Scuba Ranger Will

  

 This last week Will has been participating in a Scuba Rangers class at our local dive shop. He is not old enough to be PADI qualified, as Addie and Frankie were, but this is a great introduction, and unless the girls keep up with him, he may end up more experienced. Today was his demo day where he and the kids in his class demonstrated their skills and gave a presentation on the correct use of regulators, buoyancy control devices etc.

He now has the option to take other classes, including night diving. It’s a very civic minded class also, coming up soon is the National Clean Up day where all the local divers go down under the piers and clean up things that have been dropped. Last year a student found a scooter, which was his to keep! I told Will not to bring any shopping carts home, there’s bound to be a few of those….😆

The instructor set a plexi glass screen on the surface of the water so we could take photos. The one above shows Will demonstrating scuba language for “cold”. Apparently it’s a universal sign…

Here he is demonstrating air sharing with his scuba buddy, Nelson.

   
 
And here is Will, demonstrating neutral bouyancy:

   
 
And here’s a few more shots. He had a great time. Keep posted for more underwater adventures:

   
    
    
The group “volcano” (from pressing the purge button on your regulator.

    
   

Cerys’ joey cuddles

The one thing Cerys has been desperate to do since we moved to Australia was to hold a Joey. So when she and Hannah visited, we took them to our local Greenough Wildlife park for Joey cuddles. This park is privately owned and acts as a rehabilitation place for orphaned joeys, injures dingos, even crocodiles! Michelle, the ranger, is by profession, a snake removal expert, meaning you give her a yell when you spot a venomous one on your farm. She comes along with her black bag and snake stick and relocates your problem for you.

http://m.wildlifeandbirdpark.com.au/
Anyway, Michelle absolutely loves what she does and wants to share it. It’s quite contagious.

  

  

  

  

  

 If you request a Joey cuddle, she brings out one of her little friends who is literally hanging in a bag pouch around her house (off doorknobs, dining room chairs etc) and you can hold them for ages while she tells you about her work. What a treat.

Fire watching

We have been traveling south with Cerys and Hannah before they return home on the 7th 😔.

Our first stop was Green Head where we snorkeled with the sea lions, then we headed to Rottnest for a whole day of more snorkeling and sunshine. 

Yesterday we drove to Albany, on the southern edge of Western Australia. Albany was the first settlement in Western Australia, and today we are off to see the  Brig Amity, a replica of the ship that the settlers arrived on, as well as the historical whaling station museum. Albany was a thriving whaling station up to the 1970’s, and at its height, saw the processing of between 900-1100 sperm and humpback whales a year.

On our way down yesterday we stopped at Gloucester National Park, near Pemberton.

   
 
Here we saw and climbed the Gloucester Tree, a 53m (180ft) Karri tree, used in the 1940’s as a bush fire lookout. Metal pegs have been hammered in a spiral fashion around the tree for intrepid climbers. Addie and I decided to scale it and it was awesome. My tip: don’t look down or up until you are standing on the platform at the top!

   
    
    
   
There’s really absolutely nothing to stop one from falling to their death, in the ever-enjoyable Aussie “she’ll be right” fashion. 

But the view at the top was worth every step.

   
    
Here’s Addie climbing back down!

 

Cerys and Hannah are here!

We’ve had lots of visitors these last few months and want to share with you some photos from our travels.

   
   Cerys and Hannah arrived in Perth after spending a couple of fun days in Sydney. Their first week with us was full of Christmas activities and the Abrohlos but we also took them to Shark Bay. The above are photos of Shell Beach. We walked out into the water for a while but at a hefty 117 degrees, didn’t stick around too long.

   
    
    
 
We saw dolphins and turtles at Monkey Mia, and afterward took a tour on a catamaran that took us out into the sea grass beds where we saw dugongs, which are huge. Dolphins swam alongside the cat and later Will rode in the boom net. 

    
    
    
 
We also visited a pearl farm which was extremely interesting. Cultured pearls around here result in colors ranging from black to pink. We saw an oyster opened and the pearl taken out. 

  We also took a trip to Ocean Park Aquarium (check it out, this is a great place: 
www.oceanpark.com.au
At this outdoor aquarium, they rehabilitate injured sea creatures and teach the public about the sealife in the area. We witnessed a shark feeding, which was slightly terrifying.