We can't believe we've got less than a week now in Perth and will be flying to Melbourne next Tuesday to start a new, scary, part of our travels. That means then, that this is probably our penultimate W.A. entry! With that said, we hope it's a good one :D
After our last entry we headed to the cinema and saw 'The Lovely Bones' which was a very good, if not slightly chilling, film. Our trip to the cinema really made our point about how long everything takes us to do here (we're blaming it on having to catch public transport/walk) as it took the best part of 4 hours out of our day!
Wednesday was an early start - something fast becoming foreign to us - as we had to meet Amy's grandma by the underground where we caught the train to Mandurah to see family. A very pregnant Cheree picked us up from the station and dropped us in town where we were treated to a very lovely lunch and had a stroll around the markets which tugged on lots of memories from Amy who had been there years before with her family on holiday. After a while we went back to Carole's where we had afternoon tea and caught up with them. Early evening the 5 of us went to the marina and had a yummy dinner before getting on a boat which took us all around the river (where the rich live!) which was lined with houses covered in christmas lights a la Summerhayes, but prettier on water. We got back to Perth late and had the most ridiculous trouble getting a taxi from Canning bridge, chilled through and tired we finally got to bed about 12:30! But were very happy to be back in such comfy beds at Amy's Grandma's house!
On thursday we went on a job hungting mission and signed up to 5ish agencies online and begun looking for appropriate jobs. Nothing to be found yet. Amy's mum and dad had recorded a show for us on video and sent it over so we had decided to treat ourselves to a ready made dinner. We sat down to tuck into this and watch the video about 8 o'clock and 10 or so minutes in, everything went dark. It was a power cut! We just sat in the dark for a second wondering what to do before we finally found some torches and finished our dinner. With no idea whether the power cut was just our house or the area we peeked outside and saw no other house lights on, so we guessed we weren't alone. We tried (yes, sillily) to find out more firstly online and then by phoning Ellen's home number. Of course, since the power was out we had no luck. Instead then we decided to go across the road and call in on the neighbours to ask if they knew anything. We were greeted by a lovely elderly couple who were so kind and gave us a stack of candles, matches and info, saying the lights should be back on within an hour. They said we could stay with them if we would like to, as it turned out they were originally from England and had children travelling abroad too, so we had quite a lot to talk about. We did this for a while but then all of our pleasant surprise the lights went back on. Still, we felt well and truly looked after and comforted to know that they were just acroos the road if we needed them. People can be so lovely sometimes!! You'll be pleased to hear we went back and enjoyed the video for the rest of the evening.
On Friday we went to the beach for a swim, but the waves weren't really in our favour again so we decided instead to just sunbathe - it's a hard life... Later that evening, Ellen and Gareth came over to have drinks. Chuey turned up a bit late but compensating with enough hot fudge sundaes for us all! It was a lovely evening with great company, but after Ellen and Gareth left, things got strange. Chuey showed us we could plug our mp3 players into the tv and excited by this (and probably drunk) we decided to dance to music... for 2 hours! It was lots of fun though and we'd like to think it burnt off the alcohol calories! Anyway, the photos up give you a taste of the strangeness.
Determined to do something on Saturday and see more of Perth, we got on the train and went to Joondalup. However, we only got as far as the shopping centre which was right outside the station. It was fun though as we got a few bargains. We spent the rest of the afternoon packing for our trip to Yallingup the next day!
Another early start on Sunday as we were up to finish the packing and tidy the house. After Ellen picked us up, we picked up Heather, called in on John and Janine (whose 'shack', they called it, we stayed in), we were out of Perth by about 11 and arrived at the camp site at 4ish. Surprised by the lack of shack-ness we arrived at, we got settled and unpacked. Ellen and Heather also bumped into a friend who was staying somewhere else on the site - small world! We then went for a walk on the beach and to the local pub to check out the menu for the next evening's dinner. We cooked dinner and watched St Trinian's AND made Smores, much to our delight as we'd wanted to try them for ages!
Monday was spent going round the Margaret River/Dunsborough area where we went around lots of factories/farms trying free samples of olive oil/chutney/jam/chocolate/fudge and sometimes actually buying things. We got back to the site about 2:30 and as the other 2 went for a nap we decided to go for a walk. Starting on the beach we ended up on the cape to cape trail which, 2 hours in, we really wanted to finish, but had to turn around. (Turns out after talking to Amy's dad that the walk is a 3-5 day one!!!) When we got back, they decided it was their turn to go for a walk so we started a film and when they got back we went out for dinner in Dunsborough. After we got back from this it was more movie-watching and smore eating, joined this time by Ellen and Heather's friend, Arnie. At 5am Ellen and Maryann got up to go for a wlak and try and spot some Kangaroos but were unsuccessful! After packing and a long drive we got home about 1.
Today we've spent sunbathing, getting supplies in, going for a walk and now James and Chuey are here to watch films so we're going to stop being anti-social and go!! Have a great rest of the day!
Lots of love,