Tuesday, 25 April 2017

25th April 2017 - Mourilyan Harbour to Cairns

Tuesday 25th April 2017

16 degrees 57.193S
145 degrees 41.140E
Blue Water Marina

So yesterday we got to Cairns after an uneventful night in Mourilyan Harbour. 

17 degrees 36.494S
146 degrees 07.482E
Mourilyan Harbour

I forgot my very best 2XS story from a week or so away…Harry (13) came and, rather earnestly, asked me if I had an electric toothbrush.  Why yes, a green one!  Oh…well it is floating in the toilet bowl…and I fished it out!  Heroic Harry!

Beautiful Esplanade Cairns pool
16 degrees 55.068S
145 degrees 46.880E
Marlin Marina, Cairns

Our friend Steve is a great boat companion.  But oh dear he is subject to seasickness… Captain Pete doled out Kwells rom the 2XS dispensary, to be taken two hours before we set sail.  Steve obediently swallowed them but…


This morning we followed the ANZAC parade up from the waterfront and enjoyed the rain, the sun, the humidity, the pathos.

And this afternoon we went up the narrow creek which reminded us all so much of African Queen. 

So surprising to be suddenly in a bustling new 

NEW Gold Coast-type suburb!

James and Born - surprised!
We spent the afternoon in the brand new hotel at Blue Water marina, watching the Essendon-Collingwood game and listening to a very nice musician called Shannon Hunter.

We had a teensy bit of difficulty getting back to 2XS…it is a public holiday and the marina manager had given us a berth number but no keys…We got out fork the pontoons into the hotel/cave area but…it was impossible to get back without a key.  Pete worked out a way of climbing over two fences around the back.  Tomorrow no doubt Rick the manager will be back and we will have proper keys to get in and out of our floating prison…

NEW suburb!!

Saturday, 22 April 2017

23rd April 2017 - Mission Beach - Steve has arrived - heading towards Cairns

Sunday 23rd April 2017

There are now five of us living in Maddie and Peter’s beautiful Mission Beach house.

Six including Mr Baggins!!

This is how he looked after an 8-kilometre walk with me…

We walked along the small beach below Pete and Maddie’s house and then onto the huge wide Mission Beach proper.

There were skydivers, making a comfortable easy landing further up the beach.  Other than that, the whole beach was ours.

Poor Baggins; I didn’t let him off the lead…He seemed to enjoy my company and the walk but…he is very devoted to Pete and Maddie and I strongly suspect he would have legged it off back home if I hadn’t had him tightly attached to me by his lead.

We didn’t see a cassowary, but I had to take a photo of the crossing sign, so delightful.

And when I went through my photos from exactly four years ago I found a nifty bit of videofilm which Pete took of a real live wild cassowary crossing the road very daintily and then disappearing into the thick jungle.

Maddie says she has seen the odd one in their glorious garden.

Why should a cassowary resist??

But at the moment the jungle in the steep mountains is full of berries and delicious things which a wild cassowary would like very much so there is no need to raid the cultivated gardens further down the hill.

I am amazed by the rain.  It has hardly stopped.  Pete Salmon says they get three metres a year…

The issue with creating a garden in the rainforest is not so much one of of planting and encouraging growth…It is more a constant battle with too much abundance.  The paths get overgrown just about overnight.

There is a beautiful new swimming pool but none of us has been for a swim – it is just too wet!

Beautiful but too dark and rainy for a swim!
So our latest arrival is Steve Mason, from Flinders Island.

Steve and Pete
He and Pete have been happily planning an itinerary.

It would just possibly be better if it didn’t bucket down torrentially every half hour but we are all set to leave this afternoon around 3pm, for a fifteen mile trip up the coast towards Cairns.  The next day we should be in Blue Water marina.  All things being equal!

Pete S and Pete H

Soon I will be looking like this again…layered with zinc cream and with totally uncontrolled/uncontrollable hair… I have been enjoying being out of the sun and the wind and having an accessible hairdryer!!