It hasn't even been 24 hours since my last post, but I just have too many exciting things to talk about. Ben is also dying to share Gnomeville with you all, but he's at work and you know...busy.
After I posted yesterday, we went out with Mark and Tyler because they needed to look at new dryers. We figured it'd be nice to go along for the ride (we're the family dogs, apparently), and it'd be good to get an idea of how much a washer and dryer would cost. That's probably something we won't buy used. Anyway, all the stores were closed because "It's the 1950's here!" (as Tyler would say) so we decided to go on a little adventure.
Mark and Tyler had all kinds of things they wanted to show us, but first was wine country. One of the wineries in Western Australia is one of the top in the whole world--but I don't remember what it's called. Anyway, wine is huge here, and there are a lot of vineyards. We drove about 20 minutes outside of Bunbury to a town called Dalyellup. The country was breath-taking. I have never seen such beautiful scenery. It reminded me of the movie "Heidi". Here's a picture, but honestly it doesn't do it justice. You just have to experience it for yourself.Mark decided he wanted to show us the Willobridge Estate, which is a vineyard that makes and bottles all their own wine. The views were so so beautiful. (We were riding in the back of his 2-door car, so it was hard to get decent pictures.) We got there around 4p and saw that a wine tasting was going on, so we jumped right in! That's the first time Ben and I have done a wine tasting, and we felt so classy. It was cool to see the huuuuuuge vats that they store the grapes in, too.
This is the most important part of our adventure yesterday. Mark and Tyler kept talking about taking us to "Gnomeville". I don't know what I was expecting, but it was probably anything other than what we saw. It's basically this little wooded area that people bring gnomes from all over the world, and write where they're from on them. I don't know why they chose gnomes, except for maybe they were going for the creepiest thing they could think of. Here is a picture, to show the extent of the Gnomes:
The gnomes just keep going along a trail. They're everywhere. Thousands and thousands!
Along the way back we got up close and personal with 3 kangaroos!! The way they jump is so cool. We were driving though so we didn't get a good picture. But I'm sure we will eventually get a good one. Oh, did you know people actually eat kangaroos here?! They have kangaroo steaks, and kangaroo sausages. They're so cute, I don't know if I could eat it...I guess as long as the meat doesn't have a face I would try.
Anyway, we had quite the adventure yesterday. Today we'll get our car. Ben got his first paycheck, too. How exciting! Here are a few random pictures that don't go anywhere in the blog, but you should see anyway. Hope the States are treating everyone well. Don't drink any oil!
Crazy yield sign!