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You can pay good money for a "Dolphin experience". In fact, we have been considering driving to Bunbury to do just that. Then we discovered it cost $165 per person and was fully booked anyway! However C and I were having a swim on our beach at Mandurah yesterday, with no-one else around, when two dolphins swam towards us. I was slightly alarmed as I didn't want them to bump into me or worse! Meanwhile, E was swimming in the pool, where everyone was getting excited and taking photos. It is unusual for dolphins to come so far into the shallow water. E realised it was her mum and grandma out there. JL was watching all this from the balcony of our apartment and actually had the best view, since the dark shapes of the dolphins underwater can be better observed from up there.
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We left Perth at lunchtime in 40 degree heat. An hour later we were in Mandurah where it was 34. We are staying in Seashells at Dolphin Cove, where we can class ourselves as regular customers. This time last year we were upgraded to the amazing penthouse suite, but now we are back to a normal 2 - bedroom apartment. It still has a lovely sea view and is perfect for setting off on early morning beach walks.
At the moment there are waves coming in to the normally calm cove. We put this down to the full moon, and tonight's Supermoon, which is exerting the maximum gravitational pull on the earth.
|Crown Towers from our apartment balcony.|
Our room was at the top corner.
|View from our room (2210).|
Our apartment block is 2nd from the left.
|E enjoying a mango & passionfruit slushy.|
|Night view of the stadium (blue) and footbridge (white).|
|E taking over the chaise.|
|Looking from the bedroom to the bathroom.|
|Bathroom with TV.|
|Even the carpet was luxurious.|
|What to have for breakfast without being too gluttonous?|
|E stayed in for hours.|
|From my Japanese period: purchased on a trip to Japan to visit C, who was teaching English there for a year. I like the composition of the Japanese characters and numbers.|
|This is one of two Japanese prints of geishas.|
|Lowry print of Huddersfield (where I come from). This is a signed print.|
|From my Singapore days. This is my only original painting. It is by the Singaporean artist Tay Bak Koi. He was my favourite artist when I lived there, as his work depicted the days before industrialisation changed everything.|
|More from Japan. These are prints of bridges, which fascinated JL, the left hand one showing heavy rain falling.|
|A reminder of several holidays spent in the Kimberley. Ingrid Windham produced innumerable prints; this one is entitled Mulla Mulla and the Lagoon, but it is the boab trees that are iconic.|