Category Archives: Cowaramup

Padstow, Rick Stein’s & Newquay

Padstow has a large influx of daily tourists, partly thanks to the popularity of Rick Stein’s TV shows. He has a big presence in the town, with 5 eateries, a deli, fresh fish outlet, cooking school and accommodation and other … Continue reading

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Big Seas

Although we live about 10km from the coast “as the crow flies”, this morning the sound of the waves crashing into the coast could be heard from here. The forecast of 20ft waves hitting the coast was spot on. From … Continue reading

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Winter has arrived

We have had some really awful weather here over the past few weeks so we decided to go for a Sunday drive, as the sun was finally out, to see if there was any noticable wind damage in the area. … Continue reading

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Looking West!

The winter weather is still no where to be seen here in WA so this morning we headed over to the beach for a look. We walked a short distance on the Cape to Cape trail and took in the … Continue reading

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Dardanup – what a surprise!

Dardanup is just up the road (only 95 km away) and yet we never stop to have a look around. It is close to Bunbury, which we pass through every time we go to Perth, but it’s just one of … Continue reading

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Bee Hotels

After some research on ways to attract bees to the garden and vege patch, we decided that one fun idea was to build a bee hotel out in the backyard. Bee hotels are designed to attract a variety of bee … Continue reading

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Auckland – the City of Sails

Once again we passed beautiful countryside on our way to Auckland, NZ’s largest city. This scene reminded us of our Tuscan adventure. On the way we stopped in Cambridge to catchup with friends Lesley & Ian. Lesley is my lovely … Continue reading

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Lake Taupo

Travelling from Napier to Taupo we crossed the Kaweka Mountain Range which is 1,724 m (5,656 ft) high and at times we seemed to be in the clouds. Along the way we stopped for morning tea at this lovely spot. … Continue reading

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Hawkes Bay

The drive to the Hawkes Bay region across the mountains was again spectacular. Unfortunately it is impossible to stop on these mountainous roads to take photos so most of these were taken from the car window. We are staying in … Continue reading

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Bay of Plenty

We arrived in Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty in the afternoon as Cyclone Hola was dumping rain on the area. The one activity that everyone had recommended was the walk up Mount Maunganui to enjoy the view. This is … Continue reading

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The Coromandel Peninsula

Driving south through Auckland was crazy, even though it was a Saturday. The city looked beautiful as we passed by but the traffic was terrible, we were at a snails pace from Warkworth 58 km north of Auckland to Quarry … Continue reading

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NZ’s Bay of Islands

After overnighting in Auckland the drive north to the Bay of Islands in ever changing weather conditions was interesting! ¬†One minute it was pouring down and the next it was quite pleasant. We did manage to get a couple of … Continue reading

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A day to celebrate

Lunch today was fantastic. We celebrated Jim’s 65th birthday at Flutes Restaurant in the grounds of Brookland Valley Winery. The gardens are lovely. And the food and wine were very good with service to match. Plenty of sunshine today so … Continue reading

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Fonty’s, Fruits, Truffles & more

We are now staying at Fonty’s Pool just out of Manjimup, a significant fruit growing region of Western Australia. Everywhere we drive orchards can be seen growing apples, pears, stone fruits, cherries and berries. The area around Manjimup and Pemberton … Continue reading

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Albany Highlights

We have been visiting Albany for a few days and are surprised at how much it has changed since our last visit about 10 years ago. From a tourists point of view it has changed for the better – with … Continue reading

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The Granite Skywalk

The Granite Skywalk in the Porongurup National Park, north of Albany, proved to be a pretty tough walk today. Although only 570 metres in elevation the walk is not for the faint hearted. The 2.2km walk is uphill all the … Continue reading

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Bremer Bay

We are in Bremer Bay and I decided to go on a wildflower tour out at Tozer’s Bush Camp, a 700 acre property of natural beauty. Wildflowers are one thing we always have a “stop the car” moment for. While … Continue reading

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Lake Towerrinning

It has been a while since our last caravan trip (actually it was over to Melbourne for the Footy Grand Final at the end of September in 2015) so we were very pleased to be on the road again. Although … Continue reading

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Our First Produce

After months of waiting to pick some of our produce we have finally started to reap the rewards of growing our own veges. ¬†There have been a few challenges along the way; the snails loved our new seedlings, the parrots … Continue reading

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Our new beginning

Blog posts have been few and far between over the past twelve months as we organised the next phase of our life. We have made the move from Margaret River to Cowaramup, 12km to the north, where we have built … Continue reading

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