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Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Celebrating WA Day - Wander out yonder in Western Australia

Today, Monday 1 June, we are celebrating WA Day in Western Australia. Originally called Foundation Day to commemorate the claiming of Western Australia for the English Crown, in the last few years to acknowledge the indigenous heritage of Western Australia, the day has been renamed WA Day.  A day for us to celebrate the magnificence and diversity of Western Australia and all that we cherish about living here. 

I think this year, perhaps more than others, we acknowledge the safety we all enjoy here in Western Australia. Our Covid-19 cases remain low, except for a few cases still entering from overseas, who are being isolated on arrival. So now the internal borders our state Government imposed and some of the social distancing restrictions are being eased and lifted. Although our borders to the rest of Australia and internationally remain closed.

So this year our government is encouraging us to boost our economy and local businesses by exploring our own state and "Wander Out Yonder"



We truly have a magnificent and diverse state to explore - rugged gorges, red outback plains, white sandy beaches and towering forests - so today I decided to do an A-Z of Western Australian travel, with some links to where I have blogged about them previously. So sit back for an armchair overview of Western Australia - which is no means an exhaustive list - I could go on forever! 

A - learn about our wartime history in the National Anzac Centre in Albany - Albany Anzac Centre

B - explore street art in Bunbury - Re-Discover Bunbury



or sit in the sun during the southern winter in Broome in the Kimberly


or walk from Perth to Albany on the Bibbulmun Track 

or meet a Bilby in the Dryandra Woodland

C - swim with the fish in Coral Bay - Another Day in Paradise


or visit history in Cue - Queen of the Murchison 

or visit the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and walk the Cape to Cape track


D - talk to the Dolphins at Monkey Mia near Denham in Shark Bay 


or walk among the karris in Denmark on the south coast - where the ocean meets the forest


E - Camp at Elachbutting Rock in the far eastern wheatbelt


or visit the old Telgraph Station ruins at Eucla on the Nullarbor

F - wander around the Ferguson Valley visiting wineries, cafes, gardens and galleries



or visit the weekend markets in the vibrant port city of Fremantle

G - visit the abandoned Gwalia township in the goldfields


 H - Travel the Hyden to Norseman Road on the Granite and Woodlands Discovery Trail



or traverse the offroad Holland Track

I - travel up the west coast on the Indian Ocean Drive


or stop for fuel at the Imintji Roadhouse on the Gibb River Road in the Kimberley and take a side visit to Bell Gorge

J - Cool your toes at Jurien Bay and visit nearby Lesueur National Park during wildflower season


K - Visit the amazing gorges in the Karijini National Park and here - Camping in Karijini
 

or explore the Kennedy Ranges

or for something quirky the Tin Horse Highway at Kulin

L - take a flight over Lake Argyle near Kununurra 


 or closer to our home, wander through the paperbarks along the banks of the Leschenault Estuary in Australind

M - explore the walk trails of the largest rock in the world - Mount Augustus 


or visit the wine regions and surf beaches of Margaret River and visit "Amaze'n"  - a great place to take the kids


or visit Western Australia's hottest town - Marble Bar 

N - camp out and drive along Australia's longest straight stretch of road on the Nullarbor 


O - take a boat cruise along the Ord River in Kununurra  



P - be awed by ancient geological history in Purnululu National Park 


or walk among the giant Karri trees in Pemberton or near-by Boranup Forest

or cross the Pentacost River Crossing in the Kimberley - beware of Crocodiles! 

 or check out the Pinnacles at Cervantes

Q - search for the Qualup Bell in the Fitzgerald National Park at Hopetoun 



or Quandongs in the wheatbelt

or see if you can spot Queen Victoria's Head on the Gibb  River Road 

R - say hello to the quokkas at Rottnest Island  (used as a quarantine station during the Covid-19 pandemic) 



or follow the Rabbit Proof Fence

or the Farm Gate art trail in Ravensthorpe

S - stop at Southern Cross along the goldfields pipeline discovery trail on the road from Perth to Kalgoorlie 



 or wander the wheatbelt and check out the silo art trail


T - walk the Timberline Trail in Nannup


 U - visit the Underwater Observatory on the Busselton jetty
or cheer on the swimmers in the annual around the jetty swim 


 V - visit the Vlamingh Head lighthouse at North West Cape in Exmouth
and while you are there swim on the coral reefs of the Ningaloo Reef 


W - discover history by traversing the Wool Wagon Pathway in the Murchison 
and hunt for the Wreath Leschenaultia 


or climb the Tree Top walk in the giant tingle forests near Walpole 

or camp and hike at Wellington Dam near Collie

or stay at Wooleen Station in the Murchison grazing lands 

X - hunt for wild orchids in the Xantippe Nature Reserve east of Dalwallinu during a midwest wildflower drive in spring


 Y - enjoy a bush walk to the bird hide to spot migratory water birds in the Yalgorup National Park south of Mandurah and see the 2000 year old Thrombolites at Lake Clifton  



or spend a weekend in York, one of Western Australia's oldest towns. 

 or visit the vineyards of Yallingup and the south west

Z - see the views from the Z-bend and Nature's Window lookout and the Zuytdorp Cliffs in the Kalbarri National Park and walk one of the many trails.




or stop at Zanthus railway siding on the trans Australian railway 

So there you have it. Western Australia is a huge, beautiful and diverse state with much to visit. So my message to those of you in Western Australia - get out and visit our own state! We have started planning our next trip.

