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Beach Cottage On Tour in Australia…Perth, WA Part I

Mon 25th, Jul, 2011

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G’day g’day!

How was your weekend?

Wanna know what I did?  I went thrifting with lg, ‘cos we had a spare Saturday as all sport was cancelled because of the rain…had a lovely girlie lunch too, but right now I am sure out of thrifter’s luck…I did get a few bits…will show you soon…but yesterday I surely got out of bed on the wrong side…does that happen to you too?  Yikes the BC Witch hasn’t been around here for quite a while…yesterday she was surely on top form…broomstick was out, hat was well and truly on and cape fastened.

 

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I am feeling better this morning though no-one in this ratty old cottage stayed around long enough to find out…

So with my porridge this morning and some sunshine back I started looking through some pictures from our recent holiday to Perth…

As you know, we all took a ride on a plane over to Western Australia…this was somewhere that I have been wanting to visit since we arrived here in Australia really…Mr BC has been over there a heap on business and had told me all about it.

I don’t know what I was expecting…

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But I loved it…I have heard all sorts of things about Perth, good and bad, but to me mainly it seemed to just have a nice ‘feel’…you know when you go somewhere and it feels like that?

I think the main reason for that is that everyone is super friendly…well at least the people we met…even the driving was friendly!  No hoons on your bumper here…

We did quite a bit of exploring, although nowhere near as much as I would have liked…there were a few reasons for this…first of all we were combining this trip with an event one of the kiddos was taking part in, which left us with less time, secondly with the age of the kiddos right now there is a limit to how many old buildings they can gaze up at and thirdly the second part of the holiday we were off on an adventure into the Perth hills eating up a bit more of our time…

So the first week we stayed at the beach, the boys packed their body boards and wetties and I looked forward to the long walks and the sun going down over the sea and just time off really…not doing much at all and I was very much looking forward to just spending time taking photos…

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and just hanging out…

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I love being on holiday, though now for sure living by the sea, I am beginning to think that holidays for us will be city and country breaks from here on in…

When we lived in England every summer, more often if we could, we would be craving hot weather and the beach…we would pack up and take off to the South of France, sometimes Spain for a holiday, as many English people do to soak up some sun but more for us to soak up some culture.

One year we headed right deep down into the bottom of France, French Catalonia, nearly in Spain…in the summer it’s hot (though actually not sure I would call that hot now that I have aclimatised to Aussie hot…but then it was summer-holiday-hot), full of the most wonderful food as one would expect and amazing scenery.

We spent our time with two little ones toasting our skin, lazing around on the beach, long lunches in French cafes for pennies …and one morning we took off on a bit of an adventure and headed out to a beach that was off of the tourist trail, it was deserted apart from a few locals out for their morning walk and swim..

 

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We set up our little camp….umbrella and towels, sunscreened the kiddos up and sat back to relax…and along walked a very chic (and very handsome may I just add) man…think Pierce Brosnan with a French accent…he was wearing, as only the French can, linen chinos and rocking a white shirt…I remember that day as if it were yesterday…Mr BC and I both sat back up on our elbows taking note…you know when someone just catches your eye…well this guy did…he just had that certain little something…and walking along on the beach he had a mobile phone strapped to his ear…which, although we both had mobile phones by then, in those days when my first two littlies were tiny, not everyone did and you certainly didn’t have the internet and pay your bills online…so seeing a man on the beach with a phone was interesting…

 

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So this guy was standing by the water’s edge a couple of feet from us…us clearly togged out for a summer holiday…our children paddling by the water’s edge and digging in the sand….him clearly at ‘work’…he continued his conversation…chattering on in that wonderful sound that is the French language…I could pick up bits and bobs here and there with my limited French, but he was speaking business and FAST…it seemed like he was closing some kind of deal…what I have absolutely no idea

He stood there looking out to sea, trousers rolled up to just the right amount of French chicness…the conversation got a bit more intense…at times, he seemed to switch to Spanish and then he started to pace…this made Mr BC and I chuckle to ourselves ‘cos that’s exactly what Mr BC does when on business calls…turns up the volume of his voice, speaks like he is the butler to the Queen, calls people Sir (!) and begins to pace….and it drives me  a r o u n d  the twist when he takes a business call when we are out and he starts to pace.

