Perth, Western Australia.

Perth Western Australia (WA)

On the map of Australia, Perth is a very long way from Sydney. By air it is about 3,300km and takes almost 5 hours! We set off on Boxing Day evening – three hours ahead of Perth time – arriving (Perth time) only 2 hours after we had taken off.

Perth City

Perth is a lot smaller than Sydney and Melbourne so much easier to get a feel for the city centre. It has the usual mix of old and new architecture. Well, “old” as in ‘original buildings’. None are really very old of course.

For me large cities are more or less the same but I did quite like Perth.

Classic Art Deco Hotel/Pub

Even in the summer sun there were reminders that is was still Christmas time
Old Perth Post Office. Now shops and offices
The Commonwealth Bank building. Now shops and offices
Entrance to London Court. A kind of themed shopping arcade
Inside London Court

Pouring Gold at the Perth Mint

Between 1899 and 1931, more than 106 million gold sovereigns and nearly 735,000 half sovereigns were minted in this place, for use throughout the British Empire. But the making of gold sovereigns stopped when Britain abandoned the gold standard in 1931. The refinery remained busy as staff turned their skills to making fine gold bullion bars. A new facility was built in 1990 with the old mint becoming a tourist attraction.

Perth Mint
A newly poured gold bar proudly displayed by the man who made it. See video below.
Replicas of two of the largest gold nuggets ever found.

Gold played an important role in the development of Western Australia and still does. Although the gold rush died off a long time ago there must still be plenty of nuggets on or near the surface out there in the wilds of the outback and deserts. The last (very) large nugget was found as recently as 1995 and weighs over 25kg (see photo). It is the second largest nugget in existence. These days however most gold is hidden within the ore and rocks and is extracted by the hundreds of tonnes, then processed to extract the tiny gold fragments.

The Newmont Normandy Nugget discovered in a dry creek in 1995

The highlight of the tour was the gold pour. Most of it is captured on a video as we had front row seats. So sit back and enjoy the following video/photo montage… And see how quickly you can identify the backing song…

Fun Fact: Gold is such a good conductor that it only takes about 90 seconds for the molten metal to solidify.


 Pouring molten gold to form a Gold Bar

Here are some more photos of Perth…

The Lucky Shag bar… and a statue of Lucky himself

Scenes at Elizabeth Quay

Our minted “gold” coin and the world’s largest gold coin
Elizabeth Quay
Elizabeth Quay Bridge

While staying in Perth we made a couple of trips to Fremantle and also north up the coast. More on those trips later…

In and Out of Sydney

There will be a series of posts about our trip to Western Australia coming up (as promised) so please look out for those. But this weekend we had a quick trip to the Blue Mountains. I also got to see something close up that we have seen many times from the car on the main road to & from the harbour tunnel.

First, A Quick Word…

Before I continue just a couple of things I want to say. I have never done this before but I think it is worth trying to sell the blog a little. I have to suffer listening to some of the youtube garbage that Daniel watches and they seem to say the same things every time they introduce or close out their videos. So here goes…

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OK, sales pitch done. Here is what we saw this weekend…

Is This One of The “Bigs” of Australia?

This “work of art” sits right behind the NSW Art Gallery in the centre of Sydney. It also overlooks the main highway leading to/from the harbour tunnel. We have passed this many times heading north on trips and returning home. I have been meaning to get a close up look at this for some time. But I never realised how big it was.

The Big Matchsticks

Called “The Big Matchsticks” on Google maps this piece is never listed in those lists of Big things in Australia (or “Bigs”). Not that I have seen at least. Maybe it should be. One is a complete (unused) matchstick while the other is half ‘burnt’.

As I walked away from this curious artwork it occurred to me that most kids today probably don’t know what a match is, or how to use one. You hardly ever see them now eh? Even most smokers use lighters.

Blue Mountains National Park – Quick Trip

We also took a quick trip up to the mountains – yet again! We only went as far as Glenbrook – the first port of call in the Blue Mountains National Park. But even after many trips here we hadn’t been to this particular part.

After entering the national park we went to the bottom of the valley, crossed the Glenbrook Creek and up the other side of the Glenbrook Gorge. Considering this is the first port of call in the Blue Mountains and at the lower altitudes, the views are stunning.

