Emma Gorge

emma-gorge-2-3The mini hike into Emma Gorge was as fun as it was rewarding! After our morning seeping in the luscious waters of Zebedee Springs (read about it here) we decided it was time to limber up and get active. Yes, there is a “path” of sorts and the way is marked, but this walk is not exactly your typical Sunday stroll. Imagine clambering over slippery rocks and tip-toeing across creeks, all the while trying to remember to look up ever so often to enjoy the greenery and incredible rock faces that surround you. The gorge ends with an icy (and I mean icy) natural pool where you can have a well-earned swim and wash away the sweat and red dust. I must admit, it was so so very cold and I didn’t last long. But I contented myself to laze on the nearby rocks that had been warmed by the sun, listening to a group of children splashing around, seemingly immune to the chilly water.
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Herschel Bag review – Little America

herschel-littleamerica-1When Rushfaster.com.au offered to send us a Herschel Supply Co. Little America backpack to review, we jumped at the chance. Both Sarah and I are great fans of Herschel and already have a small family of varying styles (backpacks, totes, duffles, you name it!). Their products are a great combination of look, quality, comfort and practicality, and the Little America Backpack is no different.

When I first opened the package containing the backpack, I was immediately struck by its size. It is a large bag, measuring approx 51 x 29 x 13 cm, and is significantly larger than its little brother, the Little America Mid Volume (which is 13cm shorter). It can fit almost anything in it. It’s a very good looking backpack I have to say. The outer is made of a tough woven polyester and is complemented with synthetic leather detailing. There are easy release magnetic clasps for both the main and front compartments. The styling is modelled on American mountaineering backpacks and definitely wins in the looks department.

Herschel certainly don’t skimp on quality and attention to detail. The reverse side and straps of the backpack have padded, breathable mesh panels that ensure ongoing comfort even after carrying the backpack for a few hours. The top of the backpack is closed with a drawstring in a traditional way, which makes it easy to open and close. This is then covered by a flap, which helps to stop rain and the weather from getting into the pack and handily acts as a deterrent to pesky thieves hoping for an easy way in.

herschel-littleamerica-2The main compartment is very spacious and can fit a lot of stuff in it. There is a dedicated laptop compartment than can hold up to a 17” laptop. If there was one criticism, it would be that the compartment is so large that many of the objects may get lost inside the pack. Perhaps more compartments would be a better way to divide the space. The front compartment is handy for keys and other smaller items that you want easy access to. There is a small keychain clip attached to the inside of the compartment as well. The piece de resistance is the small port for headphones in case you want to keep listen to your tunes whilst toting your incredibly good-looking bag.

Overall, this is a great backpack for students, travellers, and even the fashion-savvy worker. It has a very good size to carry whatever you like, as well as a padded laptop compartment. It can hold a lot of stuff (even enough for a weekend away!), but you may find yourself losing items within the vast cavern of the main compartment. All in all though, I’m very happy with this bag and would highly recommend it.

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Australia Day equipment for the discerning dude

aus-day-mood-boardThings have been hectic this week, what with my impending move to Broome plus being on night shifts (hence no post yesterday…sorry guys!) – so I got Jinn to do the hard work and gave him the task of creating this week’s must-haves. Australia Day is just around the corner! It’s one of my favourite public holidays for two major reasons – fireworks and Triple J’s Hottest 100 (what did you vote for this year?). We love spending the afternoon/evening camping out on a picnic rug at  King’s Park looking out over the gorgeous Swan River, chilling with good friends, drinks in hand and sweet tunes playing. Then as we cheer or boo over the year’s number one song (depending on how pleased/displeased we are with the result) the sun finally sets and gives way to the spectacular firework display.

***1. Obey San Juan Snapback, 2. Ray-Ban Clubmaster sunnies, 3. Unstatic board shorts, 4. Discraft frisbee disc, 5. Bush portable digital radio, 6. Herschel backpack (on sale!!), 7. Vans Authentic Rio Red sneakers 

I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride it where I like!

When we moved into our home two years back, the quiet leafy streets and beautiful lake nearby convinced us to buy bicycles. We went to this awesome place called Pal and Panther in North Perth which custom made our bikes from refurbished vintage bikes. Mine was duck egg blue and cream and of course had to have a basket, and Jinn’s was a fixie with a red frame and white tires – tres hipster. We had big plans to ride them far far away, mayhap into a sunset or two somewhere, and hopefully even get fit somewhere along the way.

A few months later, I was getting into the car to go to work when I realised our garage door was swung wide open. Thinking that was quite odd, I then noticed something even more odd – the bikes were gone, their locks cut straight through. I called the police in a mild state of panic thinking they would rush out CSI:Miami style to take fingerprints and look for tiny specks of incriminating dust that would lead us to the perpetrators, but was told mildly to “leave a description of the bicycles and we’ll get back to you.” Not exactly the jump-in-the-car-sirens-squealing reaction I’d hoped for.

So that’s it. The bikes were gone.

Thinking I was never going to hear from them ever again, I moped around work, sweeping the floor with my bottom lip…when I received a call from the local police station.

“Is your bike light blue?”

“Yes”

“With cream mudguards?”

“Yes”

“Well you better come in quickly before one of us takes it home, it’s gorgeous!”

So that’s how my treasured little bike made its way back home. I couldn’t have been happier because I knew I’d never be able to replace her. Sadly, Jinn’s bike was never found. But a year later and after a suitable period of mourning he’s managed to move on and so we took ourselves and our two-wheeled friends for a wee test drive around the neighbourhood – just like old times.
***Jinn’s brand spankin’ new bike from Jellybean Bikes, mine from Pal and Panther

***What I’m wearing – patchwork chambray sleeveless top by Cameo, floral trousers by Finders Keepers (gotta love these ones also by Cameo), pink leather shoes by The Horse, sunglasses by Madewell

***What he’s wearing – dark blue t-shirt by Silent Theory via SqueakyTees, light blue shorts by St Goliath (similar), chambray shoes by Pointer via Kaeho, light green backpack by Herschel (colour no longer available), Chicago Bulls cap by New Era, sunglasses by Cheap Monday

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