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Published: November 17th 2012
With two of Joan’s sisters living on farms near Denmark it was time for a change from all tourist activities to some family time. Christine has lived in the Esperance/Denmark area for 30 plus years and Yvonne in the Denmark area for 12 years. We have seen them very little during this time so a visit from us was well overdue.
Armed with a scanty map we tackled the gravel road in the rain to find Christine’s farm. Both Chris and Yvonne live 25 – 30 kms out of town. Finding their farms was an interesting challenge. Our map omitted Denmark so we had to make a sudden exit from the highway when we came across Parker Road much earlier than we had anticipated. Fortunately the roads were well marked as we had a number of turnoffs to make. On the home stretch we came to a Y junction. Chris had said, ‘Don’t turn left or right anywhere’ on her road, so Greg called at the left hand house but no one was home. From the other house Chris and Greg could be heard discussing manoeuvring into the yard so we could finally sigh with relief that we
had found the right place.
Getting across the narrow bridge and levelling our van as much as possible just added to our caravanning experiences and expertise.
We spent a relaxed afternoon and evening catching up while Holly, Paul’s dog hung close to Chris as she regarded us with suspicion. By the time we left we had become friends, taking her for a walk by ourselves and had even taken her photo, something she obviously didn’t particularly like.
Sunday we went to Denmark via the scenic route stopping at a rather chilly Greens Pool. This safe swimming pool at the beach is protected by rocks and is used in the summer months for swimming lessons. It would want to be a lot warmer than the day we were there. Some shopping done, we went to the Cheese Factory for some wine and cheese tasting before enjoying a platter for lunch. Then it was home to prepare for dinner as Yvonne and their friends Sandy and Hud were coming for dinner.
Preparation was a joint effort. Chris made the mains, Joan the dessert and Greg set the table and did the floral arrangement. We had a fun evening
sharing lots of common experiences as Yvonne, Sandy and Hud had recently completed an express version of our trip starting from Denmark, swagging and motelling on the way.
Monday was moving day to Yvonne’s but not before Greg had mowed the cut flower plantation and Joan and Chris had chin wagged a whole lot more.
Onto Yvonne’s; not very far away but by this time quite easy to find, and not as challenging to negotiate. Once set up Joan and Yvonne worked in the veggie garden while chatting and Greg completed his weekly TA note. This was followed by a tour of the farm, Yvonne and Joan in the truck and Greg having fun on the quad bike. The farm is very green and beautiful. Surrounded by forest it has open farming land, an olive grove and a number of dams full to the brim.
Next day we did some more touristy things- driving around the bay, wine tasting, meeting Yvonne for lunch at Willoughby’s and calling in at Elephant Rocks for a bit of fishing. Wednesday Yvonne was off to Albany for a while so we went to Denmark for lunch, coming home in time for
Greg to mow her yard.
On Wednesday Brian, Chris’s husband returned home from a shift at the mines and brought with him our nephew Simon, his wife Susan and their 3 children so we spent a delightful last evening catching up. Even remembered to take a few family pics, though it was rather late so missed the kids.
How quickly those few family days went, but it was time to move on again after having a great time with everyone. Thanks Chris and Yvonne for looking after us so well. We had a great time!
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