Sep 19th

WELCOME TO WWW.PERCYSPRACTICE.COM.AU

By Buggybuddys

Percy’s Practice is an exciting new seasonal public health education campaign supported by Perth Central & East Metro Medicare Local (PCEMML) to connect the people of Perth with their nearest GP After Hours practices and clinics. 

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It is hoped the campaign will help reduce the impact of non-emergency ambulance call outs and hospital presentations across Perth. 

The highly interactive campaign is fronted by a friendly cartoon owl character called Percy who has his own website www.percyspractice.com.au, which actively communicates positive health messages and puts people in contact with their nearest doctor.

A key part of the campaign is the entertaining, easy-to-use, multi-lingual website called, www.percyspractice.com.au and social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @PercysPractice.

Each month percyspractice.com.au will focus on important health issues, ranging from immunisation to seasonal illnesses such as the flu. The website will feature a range of health and wellbeing tips, as well as connecting people with their local GP After Hours practice via an interactive map. 

In addition to this, the website will feature the latest health news, plus downloadable cartoon pictures of Percy promoting good health, which kids can have fun colouring-in.

There is also a dedicated information line that people can call to find their nearest GP After Hours practice - 1800 323 333.

Supported by St John Ambulance and the AMA (WA) Council of General Practice, PCEMML hopes the campaign will encourage more use of GP After Hours practices in the community, reducing non-emergency ambulance call outs or patients presenting at hospital with conditions that in some cases could be treated by a local GP.

Sep 19th

Explore a world of fun at the Moreton Bay Fig Festival 2014

By Buggybuddys

The warmer weather is setting in which means it’s time again for the Moreton Bay Fig Festival. Activities will be in full swing from 12noon to 4pm on Saturday, 4 October 2014 at John MacMillan Park, located next to the Town’s Library and Leisurelife Centre.

This free family-friendly event is jam-packed full of activities, games and entertainment to delight children of all ages.

Take in the scenery of John MacMillan Park from the new mini-train and look out for the extra additions to this year’s festival, including a live birds of prey display, West Coast Eagles activities and marquee and creative workshops run by REmida WA.  

Rediscover family favourites such as giant bubble blowing, Old Macdonald’s Farm, sports games and a host of face painters. When tired feet need a rest grab a bite to eat from a variety of food vendors, and sit in the shade and enjoy the performances on the festival stage.

“It’s great to see the local community come together to enjoy the beautiful surrounds of John MacMillan Park and to join in the fun activities,” said Mayor Trevor Vaughan.

“There are so many things for the kids to see and do, so be sure to make a day of it these school holidays.”

Walking, biking or using public transport is encouraged as there is limited public parking available at Leisurelife and the Park Centre. Please leave your pets at home.

John MacMillan Park is located on Sussex Street in East Victoria Park.

For further information on the Moreton Bay Fig Festival, please call 9311 8111 or email admin@vicpark.wa.gov.au.

Sep 18th

Cookie Dough and Glasson Park, George St, East Fremantle

By Buggybuddys

Review by Estabelle Ang

Been loving George Street in East Fremantle way before the little one came along. It is such a quiet peaceful street lined with unique gift shops (for both kids and adults), cafes and restaurants. Until recently, I have found a new appreciation for the child-friendly vibe it brings and also, the awesome FULLY-FENCED gated playground! Dogs aren’t treated too shabbily around here either. Had a little morning tea at Cookie Dough Biscuits  before heading up to the playground. Such a child friendly place. From brightly flowered designed coffee machine (and cups), to table numbers sitting on-top a matchbox car. Whats there not to love. Did I also mention that baby-cinos here are only 50cents? Winner! They also offer a full breakfast and lunch menu as well.

simply beautiful
simply beautiful (cookie menu on the board)
 
downstairs and upstairs seating
downstairs and upstairs seating
 
coffee, baby-cino, carrot cake and a big elvis cookie
coffee, baby-cino, carrot cake and a big elvis cookie

Decided to have another coffee to go, I love the cup. Good enough reason I hink. Then it's off to Glasson Park, which is just a very short walk from Cookie Dough Biscuits. You can’t miss it.

