Braandi the aqua dog

Our little girl just loves the dolphins.

Braandi the aqua dog

Braandi the aqua dog

A couple of weeks ago, Braandi was swimming with the dolphins in our canal, when our neighbour Lee Treby happened to be outside and filmed it.

Well, I uploaded it to Facebook and wow, is all I can say, the footage went viral, several news channels picked it up and now she has been on a nightly news program in Perth.

Now, Today tonight have picked up the story and came out to film Braandi swim with the dolphins and it is going to be aired tonight.

Here is a snippet of tonight,s show.

2014 Camp Quality Christmas light run

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On Thursday 18th December 2014 Santa will be visiting The Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing club to hand out presents to the Camp quality children before heading off on a tour of the canals to look at the Christmas lights.

Please assist with a present costing up to $10.00 wrapped & marked boy or girl with the age and anyone with a small boat able to pick up, ferry the children and their families around the canals to look at the lights and drop them back at the Club when finished.

 You may drop your donated presents in the boxes provided at the following

Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club, 115 Breakwater Parade, Ocean Marina, Mandurah


 Mandurah Country Club        16 Marsh Place Halls Head 9581 2968

 Please contact W Treby on the following email if you are able to assist with a boat on the night.

 We really need your help.

Thank you

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Christmas tree lights 2009

Camp Quality Grainger Style

Camp Quality Grainger Style

On Sunday we participated in Camp Quality at our club (MOFSC, Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club). It was our first time as we were under the impression that it was only for house boats and pontoon boats.  because they are able to do crabbing and fishing up the estuary and we are not.  I  have since spoken to a lot of bigger boat owners at the club and all were disappointed that they were not aware of the need for different types of boats to be involved and I am sure that next year, they will try and keep the date free to be able to get involved.

Our club co-coordinator approached us a few weeks ago and asked if we would consider using our boat to take some families of the Camp quality kids around the estuary, we did explain that we didn’t think our boat was suitable due to the draft (the amount of water we need under the propellers,)  we were advised that ALL boats are suitable.  We said yes we will join the others. We had 4 families on our boat, and  we had a fantastic day. Even Grumpy dressed up.

The theme for our Camp Quality day is pirates.  There were that many pirates at our club on Sunday it was not funny.  There were  over 200 people that our boating members took out on the water for a few hours.  Water fights (water bombs, water guns, pistols, hoses and by one cheating pirate, buckets) were the highlight of the day. Unfortunately for our guests, I didn’t prepare very well (Grumpy’s words) because I didn’t fill up any water balloons so we had one of the boys, one of the mothers and 1 of the fathers filling up and getting ready the water bombs, to our detriment, however, we kept running out of ammunition and we wore the brunt of most of the other boaties firing lines.  In other words, were got soaked the entire time.

My friend Shelley and I made 100 lolly bags, one for each of the kids, we had to ensure that all children received a lolly bag, as it would have been unbearable for any child to be without. We had a lovely BBQ lunch with lots and lots of crabs, (250) that were donated by one of the local fisherman. One of the local supermarkets donated and fishing rod and reel for every child, we had bread rolls donated, someone made a huge cake with Camp Quality on it. It never ceases to amaze me, the generosity of our community.

Nearly all the boaties dressed up in pirate gear and we were no exception, I did go to the fancy dress shop and found that I wasn’t impressed with the selection of the clothing so  I went through my closet and found a red and white striped shirt, a black vest and a pair of harem pants, Grumpy wore his Maritimo shirt and Braandi was all dressed up in a pirate outfit.  We had so many comments about her as ran around the boat in her costume and just look gorgeous.

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We had 2 mermaids come up on the beach and I took the little girl down to have a swim, big mistake, she wanted to swim and look for fish, so the rest of the afternoon while we were sitting having lunch she whimpered and made all sorts of whiny noises, until I noticed a border collie swimming in the beach, so I let her go down and swim for another hour or so before it was time to go home.

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Restaurant review – Artizan Mandurah (formerly The Stage Door)

Mandurah Foreshore

Mandurah Foreshore (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Grumpy tried to ring and book tea for 4 at the stage door, I had told him the evening before that the restaurant had changed it’s name to Artizan (mummy told me, because I asked her to ring the stage door and get a quote for catering the food for her 70th birthday party that we are having at our house when she found out the name had changed) and the phone number was not in use any more. He drove to the restaurant made a booking and grabbed a business card.

