Friday, March 31, 2006

Patience, Patience

Yes I know we're home now and I'm still trying to beat off the jetlag, but rest-assured I'll put up some more incredibly interesting holiday stuff soon. Including a picture of a spider, if I can find it (the picture that is, not the spider).

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Quick update

It's hot. We're in Coral Bay (look it up). Internet is expensive. We'll write when we get back. Whale shark hunting tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006


We're off up north for maybe 7-10 days and it's very likely that internet access will be few and far between, so don't expect much in the way of updates. Just in case you thought maybe we'd been eaten by sharks or stranded by a cyclone or something.
We're going to find some dolphins, and hopefully some whale sharks! They're supposed to be about not long after the March full moon (yesterday if I'm not mistaken) so fingers crossed.

Monday, March 13, 2006


They're larger, and scarier. I hope you all know what this is, but it's the first time I've ever seen one in the wild. I'll try to get a photo of one of the redbacks hanging around the house as well.

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Margaret River

This is where we stayed. Yes it was as nice as it looks.

That white splodge in the top left corner is a finger belonging to Bruce, the camp as you like owner. And the breakfast was one of the best I've had in a long while, but I think 8am is a bit early for showtunes. Posted by Picasa

Is that an English Country garden?

It could be, but is in fact a winery in Margaret River, about half way through the winery tour. Does Alison look like she might be slurring her words? I couldn't possibly comment.

Margaret River itself is dead nice, like Muswell Hill but with sunshine. Posted by Picasa

They don't call it a tree top walk for nothing.

I'm just out of shot, shaking uncontrollably.

If you're interested, these are tingle trees. But really they're types of eucalyptus. A lot of the forest smells of wee though - because of another plant there that I can't remember the name of. Posted by Picasa

A little tree.

Seriously, the big one's just below this post...

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The trees get pretty big in the Southern Forests. So big that they don't fit into photos.

Anyone know how I can post more than one photo at a time in Picasa? Posted by Picasa

Mandalay Industries

This is Mandalay Beach on Western Australia's southern coast and is named after the ship that was wrecked here. If you look closely at the middle of this photo you'll see some timber sticking out of the beach. This is actually part of the Mandalay, I shit you not, and is only revealed every now and again when the tides are right. According to Lonely Planet this is supposed to happen every ten years, but the lady in the visitor's centre said it had come up a few times in the last couple of years. Still, we felt lucky to see it.

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The Gloucester Tree

Sure it's just a tree, but it's pretty tall and you can climb it. Unfortunately we got there too early in the morning, and it was a bit wet, and our shoes didn't have very good grips, and we hadn't had breakfast. Otherwise we'd have been up there like a shot. Posted by Picasa


This was the scene outside our window this morning:

Only kidding! We've just returned from the forested south, where they regularly set fire to their forests (on purpose!) to prevent proper bushfires. That's what they maintain anyway, but it sounds like a pretty cool job.

This was near the very tall indeed Gloucester Tree (see above) Posted by Picasa

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Non-Oz related post

Desperate self-important work-obsessed wierdos keep their crackberrys. Whoop-de-fucking-do.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Wildlife galore

We were fortunate yesterday to see not only a Quokka on Rottnest Island, but also this here snake. You'll appreciate that I didn't get too close to it and my zoom is rubbish, but I would say it's one of these. Note the words 'highly venomous'.

Some people were camping nearby and woke up to this outside their tent. That's why I really appreciate four walls and a roof. Posted by Picasa

Burn baby burn

This is a Quokka. It's a cross between a rat and a kangaroo, but not a kangaroo rat. It's not as big as a sheep either, so I was a little disappointed.

I'd put up a photo of my sunburnt ankles but they're less cute. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Summertime, and the living is easy

how lucky am I????

how smug am I????

Meeeeehh Posted by Picasa

Obligatory Koala Photo!

They were making some mating calls when we've visited, but you'll have to wait till we get home before I can publish the (admittedly very bad quality) video. Posted by Picasa

Dingoes ate my baby

Strewth! Would you cop a load of them dingoes mate!

Welcome to the first official post of Will and Alison's holiday blog, or "hog", excepting the jibbering 'arrived safely' post.

We've been here a few days now, I'm getting used to the weather. Or rather, the weather's getting used to me - it was 36 when we arrived but is now down to high twenties/low thirties... I think, but I don't have a thermometer or anything. Though it is going to get hotter soon.

We've been to the beach, been to Perth, seen some real life Australian wildlife, in real cages (see above) and tomorrow we're going to an island populated entirely by rats the size of sheep. Sweet. We've also had lots of 'family' time and I'm enjoying my role as pseudo-uncle with a baby in one hand and a pint in the other. And the barmaid used the word pint, so I'm allowed to as well.

I've actually started to read my Lonely Planet guide, and now have some ideas of where I want to go. Obviously this will have to coincide with what Alison wants to do, but so far the list kinda looks like this:

Swim with Dolphins
Swim/see whale sharks
Marine wildlife reserve oop north
Tour Margaret River wineries (think the Loire Valley in France)
Probably do a museum or two
Walk along the tree tops doon south
Generally forget about work and laze on the beach

We'll see how many of these we actually do though....

Just let me leave you with an observation - seems like most people around here are as tanned as northerners and spend most of the time indoors. What's the point in so much blistering sunshine if after 15 minutes in it, you actually blister? Posted by Picasa