Playground fun time
Playground fun time

Glasson park is a fully-gated and fenced playground, with a track around it for kids to safely scoot around in their trikes or scooters. There are plenty of shaded grass areas too. Inside the fenced area you can also find benches and seats as well as BBQ-pits. Perfect for a picnic or even a party. The play-area includes a toddler dinosaur slide, larger climbing slide play zone, a ‘windsurf’, flying fox, see-saw and plenty more.

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dinosaur
 
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slide

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lots to climb
lots to climb
 
everybody's gone surfing..
everybody’s gone surfing..
 
interesting see-saw
interesting see-saw

On the other side, theres also swings and a basketball court. Endless fun.

swings and a basketball court
swings and a basketball court

Cookie Dough Biscuits
88 George Street, East Frementle
CLOSED MON
Tues – sat: 8am – 4pm
Sun: 8am – 2pm
Highchair: Yes
Change facility: No

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Sep 18th

Whisk Creamery, Subiaco

By Buggybuddys

Review by Estabelle Ang

With the warmer months fast approaching, I think I’m going to make ice-cream my staple diet. Whisk Creamery is a much welcomed new gelato/smoothie/shakes/froyo/coffee place located along Rokeby Road. Owned by Brothers Davide and Simone, alongside their father Giulio, they proudly serve you with a range of soft-serve gelato, each serve freshly made with love and passion, like how their Nona’s Nona used to make it. Made with the highest quality ingredients, with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, is always a winner in my books.

151 Rokeby Rd (Next to Athletes foot)

151 Rokeby Rd (Next to Athletes Foot)

All natural ingredients

All natural ingredients

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Pick your flavour (Vanilla Custard, White Chocolate, Creamy Pannacotta, Espresso, Caramel, Green Tea, Dark Chocolate, Strawberry, Sorbet, Mango Sorbet, Raspberry Sorbet and/or Frozen Yogurt), then you can also pick your choice of additional toppings, ranging from fresh fruits to sprinkles to different sauces, the possibilities are endless. They also do smoothies and shakes, offering vegan options as well. Coffee lovers don’t fret, they do coffees too.

gelato galore
gelato galore
 
toppings
toppings

There are plenty of seats inside. Armed with our gelato, we chose to sit on the long bench seats at the back and oh boy the little one had a ball!

green tea and dark chic, creamy pannacotta
green tea and dark chocolate, creamy pannacotta,  awesomeness to the last drop
 
comfy seats
comfy seats
 
LOVE the colour scheme
LOVE the colour scheme

Whisk creamery is also located very close to the newly opened Subiaco Theatre Gardens Playspace. Read the Buggybuddys review here

Try Whisk creamery next time you’re in the area and they will guarantee that it will bring a burst of happiness into your day.

Whisk Creamery
151 Rokeby Road, Subiaco
Mon-Fri: 9.00am – 5.30pm
Sat: 9.00am – 6.00pm
Sun: 11.00am – 6.00pm
Highchairs: No
Change facility: No

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Sep 18th

Homestead Brewery and Mandoon Estate Restaurant, Swan Valley

By Buggybuddys Jennie

The Homestead Brewery and Mandoon Estate Restaurant are a very welcome addition to the Swan Valley.  They offer the sophisticated vibe that the South-West wineries achieve so well. 

 

The big, big plus point for families is that it has a well equipped, fenced and gated playground which is covered by shade sails.  

 

The Homestead Brewery offers a chilled out vibe with bar tables on the verandah overlooking the peaceful vineyard.

 

In the centre of the bar area is a huge open fireplace surrounded by comfy couches – perfect for a winter’s day.

 

The menu is varied and well priced. They are open on weekends from 7.30am for breakfast. When we visited on the second day of opening there was no kids menu available as the chef was still in the process of putting it together. The kids were given an activity pack while we waited for our meals.

 

The majority of mains are priced below $30.  We ordered Pulled Pork Taco’s served with a fennel and apple slaw ($25).

 

Mandoon grilled chicken salad ($18)

 

Grilled octopus, chorizo, kipfler and padron pepper ($15)

 

And for the kids triple cooked chips ($9) which were very good!

 

Its sister restaurant, The Mandoon Estate Restaurant, offers a fine dining experience with views over the lawn area.  If you wanted to push the boat out you could opt for the 5 or 7 course Degustation menu. An a la carte menu is also available.

