Perth Wildflowers

Winter is coming to an end and spectacular wildflowers have begun to bloom. Already now you can see magnificent flowers as you drive along some of Perth’s highways following the winter rains. There are many wildflower trails you can follow in WA from up North all the way to the South but if you don’t want to go too far, there are a few spots you can visit in Perth and the best time is between September to October.

  • Kings Park and Botanical Gardens
  • Swan Valley wine region
  • John Forrest National Park
  • Rottnest Island
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The wildflower collection in Western Australia is the largest on Earth. With more than 12,000 species, over 60% of which are found nowhere else on Earth.

Keeping the car cool in summer

Summer days are coming! Lovely beach weather and sunshine all around!

But no one wants to be fried when they get into their car after a long day of being parked outside. Here are some tips to keep your car cooler so that you can enjoy your summer –

 

1. Use to sunshade of sun visor

It’s a proven method. The small amount of time it takes to put it up is sure worth it especially if you need to leave the car parked out in the sun for more than a few minutes. Keep your car even cooler by putting shades on all windows – including the rear!

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2. Park in a shady area

Seems obvious but it’s true! If you’re lucky enough to find a shady spot, take it. If you only get part shade, try to have the shade over your car engine – which allows air con to run cooler faster or over the dash so you don’t have to touch hot vinyl when you enter.

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3. Cover your steering wheel with a towel

Hot steering wheels no more! Simply cover with a towel to keep it cool and ready to drive.

 

4. Throw blankets or towel over your seats

If your car has vinyl or leather seats this makes a big difference. You are well aware how hot these materials get when they are left under the sun. Sometimes it would make you jump back up as soon you sit down! Covering your seats in blankets or towels will help keep the surface cool for when you return.

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5. Leave your windows slightly open

Leaving your windows slightly open will promote ventilation and keep your car cooler. Just make sure it is not big enough to let an arm pass through! If you don’t feel safe leaving your window open, you can invest in a solar powered fan which draws the hot air out of the vehicle. You can get ones as little as AUD$9 from eBay.

Driving in wet weather

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Winter is well and truly here along with lots rain!

Take care to drive safely in the wet weather by:

  • stay informed – check main roads twitter or other traffic updates to see if there is flooding or accidents along your route.
  • slowing down – posted speed limits are set as a maximum. Drive according to the conditions and reduce speed when raining.
  • maintain a safe distance – allow plenty of room between the car in front as wet roads offer less grip. Wild weather may also leave debris or large puddles on the road causing drivers to brake suddenly.
  • brake softly – harsh braking can lead to loss of vehicle control on a wet road. Brake progressively to keep traction on the wet road
  • avoid large puddles – cars are not boats. Try not to drive through water more than a few centimeters in depth and avoid large puddles that can mask trouble on the road. If you must drive through deep water, slow down gently, maintain control over the steering wheel and have the vehicle pointed to the direction you want to travel.
  • do not use cruise control – the vehicle may sense the build up of water as a slow down and ask for more power causing a shift down in gear and increasing the build up of water under the tire.

If you do lose traction while driving on the wet road (hydroplaning), do not panic and do not brake suddenly. Release the accelerator slowly to slow down and steer the vehicle towards an open space.

Labour Day

We all love public holidays, what ever the occasion may be. And lucky us there is one just around the corner – 6th March 2017 is Labour Day!

But have you ever stopped to wonder what is Labour Day?

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These days we may think that the 8 hour working day is too long. We always look forward to the weekend. Little do we realize that today’s 8 hour working day was brought about by much struggle.

In the early 1800s, the normal working day was long and arduous with some working 12 hours a day, six days a week! Many Australians saw the need for better and fairer working conditions. On April 21, 1856, stonemasons at the University of Melbourne marched to Parliament House to push for an eight-hour working day. An agreement with employers for a 48-hour week was eventually reached and Australian workers welcomed the new eight-hour day. A victory march was held on May 12 that year and each year after that. In 1879 the Victorian Government made one further step towards better conditions for employees by proclaiming a paid public holiday that year.

Now we can enjoy this public holiday visiting the coastal region, fishing and camping, having a BBQ, spending time with friends and family.

So as we enjoy the upcoming public holiday on 6th March here in Western Australia, let us also commemorate the granting of 8 hour working day for Australians and recognize worker’s contributions towards this nation’s economy.

And who knows, perhaps in the not so distant future, there will be a push for 4 day working week as we adapt to this fast paced, technology driven world.

Whats On in February 2017

School holidays is over, but that doesn’t mean there is less to do in Perth!

 

While visiting all the great places in Perth, maybe you can pop in to see a few a these –

 

Perth International Arts Festival (10Feb – 5Mar)

Theatre, circus, music and more! Check out their list on their website, some events are free!

https://perthfestival.com.au/whats-on/#/

 

Jazz in the Park Kalamunda (02Feb – 13Apr)

Enjoy sweet smooth sound of jazz under the stars. Free event

6-8pm every Thursday at Stirk Park, Kalamunda

www.kysb.org

 

South West Craft Beer Festival (11Feb)

The best of South West breweries come together for celebration of the region’s produce, music and of course beer!

Old Broadwater Farm 56 New River Ramble, Busselton, Western Australia, 6280

http://www.swbeerfest.com.au

 

Sunsmart Busselton Jetty Swim (11Feb – 12Feb)

The SunSmart Busselton Jetty Swim 2017 event will be held over two days, with activities and family entertainment for everyone. The swim itself will take place on the Sunday morning. This event is regarded as one of South West Western Australia’s most famous sporting events.

Busselton foreshore, Busselton

www.busseltonjettyswim.org.au

 

Perth Makers Market (19Feb)

The upcoming event will showcase the wares of 150 of Perth’s most talented artisans, including passionate woodworking artists, creative fashion and accessory designers and talented painters and sculptors.

9:30am – 3:30pm, Heathcote Natural Precinct, 58 Duncraig Road APPLECROSS