Bunnings is a major chain of hardware shops in Australia. They have massive 'Bunnings Warehouses' and sell all the stuff you need to maintain your garden, pond, pool and do any DIY project. They also stock craft materials and many houshold goods.
They're open every day of the year (except Christmas Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day) from 7am-7pm and are always very busy on public holidays, it seems as though half of the population of Rockingham is there.
Rockingham has it's annual Spring Festival every year in November.
It has traditionally been held on the oval near the beach, and the tradition has been carried on now that the oval has been redeveloped as part of the new Rockingham Beach Village.
With free entry, free entertainment, a range of rides and showbags, the street parade and fireworks display (now moved to 9pm as it's not dark enough at 8 since the introduction of daylight saving in summer), this is an the event of the year in Rockingham. Many local businesses will have their products on display, as well as clubs and societies. There's local crafts and food for sale (and a beer tent).
The Rockingham Spring Festival is the third largest non government sponsored event in WA. In 2003, over 40,000 people visited the festival over the two days.
All cities and lots of towns have an annual 'show', they're all quite similar, the biggest being the Royal Show in Perth in September.
They're all held at different times during spring/summer/autumn, ask around and see if there's one on in your locality.
Tina, Steve, Jami and I were meeting Lesley and Jethro at the Musselfest so we could enjoy the festival together. It didn't take long before we were sampling the hot macadamia nuts, fairyfloss and fresh cooked flavours of Peru! The mussels didn't make a very large impacked at the festival however we did enjoy walking around the market stalls
There was a small display of Muscle Cars that grabbed my daughters attention! Here's some of the photo's she took.
Ugg boots are heavy duty slippers made from sheepskin, very warm and very comfortable. As the days are often warm, even in winter, some people wear their ugg boots with shorts. This generally considered to be a fashion no-no, Similarly, even though they have thick crepe soles, they are not intened for going out in.
December here is HOT. Snow and reindeers etc seem totally out of place, even wearing a santa hat makes you too hot . The thought of putting the oven on for 8 hours to cook a turkey is unbearable. Many people have a cold meal and go to the beach for a picnic.
Therefore some restaurants do a special "Christmas in July" when the weather is cooler. It's still only cool, not cold, there definately won't be any snow. But it's nice to have a log fire and 'rug up" and for the British ex-pats (there's a lot of them in Rockingham) it seems more like the Chrismas they're used to.