Stepping off the plane at the small airport of Learmonth we were greeted by a warm breeze, which was accompanied by the most amazing smell of dry, hot wood. We had landed in Exmouth, a place that enjoys around 320 days of sunshine a year. This day was no different; it was only 7.30am yet the temperature was making its way up to the high thirties. It was going to be a holiday of sun, sea, sand, snorkeling and muchos suncream.
I love baking. I bake for friends’ birthdays, for engagement parties, for school and just for fun. I even baked my own wedding cake along with other tasty treats. Dan and I managed to turn his family home into a food factory!
The Margaret River region is a 3 hour drive south of Perth though possibly a bit longer if you have to factor in stops for baby. Many Western Australians venture here for their holidays, especially during the summer months because it tends to be a tad cooler than up north.
It was easy to see why the region is so popular being full of family friendly beaches, waves to surf, limestone caves to explore and a fantastic gourmet scene to gorge on (think wine, cheese, ice cream and chocolate galore!). Whatsmore, this is all available in a relatively compact area; the drive from Busselton -in the north of the region – to Augusta – in the south- took us just over an hour. This meant we were able to fit in lots of activities, as we could plan any driving around babies naps and therefore avoid meltdowns.
The night before we left for Margaret River there were some strange goings on outside our apartment. We heard whisperings and what sounded like the clanging of metal and the scraping of dirt. When Oshi started stirring, I became ruffled – how dare these people wake up my sleeping baby just before our holiday?!
One of the most important things on entering parenthood is not to lose sight of the person you were or the things you enjoyed before baby came along. You will inevitably have less time to spend on your hobbies but any ‘me’ time is a welcome breather from the intense and chaotic world of babies.
At the weekend we visited Cottesloe beach, which is famous for surfing, swimming, snorkeling and amazing sunsets. The beach was packed – people were basking in the blazing sun and playing in the crashing waves. The water looked extremely inviting in the 30 degree heat until Dan kindly pointed out that the helicopter hovering above us was probably on shark patrol. We strolled, or rather ‘hauled’ all of our stuff along , to a quieter area of the beach so we could set up camp.
Thursday evening was the start of Operation ‘removal of the dummy’, after hosting a dinner party and despite my belief that we’d agreed to start the process on Friday night.
Within a day or two of arriving in Perth I had scoured Gumtree and the Google map of Fremantle and found a suitable highchair, which was only a 10 minute drive away. Everything was set, Dan
Hello! Welcome to my blog!
I’m Amanda and I currently live in Western Australia though this is only temporary until September when we will return to the UK. I’m rapidly approaching the big 3-0 this year 😮. I am Mummy to a cheeky 13 month old called Osh. I live with my lovely husband and our mischievous Rudozem Street Rescue Dog (RSDR).
I am a primary school teacher who has been on ‘extended’ maternity leave, as we took the opportunity to move to WA with work. I am a tad apprehensive about returning to work full time in October but am making the most of this extra time with Osh: playing outside, exploring and doing lots of messy play (which I believe to be extremely important in a child’s development).
I started this blog in March with the hope that it would prevent my brain turning to mush from having to repeatedly sing ‘The Great Old Duke of Osh (Bosh)’. I love to write and I considered blogging to be a challenge because, other than Facebook, I am (was?!) quite social media illiterate!
So, this blog is about sharing all our adventures and chaotic moments whilst trying to bring up baby. I will share lots of recipes and messy play ideas as well as travelling tales and tips -hopefully inspiring others with our journey! I will be honest and not just write about the highs of parenthood but also the lows. However, I do make a conscious effort to have a positive outlook on life so if your looking for sweary ‘I hate my life as a mum’ rants then this is the best you’ll get from me.
Anyways, I will attempt to do all this whilst carrying on with the everyday battles that is the cleaning of the mucky highchair and child and cursing whilst said child wiggles away mid, dirty, nappy change! So, if you wish, please join us as we travel through life ☺.
Amanda & Oshi x