Let me tell you I did not think that about Pierce the Business Man…I could have put up with his pacing in those linens *wink

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So on and on it went…Mr BC and I continued to observe….about 15 minutes or so later up rocked two teenage boys…similarly dressed in the chic side of things…I don’t know quite how two French teenage boys can pull off making board shorts look so stylish, as if they had just hopped off the runway in Paris, but they did…

…both of them were sauntering down the beach towards their dad…Pierce still on the phone…body boards under their arms, towels over their shoulder…

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approaching Pierce who suddenly stops pacing, voice gets much louder, arms start gesticulating wildly and business deal we assume is closed and conversation is ended…his boys hand him a rolled up towel, he whips off his linen garments, I nearly pass out, to reveal a similar sort of Frenchy chicy gorgeousy pair of board shorts, which may I add I have been looking for ever since for the males in my life, tucks his phone in the rolled up towel, grabs a body board and dives in..

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and from that moment foward began Mr BC and I’s quest for a new life by the sea…we wanted Pierce’s life…to do business on the phone, toes in the sand, looking out to sea….and for the next few years we talked and discussed and disected Pierce and his boys and the business deal at the beach…we bored the pants off our friends with the story over and over and back in England through the Winters, Mr BC leaving home in the dark, me on my own with the kiddos, we dreamed of that lifestyle and closing a deal on the beach…

When we first moved to Australia, we very nearly had old Pierce by the short and curlies, we very nearly had what he had so generously introduced us too…but not quite….we had an old cottage on the beaches of Sydney and our life included being near the sea…but we hadn’t quite figured out the other bit…the bit where life isn’t dictated by working long hours, commuting to the city and lining someone else’s pockets with our hard work…

…it wasn’t until the last couple of years when we kissed goodbye corporate life, took the big plunge of going out on our own that we really had old Pierce in our back pocket…

and so it was funny recently sitting on the beach in WA..like Pierce…with our boys indeed, on the beach, on holiday, Mr BC closing a deal…on his phone…

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sitting with our feet in the sand,

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in the Winter, watching our boys in the surf…

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and taking in the locals

 

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So that was our first bit of Perth….ermm I think I might have to change the name of this blog to APerthHoliday this week, or how about just Perth Week?

There is something about the colours over this side of the country (if you don’t know it is about a 5 hour plane ride from Sydney to Perth) that are different…everything feels ‘whiter’ and brighter…haha we really need to move there…I like me a bit of Beach Cottage white..

 

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Have a rocking Monday wherever you are and if by chance you are on a broomstick….hop right off it won’t ya, it’s much better down here…;-)

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See you soon for more Perth, I am tidying out Little Mr BC’s bedroom and giving it a mini-makeover…yikes, I thought my handbag was scary… :-)

 

 

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33 Responses to “Beach Cottage On Tour in Australia…Perth, WA Part I”

  1. loulou says:

    Hi Sarah

    I just tried to leave a comment but it didn’t seem to work

    I’ll try again – cross fingers

    x

    Loulou

    • loulou says:

      Hi again Sarah

      I was saying in my former comment -

      That I adore your journey’s you take me the reader on and I love the descriptions that make me almost feel like I am there with you.

      I love Seagulls – I love a lot a things about them – I adore their colours – I know they are scavengers and annoy people – but they get to put their ‘toes’ in the sand! I could stare at seagulls for quite some time at the beach.

      I loved your description of ‘Pierce’.

      I remember being in St. Tropez a few times on holidays and it never ceased to amaze me that place.

      There were lots of ‘Pierce’ types and yes, oh la la….those Euro trunks on the men. Bring on the next Bond movie please!

      I thought how hilarious it was that the French women didn’t need a change room at the beach shops and it was us tourists that needed to go behind the curtain to try on clothing.
      It may have had a lot to do with the French Lass’s not having any roly poly bumps on their bodies either.

      Can I also comment that each time you take a photo of your feet I have flat tummy blog envy. You certainly don’t have any roly poly bumps!

      thank you again – I love your posts and the beautiful photos you offer us.

      have a lovely day – till next post :) (I’m sure your BC witch broom would be painted white and have shells on it too)

      x

      Loulou

  2. Kat says:

    Lovely pics and tale.
    Just goes to show that if you “put it out there” to the universe and it is meant to be, it will happen!
    I have a tad of the bc witch about me here too today.
    Kids are home on a student free day and although the sun is shining and we should be super relaxed on this bonus extra day, I am tired, getting over a cold and short on patience with the arguing and niggling of all 4 kiddo’s.
    Mm, perhaps we should break this mood by wandering down to the beach after the toddler has had her sleep and the others have finished their dvd?!
    Thanks for the inspiration :)

  3. loulou says:

    Hi again Sarah

    I was saying in my former comment -

    That I adore your journey’s you take me the reader on and I love the descriptions that make me almost feel like I am there with you.

    I love Seagulls – I love a lot a things about them – I adore their colours – I know they are scavengers and annoy people – but they get to put their ‘toes’ in the sand! I could stare at seagulls for quite some time at the beach.

    I loved your description of ‘Pierce’.

