Friday, 16 December 2016

Perth, Broome, Margaret River and Gourmet Escape

After flying from Dehli to Perth via Singapore, which took, nine hours in total. We arrived in Perth at midday and drove  to South Perth to stay with our friend Terri who we met in Europe in 2006 and have remained friends for over 10 years.
We spent 3 days, in Perth as well as attending a family reunion in Mandurah with Terri, a fun day had by all.

On Monday we flew up to Broome, which took 1 1/2hrs, where we were to spend 4 days, my god how hot and humid is Broome even after the heat in India we were not prepared for this type of heat.
We stayed at the gorgeous cable beach resort, in a very nice suite, we were set for the next four days. 

We ventured into town on our second day and did the town tour as well as look around the shops, always great to start with the local op shop, where I bought a book. 

Looked at the famous Broome pearls but I was not interested in buying, much to DH delight.  We tossed up whether we would do a couple of tours, but as it was the wet season's timetable there was not a lot on offer, so we both made the decision to enjoy the resort and recover from our hectic sixteen days in India.
On our first night we went into town to enjoy "staircase to the moon, what an awesome sight.

A couple of days in the pool, relaxing and reading, this was a challenge for me, to sit still.....

Thursday we were again at the Broome airport, waiting to fly back to Perth where we would meet our son and daughter Inlaw (Alex and Cara) who were flying in from Bali and off we would venture to our gourmet escape in Margaret River for four days.

On arrival into Margaret River where we were to stay in an Air B & B, where we ventured into town, to collect groceries and then our tour convener.....Cara organised our next few days.

The gourmet escape weekend, we were to spend with our children was to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary, as a mum and dad and a very close knit family, both DH and I felt very privedged to be asked to be involved in their celebration and share these days with them. Thursday night we dined at The Settlers, a great meal all round.

Friday was our lunch at Leuwin estate, "Feast in the Forest" what an amazing day with great food, wine and people

Wonderful to meet Anthony Puharich, Tony Howell and Mike Bent, a fun day was had by all, wine and beer was flowing and a great start to our gourmet escape.

After such a huge lunch, we relaxed at home and played cards. Alex and I did cheat a little, much to the horror of Cara.....

Saturday we ventured into the gourmet village after visiting a few wineries and Cheeky Monkey brewery. In the gourmet village there were many stall holders, selling their produce, as well as celebrity chef's cooking or just the case of Nigella Lawson.

We opted out of that one to watch a family friend, Mitch Orr cook a quick and easy dish with asparagus, we were entertained for 20 mins and even got to sample his dish.

Over all my review of the gourmet village, I felt was overrated,  although I am not an expert, just a good home cook and enjoy good produce. Margaret River in itself has fantastic produce to purchase and cook with.

Sunday was our Audi BBQ on the Beach with guest chef Rick Stein, which was held on Eagle Rock beach, after visiting more wineries, distilleries cheese factories and chocolate factories, we arrived at midday.

The location where beach BBQ was held was very picturesque and again I felt quite blessed to live in such a magestic country, we are truely the lucky country.

Again we could not fault the food, wine, spirits and wine served under our tepees on the beach.
We even got a photo opportunity with Rick Stein.

A successful end to a great four days, spent in the gorgeous Margaret River.

Monday was back to reality and on our flight home after a month away from home, back to our gorgeous girl Xena who sustained an injury whilst we were away, so off to surgery for her on Thursday to fix her crucial ligament.
At least she loves my handwoven camel wool rug that I bought and lugged all over India, nice to know that the rug is appreciated.

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