14th May

14th – 18th May

Days spent shopping, walking and in general relaxing.

Ollie did his first nine holes of golf since his heart attack. He played a blinder!!!

19th May

Leave Mandurah and head to Swan Valley. We found the cutest tea rooms just up the road from the caravan park called Cottage tea rooms & Gallery – you have to try the lemon meringue pie!! Decided to walk off lunch at Bells Rapids. Lovely spot

image Stopped at Bells lookout on the way for a view over Perth


20th May

early morning walk. Then off to Midland in search of more wool for next project. We apparently walked 4K looking for Spotlight only to find they’d run out of the wool I wanted.

21st May

what a day – rain, wind and cold. Caught up with cooking and filling freezer with meals – 10 days of meals. With a break in the weather we went wine tasting at Houghtons wines then some chocolate tasting. Decided to take a look at Bells Rapids after the 40 ml of rain and managed a short walk in between cloud burstsimage image

22nd May

image What a beautiful sunrise. We’d been told Guildford has some great little shops that you can spend hours browsing round. OK let’s go – mustv’e either gone to wrong Guildford or our eye site deceived us !!!!!!! Oh well – off to The tea rooms for more lemon meringue pie.

23rd May

set off for Jurien Bay. Oh no – the noises are back with a vengeance!!!!!! Sounds like the rear end of the car is going to drop off. Find a Pedders suspension place – on peak under car and he says – “There’s your problem – the spring is on upside down!!!!!!!!!”

Whhhhhat? – Phone Mitsubishi Mandurah. Troy the service manager tells madam – It’s impossible to fit the coils incorrectly – Madam sends photo – image Incorrectimage Correct

Troy rings Pedders in Joondalup where we are and tells them the spring is definitely upside down an to go ahead and replace it. Bl……dy chicken couldn’t ring Madam back and tell her!!!!

Seems the mechanics at Mandurah Mitsubishi can do the impossible !!!!

But wait – that’s not all – they originally looked at the car because of a knocking noise – told us there was nothing wrong. It wasn’t the back of the car we nearly lost – it was the caravan – the tow bar was nearly off the chassis!!!! SH one T – another lucky escape – someone is watching over us – but not Mitsubishi Mandurah

24th May

3am – caravan rocking – weather atrocious – wind & rain – Ollie is obviously kept asleep by the rocking motion!

Time for some sightseeing now the rain has stopped. Walk along Jurien Beachimage Fasinating old jetty – once used to export grain & bat pooh! Now used by cormorants and snorkelers. They have buried weird shaped concrete plinths all around it that have created a reef – didn’t test it out today!!

After lunch – more sightseeing

  1. The Pinnacles desertimage image image image No one has any idea how they formed – any ideas anyone.
  2. Hansen bay lookout – up, up, up –image Somewhere out there are 6 shipwrecks caught by the reef. This bay is known as the Turquoise coast – nor today though!
  3. Lake Thetis & Stromatolites image image These are made up of the oldest known single cell bacteria – blue green algae – and are in a lake that is 1.5 times more salty than the sea! Not sure what the birds are but they were sweet.
  4. Final climb of the day Molah Hill – no pics as the rain clouds descended again

I’m sure I mentioned Ollie has now got himself a Fitbit – seems we have done 50k walking in 7 days. I think it detects his restless legs at night!!!! Cannot believe it

Wonder what tomorrow will bring???

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