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Weekly Photo Challenge: Beginning

Thought I might step up and take one or two of the weekly photo challenges this year and see how I go.

The first of the challenges is all about beginning’s. I chose my front yard for the subject, taking a snap this morning of it totally overgrown and before Cath and I spent some time in it this afternoon pulling weeds out (evidenced by the big black bags by the garage.

Yard before weeding
Yard before weeding
Yard after weeding
Yard after weeding

We’re beginning to see what’s underneath and once the path is ripped up, we can begin laying new lawn and doing some landscaping.

I might have left it a bit late to go back to the beginning though?

Swanning it in the Swan Valley

Headed off “up the Roe” again today as the locals say. Driving up the Roe Highway (and several others), destination the Swan Valley.

We’d planned only on going to a wildlife park and maybe having lunch and checking out a distillery or two and a chocolate factory.

As it was, temperatures hit high 30’s by the time we’d spent a couple of hours playing with wombats, koala’s, and multiple colourful birds at the Caversham Wildlife Park.

Caversham Wildlife Park Photoroll

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We therefore went in search of air-con and wound up at a cute little French restaurant called Little River for a lunchtime snack board. Too hot for a full meal so we had a couple of very nice platters instead.

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Temperature had soared a little higher while we were sampling pâté.

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but we did need a coffee so we went to our previous visit favourite – Yahava Coffee.

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This really needed to be followed by chocolate but the chocolate factory was closed being a Tuesday so we tried a local distillery instead – The Great Northern Distillery. Wow! a fantastic rum. Capped the visit off that did!

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Perth Hills Sunday Drive

We ventured out in to the Perth Hills again this trip, despite the skies being full of smoke from an inland bushfire. Tracing similar footsteps we took when we went camel riding in Kalamunda National Park back in June.

This time though we jumped off the Roe Highway before Kalamunda and headed across to Pickering Brook for a really rather nice lunch at The CORE Cider House.

View the full CORE Cider House Photoroll.

The CORE Cider House

The CORE Cider House
The CORE Cider House shop entrance
The CORE Cider House shop entrance
The CORE Cider House Sampling
The CORE Cider House Sampling
The CORE Cider House nicest kangaroo I've ever eaten
The CORE Cider House nicest kangaroo I’ve ever eaten

Having crazed there and sampled the fine ciders, we ventured slightly further down the road to a vineyard we’d seen earlier that day.
Quaintly named “Due Jolly” (Italian for ‘two jokers’), we were met at the Cellar Door by one of the owners. He made us a rather nice coffee after we’d chatted for a while and had a chance to sample some of their exquisite wines. It’s not often we walk away from vineyards in Australia with a white wine in the car boot but their 2008 Chardonnay had a unique bouquet that ‘forced’ us to buy a bottle 🙂 We did of course take a red with us too. Who can resist an Aussie red…

View the full Due Jolly Photoroll.

Due Jolly Winery front entrance
Due Jolly Winery front entrance
Due Jolly Winery logo
Due Jolly Winery logo
Due Jolly Winery relaxing area
Due Jolly Winery relaxing area
Due Jolly Winery front entrance
Due Jolly Winery front entrance
Due Jolly Winery cellar door with Andrew Cullen, one of the owners
Due Jolly Winery cellar door with Andrew Cullen, one of the owners
Due Jolly Winery cellar door
Due Jolly Winery cellar door

We’re back to Swan Valley tomorrow apparently to cuddle koala’s and generally ‘swan around’ for the day. Don’t bother excusing the pun, I accept it was a pretty feeble attempt…

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TheTedster has moved

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I’m tall anyway but I love how sunset extends my reach 😉
Summer thongs
Summer. ’nuff said.
Yup, ten toes.
Tall people need long feet
Footprints in the sand
Footprints in the sand

From Munster, Perth:

Well, it’s Summer and I’ve been back in Perth again on holiday for a little over a week now and my tan is finally starting to push through. I’ve been in the water nearly every day – feels like it’s at least 20deg here constantly. In amongst all of that fun I’ve finally found time to review my online presence and the various blog and photo upload sites I created when I was last on holiday and blogging my way through restaurants and cafés etc. For the most part they were just too hard to use which is why I stuck with Facebook’s handy “Check in” feature. That’s just not good enough for sharing decent photos with a bit of commentary and it’s time to move to the next level.

So, I’ve taken the plunge with WordPress (highly recommend it). The result is that I’m no longer using Tumblr or WordPress.com or Facebook for that matter as my primary points for sharing my love of photographing food. Instead, I’m now centralising on this new site where I’m also going to expand my photographic work over time too now I have a decent camera and the patience to learn. Collaborating along the way I’m sure with my wife and brother as always. Their support and encouragement is infectious 🙂

Only as time permits though. Between my love of all things food, my increasing interest in photography, and of course as many of you will know, the need to finish building our house I still have to earn a crust!

Anyway, that’ll do for now. I spent the day at the WA Museum Shipwreck Galleries in Fremantle taking some interesting inside shots of sunken boats and such so I need to go through them and see if there were any decent ones.