Catching Rainbows Down Under

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We are homeward bound after a surprisingly delightful, pleasantly cold but unfortunately short vacation in Western Australia.

This was over our National Day holidays – the Government declared an extra day of holiday so its citizens could participate in the celebratory events and festivities especially organized, leading up to the big day.

We didn’t. This was a rare long weekend break and we ran head first at the chance to travel. Some patriotism. Heh. But we were not alone. The airport was bustling with happy, chatty locals flying off to destinations nearby to spend the Golden Jubilee Weekend.

We ended up going down south in Western Australia, visiting fruit orchards, wineries, catching rainbows and having Devonshire Tea. And visiting my 25-years-long BFF.

There is nothing like seeing each other after a long while and be able to easily pick up where you left off; Be able to say what you think and sometimes communicate without talking. Having good old friends you’ve known for more than half your life is one of life’s many wonderful gifts.

There are many things to see and do around the Margaret River region. Google it and a whole list appears – from touristy to the ones a little harder to find. But there are places worth taking a second look:

A. Wonky Windmill Farm
Lemonades do grow on trees – a genetically modified fruit from grafting the seeds of a lemon and an orange. This farm has about 10 of such trees, rows of mandarins and navels as well as macadamia nuts. This farm is also about the only one left that still allows visitors to pick their own fruit at AUD5 per kilo. The proprietors were nice too, which made the experience even more memorable.

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B. Cape Lavender Tearoom
They sold their farm some years back but kept their seemingly lucrative retail and tearoom businesses. Marvellous lavender scones and clotted cream at AUD10, with coffee or tea.

C. Bunbury Farmers’ Market
Indoor and very well-stocked with absolutely fresh produce, gourmet and organic items. They have tasting stations set up too, and serve really generous portions. You can purchase food from there and sit out front at the little cafe, and enjoy the spoils of your find with a hot latte. Fabulous.

I felt bad about missing the 50th birthday bash but I truly enjoyed myself this weekend. I would do it all over again.

Guilty pleasures. Whoever coined the term is a right genius.

Afternote:
On the morning of 9th August, while driving towards Fremantle, we dutifully sang Majulah Singapura and recited our pledge.

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