A Travellerspoint blog

Day 141-143 Denmark to Manjimup

Dad caught something! (with a little help from Mum)

sunny 30 °C

We didn’t arrive at Manjumup until about 4pm. It was as if none of us wanted to leave Denmark! (Well I certainly didn't anyway) Mum and Dad had to have their last coffee and toasted sandwich at the Message Teahouse in Denmark before we went.

Not back in the trailer again!

Not back in the trailer again!

When we got to Fonty’s Pool Caravan Park I had to be tied up straight away. Just like that. After all my running around on the farm I now only have about 4 metres to run. So unfair.

I am pleased to say that Mum and Dad were able to set up the tent in about 50 minutes (and Mum was going really slowly because she is just slow at doing EVERYTHING) and they didn’t argue and they remembered how to set up the tent and the awning without cracking it at each other. I was actually quite impressed.

We then went for a walk around the campsite. The campsite has a beautiful freshwater pool which is fenced off but I’m not allowed in so we continued walking outside of the campsite. Mum complained that her back was hurting because she wasn’t wearing her runners (she was wearing her stupid thongs) so we had to go back (she’s already started spoiling things for me and Dad).

On Tuesday I was a little bit depressed because I was missing running around at the farm and I missed Bonnie so I didn’t eat anything in the morning and I wouldn’t listen to what the oldies were telling me (well I don’t listen to Mum anyway so really I wasn’t listening to Dad today) so the oldies tried to make me feel better by going to places that I could go to.

We drove to see lots of big trees. There was a tree called the Diamond Tree Lookout which you could climb up but Dad said it looked dodgy and Mum said to Dad that he wouldn’t climb it anyway because he would be too scared and then Dad said to Mum that he will climb a little and then she had to take a photo and I just thought who is he kidding because the tiny bit that he could climb was so small that I probably could have climbed that high.

Dad pretending to climb Diamond Tree

Dad pretending to climb Diamond Tree



We also went to The Four Aces (more trees), One Tree Bridge (a bridge made from a tree), Glenoran Pool (some water surrounded by trees) and King Jarrah Tree (a big tree) but there were too many stupid flies and they were biting all of us and Dad was swearing and Mum told Dad to stop swearing and I just kept trying to eat them but I couldn’t catch them. They were so irritating that we took a few quick photos and then ran back to the car.

The oldies sure like the big trees

The oldies sure like the big trees

It was such a hot day and I needed to cool down so we went to Big Brook Dam. I wasn’t allowed in the dam but I was just so hot that me and Dad jumped in. You can imagine what Mum’s reaction was seeing me in a dam that I wasn’t supposed to be in but it was too hot to listen to her. (And who listens to her anyway)

I look funny because I hate the texture of the metal

I look funny because I hate the texture of the metal

Family pic!

Family pic!

All the heat made Dad thirsty so we found (he sniffs them out) a brewery and we sat outside with all the bugs and Dad had some beer.

Dad looking like a German tourist

Dad looking like a German tourist

I realised on Wednesday why Mum and Dad were so nice to me yesterday and that's because they dumped me at doggy day care. I was stuck in a cage all day and it was hot and boring so I howled for most of the day. Meanwhile Mum and Dad got to enjoy the sunshine by driving down to Windy Harbour. They said it was very pretty and very windy. Then they went to King Trout and Marron Farm where finally Dad caught something!

The owner of the farm (who according to Mum was lovely and who had two really friendly dogs) said that they probably wouldn’t catch trout because it was too hot for the trout (little did the owner know that Dad can’t fish) but he said that they might be able to catch marron (freshwater crayfish) with the net but you had to position the net at the back of the marron because the marron moved backwards when they were trying to escape. So off they went to a shady bit of the lake and Dad was trying to catch fish and Mum was reading the paper and then Dad got bored after 5 minutes so he told Mum to hold onto the fishing line while he used the net to try and catch some marron. Mum held the rod and she felt something tugging so she started to reel the line in and then Dad goes 'oh my god you’ve caught a big marron' and then Mum shouted 'what?' and then because Mum is stupid she dropped the line back in and so the marron escaped!

So then they were both on the hunt for marron and Mum had the net in her hand ready to catch one and then she saw a big one but she was too scared to get it so she handed the net to Dad and he got it! 'It’s about time you caught something decent,' Mum said. Then Dad managed to catch two more but there weren't as big as the first one.

Dad not looking like he knows what he's doing

Dad not looking like he knows what he's doing

Mum looking like an expert

Mum looking like an expert

Yummy marron

Yummy marron

Dad cooked the marron on the BBQ and they were both happy. Mum managed to drop some of hers on the floor so I got to eat some too. Yeah, it was pretty good I must admit.

