A week after restrictions were lifted on get-togethers from 2 to 10 people, on Sunday 3rd May, we joined W & L at their house that backs on to the Canning river for an outdoor Sunday barbecue.
I baked a Creme caramel for dessert and took some home-made bread, and while there we observed adequate distancing.
It was a relaxing afternoon which ended with feeding the ducks and swans just before sunset.
|The cormorants settling on the tree for the evening|
On Monday 11th I had an appointment for a dental cleanup at my dentist, which had been booked about 6 months ago. I knew they had been closed, and 3 or 4 days before my appointment I got a call from the receptionist to say they would be re-opening the clinic on the 11th, and I would in fact be the first patient for Dr Ernest Yeo on the day.
After being closed for 8 weeks, a few Covid measurements were in place, like hand sterilising on arrival, a 1 minute mouth wash before the Dentist touched my mouth, etc... but otherwise it was all normal.
On Saturday 16th, after 10 weeks without seeing the grandkids we finally met up at a park near my son's house to play with the kids.
On the evening of Sunday 24th, Perth was hit with what was dubbed the "biggest storm of the decade" to hit the Western Australian coast, a result of Cyclone Mangga interacting with a cold front in the southern Indian Ocean.
Strong winds up to 100km/h (60 miles per hour) cut the electricity supply to about 47000 homes, and damaged fences, uprooted trees and a few houses lost their roofs.
Luckily even though the wind rattled our windows, we just lifted the blinds from our patio so as not to damage them and the only damage we had was a couple of overturned pots in the garden and the patio furniture cushions that flew to the garden.
The wooden jetty of Perth's iconic 1930's "blue house", the Crawley Boatshed, on the Swan River was submerged, as were a few jettys along Perth's rivers, and down south near Margaret River, the wooden bridge at Canal Rocks was damaged by the strong waves.
|Canal Rocks bridge destroyed - we had been there in December (daugher Karina and son in law Thomas on the bridge, and the water submerged the jetty of Crawley Boatshed, here in March this year with friends from Portugal.|
Today, 30th marks the second anniversary of our "Citizenship ceremony" at the City of Canning. Time certainly flies!
I was excited to receive my order of more paint from a Fusion Mineral Paint retailer - "Uncover the Gem", in Queensland, and Brooke always includes a little gift. This time it was a crochet dish cloth with a lovely message.
I never got around to do much painting this month, just a few small things like the reproduction antique coal iron that I've been using as a bookshelf ornament for over 20 years , a square tray and a tea box.
I saw some amazing sunsets, sometimes from our back garden, other times while out for our late afternoon walks, and the other day just as I drove over the Canning bridge on the way home from work there was this amazing purple sky colour and I just got off onto the first street leading me to the Canning river, but by the time I got there the sun was gone and everything had changed, but I still got some nice photos.
|From our backyard|
|On one of our walks in the neighbourhood|
|At the Canning river after sunset|
|Two black swans were gliding along|
I'll leave you with some flowers and wish you a wonderful weekend.