11 years ago yesterday we shared our vows. Our love continues to grow as we grow together. We have had some amazing experiences in the 13 years we have been together, and been many places. On our special day we have often done something extra special, like our 5th Anniversary in Paris. Last night we had a wonderful dinner together at the Red Cabbage, South Perth. This was a tasting menu or degustation as some call it, whatever you call it, every dish was delicious. This will go alongside the many treasured memories we have shared and many more to come…

 

The Full Monty

The Full Monty

Amuse Bouche

Amuse Bouche

Scallops Bonito and Apple

Scallops Bonito and Apple

South West marron, salmon pastrami, wasabi and soy

South West marron, salmon pastrami, wasabi and soy

Garden

Garden

Trout, cauliflower and hazelnut

Trout, cauliflower and hazelnut

Pumpkin White Chocolate Cashel Blue and Cheddar

Pumpkin White Chocolate Cashel Blue and Cheddar

Chocolate Coffee and Wattle Seed

Chocolate Coffee and Wattle Seed

Burnt Honey Parfait and Mango

Burnt Honey Parfait and Mango

For this weeks challenge I grabbed a few pictures that demonstrate different views of beyond…and yes the black forest was yummy, even if I do say so myself 🙂

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/01/18/weekly-photo-challenge-beyond/

Beyond the statue

Beyond the statue

Beyond the people lies a world of wonder

Beyond the people lies a world of wonder

Beyond the chair, the harbour

Beyond the chair, the harbour

Beyond the roof and river - the Perth skyline

Beyond the roof and river – the Perth skyline

Beyond the top layer - decadence

Beyond the top layer – decadence

beyond the trees

beyond the trees

Beyond the burbs

Beyond the burbs

Beyond my love - Designer shops

Beyond my love – Designer shops

Beyond the roof - snow capped mountains

Beyond the roof – snow capped mountains

Having lived in a number of different places this challenge is a good one for me. Though Brunei doesn’t really have any seasons being only 6 degrees North of the equator. So I will be posting two entries to the challenge. This is the first, Australia. Here in Perth, Christmas day is typically around 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). So having a white Christmas is out of the question, and even in winter it is not cold enough to enjoy snow, though I know if it is too much snow it isn’t enjoyable. The life in Australia typically revolves around the ocean as most of the population lives close to the coast. Here are some photo’s from different times of the year.

West Coast Eagles at Subiaco oval - Winter

West Coast Eagles at Subiaco oval – Winter

A summer picnic at Kings Park overlooking the city

A summer picnic at Kings Park overlooking the city

A winter's trip down south.

A winter’s trip down south.

Spring flowers

Spring flowers in the hills of Perth

Summer at Rottnest

Swimming at the basin, Rottnest Island Perth

 

To celebrate the year that has been, especially after completing my final Bachelor of Psychology and Addiction studies exam on Friday, we decided to have a nice breakfast in Northbridge, Perth. The venue we chose is The Tuck Shop. The reason we chose this was the number of positive reviews on the eatery websites, over 1000 people had reviewed and the rating was high.
So to beat the rush we left home at 740am, yes I know early for a Sunday but we get up early so no problem. We arrived just after 8am and it was already busy.
The cafe is quite small, with lots of tables, so you can imagine it is quite noisy, but that was the only negative. The service was top-notch, very attentive and not pushing us to get out of the place. The coffee, whilst reasonably strong, was very nice. The food was great and good value for money. We left at 940am, so it was a long and enjoyable breakfast, normally I want to get in, eat, then get out. So if you are in the neighbourhood, do check out this cafe for your breakfast, you won’t be disappointed.

The internet seems awash with daily deals from a variety of places these days. We keep an eye out for something different as well as something of value. One such deal came our way and we are so glad we took it.

We live in Perth, Western Australia, which has an island some 18  kilometres from the city called Rottnest (named after the rat like marsupials – quokkas). This island is a place frequented by Perthites who like the beach and the booze, neither of which are high on our list of likes. I hadn’t been there since year 10 high school, and frankly really didn’t want to go there. Anyway, this deal came up for a scenic flight for two across to Rottnest which included snorkelling gear to keep. So we were up for the adventure.

The flight was exhilarating and enjoyable, especially coming in to land with a strong cross wind that turned the plane sideways. Once we landed we had six hours to explore the island and have some fun. So we headed on over to see if we could get a tandem bicycle for the day, but unfortunately they were all hired, so it was shanks pony for us. Fortunately the island is quite small so it didn’t really matter.

We headed out to the basin to swim and have some fun. It was quite a warm day, so it was lucky we found a shady spot to sit and enjoy the day. I walked back to the town to grab lunch, which cost an arm and a leg and took forever to get! So hopping back on my one leg with one arm I took our lunch and coffees, nearly losing my arms with the weight of it all. Got back and had a nice lunch looking out over the basin and the tranquil sea. Then a friendly quokka came for a visit and stayed for a while.

We had a bit of a swim and a snorkel and then decided it was time to head on back to the airport for the flight home. This was as enjoyable as the flight there. Frankly the flight was really the best part of the journey, Rottnest is a nice place, but there are way too many people there and everything is way too expensive even though it is only 18k from the city. So we won’t be going back there in a hurry. Though this is not to put visitors off, you may enjoy it, it’s just not our thing.