Posted by fegrech 04:54 Archived in Australia Tagged australia western Comments (0)

Days 66-140 Summer in Denmark

It doesn't get better than this!

So it looks like we are off again! We've had such a great time in Denmark and I just don't want to leave. I'm going to have to get used to being on a lead again and being tied up all the time. Boring!

And I'm going to miss my girlfriend too! We've had so much fun together even though I think I annoyed her most of the time. We had such a good time on Xmas Day. We both received a bone for Xmas. Bonnie didn’t know how to open up her present so Mum had to give her a hand. (Unlike me who just ripped the paper off with my mouth.)

That's how you open up a present!

That's how you open up a present!

I'm happy now!

I'm happy now!

Because Mum and Dad are selfish and went out a lot without me, me and Bonnie hung out at home quite a bit. Bonnie wasn’t the type of girlfriend that liked to play but she did love chasing other animals. And she taught me how to chase them too! We chased rabbits, foxes and cows. The next door neighbour has cows and he sometimes lets them onto Uncle Brett’s property. If they go too close to the fence near the cottage Bonnie told me that we can bark and chase them. They didn’t really go near the fence that much so after a while I got bored with that game so I said to Bonnie that we should just chase the cows whenever we see them. She agreed that was a better game so we did! Mum kept yelling at us to stop but Dad thought it was funny. After a while the cows got used to us and they were also heavily pregnant so they didn’t bother moving when we barked at them.

Mum played ball with me every day. She’s not a very good thrower and we lost the ball a couple of times in the hedges. They also bought very cheap tennis balls which I chewed straight away and I didn’t realise that when tennis balls had holes in they sunk so I lost a couple of tennis balls in the pond. (And Mum had to buy more. Serves them right for being scummy with their money)

I don't think Bonnie found my joke funny

I don't think Bonnie found my joke funny

Hanging out with the girlfriend

Hanging out with the girlfriend

Even though Mum and Dad were working, they seemed to find the time to do lots of things. They mainly just went to wineries and ate food. (And they wonder why they have put on weight) They enjoyed Singlefile Wines for their great chardonnay, riesling and lunches, Whitfield Estate for their chardonnay and marron and fantastic service, Boston Brewery for their beer, Rickety Gate Wines for their Sauvignon Blanc, Denmark Farmhouse for their yummy cheeses, Estate 807 for their Rose, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and great service, The Toffee factory for their toffee and cider, Mrs Jones and the Message Teahouse for their coffee, Pepper and Salt restaurant for their magnificent food and wonderful hospitality, Mombaki Wines for their chardonnay, Rockcliffe and Somerset Hill for their sparking white wine, Harewood Estate for their riesling, Forest Hill Vineyard for their chardonnay, The Lake House for their chardonnay, sparking white wine and platters, Swiss Annie’s chocolate lounge for their coffee and brioche and the Denmark Berry Farm for their berry ice cream.

Mum and Dad also went to Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks at William Bay National Park which they said was beautiful and a great spot for swimming. They also went to Walpole-Nornalup National Park where they got to see lots of big trees and they even went to Perth for a few days (all without me).

Greens Pool

Greens Pool

Dad and the big tree

Dad and the big tree

Dad trying to be cool at the Big Day Out

Dad trying to be cool at the Big Day Out

When the oldies weren't gorging on food and drink they took us to the beach. I loved swimming at Lights Beach and Anvil Beach.

It's like the best dog beach EVER!

It's like the best dog beach EVER!

Dad wouldn't find it so funny if I buried him

Dad wouldn't find it so funny if I buried him

I think I have Dad's nose

I think I have Dad's nose

We also had lots of fun swimming in the dam at home. And Bonnie loved going to the avocado trees and picking avocados. She really enjoyed eating them. (They weren't really my cup of tea)

View from the dam (with the farm in the background)

View from the dam (with the farm in the background)

Don't even think about eating my avocado!

Don't even think about eating my avocado!

Bonnie did teach me a bad habit of rolling around in cow poo. I admit, even I thought I stunk so there were many times when Mum dragged me to the dog wash.

I'm glad the cartoon dog finds it fun

I'm glad the cartoon dog finds it fun

During the last couple of weeks, we've had a horse named Blue stay with us. At first I just thought she was just a big dog so I tried to play with her but she didn't like that. Then I thought she was a cow so I started barking at her and she ran around the yard and Mum started yelling at me and explained what sort of animal she was. So now when we go and see her I have to behave.

