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Day 162-166 Serpentine to Fremantle

I hope the oldies had fun without me

sunny 30 °C

It was quite a rainy night at Serpentine and Mum and Dad woke up to find that some of the inside of the camper trailer was soaked. They weren’t happy. It took ages to pack up because Dad was trying to clean the outside of the tent and Mum was trying to clean the inside of the tent and I kept getting in everyone’s way. They were in a hurry to leave because they had to drop me off at Green Acres kennel. They got me there on time and when we walked in there were about 5 puppy collies and they all tried to climb on me and Dad wanted to buy one and Mum said 'It's hard enough to travel with one dog, let alone two dogs' and I got really offended because I thought 'It's hard enough to travel with one adult, let alone two adults, one of which can be rude and not nice a lot of the time'. (and I don’t think I need to spell out who I’m talking about)

Even though we were at the Serpentine Caravan Park (tourist village) for one night, we really enjoyed the camp site. Everyone was very friendly from the receptionist who Dad estimated was 103 years old and wrote out the receipt by hand (no computers in sight) to the permanent people living at the campsite. The showers were fine and the sites were nice and big. I’m giving it 3 paws out of 5 paws.

After they dropped me off they went to the caravan park and set up. Then they went off to Fremantle Gaol which they thought was fantastic. They booked two tours, the Doing Time tour and the Great Escapes tour. Both tour guides were great and very informative. Each tour was about an hour and 15 minutes.

Fremantle Prison

Fremantle Prison

They also stopped at Little Creatures brewery and did a free brewery tour which included free tastings.

Just a little beer tasting

Just a little beer tasting

On Tuesday morning they went to Perth and walked around Kings Park which had great views of the city and was quite big and a little exhausting for Mum and then they went to the Western Australian Museum because Mum wanted to go see some wedding dresses exhibition (which Dad certainly did not want to go) so first they went around looking at the other exhibits in the museum but they took so long looking at everything that Mum was too tired to go to the wedding exhibition. They stopped for lunch at The Bucket Cafe which Mum said had really nice coffee and their lunch was fantastic.

Overlooking the city

Overlooking the city

Later they stopped at the Print Hall for a drink and Mum said she had the best vodka and orange there and then they met up with Ang (from Pepper and Salt) and her family and went to dinner at the Old Swan Brewery. The food was fabulous and full of flavour. Ang knew the general manager/chef so they got to try lots of entrees before tucking into a steak (except for Mum because of course she has to be different and so she ordered fish). They also had creme brulee and cheese for dessert.

Dad looks very happy

Dad looks very happy

The oldies seemed to spend the rest of the week eating and drinking with a couple of non-cultural and cultural things inbetween.

A few places they went to were:

Bellaroma Restaurant in Fremantle for pizza and pasta.
Wray Bar in Fremantle for drinks and music
Coffee House in Subiaco for breakfast
Monk Brewery in Fremantle for beer tasting and pizza
Norfolk Hotel in Perth for drinks
Belgium Beer Cafe in Perth for drinks
Sail and Anchor Brewery in Fremantle for beer tastings and music
Hawkers Market in Perth for eating and more eating!

Grandma drinking her tea

Grandma drinking her tea


Hawkers Market

Hawkers Market

They went to DFO (non-cultural) in Perth to buy a pair of shorts for Dad and a cardigan for Mum (so she could continue her Grandma phase) but they walked out of the shops with everything but shorts and a cardigan.

Mum finally went to see her cultural wedding dresses thing. It was called Unveiled: 200 years of wedding glamour and she said it was fantastic. Meanwhile Dad went to the pub to watch the cricket.

Mum did drag Dad along to the art gallery (another cultural thing) to see Picturing New York which he said he enjoyed although probably not as good as watching the cricket.

Pretending to be in New York

Pretending to be in New York


They also had a look around the rest of the art gallery. The artwork was divided into decades so Mum and Dad went different ways. Mum went to see the 1800-1960 artwork and Dad went to see the 1980-today artwork. Mum told Dad to look out for a picture with just one colour on it. He didn’t find that but he found one with lots of colours and some rocks.

