Relaxing on the High Seas

Mia Laing - My Mia's ArtIt’s been a long, long winter.  Though we don’t have an extreme weather system and generally have mild, incredibly beautiful winters in Perth, time between boat holidays because of the lower temperatures has been a while…April was the last time we took some ‘time out’ to float on the high seas.  So, with a long weekend upon us, we ventured over to Rottnest Island for some much-needed relaxation.Mia Laing - My Mia's ArtAfter a week of rain and cold days and of school camp for Bon in our freezing southwest, the weekend turned on sunshine, cloudless blue skies and enough warmth (34 degrees!) for the tougher members of the family to brave the chilly water that is our constant in WA.  Mia Laing - My Mia's Art

Mia Laing - My Mia's ArtI found my usual pleasure of photographing the bajeebas out of every moment…plus  time just doing nothing. The girls spent time readjusting to each others company bickering,  whilst they remembered how to be loving sisters minus any technology… and Dudie? He has no idea how to relax and cleaned the hull of the boat to within an inch of sinking. He’s now sick…a few sessions in freezing water, whilst scrubbing microbes off a boat will do that to you…funny that.Mia Laing - My Mia's ArtThe only saving grace for getting Dudie to relax is how early we surrender to the sleep inducing effects of ocean air…bedtime is ridiculously early…toddler time early.  The gentle rock and lapping of the sea on a boat is a great sedative.Mia Laing - My Mia's ArtWith early nights come early mornings…I made the girls join me for a couple of long walks… who doesn’t want to see views like this?  Mia Laing - My Mia's artWalks enjoyed and a hit of tennis…it was then back to time sitting around on the  porch of the floating caravan…sorry… ‘deck on the stern of the craft’. Mia Laing - My Mia's ArtIf you are not a ‘Boatie’ and don’t have the delight of bringing your own accommodation with you… these villas (see photo below) are typical of the places to stay on the island.  2 or 3 bedroom, self-contained, a tiny bit grotty, but quite comfortable for a weeks stay.  Bring your own…just about everything!!Mia Laing - My Mia's ArtMia Laing - My  Mia's artThere is a ‘General Store’, a yummy Bakery, a few takeaway food shops, a couple of cafes, a pub…and one boutique that is the most ridiculously expensive bathers and kaftan shop I have ever walked into…but it’s always busy.  Which goes to show who can afford to stay on Rottnest these days.  A weeks accommodation in a 3 star villa will set you back just under $2000.  Extortion. But…We Perth peeps love it.

Our boat is now our most perfect stay.  Whether you stay in a villa or on a boat, Rottnest is just soooo relaxing.  It might be something to do with the forced exercise…( bicycle or foot transport only) and the feeling that you earned that glass of wine, beer or GnT at the end of the day. Mia LaingMia Laing - My Mia's ArtThank you Rotto for yet another gorgeous holiday.  The girls and I (Dudie not so much) have been reenergized after a busy school term by your turquoise waters and fine, white sand. Much sleep was enjoyed…even on the trip home.  Bon was lulled off to sleep sitting upright!My Mia's ArtMy Mia's ArtThinking I may have a new painting idea with this photo…I bought the floaty rings specifically to see if I could work them into a painting….Hmmmm. It might just work.

Off to the Perth Royal Agricultural Show tomorrow…might need another holiday after that!!

Mia x

8 thoughts on “Relaxing on the High Seas

  1. Really lovely photos and that last one will make gorgeous painting! We went to the show today, it was RIDICULOUSLY busy by the time we left. Fortunately Will’s not old enough to want to ride any of the rides yet so we got away with just seeing the animals and buying a few show bags. Next year might be a different story though! Have fun!

    1. My girls have nearly out grown the show…but now I have artwork in the art exhibition and my eldest has a photo in the photography we feel a different need to go! Chosen a rainy day to hopefully get a lesser crowd…crowds yuk! We will look at everything free…dogs especially and the girls will get a bag each so money wise it’s getting easier!

  2. Hello Mia,
    My PC has been down for a week so this is the first chance to reply. I still cannot get the like button to work but just assume that I like all post. Your vacation sounds great and your photos are outstanding!

    1. Thank you June! Pc not working – not good!! I would be lost….

  3. Lovely photos! While I’m sure spending time on a boat at sea is fabulous, I’m unfortunately very prone to being seasick so I’ll just take your word on it being a great experience while I lounge on the beach. 😉

    1. Poor you! I have a friend that cannot even look at a boat without feeling queasy…somehow all 4 of us are fine even on the roughest day. Lounging on the beach is also awesome!

  4. your pics and commentary bring back fond memories…..lovely stuff – but seriously….. ” toddler time early”….you are only meant to sleep a third of each day/your life away…..come on guys “wake up Jeff”! xxx

    1. Oh Antonio…you know us! Early to bed, early to rise…healthy, wealthy and wise…got at least one of those covered!! Besides, we didn’t have you there to play board games with…so we got….bored!

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