Zeb and Eider Duck Visit Australia’s Second Largest Country

Zeb and Eider Duck and their humans went to the Principality of Hutt River today.   This is an independent sovereign state surrounded by the country of Australia, on the continent of Australia.

Entering Hutt River Province

Entering Hutt River Province.   Our second country on the continent of Australia.

As we drove through the Principality, we soon see the city of Nain, the main town in the Principality of Hutt River.

The main town

The main town

We crossed the Hutt River.

We crossed the beautiful Hutt River

We crossed the beautiful Hutt River

This is a very pretty river.  We pass through the gates welcoming us to the Principality of Hutt River.

We have arrived

We have arrived

Our first stop is the building with the government offices and the post office.

Official offices and post of the Principality of Hutt River

Official offices and post of the Principality of Hutt River

This is where the humans each purchase a visa and get their passport stamped.

Stamped passports

Stamped passports

HRH Prince Leonard, the head of the Principality of Hutt River welcomes us, explains a little about his country, and then takes us on a personal tour of the history building.    This is the flag of the Principality.

The flag of the Principality of Hutt Rier

The flag of the Principality of Hutt Rier

The plaque states that the Principality of Hutt River successfully ceded from Australia on the Twenty First Day of April 1970.   Hutt River has been an independent and sovereign state since that day.  They celebrated 45 years of independence this year.   Here is a photo of Prince Leonard with some human tourists.

HRH Prince Leonard with tourists

HRH Prince Leonard with tourists

We later visited the inter denominational chapel.

Interdenominational chapel

Inter denominational chapel

The interior of the chapel is very nice.

Inside the chapel

Inside the chapel

Prince Leonard commissioned several paintings for the chapel.   This, by Frank Pash, is The River Jordan in Jericho, where Jesus was baptized.

The River Jordan

The River Jordan

This welcome booth contains several documents, including the story of the independence and creation of this Principality.

Welcome to Hutt River

Welcome to Hutt River

There are also letters from the government of Australia saying that they are nonresidents of Australia.

Certificate of non resident status from Australia

Certificate of non resident status from Australia

Therefore there is no taxable income for Australia and no tax is due to Australia.   This is a scientific memorial.

Memorial to the late Princess Shirley

Memorial to the late Princess Shirley

It is dedicated to the late Princess Shirley and has an oriental theme.

Momument has oriental look

Momument has oriental look

Our last stop is back to the post office to purchase and mail a few postcards.   The post cards were addressed and then placed in an envelope from the Principality of Hutt River.

Eider on the front of envelope

Eider on the front of envelope

The back of the envelope has the Hutt River postmark and a stamp issued by the Principality of Hutt River.

Zeb on the back of envelope

Zeb on the back of envelope

We liked the Principality of Hutt River and Prince Leonard was extremely informative, friendly and very nice.  For more information about the Principality, visit http://www.principality-hutt-river.com   This website will tell you more about the formation of the sovereign state and upcoming events.   If you are in Western Australia, near Kalbarri and the beautiful Kalbarri National Park, you would enjoy a few hours at the Principality of Hutt River.   The country is also a working wheat farm, so the land is beautiful.   Leaving Hutt River, these Hutt River kangaroos crossed the road in front of us.

Hutt River kangaroos

Hutt River kangaroos

We like to watch kangaroos hopping   We hope you get a chance to visit Prince Leonard in the Principality of Hutt River.

Zeb and Eider Duck Drive in Southwestern Australia

Zeb and Eider Duck and the humans rented a car in Perth, Australia.   We are heading north, along the Indian Ocean coastline.   We want to show you some of what we saw the first couple days of driving.   We are meandering up the west coast of Australia, beginning in Perth but our final driving destination is Broome, Australia, on the northwest coast.    We stopped to admire this roadside park overlooking the water.

Picnic area along Indian Ocean

Picnic area along Indian Ocean

The seed pods on this tree were new to us.