    I remember being in St. Tropez a few times on holidays and it never ceased to amaze me that place.

    There were lots of ‘Pierce’ types and yes, oh la la….those Euro trunks on the men. Bring on the next Bond movie please!

    I thought how hilarious it was that the French women didn’t need a change room at the beach shops and it was us tourists that needed to go behind the curtain to try on clothing.
    It may have had a lot to do with the French Lass’s not having any roly poly bumps on their bodies either.

    Can I also comment that each time you take a photo of your feet I have flat tummy blog envy. You certainly don’t have any roly poly bumps!

    thank you again – I love your posts and the beautiful photos you offer us.

    have a lovely day – till next post :)

    x

    Loulou
    http://hereiamloulou.blogspot.com/

  4. loulou says:

    Hi again Sarah

    I was saying in my former comment -

    That I adore your journey’s you take me the reader on and I love the descriptions that make me almost feel like I am there with you.

    I love Seagulls – I love a lot a things about them – I adore their colours – I know they are scavengers and annoy people – but they get to put their ‘toes’ in the sand! I could stare at seagulls for quite some time at the beach.

    I loved your description of ‘Pierce’.

    I remember being in St. Tropez a few times on holidays and it never ceased to amaze me that place.

    There were lots of ‘Pierce’ types and yes, oh la la….those Euro trunks on the men. Bring on the next Bond movie please!

    I thought how hilarious it was that the French women didn’t need a change room at the beach shops and it was us tourists that needed to go behind the curtain to try on clothing.
    It may have had a lot to do with the French Lass’s not having any roly poly bumps on their bodies either.

    Can I also comment that each time you take a photo of your feet I have flat tummy blog envy. You certainly don’t have any roly poly bumps!

    thank you again – I love your posts and the beautiful photos you offer us.

    have a lovely day – till next post :) (I’m sure your BC witch broom would be painted white and have shells on it too)

    x

    Loulou
    http://hereiamloulou.blogspot.com/

  5. Robyn says:

    You have some great stories to share Sarah! Not to mention the always lovely pictures! I’m in need of some sun and beach right now, far too much wet in Melbourne at the mo.
    Although we made the move from England to Australia as well, I suddenly have the urge to move closer to the beach too. How we landed up in the ‘burbs I don’t know. No I do. Mr C came over first and found the house we’re renting. Not wanting to move my daughter who started high school this year, the beach house will have to wait a few more years.
    And I know about those witch days, I have them too ;-)

  6. Melinda says:

    Gorgeous pictures Sarah, isnt Australia wonderful in that a couple of hours on a plane (or in the car for that matter) can land you in a totally wonderful and refreshingly different environment – I love that.

    Now those boardshorts – have you tried Vilebrequin – French brand made in St Tropez ? http://www.vilebrequin.com/en Maybe go and have a look – you might get those BC boys decked out yet !

    by the way – I made the Limoncello – looks great and cant wait to try it xx

  7. Kirsty says:

    Gorgeous photos. Love the seagulls.

  8. Alice says:

    lol, That is the first thing I noticed, the lighting is very different. I love the seagulls!!! The water looks amazing! My brother used to go to Perth when he was younger with his dancing group, he used to always rave about it too so I’m not surprised you enjoyed your self so much :). I loved your story about the chic french dude… Lol, there is something about Europeans and how they pull off the simplest of outfits… I always feel very self concious when visiting family out that way… They really look as you put it chic 99% of the times…This is in winter mind you, I haven’t experienced an European summer in well over 20 years… Sorry I’m ranting now – stop….

    I have had no luck treasure hunting for a very long time (well I have in some retail shops (not in the op-shops I’m afraid) but still way too expensive even when on “sale” it’s not worth it) so I have been passing my wet days looking for ways to make my living room appear bigger and moving furniture around but no matter what I do it still looks like a corridor! The mounds of toys scattered every where doesn’t help either lol!

  9. Thanks for those great photos!! I really needed them my good ole air conditioner in the half part of my house decided it would go out! yikes you say and it’s hot, hot, hot here in Texas. So, let’s just hope it gets fixed tomorrow! So your pictures really cooled me off and had me wishing I was there and not here right now! And funny story about the french guy! ;-)

  10. Loved the story – yes the french can make any clothes look stylish!

    We NEARLY had the chance to spend a year in Perth when our kids were small (we ended up in Bristol instead!) so I love to see/hear/read about Perth and do a wee bit of dreaming…

  11. PS Wonder if someone else was watch your family at work/play and years from now will also be inspired to follow their dream?!!

