An Australian Adventure With Joey...
By: Pat L
In the fall of 2011 my husband and I were on a two-month home exchange in Perth, Western Australia, something we have been doing all over the world for 21 years.
We decided to take a road trip south of Perth through the scenic Margaret River country, a lush landscape dotted with more than 100 wineries. We continued on to Point Leeuwin, with its spectacular coastline. This is Australia's most southwesterly point, where the Indian and Southern oceans meet.
Along the way, we explored Jewel and Mammoth caves, both huge and magnificent. We drove through forests of ancient karri and tingle trees, some soaring to 246 feet. Despite the remoteness of the region, it has become a mecca for artists of all persuasions--glass blowers, photographers, jewelers, painters, metal crafters, and, particularly, those who create fine furniture from beautiful wood.
The township of Denmark was next on our route along the South Coast Highway. On the way, I spotted a sign for the Pentland Alpaca Stud and Animal Farm. Being an animal lover, I insisted we stop and look around. This small farm and wildlife park not only had alpacas but galahs (colorful birds), kangaroos, koalas, camels, a huge North American bison, emus, llamas, an Asian water buffalo, deer, pigs, goats and more. It appeared to be a happy, healthy home for these diverse animals.
It was shortly before closing and began to rain heavily. There were only four of us left in the farm/wildlife park and, as we were leaving, a woman who worked in the gift shop asked if I would like to feed a joey, a baby kangaroo. Of course I would! She brought out a 9-month-old joey in a blue cloth bag, a simulation of a pouch. I sat down, and she put the joey in my arms. The warmed bottle of milk was surprisingly small, with a very long, thin nipple. The sweet little joey emptied the bottle in no time, then looked up at me, as though studying her new, strange "mom." She seemed quite content to just be held, and, for my part, it was one of the highlights of the trip.
UK - London
London, 2m, SE
Hello. We have a two-bedroomed maisonette house (one double bedroom, one single bedroom) in a quiet area of south east London (Catford) with a well-maintained and spaceous garden and private parking (for one car). Our light and newly decorated home is the perfect base from which to explore amazing London. Catford has excellent links to central London and all its highlights by bus (45 mins), light railway and/or train (20 mins), and we are also situated within easy access to the A2/A20 roads which offer a quick route out of London to Kent (The Garden of England) or the M25 motorway and the rest of the UK's road network.
We have all mod cons (except a dish washer!), a private entrance and a lovely rear garden including a large trampoline, football goal and sand tray for little people to enjoy, there are also two leafy, very close parks with nice play grounds. There are two convenience stores within a 2-mins walk and Catford centre with shops and restaurants is a 10-min bus ride away. There are also two large shopping centres at Lewisham and Bromley which are both a 20-mins bus ride away, the latter is great for bars, restaurants, etc. Historic Greenwich is also a 20-mins bus ride away from which you can catch boats going up and down the Thames.