 

On weekends the Beer Garden Bar is open serving drinks and food such as pizzas and a spit roast. They also plan to have live music playing.  I think this will be a big hit with families as it is closest to the playground.

They also have a delicatessen on site that is open on weekends and offers a range of cured meats for purchase.

Homestead Brewery has all the components to offer families the perfect relaxing weekend lunch in the Swan Valley although there are a couple of little issues BUT as it has just opened I would like to think that these will be rectified over time as the management find their feet.

Firstly you can only book tables in the restaurant not the Brewery. The Brewery is more family friendly for dining so that would be my choice. I suggest you take along a picnic blanket with you so that if you are unable to get a table you can spread out your rug on the beer garden lawn and enjoy a picnic lunch.

 

Unfortunately you can’t see the playground from the Brewery which means if your plan is to enjoy a relaxing meal while kids play you will need to dine in the beer garden.  When we visited they were not offering table service outside nor do they issue you with a buzzer to let you know when your food is ready. So that means if you wish to sit outside, and the Beer Garden Bar is not open, you will need to order your food inside and then wait for it to arrive and then carry it outside yourself. It’s not ideal if you are dining with kids but I am sure that this issue will be smoothed out over time. 

I really enjoyed my visit to Homestead Brewery and can't wait to return. I definitely think it’s going to be very, very popular with Perth families this summer!

 

The Homestead Brewery and Mandoon Estate Restaurant are located at 10 Harris Road, Caversham
www.mandoonestate.com.au
www.homesteadbrewery.com.au

 

Opening hours are:
Mandoon Estate Restaurant 12pm – 3pm 7 days, 6pm – 9pm Friday – Saturday

Homestead Brewery 10pm – 5pm Monday – Thursday, 10am – late Friday, 7.30am – late Saturday and 7.30am – 5pm Sunday.

Outside Beer Garden Bar & Delicatessen 10am – 5pm Saturday and Sunday. 

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Sep 18th

Bryce and Jasmine stepping out in John Hughes Big Walk

By Buggybuddys

Two brave young Perth children will be leading the charge against childhood cancer at the John Hughes Big Walk for Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation this November.

Five-year-old Jasmine Wendt and eight-year-old Bryce Lowry are this year’s proud ambassadors for the John Hughes Big Walk, which kicks off on Sunday, November 16 and fundraises for PMH Foundation to support projects at the hospital’s oncology ward where Bryce and Jasmine have both been treated.
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The event organisers, the Rotary Club of Mosman Park and PMH Foundation, hope this year’s Big Walk will go above and beyond the record breaking 2013 event, which saw more than 3400 participants raise a whopping $255,000 to support WA children being cared for at PMH’s oncology ward.

It’s a cause extremely close to home for Jasmine and Bryce’s families and friends, who are already kicking off their fundraising mission to give back to the hospital.

Jasmine’s mum Monica Wendt explained Jasmine was diagnosed with stage four Neuroblastoma just after her third birthday in June 2012. Neuroblastoma is an aggressive form of cancer that only affects babies and children, striking neural crest cells which are involved in the development of the nervous system and other tissues.

Over the course of the next 16 months, Jasmine went through five rounds of chemotherapy, surgery to remove her primary tumour, then megadose chemotherapy.  This was followed by 12 rounds of radiotherapy and six cycles of immunotherapy. 

Since finishing her marathon treatment regime in August last year, Jasmine is a happy, healthy five-year-old who loves going to pre-primary, and she has regular three-monthly scans to check on her progress.

Last year, her family raised - an incredible $30,000 for PMH Foundation through the John Hughes Big Walk, and now little Jasmine is over the moon to be a co-ambassador for the event.

“When Jasmine finished her treatment she was very quickly back to her normal self. After such a long period of having a very extraordinary life, we suddenly had a much more normal life, and when I heard about the Big Walk we wanted to get involved,” Monica said.

“Having spent so much time on the children’s oncology ward at PMH, the big drawcard of the Big Walk is that we could fundraise directly for Ward 3B (the Children’s Cancer Ward), whose support we are so thankful for. 

