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Destination Dongara - we made it

Only takes one night at Guilderton & the sandbar closes over again.
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We got a bit sporty at Moore River, Guilderton.
In the van we travel with our putters & some golf balls. Guilderton just happens to have a a mini golf course. We had two rounds of golf. First round Ian scored 2 holes in 1. Second round we each had a hole in one. Ian won convincingly so Deborah had to buy the fish & chips for dinner.
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Thursday morning we headed off to Dongara for a very wet drive.
We arrived and set up in amongst another 14 New Age Vans & there owners. The park puts on nibbles for the park guests which we all partook. They also put on pancakes Sunday morning at 9am. We hope to hit the road around 8.30 so we have asked our fellow travellers to eat our share.

The Big 4 Caravan Park is right on the beach. The beach is now no longer there. A big rock wall has been put in place to prevent beach erosion. Each night we fall asleep to the waves crashing on the rocks. It's quite relaxing. Close by is the Harbour for the fishing & crayfish boats. Each day we walked along the foreshore as the sun was shining each day, it was beautiful & warm. Of a night we had a few showers.
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Deborah certainly took in the sun and sights.
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And the evenings started off fine.
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Recently the Shire of Irwin has introduced fees for camping on Indian Ocean Drive.
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We had a drive around Dongara. Ian found the library. We also visited the local opportunity shop.
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Tomorrow Sunday we head to our new Destination Karinyup Waters, Perth for 2 nights.

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Destination Dongara - the journey begins

We decided to catch up with the New Age Caravan Club @ Dongara, Port Denison.
But why not extend it we thought. So we threw out the challenge to attend the Pinjarra Festival.
Annette Smth & Michele & Gary Jones all excepted the challenge. So for the WA Day Long Weekend we all made our way to the Pinjarra Caravan Park.

Friday
We all arrived one by one to have a wonderfully relaxing weekend.
First night we cooked up Chicken, Leek & Potato soup & purchased some delicious sour dough. Yummy as.
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The great people at the park provided a huge pile of wood beside the fire pit we used throughout our stay.
It didn't take Ian long to get a very warm & welcoming fire going. Those flames are so mesmerising.
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Saturday
After our obligatory morning coffee or tea we hit the festival. There were loads of entertainment for the children, and all free too.
Very interesting displays, arts & crafts & the op shops were open in town & ready to sell you a bargain.
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Deborah even met a few of her favourite mates...
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She even got a bit cheeky.
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The Pinjarra Caravan Parks local resident.
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Saturday night we all gathered at the Jones's cabin. ( Note due to Gary's dodgy finger they were unable to bring the van. Wishing him a good recovery. ) Lasagne provided by Annette, wonderfully tasty with salads from Michele & Gary. Yum.

Sunday
After the obligatory cuppa & Anzac biscuits we all headed back to the festival to see the things we missed the day before. Including the Machinery Shed Museum, stalls & more second hand shops in town.

Then @ lunchtime we slipped into the Pinjarra Bakery for a bite to eat.

Dinner for our final night was a BBQ cooked by Gary & salad provided by the Jones's. It was an exceptional night.
Ian had the final fire stoked & warmed us. Great work Ian! That night we had beautiful clear skies & stars above.
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WA Day Public Holiday- Monday
The Jones's were the first to hit the road.
The rest of us needed a heart starter coffee, hitched up & hit the road.

Fabulous news : Everyone texted as they arrived home safe & sound. News to our ears.

We were stopping for a break just North of Two Rocks & luckily came across a Driver Reviver stop.
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We headed to Guilderton, Moore River Caravan Park for 3 nights. It's our old stomping ground.
Pay 2 & stay 3. Fabulous news to our ears.
There are about a baker's dozen of vans here. It doesn't happen very often but we arrive at Guilderton to find the sandbar open. It is both empty & quiet in the park. A great place to relax & energise.
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Queensland trip - Part 2

Picked up some fresh fruit & vegetables from a road side market stall just past Gympie to bring back to Maxine & Neil's new home. The road trip took us about 5 hours & was a good trip.

Big day out to DFO & Costco, Brisbane. Maxine, Neil, Caroline, Ian & Deb all enjoyed a lovely day out, we all picked up a few bargains & enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Hamilton Hotel.
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Ian & I had an afternoon cuppa at Mum and Dad's, where we saw some cute photos of little Deb, her Sisters & Mum & Dad from the precious years before.
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Sunday, and Neil & Maxine took us for a scenic drive along the Sunshine Coast roads & saw Noosa which was heaving with people both on the streets & in the restaurants, pubs & clubs. We had a delicious lunch out & drove back through M'ba.
We also had a walk around Max and Neil's neighbourhood, to see all the new development. Huge numbers of new roads, parks and houses being built. Interesting that they lay polystyrene blocks under the reinforcing mesh, before concrete pouring. Most houses are also wood framed, not double brick.
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Tuesday Dad drove us to Baroon Pocket Dam, just out from Maleny which was once dominated by Bunya Pines emerging as tall as 50 metres from subtropical rainforrest. 180 million years ago, giant sauropod dinosaurs dined on Bunya nuts and spread the seeds. Fossil trees closely related to Bunyas have been found in Europe and South America. Gradually the ancient Bunyas dissapeared from around the world remaining only a few pockets of basalt soils in Queensland. Two of the biggest forests of Bunyas are in the Blackall Range and in the Bunya Mountains.