Stunning backdrop of the Glenbrook Gorge. Blinding new white shoes!
Views overlooking the Nepean River and the Glenbrook Creek and Gorge
Great scenery even here at the low end of the mountains

That was Saturday morning. Later in the day it rained and the rain and cloudy skies continued for the rest of the weekend. It’s turning into another wet summer in this part of Australia…

Getting Ready for the Big Trip

So, Christmas came and went but not without incident. I spent several hours of Christmas Eve morning in a hospital. My knee had swollen up and was causing a lot of pain. So much so that I genuinely thought we should cancel our planned trip to Western Australia (set to leave Boxing Day evening). Looking on the bright side, if that was the NHS in the UK I probably would have still been waiting when our flight was due to leave. Fortunately the Australian (public) health service is still far better than the disaster that is the UK’s NHS.

Always Ask For a Second Opinion (Medical or Otherwise)

After several tests, some x-rays and a second opinion – from an older more experienced doctor – I was sent home with a prescription for anti-biotics and told to rest my leg (knee) for the next two days. Easy enough as moving around was painful, even if it was just about do-able. They even told me that I could go on holiday. Great! But then I am not sure what type of holiday they thought it would be. Maybe they thought it was a week of sitting by a pool, feet up? I hadn’t told them this was a long range road trip with plenty of driving and walking involved.

Drip fed with anti-biotics for half an hour when they suspected my swollen knee may have been infected. A bit over the top but I can’t complain at the attention and treatment I received. If that was in the UK I would probably still be there… waiting!

All this basically meant that I did nothing for Christmas Eve and Day apart from sit on the sofa, leg up. Hardly fun but it helped. Sure enough by midday Boxing Day I felt like I could make the trip. But it wasn’t going to be easy. Little did I know at the time that shortly after my left knee had seemingly healed my right knee would suffer the exact same fate. Well; they are both the same age, and have been subjected to the exact same wear and tear over the years.

All would be fine with the aid of a walking stick. And as it was my left knee, driving the automatic hire-car would not be a problem.

Suffice to say, these knee problems seriously limited how much walking I could do and certainly cut out certain activities. This is exactly the kind of thing I feared when I started writing this blog. Any kind of illness, injury or health issues with a young (and usually hyper-active) child was something I have constantly dreaded.

At least I know what caused the problem. Not that that makes it any easier – and it can certainly happen again. The problem is at the front of the knee-cap (aka patella bone). Pain seems to come from all over the knee area but it is really only the knee-cap itself.  It is something that can happen to people who regularly work on their knees (like carpet fitters) and do not wear knee protectors. My knee-caps had become fragile after years of exercising without paying due care to them. Ironically doing regular yoga-type stretching exercises on hands and knees to help with any back pains and strains. One thing ultimately led to another etc… When they are finally fully pain free I must only do exercises on a suitable cushioned surface. Yeah, I know; like an exercise mat – DOH!!!! Easy to say, but even easier to forget come the time… We shall see.

WA Road Trip…

So please stay tuned for up-coming blog posts on our Western Australia adventure. We visited some lovely places, some a little off the beaten track.

Booderee National Park and Bherwerre Beach

Booderee National Park

One of the parks around Jervis Bay is the Booderee National Park. We have been there a few times on previous visits to the area but this time we went to parts of the park we had not previously seen.

We went for a two hour hike ending at Brook’s Lookout. Unfortunately we could not gain access to one of the beaches I wanted to see due to repair work on the pathways. But it is always worth reaching an ocean view in these parts.

Along the way I nearly stepped on this snake – and yes, I almost shit myself when I realised what it was.

A diamond backed python?

This was the first snake we had seen in all out walks in national parks. It turns out that it is not one of many venomous varieties that live in Australia. This one is a diamond backed python. At least I think so. If anyone knows differently then please let me know…

Hiking through Booderee National Park
Looking south from Brook’s Lookout
…and looking north

Bherwerre Beach

After the hike we headed to the western side of the park towards Cave beach. It was over 2 years ago that we visited Cave Beach in the Booderee National Park (see details on that visit in the post here). This time we went to check out another much longer beach just around the headland. Bherwerre Beach.

Pronounced Berwerry, this beach lies at the end of a 600 metre track that runs from the camp site at the western end of Cave beach. The path takes you past Ryans swamp before leading onto the enormous 7 km long Bherwerre Beach.

Maybe it’s because this beach is so long or maybe it is down to there being so many other great beaches in the area; but you can easily find that you have the whole beach to yourself/yourselves. We did!

