Checking out the Broome markets…

broome-market-15As you may have gathered from this previous post, I kinda went a little nuts-o in Gorman during my blink-and-you’ll-miss-me visit to Perth a few weeks back. I instantly gravitated towards this sweet dress with its winning combination of linen (for the heat and humidity of Broome!), bold stripes and bright colours. I wasn’t 100% sure about the neon sandals (ankle straps tend to make my legs look even stumpier than usual!) but Jinn made me buy them and now I’m totally in love with them.

The markets here are still a little small and the crowd a little sluggish as we’re not quite into the full swing of tourist season – but that made for some relaxing ambling about, with no queues or crowds or chance of getting my new sandals trod on! There were some lovely stalls displaying locally made jewellery, art, and foods which demonstrate Broome’s colourful and very multicultural past – there were offerings of Thai, Indian, Chinese and freshly made doughnuts, just to name a few!

My absolute favourite jeweller was Debbie Thomas of Broome Beads who also has a store in Chinatown along Johnny Chi lane. Her delicately crafted boab trees captured my heart and were exactly what I was looking for. These beautiful and often imposing trees are found throughout the Kimberley and their majestic yet loveable, potbellied appearance has truly captivated me. I just can’t get enough of them and I still find myself face-planting the car window when we drive by a cluster of them, just to get a glimpse of them silhouetted in the sunlight, standing tall above the ochre dirt.

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Jinn’s visit to lil Broome-town!

broome6The day I’d been hangin’ out for what seemed like an eternity finally arrived – my Jinn came to visit me! He’s my hubby and bestie all in one so being apart is pretty difficult. Thank goodness for webcams so we can at least speak face to face regularly.

Jinn was only here for four days and three nights so we certainly maximised our time together, squeezing in as many sights and get-togethers out of the precious hours we had. Here’s a snippet of our fish-eye fun-times whilst soaking up the sunshine and undeniable beauty of Town Beach in Broome.

Oh, and not only is Jinn my BFF forevs but also photographer extraordinaire and proud new father of a Canon 6D. Hence, more photos and outfit posts to follow! Stay tuned…broome4broome8 broome7 broome3 broome2

I’ve been everywhere, man!

plane-8My apologies for being so sporadic with the posts of late! But let me explain why…In the last three weeks I’ve gone from Perth to Broome to Fitzroy Crossing to Noonkanbah (*big breath*) back to Fitzroy Crossing to Broome to Perth to Melbourne to Shepparton and all the way back to now be sitting in my little apartment in Broome to bring you this post! And guess what? I’m off to Kununnura on Sunday. So now you know what a gypsy/itinerant life I’m leading and why sadly our beloved blog has been somewhat neglected.

But on the upside, I have had some amazing experiences, some that I may never have had the chance to do and maybe never even have actively sought out being a professed city girl. Whilst in Fitzroy Crossing, we had to fly out to see the kids at a tiny Aboriginal community called Noonkanbah in a tiny one-engine six-seater plane – it was the best fun EVER! Most of the other members of this little expedition had been on many a mini-plane flight before and sat there grumbling about the heat (it’s not air-conditioned!) or quietly nursing their motion-sick heads. As for me – I was grinning like an idiot! I think I even involuntarily let out a little “Whee!” when we hit some turbulence! I bagsed shotgun on the ride back and unashamedly filmed the landing – what a loser! Although I think the pilot was secretly chuffed…

So far, I’ve survived doing solo paediatric clinics essentially out in the middle of nowhere, and met the most beautiful children and the friendliest of hospital staff, all amongst the most gorgeous of landscapes (picture flowing rivers lined by hauntingly white gum trees, ochre red dirt dotted with pot-bellied boabs). If this is any reflection of the rest of my time here, I have a really good feeling about this place. 🙂plane-4 plane-2plane-7 plane-6 plane-5plane-1 plane-9

Happy Chinese New Year!

1broome6For me, I’ve decided that this year is going to be the year of the Hermit Crab. Yes, not one of the traditional twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac but that kind of sums up how this year is looking for me – less than “traditional”. My usual Chinese New Year festivities kick off with much greeting of everyone with loud and enthusiastic cries of “Gong hee fat chaiiiiii”, followed by eating superhuman amounts of steamboat, lo han tsai (one of my fave vegetarian dishes – ever!) and yee sang, then giving out ang pao (red packets) to all the little kids!

