... and me.
We have been busy recently; school holidays and an overseas visitor staying so we have been going sight-seeing. There is nothing like touring one's own surroundings and talking about local features to make one truly appreciate all over again where you live. We have been doing lots of Aussie stuff, including a visit to the Perth Mint where we learnt about the Gold Rush and how many of the world's biggest nuggets have been discovered here (most of them); lifted a gold brick (far heavier than I imagined) and learnt about the minting process. Can you guess the melting point of gold? Go one, take a minute to guess....
We've visited Kings Park, the beach and gone paddling on the river. The last few days we have been down visiting my parents in the country. We cooked damper and billy tea over an open fire out in the middle of the bush, as well as took plenty of photos of kangaroos. Each of these things we have done lots of times, but have been extra nice when viewed through the enthusiastic eyes of an overseas visitor. And today we visited a little traditional sweetshop, then I intuitively headed next door to the junk shop to have a trawl through ... I couldn't resist. I told our visitor she didn't have to come with me but she wanted to! She found a really old kangaroo print dish and a boomerang shaped leather covered shoe brush, also printed with kangaroos and xanthorrhoea (the plant in my picture above). I found some more glassware and more old mismatched fine bone china to add to my collection, and a manual typewriter for Craig. Sam found a double-headed adaptor... er, well, one person's trash etc etc, right?
So everybody scored and everybody's happy!
Finally; the melting point of gold; 1064C... How close was your guess??
Top; Ezibuy (the indispensable one with holes in it, gulp!)
Cardigan; MNG Suit, found secondhand
Jeans; Burda 7863 with modifications, black corduroy, details here
Scarf; dark crimson jersey, details here
(old and cruddy) hiking boots; Scarpa