“During Jasmine’s treatment we spent a lot of time in the Fairy Garden, which was funded by a previous Big Walk, and that garden was amazing for us. Things like that can make a huge difference for kids and parents. 

“A friend of a friend joined us at the Big Walk last year, and afterwards she said to me ‘I had no idea about this whole other world at PMH and what kids go through there; you give to charities overseas but you don’t realise what you can be doing to support people here in Perth’.”

Like Jasmine, Big Walk co-ambassador Bryce is thrilled to be championing the cause with his family and friends. Bryce was diagnosed with Stage 3 Anaplastic large cell lymphoma, a form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, in February this year just days before this eighth birthday.

His mum Charlean Lowry said his diagnosis came after an extremely difficult period for their family. Charlean’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2013, for which she was successfully treated, and then her husband Craig’s mother sadly passed away due to brain cancer in October, just months after being diagnosed with the disease.

“To hear Bryce’s diagnosis, especially after Craig’s mother passed away from brain cancer last year, was just impossible. We wondered how this could happen to our family, it just didn’t seem fair,” Charlean said. 

After six rounds of chemotherapy over the last few months, Bryce and his family were thrilled when he was recently pronounced ‘in remission’. Charlean said their entire family was looking forward to taking part in the Big Walk, as a way to say thank you to PMH for caring for Bryce.

“The support from the hospital, particularly the staff at 3B, was just incredible. We have been blown away by the generosity and care of everyone involved, so we want to give back in whatever way we can,” Charlean said.

“It’s nice to have little goals to look forward to, so for Bryce being a Big Walk ambassador really makes a huge difference, he is very excited to be taking part,” she said.

PMH Foundation chief executive Denys Pearce said the partnership between the Rotary Club of Mosman Park and the Foundation, the two organisers of the event, was incredibly strong, having raised almost $1million for vital cancer services at PMH over the past eight years. 

“Thanks to the Rotary Club of Mosman Park, the John Hughes Big Walk has grown to become one of the Foundation’s key community fundraisers, with all proceeds from the walk going towards supporting children and families at the hospital’s oncology ward,” he said. 

“We are enormously grateful for the support of the community, who embrace the Big Walk every year for this incredibly important cause.”

The Big Walk encourages people of all ages and abilities to get out in the sunshine and exercise while raising money for PMH’s cancer ward through PMH Foundation, with participants choosing between 6km, 11km or 15km walking routes.

For more information about the Big Walk or to register, visit www.bigwalk.com.au

Since its inception in 1998, PMH Foundation has been the conduit for over $50 million in financial support to PMH. This incredible generosity has helped to fund life-saving research, specialist staff, vital equipment, complementary services and capital projects.

 

Sep 17th

Introducing INSPIRED BY PEARL – Children’s Interior Design, Perth

By Buggybuddys

INSPIRED BY PEARL – Children’s Interior Design, Perth
www.inspiredbypearl.com.au

Inspired by Pearl is an Interior Design service that specialises in nurseries and children’s spaces.

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Raquel Belli is the talented owner and designer who has taken a much-loved hobby and transformed it into a flourishing business. After the birth of her daughter, Pearl, she discovered a passion for all petite décor from DIY to designer items. Choosing to give up full time work to become a stay-at-home mum, she spent endless hours sewing, designing DIY and tackling craft projects. Using paint, glue and decoupage she gave life to old items she had collected over the years, transforming worn pieces into vibrant fresh designs.
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She has a passion for fossicking to source pre-loved pieces, and is inspired by everything – from the latest fashion in children's bedroom décor, to special pieces in boutiques and second-hand shops. Her eye for detail, combined with her love for children and her passion for all things creative and fanciful, means she can transform a tired room into a tranquil and peaceful space for a newborn, a place of learning and growth for a toddler, or a perfectly themed and functional room for a tween or teenager.

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If you are an expectant mother who doesn't know where to start with your nursery, or you began the job but don’t know how to complete it, or you simply feel that your child’s existing bedroom or playroom needs a new lease on life, Inspired by Pearl can help you. 

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There are 3 packages to choose from:
1. Inspired By Pearl Package: $550
Every child has their own personality and uniqueness and it’s important that this character and individuality is reflected in their special space. In order for Raquel to design the perfect room for your child, she needs to know who they are: their likes and dislikes, from colour choices to their favourite characters.

