Perth 2017

24 Mar 2017 – Australia

Mon: after immigration@T3, a stroll to T1 in SIN. Quite glad to see new surroundings but was wondering why this SIA flight had to be done this way with no skytrain functioning. Hopefully those who are finding difficulty to walk this stretch will get some ride.

Tkx to Les for this trip. Has been a while since my last ride on SIA and have been told that there are 13kids on this flight! Was trying to be seated far far away from kids, but not possible today! Anyway the 5+hrs flight flew by quickly and was lucky to be placed by an empty seat by the window and had a nice chat with Sharon who was sitting on the aisle on the same row.

Descend into Perth with clear nice aerial views of the Avon River joining to make the Swan River. Thank you Peggy for meeting me at the airport.

Amazed at this beautiful 60yrs White or Ghost Grumtree/Widow-Maker outside the house. Just newly learnt that they are can be treacherous and destructive when that big. Branches can just fall and destroy roofs, life, etc. When the bark sheads, it can be a messy process and not to forget the fallen leafs! As Peggy says, we love and hate it…

Puddeys are wonderful cooks and here in WA, the fresh produce is absolutely fresh!

Tue &Wed: shopping@IKEA and other shopping. Waiting for deliveries and getting the kitchen set-up in the apt@Aurora Burswood for Les&Ivy. Appreciations to Peggy and Yee Sang for their help and for all their driving.

IMG_5489IMG_5494Thu: beautiful sunrise bush walk, tkx to Wence, Peggy&Ian. According to Wekipeida – Grass tree (Xanthorrhoea), blackboy, based on the purported similarity in appearance of the trunked species to an Aboriginal man holding an upright spear. The last name is now considered offensive to Aborigines, or at least belonging to the past.

Another explanation from Denise –  black boys because they need a bushfire to burn the stem part in order to germinate. So after a bushfire all you see is blackboys standing out of the landscape. That make sense. They only grow in Australia and NZ!

– if Paradise is this, then this is it. 2above pix credits to Ian.

Gateway to the Darlington Bush Land, Flowers of the Marri Trees (Corymbia calophylla), The Laughing Kookaburra and Mountain Quarry.

Many tkx to Wence&Chris for breakfast at their lovely home with a spectacular view of the city from Swan View. 

Welcome bros Lawrence, Leslie and nephew Larry to Aurora@Burshwood. More shopping for the apt and now the balcony will be furnished with a table, 6chairs (exactly what L&J had before their house burnt down) and a BBQ.

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Tkx to Gertrude&Geoffrey for a yummy dinner at their home@City Beach. Never knew that grapes can be that good. Best grapes I have eaten in this lifetime, they were crunchy, sweet and seedless.

Kookaburra sits on the old gum tree,
Merry merry king of the bush is he.
Laugh, Kookaburra, laugh, Kookaburra,
Gay your life must be!

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Eating all the gumdrops he can see
Stop, Kookaburra, Stop, Kookaburra
Leave some there for me.

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree,
Counting all the monkeys he can see
Stop, Kookaburra, Stop, Kookaburra,
That’s no monkey, that’s me – Marion Sinclair

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