How lucky for us, then, to have my brother and sister-in-law, their four boys, and their new pool, to welcome us.
Who could imagine that a week in a house with eight children aged 10 and under could be quite so relaxing?
We barely saw our eldest two, so preoccupied were they with their cousins and endless games of 'Sharkey' in the pool.
|Craig and Lily, King's Park
When we could be bothered dragging ourselves out we explored some of Perth's many fantastic parks.
|Tom, Ruby, Nina
The kids frolicked at the local beach while we kept a half eye on them from the beach front restaurant.
|City Beach sand dunes
It was as if the weather, the scenery, the generousity of my brother and his family, their spectacular house, were conspiring to convince me to move to Perth. And here I was convinced I was a Melbourne girl, through and through....