On the 9th March, being a public holiday, we decided to take a drive northwards to explore the region. Aboout half an hours drive north of Joondalup lies the Yanchep National Park. We were very pleasantly surprised - it has a large dam, rolling lawns and leafy trees to laze under. There are a number of things to do, like the aboriginal tour, the koala walkway, have tea at the Chocolate Drops tearoom, lunch at the Yanchep Inn or hiking and caving for the more energetic. The birdlife is awesome!
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Al, Josh and I caught up with Dave and Karen Freemantle in Mandurah for the celebration of the annual crab festival. Stupidly, we never tried the crab, but had a lot of fun anyway. Mandurah is about 60km south of Perth city.It has some of the most expensive property in the country, with huge mansions on the extensive canals. We caught a train there and back, very relaxing! As a town, it has much character and charm! The Freemantles proved excellent guides!
Al and the boys went to a men's conference just outside of Perth. Angus Buchan, well-known in South Africa, has a special ministry for men and has always attracted large crowds. The last conference in SA hosted 60 000 men. The Ozzies seem to like him too!
Al and the guys from Northshore church got roped in as crew and it was Al's job to usher Angus through the crowds after a long and tiring session with the men.
- To go or not to go? That is the question that has plagued our family for years. Throwing all fears and caution aside, Ali and I did a rekkie of Perth and decided to make the break! The team was headed by a very enthusiastic Chris who squashed any doubt or indecision by threatening to go on his own if need be! It was by no means an easy decision as both Ali and I had to make heart-wrenching decisions to leave our most loved family members behind!Always hoping they will follow, though! So, on the 26th December 2008, our family flew to 'greener pastures'.