Couple of the locals enjoying the Autumn colours. I drive past this stand of trees every day. And every day I try for a picture of kangaroos with the colour in the background. Lots of failures, still have't got the image I want, but pretty happy with this one. Probably my last chance for this year with the leaves dropping fast.
Even on a wild stormy day the Perth city skyline has to be one of the more impressive city views in the world. So clean and bright and full of life these days. In a previous life I managed some of that accommodation down on the left, Mounts Bay Village, and regarded the Swan River as my front garden and Kings Park as the back yard. Loved the vibe of inner city living. Since leaving well over a decade ago now, the city has transformed itself with loads of great little bars and the united nations of food offerings. Every time I visit we seem to find another rippa venue (Manuka in Fremantle this visit. Awesome) Perfect gateway city to a proper holiday down south 👍.
There's a lot of things I love about living in Margaret River but right up there near the top is the opportunity to finish work and stop by the wood fired bakery and grab a warm steaming loaf of bread direct from the baker. This is Santana. Super passionate baker who operates the Margaret River outlet of Yallingup Wood Fired Bread. He makes the dough, works the wood fired ovens, does the deliveries. If you ever get a chance to watch him work the ovens it's like watching a choreographed dance performance. It's all down to seconds perfect timing. He provides the bread I use on tour. One large and one small loaf every day. I reckon he bakes us about 600+ loaves a year! Added to that are the ones for personal consumption. And fair to say it's impossible for a loaf to make it home safely without a large warm chunk ripped off and gobbled. Cheers Santana. Very lucky to have you living in Margs and baking our fresh daily bread 👍.
Caves Rd smiling at you this Friday morning. Ready and waiting for you weekend driving pleasure ...... just watch out for the kangaroos munching on the fresh Autumn roadside grass at the moment.
Ever get that feeling like you've met someone before? Had it today with the bloke on the right. Michael. Turns out we both worked for Hyatt Hotels in the 90’s. He was one of Hyatt's international superstars managing hotels and travelled the world training and teaching. Turns out he probably trained me in customer service and the Hyatt IMAC philosophy of customer service! The Hyatt turned out so many of the worlds hospitality leaders over the last few decades. It was a great learning environment and they invested heavily in their staff despite knowing they would probably move on. I have a bunch of mates that have gone on to do remarkable jobs and leaders in their field using the skills they learned at Hyatt. Many of my enduring friendships were from the those loooong shifts working room service, front desk, the bell desk and helping the night baker roll croissants at 2am. Here we are nearly 30 years later and it felt good to repay some of the hospitality skills he trained me in when I was just a newbie to to tourism.
Winter is coming.
That’s Clive from Fraser Gallop Estate writing notes on the side of the barrel. With a few hundred barrels to keep track of he’s also got a electronic bar coding system that records all the technical stuff. But I’m always amazed at his Rainman-ish ability to remember all the nuances and differences between the oak forests, the ages, the coopers and another dozen other variables. A mind-blowing amount of detail he can summon up with a sniff and a taste. He’d be a good bloke to have with you at a competitive Poker game if he hadn’t dedicated his life to wine knowledge instead of card counting 🙄
That's a very very happy bunch of Brits who've just had the best time in Oz! They were trying to decide where to go in the whole wide world to spend Neil's retirement payout from the Police Force. Disneyland in Florida was on the suggestions list. But the kids are avid swimmers and they voted to go to the Commonwealth Games in Queensland. They just spent 10 days there. Watched almost everything. Did all the theme parks. Then to Sydney to climb the Bridge. And now Margaret River to finish their Australia trip. Drove from Perth this morning at 0630. Were canoeing the Margaret River by mid morning. Wining and dining by mid afternoon. And finished with a hike on Cape Track late arvo. Off to Boranup forest, Hamelin Bay stingrays, Augusta fish and chips and Leeuwin Lighthouse tomorrow. Not a bad way to end the Oz adventure 👍.
On a scale of 1 to 10. That's about a 12 on the happiness index. Graeme and Michelle from Sydney holidaying in Western Australia to celebrate his 60th. A week of diving on Ningaloo Reef with Whale Sharks and Manta Rays and luxury bush camping at Sal Salis. Followed by a week in Margaret River with special behind the scenes winery experiences, canoeing, hiking and long lazy lunches. Graeme loves his Cabernet. A lot. Michelle loves chocolate. Even more than Graeme loves his Cabernet 👍. In their own words .... I just don't think people on the East Coast realise how incredible WA is. It's got it all. Best state we have visited! Western Australia delivering 12/10 😍
How's this for a holiday planning story .... This is Dinda from Indonesia/Singapore. Her and her friend challenged each other to take a solo holiday anywhere in the world. They weren't allowed to know anyone there. No ex boyfriends. No mates. They had to travel solo, use public transport, meet new people and do something they'd never done before. Their families thought they were bonkers. Worried about the dangers of solo travel. Dinda's friend ended up in Russia. She lived to tell the tale. Dinda ended up in Margaret River. And she was challenged to go canoeing. She never done anything like it before. And she lived to tell the tale. Though our multiple warning signs did make for some good instragram pics 😉. In a week of shark hysteria it's worth remembering that 99.9999999999999999% of people will survive their Western Australian holiday experience 🙄.
Two days ago this hole was filled with Salmon trying to escape the large swells. The word got out. A day later it was filled with fishing rods. Unfortunately they were a day late. Swell gone. Fish gone. Fishing 🤔.
The shallow water was the place to be today.