Monday, April 03, 2017

Camping at Dwellingup

A few weeks ago, we decided to go camping at Dwellingup. Not too far down south, the one-hour drive was within Jimmy's travelling limits, so we packed up and off we went. Actually, as I was working full days, Rob packed up - I took some clothes and a toothbrush, and off we went.

We arrive at Dwellingup Chalet and Caravan Park  around 9.30am, and wait for Rob, my dad and my cousin's husband to arrive as they have ridden their motorbikes.

The amount of gear we bring just for one night is insane! Well ... gear for 5 adults ... swags, tent, foldup chairs .....

There are heaps of shady spacious campsites to choose from

 I've opted to sleep in a swag, and Rob and Jimmy in the tent .... so that I can catch up on some sleep. This is the view from my swag......

Our tent is looking a bit tired and floppy, one of the poles has snapped.

Whereas my cousin's new double swag is sturdy and roomy .... SWAG ENVY!!

The campsites have good facilities - microwave, kettle and 2 fridges in the kitchen

Toilets and showers are clean

The afternoon sun warms up our tent and I sit in there, trying to fan Jimmy and get some air circulating

We visit the Hotham Valley train which is a slow-moving train, going on a short 40-minute round trip through the forest. It's fun but really only worth probably doing once....

Overall, a great campsite and we would like to visit again.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Cottage on Uduc Brook, Harvey

Another late blog post!!

Late September last year, we made a trip to Harvey, a small town 140hm southwest of Perth.
The Shire of Harvey is located in the South West region of Western Australia, a leisurely one and a half hours drive from Perth. 
There are several options for accomodation, from farmstays to BnBs - check out the Harvey Visitor website . We chose to stay at Cottage On Uduc Brook, while my cousin stayed at Harvey Homestead

From the CoUB website:
Cottage on Uduc Brook is a charming renovated walk through dairy parlour. Once a very busy little hub humming with machinery and mooing cows.
Situated amongst many fruit and nut tree varieties in an extensive country style garden.
Rich with birdlife and fresh Harvey produce.

The 2-bedroom renovated cottage has a queen-sized bed which was fairly comfy in a spacious room, plenty of room for a spare mattress on the floor.

The 2nd bedroom has bunkbeds which my mum took

While dad plonked himself on the spare bed in the lounge

The cottage is fully self-contained and spacious with a pot-belly which kept the whole place warm.

The grounds are absolutely lovely, there weren't that many fruits in season but mum and dad were happy to fill a few shopping bags with oranges

A quick wee while the sheep watched with curiosity, and rescuing a sheep with its head trapped under the fence ....

Beautiful and friendly bluebirds who come down for a feed

Unfortunately, this post is written more than 6 months late .... I really must start scribbling down on paper before I forget ....so, lots of photos and not much story   ;)

Jimmy enjoyed riding his dirtbike around the hills of Harvey as we searched in vain for wildflowers to spot ..... but a lovely family walk nevertheless!!

Monday, March 20, 2017


A few weeks before I started work while it was still hot and summery, I decided to give Parkrun a go. A free, organized, timed 5km run, there are a few local Parkruns around us that start at 8am on Saturday. I had actually signed up for Parkrun last year, received my barcode etc but just never got around to it.

 My first Parkrun and I managed the 5km run in 34m 24s. I was really happy, as I hadn't trained for it, and hadn't been able to complete 5km in the last few years that I have "been running".

The next Parkrun and Rob joined in ... it has been quite addictive! This time I pushed for a better time, my competitiveness saw me complete the run in 31m 51s.

So near the sub-30m mark and yet ..... I've only done 3 runs, and with work being all time-consuming, haven't managed to motivate myself for anymore.


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