Marine Parade, Cottesloe

A beautiful balmy Autumn afternoon down at the Indian Ocean on Marine Parade, Cottesloe. The sea was really calm, a few people about – dog walking, stand-up paddle boarding, a scuba diver, some swimming and a few disappointed surfers (tiny swell). The water looked so inviting, pity I forgot my bathers…..next time….

A quick sketch below of Pakenham Street, Fremantle, the big cranes of the wharf on the horizon.

North Western coast of Mauritius

img_20170106_1741103 A drive up the East coast of Mauritius today, visited beach “Trou aux Biches” which was “picture perfect” if you only want to swim – shallow water, sandy beach (but very busy with tourists).

Then down the coast a little to “Balaclava” beach which was mostly enjoyed by only locals with nice snorkel depth coral off the beach (plus a selection of gods/goddess statues and other religious items in the shallow water – some what unexpected!). Local families gathered with tents and tarpaulins rigged by rope across the trees, pots and pans, gas stoves, plastic jerry cans of water, fresh fruit.  Music pumping from large stereos, mostly a Mauritian music called “Sega” – a mixture of reggae and African rhythms originally developed in the slaving era ….Depending on the song people joined in singing with some playing “ravanne” (type of drum shaped like a large tambourine) they had brought along…. wonderful…..all part of the atmosphere of Mauritius….we were only there in the day time…..I imagine it’s really party time later in the evening.img_20170106_1740252img_20170106_1106312

Stopped at a “rummery” on the way back….Lots of different types of sugar to taste from molasses to refined and even raw sugar cane (quite pleasantly sweet and chewy).

Hike along the Blackwood River, Mauritius


img_20170106_0708153

Hired a car for a few days to explore the island of Mauritius, it’s about 60 kms long North to South and 40 kms wide East to West…..Short distances to travel (compared to Australia). The Blackwood River runs down from the central mountain with lake filled volcanic crater. The lake is a holy site for the Hindu population – there’s a massive 35m high statue on the edge of the lake, very impressive, lots of shrines with incense wafting through the air. Winding little roads down weave around fields of sugar cane down to the coast.

img_20170105_1037432

Bookcaffe Swanbourne

20160621 Bookcaffe Swanbourne1 20160621 Bookcaffe Swanbourne3

The Bookcaffe in Swanbourne this morning, just before it closes for good this weekend. There were a few groups of people gathering to chat and read but the bookshelves were half empty. Above a couple of scribbly sketches of people deep in conversation or the newspaper.