What a lovely, sleepy morning it is in town today, very quiet. Looking back at my last week. Often a good thing to do as I find myself hurtling through time like some asteroid through the universe.
|I found this behind the little church at the Margaret River Community Centre, how gorgeous is that?|
I attended the opening of RedInk Homes Showroom in Margaret River township, a lovely evening, I was pleased to meet Scott Park. I also got to meet some of their clients who were having a happy building experience, always an excellent thing to hear first hand. The showroom is one of it's kind in town, and very well done. Definitely worth a visit. The delicious nibblies were cooked up by Wild Thyme.
I had two catch ups at Settlers Tavern. One with my friend Noofi, we had dinner there one night, sitting outside enjoying the balmy weather, a little disconcerting watching a fire develop on the edge of the forest along the river, apparently a 'prescribed burn'. I had a yummy Lamb Curry, ate the lot (they make their own curry pastes). Noof's choice was the local Groper, Grilled, also very nice apparently. They do have an excellent wine list, I drink red and Noofi drinks white. A good way to go by the glass.
Lunch at Settlers Tavern again this time with with my Fam, they walked past me as 'the hair' is growing and they still expect to find my short cut. We had a couple of the kiddies with us and they loved their chicken or fish with chips, the tavern has a dedicated children's menu. The crispy squid was apparently a little oily. I had a small chicken satay, with homemade satay sauce, very nice, great for the diet if you omit the sauce. And, the local groper again, just as good as the day before.
|Cape Mentelle, the cool room, very cool!|
|A selection of Cape Mentelle Wines, looking through to the cool room|
|Anatol Fritsch & Little Wiener Catering @ Cape Mentelle, Movies In The Vineyard|
|I love these maps, if you click on it, you will see more detail.|
|This shot was taken 2 months ago, it has green up alot since then. That is part of the Margaret River I paddled up.|
Don't try this at home. It's about going with out sunscreen! I wear a Chanel moisturiser, on my face with a 15 spf as a daily standard. And, I was wearing that this day on the board. So, a one piece bathing suit, we call them bathers. And a cap and sunglasses. That's it. No sunscreen on the body - at all. My theory is, that you wont burn if you cool your body and skin down when you feel it getting warm or hot. What I am going to show you will shock you... it's my skin. After two hours in direct Australian sun, I did not burn and I don't even have a criss cross where my straps go across my back?????? This photo was taken the day after the paddle. It's not even red. I was worried about my chest, I did start to feel it getting a little warm at one stage and just slipped off the board and spent time just cooling down, that did get a little touch of colour. But I am amazed.
|Look Mum, no sun burn?! not even a bathers strap mark?? 2 hours direct sun!|
What's Going On At 'The Shack':
The shackette is in a shambles, hate that! I have 6 rooms, 3 of those are having the ceiling completely replaced!! Puck! Those rooms are the kitchen, the main bedroom and the bathroom. I am in the process of taking every thing out of those rooms and taping every thing up.... to be continued. That is suppose to happen at the end of this coming week.
Beach & Bush Walking:
I love this time of year. The weather is so changeable. One day hot, the other day cool. When it's warm, I'm in the water, when it's cool, I'm in the bush. Had a walk, from near Main Break, towards Prevally one afternoon, it was really windy and the waves seemed very powerful, that was when there was a tsunami warning for Bali. I did have a quick dip in the ocean, and to my surprise it was really warm. Not so warm in the wind.
|Siesta Park Nature Reserve Beach looking West across Geographe Bay and toward Cape Naturaliste|
|Siesta Park Nature Reserve Beach looking East and toward Busselton, we were just about to be sprinkled on. Note # no one on the beach!?|
This week downloaded a couple of magazines on to the ipad:
Wired UK (I love it, my favourite, everything digital) This month a very good article on Creativity.
Gourmet Traveller (very good)
(not really into the WW but wanting to see how they are putting it together as there aren't many mags on line yet)
Loving Triple MMM for Ipad, it's rock, out of Sydney, my kind of music, only disconcerting thing is the time difference, but its good to hear people talking about peak hour traffic and I look out and see the odd car drive past! A good reminder of the benefits of living in a country town and not in 'the big smoke' (cough cough). Triple J and Triple J Unearthed are really good as well.
The ABC, SBS and SMH are also very good digitally. Have packed the televisions for the ceiling reno, and have been watching Gardening Australia on my laptop. (I call it garden porn)
Weather Apps, I have found Accuweather to be better than Weatherzone. WZ don't do Margaret River, they say they do, but they use Busselton, and the temp can be 5 degrees cooler down here, and completely different conditions. Even the temp between town and the beach can be 5 degrees different.
|Forest Grove Olive Farms, Bacon & Egg Tart from The Margaret River Farmers Markets|
Have been eating my Lamb Shank & Kale Soup, love it. Trying to eat & drink everything in the fridge to get ready to move it. Smoked Salmon and Salad or Organic Rice Cakes. A bit of Pecorino on a cracker. Red wine. Yesterday for breaky I had one of Forest Grove Olive Farms, Bacon & Egg tarts plus a Plum Tart!!! YUM! This morning I had a piece of RAW KY's Raw Carrot Cake! YUM again, I am living in foodie and wino heaven. Oh, and those beautiful local Fuji Apples.
|Forest Grove Olive Farms, Plum Frangipani Tartlets|
|RAW KY's Stall at The Margaret River Farmers Markets yesterday|
|RAW KYs Raw Carrot Cake, my breakfast this morning!|
|Raw Carrot Cake|