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Oct 15, 2016 - Perth

For the third Saturday in a row we woke up to a wet, windy and cold morning. Ian went up to the shopping centre for a haircut and because of the weather I decided to do a mega grocery shop today rather than tomorrow. The cupboards and fridge are now totally stocked up again and should last us for the next little while (I hope!). Whilst I was out shopping, Ian washed down 3 sides of the van -the 4th is currently covered by the shade room. So we are slowly getting ourselves organised for the next leg of our trip. We took the dogs for a walk...

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Oct 14, 2016 - Perth

We decided to drive to drive to Northam (about 1 1/2 hours from Perth) today to have a look at the Supreme Australian Sheepdog Championships that are on in this week. There are about 260 dogs competing and competition is over 10 days. As well as individual overall champion, there is an Inter-state challenge from which the top 4 dogs go through to compete against a NZ team in the Trans-Tasman challenge. Geoff Gibson from Queensland (I have been to one of his herding clinics) is competing and from what I could work out is pretty well in first...

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Oct 13, 2016 - Perth

Ian was up early to take the car for a service. Mitsubishi was only 2k up the road, so he was able to walk back to the van after dropping off the car and waiting until it was ready to be picked up. Because we wouldn’t have a car I had planned a cleaning morning with the main aim being to wash the sheer curtains that had turned a nice shade of pink because they were so impregnated with red dust, and to clean the venetian blind which hangs at the kitchen window, which was just plain filthy with goodness knows what! Last Sunday marked exactly...

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Oct 12, 2016 - Perth

Ian and I woke up feeling a bit sore and washed out after our big day yesterday- even the dogs were still recovering from their big day yesterday, so it took a bit to get ourselves going and organise what we were going to do for the day. The weather forecast was for a fine and warm 32°C, so we had to take that into consideration for our day’s activities. In the end we decided that we would ‘do’ the Swan Valley food and wine trail which is a 32 k loop. The Swan Valley is on the eastern outskirts of Perth and only about 20k from where we are...

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Oct 11, 2016 - Perth

No sleep in this morning as the dogs had to be at the vet by 8.30 and we needed to be at Hillarys Boat Harbour by about 9am to catch the 10 am ferry to Rottnest Island. We had booked the dogs into day care again at the vet’s but had also organised for Ruby to have her toenails trimmed under sedation. It is almost impossible to cut her toenails and as they were getting quite long, thought it was the ideal opportunity to have them cut. We had booked bicycles as part of our day package at Rottnest and had to pick them up before boarding the...

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Oct 10, 2016 - Perth

The weather was much improved this morning so, as Ian was keen to go and try to catch a fish, I decided that today would be a good day for me to go into Perth city for a city shopping expedition (have not been many of those since leaving home!). We put the dogs into their crates and left them at the van whilst Ian dropped me at the local railway station on his way to Hillarys Boat harbour. The main north/south train line here runs up the centre of the freeway. It would seem to be very well designed and is a quite modern, almost totally...

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Oct 9, 2016 - Perth

The weather this morning was still miserable, so I decided against going to the sheep herding competition that is being run in Northam this week and which I had been contemplating going to, and stayed around the van. As today is V8 Bathurst race day, Ian had already decided he was going to stay home for once and watch it from start to finish, so today was another day spent around the van. After Bathurst had finished, we took the dogs for a walk around Lake Goollelai which is right across the road from the caravan park. The lake is part of...

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Oct 8, 2016 - Perth

A miserable day weather wise today - wet and windy. In the morning I sorted out the mail mum had sent over to us, paid some bills and booked our trip to Rottnest Island for Tuesday (the weather forecast promises a fine day). I spent most of the afternoon trying to finish my crocheted rug. Unfortunately, I do not have enough wool to finish it as per the pattern, so ended up pulling out most of what I had done and putting it away for tomorrow to try something else. Other than taking the dogs for a run in the off leash area, not much else of...

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Oct 7, 2016 - Perth

Dropped the dogs for day boarding at the local vet this morning at about 9.30am. Unbelievably the girl behind the counter was at lure coursing in Bunbury on Sunday and recognized us! After a bit of a chat we left the dogs behind and drove to my friend Marilyn's place near Freemantle. I met Marilyn on a Top Deck Russia Scandinavian bus trip in about 1978. Following that trip we kept in touch and ended up coming back to Australia together via another Top Deck tour from London to Kathmandu before making our way through Thailand, Malaysia and...

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Oct 6, 2016 - Perth

Fairly quiet day today. Ian and I walked upto the local shopping centre in the morning, mainly to go to the vet to see about some day boarding for the dogs. However, I also booked myself an afternoon appointment at the hairdresser for a cut and a bit of colour. So, not long after getting back to the van and having some lunch, I headed straight back to the hairdressers for some 'me' time. After returning to the van with slightly blonder hair, but not much shorter, we took the dogs for their afternoon run in the off leash area. Ruby seemed to...

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Oct 5, 2016 - Perth

Woke up to a beautiful morning today so decided to drive over to Hilary’s Boat Harbour which is about 10k from here. Hilary’s Boat Harbour turned out to be a man-made boat harbour where there are numerous boats tied up on wharves or stored in a multi-level boat park. The complex is very cleverly designed as there is also a boardwalk with shops and restaurants surrounding a large seawater lagoon which makes for very sheltered swimming area for kids. Being school holidays and such a fine day, there were people everywhere! I am going to leave...

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Oct 4, 2016 - Perth

Today was a ‘settling in’ to Perth day. My first job was to catch up on nearly 2 weeks worth of washing (had only washed some smalls at Gina’s), then this afternoon I had to go and do a major grocery shop as we were just about out of everything! Luckily there is quite a big Woolies about 5 minutes drive down the road, so will be very handy for the next couple of weeks. Ian went out to buy another front stay for the van and to sort out a couple of other repairs. However, the damaged side panel, where Ian collected a tree branch earlier in...

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