Saturday, November 30, 2013

Last week in Freo - Saturday

Alexanders left early to swing through Kings Park before returning their car at the airport.  We kept our Saturday clear, as Lily had a slumber party for her friend Lily Hawkin’s birthday later in the day and Caden had his first sleepover at Cooper’s house.  We did some coloring on the back porch, a little swimming, and some general lazing about.  Ahhhh...

:Lily headed off to her first slumber party
Caden enjoying a park with his buddy Cooper on his sleep over
Poor Gia was left behind...

But she wasn't really sad.  She had mom and dad all to herself.
 Gia worked on her photo collage of the Fremantle house from her perspective.


Friday, November 29, 2013

Alexanders Day 6

Alexander’s were hoping to make an early departure to head to Rottnest.  Unfortunately the weather was not cooperating, so they never did make it to Rotto.  We had our first rainy day in some time.  While they packed up, Lily and I headed for a little kayak, but the conditions were less than ideal!  Next we took her school work to Zen Art Café so she could get THE pancakes.  We are becoming Zen Art Café groupies!   We returned back, packed up, dealt with some of my goodbye tears for M. River, and headed home – after a quick stop at the yoga place for shirt I have been coveting and a flat white to sip on the drive home.  We were back in Freo by 4, Alexanders about 5.  Alicia and I took a stroll up George Street, and then we headed home to help the Alexander’s get packed up for their Saturday departure to Cairns.

Lily made a map to help us find our way back

We were delighted to find a package on our doorstep when we arrived home from our sweet friend the Swansons.  A little something for everyone to help with our travels home :)

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving! - Alexanders - Day 5

Happy Thanksgiving!  A beautiful morning.  Caden decided he wanted to go for a run with me, and then out to breakfast, so off we went!  We drove to the trail head along the beach and were off.  It was so much fun!  First of all, he was wearing his grey sweats and a short sleeved shirt and led the trail.  He looked like a little man, out for a run.  It was making me smile thinking (and praying) that this will be the first of many runs we will take together.  Secondly, the trail is full of so much nature – gorgeous birds, lizards, and the sound of waves crashing along the rocks on the beach.  We stopped to take it all in, before running on to our next distraction.  We ended up getting off the trail at one of the beaches with great big rocks and a lot of bits of shells that look like octopus skin but with big spines sticking out (I need to look up the names!).  Caden was collecting many of them, before selecting the one that looked most intact to take home for his shell collection.  We then traversed the large boulders all the way back to the next beach.  We had so much fun!

Once home, everyone had eaten, so we packed up some school activities and headed out for breakfast at the Zen Café where we had what we refer to as the worlds best pancakes on our last trip to Dunsborough.  Caden and I shared one order of the pancakes and they didn’t disappoint!  The pancakes have raspberries in them and a passion fruit curd and vanilla bean neutschel sauce on the side with heaps of fresh fruit.  Caden was so cute, commenting, ‘Mom, why are there only a few other people eating here?  With food this good, there should be a line out the door!’  And then saying that we should ask the chef for the recipe.  So we went back and talked to the chef and he was so touched.  He did share the recipe verbally without exact measurements, but we have a start and will get it one of these days!  If not, at least, for our traveling Little Angst Bakery J

Once home we packed up and headed back to Bunker Bay for some more beach time.  We wrote Happy Thanksgiving in the sand, made a sand turkey, a castle, did some swimming, some sea slug racing, and then headed home to get ready to head out for our “Thanksgiving dinner” which we reserved at one of the wineries that had a menu highlighted in the great Margaret River cook book Rod and Alicia gave us.  

Beautiful Bunker Bay

Lily adding the finishing touches


Our lunch, while not typical of a Thanksgiving meal – as they don’t celebrate it here – was excellent!  We had a personal wine tasting at the table and dined on fish, gnocchi and beef.  The kids had their own special drinks and an excellent meal as well. 

 Afterwards we enjoyed the grounds before packing it in and returning to the house for a relaxing evening of swimming and lounging about.