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Day 148-154 Hanging out in Margaret River region

Eating, drinking and ...more eating and drinking

sunny 30 °C

If there was ever any incentive to start exercising or to try and watch their weight, this week would have been a great opportunity for Mum and Dad. For the past few days the site next to Mum and Dad had been occupied by two very healthy and fit people. The couple (she was about 5 months pregnant) were here for a friend's wedding and every morning they both went out and exercised. They loved to jog, ride their bikes, do yoga. On one occasion Mum and Dad watched them as they did some stretching exercises before they went out for a run. After seeing them running Mum and Dad went off to the Farmers Market and bought cheese and chocolate croissants and came back to the campsite and stuffed themselves silly. In fact Mum and Dad did a lot of eating and drinking this week. It was rare to see them without something stuffed in their mouth or without a wine glass in their hand.

Sometimes I went out with them but other times I spent the day at the Pet Retreat and I even spent Saturday night there so Mum and Dad could continue their eating and drinking obsession.

Here's a selection of wineries and breweries they have been to this week:

Voyager Estate (no dogs) - They did a wine tour for $25 and they said it was excellent. The grounds and the buildings were beautiful but the wine was very expensive and they were too scummy to buy anything. (I think Dad forgot about the time he bought the wine at Two Hands for $100) Mum loved the toilets (she has a thing about toilets) and the tour guide said that if she liked the toilets at Voyager then she should go to Laurance Wines because their toilets were fantastic. (the tour guide obviously had a thing about toilets too)

Voyager Estate

Voyager Estate

I think Dad's holding his stomach in

I think Dad's holding his stomach in

3 Oceans Wine Company (dog friendly) - Had a good selection of wines: sparkling, white, rose and red. Staff were very informative and friendly. Bought: Dad bought a red but he can't remember which one!

Arimia Estate (dog friendly) - excellent selection of wines and beautiful setting. Bought: Grenache Shiraz Mouvedre 2009 and Rose 2011

Cape Mentelle Vineyards (dog friendly) - beautiful wines especially the chardonnay. They also have movie nights from December to end of March which I'm allowed to go! The oldies better pick a good movie to watch. Bought: Botrytis Viognier 2012 and Chardonnay 2011

Knee Deep Wines (no dogs) - another beautiful setting with friendly staff and a great tasting list. Bought: Kim's Chardonnay Limited Release

Laurance Wines (no dogs) - wine tasting is done differently as you pay for the tasting. The oldies got 6 tastings for $9 and didn't buy any wine however Mum said that the toilets were fantastic just like the tour guide at Voyager said because you basically had your own ensuite toilet with an old-fashioned chain to pull for the toilet, beautiful wood used throughout and your own sink. Mum said it was nearly as big as the bathroom at home! Dad however said the men's toilets were not ensuite and he didn't understand what all the fuss was about.

I think she liked the toilets better than the wine at Laurance Wines

I think she liked the toilets better than the wine at Laurance Wines

Colonial Brewing Company (no dogs) - which was a big brewery with lots of outside space. Dad liked the beer but preferred the Cowaramup Brewery Comapany beer.

Dad and his beer

Dad and his beer

They continued eating and drinking at Yahava Koffeeworks which roast their own coffee and do coffee tastings. They bought a coffee called Kahava coffee and then they popped in next door to Cookies Galore and guess what? They did tastings. You can just imagine Mum and Dad running around the tasting table shoving bits of cookie in their mouth. They only bought lemon shortbread because they had filled their stomachs with the tastings.

They also stopped in at Margaret River Dairy Company where they bought some creamy cheddar and some camembert and Margaret River Venison Farm where there were more tastings. Dad was in his element tasting different kinds of pate, liverwurst, salami and chorizo.

Lucky for them they did manage to do some form of exercise. They had a great time exploring some of the caves in the region. They went to Jewel Cave, Lake Cave and Mammoth Cave.

Jewel Cave

Jewel Cave

Dad being silly in Mammoth Cave

Dad being silly in Mammoth Cave

They walked around the grounds at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse ($5 to walk around the grounds and $17 if wanted to do a guided tour of the lighthouse. They didn't do the tour because Dad was too chicken)

Two oceans meet at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

Two oceans meet at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

We went back to Dunsborough beach a couple of times and we also spent an afternoon further north from Dunsborough near Eagle Bay at a dog friendly beach.

The oldies thought it was hilarious but I think I look way cooler than Dad

The oldies thought it was hilarious but I think I look way cooler than Dad

We also did the Margaret River Heritage Trails walk. It was only a short walk because that's all the oldies can manage but dogs were allowed on lead so I could go too.

Who looks hilarious in the hat?

Who looks hilarious in the hat?

Mum and Dad finished off the weekend by going out to dinner at Must on Saturday night which they thought was really good and then they stopped at the two pubs to listen to some music. On Sunday Dad came to pick me up from the Pet Retreat but I was having way too much fun so I stayed on Sunday while Mum and Dad went to Redgate Beach.

Dad burning on the beach

Dad burning on the beach

Posted by fegrech 23:25 Archived in Australia Tagged australia western

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