Unusual seed pods

Unusual seed pods

These trucks, with more than one trailer, are called road trains.

Road Train

Road Train

We write more about them another day.   These were our first sightings of wild emu.

Our first wild emus

Our first wild emu

It was exciting for us to see them.   Of course, we do not see wild emus in Colorado nor in Alaska.   Driving into the town of Dongara, we stopped at this navigation beacon,

Navigation Beacon at Dongara

Navigation Beacon at Dongara

built commemorate the loss of the Brigantine Leander near this point on November 11, 1853.   The rugged coastline is a reminder of the importance of navigation beacons.

Rocky coast can be treacherous

Rocky coast can be treacherous

Even the water is rather rough here.

Coast at Dongara

Coast at Dongara

Continuing north, we visited Oakabella Homestead, located between Chapman Valley and Northampton.   This is an 1860s heritage-listed beautiful restored homestead.   This is arguably Western Australia’s most haunted house.   Here we met Loretta, formerly of Nova Scotia, Canada.   Loretta took us through the 13 room homestead.   This is the bedroom where the owner, George, accidentally shot himself while cleaning his shotgun.

Bedroom where owner, George, accidentally shot himself

Bedroom where owner, George, accidentally shot himself

Loretta says his spirit, or ghost is often here.

This bedroom belongs to a young woman.   She had a great hat collection.  Her spirit, or ghost is also a frequent visitor.

Former lady's bedroom with hat collection

Former lady’s bedroom with hat collection

This stove still works in the kitchen.   The spirits or ghosts did not like any of the new appliances that were brought in. The all broke within a few days or weeks of their arrival.   The new appliances have been removed and the old ones function very well.

Kitchen. This stove still works.

Kitchen. This stove still works.

This museum building was a former school.

Former school, now museum

Former school, now museum

Mom was fascinated with this collection of ink wells.

Collection of ink wells

Collection of ink wells

This view toward the Oakabella Creek is really nice.

Oakabella Creek behind homestead

Oakabella Creek behind homestead

While walking around in this area, we saw these plants that look like small watermelon.

Maybe wild watermelons

Maybe wild watermelons

Inside the fruit looks like a watermelon, but the fruit is green.

Green inside

Green inside

We also enjoyed seeing this herd of cattle grazing near the Indian Ocean.

Cows grazing near Indian Ocean

Cows grazing near Indian Ocean

This is a Banksia tree.   Here is a variety showing various stages of the pod developing.

Seed pods of various colors and various stages of maturity

Seed pods of various colors and various stages of maturity

First the pods seem to be brown, then turning salmon color.   Then the seeds come off and the pod is white and has a very smooth feel.

After seeds fall, this white part is very soft and smooth

After seeds fall, this white part is very soft and smooth

These really are interesting trees.   These kangaroos were grazing near a housing subdivision.

Kangaroos in field near subdivision

Kangaroos in field near subdivision

We love seeing kangaroos.   We will show you more of the scenery along our west coast drive later, as we continue our northern route.

Zeb and Eider Duck Sleep at Western Flora Caravan and Tourist Park

Zeb, Eider and the humans rented a car and we are driving north from Perth in Western Australia.   We stayed a night at Western Flora Caravan and Tourist Park.

Western Flora

Western Flora

A caravan park is for campers, but they had cabins, or chalets for us.   We stayed in Melaleuca Chalet.

Our home for the night

Our home for the night

We were a little early for the wildflowers, but they were beginning to bloom.

Wildflowers beginning to bloom

Wildflowers beginning to bloom

The people that own and run the park, Ron and Sandra Webb, were very friendly and very nice to us.   In the morning, they brought us a continental breakfast.   The walk round the lake, after breakfast, was great.

Hiking around the lake

Hiking around the lake

The lake has 10 different types of frogs.

We didn't know there were this many kinds of frogs here

We didn’t know there were this many kinds of frogs here

We saw many birds.   These pink and gray galah are one of mom’s favorite wild birds.

