To wander through the sweeping corridors and grand rooms of Longleat House is to be transported back in time. Exploring this stunning example of high Elizabethan architecture – and the Capability Brown landscaped grounds surrounding it – is a day out in itself. It was substantially completed by Sir John Thynne in 1580. And today, his descendants are still lucky enough to call it their home.
While visiting Busselton, Western Australia, friends & I stumbled upon “The Shed” market place and wow, wonderful atmosphere, people, produce and food. Not a place to be missed when next visiting Busselton.
(The Shed is a regional market which is located in the heart of the South West of Western Australia. Predominately a produce market incorporating ‘Eat Street’ international food fare and a regular pop-up craft market. The market promotes sustainable farming and supports local farmers, food producers, artisans, creators and makers. )
Fremantle is a major Australian port city in Western Australia, located at the mouth of the Swan River. Fremantle Harbour serves as the port of Perth, the state capital. Fremantle was the first area settled by the Swan River colonists in 1829. It was declared a city in 1929, and has a population of approximately 27,000.
Fremantle is a fascinating place with hundreds of heritage listed buildings. It’s a popular tourist destination with heaps of Australian history.
We do love Halloween in our house. Once a year we get to dress up, hand out goodies and scare people. All in good fun.
Some of the beautiful old buildings in the south of England, from my last holiday there.
The dingo is a wild canine found in Australia whose taxonomic status as a distinct species remains debated. The dingo is the largest terrestrial predator in Australia, and plays an important role as an apex predator. However, the dingo is seen as a pest by livestock farmers due to attacks on animals. Conversely, their predation on rabbits, kangaroos and rats may be of benefit to graziers. The Dingo does not bark, but howls like a wolf. The Dingo’s in these photos are rescued and unable to be returned to the wild.It was probably introduced to Australia by Asian seafarers about 4,000 years ago. Its origins have been traced back to a south Asian variety of Grey Wolf (Canis lupus lupus). Recent DNA studies suggest that Dingoes may have been in Australia even longer. Today, the main threat to the Dingo comes from their contact with the domestic dog, Canis lupus familiaris. The push of urban settlement from coastal areas and into outback Australia allows for increased interbreeding between the two. This most likely will lead to the dilution of the Dingo gene pool and quite possibly to the ultimate extinction of the Dingo subspecies.
The Dingo has been listed as ‘vulnerable’ with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (ICUN).