Our reservation was for 6.30pm but we arrived at 6.15pm and sat at the bar for a drink, unfortunately they didn’t have Kalhua or Tia Maria, the only things I drink so I settled for a squash, Grumpy ordered a Hahn 3 1/2   and the Sharon  & Carl arrived, ordered their drinks and commented on the amount of variety of beers that would be on tap in the near future.

We were talking to the Venue Manager before we went to our table about the issues with most restaurants in Mandurah where the service is slow and the wait staff walk around with blinkers and don’t offer more drinks to keep the patrons satisfied, she advised us that this wouldn’t happen. We thought we would wait and see.

We made our way to our table anxious to see the menu as it is great to go to a new restaurant and try the menu.

The others ordered chorizo and scallops for their entrée and I ordered chicken tenderloins

The chorizo and scallops was beautifully presented on long rectangle plates with a slice of lime, my chicken tenderloins were on a bed of sweet potato mash, with rocket, chilli jam, freshly steamed asparagus, it was presented beautifully and we couldn’t fault our entrees, they were divine.

We all ordered a different main, Grumpy ordered the Moroccan chicken tagine with dukkah cous cous, Carl ordered the rib eye with salad and chips, Sharon ordered the chicken breast wrapped in prosciutto on a bed of fresh vegetables and I ordered the lamb back straps on creamy mash with wilted spinach and roasted tomato jus. They were all exceptional meals.

All through the meal the staff were attentive, constantly offered drinks when our glasses were nearing empty and asked if our meals were acceptable.

We ordered dessert, Sharon and I had pre ordered the creme brulee with pralene, wafers and ice cream, the boys ordered sticky date pudding, and while we were waiting for our desserts to come we were quite concerned about 2 fellows sitting at the table next to us, they were jigging their legs and had not received a meal at their table for a considerable time, the venue manager brought a plate of garlic bread to the table, they didn’t touch it, we were even more concerned now, they had been there for over an hour with no food,  one of the wait staff spoke to the men and then the venue manager came over and spoke to them again, and about 15 minutes after that, another man walked in and sat on the bench seat at the table, (the small table had only been sent for 2 and not 3) they pulled another table to theirs and ordered their guest a drink.

Our desserts came and our brulee was superb, the sticky date pudding however was a little dry with minimal sauce, I wouldn’t have enjoyed it.

We ordered coffee 1 mugacino and 1 mugacino 1/2 shot for me, the girl that took my order misheard my order and I thought it was a little funny when she asked would I like the cup topped up with hot milk. The coffee that came for was a  macchiato. She apologised profusely and my coffee was brought (hot) not long after.

We finished our meal and the boys went to pay while we stood outside and waited. They discussed the issues with the venue manager, she took it all on board and when they mentioned the fellows seated next to us, she explained that they came in to the restaurant without a booking in the busy meal time and they wanted to wait for their guest as they weren’t sure he would turn up. That settled that.

All in all an excellent evening. Would we go back, definitely.

The position of the restaurant in Mandurah is one of the best, on the water adjoined to the Mandurah performing arts centre.

I wish them well and we will certainly be back. 1 big bonus for us is that we can go by boat, the only draw back is that we can’t pull our boat up against the boardwalk as the pilons are too short and our gunnel would be underneath and not the ideal rafting position, however we can pull up at the old Amalfi (now a chocolate restaurant) jetty and just a little walk to the restaurant and a great night to be had – no driving home, we would just move the boat and anchor in the estuary.

Grumpy made Hot Cross (without the Cross) buns

We left home about 2.30 Saturday afternoon to head down to Dawesville to stay overnight and have tea at the Coast Cafe.

The meal was lovely but the Owner is quite arrogant, we were going to stay and have breakfast and head back to our club for lunch but we overheard the comments that the Owner made to the on duty marina manager and we decided, that we wouldn’t spend the money at his restaurant and we would head back to the club and have a meal there.

Before we left the marina, Grumpy took the little girl up for a walk and bought a Sunday times and read through it on the way home. He found a recipe by Donna Hay for Hot Cross buns and he decided that he would make some.