Pink and Gray Galah. Wild and beautiful

Pink and Gray Galah. Wild and beautiful

The wild kangaroos ran as soon as we saw them,

Wild kangaroos playing but ran away from us

Wild kangaroos playing but ran away from us

but Ron and Sandra Webb even have an observation place for humans to sit and watch for kangaroos and other wildlife.

Humans can sit inside and wait for wildlife to appear

Humans can sit inside and wait for wildlife to appear

There are no fences here, so all the wildlife is wild and can leave whenever they want.   However, several kangaroo stay around the park most of theme.   Isn’t this great?

Wild kangaroos but they are not afraid of us--from a distance

Wild kangaroos but they are not afraid of us–from a distance

There two are either playing or fighting.

Playmate of rival?

Playmate of rival?

This may be a contact sport

This may be a contact sport

Meet our new friend, Honey.

A kangaroo named Honey

A kangaroo named Honey

She is about 22 years old.   Her mother was hit by a car and brought here.   Honey was born here.

Honey likes humans

Honey likes humans

She used to leave more often and come back with a new baby, or a joey.   Ron and Sandra Webb said she doesn’t leave much now, but she can if she wants to.   Honey is very friendly.   She likes us,too.

Honey likes Zeb and Eider

Honey likes Zeb and Eider

Isn’t she beautiful?

We think Honey is beautiful!

We think Honey is beautiful!

If you are near Eneabba, Western Australia, stop at Western Flora Caravan and Tourist Park.     You will really like Ron and Sandra Webb and you will enjoy your stay at Western Flora Caravan and Tourist Park.   We sure did!

A Taste of Colorado with Zeb and Soapy Smith Duck

A Denver end of summer tradition is the 4 day food festival called A Taste of Colorado.   Zeb and Soapy went Monday, Labor Day.   This was the 32nd year for A Taste of Colorado.

Purchase tickets here for food

Purchase tickets here for food

This year there were over 50 of Colorado’s favorite restaurants and hundreds of additional booths.   The music from live bands was great.    Our first stop was to hear the Richie Law band.

The Richie Law Bank

The Richie Law Bank

The crowd was dancing and everybody loved these guys.   We especially liked the guitar player.

Great guitar player

Great guitar player

He used to play professionally in Nashville and toured with various bands.   He is really good.   And, he is Soapy’s dad.   But, this is a food festival, so let’s eat.   We bought and enjoyed grilled steak – churrasco from Rodizio Grill.   We ate it before the humans remember to take our photo.   But, it was really good.   Then we watched these young humans jumping and laughing with EuroBungy Colorado.

EuroBungy Colorado

EuroBungy Colorado

Great time for kids.   Look at these dancers.

Bella Diva Dance

Bella Diva Dance

This is Bella Diva Dance and they are good.   We like them and the crowd really like them also.   This festival is held in Civic Center Park, a huge park between the Colorado Capitol Building and Denver’s City and County Building.   There are thousands of people here, but it does not seem too crowded, except maybe in front of the main stage to see Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers.

Listening to music. Denver City and County Building behind crowd

Listening to music. Denver City and County Building behind crowd

The Albert Bartlett Culinary Show takes place here.

Albert Bartlett Culinary Show

Albert Bartlett Culinary Show

Great produce.   This is making us hungry again.   Since this is a food festival, soon we will show you some of our favorite food booths.   You can imagine with thousands of people and so many food and beverage booths, some relief stations would be necessary.   This is just one of several locations.

A necessity for big crowds

A necessity for big crowds

We like Spice Island Grill and the Jamaican Jerk Chicken.   The international looking seating area was a great addition for us.

Spice Island Grill

Spice Island Grill

Here at Grammy’s Goodies, we savored a huge chocolate chip cookie.   These giant Krispy treats and slices of pizza are so tempting.

Treats from Grammy's Goodies

Treats from Grammy’s Goodies

We really thought these guys were great.   They showed how to toss and make pizza crust with a short song and dance.

