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Published: September 15th 2014
Before he went in to the sea!!
Today we woke up in new surroundings, our 51/2 month house sit had come to a close and we were handing it back to Bob and Shirley who arrived home from their cruise all safe and sound.
The house was cleaned top to bottom and it all seemed to hand over nicely, they were lovely people, farming folk who let us look after their huge house and beautiful gardens for a lovely long spell, so this year, so far all we have done is house sit with a few trips away camping in Gypsy.
Because of Caroline’s very lengthy commute, a few weeks ago we decided to take a holiday chalet in Freemantle, (Freo) as everyone calls it, so with all our stuff packed up we left Bob and Shirley’s in Greenfields around 1.30 and arrived in Freo about 3.00 after a stop for lunch.
We are only just in to spring and the weather is picking up nicely, yesterday (Saturday 13-September was a nice 22 degree’s and today (Sunday was supposed to be 23)
Our plan today was one of familiarisation, we would drive around Freo, and start to get acquainted with the place, we were
Honey! I shrank the dog!!
This is what happened when Blister spent too long playing 'fetch' in the sea!
driving down Hampton road, past a cafe/bistro called Ootong and Lincoln, Caroline said that is where we used to get your coffee from when you were in hospital and where we had been to breakfast with Andy and Karen a few months ago, I said we must go there next week with Andy, Karen , Peter and Leigh and just as I said that, the phone went off in the truck, it was Andy Bayley, he said you have just driven past us, didn’t you want to stop for coffee, they were obviously sittng in the Café, what he really said was we don’t want you riff raff in this neighbourhood.
We turned left then left again then parked the truck and wandered over to where Andy, Karen and Olivia were sitting, in that time Andy had ordered us a skinny flat white for both of us at our table 38.
Sitting outside was glorious, watching the world go by was so awesome and the sunshine was lovely, Karen said that she needed to get back and do chores so we all split up at about 11.30 as we were catching up tonight as it was Leigh Walkers
Go Freo!! Shrunk in the Wash
Caroline with Bon Scott, a true Rock & Roller,
A big voice for a wee man!!
birthday and we were all dining out at Chins in Leeming and Caroline Karen and Liv were also taking their very huge Boarder Collie Blister to South Beach at 3.00pm so they could all have a run around.
Caroline and I parked the truck in South Freemantle at the quay side and got out for a walk, I had never seen the Bon Scott Statue and Caroline wanted me to see it.
Ronald Belford Scott (Bon-Scott) was the lead singer of the rock band AC/DC who died whilst I in the UK whilst on the highway to Hell Tour in 1979, as a fifteen year old boy I saw Bon Scott probably two weeks before his death when they played the Birmingham Odeon.
The weather was fab and everyone was out on the sunshine, so we took some photos of where people have their boats stacked, instead of leaving them in the water, a crane lifts them out of the water and a special Fork lift puts them in a rack, very cool really.
As we were walking around, Caroline said, I do love living in Australia, what do
you think the draw card is for the tourists here, I pointed to the big red football in the sky and said that, its virtually guaranteed here.
Down at the harbour side we watched people queue up for jet boat rides, these huge high performance boats take people out in to safe water, with them strapped in they do high G force turns in these boats, I did ask Caroline if she wanted to go but she said not.
It was lunch time, so we sat and had fish and chips, well I did, Caroline just fancied chips at a waters edge Café, the fish was absolutely magnificent, we mooched about after our lunch and took a few more pictures then when back to the chalet as Caroline thought I had had enough excitement for one day and wanted me to rest, it was only an hour before she needed to be at the beach
Caroline had decided to run down to the beach just under a kilometre each way to get her exercise, and appeared at about 4.45 with a big red face panting and out of breath.
Go Freo!! Shrunk in the Wash
Go Freo, for the Freemantle Dockers
Amazingly if you look at the first tow photo’s photo’s before and after you can see Blister shrunk when he went in to the sea, honestly its true.
We showered and changed and met everyone at Chins in Leeming as we were there to Celebrate Leigh Walkers birthday as it is her birthday this very day.
We all met at 6.30 and as usual we had plenty of giggles and we just had an easy evening that was full of fun, the food was as good as ever and when it was time to go, we were going to do coffee with the gang but decided as it was late we needed to get ourselves ready for our Monday at work.
My GP has signed me back on to work on the proviso I only go in for two hours a day for the first week just to slowly ease myself in.
So we will keep you updated on our progress.
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