Just like Janus Island in yesterdays blog, the town of Partageuse in ML Stedman’s novel “The Light between Oceans” is fictitious. It’s nearest equivalent in real life is the town of Augusta, about 8km from Cape Leeuwin in the southwest of Western Australia. You can find a lighthouse in Augusta – in the stained glass window of Lumen Christi (Light of Christ) church.
If you have read “The Light Between Oceans” by ML Stedman, you might be wondering where Janus Island is located. The island with its lighthouse is actually fictional. But you get a good idea of what it is like by looking at Cape Leeuwin in the southwest of Western Australia, where the Indian Ocean meets the Southern Ocean. Just imagine that long, thin cape being moved 100 miles out to sea, and that’s Janus Island.
The lighthouse in yesterday’s mural reminded us that we are currently reading – and enjoying – the novel “The Light Between Oceans” by ML Stedman. It’s set on a lighthouse between the Indian and Southern Oceans. You can actually look out along this imaginary line between the oceans at Cape Leeuwin in the southwest of Western Australia.
When it comes to wildflowers, we Perthites have a soft spot for orchids. So we were pleased when we spotted these Winter Donkey Orchids (Diuris brumalis) in Kings Park recently. They are a fairly common species that flowers from June to August.
We were in Kings Park botanic gardens in Perth recently and found heaps of wildflowers in bloom. These ones are known as Everlastings, since the papery little flowers last for a long time. They are one of Western Australia’s top tourist attractions and we will be watching out for them when we drive out into the wheat belt in a few weeks.