Baroon Pocket has some areas of tall eucalypt forest. Tallwwood Eucalyptus microcorys are food for Koalas Phascolarctos cinereus,considered locally vulnerable today.

We saw the butterflies, birds & a racehorse goanna nearby sunning itself & what a lovely sight to see.
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On the way we stopped to view the countryside at Gerrard & then Dulong Lookout. Both with spectacular views of the countryside.
Thanks goes to Deb's Mum for making us all a lovely picnic, thankyou Mum.
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The Dam itself is always full to overflowing as it received 2000mm annual rainfall. The water is for local household use.

We caught the brink of a sunset as we returned to Maxine & Neil's home. It is beautiful from where ever you are in the world, isn't it.
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We had a chillaxing day the next day in preparation for our trip the following day to Brisbane.

Drive to Brisbane from the Sunshine Coast
On our way down to Brisbane we took the opportunity to do a Sunland caravan Factory Tour. It's always interesting to see innovative construction methods, including lightweight composite panels, and get new ideas for our future caravanning adventures.
Special thanks to Caroline for picking us up from the car rental drop off location in Brisbane & driving us to our accommodation.

The Point hotel was our chosen accommodation, at Kangaroo Point for our 3 night stay. We enjoyed our stay here. The Staff were very acomodating.

Exploring Brisbane
We chose to take a free Ferry ride into Brisbane, followed by free bus to view the City Centre.
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Look what we found at Myers...See these new innovative items from LitmusLab.com.au
The helmet, called Livall, had 24 vent airflow, improving airflow, immediate notification of any accident you may have, indicators for left and right turn, one touch phone pick-up, communication with fellow riders, Bluetooth music and more.
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What a table! Bluetooth music and also recharge compatable phones just sitting on top of this glorious table.
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We took a Taxi to Southbank to see the Markets & street art.
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Also at the Southbank is the Epicurious garden.
A community area where fruit, herbs and vegetables are grown, and sold on a few days a week.
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Some of the street art on offer include:
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Finally, a big shout out to Maxine and Neil, for their patience, laughter and putting us up at their place.

We have arrived home to Busselton safe & sound @ 5.40pm. Thanks to Rob & Rose who picked us up and had some grocery essentials for us. How thoughtful of the.
It was a big day at the office for us both. Our trip started at 6.45 am for the travel leg. After a Caroline uber/driving us to the airport. Thanks Sis. The plane flight from Brisbane was delayed 30 minutes as a passenger boarded then decided not to fly so the airline had to find the passengers bags and offload them, then repack the remaining passengers luggage. We turned our clocks back during flight 2 hours to get back to WA time.
Lucky we had time in between our bus pickup time. We had a smooth flight. Upon entering the WA boarder with our G2G ready we were met with a posse of Police checking all of the passengers G2G passes. 50 passengers were allowed to exit the plane at any one time. Ian & I were met by one Policeman who said, Ian wasn't allowed in with that jumper. It was his Man City jumper. The Policeman was a Liverpool supporter. With our passes all in order, he had no choice but to let us into WA. We had a brief wait till the South West Coach lines bus arrived to take us home. Chris our driver got us safely back to Busselton without a hitch. Rose & Rob kindly brought us home. So after 13 hours travel we are very happy to be home.
Have a great week everyone!

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Queensland trip - Part 1

Not quite a camping or cruising trip, but we managed to get a flight out of WA to visit the relatives in Queensland. The Sunshine Coast to be precise.
There is Deb's Mum & Dad, Mary & Basil (who live in Sippy Downs, QLD) Caroline Deb's older Sister ( currently residing in New Zealand). Maxine & Neil Deb's younger Sister & hubby who live on the Sunshine Coast & us.

We enjoyed catching up over lunch at the Buderim Hotel with the folks, Maxine & ourselves while we waited patiently for Caroline to fly over from New Zealand that day. What a view from the hotel overlooking the sea and the mountains.

