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Gallery: family fun

Friday, 3 Apr 2009 | Photo Gallery

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lovely mandurah

Wednesday, 11 Mar 2009 | Views [609]

Last weekend, we had the good fortune to be invited by our friend Julia down to her family's weekend house in the delightful town of Mandurah, about an hour south of Perth. Mandurah has a fantastic setting between the Indian Ocean, the Peel Inlet and ... Read more >

Tags: mandurah, western australia

more penguins

Wednesday, 4 Mar 2009 | Views [479] | Video

I found some video that I took when we went to Penguin Island that I want to share. Now, I am certainly not the world's best videographer, or anywhere near it, so please bear with me. The fairy penguins are simply the cutest little things I've ever ... Read more >

Gallery: marjorie bay

Wednesday, 4 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery

a quite bay on the north side of rottnest island
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paradise found

Wednesday, 4 Mar 2009 | Views [557]

Just when I've started to take being in Oz for granted, I have one of those weekends where I'm slapped in the face and woken back up. This past Monday was Labour Day in Western Australia, so I took advantage of the holiday weekend by tagging along with ... Read more >

Tags: indian ocean, marjorie bay, perth, rottnest island, western australia

blowing in the wind

Tuesday, 10 Feb 2009 | Views [607]

Last weekend we journeyed up to the small country town of Dongara, about 4.5 hours north of Perth, for Kitestock 2009. The wind was pumping for kitesurfing enthusiasts from across Western Australia. Pumping way too much, actually. Because of the cyclones ... Read more >

Tags: dongara, indian ocean, kite boarding, kite surfing, kitestock, western australia

respectable york

Tuesday, 3 Feb 2009 | Views [497] | Comments [1]

A Sunday drive a couple of weeks ago took us through the little town of York. The oldest inland town in Western Australia (settled in 1831, two years after Perth), York has a cute, historic main street with charm and kitsch not unlike a tiny Colorado ... Read more >

Tags: western australia, york

bird's eye view

Tuesday, 3 Feb 2009 | Views [925] | Comments [1]

There is a French photographer, Yann Arthus-Bertrand , who takes these amazing ariel shots all across the planet. He has had an exhibit of thousands of photos, Earth From Above , since 2000 that has traveled around the world. I walked through it many ... Read more >

Tags: perth, photography, western australia, yann arthus-bertrand

australia day

Friday, 30 Jan 2009 | Views [355]

After spending the past two Australia Days in Vail surrounded by raucous Aussies skiing around the mountain with Aussie flags tied to their backs like capes and singing ridiculous songs at the top of their lungs, I finally experienced the day in its ... Read more >

Gallery: countryside

Wednesday, 7 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery

denmark, walpole, pemberton and surrounding area in southwestern australia
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Gallery: the great outdoors

Tuesday, 6 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery

fitzgerald river national park and bremer bay
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Gallery: esperance

Tuesday, 6 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: tin horse highway

Tuesday, 6 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: hot christmas

Tuesday, 6 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery

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wine country and other delights

Monday, 5 Jan 2009 | Views [534]

After a stop at Torndirrip National Park in Albany (a couple cool rock formations on the coast), we finally rolled into greener pastures, literally. The Denmark and Walpole areas are fantastic...rolling hills, farmland, big leafy trees, cool rivers, ... Read more >

Tags: denmark, walpole, western australia, wine country

the great outdoors

Monday, 5 Jan 2009 | Views [384]

We got back to nature at our second camping location. We stayed in a very rustic homestead in the middle of nowhere run by a funny German couple. Actually, it was in the middle of the very large and deserted Fitzgerald River National Park and was only ... Read more >

Tags: western australia

south coast beauty

Monday, 5 Jan 2009 | Views [874]

I thought I had seen the most beautiful beaches in Western Australia. Boy, was I wrong. It turns out that the most beautiful beaches in the state, and quite possibly the country, are in and around the small town of Esperance, on the south coast. We ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, esperance, indian ocean, southern ocean, western australia

gee, that's a big rock

Monday, 5 Jan 2009 | Views [1854]

Our southwestern road trip began in the southern coastal town of Esperance...the furthest east I've been yet. But first, we had the great fortune of some touristy stops along the way. It turns out that Wave Rock is, well, wavy. But nothing spectacular.... Read more >

Tags: tin horse highway, wave rock, western australia

dreaming of a sunny christmas

Monday, 5 Jan 2009 | Views [395]

I have survived my first summertime Christmas. It was weird. Nice, but weird. Christmas Eve was a beautiful and warm day that consisted of some picnic-ing in the park overlooking the river. Christmas day was a lovely lunch (not too diffferent, after ... Read more >

cricket - it's not for me

Monday, 22 Dec 2008 | Views [386]

Seb finally got me to a match of Australia's favorite pastime. I used to think baseball was a fairly boring sport to watch, but I now find it quite enthralling compared to cricket. The match (against South Africa) started at 11:30. I made it about five ... Read more >

heat wave

Monday, 15 Dec 2008 | Views [357] | Comments [1]

I don't have much to report this week...I am too consumed with the recent temperatures. I am trying desperately to tell myself it's Christmastime, but I remain unconvinced. As the mercury rises, my holiday spirit falls. I am not complaining that I spent ... Read more >

tastes like chicken

Sunday, 7 Dec 2008 | Views [4783] | Comments [1]

Aussies have a weird love of meat-flavored chips. The Burger Ring is not a joke. (Seriously, it's a little fried ring that is supposed to take like a burger.) This is not necessarily a bad thing. I think burger rings are quite gross, but the rest are ... Read more >

long weekend down south

Tuesday, 2 Dec 2008 | Views [539]

Seb and I spent last weekend with some friends about three hours south of Perth in Western Australia's wine country - Margaret River. Luckily, Seb has a friend with a holiday house there, so we had some very nice accommodation. A very peaceful setting ... Read more >

Tags: kangaroos, margaret river, perth, western australia, wine country

Gallery: down south

Monday, 1 Dec 2008 | Photo Gallery

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a woolly cow

Monday, 1 Dec 2008 | Views [1334] | Comments [2]

Each time Seb and I drive by this animal farm south of Perth, we pass this funny cow. Among the regular cows, horses and donkeys, he just grazes by himself. I thought it was maybe some sort of small buffalo, but I now think it's just a woolly cow! Why ... Read more >

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