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Welcome to my Home Page, which is mostly dedicated to showing off the beauty of my home state, Western Australia, with it's thousands of miles of pristine beaches, majestic forests, spectacular coastal cliffs and unique flora and fauna.
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For now, all THIS page has are some links to information About Me and about Interesting Places around Western Australia, plus some links that helped get it written.
I enjoy handcrafts, so although I have Internet Assistant for Microsoft Word (not recommended for building Netscape code, and not that good for MS Internet Explorer either) as well as WebEdit Professional 2 Beta 3 (32 bit) (Very Good for all browsers), most of my stuff is entirely hand crafted using Notepad, Wordpad or Microsoft Word 6.0c and 7.0.
My wife and I enjoy touring Australia and seeing new as well as familiar sites. In the early years of our travels we often slept under the stars or in the back of our car, before upgrading to a tent when the children came along. We've played at being tourists whenever we had the chance, and in 28 years of married life together we've had lots of chances.
||Our Morris Major near the Stirling Ranges in the South-West, January 1970
In October 1988 we bought our first caravan, a 14 ft 4 berth Jaguar Pop Top, and this brought a new dimension to our travels.
Our first trip away with the Jaguar was the day after we bought it, when we traveled to Albany for the October (Queen's Birthday in WA) long weekend. Albany is situated 252 miles (409 KM) South-East of Perth on the shore of the Southern Ocean. Other trips were to Guilderton (repeatedly), Pemberton, Mandurah, Greenough (near Geraldton), Bunbury, Busselton and the longest trip to Shark Bay and
||Our tent near Hyden WA January 1980
The Jaguar served us well for two years, but when the children lost interest in going away with us, we decided to change to a caravan better suited to just the two of us. This led to an 18 ft Franklin Arrow full height van, with an island double bed and heaps of storage, full size stove with oven and a 200 litre refrigerator.
Except for our main holiday each year, most of our trips away were influenced by available vacancies. Our desire for access to a suitable body of water for canoeing and/or fishing also had a limiting effect on our choices. We regularly return to Guilderton, at the mouth of the Moore River and just 72 miles(115 KM) from home, and Ravenswood, on the banks of the Murray River and only 46 miles (74 KM) from home. These close locations allow us to travel to the park after work on a Friday and be completely set up before dark, leaving the entire weekend free to enjoy.
||The Franklin at Bushlands Caravan Park Esperance February 1992 - Ensuite facilities out of sight to right - Very Highly Recommended
||Keith, Vanessa and Shane returning through the mouth of the Moore River at Guilderton, January 1989
||Me with a nice size Black Bream, Ravenswood January 1995
|Four Five of my favourite things - my wife and I fishing from our canoe on the Moore River near Guilderton, October 1995, while reading Microsoft Communique magazine.
Major holidays with the Franklin included Esperance / Hopetoun / Bremer Bay (in 1 holiday), Augusta; and Bunbury.
||Pink Lake near Esperance|
||Frenchmans Peak East of Esperance February 1992 |
||Visitors to the picnic table East of Esperance |
The trip Esperance, Hopetoun and Bremer Bay was notable in that for the first and only time my brother Michael and his wife Lorraine accompanied us with their caravan and 4-wheel-drive, giving us access to many areas we would have missed without the off-road capability. This firmed our resolve to get a 4-wheel-drive vehicle, but it was still several years before the finances were available to make the change.
We got a lot of enjoyment out of the Franklin over a period of five years, going away for at least six weekend trips each year as well as a three to four week main holiday each year. The Franklin was also put to good use by our daughter and her friends, and later her husband, at times when we weren't using it (I had to tow it to the park of course, as her car was too small - the things Dads do for their Kids :-).
||Michael's Toyota Hilux dual cab 2.8 litre diesel seen here near Bremer Bay February 1992|
In September 95 we took the first step towards getting a 4-wheel-drive, when we traded the Franklin in on a 14 ft Windsor pop-top van. Our "Shakedown cruise" was another trip to Guilderton for the October (Queen's Birthday in WA) long weekend. Our main holiday in January/February 96 was to Bridgetown and Augusta, where a 4-wheel-drive would have been really useful.
A week after returning from Augusta we traded our aging Ford Falcon (272,000 KM on the clock) for a Holden Jackaroo 4-wheel-drive, well suited to towing the Windsor, although far less power than the old Falcon. Two weeks later it was put to the test towing the van to Tatham's Caravan Park at South Yunderup, a few miles past Ravenswood and on the opposite side of the Murray River, for the Labour Day long weekend. After devoting a day to canoeing and fishing the Murray River and the Serpentine River, we spent the next day circumnavigating Lake Navarino (Waroona Dam) and putting the Jackaroo to the test in off-road situations (it passed with flying colours, and 2 hours of polishing removed all the scratches in the paintwork).
Easter 96 saw the first long trip for the Jackaroo, when we went to Green Head, 180 miles (288 KM) North of Perth. We got in some serious off-road driving on this trip, with my wife doing most of the driving and enjoying every minute of it. A highlight of the trip was Stockyard Gully Caves. (3 hours of polishing removed all the scratches in the paintwork).
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