Making pizza

Making pizza

We like them a lot!   For information about Grammy’s Goodies, visit http://www.grammysitaliangoodies.com   And, of course, no festival, food or otherwise, would be complete without the Giant Turkey Legs from The Goods Smoke and Grill.

Ever popular turkey legs

Ever popular turkey legs

Everything looked and tasted so good.   We are so full and so happy.   We hope you visit a food festival soon.   It is fun and yummy!

More from Rottnest Island with Zeb and Eider Duck

Rottnest Island was discovered by the Dutch in 1696.   The island was named Rottenest which means rat’s nest.   They believed the island to be inhabited by large rats.   However, they were not rats but quokkas.

Quokka

Quokka

Quokkas are marsupials; smaller relatives of the wallaby.   In 1838 Rottnest settlement was established as a prison for the Aborigines from the mainland.

Former prison

Former prison

Of course, the prison no longer exists, but you can wander around the convict built buildings,  such as the Quod.    In the Quod, prison cells have been converted into hotel rooms.   The Lomas Cottage has a large garden area.

Lomas House for warden. Often called Buckingham Palace

Lomas House for warden. Often called Buckingham Palace

It was nicknamed Buckingham Palace during the prison days, as the warden eventually lived here.    The prison guard’s homes are still here, with a different purpose today.

Former guard housing. Now shops

Former guard housing.   Now shops

Walking among the stores in the town area, we saw this peacock.

Rottnest Island peacock

Rottnest Island peacock

Very friendly and not at all nervous with humans.   We also liked these birds with the pink tummies.

Pink and gray galah

Pink and gray galah

Remember we told you the island was inhabited by quokkas, a smaller relative of the wallaby.    This one is about the size of a cat.

Quokka

Quokka

He is very friendly, but we should not feed him.   He does not digest human food very well.   His front feet are rather short and he hops like a wallaby or kangaroo.   This quokka likes the Colorado Traveling Ducks.

The quokka is our new friend

The quokka is our new friend

He hopped right to us, but did not bite us.   We told you many humans ride bikes around Rottnest Island.   We ducks tried it also.

We would like to ride these bikes, but...short legs

We would like to ride these bikes, but…short legs

Zeb and Eider liked the white sand beach.

Indian Ocean

Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean looks so pretty today.

The Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean

We went to the salt house.

The Salt House

The Salt House

This is now a gallery of island history.   Salt used to be a major source of income for Rottnest Island.   Now it is time for us to leave the island.

Leaving Rottnest Island

Leaving Rottnest Island

On the ferry back to Perth we saw people walking across the Swan River.

Walking across the Swan River

Walking across the Swan River

The tide was low and the sand bar allowed people to walk across.   Many were fishing.   We also saw all these sailboats.

Sailboats are so colorful

Sailboats are so colorful

We really liked the ferry and our day on Rottnest Island.   You would like it also.

Rottnest Express to Rottnest Island with Zeb and Eider Duck

We are on another ferry.   We love boats!   Today we are going to Rottnest Island near Perth, Western Australia.  Here is the ferry.

Ferry between Perth, Fremantle and Rottnest Island

Ferry between Perth, Fremantle and Rottnest Island

It is big.  We are on!

On the ferry. Let's go to Rottnest Island

On the ferry. Let’s go to Rottnest Island

Our ferry is sailing on the Swan River.   Leaving the dock at Perth, we travel under this bridge.   Cars and trains drive on this bridge above us.

Bridge over river for cars and trains

Bridge over Swan River for cars and trains

We are really moving now.

We are really moving now

We are really moving now

Along the river we see many people in kayaks.

So many kayaks

So many kayaks

That looks fun.  Hey humans.   Zeb and Eider want to know:   do all other humans have big boats?

So many yachts

So many yachts

We are seeing so many big yachts along this river.   We stop for more passengers in Fremantle.

