Blogs from Mandurah, Western Australia, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Mandurah February 1st 2014

I was only home for less than 24 hours then we were going away again, we were off to our 4 wheel drive clubs Australia day event at the Water Mark Kilns in Northcliff. Caroline had booked a few days off so when she collected me from the airport she was technically on leave. The Thursday was a bit of a blur for me, I was walking around completely dazed and confused , but I’m sure I contributed in some small way We had to get Gypsy ready as we were meeting the ‘Forward party” for the Toyota Landcruiser club, Australia day long weekend trip on Friday morning at 09.30 at the Dorsett Road Pull in, which was were possibly 25 vehicles would gather to drive down to our destination. All the Caravans were going together ... read more
On the beach

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Mandurah January 29th 2014

Dogs Reward I guess it pays to be cute and even in the animal world creatures know when they are and they do tend to use this as an emotional lever. Well Bitsy is no different. Who is Bitsy, well Bitsy belongs to the house we are sitting at the moment and one of the instructions we were given when her owner is away was to “Wash the Dog” I appreciate that Caroline has had a lot to do, whilst I have been away so, over Skype I had said that as soon as I was back I would wash the dog. Today was that day and after dropping Caroline off at the train station, I got back to the house and set about organising the mission in hand. Dog bath, full of warm water-check!, dog ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Mandurah December 15th 2013

Hi Everyone, We thought we would firstly send our Christmas felicitations to you all where ever you are in the world and hope you all have a great and safe time. It is appreciated that Kangaroojack’s blog factory has not been that busy of late, but we find it really difficult to write when we are not travelling, it just seems there is no visual stimulation, to record, but we are going to do a bit of a round up, in this blog and give you an update of what has been going on. We left Canberra on the 18th May and went and stayed on the farm, helping Helen recoup after being run over, by one of the Landcruisers, in between doing minor chores on the farm, it gave us time to prepare Jack and ... read more
Caroline Shearing
Shearing Shed

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Mandurah December 5th 2013

Hi all, Before you read to much further, please ask yourself this question. (A) Have I just eaten, if you have then don’t read any further until you food has settled. (B) Do I have a cast Iron stomach, (Then read on immediately). Let’s go back about 10 months to start with, Caroline and I were on our favourite farm, Woodstock, beetling around as usual and bam, I have a fly, fly in to my ear and its intermittently buzzing and flapping its wings. It’s a horrible feeling, it makes you feel completely disoriented. I ask Caroline to have a look and she peers in to the darkness, I was going to write that she could hear it buzzing, but I honestly cannot remember, I tell Helen who is always completely non-fazed, totally calm and able ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Mandurah November 29th 2013

Hi All, We know that we have just uploaded a blog Point to Point and I was just running through how the blog was going. It is amazing that High Five has had 121 reads in about 24 hours which is amazing, and I think this was a special blog celebrating our fives years in Australia, BUT and its a big BUT, blogs like rock of ages- (804165) has only had 84 reads, and this blog was when we were at Uluru with some amazing pictures , Dance, of 1000 Flies-803842, 84 reads, Goodbuy Alice-(803844) 84 reads and Six Oscar Foxtrot-(804467) has had 112 reads and I honestly think this is an exceptional piece of work, How many of you readers have launched a weather Balloon and a remote outback Weather station, yes I thought so, ... read more


Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Mandurah November 26th 2013

Five years In Summary The Idea was to present our 5 years in Australia, with a Kick Ass sort of montage of our original trip and our recent trip, giving you all some of the best pictures that we have taken of this awesome country, from the amazing wildlife, to the remote outback locations that we love. Well there is sort of a problem here, I have uploaded some images (32) to be exact and it has taken me a couple of hours and it has only really covered the first 8 moths and as we have been in Australia over 60 months, I guess you can see the problems we are faced with So wanting you to see the best of this amazing country its going to have to be work in progress. Caroline wrote ... read more
Hooked Up
Andy & Nala
Andy & Nala

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Mandurah September 11th 2013

It's the Pigs! Fernhook Camp to Margaret River It started with a raindrop on the roof, I don't know what time it was, I reached up to close the skylight in the roof and in his sleepy state Andy said "Don't worry it's just possum's on the roof" I replied "That's just wishful thinking" and I recalled that we have not seen possum's for a long time and perhaps none at all on this trip. Eventually the rain stopped and I opened my eyes to see blue sky, but that quickly left as a raincloud came over. It would appear very showery this morning, it was forecast but disappointing (for us) nonetheless. In between showers we managed to get the kettle on and have a quick cereal breakfast, we did not unhook last night so all ... read more
Arum Lilies
Arum Lilies

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Mandurah November 3rd 2012 The rain set in as we headed south pulling into the Top Tourist Caravan Park. This was another park where you were given assistance to park your van. The power was even connected for us so we settled in very quickly. Not daunted by the rain we set off to find some lunch, then big trees and the waterfall in the Serpentine National Park. On our travels we spotted a hardware store so were able to purchase some bits to do a few van repairs. We drove through tall trees to finally come to the Serpentine National Park. It was a short walk to the falls where we found mad teenagers swimming in the pool at the base of the fall. On a hot day, maybe, but this was cold and wet. Some had obviously ... read more
Tuart forest
Teenagers being teenagers at Serpentine Waterfall
More forest

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Mandurah March 11th 2012

Our newest friend and triathlete, Josh, picked us up at 6:30am to drive to Mandurah for a mini tri-athlon. Swim 150 meters Bike 8 Km Run 2km NEXT, go jump in the ocean again and repeat all three events. Easy and fun - even I can do this. First, the men all jumped in and made a wave, and then the women followed. On the first swim, all swimmers were close together so our group splash was sufficient to scatter the tiny, almost transparent jellyfish. The tiny jellyfish had drifted into the sheltered bay on this very morning! The second swim was very unpleasant, most swimmers were dispersed after finishing their biking and running. So the second swim had small groups of 3 or 4. Watch this next scenario. Enter one innocent, naive Canadian female. Within ... read more
 Mandurah Triathlon -  No more Jet Lag for me !
Perfect  Biking Temperature - No Shivers !

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Mandurah February 14th 2012

Welcome to this travel blog for our Europe trip 2012. We are now one week away from departure - and getting very excited about the adventure that lies ahead. Our front room looks like a bomb site with clothing and other bits and pieces of travel gear being assembled in rough piles. We are both very conscious of trying to travel as light as possible and are working on the principle; "lay out what you think you'll need and then leave half behind". We've been laying out clothing knowing that we need to cover all the climate bases. It will be cold when we arrive in Paris but we will be moving south quite quickly and the seasons will change during our stay. "Layering" is the buzz-word - stuff you can peel on and off as ... read more

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