The 7km long Bherwerre Beach

Ryans swamp

There was an odd mix of objects washed up by the Pacific Ocean. Among the usual seaweeds and shells were dead birds and coconuts. We walked about half the length of the beach and I spotted at least six dead birds dotted along the high tide mark.  Here are a couple of examples of the dead birds.

Dead birds along the Bherwerre Beach

These birds looked like cormorants but it was hard to tell as they were slightly decomposed. Does anyone know what type of birds these are? And why are there so many dead along the high tide line?

I have two theories:
The first one is that this area has white bellied sea eagles and they may be attacking other birds to protect their nesting/hunting grounds. Is this plausible?
The second theory is that these birds are attacked from the water where they become too injured to fly off and are simply washed ashore by the tide. Possibly by sharks or dolphins. Some may be eaten but not all. Does anyone know?

One thing I do know for sure is that we haven’t seen so many dead birds on a beach before.

Are Coconuts Native to Australia?

That’s a question I can’t find a definitive answer to but I think not. My guess is the ones we saw here were carried by the ocean from, well, who knows where? Anyway, Dani decided to pick up one of the more complete coconuts to take it home. He carried it for  few kilometres and stuck to the task.

Dani carried this coconut for over 2 miles

We got it back to our accommodation and I set about cutting out the centre so Dani could look inside. Not an easy task with simple kitchen knives. At least not for me. I finally got to the central “nut” and pierced a hole and poured out the “milk”. What a stench! The stuff was putrid. The actual layer of white coconut had long since dissolved leaving only a stinking slimy substance. Well, I suppose that’s what happens when it has been floating across the sea (from wherever) for many weeks or months…

And Finally…

I realise these things don’t come out too well on a mobile phone camera but the moon the other day, over the bay. It seemed unreal. Almost like something out of The Truman Show, a false light in the studio sky.

 

Jervis Bay Santa Ride

The Jervis Bay Santa Ride

The Santa Ride is now an annual event in Jervis Bay. Running from the boat ramp in Vincentia to the Huskisson Hotel the route covers about 5 kilometres. Not exactly a huge task but there were all ages taking part; some of them very young. We actually had to cycle from the other side of  the “finish” line to get to the start. So Dani and myself did this route twice. Once in each direction. We arrived early at the starting area, although we were not quite the first…

Dani and me before the start
Getting in the ‘zone’…
Dani is an early arrival for the Santa Ride

Safety helmets were (so we were informed) compulsory , hence the sewn on Santa hats. But there were plenty who did the ride without.

Some of the riders amassing at the start
The Grinch before the start of the ride
Other Christmas themed costumes

For anyone interested here is a video of the full roll out of cyclists at the start of the ride. It goes on for 6 minutes. Daniel and myself appear at about 2 minutes 10 seconds just in front of The Grinch.


Video: All the Riders heading off at the start.

And here we are approaching the finish line – the Huskisson Hotel. Where we had a well earned drink (or two)…

Close to the finish line
And a cold beer (or coca cola) almost in sight

After The Ride…

As part of the ride entry fee you get a “free” beer and hot dog at the finish in the Huskisson Hotel. As you can imagine it was fairly busy in and around the hotel.

One area outside the hotel…

Dani checks out one of the firetrucks
Post ride pose with a Grinch

A little later we changed out of the Santa suits and visited a cocktail bar where it was ‘happy hour’ (or 3). Dani insisted on trying one so we ordered a mocktail. It was the ‘Lost at Sea’ cocktail without the alcohol (rum). It still tasted great and he lapped it up.

Happy Hour in a cocktail bar. Dani had a mocktail
He says he blinked but maybe there was some rum in that “mocktail”??

Another week in Jervis Bay

Its funny how when you get older the simpler things seem to please you. We spent another week (and a bit) in Jervis Bay before Christmas and (for me at least) it doesn’t really get any better than this…

Dani always seems to enjoy himself there too. He spent a lot of time on his bicycle including some off road biking in the National Parks. He also got some good use out of his skateboard and bodyboard. He also tried something called “boom-netting”. In case you don’t know what that is, it’s basically being dragged along behind a boat in a glorified netted play-pen. I had never tried it before although it was always on offer whenever I had visited various places around the world in the past. It just never appealed to me. I just thought it was for drunk back-packers – which of course it is! But I just discovered that it is also for old dads with nine year old sons. Rather reluctantly I agreed to audition to be shark bait.

