Wednesday, February 10, 2016

WA - day 3

Tuesday 9/2

Bri and I took an early morning swim then we all went for a Swedish therapeutic massage at a nearby day spa.  Magic!
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While the girls were finishing their massages, Gus and I did a quick tasting at Flametree wines...
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I assume this is a flametree...
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We had lunch at Wise Winery Restaurant and it was fantastic!
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Beautiful views over Eagle Bay.  Again it is very hot but the breeze is blowing a bit...
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Oh, the desserts!
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Our dear taxi driver lady gave us a scenic tour on the way home so we got to see beautiful Eagle Bay...
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...Meelup Beach...
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...and Castle Rock.
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After a snooze we hit the beach for acquick swim in the warm waters then headed home. Kirby and Gus cooked a bbq dinner.  Tomorrow we are off to Rottnest Island!
Cheers - Joolz xx 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Western Australia - Day 2

Monday 8/2
Today we had an easy morning. The girls went for a short walk and Gus went for swim.  We went into town and bought stuff for dinner and board shorts for Gus!
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Then it was off to Eagle Bay Brewery for lunch.  It is hot!  About 37C I think..,
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We had a lovely lunch and shared some plates - crocettes, dip plate and a ploughmans platter which I forgot to photograph!
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It was rather hot sitting outside but the place wasnt air conditioned, just open to the air...
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Green tea and citrus panna cotta ...
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Bri's weird peanut butter, white choc sultana brownie with honey comb and cranberry coulis...
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When we got back into town, there was a blackout so the shoos had had to close.  We were told by a local the power should come back on by 6pm...
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It did come on shortly after we got to the villa so we all just relaxed for a while. I had a nanna nap!
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At 4.30pm we walked over to the beach for a swim. The water was lovely and warm compared to our southern ocean.
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We headed for home around 6pm and started to  get dinner prepared.  We had bought crumbed stuffed chicken breasts which we were going to bake in the oven with potato and sweet potatoes.  We also had a packet of Rice a Riso and did a simple green salad.  After a big lunch we were in no real hurry for dinner...
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Just as we were getting ready to put the chicken etc in the oven...the power went out again!  Aaargh!
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We had a big torch and a table candle for light so we bumbled our way in the dark. We wrapped the chicken in alfoil and baking paper, put it on an oven tray the coverec it with another tray to make an oven then sat it on the barbecue grill.  I cookef the rice in a saucepan also on the barbecue - worked a treat!
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All this time we realised how dependant we are on power. Nothing much works without it!
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Anyway, we kept joking that as soon as we'd finished dinner, the power would come back on...
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We got the chicken cooked, although it was a tad burnt on the bottom and dishec up...
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...then voila! The power magically came back on at 9.15pm so we ate it quickly! So funny!
Lets hope they have the problem fixed.
It came on just in time for Farmer Wants A Wife so Kirby and I watched that and the others went to bed.
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Cheers - Joolz xx


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Western Australia - Day 1

We boarded our flight for Perth and took off right on time. It was a very pleasant 3 hour flight. It wasn't full which meant we could spread out with a seat between us. Lunch was a hot meal (Cajun chicken with rice, lamb kofta with risoni or a chickpea and prosciutto salad - all yummy!). Staff were friendly and offered lots of wine, tea and coffee, water and Lindt chocolates...
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I watched a movie then colored in for a bit...
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We had a bit of trouble when we got our rent-a-car. We thought a small SUV would do us but we just couldn't fit our 4 bags in the back so we got a Ford Mondeo sedan and they fitted perfectly. The weather in Perth is hot, hot, hot at 40C!  Heading south should be a bit cooler!  
We  This is Bri's little crocheted Yoda. He's coming on our adventure with us..,
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We had a 3 hour drive south from Perth to Dunsborough. Most of it two lane split freeway which was good.  We went through an area that had been burnt and saw a fire burning off in the distance too.
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Isn't he a cutie?
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We stopped for groceries in Bunbury then continued on to our digs at Dunsborough. We love our villa, it is very comfortable and home for 3 nights...
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 We made steak tacos for dinner - yummy!  It cooled of nicely so we sat outside until bedtime. The 2.5 hour time difference made it a long day.

Cheers - Joolz xx



 
 
 
 
 

Monday, February 1, 2016

From the weekend and beyond...

Last Friday I was given about a kilo of fresh mulberries so I ate a few (delicious!) then decided to make jam with the rest...
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Oh, I love mulberry jam on crumpets and toast...and fresh bread!
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I enjoyed more fruit cake...
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...and the last of the lamingtons, microwaved warm and topped with jam!
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I made sour dough bread ...
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...which turned out fantastically!
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Breakfast was so yummy...
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Wednesday, I made another batch of sour dough rolls...
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Absolute winners!
My very neglected roses are on their second flush and are looking better than ever!
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Overloaded with flowers!
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The Bonica's are just starting again...
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Thursday saw me having to kill time in Mt Gambier, on foot, because I had to get a car road-worthy tested.  I happened upon a nail salon and so I sat for 3/4 of an hour and had a lovely pedicure!
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Loved it!
Now I am excited as we fly off to Perth, Western Australia tomorrow (Sunday) for a weeks vacation then we train back on the Indian Pacific...
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Cheers - Joolz xx


 

 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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