Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Margaret River, Easter 2019

Sunday 14 April
Overnight flight from hkg > per

Monday 15 April
Pick up hire car, drive to granny and pop's for breakfast. Drive down to Busselton. Meet Zane at Busselton foreshore. Walk along Busselton jetty. Drive to 1218 caves road, Dunsborough. Quick trip to coles. Visit Jo, Gareth, Sydney, Paige, Lola, Tara, Todd, Joshua, Michaela and Riley in Dunsborough. Home for dinner.

Tuesday 16 April
1. Ngilgi cave
2. Canal rocks
3. Injidup point (natural spas)
4. Cheeky monkey brewery lunch
5. Vasse Felix wine tasting
6. Margaret River Chocolate
7. Couple more wineries
8. Dunsborough tavern by 5pm

Wednesday 17 April
Meelup beach - Tara and Jo fishing. Walk to eagle bay and back. Drive to Yallingup maze. Do the maze, eat lunch, lots of puzzles. Then Gabriel chocolate - not great. Goon tycoon winery and Yallingup cheese factory very good, and beautiful Location. All back here for cheese, sausages, crisps, champagne, rose, beer. Kids in the boat with Todd, and trampoline. Later star gazing and spotlighting for possums.


Boranup forest 

Jewel cave

Augusta hotel

Home via Margaret river


Brekkie at hot chocolatte

Archery & mini golf

Cinema closed

Wise wines, stunning view

Lunch at Cape naturaliste lighthouse and walk

Bunker bay for photos


Albert & Nikola coffee

Margaret river chocolate co easter egg hunt

Margaret river distilling company

Margaret river, swings and roundabouts for lunch

Shop for Faithfull brand

Walk along 10 mile dam path

Temper Temper, make chocolate bar

Dunsborough beach



Laundry, Albert & Nikola, hot chocolatte

Run (mummy and daddy)

Lunch at home

Simmo's ice cream

Forest adventures

The goose Busselton


Meelup beach

Shop in Dunsborough

Drive to Fremantle

Dinner and Ben & Jerry's




Breakfast in Fremantle


Garden City shopping

Bell tower

Botanical gardens

Dinner at cottesloe Beach

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Monday, 28 January 2019

Running for The PSP Association

My simply splendid uncle Quentock (known to some as Colin) was diagnosed a while ago with PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy). It is a little-known  neurological condition caused by the premature loss of nerve cells in certain parts of the brain, and the effect it has is pretty devastating. Daily life presents huge challenges for Colin and those around him. 

The PSP Association provides practical & emotional support and information for those living with PSP and they also fund research into treatments and ultimately a cure.

I decided to raise money for the PSP Association at the ESF Run on 26th January 2019. There's still time to donate to the PSPA if you can. 

At 8:30 I ran 10km on my own, beating my personal best for a time of 52 minutes which I was immensely proud of. Then at 11.30 Josh, Felix and I ran 3km in the family race. The boys were exhausted afterwards, but they enjoyed it! Felix whooshed off right from the start, while Josh was running with buddies from his year group. Quarry Bay School won the award for the ESF school with the most participants - QBS loves to run! As well as heaps of students, 11 teachers ran the 10k. We have been training together for a while, and I couldn't have done it without their support and encouragement (particularly Anna's).  

I found it so hard in the first couple of kilometers as my pace isn't that fast so everyone was overtaking me. But I kept slogging on, telling myself that I usually end up ok because I don't really slow down as much as other people around the 7 / 8km mark. I was thrilled to finish just a few paces behind Anna, my running mentor! I got super wheezy around 7km and it was hard going, but I thought of Josh, Felix and Ross waiting for me, and I thought of Colin and the money we were raising. I thought of so many hilarious times in Cornwall, I thought of how wonderful it was for us all to pile in to Fanty and Quentock's house on Boxing Day this year, I thought of the times at Rojano's, I thought of talking to Colin while he watches the Tour de France, or the golf. I thought of how happy it makes him to see his gorgeous grandson singing Paw Patrol, and baby shark! Lots of thoughts to keep me going. 

We raised 200GBP for the PSP Association, very worthwhile.