The Perth central city has always been NEAR the Swan River but the main shopping precinct is a few blocks up from it. That meant there was this beautiful river with… well… kinda nothing there. So they built a brand new Quay which was opened to the public a few months ago. Perth being a very suburban place, the average person who doesn’t work in the city, doesn’t have much need to go there often, so I still hadn’t seen the new Elizabeth Quay. After a school holidays filled with sickness and being cooped up inside, I decided we were due an adventure and we planned a trip on the ferry from South Perth over to the new spot to explore. And of course, we had to give our holiday visitor, the school turtle Twiggy, a good adventure before he went back to school and to visit a new child.
I could have just driven to the city but where’s the fun in that?! When Scarlett first brought Twiggy home, she said she wanted to take him on a boat, and the ferry seemed the perfect plan.
Off we set toward the ferry terminal – Scarlett looking a little unsure!
We had just missed a ferry so we had a little play at the playground while we waited for the next one.
Swing with a view! Soon enough, it was time to head over the ferry.
And we’re aboard!
A short but exciting ferry ride and we arrive at Elizabeth Quay ready to explore.
First on the agenda – ice cream! Luckily the ice cream shop was opening up just as we arrived on the doorstep.
After a delicious ice cream in the sun, we decided to head over the curvy bridge to explore.
Scarlett decided she wanted to check out the Bell Tower (the tall pointy building).
Up we go in the elevator (that I had trouble looking out the window of!) to the top viewing deck of the Bell Tower!
Next down to see the bells ringing.
And the bell ringers doing the ringing!
And out (through the gift shop of course!) to let Isla stretch her legs at the playground.
After meeting friends for a yummy lunch, it was time to hop back on the ferry, gift shop purchase clutched in hand.
Once across, we decided to squeeze the last ounces out of the day with one last play at the playground.
Scarlett told me on the ferry home “I wish this day could start all over again.” I think that means our adventure was a success 🙂
Put Isla down for a nap and forgot I’d left some toilet rolls on the bed. Heard a rustling on the baby monitor and figured Isla had woken from her nap – went in to get her and found she’d helped herself to a little snack lol! Couldn’t stop laughing! (And don’t worry, I didn’t let her swallow any – she was just having such fun I had to get a couple of pictures!)
Well, es ist soweit – the little surprise bean that prompted the start of this blog started school!
In Western Australia, “kindy” starts when you’re 3 if your birthday is before June or 4 if your birthday is after June. Or something like that. I dunno, it’s bloody confusing, all I know is, Scarlett has an August birthday which meant she started kindy this year, not last. Kindy is usually part time and can be done at a primary school or community kindergarten. Scarlett is going to her local primary school where she’ll likely be continuing her schooling, and is doing five full days a fortnight.
We spent lots of time talking about how exciting it was to start school and we even got to meet her teacher in her classroom, so when the day came she was mostly excited with a little bit of nervousness thrown in. I knew that she was so beyond ready for this though and sure enough she kissed me goodbye happily and had a great day :-). She has been settling in wonderfully and the teacher has told me she is “an old soul” and “unique” (in a good way :-P).
Naturally I took a few photos to document the occasion 🙂 Aussie primary school kids usually wear school uniforms. I think it’s freaking adorable!