Happy 2014!

Happy 2014 everyone! Yes, I know the first month of the year is almost over, and I promised to blog more often, but I have a really good excuse for my absence, really. I had some ‘technical difficulties’ which resulted in me having to get my laptop replaced. I still don’t have all the software installed on it, but it’s getting there. We also got a new addition to the family, a beautiful kitten! It took a few days for her to adjust to us and her older fur-sister, but we’re one big happy family now.

Hubby and I also bought our first home late last year (squeeeeeeee!) We spent most of our time off over Christmas and New Year packing and have just moved into our home on the weekend. It has been hectic (and super hot!) but we’re so excited to be in our own place where we can paint and go crazy. So, with all of this going on and work, I haven’t had much time to blog. But my laptop is working again and I’m avoiding unpacking boxes, so I’ll no doubt be blogging quite a bit.

We’ve hit that time of year here in Perth where you absolutely avoid going outside. I swear I can feel myself begin to wither within seconds of stepping outside into the dry, hot, blistering sun. The plus side is the ocean temp should be getting warm enough for me to swim in soon!

We’ve got some plans for 2014. I’ll share my goal list with you in the next post (I refuse to do resolutions, I figured goals are good to work towards and if I don’t achieve them this year, I can also try again next year). Not sure if we’ll be able to do any travelling this year (although I’m hoping for at least a mini break possibly), but we do have some family coming over for a visit, so we’ll get up to all kinds of touristy things around here and of course I’ll share the adventures.

Best bookshop in the world…is in Perth?

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Sign at the entrance of Kaleido Books. Love it!

I am so excited I just can’t help myself. As an avid reader and book nerd, I was so excited when I realised Perth has the best bookshop probably in the world. Perth is slowly but surely casting aside it’s sleepy mining town reputation and becoming a vibrant, multicultural city. I’m so lucky to be living here as things are changing.

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The horror section

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One of my favourite signs

The bookstore is called Kaleido Books is located at the train station as you walk from Myer in the city towards the National Art Gallery and the WA Museum. I had a quick browse around and they stock a wide variety of books. If there’s anything you can’t find, the friendly staff will try their best to track it down.

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The history section

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Exactly what most of us are thinking

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The Penguin Classics section

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I love the policeman

While snapping away at their brilliant signs, I met the incredibly friendly Sarah who told me that the signs are just the beginning. Already a talented Western Australian artist have painted some beautiful signs in the store based on Alice in Wonderland and Terry Pratchett. More artworks are to come which will make this bookstore an even bigger feast for the eyes.  They also have some unique and adorable gifts for the art lover and book nerd in your life.

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Alice in Wonderland inspired art

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Terry Pratchett inspired art – I like the kitty

In a world of chain stores, it’s so nice to come across something so unique and quirky like Kaleido Books. So if you’re ever in Perth, pop round to see the latest signs, say hi to the lovely staff and who knows, maybe you’ll find that book you’ve been looking for.

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The language section

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You’re bound to find the perfect recipe book here

On a side note, Find Bliss on Earth is now on Facebook!

Exploring surrounding Perth

Last year we were lucky enough to have my mother-in-law and brother-in-law come for a short visit. They were here for two weeks. The first week we showed them in and around Perth and the second week we all flew to Sydney to visit family there. I thought I’d share some of the photo’s I took while we were exploring around Perth.

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Pretty cherry chocolates

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Don’t they just look delicious?

No visit to Perth is complete without a stop at the Margaret River Chocolate Factory. As time was limited, we visited the one in the Swan Valley. They make beautiful little individual chocolates but I usually buy their chocolate buttons. They’re divine!

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More yummy chocolates

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Giant freckle chocolates

We also visited Caversham Wildlife Park. We have visited some of the other wildlife parks but not this one and we really enjoyed it. They breed white kangaroos and we even saw a mommy with a joey in her pouch. You just saw long legs sticking out! They had a wide variety of bird species found not only in WA but around Australia. Naturally my favourite were the koalas. They are just too adorable!

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Wallabies relaxing

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Super cute baby kangaroo, known as a joey

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One of the white kangaroos

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White mommy kangaroo with her joey’s legs sticking out from the pouch

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A Kookaburra. I love the sound they make!

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Beautiful Dingo

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Adorable koala. How can you not love them?

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Close up of the koala

Another stop was at The Pinnacles.  There is no agreed theory on how these were formed, but it makes for a very strange landscape. We spotted a bobtail lizards and some Galahs flying about and making a noise.

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The Pinnacles with dunes in the background

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The Pinnacles

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Me trying to get creative

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Galahs in flight

As my mother-in-law is a micro biologist, she really wanted to see the stromatolites at Lake Thetis. They’re living fossils and the ones found in this lake are about 3370 years old! It was quite windy but the view over the ocean was still beautiful.

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Stromatolites (the rock-like formations) in Lake Thetis

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Aqua water at Cervantes

I’ll be sharing some photos of our trip to Sydney soon! Stay tuned.