This year, a Broome local took me and a bunch of others fishing. Now, for those of you who don’t know me well, this really is quite a dramatic and momentous occasion as fishing and me don’t generally ever get mentioned in the same sentence. I’m admittedly a city-girl and the last memory I have of going fishing was around the age of five when my dad took us fishing off a dark smelly jetty in Mandurah. I managed to get a fish hook stuck in my knee, and the whole experience was so traumatic that I’d never been fishing since!…But! Just as a hermit crab has to expose its soft and vulnerable bum to find itself a bigger and better home, I’ve resolved to say yes to anyone and anything, throw myself out there to make new friends, and firmly ignore that safe, comfortable, boring and shy girl that sometimes takes hold of me in these situations.

So off we went! After some nifty four-wheel driving over the gorgeous but bumpy red dirt roads, we finally arrived at our fishing spot for the day. The spectacular view just about took my breath away – I can barely describe it and the photos don’t do it justice. The place is so untouched and just teeming with life. Hermit crabs of all sizes scuttle around your feet (some tinier than a pea!), silvery fish flit blithely through the clear aqua waters, and turtles surf the gentle waves, occasionally poking their heads above the surface. The water itself was so deliciously warm that all fear of jellyfish and other such scary things was forgotten as we took refuge from the heat of the relentless sun. No fish were caught, but I couldn’t have cared less!

The day was suitably capped off with an evening by Cable Beach enjoying the sunset, drinks in one hand and fish and chips in the other. Gong hee fat chai indeed!

They say you should spend Chinese New Year doing the things you really like because it predicts what you’ll be doing for the rest of the year. Let’s hope this old saying holds true for me – because that means my year is going to be a cracker!

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So – I’m in Broome!

plane1I’ll have to admit – leaving home was a bittersweet experience. I’m really pumped and excited about my upcoming opportunities to explore the Kimberley region, fly to tiny Aboriginal communities that barely anyone even knows about, and see those parts of Australia that always somehow show up on those “See Australia” ads. You know the ones. Cascading waterfalls, secluded swimming holes, and of course those unforgettable pictures of the intensely rusty red dirt against the even more intense blue expanse of ocean. I can’t wait!

But there is of course the tiny matter of leaving everyone behind, particularly my one and only Jinn with whom I pretty much do everything, so much so it’s like almost having a shared consciousness. Who’s going to laugh at my non-funny jokes? Who’s going to sing my backing harmonies for “We Built This City” when I yell it out really loudly in the car? Who’s going to tell me I look nice today?

Anyhoo, I think I’ve just succeeded in making myself cry! So I’m gonna stop there. In short, I am so uber excited about what’s in store for me up here in this gorgeous land, the people who I’ve met so far have been exceptionally kind and smiley, and I’m looking forward to hanging out and forging new friendships up here too. Yes, it’s initially going to be hard not seeing everyone’s lovely faces, but I’ll make friends and of course have visitors from Perth as well! Soon I’ll get some pictures up of this beautiful town, and you’ll be wanting to visit me too!

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First glimpse of the coast from the plane!

Happy weekend! + breaking news

Broome Australia 2008_34So who knows where this is?

Well, first and foremost – happy weekend! Hope you all have fab plans now that you no longer have to peel yourself off the car seat/pavement/any surface you found yourself on during the 40 plus degree heat wave.

Secondly, I’m moving to Broome for six months starting this February! Work is sending me there and sadly I’ll be going alone as Jinn has to stay in Perth, also for work reasons (Curse you, work gods!). But on the up side, how beautiful is Broome? I’ll also be given the fantastic opportunity to travel to other areas including Derby, Kununurra, Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing, and places I haven’t even heard of! So aside from being apart from my family and friends for a bit, I’m really excited to heading up there. (For those of you not familiar with Western Australia, Broome is 3000 kilometres north of Perth [here’s a map!] and sits right near the top of the state and is surrounded by some pretty sweet coastlines.)

As a result of the impending move there’ll be a bit of a lull while I pack, unpack, adjust and settle in but I hope to continue blogging from my new base.

And thirdly! (Yes, there’s more…) We’ll be updating the look of our little site. Well, when I say “we” I mean Jinn. Jinn’s whiz-bang talent and natural eye for graphic design never fails to amaze me, and I hope you love the fresh look too. 🙂

***Photo courtesy of Gary Hayes.

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