One of the busiest weekends of the year coming up. For all the thousands of visitors descending on the region only a special few will actually end up canoeing the Margaret River itself. Annie and Brian from Melbourne enjoying the mirror perfect conditions 👍.
Mesmerising reflections out on the Margaret River this evening. Those little white bubbles are the remnants of our paddle strokes ten minutes previous.
Yee-Ling and Jason from Hong Kong getting outa the big city and straight into the serenity of the Margaret River. Three days of fresh air, Australias best wine, great lunches and bush adventures👍.
The wine wizard doing wine wizardry. He's smiling on the inside 😀. All the fruit is off the vines and in the winery before the rain. 2019 looking like another cracker for the Fraser Gallop Estate team 👍.
Apparently that's not a good thing in the vineyards when the leaves are red and yellow and there's still fruit on them. The vines are a bit crook. But I wont be drinking those grapes so it sure looks good for a classic Autumn image 🤨.
You might have read some recent media reports about a difficult vintage for some Margaret River wineries. Yep some of them have struggled with weather conditions this year. While others have managed to get it absolutely perfect. A lot of if is luck with the weather and location. But 2019 will ultimately be a story of timing and bloody hard work in the vineyard. I've been watching the team at Fraser Gallop Estate absolutely nail it this year. Every early morning harvest from every one of their vineyards has resulted in outstanding quality. And when you've worked so hard to ripen perfect fruit you don't want to waste a drop. This is Anna making sure every perfect grape makes it to the barrels 👍.
Got a couple of great mates from Whistler in Canada staying with me at the moment (the third one is out there having a crack at the Salmon in the distance). They just spent the last week touring the south west in a camper van. They'd already done a week in Rottnest, two concerts in Fremantle with Tash Sultana and John Butler. Then down to Albany in the van. Camped in Walpole, Denmark, Windy Harbour and the D'Entrecasteaux National Park. Climbed Gloucester Tree. Met the Stingrays in Hamelin Bay. Toured Jewel Cave. And swam at just about every beach from the top to the bottom of the Cape. Finished it off tonight with a spot of fishing and a game of cards as the sun set on a stunning Autumn day. It can be hard to impress people from Whistler. It's a paradise on earth, but I have a strong feeling South West WA impressed em over the past week 👍.
I took this pic back in January. Same summery beach conditions today with 29c forecast. But 90% less people on the beach. Autumn 😍.
Perfect vineyards on a perfect Autumn day 👍. Caves Rd consistently delivering some of the best vineyard views in the wine world.
Big shout out to Troy and Heather at Margaret River Motors. And their team of trainee mechanics 🤣. This bloke has been amazing to me and my Landrovers over the years. I turn up at closing time last night and he's straight onto fixing a problem. He'll come rescue me from the side of the road. Always going above and beyond. It's a special thing to find a mechanic who understands my business, the time constraints and the importance of always being on the road. Big double thumbs up if you are looking for reliable, honest and well priced local mechanics 👍👍.
One of the great joys of the job is spending time with couples that have something special going on. And listening and learning from their life experiences. Laurie and Ron from Oregon on their 49th wedding anniversary. Clearly something special going on 😍.