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Orcas @ Bremer Bay

Day 1. Had a scenic bus trip through Manjimup. Stopped off for a lovely coffee & walk through the Power & Timber museum. And don't forget to whistle while you work.
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We visited Jardee which is one of the original timber towns. It's a place where old cars become gardens.
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Were treated to lunch at Mt Barker Hotel where 4 generations of the one family prepared our lovely meal. Drove past Bluff Knoll and onto the Bremer Bay Resort, our home for the next four days + three nights. The first night we took a walk to the Bremer Bay Brewing shed to have a drink, and Deborah was steady enough afterwards to make it back to the Resort, Even after encountering 2 kangaroos on the footpath!
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Day 2. We headed out for a boat trip with Whale Watch WA to see a selection of marine life including the ultimate predator " Orcas".
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Blue Planet III Bremer Canyon unfolded today in picturesque weather as Orca, Sperm Whales, Offshore Bottlenose Dolphins and an exciting sighting of False Killer Whales made for an incredible day. Albatross and Shearwaters soared as we were escorted out to The Patch in their company as leaping pilchards cascaded across the waters surface. A special day ahead was set as we enjoyed the company of the worlds largest toothed predator, the incredible Sperm Whale. Today we had the opportunity to observe four different individuals who were all extremely relaxed and welcomed us to their surface preparation for their next deep dive before lifting enormous flukes high and disappearing to the depths below. One of the most beautiful moments to observe in the animal kingdom is the tail dive of a Sperm Whale and today we had four perfect examples.

Season 2021 still has surprises as for the first time this season False Killer Whales (Pseudorca crassidens) were sighted as they surged with excitement. It was a joy to observe this infrequently sighted species in these waters, their movements are not as predictable as other cetaceans so time with them is a privilege. Powerful and sleek movers, the Pseudorca are top hunters and love targeting pelagic fish and squid species which the Bremer Canyons are renowned for providing in enormous quantities. Playful and relaxed as they surrounded us, we had well over one hundred individuals as the fun level was about to step up a notch as Offshore Bottlenose Dolphins joined in with the activities. It was great to observe the Bottlenose happily travelling with the Pseudorca and the large pod of 150+ cetaceans took over an enormous area of the Southern Ocean which was a very beautiful sight. The name False Killer Whale may be used to describe this species due to their similarities to the Orca but there is nothing false about these creatures, they are genuinely beautiful and charismatic individuals who bring the ocean to life with their energy and enthusiasm.

Just to make sure the Pseudorca didn’t completely steal the show, B-Slice and his family pod reclaimed their stretch of the feeding grounds as the Orcinus Orca moved through with confidence. Relaxed and playful as the family interacted amongst each other and approached curiously. The loud bellow of B-Slice as he exhaled emanated through the still afternoon as the rest of the family pod greeted the arrival of big male Giovani. Newest pod member Millie raced towards us excitedly as the family pod regrouped and were ready for their evening ahead. Champagne on the beautiful afternoon cruise back towards Bremer Bay Boat Harbour was the perfect way to celebrate the magnificent wildlife we had the privilege of observing today. Our Blue Planet III Bremer Canyon day was completed with wonderful Australian Sea Lions as they shuffled around Glasse Island to find the perfect resting spot. Graeme Drew and his team completed a busy day with some cheeky pilchards within their newly stitched net as full bellied seabirds rested around the Ricki Jo. One of the most diverse and remarkable places on the planet to view wildlife and today was a perfect reflection of this magnificent place and some of the special creatures who reside here.
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Day 3. We take a tour of the Wellstead Homestead & museum with the owner Max Wellstead & enjoy a morning tea at the cafe. It was filled with memorabilia & artefacts from the original families through to the more present day. You may remember using some of these items.
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There was even a remnant of Skylab, a titanium cylinder.
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There was also a range of tractors, cars & motor vehicles.
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We headed off in the bus with driver Kevin & wife Jenny our tour guide to visit Tozers Bush Camp with local guide Robert Tozer & enjoy a picnic lunch, with sandwiches supplied from The Telegraph (a cafe inside what was the first telegraph station at Bremer). Robert explained the reasons behind how the camp became established. He has solar panels & batteries, rain water in tanks & water pumped by a nearby dam for showers. He runs this business totally off the grid.
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And even though it was pouring with rain at Tozers, there were still some flowers to see.
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On the way back we had a short drive through town where an x-local explained a few historical facts & showed us a few scenic sights.
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Day 4.
Heading home via Kojonup for lunch, and a nice pie from Kojonup Bakery, then through Collie to Bunbury and finally Busselton.

