This year I didn't join any of the festivities in some of Perth's suburbs and the main one in Elizabeth Quay, but still had a very busy weekend.
|Cod fish, potatoes and chick peas - just delicious!|
On Saturday, the day was slightly wet and I spent the day putting the house in order... not my favourite task, but has to be done sometime!
Most of our furniture is solid cherry wood, which is a crime to paint (according to my husband), but we've had it for over 20 years and I think it's time for an update, so I managed to convince him I would only paint the dining room chairs...for now...so that the dining room will at least look a bit brighter and modern.
When it's all done I'll show you the before and after so you can judge if I was right or wrong!
|Painting was started on the dining room chairs|
Later in the afternoon we joined friends celebrating their 2 year old's birthday at the Scented Garden on the South Perth foreshore. Again we met up with friends we hadn't seen in a while and it was great to catch up.
Before returning home I took some photos of the city of Perth on the other side of the Swan river.
|South Perth park and Perth city across the Swan River|
|Sun-setting reflections on Perth buildings and after dark city lights|
Monday was warm again with the temperature going up to 25,6C (remember Winter actually started on the 1st of June).
We had planned to visit an orchard in the Perth hills in the suburb of Roleystone, and decided to go have lunch in the area too. The restaurant we originally planned to go to was closed due to the public holiday and we were recommended Avocados Restaurant.
The restaurant was located next to a water stream with views to the hills. It was packed and the food obviously took a while to be delivered, but when we got it, it was quite tasty and the presentation was great too.
They also have accommodation and function rooms that are rented for weddings, etc.
|On the way to the Hills - a horse box, hills and flowers, houses on the hills and crash cars piled up on a truck|
|Avocados restaurant, outdoor eating area and stream, accommodation, our food|
|The stream by the restaurant|
After lunch we drove just a few kms to visit Raeburn Orchard, and were aghast when we saw the hundreds of cars parked near the Orchard and the huge crowds lining up to get in!
Really?? Yes, and the reason I was going to visit was because on Thursday the Orchard was mentioned on a TV program regarding their fields covered in Autumn foliage, being the ideal location for beautiful photos.
You see in Perth there aren't that many deciduous trees that turn golden or red and then shed their leaves in Autumn....in fact most parks in Perth still look very green.
So all those people had seen the same program I had and were there to take photos and to buy farm fruit too I assume.
An entry fee of $3,50 per person was even charged to enter the orchard, such was the demand!
There were 3 parking attendants directing traffic into an empty lot next door, and the poor neighbouring houses had even cordoned off their lawns with "no parking signs".
One of the attendants said that on Saturday they had 5000 visitors!! They certainly must have done well with entry fees, extra fruit and other produce sold...
Anyway, we paid the fee, and it was actually an enjoyable afternoon wandering around, taking photos, we even came across a few people sitting around their picnic baskets enjoying the views and the warm weather.
Before leaving we went into their store and bought apples and pears, a bottle of pear juice and and ice-cream for each. I must say the fruit is very tasty, so it was a good buy.
|Horses, rows and rows of fruit trees, persimmons and avocados|
|Green and Golden|
|I even felt like a kid playing with the dry leaves|
|Inside the orchard store - jams and sauces, fruit and juices|
|Sour Cherry and Salted Caramel ice-cream|
And so ended a very enjoyable long weekend.
Hope you are having a great week.