Thanks for calling in.
There's so much to do with Christmas around the corner, it's backwards and forwards to the shops getting this and that. I thought we'd go to Perth, Australia to see what the shops are like over there. We won't visit the City shops but those in the suburbs just to get a flavour.
Along the main Highways, there are numerous cafes and restaurants interspersed with the shops. Many have seats outside on the pavement and most have an excellent selection of cakes!
Some are brightly decorated.
Others not so.
There are quite a lot of murals around the area.
There's usually an air-conditioned mall nearby containing a supermarket - Coles, Woolworths or IGA - a Kmart, which sells clothes, toys and homewares, a bakers, cafe, pharmacy, gift shop, and other smaller shops.
I have to say that the vegetables are enormous! This celery is huge, double the size of ours at home if not bigger! You should see the cauliflowers! It's all that sunshine!
You can order a veg box from local farmers which is delivered to your kitchen and each time it arrives, it is full of seasonal fruit and vegetables.
Sometimes you come across farmers markets selling unusual fayre.
There's an enormous Westfield Centre in Cannington, called Carousel, just like the Shepherds Bush Westfield, it's so easy to get lost!
On the first floor there are restaurants and cafes outside with shady places to sit.
Other shops are more like warehouses. Officeworks has what you'd expect to find in an office, Bunnings (no, not a pet shop!) is a DIY store like Homebase but crammed full with all sorts.
Spotlight was the one for me though with is selection of material, haberdashery and homewares. There was some wool but not much and poor quality, in fact I hardly saw any wool at all while I was over there and looking at the websites of the few woolshops I found, most of the wool comes on large cones. I suppose it's too hot to knit!
Everywhere seemed buoyant and well stocked, thriving not like here at home where the department stores are closing or cutting back.
Right, I must dash off to the shops again.