Wasn’t sure I should share this story. But apparently it's International Tour Guides day. And on such an auspicious day in the ridiculous days calendar, I reckon it’s probably worth a share. Heading off to work this morning. Done the emails, vacuumed the car, washed the car, packed the esky. Lock and loaded, off we go. Out the driveway. Down the road headed into town to pick up my guests. Onto Caves Rd onto Wallcliffe Rd. A full 3 kilometres of driving and a banging tune on the stereo before I look down, feeling unusually comfortable. And realise. NO PANTS😳😳😳😳. Yep. Apparently completely forgot the critical process of pulling on a pair of shorts over the boxer shorts before heading out the door. I genuinely worry I’m becoming more Russell Coight than Sean Blocksidge with every passing day 🙄.
Turned the corner on the Margaret River yesterday to see an armada of school kids coming towards us. Turns out it was the St Hildas girls school down in the region for a few adventures. Then we spotted em later in the arvo climbing the Wilyabrup Cliffs. I've known a lot of great women and good mates graduate from this school. And you can see why they are such well balanced people when they are doing so much outdoor adventure learning as part of the curriculum👍.
The smoke from the Nannup fires creating a very eerie effect with the rising moon tonight 😱. Gotta admit to another photo gongshow 🙄........ was really trying to get a better clarity kangaroo image in the moon than last nights efforts. But tonight was darker. Set up the camera and tripod. Wandered off to see if I could find a better position. And within 2 minutes completely lost where i'd set up camera. Wandering around for another ten minutes trying to find it. Dickhead. Then someone drives up the road with his search lights beaming out the side of the car. Ohhhh jeez😳😳😳😳. Im standing in a roo paddock in the dark. Probably looking a lot like a nice big boomer roo. Just about poop myself thinking I'm about to get shot 💩. Drop to the ground yelling 'DONT SHOOT IM A PERSON!'. I have no idea if he heard me or saw me, or if he was even a roo shooter. But he kept on driving scoping the paddocks with the night lights. And now I'm enjoying a beer basking in the glow of not been shot by a roo shooter 🤣.
Margaret River region delivering the summer magic this week 👍.
Probably not going to win me a trip to America this time, but feeling happy with this Roo through the Perigee Moon tonight 🤣. I'd been carefully creeping through the grass for ten minutes, scoping out a mob of a dozen Kangaroos. Had my tripod and my sky view app set to figure out where the moon would rise. And then just as the moon came up the mob scattered in every direction😭. Managed to get this one as the last remaining roos bounded away into the paddock. Bit blurry but kinda worked. #qantas #icwest
Vineyard Manager Mike from Fraser Gallop Estate preparing for the removal of nets that have been protecting their prized Chardonnay vines. How does it look Mike? It's look'n real good. Took a while to get there this year. But it's look'n real good. That's vineyard speak for it looks and tastes amazing 😍 Only 3 more years to wait and you can taste it yourself 😉.
I asked in one of my posts last week what people thought WA was well known for. The answer 'sunsets over the ocean' came through loud and clear. Yeah I suppose you cant get that sort of sunset in Coober Pedy 😉
Got a little bit excited tonight. Banging sunset and International Space Station going over 50 minutes later. Set myself up with all the gear. And a beer. Forgot to check battery life 😳. Used all the battery on the sunset. Mad dash home for another battery. Mad dash back. Set up with 3 minutes to spare before ISS flies over. And then managed to completely stuff up the camera setting at the critical moments of fly over. Suffice to say I'm no astrophotographer 😂.
A cracking week of weather coming up. Cool nights and warm days. PERFECT conditions for ripening grapes! The first of the whites are being harvested around the region at the moment and early reports from the north of the region is the Chardonnay is looking amazing. Still a long way to go but fingers crossed we are looking at yet another stellar vintage for the Margaret River region 😍
Great time of year to be walking among the Karri trees and sucking up some O2's. The shedding bark is giving up some beautiful orange and salmon colours at the moment. Inhale. Exhale😎.
Sounds like the bush needs a good squirt of WD40 tonight 😉. The Red Tail Black Cockatoos doing a solid interpretation of the squeaky gate 😂.
That's the alarm clock in our house 👍. Before the sun has even risen we have a family of Magpies tapping on the windows and warbling through the curtains. We love em, but there are definitely mornings I wanna hit the snooze button 🥴.