Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Perth Day 3

I can't recall if Grace and P arrived at 9 or 10 to pick us up. We drove up to Kings Park and took a walk. While we had been there the evening before, we did not venture too far into the park. Of course this morning we left the car and took a stroll.

The Swan Brewery has not been a brewery for a very long time. The buildings date back to 1879. It is now a mix of apartments and restaurants. Across the road is a carpark, once horse stables that burnt down. The brewery's redevelopment was contentious with the local natives at the time, however, it was built on land re-claimed from the river.


A huge double bunger Boab tree in Kings Park. I subsequently learnt it is not a well tree, possibly because it is suited to a very dry climate and it had taken up too much water in the wetter Perth climate and split.


Never mind, trees grow again quickly enough.......but they take a long time to form hollows for birds to nest in, as this lorikeet nesting in the Boab will attest.


Isn't this a nice design for a park. S'cuse the shoe.


I am a little disoriented by this photo. The buildings across the river might be east of the city with the Perth Hills in behind.


We all admired this tree and Grace's subsequent investigation revealed it is a native, a Western Australian Peppermint tree, flowering for five months a year.


This poor photo is Maylands Station. We left Kings Park and drove inland to the Swan Valley. We stopped for excellent coffee at Chapels on Whatley. It was an interesting cafe in an area with many trendy cafes.



I passed the camera over to R to take a snap of the giraffes through the car window. He did not do a fine job.


I forget where this place was, but it is quite impressive.


Our destination was Sitella Winery, for lunch. I had never heard the name Sitella before and I did not know it was the name of a bird. There were no Sitellas at Sitella, perhaps because the land had been cleared where the winery now is?


Yes, the obligatory gift shop. We had a little wine tasting, at about 11.30 am. Our hostess behind the counter was loquacious, bright, cheery, voluble and expansive. It could perhaps have been because she was also doing a little wine tasting with us, and perhaps with previous wine tasters. But then again, she may be just like that normally. She was fun.



A set lunch menu was available for $40, which sounded a lot to me, but then I realised the price was for three courses, including a glass of wine and if you ordered a la carte, it would cost a lot more.



Our food was delicious, the chat flowed and we were very satisfied. I don't normally take photos of food, and perhaps it is just as well as I have no recollection of what I ate.


With a clinking bag of two bottles of wine, Grace and P dropped us back in town, opposite the Perth railway station and the nearby Forrest Place.


This fountain was much more guesswork than the one in Budapest where the water jets dropped away just before you walked through them. There were some wet kiddies, but it was a warm day.




I think we were in the Murray Street Mall when we spied an old friend of ours and Grace, the French busker known as Will Street. He is looking a little older, but still, he ain't half hot. An older Asian man, dressed like a Chinese mainlander tourist, slipped Will a $100 note. I guess if I wanted Will slip me a little something, I would have slip him $400+.






Having had large lunch, we decided on a shared platter near to our digs at The Terrace in St Georges Terrace. We felt a little uncomfortable with the high end service and spending only $27 on our shared meal, but we shouldn't have. Err, plus a glass of wine each. We actually found the service annoyingly cloying, as we experienced in New York. Never mind, the platter was very nice.

What are we doing tomorrow? I can't remember.

22 comments:

  1. Looks like a good enough day outside, nice photos and warm greetings!

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    1. It was great weather, Blogoratti.

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  2. 11.30 was probably a little early for wine tasting but I suppose that depends on how many different wines you tasted. G and P are doing a great job as guides.

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    1. Maire, I think we tried three wines but then had a glass each with lunch.

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  3. What a fascinating place. Sounds like you had a lovely time. Thanks for sharing the pics. Enjoyed them.

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    1. Sandra, yes interesting as well as quite beautiful.

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  4. Andrew the baobab tree looks fantastic but the wine in a pink shoe is a masterpiece. I hopes it tastes well

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    1. Gosia, it is a strange tree that stores a large amount of water in its trunk.

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  5. It looks like a truly delightful day. Mildly jealous thoughts from here...

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    1. EC, it was a great day out for us.

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  6. I really like the pink shoe wine bottle holder and know exactly who should have one. Wonder if I can find one locally?

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    1. River, write to the winery with an enquiry as to what happened to the other shoe, haha.

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    2. I googled quirky wine bottle holders and there's lots of shoes out there in different colours also many other different bottle holders; I must have spent an hour looking at them.

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    3. I have seen them elsewhere but not sure where. Someone will get a nice gift.

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  7. Wine tasting and sex tourism, why would you want to go anywhere else in the world.
    R gets a B- in photography, those giraffe look brilliant.

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    1. Jah Teh, I would forgo the wine for a tasting of something else.

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  8. Don't apologise for food and wine photos.,,, they are the stuff of life! Can't tell what your photo is of, but if it is fish, you did well. Perth fish is delicious, nicely presented and above all, fresh.

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    1. Hels, I never apologise for wine. You are quite correct. It was fish. Snapper maybe. All of our meals were nice.

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  9. Sounds as if you had a wonderful day, it's good that you can remember a bit of it :)

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    1. Margaret, probably I remember because I write and old fashioned point diary at the end of the day or the next morning.

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  10. I think that old building you couldn't remember was the renovated old Guildford Hotel, I seem to remember pointing it out, not sure if you had time to click! Perth looks good through your eyes Andrew!

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    1. Grace, yes. I recall you saying the renovations weren't quite finished around the side.

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