And in a few days we are off to Dalwallinu...another D.
I think it's fitting to say that this post is brought to you by the letter D. :)
First up, Dunsborough - Duncan's hometown and where his parents and numerous extended family members still reside.
For the benefit of interstate and overseas readers who may not be familiar with WA, Dunsborough is a beachside town in the south west of Western Australia (this is a winery, brewery and surfing area). Years ago, it was a small surfie town but now it's a holiday destination for Perth's elite. The yuppies seem to treat Dunsborough as if it's their own personal playground, coming down to their holiday houses numerous times a year, and shopping at the expensive boutiques which have sprang up everywhere in the town. Duncan's not too pleased with what's happened to his hometown, but that's life I suppose. It's still a lovely place to holiday and I love the free accommodation with the in-laws. :)
|Playing ball with Granddad. He loves his Granddad.|
|Ahhh holidays! It's tiring being a bubba|
Denmark is a hippie town on the south coast of WA, half an hour's drive west of Albany. It's kind of like WA's version of Byron Bay but on a much, much smaller scale. Apart from the smell of incense in lots of shops, I love Denmark!
We stayed in a chalet a few kilometres from town. It wasn't flash and was overpriced, but it was an adequate home for the week.
We visited the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk:
|Rory wasn't sure about the whole thing. Perhaps he's like his|
mummy and not too keen on heights!
|Don't look down!|
|Happier to be out of the pram|
|Th water was so cold! Brrr|
|One of my favourite beaches. Just beautiful!|
|Perfect for snorkelling...except I forgot my snorkel and flippers|
Fish and chips by the river:
|Some feathered friends thought they were invited to the party|
|Shoo! It's my fish! MINE!|
The downside of the week was that I had a particularly bad flare up of arthritis. While we were at the Tree Top Walk last Wednesday, I said to Duncan, "I don't feel well. I think I'm getting the flu." I had no head cold - just aches and pains, fevers and fatigue. This happened three years ago, not long after I was first diagnosed, when I had two of these fevers within three weeks, each lasting a few days. I had to spend a lot of time lying down and we timed going out when I had bursts of energy. Panadol enabled me to enjoy the week and I slept while Rory napped. Thankfully it has now passed although my lower back and right hip are still painful. I read online this can happen during flare-ups. Despite this, it was a great holiday.
Looking forward to returning to Dalwallinu on Saturday for the first time in over 18 months....and visiting our old cottage in Buntine.