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Fiji Doubletree Resort by Hilton Sonaisali Island

The good points are that our bure overlooking the water was spacious and clean. The staff are friendly, as are 99% of all Fijians. There was lovely music played by the Fijian musicians, but it was for listening, not dancing. Lovely sunsets. Become a Hilton Honors member and you get free internet. If you had children the Kids Club actives looked good. The bad points- The pool was... read more

Cathy and Pete on Set Free

Set Free is a 50 foot steel sloop with a centre cockpit. She sleeps 6 – 8 people, with the master cabin and head in the stern. She cruises easily at an average of 7 – 8 knots under sail and motors along nicely at 6, using the 89 horse power Lister engine.   Pete, a carpenter by trade, is an experienced sailor, he’s sailed from Auckland to Albany, Sydney and around... read more

The Cat On the Cat

  Masey is Grant’s and Cheryl’s cat, they brought her with them because it was going to cost $400 to send her to a cattery for 2 weeks!! That was the same price as her airfare from Melbourne to Maroochydore, so they decided to bring her. Most of the time she is very sweet, but she does not like to be picked up or carried, and will slash and spit! Masey isn’t the... read more

Woodford Folk Festival

  Woodford is the southern hemispheres answer to Glastonbury, but set in forested hills deep in the countryside. There is a huge variety of music, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and international styles. But it is also comedy, circus, dance, art, yoga, tai chi, lantern making and so much more. Every minute of the day there are so many choices to make, do I take the Persian dance... read more

Christmas Day 2016

 Grant and Cheryl  are staying with us for a couple of weeks, and they bought their cat, Masey with them. She wasn’t very happy at first and explored with a very worried look on her face, but she has settled down now and is very good.     We drove to Coulandra  yesterday and had a delicious lunch on the beach. The beach is a great surfing beach, it had... read more

Christmas Boat Parade

  Every year boats are garlanded with lights and sail up and down the canals. As we are on the end of the finger, we have one o the best views, so we invited Margaret, Liz, and her 2 adorable children Maddie and Dylan to join us. The children were especially excited to be on a boat and explored her with enthusiasm! The boat parade lasted several hours and we were very impressed with... read more

Mooloolaba, Home sweet home 27th November

  Just as we were passing Noosa the sky turned grey, it started to rain, and visibility was drastically reduced. This made it hard to find the Mooloolaba entrance and lead lights, but we managed in the end. It was a strange feeling motoring up past the rock wall we used to walk along every evening when we lived here 4 years ago! Half of me was glad to be back with our friends and the... read more

Wide Bay Bar 26h Nov

Bars strike fear into mariner’s hearts at the best of times! They are an accident of nature involving build up of sand banks, wind and tide. An area o very rough water is created, that worsens with high winds and the wrong state of the tide. They need to be crossed with very low winds, and  at high tide, when the water is slack. The bete noir of bars in these parts is the Wide Bat... read more

Pelican Bay 25 th November.

  Internet intermittent. Left at 5 am this morning ,much easier sailing with a deeper channel, and a couple of hours later we were turning into Pelican Bay.  There were about 10 boats anchored in the middle, but no sign of Paul, so I rang him. He said he was moored further down, past where the ferries were berthed, in a deeper pool of water, so we attempted to join him. He... read more

Sandy Straights 24th November

  Internet- good A few pesky bushflies, and mozzies   We left at 7 to catch the tide intending to go to Gary’s Landing for the night. It wasn’t too hard to find our way between the sandbanks to the main channel from the port, but then it all got rather tricky! There was absolutely no wind or waves!! It’s not often this happens, so we might go all the way... read more

Hervey Bay

  We had our best trip down the Bruce ever, only 1 roadwork!! For those of you that don’t know the Bruce Highway between Mooloolaba and Townsville has the most number of road works I have ever seen, someone once counter 79 on that stretch! Each one you have to slow down or stop for, then fight your way to the front of grey nomads tootling along enjoying the scenery, and road trains... read more

Tilt Train To Townsville

    We needed to go back to Townsville to pick the car up and catch up with friends there. We looked at all the options, flying from Brisbane, one way car hire, and Greyhound bus. All worked out about the same price, but the train was the most convenient. We went mad and paid a bit extra  for seats that changed to beds, as it was an overnight journey. Trip advisor... read more

Supermoon Madness 14th November

What a terrible night! We watched a live stream of earthquakes in New Zealand, every couple of minutes another one was reported. Many of them were in the ‘severe’ category. and both the North and South island were effected. Other countries were also hit, Argentina, Puerto Rico, New Guinea and Japan. This is the closest the moon has been to the earth in 68 years, and it is... read more

Sandy Straights Marina 13th November

  The weather forecast is not good, rain and thunderstorms for the next few days, so we have decided to text train up Townsville on Monday night, to pick the car up and catch up with friends. I belong to face book group call Women Who Sail which is a very supportive group of women who I can turn to for advice, that occasionally give some of my own. In A few weeks after I joined a by... read more

UranganĀ  Marina, Sandy Straights

    On reflexion and with hindsight, we should have  re anchored and waited a day before setting off. The wind was stronger than forecasted, and the waves higher, they were actually level with the top of the stanchions and we surfed down them pretty fast, reaching 12 knots! Because of this it was hard to keep to the course as Jazz Cat was yawing so much, it kept looking we... read more