Mon 9 Sept
Did a circuit out to Canal Rocks and Yallingup. That area gets good swells and there were reasonable numbers of surfers out. A lot of big vineyards out that way, still part of the Margaret River wine region.
Had a drink for Ken.
Tues 8 Sept
Moving Day. Morning Tea at Cowanarup. Couldn't find the hidden calf signs on the cow markings. Where's Molly?
Checked into Marg. Only have 10 van parks, and 4 of them are ensuite, so our 1st experience of ensuite. We've really been enjoying our own shower. Because we've had mains in, and continuous drainage/sullage out, it has been effortless.
It's supposed to start wet tma, so we investigated the local surf beaches this arvo. Mate, - there was no-one in. It was dumpy-as, no decent sets, peels, or breaks.
It was totes sub-optimal.
I'll put the photo up that says experienced surfers only, really good swimmers and those strange beings used to being kept underwater for a long time. And the Surgeon's Table is a rock formation that has claimed several lives.
So, I had wanted to try the new boogie-board, but maybe a little further south. We were impressed with a couple of bodysurfers at the Margaret River Mouth who were getting rides of up to about 1.5secs before being trashed. Respek.
Met a group of "hikers" (they don't do trampers here) on a Cape to Cape tour with a commercial op. They were being ferried across the Margaret River in a kayak a few hundred metres before the mouth.
We wined with a lovely couple from Kyabram, Vic. who've come from the other direction, so had good info on the areas we're heading towards. They were feeding potato chips to 28s (Aust Ring-necked Parrots/Mulga Parrots) from their hands.
Wed 11 Sep
Forecast was for rain. Got half a constitutional in beside the (actual) Margaret River before it started. My Connected Person had apprised me of the fivecast, so I had my Mackintosh onboard. There are 3 weirs on the Marg, for recreation and previously for water supply.
Did the Lake Cave. Really impressed. Got a bird book there - found out that 28s are called that from the original French name "vinght-huit" which sometimes sounds like their call.
Down to the end of the road to Redgate Beach. An experienced guy dicing with the rocks out the back, and a school group for a surf lesson in close.
Tasting at Stella Bella. MzL~ had been impressed with their sav on the Indian Pacific. Plenty of 28s.The proprietor there thought the number was from a shotgun gauge to shoot them with.
Tasting at Voyager. Another great gardener, a lot of natives, plus a rose garden.
So impressed w/ Big Data - well, yes BigW Data. MzL~ got an email this a.m saying what was on special at Village at Margs (the cute name for Margaret River Shopping Centre). Except it told her only those specials for items that we had bought since using our shiny new Rewards Card. So smart that we had to duck in and grab them - just as (another) sign of respek. (I know, that's 2 in 3 paragraphs, I'll bar Borat in future, orright)