Passengers board ferry at Fremantle

Passengers board ferry at Fremantle

There are no cars on Rottnest Island, so many humans ride bicycles.   We are bringing a lot of bikes on our ferry.

Our ferry brought all these bicycles

Our ferry brought all these bicycles

We are here.

Welcome to Rottnest Island

Welcome to Rottnest Island

The Colorado Traveling Ducks are on Rottnest Island near Perth, Western Australia.   First stop is the Visitor’s Center.

Visitor's Center

Visitor’s Center

There is lots of information at the Visitor’s Center.   Here we learn about a tourist bus that travels around the island.   We bought our tickets and we are going.   We can get off if we want and then get the next bus an hour later.   This island has beautiful white sandy beaches.

Beautiful white and beaches of Rottnest Island

Beautiful white and beaches of Rottnest Island

The water is beautiful shades of blue.   This is the Indian Ocean.

Shades of blue of the Indian Ocean

Shades of blue of the Indian Ocean

We just can say enough good things about this water.

Beautiful shades of blue

Beautiful shades of blue

These rough cliffs are a reminder of many shipwrecks near the island.

Treacherous cliffs resulted in many shipwrecks.

Treacherous cliffs resulted in many shipwrecks.

Some people got off our bus to tour and climb the lighthouse.

Lighthouse on Rottnest Island

Lighthouse on Rottnest Island

Although Rottnest Island has white sand beaches with beautiful clear water the interior of the island is wooded.

Wooded areas of the island

Wooded areas of the island

Other parts of the island are rather dry.

Desert parts of Rottnest Island

Desert parts of Rottnest Island

We like the diversity of Rottnest Island.   After our bus tour, we explore more of this island.   We will show you what we found next time.

Perth, Australia with Zeb and Eider Duck

We left the Indian Pacific Railway in Perth.   Perth is in Western Australia on the Indian Ocean.   Perth is a rather isolated city.    While Perth is the capital of Western Australia, it is closer to Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia than it is to Canberra, the capital of Australia.   Traveling west from Perth, across the Indian Ocean, the first country is South Africa.   We really like the people and independent spirit of Perth.   We took the free city bus and walked around the city.   We are not sure what this signifies, but we liked the blue pattern.

Blue and interesting

Blue and interesting

Of course, the humans were very interested in Margaret River Chocolates.

Margaret River Chocolates. YUM!

Margaret River Chocolates. YUM!

Always a good choice!   Mom had to put this photo of the Salvation Army building in here.

We like the Salvation Army

We like the Salvation Army

It is one of her favorite charities in Denver.   We saw the fire station, but not the fire trucks?

Old Fire Station

Old Fire Station

This large venue, with the unusual architecture, caught our attention.

Eye catching architecture

Eye catching architecture

We walked through this city park.

Lake looks peaceful

Lake looks peaceful

We love the stream and the lake.

We love streams

We love streams

Of course, all great parks have plenty of green grass.

Pretty park

Pretty park

This Bell Tower near the docks, offers food and souvenirs.

Bell Tower near docks

Bell Tower near docks

We will be returning to the docks tomorrow.   Wow!   A boat trip.   The mural, or street art, is colorful.

Street mural in Perth

Street mural in Perth

We like old buildings, also, so Mercedes College was admired.

Mercedes College

Mercedes College

Perth has beautiful old cathedrals, like St. Mary’s Cathedral.  

St. Mary's Cathedral

Perth has wonderful pedestrian malls.   Hay Street andMurray Street are the two main pedestrian malls.   This green sculpture marks the beginning, or end, of a pedestrian street.

 

Pedestrian mall starts or ends here

Pedestrian mall starts or ends here

In addition to great shopping, we liked this statue on the mall.

Good statue

Good statue

This clock was also fun.

clock

clock

Every 15 minutes the clock would chime and the figures on the clock would move.    Perth is  great city.   We liked it a lot and we think you would like it also.