Find more information about visiting Western Australia here - Welcome to Western Australia

Thank you so much for stopping by. I value your comments and look forward to hearing from you. I will try to visit your blogs in return. Have a wonderful week. 

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Wednesday, 27 May 2020

A week in winter

Hi everyone, the last few days have disappeared as we have been hunkering down away from the wild storms that have lashed our Western Australian coastline. Lucky for us we haven't sustained any damage around our property, though there was a very sleepless night on Sunday as I lay in bed and listened to everything rattling. We really need the rain, especially in the agricultural regions, and now that winter is on it's way it has suddenly turned cold, so the fire has been on every night.

So I don't know if it was that, or what, as we haven't had any "appointments" the last 3 days, but I forgot about my blog on Monday. So thought I'd better do something about it. 

In the meantime however, Covid cases in Western Australia have thankfully remain low, I have been starting to get out for some short walks which have been lovely, and playing around more with my eco printing. 

So here is this week's collage for my photo-a-day project -




 Monday - 18 May 2020 - we went down to the Balingup Tree Park for the day. It truly is beautiful this year with the colours of the autumn leaves from trees planted from around the world. 
I've blogged about it several times - last time was last year - Autumn colour in Western Australia


 Tuesday - 19 May 2020 - laying out some of those autumn leaves on paper for botanical eco-printing. This is Red Maple.


 Wednesday - 20 May 2020 - Tonight I did two zoom meetings, one a photography workshop and the other a catch up with my Spanish dancing group. It seems to be the new normal these days.


 Thursday - 21 May 2020 - beautiful red flowering gum tree on our afternoon walk.


 Friday - 22 May 2020 - playing with dyeing natural Eri silk thread with colours made from leaves, flowers and bark.


Saturday - 23 May 2020 - leaves of the Sea Urchin Hakea - Hakea petiolaris


 Sunday - 24 May 2020 - fresh quinces and granny smith apples bought from a grower from the Boyanup farmer's market.



Thank you so much for stopping by. I value your comments and look forward to hearing from you. I will try to visit your blogs in return. Have a wonderful week. 

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Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Simple Pleasures

Hi everyone, I hope you and yours are doing ok. I am continuing my photo-a-day project, but this is a quick post from me today. Do you find you are enjoying, savouring, time out and appreciating the simple pleasures in life now you have the space in these social restricted times to see and enjoy things that have passed you by before as we rushed through our lives? 

I think this is the silver lining to the Covid nightmare - having the time to enjoy the simple pleasures, to appreciate the beauty around us and to just be in the moment. 

"Do not dwell in the past,
do not dream of the future,
concentrate the mind on the present moment."
                                                                                         Buddha

These are some of my simple pleasures this past week -
 Monday 11 May 2020-  The simple pleasure of enjoying the late afternoon sun in my lavender bed.


Tuesday 12 May 2020 -  The simple pleasure of going for a walk under the trees - something I am just getting back to since my ankle operation - only short walks, but so lovely to be out again


Wednesday 13 May 2020 - The simple pleasure of a brilliant sunset - even with powerlines! 


 Thursday 14 May 2020 - the simple pleasure of baking biscuits - the aroma in your kitchen and the taste is so much better than bought varieties!



 Friday 15 May 2020 - the simple pleasures of having time to sit and sketch and paint - continuing to explore making paints with leaves, flowers and bark. These are Marri eucalypt leaves and nuts.


 Saturday 16 May 2020 - the simple pleasures of sitting around a campfire at my son's block with our family and eating damper, stew and chocolate pudding cooked in camp ovens over the flames



Sunday 17 May 2020 - the simple pleasures of finding new eucalypt buds opening. 


I hope you and yours are safe and doing well, that you are ok economically, and that you are enjoying the simple pleasures in life.

Here in Western Australia, and Australia as a whole, numbers of new infections are very low, and they are starting to ease some of the restrictions. Some of our internal border controls within Western Australia have been relaxed and now 20 people can go to a restaurant or cafe, and 20 people can go to an exercise class. 

I have just finished reading Jackie French's "A Year in the Valley". You might remember Jackie from when I introduced her and wombats to you -  Wombling with Wombats - back in March. 

This book takes us through the seasons at her home in a valley in eastern Australia along with stories about a collection of wild animals that visit - including lwombats, wallabies and lyre birds - the trials and joys of country living, and the produce of her garden and orchard - along with recipes. It really is a delightful read for anyone who has ever dreamed of living in their little corner of paradise in the country.

This paragraph in the last few pages of the book really rang home for me, particularly now - "A good life is made up of tiny luxuries. Matt's bread, eggs with yolks like darkened sunlight and jam that smells of fruit. Quietness and bird noises. Kids laughter, or just that sort of mutter when they decide to cuddle".  Jackie French. 


How are you enjoying simple pleasures? Perhaps you would like to share with us in your comments. 

Thank you so much for stopping by. I value your comments and look forward to hearing from you. I will try to visit your blogs in return. Have a wonderful week. 

I am linking up to the link-ups below. Please click on the links to see fabulous contributions from around the world - virtual touring at its best!

Hello there! I love reading your comments. If you scroll down to the bottom you can comment too! I would love to hear from you.