West Australia

No it’s not a full moon rising but the sun setting over the Indian Ocean at Yallingup in south west West Australia. And this is the view from our cabin at the holiday park, and where the surfing is very popular.

Zoom in to see one surfer riding the wave in the foreground, and his mate waiting for him in the shallows.

Today we went on a group winery tour around some of the Margaret River wineries.

This was at Knotting Hill Vineyard, our third winery after Cape Naturaliste Vineyard and Driftwood Estate, where we also had lunch. After lunch we visited the Grove Liquer Factory, which overlooks a lovely lily pond with its own guardian.

We also visited The Margaret River Dairy Company, followed by The Margaret River Chocolate Company.  As if wine, cheese and chocolate wasn’t enough, we finished up at the Bootleg Brewery for a refreshing ale.

The weekend was spent in Fairbridge near Pinjarra, at the 3 day national rally of old and vintage machinery.  It was a huge event, people came from all over Australia bringing machinery with them, as well as just to be part of the event.  Some of the paddocks became a caravan park where I am told there were over 350 caravans, campervans and tents.  Saturday there were so many wanting to visit that the line-up of cars stretched way back to Pinjarra, over 5 km down the highway, around the middle of the day, and took some people over  an hour and a half to get into the site.  I heard figures of 7,000 visitors that day !!

What was I doing while Ted was out there checking out the exhibits, and meeting up with friends from previous rallies ?  I was inside the “Ladies Interests” pavilion with my scarves and fabrics, sharing space with my friend Maree (also from Tasmania)  with her 3-D cards.  Other tables were selling knitting and sewing, beaded dolls, hand-made dolls, old collections relating to sewing and the home.  A couple of ladies were spinning wool, and another had a collection of old oil cans and bottles with a few miniature machines.

To while away time, I had taken my last ball of CanCan yarn to do some knitting. I spent more time demonstrating and talking about the yarn than knitting it.  It was purple, and a lady wanted it so badly she bought it before it was finished.

I was disappointed not to find any sewing machines at the rally, but we were able to visit a collector the next day at Waroona.  This is only a fraction of his collection, mostly table models but a few treadles, and some very interesting and unusual models.  My dozen or so vintage machine collection is quite insignificant by comparison.

Tomorrow we head further south to Augusta and Cape Leeuwin (spelling ?) and on towards Albany.  Hopefully the weather will improve.  It has been just as cold as home so far, and our summer clothes haven’t been worn yet.


3 responses to “West Australia

  1. Del Rio Adventures

    I’m certainly no good at the sewing and quilting but the waves and the sunset look great! Barry, Del Rio Adventures


  2. Wow! What a packed weekend. Sound slike you had and are having and fantastic time 🙂