Me and Blue eating grass together

Me and Blue eating grass together

So after a superb couple of months in Denmark we are saying goodbye to all the fantastic people we have met and are heading to Manjimup for a few days before heading to Margaret River for a couple of weeks.

Posted by fegrech 16:59 Archived in Australia Tagged australia western Comments (0)

Day 60-65 Albany to Denmark

Pausing our trip for a couple of months

rain 20 °C

The Emu Point campsite was very good. The sites were big so we had plenty of space to put the annexe up and for me to run around (on a lead of course). The campsite was about a 10 minute drive to town but there was a beach right behind the campsite and even though there were signs saying 'Dogs prohibited', Mum met a local who said all the locals took their dog to this beach, so I got to run along the beach. I'm given it 3 1/2 paws out of 5 paws.

The last few days had been wet and windy and the camper trailer was damp and there was nothing to do but sit in the trailer and it was so boring and Dad was miserable (Mum said he was a whinger) and so Mum suggested we book into a house for a few days in Denmark (about 40 minutes from Albany). Well before Mum could say 'I'm hungry', Dad had booked us in for 3 nights at a dog-friendly cottage so off we went to Denmark.

When we got to Denmark Dad told Mum she had to look for a road called Little Red Road but in fact the road was called Blue Wren Lane so it was all a bit confusing but after a lot of sighing from Mum, they found it.

The place was great because I could run around without being tied up. You just can’t understand what if feels like to be tied up all the time. I mean, imagine having to pee and poo while you’re on a lead. It’s frustrating, I tell you. But this place was heaven. Nearly an acre of land and I could just run around and pee and poo to my heart’s content. Ah...lovely.

The sign at the back of the house. Mum said it was very appropriate.

The sign at the back of the house. Mum said it was very appropriate.

Mum and Dad were so happy to be inside although Mum kept forgetting that she was no longer in a tent and she kept leaving the sliding door open.

Mum spent the first day washing anything and everything in sight. Meanwhile me and Dad watched the cricket. On Saturday Mum and Dad left me at the house and they went to a couple of wineries. They first went to Somerset Hill and bought a 2010 Pinot Noir. They then went to Whitfield Winery for lunch. They loved this place because the service and food were fantastic–they both had marron for lunch– and Mum loved the chardonnay. She said it was the type of chardonnay she likes to drink. When I asked her what she means by her type of chardonnay she just said it was yum, which in my opinion means that being on holiday has made her stupid as she can’t give me more than a 3-letter word to describe a wine. They also stopped in at Boston Brewery and Mum had another nice chardonnay and Dad had a selection of beers.

I like how they assign table numbers to the oldest member of the family

I like how they assign table numbers to the oldest member of the family

On Sunday I heard rumours that the oldies were going to leave me behind again because they wanted to go to a National Park but then I think Mum felt sorry for me (I did my ‘don’t leave me’ face) and so instead they took me to a dog beach called Lights Beach.

Dad made me stand here

Dad made me stand here

Well it turned out to be the best decision Mum has ever made (and we all know she’s made some pretty stupid decisions in her life!) because we met this really nice guy and his two kids and their dog. Dad was in the water having a chat to ‘really nice guy’ because Dad’s the sort of person who talks to everyone (Mum was being unsociable and sitting by herself on the beach) and it turns out that ‘really nice guy’ had an avocado farm and he had a little cottage that he had been thinking about renting out and all of a sudden we were off to the farm to check it out.

Well I was impressed because there was so much land for me to run around in and I had a beautiful dog to play with. (I think I’m in love) Mum and Dad were impressed because the place was nearly as big as our old place, the rent was cheap and it was absolutely beautiful. ‘Really nice guy’s’ name was Brett and so Mum named him ‘Rich Uncle Brett’. Mum and Dad then went to look for jobs in town and they both have trials at places, so it looks like we will be in Denmark until mid-February, when we will start our travels again.

The kitchen and dining area

The kitchen and dining area

Our home for a couple of months

Our home for a couple of months

So it looks like I will be pausing my blog for now, otherwise I’ll just be writing about how I sat on the lawn all day and did a poo by the lemon tree and a pee on the vegie patch and chased my first girlfriend around. My apologies for any mistakes. Like Dad, I blame Mum for everything.

See you mid-Feb!

Me and my girlfriend!

Me and my girlfriend!

