Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
We left Brisbane around 5 am to make our way back to the boat in Roslyn Bay. We had showers all the way till just south of Childers. Here is a rainbow taken from the car and a shot of the rainbows end. Where's the pot of gold?? We also had a hugh kangaroo jump across the road in front of us, but happened to fast for a picture. ( we did also see a dingo run across the road on our trip from Nowra around the Coff's Harbour way.)
We had a really lovely Christmas in Brisbane. Brisbane had plenty of rainfall with showers sometimes heavy. We all enjoyed the day playing and eating. These are some photos from Christmas. We started Christmas Eve in Byron Bay as we were traveling back from Nowra (south of Sydney) and drove as far as Byron Bay (12 hours). We did the rest of the drive on the morning of Christmas eve. I love this Christmas decoration as I think it shows Christmas as it should be down under. Our Christmas pressies looks like we will have the pirate theme again this year!!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
We had a really nice visit with the daughters, and have moved further South (by car). We are on our way to Nowra, but made a stop in Kiama for my birthday. We drove 12 hours yesterday, and stopped at Raymond Terrace just near New Castle, NSW. Up at 5am ( really 4am Queensland time) to drive another 3 1/2 hrs. to Kiama. We had a lovely day here today. It was only 17 degrees (c) this morning but warmed up nicely to about 22. We had a walk to the beach, went for swim(brrr), had a relax, and then back to our sea side cabin where we relaxed and had a read for a bit. Bruce made a dinner reservation for us at a seafood rest., but before we went out we had a Luxurious Spa bath!! I opened my birthday pressies at the cabin.
Well we made it to the Gold Coast on the 10th of Dec. to be met by bumper to bumper traffic coming through Brisbane! Had a nice visit with our friends from The Wanderer. We celebrated my birthday a little early!! From here we are back to Brisbane for a short visit with daughters Jo& Peta. Then onto the Sunshine Coast for a relax and visit with daughter Samantha.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Our last night out here in the islands for about 3 weeks. We leave for the marina tomorrow, and in the car on Thursday for a road trip south. Heading down to the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshne Coast, and then down to Nowra. Visiting family & friends for the holidays. On our last night here at the anchorage we had 7 cats & 1 mono anchored off Monkey Beach GKI. Beautiful sunset, and a good crowd for sundowners. 4 of the boats are from Mooloolaba. See some of you real soon. Cheers.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Is it a teletubby? No it's me geared up for a swim in tropical waters during stinger season!!!! Hahaha I know very stylish. Actually these suits have been great. We've been for a swim, and then a walk and guess what no CHUB RUB! They are actually pretty comfy, and cool to wear. Enjoy the other photos of Great Keppel. There is another billy goat only this time he has come down to the sea with his family! How cute. Pic of Bruce oyster harvetsing, and the bird that was watching us as he was also hunting on the rocks.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
We moved around again today. We are at Svendsens Beach, GKI. There has been quite a bit of storm activity around us all day today. Before we moved around we saw a water spout and we could actually see the water being picked up from the surface from a funnel cloud. I tried a photo, but it didn't turn out. We have been lucky that the storms seem to move around us, with us just on the edge of them.
Last night we put up our xmas tree. I went into the bow storage today to get out the rest of our xmas things, but sadly they are in storage. Today was just a day to hang out and we both read must of the day.
There is a severe thunderstorm warning out into the night and at present the wind is gusty from the SE.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Pinch and a punch for the first day of the month.... padlock white rabbits. That's a little game that is played here in Australia. The saying is given with a pinch and a punch and if you don't say padlock then the person you are pinching can say a hit and a kick for being so quick. :o)
It is also the 1st day of summer Down Under.
We are still here at GKI (Great Keppel Island) We moved from Long Beach today as there is a SE change in the weather expected to move through sometime tonight. We have moved around to a beach called Fisherman's Beach which is right in front of the resort. have to say at the moment it is not the most comfortable anchorage. The winds have been blowing from the N and got up to the 20 knot mark and now have died all together leaving us to hang in the current which is running on the strong side due to the spring tides ( tides run higher highs & lower lows, which makes for more current moving, due to the Full moon tomorrow also happens on the new moon), anyway it is carrying us side on to the swell. a bit rocky rolley! We met up with some friends of ours from Mooloolaba
( Just Magic) when at Long Beach and they moved around to this beach as well. We met on the beach and went and got an ice cream from the resort. Also as we were sitting having a chat we saw a monitor lizard. Sunset pic is from last night.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Well I made it back to the boat on Thursday. We set out on Friday. Had a nice sail back to Great Keppel Island. We anchored off Long Beach due to the NE/ NW winds. Winds are blowing 15/20 to 25/30 knots for a couple of days now. Tonight we had thunderstorm warnings!
We took a walk today around Monkey Point. Photos attached. I Love the one of the Billy goat!!!!
Sunset and you can see the storm clouds around.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
After our explore of the island and creek we came back to the boat, and there were schools of fish tearing up the water. From way far out to right next to the boat. After watching for at least an hour I took heaps of photos we made out that they were some kind of tuna, and after talking to Greg & Jan from 'Outahia' there were some sharks among them as well. Tuna eating the bait fish, and sharks hunting the tuna. We also had another fab sunset. Some nature shots as well.
Bruce and I had a great walk yesterday. What started out as a little walk, as Bruce is nursing a sore foot from an old injury, turned into a 5 hour walk!!! Started from Leeks beach walked u to the homestead and then the track to the lighthouse, and back down towards Wrecks Bay. Luckly we had some good wind to keep us cool, as it was a pretty hot day. Left at 11 and returned at 4. We also had an explore of the creek here. One day we will go in and stand Tropical Soul up in there. Saw some wild goats on the island, and jellyfish in the creek. Also had my first experience of getting the dingy from the beach through breaking waves. We waited for the right time except I didn't make it into the dingy, I lost my footing and ended up under water, so we had to hold the boat through some breakers until the next set came through. Yikes was quite a learning curve.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
We did get a couple of sundowns that it wasn’t raining, so some of the people in the anchorage gathered on the beach. Bruce & I had a little explore on one of the beaches, and are hoping to have a bit of a longer explore on a walk through the bush. We are going to be in this area for the next month or two, so if not this time definitely next time we are here.