As it still hasn’t really warmed up that much down-under yet (another cool, wet summer has been forecast) the water was definitely cold enough when the dolphin watching cruise ship dropped the net into the bay. Those stupid enough to have paid for the experience – there were only ten of us – took our places in the net. Then boom! The ship raced off while the cold water covered us. I was just getting used to the water temperature when it was time to get out. Typical eh? Anyway

Ready to boom-net

Beaches

They say that the beaches in Jervis Bay area are among the best in Australia (of course they do) – and therefore along the best in the world. I would not want to get into that debate but I certainly wouldn’t waste any time arguing against that little piece of local sales tourism.

We went to a few new beaches on this our 9th? 10th? visit to the area. (But who’s counting?)

Like a men’s aftershave commercial. Minus the muscles.

Yet another beach. Yet another pose

Then his hair came off…. Haircuts long overdue for both of us.

Just before leaving we had one more full day that included the now annual Santa Bike Ride in aid of the local volunteer fire fighters. Hundreds turned up dressed as Santa and various other Christmas themed characters. But that one is worth a post all of its own… Stay tuned…

The wonderful Huskisson Picture House decorated for Christmas
Crocodile Dan-dee trying the headwear at the Christmas market
A spot of golf. He ran me close and beat his mum!

Last Day of School – Summer Holidays Start Now!

We have reached that point again. Today is (was) Dani’s last day of school for this school year (4). His third school year in Australia. By the end of next January he will be in year 5. How time flies.

But before that we have some summer holidays to enjoy. This summer we will be heading to Jervis Bay – yet again! – for a week. In fact we waste no time and head off tomorrow. And I make no apologies for it. Jervis Bay is almost certainly my favourite spot. I know. That’s a very hard thing to judge and quantify, but I simply love it. For me – and I appreciate it must be largely an age thing – it is perfect. Busy (relatively) at this time of year but never over-crowded. You can always find a quiet spot on the many beaches in that area. Beaches galore in fact. There is also enough in the way of shops, restaurants and bars to keep all ages happy – yet amazingly still as far from being a “built up” area as you could imagine. And it’s not just the place itself either. The location is perfect as it is only a few hours drive away. Ideal.

Western Australia

Then after Christmas we head off to Perth in Western Australia for a bit of a tour of the bottom left corner of Australia. A road trip around part of the most sparsely populated state in the country.

The plan is to see one of the most remote big cities in the world (Perth) then head inland, into the outback, for the frontier town and gold mining capital of Kalgoorlie. From there we should be heading south to Esperance where the beaches are (supposedly) even more perfect than those in and around Jervis Bay. Then west to Albany for a few days at the very southwestern tip of Australia, before heading back to Perth via Margaret River and the southern west coast.

It’s a huge road trip for a 9 year old covering over 2000 km. The map below shows the the planned route(s).

The Planned Road Trip around the South Western Corner of Australia

We – like many others – have waited some time to be allowed to travel into Western Australia. The state was the last to unlock its doors (so to speak). It promises to be every bit as exciting as our New South Wales outback adventure. That one was two years ago!!!

So, expect more fantastic beach photos in the next few weeks. Also some more outback adventures which will undoubtedly include the quirky and bizarre as well as the scenic…

Planned Road Trip as a fraction of Western Australia

Wilcannia And The Darling River Run

With the summer holidays fast approaching I found this one gathering dust in the vault (so to speak). First written during last summer with reference (even further back) to the previous summer. It is quite interesting to see the differences in the great Darling River…

Here’s the Post I Drafted About 10 Months Ago…

Last year at Bourke we were unable to drive the Darling River Run due to the closure of the unsealed roads. Unable to drive downstream from Bourke I headed to Wilcannia where I could head back upstream towards Tilpa and then downstream to Menindee. It meant a long detour via Cobar to get to Wilcannia (on the major roads) and a night’s stay in Wilcannia. Not exaclty the most welcoming of towns… More on that later perhaps.

The Darling River Run

One of the iconic outback driving adventures is the Darling River Run. More than 700km, 9 hours, of driving on unsealed dirt roads from Bourke all the way down to Wentworth where the Darling pours into the mighty Murray river.

There are three parts to the Darling River Run. Firstly – starting upstream – there are routes either side of the river between Bourke and Wilcannia passing through the small settlements of Louth and Tilpa.  The second stretch runs from Wilcannia, southwest to Menindee, for around 150km. Then the third run goes from Menindee, south to Wentworth where the Darling river joins the Murray. This one is a 250km drive that takes in the small town of Pooncarie on the western side of the Mungo National Park.