In this package the following will take place:      
Designing your dream room: Raquel will sit down with you to run through your ideas, and discuss your vision and what you hope to achieve for the room.
Mapping your dream room: Raquel will take all of the information, thoughts and feelings from the initial consultation and create a picture board to show you how the space will be transformed. Included in the board will be time frames and costs for the new room. At this stage you can make any changes you desire. The purpose of this step is to make sure that you are 100% comfortable and happy with the vision for the room, and that your child is too.
Creating your dream room: This is when the fun begins. Raquel will arrive at your home and transform the chosen space into a dream room for your child.

2. Inspired To Redesign Package: $350
If all you need is a helping hand with the design of the room, but you are happy to source and set up the room yourself, then this package will be suitable for you.
In this package Raquel will give you a creative picture board with prices and details as to how to transform a tired space into the beautiful room you have been dreaming of. To help her create this vision, she will call you at a convenient time to discuss your thoughts and ideas.  You will also need to send her photos and dimensions of the room so that she can redesign it suitably.

3. Source a Pearler Package: $200
If you have already transformed your child’s room but you haven’t been able to find that perfect piece for the space, then this package is perfect for you. All you need to do is send Raquel a photo of the room with a description and if possible  a photo of what you are looking for and she will find you that beautiful item to complete your child’s room. 

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If you would like to book one of these packages or find out more details please contact Raquel via her website.
Or like her facebook page for inspiration. 

 

 

Sep 17th

BIG NEWS

By Janelle

I am mad for a vintage shop.  If a shop looks a combination of a garage sale, old people’s home and a council roadside collection, I am in heaven.  My house and wardrobe are full of treasured vintage finds, and some of them don't even smell of cat wee.  I love things that have had a life before they got to me (apart from perishable foodstuffs, obviously).

About two years ago, my parents were in Perth visiting from Victoria, and as was our ritual whenever they visited, we went for a wander around the city, stopping for a squizz at London Court in Hay Street (because NOTHING says ye olde England like multiple Ugg boot shops and souvenirs made in China).  Anyway, my mum and I were browsing in the antique store in London Court when a ring caught my eye.  It had a large rectangular stone set in a very unusual 1950‘s yellow gold setting.  I asked to try it on and automatically put it on the third finger of my left hand.  It was a perfect fit.  I loved it and said jokingly to my mum, ‘Have a look at this Mum! This’d do me as an engagement ring!’ As the grandmother of two ‘out-of-wedlock’ granddaughters, my Catholic mum promptly lost her tiny mind. ‘PHIL!’ she screamed at my partner ‘PHIL! Janelle’s found an engagement ring....buy it buy it buy it - it’s not even a diamond - go on go on GO ON!’, which let’s face is, is pretty much every girl’s dream proposal scenario, having your mother twist your bloke’s arm into it with brute force in front of strangers! Phil carefully managed to talk his way out of it and we left the shop empty handed. In every sense of the word.

I couldn’t stop thinking about that ring, though, I even dreamed about it that night. I’d never wanted a piece of jewellery more.  Phil told me that if I wanted it that much I should go back and get it for myself, but he wasn’t going to buy it for me (I know - romantic, right?).  I sulked, but went back to the shop.  The ring was gone.  I couldn’t believe it.  There were only two options as far as I could see - either Phil had snuck back in to the city and purchased it on the sly, or some other mole was walking around town wearing my sodding ring.

I put Phil through the - err - ringer trying to work out if he’d bought the ring but he swore that he hadn’t and it got to the point (after literally months of probing) where he requested I stop asking because he felt so guilty that he’d disappointed me so much. So sadly I had no choice but to let it go.