We had all of the ingredients so he decided to make a batch, we went through all of my baking trays to find a tin that would fit them nicely.

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Outfits for Thursday 28th February to Thursday 4th March 2013

IMAG0044     Diana Ferrari black with timber heels I have to apologise for not posting my outfits for a few weeks, I had the dreaded man flu, got it off Grumpy when he breathed on me, I did continue to take the photos and now I will get back to posting them

I wore this outfit on Thursday 28th February This top is a cheap overlay with a singlet underneath, the trousers are Philosophy harem pants. I wore these Diana Ferrari shoes and the necklace is from Noni B, it has broken 3 times and I still love it.

IMAG0046I was still feeling very unwell on Friday, so I took the day off and stayed home to rest before we took off on the weekend on the boat to Mangles, I wanted to make sure that whatever I wore, I was able to wear it comfortably on the boat, as I was going to have to pick up our mooring and connect the ropes and that can be a wet and slightly dangerous thing if not wearing the right clothing.

The under dress is Philosophy and very versatile, the vest is a Threads stripe and even though I don’t like to wear horizontal stripes, it doesn’t cover the entire front of my body so I was happy to wear it, the shorts are my trusty Noni B stretch shorts.

IMAG0047I wore this outfit on Saturday on the boat, the only visitors we had were our neighbours from across the canal that we met up with the evening before. Unfortunately I don’t remember the brand of this top but it has longer sleeves and was very comfortable to be able to lounge around given that I was not well. I wore another pair of trusty Noni B shorts. they go so well on the boat, no need to hang I just keep them in my travel bag ready to put on.

IMAG0051We were heading back to anchor in the estuary on Sunday (public holiday weekend) so I wanted something comfortable and a little warmer as I was going to be out on the front of the boat in the wind to drop the mooring ropes and to watch out for the direction of the anchor. This dress is a Qior dress and Noni B long shorts with cutouts on the bottom of the leg. I don’t wear the red shorts very often as I like to have the same colour when wearing red and that is hard as there are so many different colour reds.

IMAG0045I with Qior dress on Monday on the way back home after the long weekend with another pair of Noni B shorts

IMAG0048    White Novo shoes with flowers  Still not well on Tuesday back at work, so I needed an easy to care and wear outfit. This is a Cafe Late lace dress, I wore it with mid length white leggings that you couldn’t see as they were not as long as the dress. I wore these white Novo flower shoes, I bought them not long after the Novo shoe shop opened at Mandurah Forum and love them, even though they are looking a little worn. White shoes are very hard to find.

IMAG0049I wore this outfit on Wednesday and the entire outfit is from Philosophy, I just love the mix and max of this brand, they compile a story of each of the colour themes they have and this outfit I bought 2 years ago and this year they have brought out more items using the same fabric and colours. How sensible, now my mix and matching group of clothing has just gotten bigger.

IMAG0050   Taupe boots with taupe bag I wore this outfit on Thursday, it is a BooRadley outfit, harem pants and a blouson top with an unedged finish at the neck. I wore my favourite taupe shoes and my taupe shrug. I have worn this little shrug/bolero a lot over the last couple of






Swimming Dog on raft up at Dawesville with SOPYC (South of Perth Yacht Club)

Bating weather on the long weekend was not looking to good up to the end of the week, on Wednesday, friends of ours went to Rottnest Island ready for the MOFSC (Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club) Rottnest Convoy. We don’t go because we have the little girl and for us being on the boat includes having her with us.

I don’t envy them as on Wednesday laying in bed at home, I asked Grumpy would the weather be as bad at Rottnest, especially in Thompson Bay, where they were and he said “Probably worse”.

Thursday night was not much better. We travelled to Mangles on Friday afternoon not until about 4.00 as Grumpy got caught on the Freeway at Karel Ave, where a container came off the back of a truck and took hours to get sorted. Our trip us was not too bad but we weren’t able to tonk (go slow) up as the swell and the wind were not conducive to tonking. We connected our rope to the mooring and were going to walk it up, but it was a little windy so we dropped the ropes and turned around and I picked them up with the boat hook, feeling very dizzy as I was still not well.

