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Published: October 5th 2016
Ridiculously expensive Perth suburb on the river. $6.85 million for a townhouse
I forgot to say yesterday, but where the bloody hell are all of the red cars in Perth? As we were coming in we played a bit of car cricket and Nathan got 157!!! I promptly scored around one and then decided that we will have no more car cricket this trip!
We are very lucky to stay with Anthony and Siska Pia's sis), not only do they have the good oil on the best spots to look at, but they are great peeps and we are having a ball! Friday night was spent at Little Creatures for great beer and dinner, finished off with a few more beers and a movie. We felt like royalty – clean clothes, more than one other human per 100m2, etc. Actually Freo seems pretty damn cool. Might put it in the back of the mind for a retirement spot.
Tonight I am writing this from Margaret River so I hope I don't forget any good bits...
On Saturday we had a bit of a sleep in, I washed the residual salt and sand off the truck (at great expense and ordinary effect) and then we got settled in to watch the
Nathan getting what he deserves
GF. Siska's grandson Ari, his mum Erin and her father-in-law Michael all had a bit of a look at the great game, had a BBQ for lunch and dinner, and afterwards, those staying the night enjoyed another movie (The Matrix) of which the theory was debated for days to come e.g. "Why does it matter if I wipe my feet if we are all batteries living in our own juices?". Good point.
Sunday saw the olds off to church and my heathen family off to the Freo Latte strip for a coffee and look at the Freo Markets,which were poretty cool, despite the clothes and knick-knacks. In the arvo we had a crack at King's Park (another tour – old farts), which was very informative and interesting, then a quick meet up with Erin, Arry and Shane, and back home for another quiet half dozen. Or so :-)
Monday was one of our favourite days yet. The Freo/Perth public transport is great, the tourist info bloke had some good ideas and so we spent the AM in Perth city having a look about, bit of a latte and a quick spot of shopping. Amy got her first rides
Freo Prison main gates
on a city train, which she had been asking for the whole trip. After doing the daily 40 – 50 minute ride daily while I lived in Brissy, I failed to see the fun in it. Except they did run on time and were not overcrowded, which was a bit of a novelty.
The PM was spent doing, arguably, the best tour ever at the Fremantle Prison. A bit of a bargain at $55 odd and our guide, Brett, was made for the job. Coming from Tassie we have all heard of the stuff that went down at penal establishments such as Port Arthur, but this place closed down only 25 odd years ago and appeared as a horrific place to spend even a few hours. Well worth a look if you are ever in Freo, and if you can get a tour with Brett, tell him that Nathan still cries himself to sleep after being put on the triangle and whipped with the cat-o'-nine-tails! Apparently the arsehole guards used to dip the tails in tar (to form hard nodules) if they didn't particularly like you!
Today we had a lazy start as we cleaned out and packed for the drive South. I forgot to say, Dad, if you are reading this, could you sweep up any extra sawdust on the front path from me cutting up the log (started to rain)?
The trip down to Margaret River was fairly quiet with pitstops only for food, booze and hardbody fishing lures. Went through the Tuart Forest on the way to Busselton (last forest of its kind – the timber from it is quite interesting so look it up) and had a quick look at the 1.8km Busselton timber jetty. A great piece of work but flippin' windy and cold so we may head back there in the next two days.
A quiet night tonight due to more rain, but we'll survive. The number of wineries, breweries and distilleries in the area may mean we never leave! Hopefully some fishing tomorrow and no wind or rain.
WA, they said. Fantastic weather, the said. Pfffffft...
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