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Paint the Town Ford

This post is sponsored by Ford and Kidspot.

When I was in my 20s I thought Perth was boring. How ridiculous, how can a place be boring? Places aren’t boring, people are, when they lack imagination. Fortunately as time goes on I have become more and more fond of Perth and as I’ve opened my eyes I’ve started to discover there’s more to love about our sleepy little town.

I have lived minutes away from Fremantle for the last six years yet I have only started to realise its unique beauty in the last year or so. Every time I visit, I find myself noticing and falling in love with something new that I haven’t seen before. And on every visit, which is at least once a week, I am very pleasantly surprised at what I find.

Lately I have found myself drawn to the Pakenham Street end of Fremantle with my favourite coffee spots being Bread in Common, The Attic and Moore & Moore Cafe. I have recently started to encourage clients to want to have their photos taken there. Hints and gentle coercion with mentions of the quirky cafes and the heritage buildings offering beautiful backdrops with fabulous natural textures and mesmerising appeal have become part of my spiel. I am also fond of the South Terrace area and beyond boasting quirky spots such as Ootong & Lincoln and Lenny the Ox. With all these delightful cafes so close to home, Perth is anything but boring.

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When I used to drive my little faithful Ford Laser that had clocked up over 250,000kms, I wasn’t overly keen on driving. The car was extremely reliable and was my loyal friend for the better part of a decade, however due to its age it didn’t make for an overly comfortable drive. Then I got my hands on The Sexy Beast, which you may recall I won unexpectedly as part of Voices of 2013. I basically went to the shopping equivalent of Chanel after stepping out of Red Dot. I stepped into a completely different car league.

To add to my newfound driving excitement, Ford recently offered me a Kuga to drive around for six weeks. Can you believe it? I couldn’t. I’ve done something right to the car Gods (or Ford), that’s for sure. As much as The Sexy Beast has become my lovely driving companion (needless to say I now love driving around and I am never giving it back), the Beluga (which is what my son affectionately coined the Kuga) has provided me with a whole different kind of drive. It is as luxurious as the Territory, but some of the additional features are mind blowing especially when compared to my ’99 Laser whose biggest luxury was an air conditioner.  As much as I am not going to start raving on about the mechanics of the Kuga, because honestly, I’d have no idea on what I am talking about, the features are novel to say the least.

So get this. You can leave your mobile in the boot and still make calls or command music literally at the touch of a button, on the steering wheel no  less. So your hands never need to touch your phone or even leave the wheel. It took me a few days to get used to this, meanwhile I was thinking how embarrassing if I got snapped touching my phone whilst driving given the SYNC technology means you never need to. The SATNAV voice sounds like Lee Lin Chin from SBS news making me feel all smart and stuff whilst driving. And not that I am one to document how frequently I fill a vehicle with fuel, I can tell you this one is economical. How do I know? Well I read the sticker that said so, also less service station stops.

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So while I am driving to and fro, drinking coffee and loving Fremantle all over, I am doing it in style thanks to Ford. Paint the town Ford indeed!

But the generosity from these guys doesn’t stop there. Thanks to Kidspot and Ford Australia I have a $500 Temple & Webster voucher for one lucky reader. To enter, simply tell us in 25 words or less in the comment section below:

What’s the one place you’d like to take a road trip to in your car?

Also, nothing to do with the giveaway but tell me, if Ford kindly gave you a Kuga to drive around for six weeks, would it be fair to say you’d never want to give it back?

Entry is open to Australian residents 18 years and older. Each entry will be judged based on creativity and originality. Giveaway closes at 23:59 AEST 21st October 2014. Winner notified by email and announced here on 22nd October 2014. For full T&Cs head here.

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  • Angyla Braine - “Quick! Get in the car! The Bridgetown Blues & Roots festival is coming up. No not tonight, but soon … What’s wrong with a head start?”

    *and yes sir! Drive a Kuga? Me? Dream come true. Check!

    Thanks P! :-)ReplyCancel

  • TARA ANDERSEN - Round the edge and up the guts of Oz, homeschooling our girl along the way and showing her pure childhood freedom aaahhhh :o)

    PS: If Ford kindly gave us a Kuga for 6 weeks, I’m sure I would never want to give it back – we have an almost falling apart old Ford, but it is ours and will see us on our road trip one day…ReplyCancel

    • TARA ANDERSEN - Oh, please change that to “Around the coast and through the outback of Oz, homeschooling our girl along the way and showing her pure childhood freedom :o)”ReplyCancel

  • Martine @ Chompchomp - I think its easy to live your whole life in Australia yet never actually get to SEE all of Australia. We have such a vast country to explore with such a diverse range of habitats and landscapes; something that an amateur photographer like myself longs to be able to explore at leisure. With 6 weeks up my sleeve, and a new Ford Kuga to drive, I would set off on a drive-yourself adventure starting in my home town of Perth and heading Eastwards. Of course it wouldn’t be complete without the Boy by my side for company! What an incredible experience!ReplyCancel

  • Jenn Radford - Molloy Island. I learnt to ride a bike there, I turned 30 there, I got proposed to there, I honeymooned there. Always my favourite destination.

    And I’d never give it back! I’m driving a ’99 Falcon that’s faithful but falling to bits like your laser. I think I’ll definitely have to test drive a “Beluga” when we finally upgrade!ReplyCancel

  • Helen Bradley - Say goodbye to the city and hello to pitching my own tent, campsite fry-ups and paddling with dolphins at Monkey Mia.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne - I was once guilty of believing Perth was boring :). 6 weeks I think I would stay around Perth and do a couple of day trips – The Pinnacles, Swan Valley (a couple of times), Mandurah, the observatory in Gingin, Sunday brunch and shopping in Bunbury and a couple of bush walking trails in the Perth hills.ReplyCancel

  • Ashlea @ Glamour Coastal Living - Nothing beats old tunes, singalongs, junk food galore and reminiscing when taking a road trip – I’d drive along the QLD coast from the Gold Coast to Cairns to see the sights!ReplyCancel

  • Elisabeth - To the Northern Territory. To see its rugged terrain, burnt orange dirt and deserted tracks. Beautiful.

    Now to forget I ever saw Wolf Creek…ReplyCancel

  • Sonya - Definitely through Italy, or indeed any other country in Europe!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole- Seeking Victory - I would meander around Victoria visiting all the tiny foodie/crafty country towns and breathe lots of fresh air with my dog and my love.

    And yes, definitely fair to say you never want to give the car back! :)ReplyCancel

  • Your One and Only Loving Mother - Yes I know that I can’t enter the competition which is sad cause I’m am your one and only Loving Mother.
    Never the less, love your photos and looking at them makes me want to moe back to city. xxooReplyCancel

  • Sarah Jones - Coast to Coast for sure! From here to the Whitsundays – would love to see the diversity and beauty of Australia, from the deep reds to the glamourous Blues – could you even imagine?! Ahhhhhh one powerball ??ReplyCancel

  • Kell - I’d love to drive to Gracetown to watch waves roll in, beachcomb, and collect pebbles. I currently drive a Mazda bubble with no power steering.ReplyCancel

  • Megan Henry - Oh I’d head north to Coral Bay! I’ve only been there once but when I was I never wanted to leave. I think I could happily spend my days hanging out on that beach and swimming in the blue water.ReplyCancel

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