Archive for April, 2010


Friday, April 30th, 2010

I was born in Albany, I kept telling people here – Albany, New York!   They were quite aware of their New York State counterpart however, because it often came up first when they were searching for Albany, Western Australia. This Albany is a very special place to Australians.  It was “the first white settlement” in […]

Perth 7

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

I was reading a newspaper rant the other day about the cultural vacuum in Perth.   That’s not been our experience.   Every single night there’s something going on; I feel guilty we can’t get to more. A couple of weeks ago we went to Perth’s beautiful and acoustically superb Concert Hall for something different.   A musical […]


Sunday, April 11th, 2010

Just before we were to catch the train back to Perth, I happened upon a crime scene a block from the Wild West Saloon.  It looked like an episode of CSI-Kalgoorlie or whatever – uniformed cops with POLICE FORENSICS lettered on their backs in discussion with a couple of “suits,” a blue tent covering the […]

Margaret River

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Several years ago when we were dining alfresco under a full moon at the Daintree Wilderness Lodge (more recently named one of the top ten eco-tourism sites in the world), we were served for the first time a fish called barramundi (still one of our favorites, only one notch behind North Carolina grouper) and an […]

Perth 6

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

It didn’t rain for 100+ days here.  Farmers were desperate.  City fathers put in water restrictions.  Lawns were dying.  Rain would be predicted, hopefully, breathlessly, and occasionally there would be clouds in the cobalt blue sky.  But nothing happened: a few minutes of sudden cooling, a bit of breeze, but no moisture. Yesterday afternoon Mother […]