Last month we were in Hawaii. And we stumbled across my dream shop, part hoarder’s warehouse, part Hawaiian Elvis tiki bar, I couldn’t wait to get in there and get hunting for treasures.  Phil and I went inside the shop and the lady asked if she could help me.  I said, ‘I don’t know what I want, but I’ll know what it is when I see it, and I’m pretty sure I won’t leave here empty handed!’ She just smiled, and I headed straight for the jewellery cabinet.  There, right in the middle, all by itself, was a ring with a large, rectangular stone, in an unusual gold setting.  I did a double, if not a triple-take, and asked to see the ring. The bloke behind the counter passed it to me and I could not believe my eyes. I said, ‘Oh my God! Phil! Phil! I’ve found another one - I can’t believe it - this one is exactly the same as the one from London Court! Phil! Phil! Look! Phil? What are you doing down there? Get up! Look I’ve found another ring!’ And then the salesman grabbed my hand and said, ‘I believe this ring already belongs to you.’ And I realised why Phil was down on one knee.

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Of course I burst into tears (which was pretty confusing for the kids - they usually only ever see me cry when I’m watching Japanese nappy ads about motherhood) and Phil said, ‘Well, will ya?’ and I nodded yes, through my tears, but I believe my first actual words of response rhymed with ‘you bucking mastered!’ and then I said,‘You lied to me for two years?’ Where on EARTH did you hide it?’ And Phil replied ‘I hid it under your bedside table because I knew you never cleaned under there.’ Again, bucking mastered.

And so, at the age of 40 and as a mum of two, I find myself engaged for the first time, and I never thought I would be and I’m over the moon.  And I’ve finally got my beautiful 1950‘s ring that is my prized possession which is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea (I’m learning that the phrase ‘It’s very you!’ in relation to a piece of jewellery is much like ‘It’s very different!’ in relation to a bad hair cut), but I couldn’t care less.

And now there’s a wedding to plan and there’s so much to do and think about....but before I get onto that, I must remember to go and dust under my bedside table.  You never know what I might find under there.

Janelle Koenig is an accomplished comedian, a mum of two little girls (aged 5 and 1 and no there won't be any more thanks for asking) and mediocre guitarist. She’s proud to consider herself a ‘real woman’ but keeps her skinny jeans ‘just in case’.

www.janellekoenig.com
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Sep 16th

10 Tips for Experiencing The Perth Royal Show on a Budget 2014

By Alisha

10 Tips for Experiencing The Perth Royal Show on a Budget 2014



Our Favourite time of the year is nearly here!  The Perth Royal Show is happening Saturday 27 September through Saturday 4 October, and we are getting excited!  If you want to experience The Perth Royal Show on a budget, here's 10 Tips to help you out:

10 Tips to Experiencing The Perth Royal Show on a Budget

1.  Purchase Discount Tickets before the show- 
The good news is Kids 12 and Under Go FREE when accompanied by an adult (thanks to the State Government of Western Australia)!  To save on tickets for those over 12, be sure to buy your discount tickets ahead of time either on the Perth Royal Show website, or from your local IGA supermarket (while supplies last).

2.  Catch the Train-
Save on fuel and parking costs by taking the train to Claremont Showgrounds.  It's hastle free and the kids love it!  A family rider pass is $12.10 and lasts all day.  Visit the Transperth website to plan your journey.

3.  Take Advantage of Food & Drink Samples/Specials and BYO Picnic-
We tend to pack our own food to The Perth Royal Show, and enjoy setting up a spot on the grass near the Main Arena to watch the goings on there while we eat.  This year, you can take advantage of some Food & Drink Samples at the Brownes Dairy Pavillion and the IGA Fresh from WA Pavillion. There's always something on for Food Lovers at the Royal Show!  Check out the Food Lovers schedule here.

 

4.  Follow the Yellow Brick Road-
Every year, we buy the Yellow Brick Road Showbag that leads us around to all sorts of Free Activities and discounts at The Perth Royal Show.  This year the Yellow Brick Road Showbag includes free activities, competitions, and 2 for 1 offers and discounts including an offer for banana smoothies and cheese toasties!  The Yellow Brick Road route runs daily from 9am - 5pm and should take about 2 hours to complete.  Buy more than one, and save! 
  • 1 bag for $10
  • 2 bags for $18
  • 3 bags for $25
  • 4 bags for $30

5.  Titan the Robot-
Like Rocketman last year, Titan the Robot is the thing we are most excited to see at The Perth Royal Show besides the animals.  Titan is an enormous 2.4 meter tall robot weighing about 350 kg with a sense of humor.  He appears to appeal to all audiences, and has been around the world making people laugh and wonder... and now it's our turn to see him right here in Perth!  
You can see Titan the Robot Daily 12.45pm, 2.45pm, 4.45pm (F2 on the Map)

6.  Catch a Free Show-


Anywhere you see this symbol on your Perth Royal Show Map, you will find Free Entertainment! Our favourite picks for the kids this year are:

Bananas in Pyjamas- Daily 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm (J2 on Map)
See what Australia's favourite Banana Twins, B1 & B2, are up to in this live show featuring some of their famous songs and dances!
 

