Trish and I are house-sitting in Perth, Western Australia. The two-legged family members are off on holiday and we are left with the four-legged furry ones. There are four poodles: Polly (momma), Teddy (papa) and their kids, Bronson and little Katie. Little Katie was born with only three legs, but she is an inspiration to any person looking on. Her back legs walk, but without a front leg, Katie has to hop. N
doggie family and sailing through the air on to beds and couches. There is one more member, Tosca. He is a feral cat who is friendly and comes in nightly to get cat food. Tosca has no problem with four poodles sniffing and towering over him. He gently head-butts each dog in a friendly way. His purring is loud and wonderful.
Hot Weather in Perth
Perth has been registering in between 37-41C compared with Sydney (East Coast) with temperatures between 23-25C. We are very lucky that we have a pool that we can swim in and cool off. The dogs join us and the cool water makes them frisky and playful. They chase each other around the pool in order to dry off – with little Katie in the rear but gaining speed.
Perth has a population of 1.8 million (2012) and it is the capital of Western Australia. We took a drive to Perth which sits where the Swan River meets the southwest coast. Many of its suburbs lie along sandy beaches. We are located in the Darlington Hills which are not near the beaches but its spectacular for its wild life. We can be at a beach in less than 40 minutes.
Our nearest Town
It is less than a 15 minute drive and we are in Midland, a fairly large town with a good shopping centre/mall. This is where we did our Christmas shopping amidst lights and things Australian. We have been very lucky because the family here lent us a car; otherwise, we have to rent one. It’s summer now and the locals are dressed casually. The entire area has a laid-back feeling to it.
Our house here is built so that the sun-room looks down and over the forest cover below. There is a large feeder where a variety of birds come very early in the morning and at dusk. There are pink and grey gallah parrots with crests. A couple of black and white magpies chortle at early morning hours and come and feed. Lastly, there are a couple of Emerald-Winged Doves. Now and again, we are lucky to get a glimpse of a timid parrot with a black face and green and yellow body.
This is a wonderful way to travel and make friends. We welcomed the 2016 New Year at a free firework display in Perth. I hope your New Year is going well for you.