On Sunday 21st August we were treated by Ray, along with his wife Carol to a meal at The Royal Perth Golf Club, in part to celebrate Tim’s birthday and as a big get together, so some good friends could also meet a little girl they’d heard all about, but had never met!
During our trip, there were a few visits to wildlife parks and Eleanor relished in being able to touch and smell the cutest animals up close and personal. Apparently Koalas smell like eucalyptus!
Despite needing sight to play most video games, we decided to take Eleanor along to The Nostalgia Box, Perth’s very own retro gaming museum, in fact it is Australia’s one & only video game console museum! The proprietor David Green kindly arranged for us to have a quiet hour, all to ourselves, so Eleanor could feel all the retro game consoles, where this isn’t usually possible. David helped Eleanor to access the retro consoles and explained all about their history. David is using this experience to further his understanding of accessibility at his museum, and to this end, is also working with VisAbility (Western Australia’s sight loss support organisation); so that hopefully one day very soon it is accessible to more visually impaired people.
More animals and of course Kangaroos who all took a shine to Eleanor – probably something to do with the fact she had food to feed them!
Sunset at Cottesloe beach, probably one of the most iconic locations in Western Australia. Eleanor can just about see enough to appreciate some of the final moments of a sunset.
Whilst in Cottesloe we had arranged to meet up with one of Eleanor’s colleagues from The Old Vic. Michael Burrows was just one of the many staff there that made the building tick behind the scenes. He is an accomplished author, poet and screenwriter; go check out his website! We had such a lovely meal, meeting his wife Kate and generally catching up, such lovely people. Just wishing our night would have lasted longer.
Our visit to Rottnest Island (1). We really couldn’t come to Perth without a trip over to Rottnest to get an all important Quokka selfie (even ‘Doggy’ got one too).
Very special memories we will not forget in a hurry. Can’t wait to go back.
Kelly, Tim & Eleanor. x