Miss Pink- Daily 12.00pm, 2.00pm, 4.00pm (F2 on Map)
A blast from the past 1960s retro pantomime performer, all decked out in Pink!

Mr. Bubble Man- Daily 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm (F2 on Map)
Everyone loves Bubbles!  Especially this mischievous Bubble Man who creates bubbles and belly laughs using his mini Bubble Factory on Wheels!
 
But there are loads more FREE ENTERTAINMENT to choose from including various musical performances.  Click here to see the complete list of Entertainment at The Perth Royal Show.

7.  Build Lego at the Lego Brick Zone - Daily 10 am - 6pm (H2 on Map)
Get creative in the hands-on Lego Zone! Plan, create, and build at the custom made LEGO play tables.  I can imagine we will be spending some time in this area as we all LOVE LEGO!



8.  View the 10,000 Animals on Display-  
We love viewing, patting, and interacting with the animals at The Perth Royal Show.  Here's two Animal Shows on the top of our list this year:

Racing & Diving Pigs- Daily 11.00am, 12.30pm, 2.00pm, 3.30pm, 5.00pm
Take a pick at which color coat is going to win, then watch the piggies race around the track!
Also, watch as the little piggies dive off a diving board into a tank of water.  I cannot wait for this one!
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The Snakes Alive Demonstration- Daily 10am - 3pm.
Get up close and personal with the native snakes of Australia, including the rarest in our country!



Click here for more things for Animal Lovers at The Perth Royal Show.

9.  Buy a Budget Showbag-
The Blinky Bill Showbag is back again this year, and will only put you out $1!  Here are the 12 least expensive Showbags ranging from $1 to $4.  Hopefully at these prices, everyone will go home with at least one! 

Check out all the 2014 Showbags here.

10.  Free Nighttime Entertainment after dark-
The Horsepower Show looks like it will be fantastic!  Nightly at 7:30 pm in the Main Arena, watch as the stockmen herd running cattle with fireworks attached to their horses in a burst of blazing technicolour!



The Fireworks Spectacular is a must see!  Watch as the Fireworks light up the sky nightly at 8pm. Our family finds this the perfect finale for our time at The Perth Royal Show!

The Perth Royal Show runs Saturday 27 September through Saturday 4 October. For more information visit the Perth Royal Show website 

 
Sep 15th

Kalahari a Taste of Africa Clarkson

By Buggybuddys - Lorraine

With a South African husband we’re always on the look-out for good and new places to buy Biltong as well as enjoy some traditional South African delights.  Kalahari a Taste of Africa Cafe/Restaurant in Clarkson didn’t disappoint on a recent visit to this newly opened watering hole.



The owners of this very popular and fast growing chain of stores-cafes, with stores in Wanneroo, Willeton and now Clarkson wanted to create an eccentric oasis for local South Africans to frequent when home sick.  This store offers an alfresco area as well as an indoor setting within the shop.

 



My husband was in his element with so many favourite home cooked foods he’d been bought up as a child growing up in Cape Town.

Kalahari reminds me of a few similar cafe/store combinations where you can buy unique artisan foods, buy bespoke original paintings, crafts and jewellery as well as enjoy a breakfast, brunch, lunch or coffee & cake.  A popular and winning combination in my view!

 

Store favourites include Mrs Balls Chutney, Rooibos Tea, Nik Naks, Cream Soda and the brew Windhoek Beer.  Frozen and fresh meats include Kudo, Oxtail and Flingstone Rump Steaks.  And of course not forgetting a variety of Biltong meats.



On the cafe menu are some old favourites from home including samosa’s, bunny chows, vetkoek, russian and chips, koeksisters, melktert and my husband’s favourite peppermint crisp tart!!!!

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