SEPTEMBER LONG WEEKEND CAMP AT WILLOWBROOK FARM, GINGIN

23/09/2107 – Camping and Kayaking north of Perth

One hour north of Perth lies the Moore River, it’s mouth at Guilderton and 20 minutes away from there is Willowbrook Farm camping where we set up tents for the weekend.

First thing Saturday morning was a trip to Guilderton with a river walk in mind. Note the difference in colour of the river, the sand bar and the sea beyond.

A look the other way gives a view upriver.

A short walk towards the mouth offers this view, and you can see how coloured the river water is, mostly vegetation and runoff from the land. At this point, the sandbar has not been breached and the two waters are separate.

Again a look upriver brings out the strong colour of the river.

Everybody ready for that walk!  We certainly won’t lose each other in the bush!

We venture on a walk upriver, along a small track, another beautiful day to be thankful for.

Even a picture of me with my orange day pack.

Here is an amusing sculpture of the ever patient tin man looking out to sea in Guilderton.

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UPDATE ON LINDA’S GARDEN

29/09/2017 – A work in progress

Like all gardens, there is always something that needs doing, something that looks wonderful and something that looks less than wonderful.

Here is the chief gardener at work, surveying the trees, gutters, ageing patio and flowering wisteria.

The wisteria, although stunningly beautiful, manages to flower about the patio, so that it’s main glory is barely visible from below.

This is the view from the back door.

Spring is coming, flowering almond tree.

Some plant life near and in the little pond.

Yeah, the mulberries are on their way.

Even the  bird’s nest fern survived the short winter.

Queen of the garden pointing the hose in all directions.  (Anything is better than housework!)

The big pond, showing two frogs, we think there are about seven in residence.

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MORE CRAFTY THINGS

28/9/2017 – My Endeavours

Just a quick blog showing off the items I have been creating.

My latest felted hat.

A couple more that I gave away to good homes.

Then there was the leadlighting class that I went to for a few weeks.  Very pleased with this effort.

Linda chose different colours, but we all had to do the same pattern. Just a learning experience.

Lastly, and the most effort, my first attempt at knitting socks. (Well sock actually). It’s brother has been delayed by a few orders for more hats, so sock will have to wait.  This one was not easy, 4ply wool and four needles, took ages, but I think it will be very warm.

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HERE’S MY STORY, IT’S SAD BUT TRUE

5/9/2017 – About a girl called Linda

Now blogs are for stories about life, whether they are happy or sad, good news or bad news, we can’t leave out the unfortunate ones that tell a tale of woe.

Linda was a woman who was very partial to campervans.

This is Hermione, who saw Linda through a few faithful years of travelling and lots of fun.

Yes, Hermione was a great work horse, trusty and solid.  But Linda was looking for more….

And so, Hermione was sold and replaced with this gorgeous looking creature, wine red, shiny and polished.

So polished that she reflected right back at you.    Then one evening, not long after her purchase…. Linda came home late, tired and forgetful.  Parked up the steep drive and went in to bed.

The next morning, all was normal until Linda received a phone call from the police, “Is your van at your place of residence?”, Linda went out to check, OMG it’s been stolen.  But NO, it had gracefully rolled backwards down the drive, over the road, up the opposite kerb and down the embankment, to rest peacefully against an enormous tree.  Oh dear.

Two tow trucks were needed to pull the van out of the hole, back wheels locked up, side panel ruined, back doors ruined, floor buckled, back axle stuffed, oh dear.

It might not look much, but this van was a write off.  Lucky Linda had comprehensive insurance with RAC, who were very helpful and paid out in full within a week.

So endeth the first lesson in parking, always make sure that your hand brake is on and that your vehicle is also in gear (as a precautionary measure).  Anyone wanting to contribute to the wake will be gratefully received!!!!

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