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Donnybrook Apple Festival 2021

First to arrive was ourselves. We took the location under the tree. The rest gradually arrived in their own time. Two groups from Perth, one from Denmark, another all the way from Konnongorring & two groups from Busselton.
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Happy hour started when everyone was settled & another camper DJ Nige gave us some samples of music to entertain us from the back of his working DJ truck with spinning disco balls & smoke pumping out. A plan was made for the following day. After a sleep in, cause the Festival wasn't starting till 10am we all headed over for the start. Depending upon interests we all went slightly different ways to all enjoy the Festive atmosphere. Our first stop was BronnyDs caramelised apple stand & we made a purchase. We also bought a variety of local apples & pears.
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Displays included machinery, vintage cars & motor cycles, an Australian draft horse working display & on top of that wine, cider, cheese, honey (we purchased some of this amazing honey, it's great to make a cuppa tea, just a teaspoon in your hot water) & fruit (picked from the tree yesterday), tastings, & lots of local produce.
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We had another local couple visit for the day, Sunday to see the Festival & join in on an early Happy Hour session before returning home to Busselton.

The fun of the fair entertainment that we viewed included the wood chopping, Freestyle Motocross jumping by local lad Josh Sheehan &
his team, cooking demonstrations by Anna Gare & Fiona Klein. The Festival finished at 3pm Sunday.
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We all had a great time spending quality time over the lovely Easter long weekend.
Some have rebooked sites with BP Donnybrook for 2022 as we exited of the transit park.

Arriving back home. There is no place like home!
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Northam Silos


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On our trip home from Merredin via Northam we passed the last Silo for this trip.

In March 2015 artists : "HENSE " & "Phlegm" transformed 8 x 38 metre heigh silos over 16 days. This created Australia's first ever painted silo mural.

"Phelgm" drew his signature whimsical characters on the left.
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"HENSE" painted his silos simultaneously. Working across all 4 silos as 1, each design bleeds into the other.
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In total the artists used around 740 Litres of paint.

Here endith the WA Silo Art Trail.

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Merredin Silo's

Street Artist: Kylie Hughes-Odgers

This artwork concept tells a story about Merredin. It's natural environment in the colour palette, its diverse community in the abstract forms & figures, & its landforms & agricultural history in the symbols & representations. Creating the artwork was a labour of love, this was Kyle's biggest canvas yet, required him work in beating sun & slicing wind, 35 metres from the ground & around the clock.

Created : August 2017
Litres of paint used : 200
Surface area painted : 1540²
Days spent painting : 14
Silo Height : 35 metres
4 Silo's

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Sunrise shot.

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Afternoon shot.

We managed to catch up with Russell who is carting wheat at the Merredin CBH grain terminal in his new trucking business. We wish him every success for the future.
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Newdegate Silo's & surrounds


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June 2018 saw 'Brenton See' painting native Western Australian wildlife on the Silo's at Newdegate. Brenton had to conquer his fear of heights to paint the 20 Metre high murals.

The murals feature a shape resembling a drop of water, which is half-white & half teal, the white represents the salt lakes & the teal represents the freshwater lakes & the rain.In the background are coloured squares showing how the land appears from above, green for the bush land areas & brown, orange & red for the dirt & rocks.

A Mallee Fowl, which is another local bird of the area, is a symbolic depiction of the Region.

The Red-Tailed Phascogale, which is a rare marsupial found only in the Wheatbelt area and a Thigh Spotted Tree Frog.

Litres of paint used = 120
Surface Area Painted = 600M²
Days spent painting = 13
Silo Height = 20 M
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First we visited the Silos at Lake Grace as seen above. We then took a drive out to see a ghost town near Lake Biddy.
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Lots of desolation at the abandoned townsite.
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We visited the Newdegate cemetery and found a lovely chap sunning himself.
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A drive past the many salt lakes & beside the wheat fields, with a storm brewing.
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Went on an exploration south of Newdegate to find some gnamma holes. Permanent water holes the first Australians used. These were along the Holland track.
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On our walk around Lake Grace we noticed this delightful metal tree at the back of the St John ambulance building.
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Also a tile pathway leading up to the hospital and the old Inland Mission Hospital telling it's history & mosaic's children made now installed as a pathway around the hospital.
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Painted murals on the buildings in town, depicting local women who have influenced the region.
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In honour of Ian's birth year they brought water to Lake Grace in 1958.
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Back home for a cuppa & rest as a storm hit before our last night at Lake Grace.
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