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Farewell Townsville

    We spent a last night on Magnetic Island nestled in to Horseshoe Bay, one of our favourite places on Earth. We saw a few boats from our marina who were also taking advantage of the eary northerly winds to head down to the Whitsundays. We might see tthem for sundowners tomorrow night at Cape Bowling green. After a walk ashore we had an early night to make a... read more

Queenstown 1st August 2016

 We have been to  Queenstown a couple of times in the summer, but never in the winter,. The town is nestled into the snow covered Southern Alps and around Lake   Wakatipu, The town is well known for it’s adventure sport, this was one of the original bungy jumping sites. In spite of the cold we saw people paragliding on the lake. But mainly it’s the skiing and... read more

Snow Farm August 2016

  I love cross country, Nordic skiing; I don’t do so well on a snow board. We had several wonderful skiing holidays with our Swedish and Norwegian friends .The last one was about thirty years ago. Dave isn’t quite so keen, and is more concerned about breaking something. We  extended our stay down in Queenstown so that Lee can  could join Grant  heli boarding.... read more

The Ice Bar

We had an a delicious lunch beside the lake today, then went to the Ice Bar. This was inspired by the ice hotel in Sweden, that is built each winter, and melts in the spring. We were given heavy jackets and fur boots and taken into  pine lined room for our briefing. We were told it was a bit colder than the usual -6C, more like –9C, and we were allowed to touch the ice, but had to... read more

Christchurch July 2016

  We have had a wonderful couple of weeks staying with Lee and his family in Christchurch, part work and part pleasure. There is a more optomistic feel in the city, with lots of building going on, though I am not sure locals are too happy with the up market glass enclosed bus station that looks like a five star hotel. I am sur they would rather have had a less expensive building, and... read more

Fire in the Marina

This evening a boat caught fire in the marina. All the owner did was turn on the engine, and it burst into flames! I called the fire department, who arrived very quickly and bravely doused the fire with water. There were a couple of small explosions, and a nearby yacht was moved to safety. Luckily the boat was not owned by a live aboard, they would have lost everything as only the hull was left.... read more

Dinner at Alisons

I met Alison in my art lesson, and asked her around for dinner while Dave was away. She arrived with wonderful  dips to have with drinks, six eggs from her two chickens, chilli peppers and aubergines she had grown herself, and a bucket of basil!! I was looking forward to seeing her house and garden, and were invited for dinner lthe other night. Alison many talents were in... read more

Breakfast by the Beach

It was a beautiful sunny, still, morning  so after our walk Dave an I decided to have breakfast  by the sea after our walk. We went to C Bar and sat looking at the beautiful view of Magnetic Island in the morning sun, while we had a leisurely breakfast. Just then the Red Baron flew past in his biplane, fast and low. But not as fast as a F11 did a few hours later! The jet was... read more

Sanctuary Cove Boat Show 2016

  We went to the show mainly to look at Catamarans, we boarded Lagoons, Leopards, Fountain -Pajout, and another cat, Knysna, designed by the same person who designed ours. The Leopards had an extra forward cockpit, in front of the lounge window. There was room for a table and two chairs. We thought that this could be dangerous n rough weather, as there was no way the water caught there... read more

Clears

There is a gap between the bimini  and the roof, which is great for letting in a breeze when you are steering, but tends to dry out your skin and eyes. We looked at having roll –up clears made, but the quote was nearly a thousand dollars, so we looked for an alternative. We decided to get acrylic sheets cut to size. We needed three, at $90 each, it was much less expensive option. We... read more

Christchurch Rebuilding at Last!

Dave and I were reunited in Christchurch, and caught up with Lee and his family, who are living there at the moment. It was  good to see that most of the damaged houses have now been knocked down, and rebuilding has started, at last .Some of the empty areas have been planted as mini parks, others are car parks. Yes you all know that Christchurch had a series of devastating earthquakes,... read more

Keeping Busy in the Heat

We’re back in Townsville now, and Dave goes off to England for work in a few days, it sure is going to seem quiet after the weeks excitement!. I have ben keeping myself busy while Dave is away, going to art classes, the gym,  swimming, and I have joined a very talented choir. Last night Peter took me to a musos evening, where a group of musical people meet in someone’s home... read more

Cheryl and Grant's Wedding

We are in Melbourne for the week leading up to Grant and Cheryl’s wedding, and  it’s wonderful to catch up with Lee and his family who are also here, and how great it is to be out of the hot, humid, wet weather of Townsville!  Hazel is no longer a baby, but a delightful little girl who loves jewellery, and dressing up. She copies Reuben and follows him around. We were... read more

The Wet Has Arrived!!

The rains are here at last!! Plus the tail end of Cyclone Winston ,that ravaged Fiji so badly. A bad weather warning was issued so I took all the sun and seat covers down and tidied up the deck. Luckily the wind was not that strong, just under thirty knots, but there was very heavy rain. The picture is the view out over the stern showing how poor visibility had become. We did not get a... read more

Farewell to Sea Piper

Janet and Royden have sold their catamaran to a couple in their thirties with two young children. When the children are a few years older the family is planning to sail around the world. They are taking possession on Saturday and Royden is sailing down to Airlee beach with them to, literally, show them the ropes. We were lucky enough to have our previous owner, Gerrit, do the same for us, and... read more