Cape Naturaliste Western Australia

What a wonderful afternoon! I have never seen so many whales on this coast line before. Amazing!

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Everywhere we looked we saw whales!

 

And there was even one in  this bay, close to shore – but we were not quick enough to capture  it with the camera.

Castle Rock

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A Lightening Tour of Boranup Forest, Hamlin Bay and Augusta WA

A quick trip today to some of the south west’s best tourist spots.

Hamlin Bay

                                                           Hamlin Bay

 

 

 

Boranup

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Augusta

                                                                          Augusta

 

 

Hamlin Bay

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On The Road Again…

Has anyone noticed the blog has been mysteriously quiet lately? We are on holiday! Our first stop – Lake Towerrining in Western Australia’s wheat belt was a fantastic place to stay ( but fortunately/unfortunately the internet signal was pretty hit and miss) hence the lack of recent communications – previous to that I have been flat out with one thing and another (including my mum being admitted to hospital – twice – and she is still there and my sister once). It has been a busy month or two.

 

We are fortunate to have been able to sneak in a quick two week break. Here are a couple of pictures of our recent stay.     This tranquil place was a delight to visit and re charge the batteries.

 

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Our 5th wheeler on site Lake Towerrining

 

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Post Script: The Garden Wanderer – Julie Kinney

The Garden Wanderer

The Garden Wanderer

Julie Kinney

 Freedom Garvey-Warr (Photographer), Chris Gurney (Photographer)

Margaret River Press

ISBN: 9780994316752

 

Description:

Take an armchair ride with around a small corner of Australia’s south-west and discover some hidden treasures in gardens of the region. Margaret River local Julie Kinney selected an eclectic 20 gardens to mark her 20 years in the region. She says, ‘there are so many wonderful gardens out there, some documented, some not, but gardens are transient beings, people move on and the garden they leave behind changes.’

 

My View:

Congratulations all round; Julie Kinney has written a beautifully restorative and fascinating show case of twenty of the Margaret River regions superb gardens, Freedom Garvey-Warr and Chris Gurney have once again graced the pages of a Margaret River Press publication with style and colour, what a superb team effort!

If you would like a private “fly on the wall” tour of some of the varied and exotic landscapes in this area, knowledgeable tour guide/gardener Julie Kinney will show you the way, pick up a copy of “The Garden Wanderer,” you will not be disappointed.

This is a must read, must have, for every gardener or would be gardener, or day dreamer or tour guide or hotel, BnB or winery in the region (and a perfect gift to send to friends/colleagues anywhere). Share some Margaret River tranquillity and natural beauty, a restful  read.

Post Script: Surfing The Menu Next Generation – Dan Churchill & Hayden Quinn

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Surfing the Menu Next Generation

Dan Churchill and Hayden Quinn

Simon & Schuster Australia

ISBN: 9781925368345

 

Description:

Escape on an epic adventure around Australia with Dan Churchill and Hayden Quinn, as seen on ABC TV

 

Discover the spectacular natural diversity of the north of Australia, from Broome to Byron, with two of Australia’s favourite food lovers and cooks, and enjoy 80 amazing recipes inspired by local growers and food producers.

 

Along with Gigi, an intrepid vintage VW Beetle, MasterChef stars Dan Churchill and Hayden Quinn travel from the west coast, to the north, and then to the east coast of Australia to explore what’s cooking and the incredible produce of each spectacular region — and being surfer dudes, to catch some waves too!

 

In this full colour, 240-page cooking and travel extravaganza, cook with Dan and Hayden’s inspiring recipes and enjoy the colour, life and tastes that the west, north and east of our great country has to offer. From Shark Bay through to Wooramel, Carnarvon, Exmouth and Broome in Western Australia, to Kununurra and Katherine in the Northern Territory, to Cairns and Townsville, The Whitsundays and Bundaberg in Queensland, and finally Noosa Toowoomba and Bryon Bay in New South Wales, their journey is showcased with stunning photography of each lush location and the mouth-watering produce and recipes they discover and cook with along the way.

 

In association with the ABC, the television series of Surfing the Menu will be aired in early 2016. The first two series introduced us to Curtis Stone and Ben O’Donoghue, and now it’s time to hit the surfing trail again with a new generation of food lovers and cooks – Dan Churchill and Hayden Quinn.

 

Get cooking and share in the trip of a lifetime! – See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com.au/Surfing-the-Menu/Dan-Churchill/9781925368345#sthash.D8B7ixFE.dpuf

 

 

My View:

I confess that I am a big fan of Dan Churchill’s cook books – so it will not surprise you that I devoured this book in one sitting and have added this book to my Kitchen Library (and now will need to check out Hayden Quinn’s books too). Stunningly presented – the food photography and images of the towns that the two cooks visited are quite special – this could easily be viewed as a “coffee table “ book or gift for your overseas friends and relatives as it showcases so much of Australia – but it is so much more.  Churchill and Quinn share their obvious love of fresh, locally sourced ingredients that they use to create mouth-watering recipes. Ingredients from Australia’s spectacular coast and from inland regions delight and reflect our multicultural society. Recipes based on crabs, fish, Moreton Bay Bugs, ‘roo tail, buffalo ribs, pearl meat, goat…recipes such as Korean Pork Pot Roast, “Rum and Coke” wings and vegetarian dishes …this book has it all including desserts; Chilli Chocolate Tart, Choc Blueberry No Churn Ice-cream, Coconut Chia Pudding, Goats Cheese Chocolate Tart, Banana Choc-Tella Muffins, Salted Caramel Eton Mess…. Ahhhh…bliss.