Saturday, March 17, 2007

Day 646 - Perth, Australia

Day 646 - 16th March 2007 +9:00 GMT

Had a quiet morning in the house, In the afternoon we went to Whitford's shopping centre to pick up Jill's skirt that was being repaired and then we went to the cinema and Watched Hot Fuzz with Simon Pegg. The movie was really good. When we got home I cooked zuccini, coriander and parmesan Rosti with some assistance from Sarah and Jill.
My Cooking
Then spent the evening watching TV with Sarah.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Day 645 - Perth, Australia

Day 645 - 15th March 2007 +9:00 GMT

Had to return the hire car by 9am so drove to Joondalup and returned the car, then I decided I would run back to the house so had a nice 4km run. After I got in I showered and then Jill and I did the food shopping at Joondalup shopping mall. We had a wander around the shops first and we bought some beach towels and beach mats and then had some lunch. We then did teh food shopping and went back to the house. Archie (One of Sarah's and Peter's cats) wanted some attention, so played with the cats before heading out to Hillary's Harbour.


We sat on the beach for a couple of hours and read our books, I even had a quick dip in the water. It was gettinga little windy so we decided to go inside and have a beer.

Hillary's Harbour

Hillary's Harbour

We then went and had some lunch at Jade's on the quayside. When we got back to the house Sarah had just got in so we chatted for a while and then went to bed.

Day 644 - Perth, Australia

Day 644 - 14th March 2007 +9:00 GMT

Had to get up early as Sue turned up at 9am with my new car. I had to fill in the paperwork and then I drove her back to woodvale. Jill and I then went to Whitfords shopping mall and I got the car insurance sorted out and then went home and left Jill so I could sort our breakdown Assistance.
My New Car
My New Car
I went back to pick Jill up at 4pm and we then drove down to Burlswood, we parked at the dome and went intot he casino. Here I played some blackjack and was $100 after 20 minutes then decided to play some poker which I did not do so well at. We then had a drink at Paddy O Hannigan's the Irish pub which was built in Ireland and then dismantled brick by brick and shipped to perth and then reconstructed here. I then had another game of blackjack and then went across the complex to the river, we had a walk along the river and then went into the open air movie theatre. We watched The Pick Of Destiny by Trancious D. The film was really good and afterwards we just drove back to Heathridge and went to bed.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Day 643 - Perth, Australia

Day 643 - 13th March 2007 +9:00 GMT

Today we visited Whitfords shopping centre we had had some lunch here and wandered around the shops. We then took a drive along the sea front and stopped and had a walk on Whitfords beach.
Whitford's Beach
The Indian Ocean From Whitford's Beach
We then drove along to Hillarys's harbour which has a beach and a shopping mall. We wandered around the shops here and bought some ice-cream. Jill was looking for a new bikini and some shorts. We then took a walk along the beach and headed back to the house. Pete got in just after us and we had some food and we stayed in the rest of the night.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Day 642 - Perth, Australia

Day 642 - 12th March 2007 +9:00 GMT

Had to get up early and catch a bus to Joondalup to pick up a hire car. I was given a Toyota Yaris, it was brand new and cheap to hire. Drove back to the house and then Jill and I drove out to Morley to look at some cars. We saw one car we liked but thought we would look at several more. So we then drove to Wangara and looked at several cars, we found one which we were very keen on but did not make an offer as we were looking at another car that night. We had arranged to look at a car from a private seller so drove over to Woodvale and looked at the car. We decided we liked it, it had a spot of rust and a few minor problems but it was $2500 cheaper than the ones in the dealers showrooms. When we got home we made an offer and had it agreed at $3500. The owner agreed to drop it of at the house on Wednesday morning. In the evening we cooked some dinner and then chatting with Peter and watched TV.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Day 641 - Perth, Australia

Day 641 - 11th March 2007 +9:00 GMT

Got up early and had a walk along the beach. There are paths all along the coast which you can walk or cycle along giving fantastic views over the water.

Jill and I On The Beach
Peter and Sarah On The Beach
We headed to a beachside cafe where we had booked in for breakfast. We all had a great feed and then had to walk back to the car.
Jill and I overlooking The Sea
Sarah, Jill and I then went to visit Sarah's friend Kim who has three huskies. The dogs were lovely and very friendly.
Jill with Al
The rest of the day was fairly quiet with peter and I doing a bit of DIY shopping and in the evening sarah friend Denise came over and we had a BBQ. We had loads of food, which sausages, Prawn skewers and vegtable kebabs etc.. The food was great, we sat outside and chatted for several hours and sampled some of the wine bought the previous day.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Day 640 - Perth, Australia

Day 640 - 10th march 2007 +9:00 GMT

Today Sarah and Peter decided to take us to the swan valley wine region to do a bit of wine tasting. The drive only takes about 20 minutes and we started by stopping at Edgecoombe Brothers Winery. here we got to taste 8 bottles of their wine and they even made Sarah a cup of tea as she was driving. the wine was good and we bought a bottle of the Shiraz. We also got to taste all their jams and chutneys etc it was good.

Sarah With A Cat At A Winery

We then drove to The Chocolate Factory and you can help yourself to handfuls of samples of the chocolate drops. After a feast here we moved on to Ambrook Winery. The guy pouring out the samples seemed miserable and not very friendly, so we tried several bottles, Peter bought a couple but I did not bother. We then found a spot by the river and had a picnic which we had prepared and the food was fantastic.

Our Picnic

After a good feed we went to a Nougat factory where we had coffee and a free sample fo the many flavours of Nougat.

Nougat Factory

Onto the next winery which was Pinelli Wines. Here the wine was cheap and very nice. They do a flagon of wine (2 litres) for just $11.50. So I bought 6 flagons and a bottle of their rose.

Jill And I At Pinelli's Winery

We then drove up into the hills so you get to look back over the city of Perth as it is so flat you can see for miles.

View Of Perth

Next onto Swan Valley Winery, here the wine was also good but I had drank enough wine so did not buy any more. Our last stop was the Feral Brewery here I ordered a Blonde Wheat Beer which was great and finished off the day nicely. We drove to Heathridge and had some food and spent the evening watching Austrlian Rules Football.
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