Jim and I have noticed that there are fewer overweight people in Perth, than in either the UK or USA. This might be because the food is higher quality/lower fat, or possibly because food outlets control portion size. In the USA, Jim experienced much bigger portions, and nearly always free refills on drinks (tea, coffee, coke). Here, portions are adequate, but smaller with no free refills. And this seems to reduce the incidence of obesity, and the visibility of sheer greed. Although there are adverts on the television about the increase in diabetes in the Australian community, we do not notice people who look obese and unwell. In fact, Jim has commented on how many sports pitches there are, and how often they appear to be in continuous use. There are 2 football pitches plus hockey and rugby pitches near us. On Sundays, Jim often goes out on the bike and spends some time watching the games. The football pitch is in use all day long, with youngsters in the morning and older boys playing in more senior leagues as the afternoon wears on. In England people are interested in football but mostly watch it. Here a lot more people seem to follow football and actually play it.
This morning when Jim and I were walking to the shops, we walked along the river front, when we heard the blow of a dolphin. Looking closely we could see two fins arching through the water, with the familiar sound of the dolphin breathing. The pair went along the riverside, then headed out to sea.
|Black swans on Canning River outside our flat|