Scribbles from our Travels: Day 4 – Margaret River

Last night, we all put on our parkas and braved the cold to admire the multitude of twinkling stars in the deep dark night sky. The night sky in Australia seems to have more stars than that in Singapore.

I’m pretty sure there is a scientific explanation for that, but searching google has turned up a million articles, none of which articulate an answer to my satisfaction. Sheesh.       

Anyway, this morning while DH’s parents head out to the township; mum, the kids and us head to The Berry Farm, on a friend’s recommendation. They have some interesting jams – boysenberry and port jam, anyone? 🙂

The kids are none too interested in jams and dips, so DH brings them to the playground (yet another playground!) while mum and I taste the samples.
We also try their strawberry liqueur, but the alcohol content in liqueur is much too strong for me.

Leaving with some shared purchases, our next stop is Voyager Estate. But before that, a mini adventure – a tree had fallen across Rosa Glen Road in the space of the hour we were at Berry Farm.

There was another car in front of us but after surveying the situation together, both DH and the other driver concluded the tree was too big to move, plus we didn’t have the right tools, so after ringing at the door of the nearby property with no answer, she rang for assistance on her mobile phone, and after that we took an alternative, but longer route back out to the main road.

It strikes me that we take for granted the accessibility we have in Singapore. In our compact city, many alternatives prevail, and response to a call for roadside assistance is almost instantaneous. And we’ve grown to expect that kind of instantaneous service response.

Failing which anyway, one can always find many other people around to help or commiserate about the situation. As opposed to out here, where it’s rural and deserted, and where no one was home at the nearest property, and the other properties are way way way down the road.

When we finally arrive at Voyager, DH’s parents have already been there half an hour, and had explored the Rose Gardens.

Some pics from our Voyager Estate lunch – yummy! 

We’d kept all our accommodation bookings to as budget as we could, and our flight tickets as well, because we knew this lunch bill was going to set us back a fair bit.  But in the end, DH’s dad insisted on paying it all…  Thanks, Dad! 

Voyager Estate - Girt by Sea 2009 Cabernet Merlot

 

Estate baked mini loaf and dukkah with Fini olive oil

 

Char-grilled Tenderidge eye fillet with potato dauphinoise, broccollini and Cafe de Paris butter

 

Seared duck breast with green bean and grape salad and muscatel sauce

 

Margaret River venison with roasted pumpkin pappardelle, beetroot puree, sauteed spinach and chocolate infused jus

 

Mount Barker chicken breast with onion soubise, sage butter and zucchini ribbon salad with sumac dressing

*****

After lunch, we drive south to Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, as the grandparents want to see again, the meeting of the Southern Ocean and Indian Ocean.

Here’s an interesting pic DH took of a compass showing the distances of different places from the lighthouse.

While we’re there, we spot some black flecks or shadows, glinting in the sunlight against the distant waves. 

Whales? According to the books, Augusta is the right place at this time of year to be whale-watching, so hm, who knows? 😉

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