Margaret River locals John and Mary-Anne celebrating her birthday. Several years ago they were visiting Margaret River and overheard someone talking about how good the local vibe and food was at Blue Ginger Cafe/Deli. So they went to check it out. They met Paul, had a coffee and breakfast and were instantly hooked. Walking out the door saying we need to live in this town. And now they do! The irony of the story is the lunch we serve on the Discovery Tour is produced by Blue Ginger Cafe 👍. Stoked to have such great community spirited, happy and fun people in our little town.
My Mum sent sent me a message from Augusta this morning showing 80+ Pink and Grey Galahs hanging out on the wires. She says its not very good quality but you get the gist of it. Umm yeah Mum we get the gist and gotta say that's an awesome pic 👍
It's been an amazing week of weather. With some incredible sunset photo opportunities. But this one from this morning might take the cake as my favourite. 7c outside and a Royal Wedding hangover. I gotta admit the warm bed of Sunday sleep-in seemed a better option. But very happy I chucked on the Ugg Boots and stepped outside to capture the moment.
When I first moved to the Margaret River region 15 years ago I had the great privilege of working for one of the most esteemed wineries in the region - Voyager Estate. Officially I was the ‘boss’ of all those people you see in the pic. But the reality was they were their own bosses. A team that seemed to attract the very best hospitality professionals in the region. It was one of those jobs where I loved turning up to work each day. Fun. Great people and a lot of laughs. Collectively those faces won just about every restaurant and service award there was to win back in the day. We had a little ten year reunion this evening and it proved a great reminder of the special people and personalities delivering great experiences to visitors of the region 👍.
Buy a lotto ticket mate! Looks like your stars are nearly all lined up. Actually more like a Moon, a Venus and a Headlamp nearly all lined up. Maybe don't buy a lotto ticket. Just enjoy the the good luck of having another epic Autumn sunset evening to go fishing 👍.
So many good photos from last night sunset. This one's a fav though. Check the clarity of the water. And those little black dots in the distance are fisherman.
Dear Fiona, Sorry 🙏. I know your husband was late home for dinner tonight. Twas my fault. He really really wanted to be there for 6pm. But at approximately 5.37 when your husband wanted to leave, this happened. And then it got better. And better. And I made him keep trying to catch a fish that would leap out of the water, so we could get a photo that might win us a holiday to some fishing nirvana for the most epic fishing photo of the year award. Believe me Fiona when I say the fish were right there. Tails and fins sticking out the water. Dozens of them. I was certain if we stayed just one more minute we'd get the prizewinning pic. Just one more minute. Twenty times. Sorry he was late home. Hope you like the pic. He's so dreamy. Regards Sean
It didn't even matter we didnt catch fish tonight. Just happy to be out there witnessing that sunset. Epic.
In a previous work life I managed hundreds of staff in varying businesses and all the dramas, highs and lows that went with working with so many different personalities. You get quite good as working out who the slackers are, and more importantly you quickly learn to identify the overachievers. The people who seem to do the work of three normal people. This is Allessandro from Fraser Gallop Estate. He's 3 x normal person. Official title is Cellar Hand, but he's also in the vineyard, on the machines, maintenance, MacGyver, everything. You'd be hard pressed to find a more hardworking, more productive, more efficient or diligent bloke in the wine industry than this guy. We tend to celebrate and idolise the senior leadership in most businesses but in my experience the fancy names and titles on a business card are only as good as the people that support them. Thumbs up to quiet overachievers 👍.
Had the drone up this morning to check the smoke haze from the Hazard Reduction Burn and scored the sunrise light over the Margaret River valley.
Looking a bit thermonuclear over the Margaret River townsite today 😱. All good though. A planned Hazard Reduction Burn by DPAW in the Wooditjup National Park adjacent Carters Rd and Burnside Rd. This is a large chunk of bushland that surrounds the townsite of Margaret River and poses a serious risk during an uncontrolled bushfire. Not ideal if you had washing on the line but it's important work to help create a protective mosaic of low fuel bushland around the townsites. Great work and thank you to all the local DPAW crew involved 👍.