The roads heading downstream from Bourke were closed, just as they were the same time last year. However I had heard that the road heading upstream from Wilcannia to Tilpa was open. The plan changed from Bourke to Wilcania (via Louth and Tilpa) to Wilcannia to Tilpa then back south to Menindee. It was basically a case of making the most of what was available.

Last January there had been rainfall. Enough to close the river run roads. Yet the river itself remained fairly low. This year was very different. Some of the roads I wanted to drive were again closed (mainly out of Bourke); but the Darling was like a completely different river.

What a difference a year makes…

The old bridge crossing

This is the same stretch exactly one year on in January 2022… More or less taken from the exact same spot.

The Darling crossing at Wilcannia, January 2022
The Darling river was a trickle of the 11 metre depths it can reach (according to the water markers).

Only one river height pole still showing…

The water markers I photographed last year were all but submerged this year. Incredible what can happen when it actually rains in a part of the world renown for having several years of continuous drought.

Likewise for the Darling river at Menindee. This was the scene in January 2021 at the railway bridge just before the station…

Bridge over the Darling river.

And this January 2022… Quite a change eh? I do believe that is the same bush (more or less bottom left).

The railway crossing at Menindee, January 2022

This part of the river lies about 10km downstream of one of the contentious schemes on the Darling river.  One of the large weirs that have been built to control the flow of this important river scheme.

Upstream of the main weir near Menindee
Downstream side of the weir.

As the photos above show the weir has made little difference this year. Such was the amount of rain that has flowed through the Darling river basin. All the lakes upstream of this weir have already been fully replenished and yet so much of the river flows over the weir.

They say you don’t need a four wheel drive vehicle for this river run but I was driving one anyway. The road was quite rough in places and I would not have wanted to be in a low profile 2-wheel drive vehicle that’s for sure. There were no real tricky wet and muddy sections but it was bumpy at times. It was also lonely. I saw only four other cars in a total of  four hours of driving. That’s an average of one other soul – per hour!

Along the way there were a few kangaroo corpses. The fresher ones being picked at by birds including a few large birds of prey. Another corpse was being pulled apart by some very large lizard type animals. As I got closer it looked like what was left of a sheep. By that point the reptiles had scurried off into the low lying bushes. They moved so quickly I had no chance of taking a picture but they looked like large goannas/monitor lizards.

Wedge Tailed Eagle?

The river run just north of Wilcannia passes through part of the Paroo-Darling National Park. Along the Wilcannia to Tilpa road I spotted this big fella…

Just like the movies… Spotted at the side of the dirt road from Wilcannia to Tilpa
Zoom in on what I think is a wedge tailed eagle…

I believe this is a wedge tailed eagle but I am no expert. So, if you know for sure what type of bird this is then please write a comment on this post and share it with us.

I was just in time. Immediately after I had snapped the close-up, the bird took off…

Around the Menindee Weir

The small lakes upstream of the weir, fully replenished.
The river level had dropped slightly from its peak but the weir was almost covered
High water levels upstream of the weir
So much water still flowing downstream of the weir
No shortage of water downstream…
An abandoned catch? Or washed up in the floods?

The Moose and the Porridge.

Well, it’s exam week (apparently) so here is a look at something school related…

As part of his schoolwork Dani and his class have lessons in public speaking every week. A good thing to do at that age. In fact, the kind of confidence that class can instill will probably do much more for the kids in later life than most of their academic learning. Not just for the confidence of speaking in front of other (often older and presumably more experienced) people. He also seems to like it. You will probably see why later in the example below. For me this is a great opportunity to record the work he brought home. I am sure he will enjoy reading it when he is older as much as I did the other day.

For the rest of you… Well, you may find it a little bit daft, if not stupid. It’s typical kids stuff. Boys stuff to be more exact.

A little bit of bullshit goes a long way (in life)

The saying used to be; “It’s who you know, not what you know”. I am sure that still counts for a lot when trying to make your way in life especially as an adult. But another thing definitely comes into play these days. The subtle (or even not so subtle) art of bullshitting can take you further in life than real skills. I have witnessed it so many times in the many and varied jobs I have had.

