Monday, 22 May 2017

Walpole

Hello

Thanks for popping in.

Leaving Albany behind, we pass through Denmark and stop off at Elephant Rocks and Greens Pool on our way along the coast to Walpole.

Elephant Rocks, can you see the elephant's eye?

More elephants!

Greens Pool
Everywhere you look along the road are signs to National Parks or Nature Reserves.  The trees are quite fantastic stretching up so high.  Who can resist a trip to the Valley of the Giants and its Tree Top Walk.




At the highest point, you are 40m above the ground with the giant tingle trees still stretching up.






Walpole itself is is a small town with some nice caf├ęs and restaurants on the Walpole and Nornalup Inlets.


We had to have a walk round the smaller inlet and take in the nature including our first small black snake. A beautiful spot.



Slightly inland is Mount Frankland National Park, half an hour's drive from Walpole.  Amazing, most of the drive was in the middle of nowhere, beautiful trees and the odd sign indicating water but nothing else around.  Right at the end where Mount Frankland rose up before us, were some great lookouts and information boards.  It was obvious that the forests went for miles and miles, unspoilt, space.





The summit was closed and we heard later that Ray Mears was there making a film, but we found an excellent walk nonetheless.


Fernhook Pool was a delightful spot.


WOW Wilderness Ecocruises provide a very entertaining cruise through both inlets over the wilderness of Nuyts Peninsula to Circus Beach where horses were trained for WWI, sadly none returned.  That area is protected and we had to disinfect our shoes to prevent dieback.  What a beautiful spot especially as the sun was starting to set.  Gary Muir the tour guide packed in so much information on all sorts of topics in an exuberant way and provided cake as well.






Only one night in Walpole, so off we go to our next destination.

Cheerio

Sunday, 21 May 2017

West Green Gardens - May

Hello

Thanks for visiting.

Just before we arrive at Walpole in Australia, we're taking a detour back home tardis-like to pop into West Green Gardens, our favourite local scenic space.  The big question was, would the peonies be out yet? Let's have a look.


There were a few peonies in the Japanese garden but lots more buds to come.

A brand new garden was under way, these large hills had been seeded with grass. We'll have to keep an eye on this as it develops.

Hostas looking gorgeous.

Strips of irises flowing down the side of the path.
I'll just let you mooch through the garden at your own pace, it'll do you the world of good.  If you click on the photos, you can see them much bigger and then it will be easier to imagine you are there.


























What a great time of year.  Luckily, we'll have to return soon to catch the opening of the remaining peony buds.

Cheerio