It's rocks

It's rocks

It's art

It's art

Meanwhile I spent 5 days at the dog kennels surrounded by lots of other dogs who barked ALL the time which was quite annoying. I got to play with other dogs though which was good and the person who owned the kennels kept calling me Robbie Williams because I used to sing if I was left by myself for too long.

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Day 159-161 Margaret River to Binningup to Serpentine

I thought we'd never leave

sunny 27 °C

We tried to leave Margaret River early but we had a slight problem with one of the lights on the trailer. Mum and Dad always check the break lights and the indicator on the trailer every time they leave. Mum always stands at the back of the trailer while Dad sits in the car and yells out at Mum ‘Is the indicator working?,’ 'Are the break lights working?'. Well normally she says yes but this time she had a very confused look on her face and so Dad huffed and puffed and slammed the car door and went to the back of the tralier to see that the indicator on the right side wasn’t working. Luckily just down the road there was an auto shop. Dad put on his manly stance and went about unscrewing the LED light and replacing it with a new one but the indicator still wasn't working. Now Dad had a confused look on his face. He checked and rechecked and then went to the front of the trailer and blew into the connector to get rid of all the dust and then it worked! So now Dad huffed and puffed even more because he didn’t think there was anything wrong with the one he just chucked out and he just spent $60 on the new one so he trudged up to the bin and retrieved the old one. And Mum shouldn't complain that he just wasted $60 because at least he knows how to fix things.

Mr Fix It

Mr Fix It

The Margaret River campsite was a great location Our site wasn’t very good but the showers were fine and the staff were really friendly. It was a little noisy but we expected that at a town caravan park. There were a lot of French and Italian backpackers working in the vineyards but overall it was fine. I’m giving it 3 1/2 paws out of 5 paws.

We made our way to a place called Binningup. It was probably the most difficult campsite to find. It was only a small town so I don't know how Mum and Dad could possibly miss it. Well miss it they did, so they decided to go to the next town but that campsite only had a site for one night, so Mum said we should go back to Binningup and just look more carefully this time (shouldn’t they have looked carefully in the first place?). So back we went. As they came into the town they came to a roundabout and saw a sign for a caravan park. Dad wondered how Mum missed the sign. (Since Dad was driving it's really Mum's responsibility to be looking out for the caravan parks) The sign pointed right but there was no street on the right so they kept driving for a few hundred metres and found a right turn and took a guess and turned into it. They followed it around and finally found the campsite.

Finally some space

Finally some space

And the best bit was there was a dog beach about a 5 minute walk from the campsite. Me and Dad had fun running up and down the dunes. Mum was not fit enough to run up them. She wasn’t even fit enough to walk up them.

Only me and Dad attempted the climb

Only me and Dad attempted the climb

in the morning we went into a place called Harvey. Mum went to a market and bought a book while me and Dad played ball on the oval. In the evening Mum went down to the beach to watch the sunset.

Sunset at Binningup

Sunset at Binningup

The caravan park at Binningup was very basic. The site was good and it was quiet apart from some yapping dog (Not me! I don't even bark) . Mum said the showers were quite old. I'm giving it 2 1/2 paws out of 5 paws.

On our way to our next destination we stopped at Pinjarra and had a walk around. It was a very pretty town and we had a look at the very small market. Dad was happy because he got to have a sausage and bread for breakfast.

Scary bridge for me and Dad to cross

Scary bridge for me and Dad to cross

We then drove to the caravan park at Serpentine and as we were only staying one night Mum and Dad unpacked only a few things and we went off for a drive. We couldn’t go into Serpentine Falls or the Dam because they were in the National Park. We did however find a pub which suited Dad much better.

