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May 14, 2014 - At home now - We did it!!

Monday 12th May Today as we are in Kalgoorlie and have decided to have a look around the town. First up we went to the Information Centre. The ladies gave us some ideas of what to see. So we went off driving around to have a look at the tourist sights. I also needed to find a windscreen repairer as I have managed to pick up a stone chip. I spoke to a company who said they could do the job and it would take about an hour. As we had heard that there was going to be a blast at the Superpit at 2pm, we said we would come back after the blast....

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Mar 27, 2014 - Perth, Australia

Pete has had a pretty eventful week, not all of it good. A couple of days ago, as he was finishing a rehearsal, his instrument stand with his new alto sax and his flute fell from a second-tier riser onto the floor from a height of about 8 feet. His flute was undamaged and his sax did not sustain any damage to the body of the instrument but the key mechanism was pretty badly bent. He has spent several hours working on it and it is working pretty well now. He has signed up to take a Rosetta Stone class in Japanese, and he is very much looking...

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Mar 17, 2014 - Churchlands

Mon. Mar. 17 It was our last morning in Brigadoon. We spent a lazy morning around the pool. Both Paul and Ross had a swim. Sadly, Vicki was back at work. Ross drove us to our next destination, Churchlands in Perth. Churchlands is a suburb of Perth, Western Australia approximately 8 km north-west of the CBD within the local government area of the City of Stirling. Churchlands is an expensive suburb with most homes built after the 1980s. This suburb became known as "Churchlands" after being purchased by the Roman Catholic Church in 1891 from...

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Mar 14, 2014 - Driving back to Melbourne & Flying to Perth

Today was a travel day. We took a faster route inland back to Perth since our Rental car had to be back by 2pm. The route was not as interesting as the coastal route. We hung out at the airport once we dropped the car off. We left for Perth at 5:45pm. The flight was 4 hours and the plane was not full. Paul was able to stretch out in a row of 4 seats. Since it was cloudy, we couldn't see much outside. We did get a lovely dinner and free drinks! We weren't expecting that!  We got into Perth in the evening and were met by our Katanning...

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Mar 10, 2014 - Peppermint Grove

We rode from Kings park down on to Mount Bay Road and around the water. We followed the path around the bays and visited Dalkeith where Lang Hancock had his house. Also the house that Gina Reinhart lived in before she got divorced, and which by all accounts she still owns. We got accosted on the beach by three little dogs who were indignant that we should be on their beach. Their owners told us who owned what along the beach. The beach was quite nice but nothing much to speak of. Overall it is a very nice area. We kept on going to...

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Mar 9, 2014 - Wesley Mission and Kings Park

We left the Central Caravan park this morning and parked at the 'back' of the city taking the blue cat bus into the centre. They have four different 'Cats'. Buses that take you free around the city. We visited the Wesley Mission where there were quite a lot of people, but probably the youngest would be around 35 or 40. It was a very regimented service of liturgy. We stayed there for the service and then afterwards we took the cat to the marina and had some lunch then went back to the Motorhome and drove to Kings Park. It is very nice there....

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Mar 8, 2014 - Into Perth again

Today we are going to get the washing done and do the police report online, then we'll set off tomorrow. After lunch We went into the city on the bus to see about a new phone for me and also to buy a new camera body. A man at Jb Hi-Fi told us about a place out of town called Leaderville. We went there on the train and discovered a very nice fresh fish restaurant called Kailis. The restaurant is very nice and the meal was delicious. We had garlic prawns and barramundi fish tails with roasted asparagus and potatoes. It was a really nice...

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Mar 7, 2014 - The Swan River

We were going to leave the caravan park this morning and we left the caravan park and went to a nearby boat ramp to put the boat in for a trip up the river. We got the boat down off the roof and set it up. I made lunch so we could have it on the boat and got everything ready. As we were about to take the boat down to the water I discovered that my red bag and the camera were missing. It turns out that someone had come while we were in and out of the Motorhome and stolen them. My phone and credit card were in there also. We reported the loss...

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Mar 4, 2014 - Bus to Perth

We decided to take the bus into the city and found our way to the Hay street mall stopping at the visitor centre. Also visiting the Apple store. We had lunch there and were able to find our way back on the bus, picking up some groceries from Woolworths in the city. It is a very people friendly place and we enjoyed it very much.

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Mar 1, 2014 - Open Doors

It has been very good to spend time with Helen and Paul this week but now it is time to leave. Today we went to listen to a presentation by Open Doors, an organisation which helps the persecuted church in many nations. It was a great presentation and we had lunch part way through. When we came out it was so hot we decided to go and veg at a caravan park with a swimming pool and ended up at the Central CP which is very central for getting into Perth. We got set up and went for a dip in the pool to cool off.

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Feb 24, 2014 - Helen and Paul's

This week we spent with Helen and Paul. It was lovely to see them and the kids again. They have lovely kids. Helen took us for a car ride to Kings Park and around the Alan Bond and Gina Reinhardt suburbs. Dalkeith etc. Kings Park is a lovely place to visit. It is high above Perth and has tremendous views over the city and the river. We had lunch there before heading home. Perth is a lovely city. We really enjoy it here.

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Feb 23, 2014 - Up, Up and Away!

We awoke at 2:30 in the morning to catch our 6 AM Sunday flight to San Francisco. Fortunately our bags were checked all the way through to Perth. So, with a 12 hour layover, we decided to rent a car and drive to Lodi to have lunch with Velma Ferrero and her family. It helped break up the trip and we had a great lunch. At 7 PM, we boarded our Air New Zealand 747. Air New Zealand won a 2014 hospitality travel award and it was well-deserved. We had a nice dinner including wine after takeoff. And hot breakfast two hours before landing in...

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