Make no mistake. For all the positive or obvious benefits of practicing public speaking at their age, these kids will certainly also be better equipped to bullshit their way through many situations later in life. Although right now that additional benefit will be very much in their subconscious. And they are already busying themselves with some complete nonsense. Below is a great (and funny) example.

This is an exact copy – word for word, spelling mistakes and all – of the typed transcript Dani brought home. He did this task with his classmate Jarvis.  The aim of the task was to write and read out a “fragmented fairy tale”. It is completely ridiculous and it is definitely no Oscar-winning script, but it did make me laugh. What great fun to be that age. I can almost remember it myself…

The Moose and the Porridge.

Narrator 1.(aka Jarvis de goat)

Narrator 2.(aka Dan da man)

The moose.(aka Jarvis de goat)

Baby porridge.(aka Dan da man)

Daddy porridge.(aka Jarvis de goat)

Mummy porridge.(aka Dan da man)

Narrator 1:  Once upon  time, there was a  Moose who was called Moose. He got sick of eating leaves so he looked for something else to eat.

Narrator 2:  He had a long stroll down the woods until he came across a massive bowl of porridge.Outside came a Baby porridge, a mummy porridge and a Dad porridge.

Daddy porridge:  I am going to leave for the milk now  remember baby porridge and mummy porridge. I kind of like you.

Baby porridge:  I kind of like you too but deep inside my heart I feel like becoming Daniel and eating you for breakfast.

Narrator 1:  The moose comes up to the porridge family.

Narrator 2:  The moose let out a loud fart and said:

The moose:  MMmmm!! Something smells like my armpit hair. Yummy!

Baby porridge:  Stop the caaapp! Your armpits smell like rotten eggs and bacon! Look at you!You are just ugly Racoon Pig!Is that not a thing? Dont care Its you!

The moose:  I want to eat that baby porridge with ugly rotten teeth. 3.2.1 CHARGE! oops! I broke your fridge with da empty milk containers

Baby Porridge: Nooo! The fridge! My Doritos! My frozen Doritos! That’s it. Fight me!

The moose: You want some, I’ll give it ya you wet oat!!

Narrator 2:  Baby porridge leaped in the air and corrected the moose. I’m dry!

He smashed down on the moose and.POW!

The moose:  Ow! you oat . i’m gonna belt to the milky way

Bam! Slap! Slash! bang!

Baby Porridge:  Wow Dude! That hurt! But I’ll give you a good thumping and a spanking AND a good hiding to even it out.SMASH!

The moose:  BRO!What in the world! OUCH! Time for Plan B …We are calling a ca130 on mr and mrs Porridges home bang! smash! boom!

Baby Porridge:  Clap Clap Clap. What an airstrike! You blew up the chimney! Now how do I get presents from the Fat Man?

The moose: You mean Santa-Claus? The guy that comes into your room and looks at you while you sleep?

Baby Porridge:  Wow! I didn’t know Santa was so sussy Jamal!

The moose:  All so cool but didn’t your dad leave for the milk?

Baby porridge:  Oh yeah! He’s been gone for 3450 years!Waaaaaaaaa!

The moose:  That’s sad LMAO!

Mummy porridge:  Get out you rotten head with a horn!

The moose:   How dare you call me that!I’m the most beautiful moose in the world!

Baby porridge:  True but all moose are ugly! So u suck!

Daddy porridge:  Son, I… Have come back with the milk. I realised… That I still kind of like you!

Daniel: Yum! Yum! Porridge! Let’s eat the big one! Jarvis! Look!

Jarvis:  Let’s also put the moose in the crock pot!

YUM! CRUNCH!

Daniel: We hope you enjoyed This story by Oatmeal and horn- head productions.

Jarvis:  Also sponsored by Raid Shadow Legends.

Daniel: It’s done!Go away now.

Dani is Nine

Today is Daniel’s 9th birthday. He got a fair few presents and all the usual attention a kid that age enjoys. But I thought I would do something a little different this year. A kind of musical birthday card for my son. A montage of photos (mainly) covering part of his first two and a half years here in Australia.

He is getting to that age where he is easily embarrassed by his parents so I may not get much thanks for this right now. Hopefully though he will come to like this birthday card video in years to come.


A Musical Birthday Card for Daniel
Song: El Universo Sobre Mí by Amaral

There are plenty more recent pics of course and lots of other places not shown; but there’s also too many. I had to start somewhere. Maybe next year I will bring it up to date and pick up from where this video leaves off (which was about April this year).