Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Christmas and New Years Shenanigans...

Hey guys...

Here as promised is the update on my festive season from this year. The last place I told you about was Carnarvon. I have one more thing to tell you about that place... The fish and chips are great there! If you ever happen to be in town then I recommend going to the fish and chip shop in the main shopping centre...

Now I've got that out of the way I can tell you about the next stage in the journey. From Carnarvon we drove south and west to Denham. This is in Shark Bay, which is a world heritage national park. We arrived in the caravan park pretty late, and proceeded to do our usual taking over of the camp fridge-freezers. We did an especially good job this time as we had gone shopping in Carnarvon to stock up for Xmas...

The next day (the 23rd) we drove the 25 km north to Monkey Mia. This is a resort in the national park itself and boasts gorgeous beaches, panoramic views, and most importantly.... dolphins!

We arrived in Monkey Mia just in time to catch the second dolphin feeding of the day (they only feed the dolphins 3 times a day, and even that only if the dolphins show up!). Namrin was lucky enough to be picked to feed a fish to the dolphins ... I wasn't! It seems that only women and children get picked to feed dolphins!

Once the dolphin shows were over we went snorkelling... After the amazing experiences at coral bay and Exmouth it was quite disappointing... mostly we saw sand and sea grass...

After Monkey Mia we drove back to town. We tried a little bit of fishing, but for the second time were hugely unsuccessful in catching anything!

The next day was xmas eve, and as early as possible we moved into our accommodation for the christmas period. It was a little cabin, nothing special, but after 6 months of living in a van it felt like luxury... Nam especially liked the TV!

Having our new facilities I proceeded to make some cheesecake, to an old family recipe... And then got nicely drunk...

The next day was Christmas day!!! Wooo!!

We woke up pretty early, and of course proceeded to open our presents! I got a shirt, a bottle of wine and some socks; and Nam got some jelly sweets, a giant bubble wand, an mp4 player and some headphones! Everyone was very happy, and we proceeded to wear our santa hats. These didn't come off for the rest of the day!

After the grand opening we decided to go and see dolphins again at Monkey Mia. Again we were just in time to see the second feeding (about 8am). This was lucky as the dolphins never showed up for another feeding. Obviously some fish gave them a better offer. They did show up with a baby though!

After the dolphins we wandered along the beach for a while, and met Santa Clause! Obviously taking a break after a heavy night! Then we had our xmas picnic on the beach... The picnic consisted of crackers, cheese (4 types), olives, sun dried tomatoes, smoked salmon, grapes, cherries, blueberries and to finish it all off... some of my cheesecake!

After eating our fill (christmas is after all mostly about eating as much as you can...) we headed back to the cabin for the second round of eating...

For dinner I made roast chicken breast, stuffed with blue cheese, sun dried tomato, and sage and onion stuffing, and wrapped in bacon. We had this with roasted potatoes and carrots, mashed potatoes, green beans and broccoli... and of course gravy. This was finished off with some more of the cheesecake...

I was by now unable to move from having eaten so much... so my xmas duties performed I proceeded to lie down and digest my food!

The next day we set off pretty early, much to the disgust of my hung over head... That will teach me to drink goon on xmas day! We travelled south to Kalbarri. Stopping off on the way to visit shelly beach, which is a massive stretch of coast consisting entirely of shells!

Kalbarri is very nice. It was possibly the closest to being picturesque that I had seen from a town in Australia! There was also an amazing sunset while we were there!

South from Kalbarri we saw a most unusual sight... It was a lake... quite large... and the colour of it was an unmistakeable pink!

South of here we arrived at Geraldton. Geraldton was fairly nice. It had cheap fish and chips, and a war memorial.

The day after Geraldton we visited the pinnacles... This was an almost eerie sight. In the middle of the desert were rows and rows of rocks, pointing towards the sky! From what I read geologists aren't sure how they formed, but the best guess is the petrified roots of a forest...

After the pinnacles we continued further. We decided to have lunch in a small town called Dandaragan. As we arrived here we saw nothing out of the ordinary. We made our lunch... taking maybe an hour... and drove out of town the same way we drove in... It couldn't have been more different! In the hour or so it took us to make and eat lunch a fire had started in one of the fields adjacent to the road, it had burned all through that field, crossed over the road, and proceeded to burn as far as the eye could see on the other side of the road! As we were driving through there was still lots of smoke, so we couldn't even see further then a couple of meters!

Leaving this hell-scape behind us we finished the journey to Perth, and appropriately enough found our camp site, which was in the grounds of a seven day adventist church! This was all very well, apart from the no alcohol policy that they had! This meant that I had to disguise my drinking over the new year period!

Perth was nice, and was quite a nice place for to spend new year... The only problem was that Perth had cancelled all of the free public events for new year as last year there was “a bit of trouble”...

Facing a new year without any party, or any alcohol... myself and Nam decided to fall back on eating! We made full use of the kitchen at the church, and made some new years treats... We made some home made kfc, some thai style fish-cakes, and some chinese style dumpling things... I also secretly drunk quite a lot of alcohol... very secretly!

We also visited Fremantle while we were in Perth. It was also very nice. In fact all of the area of Perth was very nice. But you really need money to appreciate it properly. Lots of shops, lots of boutiques, lots of expensive restaurants... Not my kind of place right now then... Maybe later on in my life...

I think that is about enough for now... I'll tell you the story of how Nam and Myself started our journey back East, and all of the adventures that that involved...

Laters

Trev x

1 comment:

namrin said...

it's the best xmas that i have ever had so far x