Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Beautiful Broome

As promised, here are some of the 400 photos we took during our Broome adventure. It has taken me ages to decide which ones to share with you, because everything was so new and exciting!

We stayed at the lovely Sanctuary Beach Resort, which had gorgeous rooms, grounds and pools.
I LOVED our bedroom:

this boab tree,

and these flowers:

We even saw this big monitor lizard prowling around our apartment.  Over a metre long, they are allowed to roam free in Broome, but they do bite!

On our first day in Broome, there had been a huge rainfall, and the tree frogs were all out. They made a hell of a racket, like barking dogs! (These frogs are notorious in Broome for tumbling into your toilet when you flush it, but that didn't happen to us once!)

Jack and Jonathon spent HOURS in this beautiful pool:

Down town, the shops are built in an Asian style, and referred to as Chinatown, after the many Chinese people who originally settled in Broome.

Palm trees line the streets...

and Cable beach was magnificent (much like Yanchep Lagoon),

but with one main difference: camel rides!

The camels were such characters, and during the ride, the guide walked alongside telling us the names and stories of each camel in the train. The other guide ran along beside us taking our cameras to get sunset shots.

There was a glorious sunset that night!

I felt so exhilarated during the camel ride, and Jonathon and Jack's camel kept sneaking up so I could pat him -adorable!

On another day, we went on the hovercraft ride which took us across the mudflats and over Roebuck Bay. The driver/guide had a great time doing bogan burnouts in the hovercraft, and it was quite thrilling!

Over the other side, at Gantheaume Bay, we all got out to have a look at the stunning rock formations,

and the ancient fossilised dinosaur footprints. Quite incredible to think a Brontosaurus had walked over this area thousands of years ago!

Jonathon was fascinated by the red dirt, known as pindan (said with an accent on each syllable, like pin dan).
He even collected some from here as a souvenir (ssh...Don't tell!)

Another great adventure was a visit to Malcolm Douglas' Crocodile Park.

It was a VERY hot place to walk around (really, if you ever go to Broome, take a bottle of water wherever you go!), but the crocs were such characters. They were called names like Chomp, because they had attacked people in the wild.

The pools of green water looked empty and then from out of nowhere, these massive crocs would launch themselves out of the water and clamber up the fence snapping their jaws!! Crikey!! (That's probably exaggerating a bit, but a couple of them did do that!) 

You could only see the heads of crocs in the distance in the water, but when they were called to be fed, they all ran up onto the sand, fighting over who would catch the chicken and fish that were tossed to them. It was great entertainment, with lots of oohs and aahs from the crowd!

There were dingos at the park,

this cute owl,

and we even got to hold a baby croc!

The Japanese cemetery was interesting, with many headstones made of beach rock. All of the people buried here (919 of them) were pearl divers in the late 1800s-1935. Most died due to drowning, diver's paralysis, or in the 1908 cyclone in Broome.

We visited the Pearl Lugger's museum where we learned all about the pearl shelling industry in Broome.
A suit was invented to help the divers go into deeper waters, and it was extremely heavy. Jack had the opportunity to try on the helmet, which weighed 32 kgs!

These are the boots that the divers had to wear,

and here are two of the refurbished luggers that were used many years ago.

Broome is now known for its cultivated pearl industry, which you can see at Willie Creek Farm, although it is a four hour round trip, so we didn't go there this time.

We had some AMAZING meals in Broome. At the Pindan restaurant, which was at our resort, we had a yummy garlic bread made with Turkish bread, garlic butter and parmesan cheese (best garlic bread EVER!),

and other delicious things like seafood linguine, and creme brulee (oh my gosh!).

At the Sunset Bar and Grill, at Cable Beach Resort, Jack had the best lamb cutlets, Jonathon had an exquisite steak, and I had sizzling garlic prawns with ratatouille and smashed potato (heavenly meal!)

We were also pretty excited about the chocolate fountain with marshmallows!

Other great places to eat were The 12 Mile Cafe, the ZooBar and the Lustre Bar (all had delicious smoothies!)

