Category Archives: Western Australia

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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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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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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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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Heading North

We have just returned from 10 days camping north of Meekatharra between the Gascoyne and Murchison rivers. Our brother-in-law, Dane, grew up on Bryah Station and we decided to take a short holiday to visit the area with him. Departing … Continue reading

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Surfs Up

The weather here in Margaret River has been a bit unpredictable since Cyclone Olwyn travelled down the north coast, but finally, a lovely sunny day so we headed over to Surfers Point at Prevelly to enjoy the sunshine. The thumping … Continue reading

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Too many figs?

If, like most who have a fig tree, and you are wondering what to do with your oversupply of figs then this recipe from my friend Mary is one way to dry some for later. Not only did Mary supply … Continue reading

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Lunch on a lovely summers day

Happy New Year to all our family and friends. Since returning from our caravan travels things have been pretty hectic. We had Christmas in Perth with family and are back in Margaret River and enjoying the relatively cool summer – … Continue reading

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Word of Mouth Country Living in Nannup

What a lovely find! I discovered the Word of Mouth Country Living shop in the main street of Nannup on our visit a few months ago. For me, it was a must return when we went over for the Flower … Continue reading

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Tiptoe through the Tulips!

On a glorious sunny winters day we headed over to Nannup for their annual Flower and Garden Festival. Nannup is only 65 km from Margaret River and it was a lovely drive over. The little town is awash with colour. … Continue reading

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Wrights Bridge was just right

Caravining in winter at a camp ground without electricity can prove to be a bit of a challenge when it comes to keeping warm. We have recently returned from 5 days at Wrights Bridge where the overnight temperature dropped as … Continue reading

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Not very scary Scarecrows in Balingup!

On our recent caravan trip we visited the lovely little town of Balingup which sits in a valley on the Balingup Brook. The area around Balingup is known for its fruit and vegetable growing and together with beef cattle and … Continue reading

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Nannup in Autumn

On a recent caravan trip we based ourselves in Nannup which is in the heart of the Blackwood River Valley. The little town is known as a garden village because of its lovely gardens and garden festivals. This historic mill … Continue reading

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Hamelin Bay’s graceful Stingrays

These graceful rays are a regular on the shore line in Hamelin Bay. Three types of stingrays inhabit the waters – the smooth stingray, black stingray and eagle ray. They are well fed by fishermen who throw their filleting waste … Continue reading

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Jurien Bay’s foreshore

We have recently spent a week in Jurien Bay – the town were we lived for two years before we retired early in 2013. The new jetty, which opened in April 2011, has proven to be a great addition to … Continue reading

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