  12. Kim says:

    I almost moved to Perth about 25 years ago with a childhood friend, hmmmm how life could be! My friend still lives there sad though she is now divorced and has 3 boys but can’t leave with them to return to the us.Who would ever want to leave I say~Cheers Kim

  13. Rebecca says:

    That post was brilliant. You have such a fabulous way of writing that is so inspiring and has made my Monday (I am officially off my broomstick), thank you x

  14. Simple Daisy says:

    I love your stories!! Always so very interesting….and your photographs…well just beautiful:)

  15. Heaven says:

    Sarah, your pictures are amazing and I must say, your life sounds pretty amazing too. My hubby and I are thinking about relocating to Australia (someday)… But right now we’re just in the ‘dreaming about it’ stage lol

    Loved your story about the French guy… Great description!!

    =)

  16. Adventuresindinner says:

    Agh, just what I needed. I’m working on a very dull project for our Min of educationfor the next two weeks.

  17. Lark says:

    Sarah, you never stop making me smile when I read your posts! So many times I have had the ache to pack up and make a new life somewhere else where I do the things I want to do every day. I just got back from visiting my brother and his family if Florida. Six years ago he packed up his family to move to an area where he could enjoy a life of boating on the weekends with his wife and 3 kids and get away from the trappings that held him back from living his life how he wanted. My 3 little ones had a great time sharing a couple weeks of that lifestyle and I was proud of my brother for having taken the leap. Thanks for the daily inspiration!

  18. Oh the sand in these pictures is just heavenly.

  19. Always a treat to read…it is like a mini vacay in the middle of my day…thank you so much for blogging Sarah!

  20. Barefoot Liz says:

    Am I the only one who was hoping for a photo of Piece looking chic? :D

    Sarah, when I read your posts, I can picture everything in my mind. It’s so entertaining!

  21. Bambi says:

    Love, love, love your beach house. I moved to Florida 6 months ago leaving everthing and everyone I know in California. I really wanted to live at the beach and in CA it’s just too much money. I too used what I had or could find. If you have time go to my fb page and take a look at my house. We are very lucky to live on the beach.

  22. Tammy says:

    It all looks so inviting and beautiful. We’re talking about a trip to Key West, hopefully soon and this makes me want to speed things up.

  23. Gorgeous pics Sarah! I love the sky, seagulls, and the beach. So beautiful!!

    And sometimes it takes visiting somewhere and making the connection to really figure out what you want or need as a family, like you did on that long ago holiday.

    I discovered my need for space and country air on a trip to visit my aunt’s ranch. I was never the same after that. It had been pulling at me, beckoning me, and then it all clicked into place. I was running…….and realized that I didn’t have to stop because the property was large enough I could just keep running as far as I wanted without ending up in the neighbor’s yard. SUCH a feeling of freedom.

    Hugs and loves! Have a great day!

  24. Rose Eliff says:

    I do love the way you can spin a yarn! The beach, water and lighting there looks so much like here in Huntington Beach, California. The water sparkles like a million diamonds when the sun shines on it and I love the long expanse of open beach. Sunsets here are glorious as I imagine they must be in Perth now. Glad you had a bit of vacation fun. Love that you are able to live a much freer life instead of being stuck in corporate-dom. Yay!

  25. Alice Shaw says:

    I just want to say how much I love your blog. The photos are lovely and I always find it such a peaceful place to come to .. I really enjoy it.

  26. You are right about the whiteness, and the way the water looks different. There’s limestone under Perth.
    We Sydney people have our gorgeous Hawkesbury sandstone instead!

  27. Angie says:

    No pics of Pierce??? Lol guess that would have been to strange ! I do know the exact look your talking about….lol yummy ! I can just see your face when he started to disrobe. Your Mr. BC doesnt look to shabby in his knee length pants either my dear ! Not sure what you call those over there.

    Anyway thanks for taking me for a small mental adventure this morning, I surely needed it. I might just get off my broom today.

    ahhhhhh maybe not ! lol

  28. Melissa says:

    Oh my god, I just luv reading your posts…I actually get lost in your world, caught up in the moment – just like delving into a favourite book – Sarah you have an amazing way with words. Thankyou. Also thankyou for sharing parts of your life – you have had an incredible life! Thankyou! You make me look at things in such a different light….

  29. stink-bomb says:

    “even the driving was friendly! No hoons on your bumper here…”

    i had to laugh when i read that – you can tell you were obviously only here on holidays – we have the worst, most rude and aggressive drivers in the country – it’s hoon central over here!!

    glad you had a good time.

    ~x~

  30. Tammi says:

    WA is just gorgeous is it not? We love it here and despite wanting to head back to QLD to be closer to family, we just find we can’t tear ourselves away :)
    So glad you enjoyed your visit as much as you did and I will definitley be directly anyone thinking about heading this way to your gorgeous blog as these pics would woo anyone to come.
    xx