Sand, Grass & A Broken Tree

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Bench & Ice

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Whilst in Fremantle recently, we found this lovely hill of ice, so of course children will be children and had to climb it, sit on it and move it to a nearby bench to sit on it again. such fun.

In Fremantle

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Fremantle, Perth, Western Australia, is such a wonderful place, so much history and always so much to see. It also has some absolutely wonderful places to eat. I don’t get there so often now, but when I do, I can’t help but be amazed at everything and everyone there.

After The Fire

Here in Australia we live with the threat of fire every day, during summer. Our natural bushland does thrive on these fires for its rejuvenation, but unfortunately many are lit purposely. Sadly wildlife and people’s homes come under a real threat of being destroyed. The photos here are of a local fire, possibly lit by arsonists the week before Christmas. dscn8702dscn8708dscn8699dscn8698dscn8709

The West Australian Native Christmas Tree

WA Christmas Tree or Nuytsia floribunda is a true mistletoe. It is a root parasite that does not grow directly on the host plant. It can grow to 10 meters in height.
This highly adaptable plant is able to survive in paddocks where all native vegetation has been removed and replaced exclusively by introduced grasses. Also despite its spectacular flowers and ornamental desirability for garden use, it will hunt down the roots of most plants within a 50 meter radius and unless they can quickly develop alternative roots, will die within a few years. Nuytsia floribunda is difficult to permanently remove, as they will rapidly re-grow their trunk if knocked over, providing the root system is not too badly damaged.
The WA Christmas Tree tends to flower over the Christmas period, but most young or small plants will not flower at all unless there has been a bushfire, when most will bloom prolifically.
While they will not make a good addition to the home garden, they are a visual pleasure in the bush over the Christmas period.

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I believe that this is one of Western Australia’s most beautiful native trees.

The Indiana Tea House

The Indiana Tea House is one of my favorite restaurants in Perth, not only for it’s wonderful food, service & décor, but the view over Cottesloe Beach is spectacular.dscn5841dscn5764dscn5834dscn5856dscn5854dscn5887

Indiana takes its name from “The Indiana Tea House”, a humble ice cream parlour built in 1910.  Originally a pit stop for the playground that was Cottesloe Beach, “The Indiana Tea House” served folk dressed in modest bathing suits, caps and trunks from a small shack-like composite.  In the 1920’s the venue and its expansive lawns played host to couples dancing cheek to cheek.
More recently Indiana was redeveloped in 1996 to the building we know today.  Operating as a restaurant from this time onwards, the architect has created an amazing building that seems to rise effortlessly from the snow-white beach sand.
Today, Indiana forms a part of Chris Taylor’s ‘family’ of four landmark restaurant and function facilities. With all establishments boasting spectacular locations, Indiana is the only coastal property of the group.  Unique in its own way, Indiana is a multipurpose venue.  As a relaxed beach bistro or a beautiful exclusive function facility, Indiana is one of Perth’s premier restaurant caterers.