Now it is time to visit sunny Perth. First stop was a week with Cheryl and Jim, friends from way, way back. They took me out to their weekly game of golf at their local golf club.
Here we have the very well dressed Cheryl teeing off at the beautiful Wembley Downs Golf Club.
Followed by the casual yet dapper Jim concentrating very hard.
The golf course was so beautiful I couldn’t stop taking photoes. Here are some magnificent gum trees.
Mind you the language wasn’t always in keeping with the setting!
And we did spend a lot of time looking for lost balls, but what a beautiful place to spend an early morning.
Next point of interest was the local beach, where Cheryl goes most mornings with her dogs.
The dog beach near City Beach,
And looking the other way, what more could you ask for at 7.30 in the morning?
Here is Cheryl with Cooper and Lilly, we love the dog beach.
Then there is Cheryl and Jim’s home.
What a garden! This is the fish pond, with native fish in it, and frogs. See the wonderful metal fish hanging up top right. Up the steps to the rest of the garden, and the swimming pool is to the right.
Mosaics by Cheryl, just outside the back door.
This is the retaining wall for the swimming pool, with a watchful pelican keeping an eye on everything.
And here is the pelican from the other side watching over the pool.
Here is Madam watering her plants.
Eucalyptus Erythrocorys or Illyarie: One of the most decorative Eucalypts. The flower buds each have a brilliant red square cap with a raised cross on top. The caps burst open in the Autumn to reveal a spray of rich yellow flowers and stamens 5cm (2″) across. The red buds and yellow stamens are present on the tree at the same time in large numbers, giving a magnificent display against the green foliage and smooth white bark of the trunk. Endemic to Western Australia.
The bees love the pollen filled flowers.
And the gum nuts are enormous.
Another trip with Cheryl, to Lake Monger.
Once again the weather was glorious. Gregarious pelicans making the best of it.
Water birds everywhere soaking up the sun.
Black swan, WA’s emblem. And guess what? You can see them on the Swan River too, and sometimes at the beach.
A heron waits for dinner.
The dog walkers. Cheryl and I with Abby, Lilly and Cooper. Should have taken my hat off, then I would have had a face.
Thanks so much Cheryl and Jim for a wonderful week.