First, can I share one of the most indulgent and wonderful holiday rituals? Instead of going out and painting the town red, we would rug up with conversation, cured meats, cheese and wine almost every night. Such happiness. The below is one of my most favourite pairings. Incredibly spicy cured meat that burns, rounded out and softened by cumin-studded cheese.
|"Burner" - spicy cured meat by Butch's Smallgoods (left) and Dutch Gouda with cumin seeds (right).|
During the day, Simon and I would occasionally go for casual walks in the neighbourhood. Eucalyptus trees abound, along with quirky-looking gumnuts.
|Eucalyptus trees with gumnuts.|
Mundy Regional Park was just nearby. When we felt like we were becoming couch potatoes and spending way too much time on the internet, we would trek there for a bit of exercise and fresh air.
|A little creek in Mundy Regional Park.|
|A nice view within Mundy Regional Park.|
I don't know what these plants are, but I thought they were pretty.
|A fuchsia something... flower, or leaves? A succulent look to it...|
|A red flower...|
And the silhouettes of the trees against the last rays of the dusky sun were lovely to look at.
|Sunset at Mundy Regional Park.|
We also met the neighbour's cat, Zoe. She was really shy and timid during our first days, and would run away before Simon or I could even get close. But on the very last day, lo and behold, we became friends.
|Zoe and me. Look, we're friends!|
And because this is a food blog, here is a picture of Zoe enjoying some salmon.
|Zoe sniffing, licking and eating salmon.|
|Hello and goodbye, pretty Zoe.|
Finally, we said our farewells to the Perth Hills, knowing that it shall not be too long before we meet again...