Am I at the pub? Dad ponders

Am I at the pub? Dad ponders

Yes I am

Yes I am

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Day 155-158 Hanging out in Margaret River region Part 2

Do they ever stop eating and drinking?

semi-overcast 27 °C

It’s quite often that Mum stuff things up, however it is very rare for Dad to do anything wrong (and even rarer for him to admit it) but I have to dob on him this time because it has to do with me. Mum and Dad both know that I ALWAYS have to go do a pee before I go to bed. And Dad is on night pee patrol. (which means he couldn’t blame Mum for this one) But for some reason one night he decided not to take me. Well at 4am I woke up and I was like, ‘I NEED TO PEE’. I looked above me at Mum and Dad’s bed and there was no movement. I waited for a few minutes but still no movement so I started whining softly. Still nothing. I don’t know how they can sleep as this campsite is so noisy. Anyway I couldn’t wait any longer so I yelped and Mum started stirring. I looked right up at her and she looked at me and she just knew. ‘This is what happens when you don’t take the dog out’, Mum said to Dad who I’m pretty sure was asleep. Mum dragged herself out of bed and thankfully I got to pee. Meanwhile Dad continued sleeping and seemed completely oblivious to what happened when Mum mentioned it in the morning. I don’t really know why Mum got upset that she had to get up though. I mean, technically it was the morning and she is on morning pee patrol so it was her job to get up anyway.

So for our final few days in Margaret River we visited Dunsborough beach for the last time, walked around Cowaramup, which is also known as cow town and drove down to Augusta and walked around Hardy Inlet where dogs can walk on leads. Mum was back to her usual self complaining about the bad coffee and muffin she had at the bakery. She even said that she could make a better muffin. Who is she kidding? She doesn’t even know how to read a recipe let alone turn an oven on.

Me and Mum at Dunsborough beach

Me and Mum at Dunsborough beach

I know they're only pretend cows

I know they're only pretend cows

I got to go one last time to the Pet Retreat for a day. I really do have so much fun there because I can run around all day rather than sitting around with the oldies while they go to wineries and pretend to know about wine.

Entrance to te Pet Retreat

Entrance to te Pet Retreat


Luxury reception at Pet Retreat

Luxury reception at Pet Retreat

Much nice bedroom than the trailer!

Much nice bedroom than the trailer!

On the day I went to Pet Retreat Mum and Dad stopped at Vasse Virgin and bought some olives and tapenade.

Entrance to Vasse Virgin

Entrance to Vasse Virgin

They dropped in at Bootleg Brewery for a beer tasting and then onto Pierro winery where they bought LTC (white) 2012 and LTCF (red) 2009. They also stopped in at Saracen Estate and bought Sauvignon Blanc 2012.

He has to be tired; it's only 10.30 in the morning

He has to be tired; it's only 10.30 in the morning

For lunch they went to Cullens Wine. They really loved it. The wine was beautiful and they really enjoyed the Sauvignon Blanc. The food in the restaurant is sourced from the winery's own garden and also from local producers. For entree they had a seafood taste plate and then for mains Dad had venison with figs and a chocolate jus and Mum had some sort of fish but she doesn't remember the name of it with potato puree, garden greens and fennel cream. Dad also had a glass of Mangan (red) 2011.

Wide awake and about to eat

Wide awake and about to eat

They didn’t have dessert but instead went to Millers Icecream Farm where they pigged out on 2 scoops of ice cream each. Dad had chocolate malt and strawberries and cream and Mum had her usual peppermint ice cream and vanilla ice cream. (She is so predictable) They still think the ice cream in Italy is better! They can be such snobs sometimes.

Piggies!

Piggies!

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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

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Day 144-147 Manjimup to Margaret River

Lazy days

semi-overcast 24 °C

It doesn't matter how early Mum and Dad pack up the trailer they are normally the last ones to leave the campsite. I can't blame them this time because on the day that we were leaving most people had left by 7am and that's just way too early for Dad to even think about getting up. He loves his beauty sleep.

Fonty’s Pool and Caravan Park was really good. The sites were big and Mum said the toilets and showers were good. I’m giving it 4 paws out of 5 paws.

It only took just over 2 hours to get to Margaret River and lucky we did get there early because the oldies had a bit of trouble setting up at the campsite. The site they were given was really small and part of it was tiled and there was a tree at the front of the site and the roots of the tree had pushed some of the tiles up so it was very awkward for Dad to get the trailer in.

Our small site with our very own tree

Our small site with our very own tree

There also wasn’t much room for the car so they had to squeeze the car as close as possible to the trailer and there also wasn’t much room for the awning so the awning was squashed right up to the fence and the fence was wired so once they finally set up Mum said that she felt like she was in a cage and I was like, yeah now you know how I feel when you dump me in kennels.

