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penguin island

Sunday, 23 Nov 2008 | Views [1806]

Today we finally made it to Penguin Island, where I've been trying to go for a few weeks now. The largest colony of Little (or Fairy) Penguins in Australia live here. Unfortunately they are nocturnal animals, and they spent all day hiding in burrows ... Read more >

Tags: fairy little penguins, penguin island, perth, western australia

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Sunday, 23 Nov 2008 | Photo Gallery

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lions and penguins and birds, oh my

Sunday, 16 Nov 2008 | Views [3860]

This week's Sunday outing took us to the Perth Zoo - a smallish but very nice animal park with lots of palm trees and animals from mostly the southern hemisphere...South America, Africa and Australia. My favorites: the Little penguins, of course; the ... Read more >

Tags: animals, perth, western australia, zoo

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Sunday, 16 Nov 2008 | Photo Gallery

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windy city

Monday, 10 Nov 2008 | Views [432]

Because it was such a gorgeous day, I decided to tag along with Seb on his kite excursion. It was windy (too windy for me, actually), but worth the trip. Pinaroo Point was the destination, and it was a kite mecca this afternoon. It was also fantastically ... Read more >

river fun

Sunday, 9 Nov 2008 | Views [377]

Today, I got about as close to Table Rock as I think I'm going to get all the way down here. I hadn't spent any time actually on the Swan River until this morning, when I did something I haven't done since I was probably 15...I went knee-boarding. ... Read more >

planes in the sky

Sunday, 9 Nov 2008 | Views [363]

The Red Bull Air Race is a world-wide, year-long competition in the sky. Its final stop for 2008 was in Perth, so we got to witness the championship. Luckily, Seb's parents just moved into a very nice condo right on the Swan River -- exactly where the ... Read more >

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Sunday, 9 Nov 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Sunday, 9 Nov 2008 | Photo Gallery

A kite spot north of Perth
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Sunday, 9 Nov 2008 | Photo Gallery

the world-wide Red Bull Air Race had its final stop in Perth on November 2 and 3.
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daylight savings and a pelican

Monday, 27 Oct 2008 | Views [406]

Daylight savings time began here in Western Australia (which means, after the US falls back this weekend, I'll then be 15 hours ahead of Missouri), so to celebrate on Sunday afternoon, we took a small drive along the coast to Woodman's Point. Among ... Read more >

life of pie

Thursday, 23 Oct 2008 | Views [1786]

Aussies love their meat pies. I, on the other hand, am slowly coming around to them. Essentially, it's meat in a pastry. Sounds good, right? The basic steak pie is growing on me. When it's a steak and cheese pie, it's down right good. And they're not ... Read more >

falcon's nest

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2008 | Views [317] | Comments [1]

For my b-day, we headed south to Seb's family's weekend house in a small beach town called Falcon, about an hour south of Perth. (I'll be missing a whole summer of the lake house, but I think I can manage with this.) After two days in a row of laying ... Read more >

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Tuesday, 21 Oct 2008 | Photo Gallery

beach town about an hour south of perth
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happy birthday to me

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2008 | Views [407]

Twenty-seven years and this is the first birthday I've spent in a foreign country. I must say it was not too shabby. I had no cake, but I did have some delicious birthday pancakes with berry compote and cream at a very nice little restaurant right on ... Read more >

cottesloe beach

Monday, 20 Oct 2008 | Views [2374]

Perth has lots of beaches within its city limits, but Cottesloe Beach is probably the most picturesque. The water is a beautiful clear turquoise. The sand is light and soft. And it's the home of the Indiana Tea House, which is a gorgeous piece of architecture ... Read more >

Tags: beach, perth, western australia

king's park

Monday, 20 Oct 2008 | Views [2763]

I have been to lots of big city parks, and I must say Perth's biggest park is quite a beauty. Views of the Swan River and the downtown skyline can be enjoyed while picnicking, reading and relaxing. There's plenty of open green space to hang out and ... Read more >

Tags: kings park, parks, perth, walking, western australia

lake monger

Tuesday, 14 Oct 2008 | Views [650]

There is a lovely lake nearby our neighborhood of Leederville called Lake Monger. It has become my new stomping ground for evening walks. Although I would love to walk by the beach every day, this is much more convenient. Plus, it's the perfect place ... Read more >


Tuesday, 14 Oct 2008 | Views [292]

Although I am still heartbroken over leaving Bam Bam and Socks for so long, I have found some solace. There is a nice park right behind Sseb's house that becomes a bonafide doggy happy hour in the afternoons. I've found that if I sit patiently on a ... Read more >

driving on the WRONG side of the road

Tuesday, 14 Oct 2008 | Views [328]

I had my first solo driving experience today. On the highway! Seb basically threw me into the deep end...gave me directions and the keys to the car and told me to fend for myself. All i can say is I'm still alive. My journey took me to South Perth ... Read more >

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Monday, 13 Oct 2008 | Photo Gallery

in and around the city
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Monday, 13 Oct 2008 | Photo Gallery

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just beachy

Monday, 13 Oct 2008 | Views [355]

The weather here has been getting pretty nice so far. It's spring now, and this weekend the beaches were full of surfers and sun-seekers. Seb went for a kite at Scarborough Beach, so I went for a lovely walk. The views of the turquoise Indian Ocean ... Read more >

settling in

Monday, 13 Oct 2008 | Views [300]

Well I made it safely to Perth and am still recovering from the jet lag, but it's getting better. Thought you all might want an image of my new digs in the lovely neighborhood of Leederville. More adventures to come!

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