16 Aug 2021: Bucket List Additions
Fri: tkx to sis Jo for dinner – TGIF on this one&only 13Fri for 2021. A good weekend to all and do not let the superstitious, etc affect your life. What happened on Friday the 13th originally? On Friday, October 13, 1307, the French rounded up thousands of Knights Templars and tortured them as heretics. Some believe the date of this massacre sparked our modern-day association of Friday the 13th with bad luck.
Sat: weekend project from this week onwards is to share&recommend my favourite local foods (only 1dish~S$5) from outdoor Hawkers/Market Food Centre (max 2ppl) in SIN. 50A MarineTerrace YongHuatDelight’s ShrimpCheeCheongFun (RiceNoodelRoll) 豬腸粉 S$3 – Bon Appetit https://www.misstamchiak.com/yong-huat-delight/
Sun: continuing to add to my bucket list – NorthCoast&Northern Isles (Shetland, Orkney and the Hebrides) in Scotland. Lived over a decade in Ireland, but have not been to Scotland! It has been nearly 2yrs ago since I last used my passport!!
Appreciations for yummy home-made dinner tonight – fish&veggies for starters and steaks done to perfection by bro Leslie.
Tkx to MeiPin for durian dessert and for driving me in this stormy weathers – pix taken before the sky opened up!
Be still, sad heart! And cease repining- Behind the clouds is the sun still shining- Thy fate is the common fate of all, Into each life some rain must fall – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Mon: exciting news – the very first born-in-SIN panda cub has arrived. KaiKai&JiaJia, are finally parents, XinXin&LeLe among suggested names! Can’t wait to have the family visiting again to see this new cub. #6’s request during his 2020 1st visit here in SIN was to see the panda.
Trip around the block #29. Next stop was Kalbarri, a pleasant seaside fishing and holiday town where the streets were, sometime ago, paved with shells, literally. Ravaged by a cyclone in April this year, the mess has been cleared but the damage very visible. Dramatic red stone coastal cliffs and the impressive sky walks in the National Park were highlights.
The extremely saline water here provides a perfect environment for these minute clams that have no preditors. Everything is covered in them. The solidified shells are quarried for building blocks.
Seafood platter for one. Delicious. Great dinner with Greg Shortis and Anne. These beauties, stromatalites, were the first oxygen producing organisms about 600 million years ago (roughly), thus allowing god to create oxygen using humans at a later date. Very few exist. This is a World Heritage Area.
One of the two skywalks in Kalbarri NP.
Everything is green – young wheat or yellow – canola. Pink Lake. Not my pic obviously but the light was pathetic when I came by.
Wonderful memorial to HMAS Sydney. Waiting wife statue. This was put in place about 6 yrs before the remains of the Sydney were found. By coincidence, she is looking to almost the exact area it was found.
Some lovely old homes in Geraldton. $9 million raised to restore this Catholic cathedral. The pinnacles and one human which reminded me some vague memories of a trip there many moons ago! Will have to search for old pix (not digitized yet) as to when I was there!
Trip around the block #30. Still heading south through small coastal towns / villages /hamlets of Dongara, Leeman, and Julian Bay to Cervantes.
The prevailing wind from the west!. I missed this tree as I had a road train up my butt and good not stop. Came across this pic later. Pulled in Dongara where this alpaca asked to be in the pjc.
Every house has a boat but serious boat cred⁹ only comes with a tractor in the front yard as well!. No comment on the house! Houses and land around here do target the elderly boasting ‘big enough for a caravan AND a boat!’
This is the turquoise coast and lobster heaven! Ended up in Perth!