Spokane, Washington.

Spokane, Washington.

A Postcrossing post card from Beverly who lives in Spokane.

Spokane is about 400km inland from Seattle in the North West of the USA. It’s surrounded by mountains, rivers, lakes and pine trees.

Beverly is passionate about student exchange,and has hosted 16 exchange students. She als has 3 kids of her own, 3 dogs and two cats.

Sounds like a very “peaceful” household 🙂

Thanks for the great postcard, Beverly!

Lake Grace, Western Australia

Lake Grace, Western Australia

A postcard from our friend Rachel who is touring Australia at the moment.

Lake Grace is about 300km south-east Perth. It’s named after Grace Bussell who rescued many people from the wreck of the ship, Georgette near the mouth of the Margaret River in 1876.

Lake Grace is located near many natural shallow salt lakes that exhibit bright colours due to the chemical composition of the salts.

The Nyoongar people are the traditional aboriginal owners of the area which is hoime to “Wave Rock”.

Thanks for the postcard, Rach!

Here’s a link to the map of Rachel’s journey to date.

Margaret River

Margaret River

A postcard from friend Rachel who’s currently touring around Australia.

Rachel says at this time of year south-western Australia is warm during the day but still nice and cool at night. Ideal spring weather.

The Margaret River region of WA is one of Australia’s premier wine-making districts. It also has some fantastic beaches, and some significant sites of Early European settlement.

It is thought that Margaret River is named after Margaret Wyche, who was a cousin of the founder of nearby Busselton, John Garrett Bussel.

Busselton

Busselton

A postcard from friend Rachel who’s currently touring around Australia.

This has to be one of the longest wooden jetties in the world. In fact it IS the longest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere – so long that you need to catch a train to get to the end of it.

Busselton is a town in the south west region of Western Australia with a population of about 20,000.

Cape Naturaliste

Cape Naturaliste

A postcard from friend Rachel who’s currently touring around Australia.

She’s currently worried about a leak in the van she’s driving, and doesn’t know where to look to fix it.

Pay someone else, Rach!

The French Vessel Naturaliste visited this cape in 1801. It was visited earlier by the Dutch vessel Leeuwin in 1627, but there are no records which remain today.

La Naturaliste, the ship, under Captain Hamelin was part of a French expedition led by Nicholas Baudin which explored Australian waters around 1801. She was a bomb-corvette which Baudin sent back to France in 1801 with numerous Australian natural specimens.

The headland itself is at the western edge of Geographe Bay, in the south-western region of Western Australia.