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October 2020

Silo Trip - WA. Ravensthorpe then Hopetoun. Albany Silos.

We visited the Ravensthorpe Silos on our Hopetoun trip. A Fremantle based artist Amok Island, painted the 6 stages of a banksia baxteri, a 25 metre high mural on the CBH group silo in August 2016 & here it is.

First nights stop was at the Muir's Bridge Rest Area- free camping. There was plenty of water in the river & great for wildflower spotting.
Set-up at the Porongorups.
Whilst staying in the Porongurups we took a day trip out with Mark & Lauren to view the Silo Art in Albany.
The dynamic artist duo the Yok & Sheryl painted this CBH grain Silo in March 2018. It was one very happy looking marine creature ( and local resident), the ruby seadragon.

It was recommended we view (self drive) some wooden sculptures.
Low & behold Darrel Radcliffe carves these by chainsaw. This hidden gem in Albany & is amazing.

Thursday found us looking for a small religious building. St. Werburgh's chapel is a small family chapel about 10 KMs out if Mt Barker. Surprisingly the building is unlocked, allowing visitors easy access. The building was completed around 1872-74 by George Edward Egerton-Warburton. The same family seems to be involved in the upkeep and running of the chapel. Also of interest was the link the family, and the building, has with Ian's home county of Cheshire and county town cathedral in Chester.

Afterwards we took the scenic route up to the ABC tower which has great views across the landscape around the Mt. Barker region. At 184 metres tall it's pretty impressive.

We had a pleasant morning tea at the bakery before heading off for lunch at Ironwood winery.

This was followed by some further wine tastings at Castle Rock

And then Duke's winery. Meet Duke.

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Manjimup for our neices engagement party

Clothes & food packed. Ready set go. First stop was the Nannup bakery for lunch. Then a quick at the Nannup Furniture Shop & off off we wander.

We arrived at the Manjimup Central Caravan Park.
Just curious, do any of you read the welcome pack rules before you park up and disconnect from the van? Well, we don't untill we are set up & usually sat down for a cuppa in our lovely van.
The rule we are referring to at Manjimup is, "All of our sites are on a slope due to council regulations. Wheel chocks are advised."
Imagine this, sitting inside the van in our dining room, Ian was looking out the window and noticed a van backing in. They unhitched as one would normally do. As the car was driven slowly away from the van it appeared the van had a magnetic attraction to the car and started to roll down the hill. Ian jumped up & ran outside to assist. Fortunately the van jockey wheel was going sideways, so rolled onto the soft grass beside and came to a halt. Quickly the owner threw a slab of wood underneath to keep it from deciding to roll any further as they hooked up the car to the van again to reverse the van back into its rightful place. Well chocked, they then safely parted.
Such excitement.

In the park we found Neil & Mel parked up.
We notice rally cars rolling in. They were here for a round of the Karri Rally championship. This year no spectators were allowed. It was lovely to see the cars.

We picked up Mel & Neil in our courtesy shuttle. We headed to visit Jocelyn & Dan for a look around Koomal Creek, the Farm & Vineyard. Jocelyn led us in a convoy around the property by providing a thorough commentary of the farms history via walkie talkie. Followed by a chat about the Vineyard winemaking & some barrel sampling by Ian, Daniels Dad. Thanks Ian.

The evening was quite cool. A bbq was underway in the shed. Richard, Jocelyn's brother was the cook on the night.
We met Daniels Mum ( Louise) & Dad (Ian), his Sister (Crystal), her husband (Dave) & daughter (Sky). The neighbouring farmer (Rod). Some of the Christophersen family got to meet the family & celebrate Joc & Dan's Engagement.

Saturday we went for a walk & visited the Farmers markets. We found beautiful fresh picked fruit & vegies that were picked the same morning for sale. We came home with grapefruit, brussel sprouts, blueberries & two seedlings destined for our garden.

After a cuppa out we popped for an enjoyable walk down the main Street just around the corner from the park.
We stumbled across the Tall Timbers Brewing Company. It is based in a large area next to the Manjimup Hotel brewing beer onsite. The Official opening is planned for this Halloween 2020. A must to visit on our next trip to the Cherry Festival in December.

Just down the road we came across some farm art.

We found a shop in town of interest. Keep your eye out for this shop as the owner is in the process of establishing a shop in Busselton. It will be more affordable than a similar one currently at the shed but priced more affordable.

Everyone conveened at the Deanmill Workers Club to officially celebrate Joc & Dan's engagement.

A fabulous time was had by all.

Sunday we visited the Tallest slide in WA. It is 18metres tall. It is built for both the big & little kids. The play equipment is varied and has a variety of swings & flying foxes & offers great variety. If you have taken the kids to the Apple Park in Donnybrook, we would say put this on your list of places to visit & play. Us older ones can enjoy a bbq or picnic & watch the youngens have so much fun.

The gardens around the Timber & Heritage Park are glorious. Just have a look at these beauties that are in flower right now. They certainly made our heart sing.

To round out the weekend Melanie channeled her inner firebug Sunday night and got the campfire going for us all. What better way to end a weekend than enjoying pizza, wine & whiskey by the fire with Mel, ( Sister In Law) +Neil ( Ian's Brother), Christopher ( our nephew) & Mandy (Chris's life partner).

We are now home safe & sound. What a brilliant weekend away with family.
Love you guys!
From Aunty Deborah & Uncle Ian

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