Olive Hill Farm, Margaret River. WA

We are continuing our stay in Margaret River at Olive Hill farm.   Helen, the owner has been more than accomodating and we have a great working understanding of everything and consider Helen a friend.  Ollie the dog is a recent addition to the family and is super friendly, runs like a whippet and can bounce like a four legged Kangaroo.

Helen has been really kind in taking Kaz out riding on one of her two horses.  Helen rides Mardy whilst Kaz rides Patsy.  They are two quite different horses with Patsy being the boss between them.

Kaz is now several weeks in to her new position of vineyard worker.  This entails getting up at 5am, driving to Brown-hill vineyard to pick grapes during harvest.  Soon she will change to starting later and being inside, sorting the grapes before they are made in to wonderful wine.  Kaz is loving this new position.

one evening we went out for a change to the local cinema and watched the Shakespeare movie adaptation of Macbeth starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand. it took quite an effort to understand but we got there and the acting was amazing.

In the campground things started to get busier as we headed in to the Labour Day weekend in WA.  The entire campground was busy with lots of vans from all over the country descending on Olive Hill Farm.  We managed to get everyone settled in and most importantly, happy.  The weekend went off without any drama and we enjoyed chatting to various visitors.

On the Sunday Kaz helped Emma (Helen’s daughter) drive round the camp offering Emma’s delicious baked scones with jam and cream.  The scones were offered for a gold coin donation and by the end they were all gone.  A tremendous effort by all.

Emma’s Scones.

The weekend ended and people started to depart out from Sunday through to the Tuesday.  A few nomads stayed on and it was weird having been so busy to see it now half deserted.  It really was a lot of fun and fantastic to see the place so busy.  It was really pleasing to go round the camp noting that everyone had left the camp as they found it with no rubbish or damage recorded.

With the quiet comes opportunities and we spent some time carrying out some pruning on various plants whilst removing some killed by the unusual heat Margaret river has had.  We also replaced the bay signs with new versions as the sun had faded them, making them hard to read.  It’s not much but it freshens the place up a little.

Whilst Kaz has been grape picking, I have been pottering about up at the farmhouse carrying out chores to help out whilst enjoying the scenery.

We have also been enjoying many days cooling off at the beach or in the river on the property.

We finally made the effort and visited the Margaret River market which is run every Saturday in town. it features amazing local quality produce including fruit, veg and cheeses. Not the largest market but makes up for it in the food on offer.

Margaret River Market

Later this week we will head north to the town of Busselton to finally walk the Jetty.  This time we will go up without Max as dogs aren’t allowed on the jetty.  We will then enjoy some lunch and a nice swim in the ocean.

Busselton Jetty.

Amazingly, we are starting to slowly make plans for our departure, although it is still in four weeks time.  We will head back north to the town of Cue which is east of Geraldton in WA.  Here we will be house sitting for three months.   I will also celebrate my 60th birthday in Cue which will be interesting.  It will be sad to leave Olive Hill but it gives us the chance to get back on the road and will definitely return here again.