|Perth's dramatic cityscape during Australia Day celebrations.|
The sun floods the buildings of Perth in a deep red glow as it quickly and solemnly disappears marking the beginning of our final night in the city as the Awesome Australian Adventure commences the next day. Our bags are packed and memories of the fantastic six months we spent in the wonderful city of Perth came flooding through my mind. Not many travellers make it over to Perth as they only spend their time on the East coast where the major cities of Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns are and the natural attraction of the Great Barrier Reef. That was one of the main reasons I came to the West coast, the other was that I have family over here.
|My colleague Vicky and I with HCN's Salvo's donation|
|A view from my office on a dramatic day|
Matthew Duncan Esq
|My official photographer arrived!|
|Whale spotting at Cape Naturalist|
Tanwyn Smith-Meek and City West Receptions
|Reece, Juliana and me|
In the midst of September, Tanwyn joined us in Perth. I have known Tanwyn for a few years as we have worked together at the Maddermarket Theatre back in Norwich. He had finished college and struggling to find employment as many young people in the UK are. I had invited him out before I left and he took me up on the offer and flew out to Perth. Within a week both Tanwyn and I had found a job (A second job for me to pay for my dental treatment) at City West Receptions where we were waiters, bar tenders and assisted in the setup of functions. I had previously done a trial at an Italian restaurant in Mount Lawley as a runner. That was hectic and needless to say they got someone with more experience than me… thankfully. City West receptions was a little less hectic as it was near enough all standard and you knew what you had to do. I stayed there for a couple of months before leaving as I felt I needed more time for myself, especially over the Christmas period and with the pay rise at HCN, I didn’t need to second job anymore.
Housemates from Heaven and Hell
|Our house on Beaufort Street|
Our time in Perth was fantastic, the sun mostly shines whether it’s winter or summer and the laid back atmosphere has you calm the moment you step onto the streets. The only downfall with Perth was our accommodation. Two weeks after moving into our comfortable flat in Inglewood, we had to move as the landlady wanted to rent the place out to four people instead of just two. Mike and I really didn’t want to move to her other property next door as it was clearly cramped with six people staying in three rooms. The room which was earmarked for us was more like a broom cupboard. No matter how hard we tried to find another place to stay, we couldn’t and had to decide whether we should move back to a hostel or move temporarily into the house next door. Needless to say we chose the latter and it wasn’t temporary. Our original housemates were fantastic, Frenchman Vince and his Australian wife Kylie and an Irish guy called Daniel. Daniel was only there for a couple of weeks before landing his dream job in the mines and was off which was a shame but also good news for us as we got to relocate out of the broom cupboard into a bigger room with a window. With the departure of Daniel opened up two beds that two more Irish people filled, Eoin and Kate who were both superb.
|Us with Kylie and Vince on our tree swing|
Old Friends and New Friends
|Tahir, Tanwyn, Mike and I on Mustang Wednesday|
I had met so many awesome people in Perth who are now friends. Too many to mention here but you know who you are!
|Me, Suzanne, Lou, Mike and Matt during their tour of South West Australia|
Christmas with Family
|Us with the Surf Life Guards at Cottesloe during the making of our Christmas message|
One of my most treasured memories of my time in Australia was having the chance to meet my family out here. They all showed me such generosity and helped me settle into Australia and for that I have to say thank you, I really appreciate it. You’re all absolutely fantastic!
|Nick, me, Ash and her friend playing Shithead|
As the night came to a close, Tanwyn and I sat in our back garden with a drink and some food to soak up the alcohol before heading to bed. Suddenly we heard a scream and what seemed like a girl screaming for help. Tanwyn and I stood silent for a moment until another scream was heard and we ran towards it and found a guy pinning a girl up against the wall. It turned out that they were in a relationship of sorts and she had just broken up with him. Once we intervened things turned ugly, his defences went up and obviously just wanted to let his frustration out on someone. Tanwyn and I began the dance and tried to calm things down as much as possible but he was too high on adrenaline, wasn’t listening to us and just thought we wanted a fight. I retrieved my phone from my pocket and call ‘000’ and lodged a call with the police. It took ages for them to arrive and we didn’t know whether we could keep the peace for much longer. A lady and her son turned up in a van and joined the peace keeping force. I phoned the police again and told them that they really needed to get there as soon as possible because a fight was about to break out. The guy was not getting anywhere with the girl and his anger was boiling out of control. He came at all three of us trying to intimidate us into a fight, but thankfully nothing happened. The police arrived and stepped in. The guy wasn’t going without a fight which was unfortunate for him as the police weren’t going to take any shit from him and planted his face into the ground. He was stuffed into the back of the police vehicle and unfortunately the girl seemed as though she didn’t want to press any charges, so he probably got out the next day. It wasn’t the perfect end to our time in Perth, that’s for sure!
|Us at Cottesloe, forgive the stranger's finger over the lens...|