We took the route through Bolgart, where we had lunch, turning right at Kalingiri, then on to Lake Ninan where we took a break. Lake Ninan was the first place we encountered flies and other small insects, which made walking around quite challenging. Stephen got out his fly net, but I was too busy taking photos. It probably would have looked lovely in the evening light.

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The Avon River yesterday morning
Bolgart Bell Tower. This was built when the Bell Tower in Perth was being built and Richard Court travelled to Bolgart to open it.


On arriving in Wongan Hills, we immediately spotted Cherry’s van, in shade parking off the main street. When we caught up, she suggested overnighting just outside the town. Of course, our attempts at stealth camping are offset by the size of the van. We ended up finding a level spot in the Wongan Hills Arboretum, with fields and on one side and the road a little distance away. No one came to tell us off. Cherry parked in another side road close by. We had afternoon tea together, then she came over after tea. We connected again this morning before going off to persue our own interests.

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Rose of the West
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Rose of the West
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Dont know the name
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There was some parking for the Arboretum, plus this picnic table. There is a plan to put a roof over it.
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Sunsetset at the Arboretum, our view from the van
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A tree near us

Cherry and I had met up at the shopping centre on Wednesday morning and in discussion, realised we would be heading in the same direction. We didn’t have a set plan to meet up, but it worked out very well indeed. With our slide in the ‘out’ position we can have one or two guests sitting in folding chairs inside the van.

This morning we are revisiting Reynolds Reserve. The flowers are amazing and we now realise why the entry sign is in pink and white, plus why the little information bay is painted pink. This made no sense without the verticordias. We have very good internet here and the sun is high. Stephen walked all around the reserve, but I decided that being inside, away from the sun, strong wind and flies, working on my photos, was the sensible place to be after 10 minutes or so. I have views down the lake on one side and across the flowers on the other.

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Sign is the colour of the pink and white flowers here
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the pinks
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some whites
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some reds
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the pink painted shelter
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another one I can’t name
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all pinks
The whites resemble cauliflours with very tightly packed flowers which were a bit tricky to photograph because of the lack of contrast

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