Finally on the move again. We didn’t leave on Saturday and stayed an additional night as it was very wet and winds up to 100km/h were forecast. Saturday afternoon it cleared and we were able to dry out everything and pack up everything outside.

We travelled through Northam and York, towns we are familiar with. Heading towards Beverley the scenery changed into farming land, grazing country. Later towards Collie this gave way to more forests. We stayed at Stockton Lake, a lake created by flooding an old mine. 


A lovely spot – we were the only caravan staying there. We went for a walk along the lake and were once again admiring the wattle trees.



As there had been quite a bit of rain, the area was quite damp and this creek quite full.


I attempted to light a fire but was not very successful – plenty of smoke, but not much fire.




The birds were quite friendly.
(Lesley’s photo)
(Lesley’s photo)



It was getting late and cold and we retired into the caravan.


This was just an overnight stop and we left as soon as we were ready towards Bridgetown.

We were expecting a couple of parcels at the Bridgetown post office – only one had arrived in time. But Bridgetown is close to other areas we want to visit from Margaret River, so not really a problem to come back here. Bridgetown claims to be the Winter Capital of Western Australia and the town certainly had a winter feeling about it. Some people were even wearing long winter coats. Even the trees are dressed up for winter.

(Lesley’s photo)The tourist information office is close to the post office and I wanted to pick up a map of scenic drives for our return trip. The woman in the information centre suggested we take a look at the jigsaw museum located in their offices. This is quite an impressive museum started by a bequest of numerous jigsaws from the owner of a guest house in Bridgetown. The jigsaws were put together by the owner and the guests of the guest house.
(Lesley’s photo)

(Lesley’s photo)

(Lesley’s photo)
An amazing collection is displayed in the museum. Old puzzles.

(Lesley’s photo)

(Lesley’s photo)


(Lesley’s photo)


(Lesley’s photo)


(Lesley’s photo)


As well as modern puzzles to be solved by the kids visiting the museum.


There even are three-dimensional puzzles.

(Lesley’s photo)


This is a huge antique puzzle.


We enjoyed the puzzle part of the museum as well as some of the exhibits of old machinery, such as this dehydrator. (Lesley’s photo)


(Lesley’s photo)


I couldn’t quite believe the shape this tree has peen forced into. Very beautiful indeed. Even more amazing is the fact that the tree is flowering in the middle of winter.





There are more interesting buildings in Bridgetown.






The drive from Bridgetown to Margaret River led through Jarrah Forests and more grazing lands. The closer we get to the coast the more sheep dominate the landscape. Finding the Big Valley campsite on a sheep farm was not straight forward but in the end we settled in a beautiful spot overlooking the grazing property with plenty of sheep in the paddock next to us.


As we were chatting to our new neighbours, I noticed these black cockatoos in a tree nearby.






After all the driving, we had an early night.

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