Published: January 7th 2011January 7th 2011
Bunny at Bunbury
We had a little visitor before we left Bunbury
7th Jan 2011
Happy New Year to all.
Well, we’ve been at Big Valley Caravan Park, Margaret River, for nearly three weeks now. It is a working sheep farm and we are camped in a paddock overlooking a lovely valley to the west. Of course there are plenty of sheep to talk to if we get bored??
We went on a full day winery/brewery tour in the first week we were here. We met some people from Texas, Canada and England on the bus. Needless to say, the fluid went down well and I have to admit, I had to ask Rose to remind me which vineyards we had visited the next day?? We’ve also had a drive down to Virginia and visited Jewel Cave on the way.
As expected, this area is very popular with Perth families and they have descended on the town in droves. Hopefully things will start to quieten down in the next week or so and we can move on to the south coast.
We had a very quiet Xmas and New Years Eve. Rose made a good effort for Xmas lunch, with a nice piece of pork followed by Xmas
What's up doc?
pud and brandy custard (thanks to Ray and Val). The farmer put on a bit of a BBQ on Xmas night, which was good fun but we were in bed by 10.00pm on NYE. It felt strange with the family spread so widely. Pete and Laura were in NZ for Xmas.
The weather has been just right down here, unlike poor Queensland. Fortunately, there haven’t been any major problems on the Gold Coast.
We’ve made a couple of trips to Busselton to get supplies from Woollies and visited the towns of Dunsborough and Yallingup on the way back.
There is a town close by named Cowamarup, which has a statue of a gold cow on a tall pole in its main park. Close by is a vineyard, owned by a very wealthy person, where there is a gold statue of a lady in a similar pose on a pole in the middle of a lake. The story goes, that the very wealthy vineyard owner asked the council for a permit to erect the statue of his wife for her 50th birthday, but was knocked back! He told the council that he would fight them through the courts
Rose gets all the good jobs. Clearing sheep poo before putting the matting down??
until he won the battle. Rather than waste resident’s money, the council reluctantly granted the permit.A while later, the town of Cowaramup was chosen to host an international celebration of the cow, where statues of cows are decorated and placed around towns all over the world. Obviously, Cowaramup council saw this as the perfect opportunity to get back at the vineyard owner, and had the cow statue erected! Funny story aye?
Looking forward to the next entry???
John & Rose
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