Amazingly, we didn't see any flies or mozzies in Broome, but we did have to wear a hat and sunscreen outside during the day!

What made the trip even more enjoyable for me was indulging in some massages (my birthday pressies!) at the Sorbet Day Spa at our resort. Soooo relaxing, and the beauticians were lovely!

On a final note, reading this fantastic Di Morrissey novel about Broome in the early days was a very memorable read to accompany a very memorable adventure!
Put Broome on your travel to-do list!

Monday, 26 April 2010

We're back! And there's a giveaway winner!

We're back from our wonderful holiday in glorious Broome! What a pretty, pretty place - such beautiful colours everywhere, and so HOT!

But before I launch into showing you all the photos (which I've been madly trying to scrapbook for the last 2 days!) I just want to thank all the lovely blogging friends who wished me a happy birthday, to family who sent me gorgeous cards, and to all the people who commented or became a follower of my blog to enter my giveaway!

And now, to announce the winner...

I wrote all the names on paper, and spread them on the kitchen bench...

Jack closed his eyes, waved his magic hand, and put it down to touch one of the papers.
Turned it over and found...

Nettie's blog,
(aka Nettie Nostalgia).

Yay!!!! You are the winner!!!

All these lovely goodies will be sent to you this week!!!!!

Enjoy!! xxx
P.S. Go check out Nettie Nostalgia - a blog full of gorgeousness, with a Tasmanian flavour!

Friday, 16 April 2010

We're outta here!

Just to let you know, we're off for a holiday to a far away destination!

See you in a week! Wendy xxx

Birthday Celebrations and a Giveaway!!!

Yay! I'm 40 today! Woohoo! Time to party!

You may only just have stumbled upon this blog, so I'll give you an idea about what you will find!

My name is Wendy (you may have seen my avatar on your followers list!),

and I am a Kindy teacher who loves to read books and watch films. You can read about the books I read here, and the films I watch here.

I have a thing for colourful papers and ribbons and I love to make cards. So far, I have made a range of Alice in Wonderland cards,

and a range of Wizard of Oz cards.

I also love to draw my own versions of characters from children's stories, and will soon be re-launching my etsy shop, Whimsical Works, with my Alice in Wonderland character prints!

Sometimes on my blog, you will find decorating ideas,

craft ideas, especially for children,

and organising ideas,

interspersed with a whole lot of adventures with my hubby, Jonathon, son, Jack, and our extended family!

Now I have a gift for you, to thank you for visiting my blog! A Giveaway!!!

This package represents a few different parts of my life, and is ideal for those who love to travel. You have the chance to receive:

* one of my handmade woodland themed bookmarks (sturdy and fun!)
* a miessence jaffa flavoured lipbalm (yum! Our shop button is at the side of my blog)
* a miessence rose hydrating mist (refreshing!)
* an Emerald City card, made my me (lots of bling, good for a Mother's Day card!)
* a Singing Pansies card, made by me (pretty, floral, also good for Mums)
* and an Avon traveller's set of silver bags for skin and hair products, jewellery, and makeup, with a double mirror. (Lots of pockets in the big bag. Perfect for staying organised!)

ALL this can be yours if you take a chance and do one or all of these things:

Leave a comment = 1 entry
Follow my blog = 2 entries
Blog about my giveaway on your blog = 3 entries

Too easy!  By the way, if you comment, I will comment on your blog; if you follow my blog, I will return the goodwill. Love is all around!

You have until the 24th April to enter, and then I will draw a winner. I look forward to meeting lots of new friends (old friends and family can play along too, he, he.)

Good luck to you!!! (I'll blow out the candles, you make a wish!)

I am linking this post to:

Ultimate Blog Party 2010

because they are having a lovely celebration where you can find new blogging friends, AND, I might even be able to win:
INTL13 - some organisational products from CleanMamaPrintables, or
INTL 6 - a book called Home Comforts, from Hallee the Homemaker

I am also linking to:

The Lovelies

at lovely clusters. Lots of fun blogs to check out there too!

(photos not taken by me are from Google images)