Tuesday, October 20, 2015
We’ve traded in the every so practical 4WD Land Cruiser with rooftop tent for a more conventional camper with sink, microwave, fridge, inside lights, table and bed. This means that on cool nights like last night and tonight with a low of 11 degrees, we are sitting inside comfortably with lights on reading and typing.
As a longtime political junkie (as a young teenager I would sit glued to the radio listening to election results and making notes – yes, truly, truly nerdy) my only demand for this part of our trip was that I could listen to Michael Enright on CBC radio for as long as it took to get the results and hear the leaders speak. For four glorious hours we sat in The Coffee Club in Kalamunda, Perth, (thank you Coffee Club staff) me with headphones and Geoff’s computer. Once a nerd, always a nerd. But this time I had no rhubarb chiffon pie. Note: I once ate an entire rhubarb chiffon pie while listening to the election results when Joe Clark lost the election he ought never to have had to call in the first place. Our family jokes that I am now unable to get through election night without a pie.
From Perth we drove through the Swan Valley wine country, with trees covered in spring blossoms of purple, red, yellow, white and orange through pastoral land with cattle, sheep and horses. This is a beautiful time of year to be here.