Day 239 – 245: Whitby
The Spring Festival is now on at Kings Park and Botanic Garden and we are heading there to discover some of the state’s most diverse and spectacular plant groups. September is an extravaganza for wildflower lovers. Kings Park has been wild about wildflowers for more than 50 years. This year, they present ‘Beauty Rich and Rare’ for the 2019 Kings Park Festival in September – a celebration of the nature and culture of Western Australia in Perth’s favourite park.
The park is just over 400 hectares, overlooking Perth city and the waterfront. The parklands, gardens and natural bushlands are situated on Mt Eliza.
Apart from the beauty of the wildflowers on display is the Floral Regalia installation. Hundreds of ‘woven wildflowers’ from the crafty people of Perth are high in the sky in Kings Park! The wildflowers have been lovingly made and sent to the park from all across the State and they sway and dance in the breeze above the grass vista. I just love the installation, it’s creative, bright and a fantastic idea of getting the community involved in the project.
There are six walks that you can do at the Park, we managed to do about 2 and a half of them. It was a warm sunny day and the park was full of tourists. Pictured below is the glass bridge, Cinta would not walk over it. It’s only glass on the sides as the rest of the bridge is actually timber, however, she was not going to set paws on it!
The displays of wildflowers are absolutely beautiful and I was amazed that the kangaroo paw comes in a variety of colours. We saw the red, yellow, green and black varieties. Throughout the park are large display boards displaying from seed to flower then art. I really enjoyed looking at all the boards and seeing how artists interpreted the flowers into artworks. We had a really great day at the park and were all quite exhausted by the time we arrived back at home.
The next few days are going to be beautiful warm spring days, so we are planning on starting to clean the caravan in preparation for our departure. Time is moving on quickly and it’s surprising just how dirty a caravan can get. Dust gets into every nook and cranny. I’ve been suffering quite badly with hay-fever over the past few days so a trip to the chemist is in order to find some relief. Surprisingly the chemist tells us that pollen from pine trees and grasses are the worst offenders. I thought it was because I was sniffing all the beautiful flowers in the garden. Some tablets and nasal spray should give me some relief within a few days.
I haven’t had the drone out for some time and as the weather is so gorgeous I decide to take a flight around the property and practice on the remote controls. All was going well until the sun was in my eyes and I lost track of where I was flying and next thing the drone has crashed into the pine tree. There was plenty of swearing coming from my mouth and Andrew has raced over to see what’s going on. He’s asking how I think I’m going to get a drone out of the pine tree. Luckily as we approach the drone is buzzing in the grass. I have the biggest sigh of relief because there is no way we would have been able to retrieve it from the pine tree.
Today we are heading out to Cottesloe Beach. We recently saw on the news that Taylor Swift had penned a love letter to “Ziggy” Forrest about the plans for the Indiana Tea House to be demolished so we thought we should drive out to Cottesloe to take a look.
The building is all locked up, it would have been great to have been able to wander inside this magnificent building which was originally built in 1910. Couples would dance cheek to cheek on the expansive lawns and silent movies where also shown there. Wouldn’t it be great if “Ziggy” changed his mind and transformed the building back to it’s original heritage.
Where else would you want to be on a glorious spring day? Wandering the pathway along the beachfront, the smell of the ocean and a cool breeze on your face; heaven. Unfortunately we can’t take Cinta down to the ocean for a swim as dogs are not allowed on the beach here. Strangely enough there’s a random dog chasing seagulls and jumping into the waves; no owner to be seen in sight.
There is a bit of a swell and the surfers are patiently on their boards in the surf. Some are standing up and have paddles, the others just sitting waiting for the next wave. We sit and watch in awe for what seems to be forever. Lunch is calamari, prawns and chips in the park under the shade of a lovely big tree.
The beach always calls us, we resonate with it. There is nothing better than feeling the sand between your toes and smelling the salt in the air. Of all the things we miss from home, walking the beach every day would have to be at the top of the list.
Our time at Whitby is coming closer to an end. We have loved looking after this property. Watching all the flowers come into bud and then bloom has been a lovely fragrant experience. I have grown fond of the clivea watching them every day exploding from a small round ball into a magnificent bunch of blooms. I’m not sure if they will grow at home, however, when we get back, I’ll have to do some research around that. The paddock is alive with yellow daisies and dandy lions and the bees are working overtime. Cinta often chases the bees and soon realises that is not a good option.
Another week has come to a close, it’s been lovely to have a skype today with my brother Ray who is looking after our house for us back at Mission Beach. The shopping has been done, the budget spreadsheet has been updated and the blog is almost finished. Time to sit back and relax for the rest of the afternoon. As I say to my dear friend Florrie on her post cards; over and out from the roving reporter.
Wildlife: galahs, horses, alpacas, llamas, cattle, sheep, ducks, black cockatoos, wrens, goats, swans, ibis, seagulls, pelicans.
Week 35 total expenses: $582.04 a little more expensive than last week due to a Doctors visit and medications for my hay-fever. It doesn’t pay to be sick!
That’s a wrap for Week 35 of the Lap of the Map.
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