Margaret River Day 2

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After a quick breakfast of croissants and coffee, the Duke and I headed out to the Margaret River Farmers’ Markets. Of all the fresh produce and gourmet cheese that was present there, this is what caught my attention:

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…a duck pumpkin?

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…not to mention the largest pumpkin I’ve ever seen! It’s almost as big as those young boys standing just behind it. Only in Margaret River…

The Duke also spotted some lovely handmade soaps (courtesy of the Margaret River Soap Factory) of which we bought three of: Rose Geranium with Pink Clay, Coconut & Vanilla, and Australian Bush.

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By the time we were finished looking through the stalls at the markets, it was almost lunchtime, se we headed out towards the wineries in search of some delicious morsels to satisfy our appetites.

Our first stop was the Duckstein Brewery, located on the Saracen Estate. Upon our arrival, we were apologetically told that there was a one hour wait before we could be seated. As much as we would have loved to stay, our empty stomachs beckoned and we moved on to Laurance Wines across the road.

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(My view of the vineyards through the Duke’s glass of shiraz)

Upon entering the estate, one can not help but be breathless as they look upon the vast estate. With a magnificent rose garden that boasts over 1 000 bushes, Laurance Wines was the perfect place for an peaceful lunch (for more details of our lunch, click here).

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After a filling lunch, we stopped by the Margaret River Chocolate Company to have a look at their produce . The Duke then suggested a special place he wanted to show me. And so we set off…

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..and found ourselves in a magical place where the trees continue on for hundreds and hundreds of meters.

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The Duke says that he so very much wants to bring me here in the winter time, when the lilies awaken from their slumber and cover the forest ground in their brilliance. Perhaps our next getaway is not so faraway after all.

The rest of the afternoon wasn’t all that eventful to be honest; returning to our rooms at the Margaret River Resort, we ordered some takeaway curry before settling in to watch Will Smith’s I, Robot.

Day 3 in Margaret River will be up shortly.

Hope you had a lovely weekend.

-The Fine Duchess

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