Posted by fegrech 21:48 Archived in Australia Tagged australia western Comments (0)

Day 56-59 Bremer Bay to Albany

The car boot is not a second home for dogs!

storm 15 °C

The Bremer Bay Beaches Resort and Tourist Park campsite was excellent. Mum said it was probably one of the best looking ones as the sites weren’t all in a row like some places are but were more staggered out and surrounded by trees. We were about a 25 minute walk from the dog beach and the staff were very friendly and helpful. I’m giving it 4 paws out of 5 paws.

Well, we’ve been in Albany for the past few days and I’ve seen more of the boot of the car than anything else! You see Mum and Dad had this great idea that they would stop in Albany to find some work over the summer, so they drove up a few days ago from Bremer Bay. They have to stop because they can’t get into any campsites over the summer because of me. Apparantly dogs are pretty much banned at campsites over December/January period. I notice that kids are still allowed in campsites though! I feel that I am better behaved than most children but that’s just the way it is.

Dad found a job easy enough; in an English pub of all places but short term accommodation is hard to find. They only wanted 3 months in Albany so they can keep exploring the South Coast in February and then head further up near Perth for 6 months but all the real estate agencies (and Dad went to about 6 of them) said that landlords want 6 months as a minimum but really they are looking for 12 months. One of the locals said to try the general store for notices for short term rent so they tried a few and found a few places which suited them really well except they didn’t have a backyard fence for me. (I’m the type of dog that would probably follow the car when Dad leaves home. I’m not really bothered about what Mum is doing and where she is)

Then the guy who owns the English pub had a cousin who had a caravan in the middle of no-where and said we could stay there. We went up to see it and Mum said she would be too scared to stay there by herself when Dad was working at night. (She says it’s never about her, but it always is!) And again no fence, just 9 acres of bush and the caravan!

So all this running around for the last few days has been very boring. On a brighter note, we did find a dog friendly beach called Cosy Corner Beach and Mum and Dad found a great cafe called Cosy Corner Cafe (not so great for me because yet again I was stuck in the boot because it was raining) with very friendly staff and excellent coffee and yummy homemade orange friands.

The beach at Cosy Corner

The beach at Cosy Corner

Somehow between running around inspecting homes, Mum and Dad did manage to find the time to go to a couple of wineries: Jingalla and Duke’s. They bought a 2011 rose from Jingalla and at Duke's they bought a 2012 single vineyard Riesling and a 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon.

We had a windy and wet night last night but it wasn’t as bad as Bunda Cliffs! Mum said she is sure she hardly slept and Dad, rather than trying to beat Mum, admitted that he slept quite a bit. Like Dad, I slept a lot.

Yes, I do have a pillow to rest my head on!

Yes, I do have a pillow to rest my head on!

Apologies for the lack of photos. I spend a lot of time writing this blog but Mum and Dad are supposed to take the photos which clearly they have not because they’ve been too busy wasting their time looking for accommodation.

Mum looking through real estate stuff. Clearly her appearance is not a priority.

Mum looking through real estate stuff. Clearly her appearance is not a priority.

Posted by fegrech 01:24 Archived in Australia Tagged australia western Comments (0)

Day 55 Hanging out in Bremer Bay

It's my birthday!

semi-overcast 23 °C

I’m 2! You would think that today would be a big celebration of my birthday considering the fact that the oldies have 2-week benders for their birthdays (well, Dad does anyway) but no - my birthday came and went very quietly. No present, no card, not even a birthday cake! Nothing! (I can forgive Dad for not buying me anything because he is so busy looking after me and Mum that he doesn't have time to go out and buy me something so I will just blame Mum)

We went to the Bremer Bay Resort (a pub) for lunch and I got tied to a tree because I was only allowed on the grassed area. Luckily there were other people around who were giving me attention because Dad was too busy reading the paper (and ignoring Mum) and Mum was busy drinking her bubbles (and ignoring Dad).

This is me faking a smile!

This is me faking a smile!

Luckily the rest of the afternoon consisted of going to the beaches around Bremer Bay. There are quite a few nice beaches in the area and there are lots of signs indicating which beaches I can go in on and off lead. We went to John Cove, Back Beach, Fishery Beach and Native Dog Beach.
Mum says the beaches are good because each beach had signage detailing the history of each beach.

Now that's a stick!

Now that's a stick!

I suppose I shouldn't complain really. I've been on holiday for a couple of months now and it beats being stuck all day on my own. (But I still would have liked a present)

I suppose I love Mum too!

I suppose I love Mum too!

Posted by fegrech 20:01 Archived in Australia Tagged australia western Comments (0)

(Entries 11 - 15 of 57) « Page 1 2 [3] 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 .. »