Saturday, 30 October 2010

The Stanley

This life is just like a holiday...Am very happy with my new friend Katja. From the moment I met her I knew we were going to get along well, but it's even better. Met twice on the beach this week, once at her house and last night we went to this really lovely little wine bar, The Stanley. I cycled down there and so did Katja and her friend Elleke. Only fairly recently, has Perth allowed licenses to open small bars, so there are not that many of them around. The last 2 times I've been out I've been to "The Suite" and "Kitch", both small tapas places and very popular. You just have to look hard for these little, cute bars. Most bars are enormous. It closed at 12 and we were still enjoying ourselves so much we went to the Llama bar in Subiaco and danced the night away! It was great and although I was a bit worried about cycling home (I have to cycle up a hill past Bold Park, a big piece of bushland, dark..) but it all went fine and just loved it all! Felt real Dutch, cycling home on my red high heels!

Tuesday, 26 October 2010


Parakeet Bay

One of the many beautiful beaches on the island

Bobtail Skink on Rottnest

Toke and Wim

My parents left 2 days ago. We had a brilliant 3 weeks and it was fun to show them where we live now and what life is like over here.
We also explored a lot more of WA. We went inland to York, in the Wheat belt. It's an old farming town and was the last stop before the goldfields and has still lots of old buildings. We also visited Mundaring Weir, where the water pipe line starts which still runs to the gold fields, 600 km east.
The last weekend we went to Rottnest, an island just off the coast (we can see it from our balcony). Willem de Vlamingh was the first to set foot on the island and thought it was full of rats but they are quokkas, really cute marsupials. No cars are allowed on the island so everyone travels by foot or bike. It has 63 idyllic white sand beaches. It's also full of Dugites, very poisonous snakes. My mum nearly cycled over one. It raised it's head but my mum raised her feet too! so no harm done.. pfew!
We also went to Fremantle a few times, visited the prison and a shipwreck museum which had the story and remnants of the Dutch ship Batavia. Toke and Wim enjoyed the weather, all the new plants and animals but mostly spending time with Willem and Frank.
The house is empty now and the boys were really sad. Luckily there's a lot of things to look forward to and Christmas is not too far away. Hopefully we get to book some flights today!

Monday, 11 October 2010

Toke en Wim

My parents, Toke and Wim arrived safely (already) a week ago. It's great to have them here. This weekend we went south, to Dunsborough. We saw beautiful beaches, wild flowers and amazing coastal scenery, including humpback whales and blue whales migrating just off the coast in Geographe Bay. More photos to follow!

Sunday, 3 October 2010

5 years old now...

The Cake

Jamie and I spent hours last night creating this Blue Ringed Octopus cake. Willem is fascinated by these creatures and was very impressed.

Willem's Party

12 friends came to the park to play and eat some cake.

Saturday, 2 October 2010


I have a very sore throat.. Don't know if I can organise all these games and races at the party now.. boohoo :(

Red Back

Yesterday I killed my first Red Back spider. Brrr. It was hiding in the garage. I showed the boys and then  swatted it with the stick of a fishing net. Will post a picture soon. The boys were very impressed and drew lots of red back spiders that afternoon, then stamping on the picture and shouting:"we need to go to hospital!"
Last night I was supposed to go out to the cinema with Katja and Simone and we did go, but never got to see a film. The cinema looks promising, one of those art house theatres. But we had 45 minutes to kill before the film so we went to this Tapas Bar called Kitch. It was so nice there, we never left. You sit outside in a garden with a huge frangipani tree. They are pretty (we have one in our garden). I felt really young and trendy in there and we just had a really nice chat.
This morning we went to the beach, even though it was windy. We meet Blair and some of his friends there. Jamie really enjoyed the big waves! The afternoon we just potted around the house and this evening Jamie and I spent hours making this giant Blue Ringed Octopus Cake for Willem's birthday party tomorrow. We will have his party in a park not far from here. The cake is a surprise. He is fascinated by these dangerous creatures and we hope he will be happy to get a Blue ringed octopus cake. Last year he wanted a Bat cake..12 children and their parents are coming. We have lots of sausages to sizzle!