We had a BBQ  tea on our friends boat, watching the numerous huge crabs in their blue lights and we were talking about how the weather changes so quickly and how calm it was. We finished our tea and within about 15 minutes the wind came up, we got in our dinghy and went back to our boat, the little girl sits right out on the front of the dinghy so I had to hold her tail in case she went over, the wind was blowing the waves up and over us and every time we dipped back down the little girl got a face full of sea water.  It was not a pleasant night on the water, it would have been a great deal worse over at Rottnest.

The next day was very pleasant not doing very much, our friends came over to our boat for lunch and then we had ham & salad rolls for lunch tea.

We decided on Saturday afternoon that we would head back to Mandurah on Sunday after lunch as the wind was going to come up and there is no point sitting on our mooring and being uncomfortable, so we were going to anchor in the estuary in front of the War Memorial, (we love anchoring there, nice and quiet but still a lot to see on the water), however Grumpy took the little girl to the beach and the wind started coming up, so we decided to head home early. We were tonking on our way home and I was laying on the couch as I was still not feeling too good, and Grumpy had the radio on and thought he heard one of our friends talking over the radio. He did, so he asked what they were doing and did they mind if we joined their convoy. He welcomed us and we picked up speed and decided to join them on their convoy to Dawesville through the cut and anchor in the bay.

We had to stand off for a while as all of the boats have to raft (tie) up in accordance with their size, the largest boat anchors and then on either side, the next largest size boat ties up. We were the second boat to tie up on the left so we put our anchor out. We raft up with our friends all of the time, however it was interesting rafting up with people and boats you don’t know as we forget that they don’t know our methods and you are not sure of where to put the fenders to suit the boat that you are rafting up to as they are all different sizes and shapes. We were lucky the boat we rafted up next to was a 47 Riviera, our friends has this size boat so I was able to put the fenders in the right place, however the boat that we were tying up to had not rafted up with us before so we had to learn their process. All good.

Once all 18 boats were tied up, the fun started. People started pulling out their blow up toys, trampolines, rafts, and started dropping tenders  water bomb fights



Check out the floating spa the middle of the photo, unfortunately that was the best I could get.

The little girl wanted to swim and so Grumpy through her in, she swam and swam and swam. We eventually got her out, she spotted the fish at the back of our boat and decided that she wanted to go in, she has NEVER jumped from the swim platform so we didn’t think she would go in. She jumped and swam out and we got worried that she might get taken out too far in the current so after about half an hour Grumpy swam out to get her, I was worried as he was not a strong swimmer and they swam out behind the little I decided to put her life jacket on and connect ropes so we could pull her in.

IMAG0037She swam for hours, and about 4.30pm it was time to start cleaning up as it was anchors up at 5.00pm.

We finally pulled our anchor and headed back to Mandurah and stood off until all the other boats had tied up so we could see if there was a spare spot on the collector jetty, we were lucky, there was a spot, we pulled in and had a very welcome hot shower and went up to the club to the Hook Cafe or a BBQ tea and a lovely send off for our Bosun Tony who is retiring and going travelling.

To be honest now that Tony is not going to be there, we are quite worried about how the club is going to run as he did just about everything and we notice when he is not there, nothing gets done.




Outfits for Friday 15th to Tuesday 19th February 2013

On Friday my assistant was off work going to a funeral so I had to take over reception so I wanted to ensure that I wore something comfortable and practical as I would have to be up and down the stairs throughout the day.

Grey & black dress with beading on bodice, black shrug & black long shorts

This philosophy dress suited that purpose in that it was comfortable and I didn’t have to wear a necklace as the dress had enough beading to take the place of a necklace. The olive fabric of the dress is like a crinkle cheesecloth with the frill at the bottom as sheer fabric.

The only thing wrong with this dress is that is very full and not fitted so I felt like I was in a balloon.





I went shopping on Saturday morning for the makings of a salad for a BBQ on the boats at our MOFSC club in the evening.

Philosophy blue & white dress with blue shrug & white trousers


While I was in the shops I spotted 2 old school friends that I hadn’t seen for years.

It was lovely to see them after so long.

This dress is a philosophy crushed cotton type fabric with a blue bolero and white Noni B long shorts with blue shoes from Novo.

