Well they used to.
Whilst we’re sunning ourselves in Perth, Michelle’s sister and family are on the Gold Coast, holidaying with Michelle’s parents who are from Melbourne.
Jane and her family are from Gatton in the Lockyer Valley, a suburb along from Grantham where all the tragedy has stuck. Her house has survived by about a metre, but their transport business is sadly no more as it was based in Grantham itself.
Jane’s daughter is still in Gatton and is struggling for food, water, electricity and telephone, but at least she and her 2 children are safe. I was in Gatton and Toowoomba on business only 2 months ago and even then I couldn’t believe the amount of rain they were getting. So sad……
On a brighter note and feeling somewhat guilty in reporting that our first 2 days in Perth have been 33C and 37C without a cloud in the sky. I often boast the reason we keep coming back to Perth is the guarantee of uninterrupted great weather.
Every year we are faced with the time difference challenge (Perth is 3 hours behind Melbourne in summer) of keeping the kids up as late as possible so they don’t wake up at 4:00am (7:am Melbourne time). This year was no different and as I headed out for my first run, they were already awake -time was 6:20am.
Another reason we keep coming back to Perth is that it was my first stop in Australia way back in 1991 and I know my way around. This is my first ever run in Perth and I headed from the apartment towards the WACA and along Riverside Drive (along the Swan River) up to the Bell Tower and back.
Along the way there are a number of small meeting aboriginal type meeting areas with a raft of facts and stories. For instance; the Nyungar people have 6 seasons in their year. I’d have never found that out had I not been a runner. Riverside Drive is a mass of activity at 6:30am with hundreds of walkers, tens of cyclists and a few runners who use the designated tracks. Along the foreshore is a few strips of grass about 90m deep by 150m wide where a wide range of activities take place: yoga, martial arts, weight training etc
Tough run as by 6:45am it was already 25C, but it was surprisingly fast – Fremantle doctor going out to sea no doubt!