Maxine & Deb took a drive to the International airport to collect Caroline Monday night. Caroline & Lilly (black) & Dexter (white), Maxine & Neil's two furbabies.
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We all visited Mary & Basil for morning tea. Poor Neil, he had to work.
Mary was up early & made some fruit scones for us all. We had our favourite jam of all time as kids, Rosella Jam, made with love by our Mum. Thanks Mum, it was delicious.
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We could not help ourselves, Caravaning had to be included in our trip so we took a drive to Coolum to have a look through the Zone RV factory. A well oiled ship with interesting & unique contruction methods.
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Visit to Eumundi Markets Wednesday morning. Here are Deb's Sisters.
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After a couple of hours Ian & I headed North to Agnes Water. We had to cross a few creeks and rivers, and drive past some cane fields.IMG_20210421_151933296_HDR.jpgIMG_20210421_152559499.jpg

We stayed at the Seashells Motel & Resort. On our journey we crossed a few rivers & sugar cane fields & lots of QLD farm houses.
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Thursday we took a drive around the twin town sites. Agnes Water & Seventeen Seventy. We found a fruit liquor distillery called 1770 Distillery. The fruits in the bottle are all pure fruit, no concentrate, colourings. Yes Deborah bought a Strawberry liquor.
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As Ian's want, he found a library near the Information Centre ofcourse.
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We visited The Captain Cook Monument site of Cooks first landing in QLD. The walk beside it is home to the Migratory Blue Tiger Butterfly. We were fortunate on our walk to see these beautiful tiny quick moving Butterfies.
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Back at Agnes Water we found "workers campground" the apparently free camping area Closed.
Back to our lovely apartment to have a quick dip in the pool.
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Happy Hour then commenced on the balcony.
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Our drive Friday commences at Agnes Water through Bundaberg and leisurely through to Maxine & Neil's later in the day.

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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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Pingrup


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After leaving Katanning to head to Lake Grace Caravan Park we passed through Pingrup. Pingrup is the home of a 25 metre high artwork painted by artist Evoca1 in September 2018, on giant grain storage Silos.

This artwork is a tribute to Western Australia's tenacious, resourceful farming communities.

It's figurative depictions of the towns iconic Pingrup Races, it's Merino sheep, it's people, cattle dogs & even a tractor based precisely on one found on the main street of town, all tell a story about the character of it's community.

230 Litres of paint were used.
Surface painted is 1500M2.
Days spent painting totalled 15.

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Katanning


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Although it is not a Silo town, Katanning is a town of murals.
In 2017 the Silo trail people/artists stopped in Katanning to transform Western Power electrical boxes & walls with murals.
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They even have artwork inside the shops...the icecreamery.
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In addition we couldn’t help but visit the old flour mill that has been transformed into a spectacular.ar Dome cafe, boutique hotel & intimate bar.
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We stayed a t the Katanning Caravan Park (Kui). We took a look at Lake Ewlyamartup, 17 km east of Katanning it has water most of the year & allows 24hr self contained camping. There are supposedly 95 species of birds of which we saw 2. It has a boat ramp & water skiing is allowed or you could kayak or swim in the lake. Toilets & bbqs are free to use.
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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.
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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.
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Set-up at the Porongorups.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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We had a pleasant morning tea at the bakery before heading off for lunch at Ironwood winery.
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This was followed by some further wine tastings at Castle Rock
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Just down the road we came across some farm art.
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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.
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Everyone conveened at the Deanmill Workers Club to officially celebrate Joc & Dan's engagement.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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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Perup Natures Guesthouse


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After leaving Borden travelling along the Northern side of the Stirling ranges we came across a few more free range emus, at least these ones ran in front of us but away into the bush unlike others we have seen that run at you. The views as we travelled through the Stirling Ranges was spectacular.
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On our way home from Borden we caught up with the Busselton Naturalist group for a 2 night stay at the Perup Natures Guesthouse.
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The majority of the group stayed in onsite accommodation, we on the other hand stayed on our mobile accommodation. We mingled with the group during the day. The first night, Friday we went on a spotlighting walk & managed to see Kangaroos, Brushtail Possums, one with a baby on its back, a Woylie & the Tawny Frogmoth. Whilst sitting in our caravan enjoying a cuppa a couple of Tammar Wallabies.
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Saturday took us on a morning walk through the Native Reserve, unfortunately it rained & our walk was cut a little shorter.
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In the afternoon we all went for a short drive to the Tone River Bridge Rest Area which is also a free camping spot. We found some amazing orchids.
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Saturday we had a communal shared nibbles, dinner & a happy hour that went for a few hours. Needless to say wine, port & whiskey were shared also.

Sunday, we all headed home. Ian & I drove through Donnybrook & stopped for a late morning tea at the Donnybrook Transit Park. We drove home through the Tuart Drive in the Tuart Forrest, such a relaxing comfortable drive.
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We are now home safe & sound from another feel good relaxing holiday & hope you are all enjoying a lovely weekend.

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Borden overnighter (Free camping)


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A quick morning tea stop in Ravensthorpe. The other intrepid couple Margôt & Andrew caught up & said a final good bye as they headed North. We took the opportunity to take a couple of photos of the Seat Art Project.
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Our overnight stop tonight is Borden. This is a one shop town although it also has a Tavern which is our dinner destination. The friendly general store Lady directed us towards an area near the sports oval where there had been some sightings of Wildflowers & Orchids. Borden is never mentioned as a place to view Wild Flowers but boy did we see some flowers. If you like flowers put it on your list of places to visit.
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Was thinking of picking up some fuel, but Pump said no...and they're very safety conscious in Borden.
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Borden street Artwork
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The primary school had this lovely Lady.
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