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Carmen

Carmen Jenner is a travel, food, and lifestyle writer, wanna-be photographer and the founder of Fluffy Towel. She specialises in travel memoirs, destination pieces, hotel reviews, guidebook contributor, travel advice, restaurant reviews, family travel, and copywriting.

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Truffle hunting in Manjimup

filed12 Apr 2016 from

On the 28th July in 2003 the first ever (well, the first documented one) truffle was found in Western Australia’s Manjimup. Thirteen years on, the Truffle & Wine Co. is so successful they now export to the US, Germany and France.

I went on a truffle hunt three years ago and I can still smell that earthy aroma. And as you can see below hunting for truffles is a very simple process…once you’ve selected the right plot of land, inoculated the trees, trained the dogs and waited several years to break even. No wonder they are so expensive. Although you don’t get to keep your findings, truffle hunting with dogs is a lot of fun and if nothing else, the scenery is spectacular and you can sample all things truffle at Truffle & Wine Company afterwards.

Meet Raisin, the truffle dog

Meet Raisin, the truffle dog

She's on the scent

She’s on the scent

Digging for black gold

Digging for black gold

Good girl!

Clever girl!

Time to leave the gorgeous forest of Oak Trees

Even if you don’t find black gold Oak forest is stunning

Time to enjoy our spoils and the simpler the ingredients the better you taste the truffles

Time to enjoy our spoils and the simpler the ingredients the better you taste the truffles

We found 1295 grams in just half an hour and at $2.50 per gram that's over $3,000 dollars worth.

We found 1295 grams in just half an hour and at $2.50 per gram that’s over $3,000 dollars worth.

ANZAC centenary Western Australia’s Great Southern Drive

filed22 Apr 2015 from

Greens Pool...too beautiful to be real

Greens Pool…too beautiful to be real

The approach into Western Australia’s Great Southern region is a mix of weathered scrub bordered by the rugged peaks of the Stirling Ranges hovering in the distance. This idyllic scene has been a fixture on the landscape for over one million years, but is a world away from how our ANZAC troops left the region to fight for Australia’s future.

The 25th April 2015 marks the ANZAC centenary and the 1st November 2014 …