I wore a silver necklace and matching earrings that I bought in Thailand last year.

After Grumpy got home from doing ropes for another friends boat, we went over to the club and rafted up against the collection jetty for the night.

One of our friends has advised us that he has bought a Riviera boat dealership and is going to set up in Mandurah, so Grumpy went with him for a few hours in the afternoon to go around the canals to see how many Rivieras there are in Mandurah. They only went into 2 canals and they found 18 boats of various sizes.

After they got back we went to the Oyster bar for drinks and some oysters I don’t particularly like them, especially not raw, they taste like boogies going down you throat.

On Sunday we were heading home early as we had friends who live North of the river that we don’t see very often were coming to visit after a trip down south, so we got up, had a shower on the boat and headed home before 7.30am.


I wore this dress on Sunday, it is quite girly with pink flowers and a tie waist.

The grey fabric on the side is like it has been shredded with a pink floral pattern underneath.

I sat at the kitchen bench during the day cooking and doing some work and every time I got up to move, the button on the pocket got caught under the edge of the benchtop.

Thompson blue dress & Noni B 3-4 trousers

On Monday I wore this Thompson dress with blue overlay, black Noni B long shorts and black slip ons








IMAG0012I wore this outfit on Tuesday both the top and the long shorts I got from my local shop La Dee Da, they have wonderful clothes that are great for combining with other clothes to make fantastic outfits.

I wore my blue high heel shoes from Novo, but took my flats just in case my feet or back got too much for me.










Outfits for Sunday 10th Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th February 2013

After we finished at Damien’s birthday party we decided that we would take the boat out and sit in the estuary, watch the idiots go by, have some nice cold fruit and stay the night, then on Sunday morning go out the heads and sit in Doddi’s bay. It was going to be a stinking hot day on Sunday so when we got up we both decided that it would be cooler at home inside and  rather than run the aircon on the boat, we would run the aircon at home. So we pulled the anchor and headed home, Grumpy had jobs to do that were easier done at home rather than on anchor.

I wore the Qior top and Noni B shorts on Sunday – no jewellery or makeup (unusual for me) and went home to finish taking photos of my wardrobe, but the bloody phone said not enough battery to use the flash, so I gave that up as a bad idea and sat down with my Asus pad (I left my bloody iPad at work on Friday and do you think I wasn’t pissed off). I found the section that I was in my book and used the Asus to read for the rest of the afternoon.



I wore my black & white boat shoes, as they are the most comfortable shoes I have.









I wore this Philosophy black with blue short dress on Monday, it was stinking hot again and this dress is a light stretch mesh so was nice and cool


I wore this Gabriella Fratini dress today. This dress was an absolute bargain, a few months ago I signed up to receive sms from 25% Gabriella Fratini online and then signed up for their newsletter. After several sms I thought I would go and check out their site. I was very pleasantly surprised as they had some serious specials on their online site.

I ordered 4 dresses and because I get the sms I got a further 25% of the purchase so I bought 4 dresses for $112 delivered, unfortunately 1 dress was unavailable – not surprising as I placed my order at 8.15pm so I got a credit for the dress that was not available and they arrived yesterday. This is one of the dresses. They came complete with price tag, original wrapping and in tissue paper. I was so impressed that I sent an email advising one of my friends who buys the same brand and she sent me an email today saying that she bought 2 dresses last night for $68 including delivery and she was very happy that I told her about the site.

I will certainly look again

Braandi is on an Australian wide newsletter

I received a newsletter today from Conni Critter hat has a photo of our little girl doing her business.

We are so proud of her doing the right thing and I bet she is so happy that she is facing the other way.

Braandi using her Conni critter mat

Braandi using her Conni critter mat


We have several of these mats that we use both at home and on the boat, once it has been used, we chuck it in the washing machine we put another mat down so that she always has a wee mat.

We have 3 on the boat as we only do washing every few days, so there was always a clean mat for her to use.

We only have to say to her go and do your wees and she will go to the mat and do about 50 circles (how hard is it the mat is only so big) and then do her wees.

We had 13 people on our boat on Australia Day and we weren’t sure if she would do her wees in front everyone, but she did, she  just walked over to the mat, looked down and did her business, got up and walked away.