We're caged in!

We're caged in!

So after a frustrating couple of hours they were all done and we walked into town and went to a nice cafe called Cafe 131 to have some lunch. They allowed dogs there and the waiter even brought me some water and Mum said the service was fantastic. She didn’t have a coffee because she was too hot but she did have a juice and she said it was nice.

Afterwards Dad tried to get a beer in the pub but the pubs don’t allow dogs so then we tried to find somewhere for me to play but there were lots of signs not allowing dogs which is kinda frustrating when you just want to run around like I do. We eventually found a beach (Prevally beach) that allowed dogs on lead but all the dogs we saw were off lead so Dad let me off the lead. We also found a dog exercise area at Gloucester Park which is only about a 10 minute walk from the campsite so at least I get to do some exercise.

Me, the beach and the Indian Ocean

Me, the beach and the Indian Ocean

On Friday we went to Dunsborough. We found a dog beach and we were going to stay there all day because Mum and Dad decided they wanted to be lazy but we ended up only staying an hour because it started raining. I did get to jump in the water with Dad though which was good. Then Mum drove around for a while because it was still raining and then Mum wanted a coffee so we went to Lamont’s at Smith’s beach for coffee and cake. Mum said the coffee was fantastic. I was pretty tired by this stage so I just slept.

There are quite a few wineries that don't allow dogs so Mum and Dad had a map and they had circled all the dog friendly wineries. On the way back we stopped at a winery called House of Cards. The person at cellar door was the owner and she was very friendly. Mum bought a chardonnay.

House of cards winery

House of cards winery

Next door to the winery was Gabriel Chocolate. Of course chocolate is bad for me but Mum and Dad couldn’t wait to get in. Dad always pretends that he doesn't have a sweet tooth but he always eats chocolate whenever Mum goes to bed and then blames Mum for eating all the chocolate. She's so stupid that sometimes she falls for it. At Gabriel they roast the chocolate themselves. Mum said you could smell the chocolate as soon as you walked in. They tried a few of the chocolates and I'm surprised that that they only bought a small block of chocolate for themselves.

Is that a bit of grass I could pee on?

Is that a bit of grass I could pee on?

On Saturday Mum and Dad sent me to Margaret River Pet Retreat for the day. This was much more than doggy day care; this was luxury doggy day care. I think I’m going to be staying overnight too and I can’t wait. The reception area looks like a day spa; tiled floors, beautiful sofas, light and spacious and no doggy smells! I’m telling you, this is 5 star!

The area to play in is unreal. Lots of room for me to play ball. I played with the owner’s kids most of the day. There were other dogs there and I ignored them most of the time because I just want to play ball but I did end up playing with some of them.

Meanwhile Mum and Dad went to Busselton for the day. They were too lazy to walk the jetty so they took a ride on the little train to the end of the jetty and then went to the underwater observatory which they loved.

Toot! Toot! All aboard for anyone too lazy to walk the jetty!

Toot! Toot! All aboard for anyone too lazy to walk the jetty!

The underwater observatory, 8 metres under the jetty

The underwater observatory, 8 metres under the jetty

Busselton jetty

Busselton jetty

After the excessive amount of exercise I had at doggy day care I slept most of the day on Sunday. Dad went to play golf in the morning. He hasn’t played for over 2 months so he got up early to have a hit before he played. Dad golfing normally means Mum’s trying to do the laundry. She decided to do one load last night which was going well until she got to the dryer. Someone had placed their laptop on top of the dryer to charge (Mum says there were laptops and mobiles all over the place in the laundry) and so she had to go around asking people whose laptop it was and then she found the person so they moved the laptop but then when Mum went to open the dryer (there was only one dryer) there were clothes in there. She waited for about 10 minutes but no one came to collect the clothes so she ended up folding up the clothes in the dryer and putting hers in. Who folds other people’s clothes? Anyway she did one load on Sunday while Dad was out having a good time golfing. She seemed to manage that okay.

No one could be bothered doing much in the afternoon so we went to Cowaramup Brewery which was dog friendly. It had a big beer garden and I sat under the table while the oldies drank.

Two glasses of wine and Mum looks pickled

Two glasses of wine and Mum looks pickled

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