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Changes in Perth

Development gone mad and other matters

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A few days ago we took a drive up the coast and were horrified to see how much bushland has been destroyed in order for hundreds more houses to be built, many very unsympathetically, unlike most suburban areas.

On a brighter note, I saw the physio last Thursday and she was happy with progress so I am now on one crutch and have more exercises as it seems I pulled a muscle when I fell. These extra exercises are designed to prevent the occasional pains that I have had from the pulled area. Still get occasional 'pinging' pains in my thigh, mainly after lying in bed for a while, but generally continuing to improve.

We had a lovely lunch yesterday with friends from my days with Lotteries (now called Lotterywest). Keith & Kathy were great hosts and it was great to catch up with Darrell, Marion and Moira. I hope we can see them and other old friends again before we set off.

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Today we went to see Mac & Sue and enjoyed a lovely lunch with them and we were delighted to find Fiona and Kirsty there. They welcomed like part of the family, just as when we lived here and Judith worked for Mac. I am sure we shall catch up with them also before we get moving very far.

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Travel plans coming along quite well now but first I have to get the all clear from the consultant whom I shall be seeing in a couple of weeks' time.

Walking on one crutch is taking some getting used to, especially as it gives more work to the injured leg. Thus far I have not walked any new record distances but am building up each time. Meanwhile, Judith is taking some lovely photos of wildlife and scenery, especially late in the day when we have had some beautiful sunsets.

We are making good use of the restaurant which is about 10 paces from our cabin...

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Walking and exploring

Many changes

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Judith continues to look after me and do all the driving - can't help feeling that I shall pay when I can walk and drive again! Most days we have been able to make good use of the coastal pathway which runs for 17km from Burns Beach where we are staying all the way down to Trigg. Thus far my maximum has been about 1.5km on crutches.

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Our camper trailer has been sold so that part of the dream is no more but we are working on revised plans which should enable us to get to most of the places on our original list - one way or another!

The biggest regret is that instead of spending time with Dave & Pat travelling through the Red Centre, they will now do that on their own and it looks as if we shall meet them somewhere on the Nullarbor for a couple of days.

As I am gradually becoming more mobile, we are catching up with various friends but still many to see!

We have been staggered by the changes in Perth. We were aware that there had been huge growth but were not really prepared for the extent of the building boom of the years since we were last here. Some of it is wonderful but some is really sad to see, unattractive, blocking formerly lovely views and generally not very sympathetic.

Fortunately, where we are we are spoilt by the lovely views, great restaurant only a few steps away and some lovely sunsets and sea views.

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I'm getting more comfortable in the vehicle, particularly having mastered getting and out, so we should be able to travel a bit further afield soon - perhaps after I see the physio on 10 August.

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The best laid plans

The 'Big Lap' is now somewhat fractured!

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For anyone who has not heard by other means, our flight with Singapore Airlines was delayed and we eventually arrived in Perth late on 12th July to be met by our very good friend, Len Stewart. Just after midnight, I had taken the luggage trolley to the trolley park then walked back towards Judith and Len between two cars. I didn't see the concrete block jutting out beyond one car wheel, tripped and fell heavily on my hip. Judith was able to help me up and get me to Len's car but when we arrived in Joondalup and I tried to stand, my leg collapsed - I had a fracture of the neck of femur! Len called an ambulance and I was ferried to Joondalup Health Campus, vastly grown since we were last here.

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Steve sitting in car waiting for stretcher

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I was very well looked after in the Emergency Department before being transferred to a room on the orthopaedic wing. I had to wait for the effects of my blood thinners (from old PEs) to wear off before an operation could happen and on Saturday morning (15 July) I had a total hip replacement. Meanwhile, Judith had found that our unit had 13 steep steps and if we didn't find somewhere different, my discharge would be delayed and, probably, recovery affected. She duly found the lovely chalet that we are in now at Burns Beach.

I was discharged 20 July and we have since been cancelling some bookings and trying to sell the trailer and work out what Plan F entails by way of seeing more of Australia, if not quite as much as we had originally planned.

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Our friends Tony & Stella joined us on my second outing

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Today has been too stormy to venture out so I have had to exercise indoors while Judith is busy around the chalet. No plans have yet been formed, so watch this space - but don't expect too much in a hurry!

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Slow progress

On our way

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We had a very comfortable drive up to Heathrow Travelodge courtesy of Claydon Executive Travel, well worth the cost which was very reasonable. This Travelodge is far superior to other Travelodges that we have stayed at and has superb sound insulation - we can see aircraft, even almost the pilot's face,but no sound!

Singapore Airlines texted us and then sent emails to let us know that our departure was delayed, then further delayed. Our booked connection on to Perth is now gone and we shall not know what arrangements SIA have made until we get to Heathrow and check in.

Is this the last hiccough? I fear not but thus far no problem has been insurmountable just something to concentrate the mind.

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The sun does shine!

In England if not WA!

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Today is Judith's first birthday since retirement and it is a really lovely day. Have a lovely day darling - here's to lots more shared retirement experiences. XXX

Also, happily, our trailer has been located and we have been busily arranging licensing, insurance and collection. We have even packed one suitcase, so progress is being made.

On the home front, the hot water boiler died, so we are enjoying refreshing, freezing, cold showers and boiling the kettle for washing up - get used to it Deacons! All being well, this will be attended to while we are away, as will redecoration of much of the house, the latter courtesy of my (Steve's) nephew. The garden is another story. The growth this year has been phenomenal (best strawberries and gooseberries ever) but unfortunately weed growth has also run away. We have a very nice gentleman, Stan, who will try to keep the jungle down to perhaps a large forest level (it's only a small garden, for heaven's sake!) by the time we return.

Packing is 'interesting' as we are going from a pleasantly warm England to a Perth winter which, yesterday, was accompanied by very heavy rain. In a few weeks we shall be back in warmer, getting hotter, climes but then when we get to Tasmania we would like to visit Cradle Mountain which, I was advised by someone recently, can be very cold and windy - looks like multiple layers either side of shorts and shirts.

We shall be saying our farewells to some of the family in the next few days then off go the grey nomads.

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