A little bit of Sweden in Perth

It’s mid-afternoon in Perth, and I’m back in my room with the fan on maximum rotation trying to cool down after an interesting and busy day. I started the day off with a coffee, a smoked salmon baguette, and an apple strudel at a Swedish cafe. Even in Perth, there’s a little bit of Sweden, …

The Motorbike Frog

Last night I encountered the sight and sound of the Motorbike Frog which apparently is the “most commonly encountered frog” in the South-West of Western Australia. I was in a backyard at Fremantle along with two colleagues and their respective partners, and we were have a really, really lovely time eating a wonderful meal, drinking …

This Wide Brown (And White) Land

I have crossed this wide brown land and have arrived in Perth (Western Australia), as evidenced by these photographs. The flight was excellent. I had two seats by myself in the first row behind business. It was fascinating to cross the country from East to West, and in particular to look down at the land …

Year In Review 2011

It’s been a funny year. It’s been a mixed year. It’s been a year of ups and downs. Mostly it’s been a pretty good year, though there have been times. Yes, there have been times… I started the year catching a flight back from Lismore to Sydney. I’d been in Lismore for about ten days …

Everything In Place

Reassuringly the “Big Prawn” at Ballina remains in its rightful place, despite receivership, desperate need of a paint job etc. I’ve been passing the “Big Prawn” for many, many years. Over the last few years, though, it’s been looking a little desperate. There’s been talk of possible owners, and possible movement to a new location. …

Merry Christmas

Normally we would have lunch with extended family at my sister’s place, but we broke with tradition this Christmas. This year, we went to my niece’s place to have lunch with her new extended family. In the last twelve months, she and her boyfriend have cemented their relationship with the purchase of a house together. …