A Travellerspoint blog

April 2019

Waroona & beyond with a small hiccup

Yesterday evening Annette went into Waroona to fill up with diesel before 4zies. Unfortunately the South Perth engine light came on & she had to limp back to the caravan park. After group discussions it was decided to call the RAC Man. Jacob from Hollow Auto & Towing in Harvey swiftly arrived at the campsite. After checking the computer readout he confirmed the worst suspicions. The throttle sensor unit was cactus. He went above & beyond and got out the "Start ya bastard" spray and cleaned a sensor. But alas the error code was persistent.

Today after visiting the local mechanic at 8am as they opened the doors, Annette was given the dire news, that her beloved Colarado could only be resurrected in Perth. This meant a further RAC call to order the tow truck. After an estimated & actual 2 hour wait the driver arrived from Australind. The beloved Colarado was loaded on the tilt tray, the van towed behind back to Perth.

After waving Annette off in the tow truck, prior to heading home we popped into Waroona to the Pinjarra bakehouse for lunch. We chanced upon some lovely old cars being driven or towed by their owners to Donnybrook who were also stopped at the bakery.
We arrived home safely and took a short walk down to the local....26th April, and people enjoying fishing and swimming in late autumn.

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Waroona day 2

A late morning start found us heading out to Lake Navarino to see the caravan park (where we stayed with a couple of New Age vans last October), and a look at the free (paid) camping on the other side of the dam. This area was very busy with campers and speed boats.
Also a few muddy cars...

Back into Waroona for a pie n coffee at the Pinjarra Bakehouse, Waroona style. The 2 cheese makers had a chat with a local, and picked up some weather tips.

After crossing the street Ian picked up some new information re 24hr camping spots. Preston Beach, the Showgrounds, and Drakesbrook Weir....

The girls were rather taken by this house in Waroona.

Another beautiful sunset in Waroona.

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Our next destination at Waroona

The days are lovely & warm on our trip. The nights are cool.

We walked into Balingup to hand the amenities key into the information centre after meeting a new neighbouring camper. An antique shop, which had previously been open on our last visit but which is now closed. This is where we saw a lovely lady waving her hand at us all.

We had a stroll across the field to a wonderful gate.

Ian's sister Lynne phoned as she intended to drop around for a cuppa, Alas we were on our holiday travels in Balingup. Maybe next time.

We say goodbye to the lovely trees with branches falling from the trees.

Off on our drive to our next destination we pass Harvey Cheese & stop off for a cheese tasting of course & an ice cream.
Here we see the 2 cheese makers, one of them on the phone to daughter Colleen.

Not long after our drive we arrived at our next destination Waroona
This is Annette's van set up after backing into a tight little spot amongst the weeping willows. Great driving Annette IMG_20190424_153428469_HDR.jpg

Here's our set up after Deborah too, jumped into the drivers seat and backed into our tight little spot. You will see the sky changed dramatically in a short period of time. We found out it was a prescribed burn in the distance The sun looked red.

We enjoyed a drive into town, where we again find the 2 cheese makers enjoying a sit down on some local artwork, in front of the 'historic' Waroona Hotel.
It was then back to the campsite for 4zies happy hour & dinner for the night. It was a still night & not cold as our previous nights.IMG_20190424_172700472.jpg

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Another lovely evening in Balingup....

Was followed by a walk and then drive around the town.
We visited the Old Butter Factory...and took in some of the historical artefacts of the town

Here is a view from the surrounding hills...looking down towards the town.

We woke up to another beautiful morning with a clear blue sky with a few whispy clouds. Looks like an amazing day ahead. The view from the skylight inside our van.


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Donnybrook Applefest and beyond - 2019

It's Easter again, and we head over to Donnybrook for the Applefest, and another birthday celebration, this time it was Annette Smith celebrating 55 years.
We had 3 caravans this year, Annette's Jayco, Andrew and MargĂ´t's Franklin 'Arrow', and our mighty New Age 'Bilby'.

The new addition to our travelling menagerie, the Easter Bunny

Annette is not quite sure it could tow her van but it could lay some rubber. One of the veteran and vintage cars and tractors on display.
Here's a lovely salad dressing recipe we picked up from Anna Gare at one of the Applefest presentations. It's called 4, 3, 2, 1. In a recycled glass jar, ( you will have in your cupboard) make up this recipe. Use 4 tablespoons of the first ingredient ( left to right) 3 of the next & so on. Pop the lid on & give it a shake. Tastes delicious.

Ian at Golden Valley Tree Park, just out of Balingup. Suberb autumn colours.
The girls were also enjoying the walk
And then a short rest at the top of the hill.

Annette under the Poplar tree (tree circa 1930's, Annette is a little younger).
We ventured through the Oak trail. Who would have thought there were so many varieties of oak tree.
Turkey oak acorn

Holm oak acorn

Oak acorn

Liquid Amber Tree

Our setup at Balingup gave us a clear misty morning.
And then a gorgeous sunny day.

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