New friends and old friends in Perth.

Trip Start Aug 09, 2010
Trip End Feb 01, 2012

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Friends, friends and a few sights

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Monday, November 7, 2011

 Hello world!

It has been a while since our last blog entry and the reason is because we ended up staying in Perth for a month! It is the longest we have stayed anywhere in these past 16 months and the main reason being was our very good friends that reside in this part of the world.

As we have been here so long I will try to write this entry in some sort of chronological order.

The first week here was very strange. Mainly because it was the first time in 17 months Kaz and I had been away from each other. It is amazing how well we have got on considering we have been in each others pockets day in, day out for that amount of time. I was counting down the days for when she would arrive from China. Secondly, it felt even more weirder being in a " western" style country again. Everything seemed too organised, clean and ordered. How come there are so many Caucasion's about and where are all the Asian's? It took a while getting used to and I am not sure I even have gotten used to it. I think a part of me will always yearn for the hecticness of Asia. 






We have stayed with Dylan & Driana for the past month. They are two very good friends of ours that used to live in London. They have made us feel so at home that we felt like house mates as opposed to guests. My favourite moments from the past month have been when Dyl, Dri, Kaz & I have cooked up huge feasts that have taken most of the day to prepare. The kitchen was a hive of activity and when finally everything was ready we would sit in the garden and devour our concoctions. Dylan & Driana are foodies too so we were staying with kindred spirits! One other member of the household that in reality was the star of the show was Dylan & Driana's dog: Puku. I don't think I have ever come across a dog with such personality. From the moment we arrived she has entertained, loved and fussed over us. It has been a pleasure getting to know her.

We also have some very old friends here too! When I say old I mean old. I have known Wendy, Steve, Kerry, Kimberly and another Steve since around the age of 2! Some of the above have been here for over 20 years and some for just over 1 year. On one of our weekend's Kerry invited us to her lovely home on the canals. We had a fantastic time eating (again!) feasts with Wendy (Kerry's Mom), Steve (Kerry's Dad), Kimberly (Kerry's Sister) and Dave (Kerry's brother in law). The food was fantastic, served with copious amounts of booze but the real pleasure was getting to know Chris, Kerry's husband and their 3 beautiful, talented amazing kids. Jaidan, Brooklyn and Bella. It was a great weekend. Another 2 old friends moved to Perth last year. Steve & Lo also came down for a huge feast at Kerry's and it was like a Brummie reunion except this time there were loads of kids around and the weather was slightly warmer. It was great to see Steve & Lo looking so happy after their first year here. I knew they made the right move by emigrating here by the look on their faces the moment I first saw them. The food and friends theme does not end there. Wendy & Steve, Kim & Dave also invited us around to their place for another huge feast! It was another brilliant day ending in Dave's bar in their house playing pool, and knocking back shots. 



As I write this I am amazed at the amount of people we know here. We also caught up with Erin and Ali (Dylan's sister and brother in law) and their beautiful daughters Scarlet & Summer. We spent a hot afternoon cooling off in their pool. Thanks guys! Plus we had a few pints with Adam an American lad we met way back in China last November as he was about to jump off a bridge. It's a long story, go back in this blog to Yangshuo! He is still on the road like us and it was a great night of swapping travelers tales.

So basically whilst we have been in Perth we have done things that we have not done in the past 16 months. Cook, catch up with friends, cook and drink! My god we have drunk. Before I pass over to Karen I would just like to thank:

Kerry, Chris, Jaidan, Brooklyn and Bella for a brilliant weekend.

Wendy, Steve, Kimberly and Dave for a great afternoon.

Dylan & Driana for the most amazing hospitality anyone can receive. We love you from the bottom of our hearts.

And finally Puku for being the most amazing dog in the world.

Hi there

While the highlight of our stay in Perth was definitely catching up with old friends and meet up with new, we did get to see some amazing places here.

Cottlesloe beach, with it's perfect white sand and lovely water, King's Park with manicured lawns overlooking great views of the Swan river, and Freemantle with it's cool shops and bars all made great days out for us. 






A big highlight was when we all visited the pinnacles. The day started with a 3 hour drive out of Perth which was a great way to admire the beautiful Australian landscape. Miles of green shrubs, white sand dunes and perfect blue skies had us oohing and aaaahing all the way there. 


We made it to Cevantes which is a little fishing town where the Lobster season had just started. A visit to the Lobster Shack has us feasting on incredibly fresh lobster and prawns for lunch. A meal that on its own would have already made the trip here worth while.

The next stop was to look at the earliest forms of life on this planet - bubble like formations jutting out of the earth.  


We finally made it to the pinnacles. A huge area of red sand dotted with trunk like rocks of various sizes. No one really knows if the rocks are petrified trunks, or limestone rocks, but what I do know is that the scene they create is incredible. Have a look:





Great huh!

On our way pack to Perth we drove on the newly opened Indian Ocean Road which was just spectacular. We got to see a wild kangaroo hopping about and even an Emu.

We had other great days out, like a visit to a local vineyard where we tasted the wines and then drank our favourite bottle with an amazing array of food and a visit to the dog beach which was full of all kinds of dogs playing around together - too cute for words.

By far, one of our most random afternoons was when we went to town to visit a few galleries. We found a van selling these new pies and to promote them they were getting members of the public to actually sell the pies. The attraction was that whatever you made in 20 minutes of selling, you kept. Paul, Dylan and I felt brave and signed up for the last slot of pie selling. It was just after lunch time and the square was dead. Within 2 minutes of being there, we made so much noise we actually attracted a crowd. The 3 of us seemed to find a hidden talent for market selling and within 20 minutes sold 75 pies!! Not bad eh! 



As we write this on our last day in Perth, P and I are both a little sad that it's time to move on. We'll definitely miss all the wonderful people we've spent time with. At the same time we're both really excited about Melbourne. I get to see my lovely Aunt and cousins who I haven't seen in over 25 years! And meet Paul's aunt who he last saw over 10 years ago. 

See you when we get there!

Lots of love
Karen and Paul

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Pauline on

You missed out on diving with me :-(

paul_karen on

Hi Pauline! I know, we are so sorry we never met up. We were so packed and to be honest we are on such a low budget now that we are trying to do as many free things as possible! Lol. Stay in touch x

Rosa Robins on

and we can't wait to see you both - roll on tomorrow XXXXXXXXXXX

mom on

Great read & lovely pic's xx

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