Backyards (HLD 342)

28 Feb 2021

Because of our good fortune in living in a part of the world that is a long distance from the rest of the world, we have also enjoyed a relatively virus free existence.

Sure, we have had the odd scare when a case slips into the community and have to lock down for a short sharp period of time. We can’t travel interstate comfortably, without being very aware that if any of the states have an outbreak during our travel, it’s going to mean a lockdown somewhere for whatever period of time. We definitely can’t travel overseas as yet, and this looks like being the case for a while yet.

But… we can travel within our state (provided we aren’t in a lockdown situation, of course!).

And, by golly, West Australians are getting out there and investigating their own backyard. To put this into perspective for non West Australians, our back yard is 2.646 million square kilometres. It’s quite a big back yard.

Being such a large area, there’s a bit of difference in weather patterns across the state, so some areas aren’t as pleasant for visiting on occasion. And, of course, there’s the whole time factor in driving from one end of the state to the other.

So we are picking out bits of it to investigate. A lot of Perth people are heading south, descending on Albany and Esperance. But it doesn’t seem like many places within WA are untouched by travelling city slickers.

Accommodation providers are experiencing a boom unlike any other, and cafes and restaurants are struggling to keep up with the demand.

Isn’t it glorious?

On our drive back from Bridgetown today, we diverted past Nannup where a music festival meant the town was swamped with caravanners and tenters, all intent on buying hippy type clothing and chai lattes. With almond milk, of course.

We then drove past the Wellington Dam where a massive mural painted on the damn wall has just been completed. There were mobs of people stopping by to enjoy the sight.

The things we have in our back yard are just wonderful. And not all of them take a couple of weeks travelling to get to!

Between Bridgetown and Nannup, we had to stop to take photos of a view that we have stopped and taken photos of before. But each and every time, it reminds me once again how lucky we are to live where we do.

Where we have so many beautiful things to see.

In. Our. Own. Back. Yard.

West Australians – tell me your favourite spot in our shared back yard.

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