perth than in London?

Most people in Perth wouldn’t know it either, because for 4 or 5 months, it hardly rains. But it catches up.  Oh boy does it.  And Winter is storm season. Read More

Coffee and Magic

So many years ago when I first came to Perth, I used to hang out on a local Flickr group and got to know a few people on there in person.  Some really nice folks too – for example, Dodgee Bruce (although he hangs out more on Facebook these days), Jeremy and Jacob.

I also met up with Charlene, who was, at the time, a 9-5 office worker, 4×4 explorer and weekend wedding photographer.   Read More

Easter in England 2015 – part 4

It’s getting towards the end of my trip now.  It was a gorgeous day forecast and none of us were sure what we wanted to do.  So I made an executive decision – we’d go on a magical mystery tour.

First stop, one of the old towns along the Kent and East Sussex coast – Rye Read More

Easter in England 2015 – part 3

We met up with the my sisters and their kids at Bedgebury Pinetum.  It’s a fair drive from my parents place and we got a bit lost (note to Bedgebury folks – the directions were a bit crap and the place isn’t really marked on my GPS).  Still – it’s getting lost through amazing countryside, so it was no big deal.

After a quick coffee, we booked up on this thing called Go Ape. Read More

Easter in England 2015 – part 2

We often go out for lunch to Sevenoaks when I’m over – a special treat in a really nice restaurant that is open all day – so early or late is no problem.  It’s not normally packed out, so we can usually just rock up and get a table without an issue.

This place specialises in pizza, which makes everyone happy 😉 Read More

Easter in England 2015 – part 1

It’s that time of year again – another trip to England to see my children.

I arrived in England early in the morning and Heathrow was packed.  As in 2 hour queue to get through passport control.

Luckily, I knew the epassport gate was on the left of the line, so I wiggled through to the unloved machines and was out within 15 minutes.

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Fremantle

My beautiful wife and I decided to go to Fremantle for a) coffee, b) so she could get a septum piercing and c) for lunch

It’s a great place and we go there a lot.  30 mins drive from our house, it’s a proper town (unlike the shopping mall town centres that blight Perth’s suburbs) with a strong focus on food and drink and places to sit and watch the world go by.

It’s also a quirky place fully quirky people.

Including one amazing character, Mr Horatio T Birdbath.
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