Apart from medical, dental appointments, Phil and I had rather a lot on last week, so let me explain. We don't visit zoos or beautiful parks and take pics of animals and birds so what do we do? We pay our annual visit to our optometrist. Oh, what an exciting life we two lead. This time we headed eastwards to Kelmscott which happens to be the suburb in which our daughter and her hubby live as well as #2 granddaughter with her daughter, who incidentally celebrated her 18th birthday on the 4th September.
It was, in fact, our daughter that recommended we see this optometrist as she and her children had been to him over the years and she still goes there for all her optical needs. He is quite expensive but I feel our eyes are very important and he never fails to be caring, is never in a rush and will answer all your questions and makes sure you receive the best attention possible.
This is the front of his premises with the caption on the window that reads 'EYE CARE FOR YOU" which I feel says it all:
I had my eyes tested and it was discovered the sight in my left eye had deteriorated so a big decision. I want to see as well as possible and it seemed silly to have new lens made for my old specs so I decided to spend a small fortune on a new pair of glasses. Our state government pays us $50 every two years towards spectacles and HBF (private health insurance) will also pay as well, but a pittance when you think of their yearly premium. Anyway I paid a deposit of $500 and of course had to choose new frames and there was a really great selection:
I finally decided on a pair I liked and which felt right and then sat at the little table on the right of the picture to have the optometrist fit them and make sure the multi-focals would fit OK. I also have them darken when in sunlight as I my eyes don't like the glare. Mr P didn't think Phil's specs needed any change and to come back in 12 months so little expense there as Medicare covers most of the cost of the eye examination.
It is a 45-50 minute drive from our place to here so I had deliberately made our appointment for 11.30 as I knew it would probably take well over an hour until all the business with the optometrist was done and we could pop over to the shopping centre opposite to have a snack. There is a really nice shop which sells pies, bread, cakes etc and we opted for steak and mushroom pie and a cup of coffee each. The pies were delicious with real steak and lots of mushroom too. The cakes looked so tempting but we were both very good and decided a pie for lunch would suffice so didn't succumb to temptation. This is the shop and while I was sitting eating I took the picture looking down the mall. It is only a small shopping centre (there is a Coles but IGA has closed down):
After we'd finished eating we headed back to the car but I then remembered Father's Day on Sunday so stopped at a florist of all places to buy some greeting cards and oh yes, an anniversary card as we celebrate our 47th wedding anniversary on the 16th. I also bought a few birthday cards to send to friends later in the year. I get out so seldom I need to stock up when I get the chance.
Phil very kindly told me to wait while he drove the car round to pick me (one way thoroughfares you see) and although I was grateful for him doing so I thought my back was going to give out on me but I leaned against a post (hope I didn't look dreadful doing that but had no choice). Fortunately he was very quick but while waiting, to take my mind of me, I took this photo looking down the driveway and across to where you can see part of the Darling Range in the distance. Kelmscott and surrounds are actually in the foothills of the Ranges:
We then drove around to Albany Highway (which is a very long road that runs from Perth right down to Albany on the south coast of W.A.) and we actually found the correct turn to get us back on to Tonkin Highway for the long haul home. As this is not our normal stamping ground we've missed the turning in the past but this time were determined to get it right:
Tonkin Highway runs across the bridge you can see in the picture and we have to turn right from Albany Highway and around a hairpin bend so we can then head left (south) down the highway. At last we have it down pat so will know in future which way to go. Here we join Tonkin Highway:
and to the left you can see the Darling Ranges (or Darling scarp) in the distance. This would once have been a huge mountain range which has, over the centuries, been worn down by weathering. I really loved the cloud patterns in the sky that day. Looked to be very windy up there:
After a couple of sets of traffic lights we turn right and head west and homewards:
Over the years a couple of what you might call mansions have been built along Forrest Road. This one is relatively new and it is seldom, if at all, we've seen signs of life here although there does appear to be some lawn and perhaps some gardening done. Difficult to see through the closed iron gate. Not that I'm a sticky beak (perish the thought) but it took so long to build and seems strange there is little sign of life there.
This mansion has been here for some years (there was a story once that because it was built in swampy ground it was gradually sinking but it still looks pretty substantial). There is a smaller, single storey, house next to it and beyond that again a huge chook (hen) house so it would seem there money was made from chickens and eggs. They also had emus which seems to have almost disappeared and last week I noticed there were goats in the field as well. This dwelling is very impressive when seen my passing motorists and, as you can see, it is well inhabited:
As we neared home we drove through what is now Cockburn Central where there is a railway station, and a HUGE shopping centre called Gateways. It is so big, and being extended, that most people I've spoken to hate going there as parking is a problem. As for me, it is so big that even using my walker I am unable to walk through all of it. If I tried to do so I think I may have to stop for a rest at least half a dozen times.
Near the railway station there are being built a large number of these blocks of apartments. Phil always makes the comment as we pass by that it reminds him of East Germany where, after the war, the communists built dozens and dozens of apartment buildings. We only hope that there is good upkeep here as it would be a great shame if it began to look rundown as was the case with some State Housing Commission blocks of flats in various areas some years ago.
While admiring the azaleas I noticed several large weeds growing in the garden at the end of the verandah so called on a weary hubby to "please pull them up before they go to seed" and he did and here you can see the top of his head as he bends down to pull weeds. He is wonderful isn't he do to as I asked after all the driving he'd done during the day. He may have some faults but I'd not give him up for anything. Those are pansies in the hanging baskets and EC and River, if you look very closely you can see my solar spinner hanging just above the pansies.
That all happened last Friday and then on Saturday after watching the AFL football (our team unfortunately lost but play again this Saturday so fingers crossed for a win) it was a quick trip to Big W to buy some wool (we still call it that even though it is synthetic) to finish a crochet rug I'm doing and also to buy presents for Father's Day. I always give Phil a gift, and also my son-in-law and grandson-in-law a small gift each just to say thank you for the grandchildren and great-grandchildren they have helped bring into our lives.
On Sunday we drove up to Kelmscott to our daughter and son-in-law's home for afternoon tea where we were joined by #2 granddaughter and her daughter, and #1 granddaughter and her hubby and their two little girls. Although it was showery on an off we were quite dry under the very large patio they have at the back of their house and they had the large gas heater on as well. We were also celebrating #1 great-granddaughter's 18th birthday with a really rich chocolate cake (I think they are called mud cakes?) and of course sang "Happy Birthday" as she blew out the candles. All in all a very pleasant afternoon.
After those three successive busy days it took me a couple of days to recover. This afternoon I am off to see Dr Ken for a Vitamin B12 injection. I have one each month for three months and then a break of three months and so on. Tomorrow our cleaning lady will be here for an hour and then a few days quiet for me to fully recover before at least 3 appointments next week....hair cuts (both of us), our endocrinologist (both of us) and me back to the dentist to see if he can doing something about this bottom denture of mine that just hurts too much to wear for long.
I never complain about aging for I am ever thankful I've (we've) been granted these extra years above our three score and ten but sometimes it becomes a bit daunting. No matter, I intend to keep on keeping on as long as I can so you're not done with me yet. I am not sure about continuing with "Telling it on Tuesday" as our life became quite commonplace for many years but leave it with me and I'll see if I can find anything that sounds interesting enough to share with you.
I do hope everyone is keeping as well as possible and, wherever you may be, your life is continuing to your satisfaction.