“Delightful Days in Dunsborough”

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On the 16th and 17th of August I took a trip to the South West of Western Australia. The holiday was set for Dunsborough, but also planned Margaret River and Cowaramup as well. Planning was fun and I loved packing bathers, a book, and dresses even though it was Winter in Australia.

On the way to Dunsborough we stopped of at the Bunbury Markets and I couldn’t believe how big it was! Lots of tomatoes….. plus vegetables, fruits and I got a $10 fruit watermelon juice which was absolutely delicious.

Flowers in Bunbury Markets were gorgeous!

I stopped by to smell the roses.

After about two hours drive from Bunbury, or maybe an hour or so we arrived at the motel which was called the Bay Village Resort and Spa Dunsborough. It was small but a 4 star hotel. I thought it was a cute place and I was able to place my laptop on the round dining table, and relax on the couches while watching The Voice that night. I did my nails, when I went to the Dunsborough Centrepoint shopping centre I bought a nice coloured nail polish, and a few essentials for staying there.

How cute was my little room! All set out elegantly, and nice bathroom towels. It felt luxurious.

We set off on a small adventure on the Monday, but did most things on the Tuesday.

Of course, I found a gorgeous little bookstore that had a book I loved! Text and Co had a lovely lady that I was able to chat with. I went into this store the Monday and Tuesday! and she was delightful to talk to – I was eager to buy a particular book but didn’t yet.

Books Books Books!

On the Tuesday we went straight for coffee at Merchant and Maker which was in the town of Dunsborough, and I loved to look around at the products on display! It is like a general store where they sell health products but also serve tea and coffee etc. You can follow Merchant and Maker on Instagram.

They had a variety of products. I didn’t buy anything, but I enjoyed my Skinny Weak Latte!

Next stop was Indian summer and Co. Which I had a look at the products and candles firstly, but then when I looked at the clothes I was completely drawn to a $50 white dress on SALE!!!! It was stunning, and casual and flows that I felt I HAD to buy it! It was meant to be….. The shop is an Australian brand that have floaty, feminine pieces that give a beauty to women that love to shop all things vintage inspired dresses. You can follow them on Facebook at Indian Summer and Co.

These are the gorgeous products that were on display.

We then went to the Dunsborough Shopping Mall, and I had heard about a Health Food Store, that we decided to check out Naturaliste Health which is on the corner of where there are shops lined along where the car park is.

I had another coffee, and then a Monet Toastie! It was the best toastie I had ever tasted and I am being totally honest.

I loved the little health food store. It was like a stop by place where you can get coffee and food, and also buy products in the store inside.

They do the most amazing IGTV videos on their Instagram page! Full of vibrancy and good energy!

Can you tell the toastie was DELICIOUS!?

We then took off on a drive to Margaret River, and went to Happs Wines. It was like entering into an adventure, it was magical seeing the beautiful scenery, and there wasn’t just wine.

There was pottery! It was like a small museum with lots of knick knacks, and antique looking things. I wasn’t taken by anything as I am not a pottery person but it was interesting going in there.

I headed to the back area where you can probably see on my TikTok that I did some wine tasting. I decided to buy the Fuchsia Happs Wine, as it was soft and fruity and my kind of Rose’! We went to Margaret River town and also Cowaramup and I bought this lovely picnic basket along with some food type goodies.

The book “The Paris Library” was from Text and Co. Yes, I decided to buy the book for $35.

We then went to Stella Bella Wines in Margaret River, and did a bit of wine tasting.

A few vineyards! and the sun was shining on a Winter day! We were so lucky!

After we had experienced these little towns we went back to the motel and I decided to have a little dip in the spa. Well, not a dip, more like sitting…..

Went back to the motel, and got ready to go out and have dinner. We went to a little Thai place that was right next to the motel and I had the usual Chicken and Cashew Nuts! My favourite Thai dish! The restaurant was called Bamboo Spice. You can follow them on their Facebook page Bamboo Spice here.

The next day we had another coffee at Naturaliste Health and another toastie – Thos Monet toasties are just the best! Then headed back home. We stopped by a friends coffee place in Bunbury Paper Route where they supplied the cakes. So I had a Spiced Chai Carrot Cake and took it home! Follow them on Instagram at Paper Route.

