Category Archives: Cowaramup

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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‘Wine for Dudes’

Today we become tourists in our own town and joined a wine tour to see what visitors get to enjoy when they come to Margaret River. Our first stop was McHenry Hohnen Winery, a bio-dynamic vineyard established in 2004 by David … Continue reading

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Northampton Airing of the Quilts

As the clouds threatened and the wind picked-up the quilts were hung along the shops and vantage points for the 20th annual Airing of the Quilts in Northampton.  The great hope from everyone involved that the rain would stay away … Continue reading

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Tourists in Perth

It has been years since we spent any time in the city, so on a recent trip we decided to stay in Perth’s centre and have a look around.  We haven’t lived in Perth for five and a half years; … Continue reading

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New Beginnings

We originally decided to come to Margaret River and rent for a while just to make sure we were happy with the area and all it had to offer us in retirement.  Well, I am pleased to say that we … Continue reading

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Balingup Small Farm Field Day

Not that we intend to buy a small farm down here, but we are always interested in farming and what you can do with a small parcel of land. Leaving Margaret River early this morning the sun glistened on the … Continue reading

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Lovely winter gardens in Nannup

On a glorious winters day we travelled over to Nannup to attend their annual Flower and Garden Festival.  The sunhine certainly bought out the best of the flowers and the crowds of people who attended seemed to be enjoying the … Continue reading

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Bryah Station

We finally get to visit Bryah Station. This map of Western Australia shows its location. Dane’s family sold Bryah many years ago and unfortunately in recent times, with no one living at the station, the homestead has fallen into disrepair. … Continue reading

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Exploring the Murchison

After meeeting up with our brother-in-law Dane we began exploring the area between the Murchison and Gascoyne rivers. We set up camp on a little ridge overlooking the plains. Dane prefers sleeping outdoors in his swag…with Fenton (the dog) nearby. … Continue reading

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