One of the first tasks was a trip in to town with the kids to replace their trusty scooters which we bought when we first landed in Sydney and due to over use and baggage restrictions were left in the Flinders mountain range for visiting children. We found them in the very last shop, and fortunately they proved to be the exact make and model we were looking for - Razor Pros.
The kids have become very proficient on them in the absence of their bikes and very keen on the tricks - hence the hunt for the Razor Pros. We also discovered that Margaret River has a great skate park so we spent a good few hours there as the boys learnt some new tricks and picked up a couple of grazes as well.
Wednesday: What better way to discover Margaret River than by bike. We rented 4 adult bikes, one with a baby seat and two kids bikes and headed off down a disused railway track that serves as the main bike route North South through the region. We never get that fare riding with the children but they did pretty well and Mum and Dad enjoyed riding with them.
We saw plenty of trees, and then some more trees but did not get far enough to see any vineyards or farms, nor did we detour to the coast. We did however try to find an alternate route back to town along the foot paths rather than the bike tracks which proved some what of an error as its was much further than I thought, totally un marked, quite hilly, rather rough and in parts strewn with trees. Not easy when you have a bored 1 year old on the back of your bike.
We have throughly enjoyed the whole region and the house in particular. Few photos to prove it, but the house has magnificent views down the valley of the Margaret River and of the River itself - although it was not running while we were there, just a dry river bed with lots of large pools.
The house did have some magnificent hillside board walks that practically had you at the level of the tree tops and extended a good 1.5km up along the valley and did allow us a lovely walk back along the dry river bed to the house. The house also had a great lawn where we played most days with all the boys, either cricket, football or rugby. Its been a great way for dad in particular to relate to the kids and they in turn have loved it.
We have just finished our first week with Mum and Dad, which has been wonderfully relaxed. I will split it in to 2 parts and just jot down what went on for the first few days here. Its been great to see them so well and enjoying the grandchildren half way across the world. Margaret River has proven to be a great place to have a kidtastic grandparents week. The town itself is really very nice and has had a real buzz about it given its the Easter Weekend. There is a nice mix of shops restaurants and stuff to do all set in an attractive little town. The surrounding country side is dominated by very well kept vineyards, with some small farms and a good degree of natural bush thrown in. Not sure if the collective noun for Kangaroo is herd, flock, pod, school, but whatever, they were everywhere and really magnificent, they still cause a stir every time we see them.