The 2 days holiday was amazing and I would do it all over again. In fact, in January I will be going to Busselton so I will be planning to go to all those places again.

I had a ball, and absolutely loved it all! I also bought Dandelion tea from the health food store which is great health wise! Please visit my Health and Wellness website which I will update with a Roast Veggie Pasta recipe up on the blog tonight! Will post on this blog too for your reference, just so you don’t miss out!

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed the small time I had in Dunsborough. It was “delightful” those two “days”!

Emmalisa

A List of my Favourite Author Blogs

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This week has been a little more hectic compared to my normal lifestyle of listening to music, watching my favourite TV shows and movies on Netflix or Google play, and reading a few books here and there and then using my new laptop to play my digital piano and record some songs for fun. I have started volunteering at Save the Children in Malaga which is a 10 minute drive down the road from me and I was excited to be starting there yesterday as they put me straight onto the “books”! in the warehouse. It is a fun job and I think for now it is the perfect job for me three days a week as I don’t have a permanenent full time job or anything, but I have one thing in the pipes music wise, so lets hope that works out down the line but that is another story for another time! I will keep you updated!


So, I started on unpacking books, and putting them into their categories, and I learnt a lot already just from the first two hours of working there!
I even remembered when they had a box for Art that that was the number 700 from the Dewey Decimal Classification System, so my brain was quite on par library wise!

It is so fun to be able to do the work, but lets see how its goes down the track! I recognised a lot of authors names, Dan Brown, Robert Ludlum, Di Morissey, you will always recognise author names when working in books, and so I have decided to make this post a little more delightful and create a list of my favourite authors names but also put their blog link with it so it gives you the chance to be able to check them out!!!!



My first and favourite one is:

1. Carrie Turansky – carrieturansky.com – this is such a stunning page and my favourite book of hers is “The Governess of Highland Hall”. I have probably mentioned that way too many times before! Her latest release is “No Journey too far” and I have read the rest of the Edwardian Bride Series and Shine like the Dawn. I want to get No Ocean too wide and Across the blue. You can sign up to her newsletter on her website and she also has a Book List!

2. Alena Kate Pettitt – of “The Darling Academy” – I just absolutely love the writings of her book Ladies Like Us as she goes through such beautiful topics such as Being a lady, being a darling!, emotional and social intelligence, and poise. My favourite section was on Defining your goals and aspirations as it really honed in on setting lifetime goals, and attitudes of the heart! It is beautiful written and you will not be disappointed if you purchase Ladies like us. She also has another book called English Etiquette which I want to get for myself! You can buy her books HERE.

3. DickensBlog – a Blog for all things Dickens! Here you can experience a blog page that promotes Charles Dickens’ books. There is a book you can get through this page called The Gospel in Dickens: Selections from His Work. It is $18US. I particularly liked the fact that on the 6th September 2020 that did an online conversation with a descendant of his!!! You will find this on the blog page link provided if you click on “A blog for all things Dickens!” You can easily subscribe.

4. Natasha Lester – This is particularly one of my favourites as she shares her “Writing Routine. ” She writes blogs that are more succinct and concise. For example, you should read How to Fit Writing Into Your Life: 6 Tips Based on My Writing Process on her website at natashalester.com.au. If you are a writer yourself, then articles and blogs are the way to go for you to read. It will give you so much more inspiration and will drive you to be a better writer!!!

I have the first two of her books.

The Paris seamstress

You will find this picture on my Instagram page.

The French photographer

She blogs every Tuesday and really sets her time working on her novels as you can see through her writing and blogs. So keep your eyes peeled every Tuesday, and her newsletters go out every Tuesday as well. So make sure to subscribe to her newsletter on the right hand side of the page/website.

I am excited to see her bring out The Paris Secret, but I am still on The Paris Seamstress and sooooooo excited and looking forward to reading the French Photographer as it looks completely stunning.

I don’t want to overload you with too many author blog pages, so I will stick to four for now and if I think of any more that I tend to read for myself I will create a Part 2!

So keep your eyes peeled incase I do do a part 2 of this blog. I hope that you enjoyed reading about these four favourite author blog pages of mine, and that you click on them and browse through them. There are some gems! and you never know some giveaways might be around the corner!

Emmalisa

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