28.09.2012 - 30.09.2012 21 °C
We said goodbye to Richard and Mui, thanking them for their hospitality over the past 4 days and headed south. It was VERY cold last night and it is still cold this morning – had to put the heater on in the car.
We drove through Wyalkatchem, there was nothing open this early in the morning. We stopped at Dowerin and took a photo of the Tin Dog and read the story about it. Evidently prospectors on their way to the goldfields camped by the creek here; opened their tins of processed meat (commonly called “Tin Dog”) and left their empty tins on the creek bank and so it became known as Tin Dog Creek. Local high school students came up with the idea of installing a tin dog and raised funds to commission someone to sculpture a tin dog.
Next stop was at Toodyay (if you say it fast enough it sounds like Toojay). This is a lovely old town with many nice old buildings including Connors Mill and Cottage and the Victoria Hotel. There was a very good Tea Tree plant outside the Information Centre. We had morning tea here before continuing on the Midland where we booked into a caravan park and had a late lunch.
Spent the afternoon shopping for necessary bits and pieces for the caravan (door handle and gas heater jet etc) then some grocery shopping and banking.
Well, not one photo from today – that’s a bit of a change.
First thing this morning we booked the car in to have both rear tyres replaced and was told to return at 11 am for the job to be done. Well, we turned up at 11 and were told that the man who had quoted the job had made a mistake and that the tyres he had quoted on were not good enough for a light truck and that they didn’t have the correct ones in stock. We rebooked for next Wednesday morning early to have the job done by which time they will have the correct ones in stock.
Hiroe found an Op Shop and we spent quite a while looking around.
Back to the van for lunch and then we all got in our car and went for a drive around Guildford, Bassendean and into North Perth to Chinatown and did some shopping.
Back to the vans again for a late afternoon tea.
It’s getting quite cool already even though today was reasonably warm.
After morning tea this morning we went into Midland to look around the “Farmers Market” It was quite interesting and it’s a pity we don’t have something like it in Bomaderry.
We walked around all the antique/junk shops in Guildford then left our car in the Railway parking lot and caught a train into Perth. The train was very clean and tidy and it was exceptionally quick.
Perth railway Station is undergoing some major renovations but didn’t cause us any trouble.
We walked from the station to the Western Australian Art Gallery and spent quite a bit of time looking around at the exhibition.
When we came out of the Gallery it was lunch time so we walked down to William Street in Northbridge and had lunch then backtracked to the Perth Museum and had a good look around there and had afternoon tea where the Old Perth Gaol used to be. There was a rather good looking garden table there so took a photo.
We returned to the Railway station taking photos of old/new buildings and the new entertainment centre.