Plans to move to the Pacific Northwest squashed. Travel and socialization on hold. Definitely haven’t felt like writing. Taking a tip from a fellow blogger, I started looking at photos from last year’s travels. Celebrating 60 and finally embracing my status as a retiree, I was excited about the international travel we booked. But I stopped writing half way through the year. Moving forward, it’s time to write again. I took a writing workshop this week called “Mining Memories” through Thurber House to give myself a “jump” start!
In October 2019, we went to Western Australia. An inexperienced tourist of that continent, I didn’t realize it was spring there until my husband offered packing tips. I was surprised to see kangaroos and joeys grazing in fields and crossing roads like deer and fawn do in the early fall here in the US.
My memories of Western Australia include an abundance of beach sculptures, beautiful spaces where waters meet, good food and lots of nods to the sport of surfing. We stayed a week, hosted by friends who retired in the beach town of Cottesloe, south of Perth. On our first night, we got to stroll along the beach and catch the first of many wonderful sunsets.
The next day we toured the town again at day light. There are sculptures every where. Even the water fountains are elegant works of art.
Cottesloe hosts an annual show Sculpture By The Sea if you’re interested in seeing work in person or checking out more photos on the website.
We saw no bad beaches in Western Australia and have many lovely photographs, but two places really stood out. The first was Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse where the Indian Ocean meets the Southern Ocean. It was cloudy, but impressive:
The second spot was is in Prevelly where the mouth of the Margaret River meets the Indian Ocean. Here we found lots of surfers and the gorgeous sculpture “Layla” by artist Russell Sheridan.
I’ll be mining more memories of the winery with a surfing museum, a famous haunted prison, walks in reserves and eating meat pies on the beach. As I learned in my workshop; I don’t need to get it right or do it all right now, I just need to write.
Have you ever been to Western Australia? What memories do you have?