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Picturesque Perth

The reason for our visit to Perth was to meet our grandson Andrew, aged five months, and his mother Donna, who came from London to spend time with family there. Being a grandmother registers high on my reason for being, so we could almost leave it at that. However, let's look around picturesque Perth as well.

The reason for our visit to Perth was to meet our grandson Andrew, aged five months, and his mother Donna, who came from London to spend time with family there. Being a grandmother registers high on my reason for being, so we could almost leave it at that. However, let’s look around picturesque Perth as well.

A short train trip to the aviation museum at Bull Creek was on Iggy's must-do list. He was impressed by the collection of aircraft, including the Catalina, an aircraft my father flew during World War II.

A short train trip to the aviation museum at Bull Creek was on Iggy’s must-do list. He was impressed by the collection of aircraft, including the Catalina, an aircraft my father flew during World War II. We were also impressed by the train service – clean, frequent and quiet and a great way to see the scenery.

For me, food experiences are an important feature of great travel experiences. Donna took us to The Boatshed, an elegant restaurant on the Swan River. I don't usually have dessert. but was glad I changed the routine for this dish of creamy mousse encasing rhubarb, topped with sorbet and served with a swoosh of apple puree.

For me, food experiences are an important feature of great travel experiences. Donna took us to The Boatshed, an elegant restaurant on the Swan River. I don’t usually have dessert. but was glad I changed the routine for this dreamy dish of creamy mousse encasing rhubarb, topped with sorbet and served with a swoosh of apple puree. Delectable. Otherwise, Iggy and I ate on a budget. We recommend the $8 (Australian) steak and fried onion sandwich served at The Green Room at the bus station – about the only place open when we went looking for lunch on a public holiday. The slab of steak in the sandwich was generous.

Government House is representative of the charming brick buildings to be found in Perth. Right in the middle of Perth, the gardens at Government House were worth wandering through.

Government House is representative of the charming brick buildings to be found in Perth. Right in the middle of Perth, the gardens at Government House were worth wandering through.

While the shopping malls did not light our fire (similar shops here in NZ), the alleys off the main mall area were pretty.

While the shopping malls did not light our fire (similar shops here in NZ), the alleys off the main mall area were pretty.

Perth's sunny weather made a change from Hamilton's cooler climate. We were glad we had taken our Aussie hats (made in New Zealand!) with us.

Perth’s sunny weather made a pleasant change from Hamilton’s cooler climate. We were glad we had taken our Aussie hats (made in New Zealand!) with us.

We couldn't get away from the fact that watching Andrew learning to crawl was one of Perth's big attractions.

We couldn’t get away from the fact that watching Andrew learning to crawl was one of Perth’s big attractions.

- and I'll always remember those cuddles from a snuggly little man!

– and I’ll always remember those cuddles from a snuggly little man!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mothers’ Day high tea

This is my mother June. She was guest of honour at our Mothers' Day high tea yesterday.

This is my mother June. She was guest of honour at our Mothers’ Day high tea yesterday.

June is nearly 87. She was a feminist before feminism was fashionable. She was insistent that I should be the first female on either side of our family to attend university because she saw having an education as offering choices. She has strong views, many of which are formed from listening to 1YA. (The radio station hasn’t been called 1YA officially for years, but that’s beside the point.) She researches topics and presents papers for her colleagues at U3A – the University of the Third Age. She is a generous hostess, who insists on putting food in front of anyone who visits.

June’s thinking is challenging and frequently ahead of her time. She was a Playcentre mother when the Playcentre movement was still considered somewhat suspect by her more conservative friends. They were sure that we would all turn out to be quite undisciplined because we were children who were offered choices – “freedom within boundaries”. Family comes first. My son turned up at her place unexpectedly and unkempt and covered in paint from his work – and June asked her guests at the smart luncheon party she was hosting to move over and make room for him to join them.  He has a voracious appetite, but June found a way to stretch the meal.

June has four children, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren – all very different people. However, there’s a distinctive bit of June in every one of us. Yesterday, we celebrated Mothers’ Day at the apartment of June’s second granddaughter (and my daughter) Victoria.

I made chicken, herb and pistachio sandwiches, which were popular. I should have made  more, as we ran out. Victoria's bowls of macadamia and cashew nuts and red grapes were  popular, too. In the background is a coffee set that my father brought back from Amsterdam over 50 years ago. No floral Royal Doulton for June. The coffee set still looks contemporary!

I made chicken, herb and pistachio sandwiches, which were popular. I should have made more, as we ran out. Victoria’s bowls of macadamia and cashew nuts and red grapes were popular, too. In the background is a coffee set that my father brought back from Amsterdam over 50 years ago as a gift for June. No floral Royal Doulton for June. The coffee set still looks contemporary in Victoria’s apartment!

I made boiled fruit cake, scones with jam and cream and my extra-special super rich chocolate brownie topped with cream and raspberries.

I made boiled fruit cake, scones with jam and cream and my extra-special super rich chocolate brownie topped with cream and raspberries. Okay, Ray McVinnie – I know you can’t eat camellias!

While none of my children or grandchildren live near, these glorious flowers from Sarah in the USA brought love and sunshine to our home for Mothers' Day. A Skype with Sarah, Ana and Rafa today brought me even more light and laughter!

While none of my children or grandchildren live near, these glorious flowers from Sarah in the USA brought love and sunshine to our home for Mothers’ Day. A Skype with Sarah, Ana and Rafa today brought even more light and laughter!

 

 

 

 

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