Tuesday, 10 September 2013

On The Road Again

Hi everyone. 

We are on the road again after departing Ayr in mid August saying goodbye to a number of people who we have become friends with especially Vince and Heather from Sth Australia.
We have just spent three weeks in beautiful Bowen with Pete, Lynne, and Nola and Stan with exceptional weather, swimming and walking most days and lots of "happy hours".  We both enjoyed our wee holiday and Dave is beginning to wind down again. 

We are now heading further North and are currently staying at Rollingstone right on the beach front 70k's north of Townsville.  Sadly we can't swim at the beach as there are salt water crocs & stingers in this part of the country as well.

The stunning pool here at Rollingstone

Our beachfront view and facilities

We met up with Murray & Maureen Robertson from Canterbury on Friday in Townsville which was great to catch-up on all the news from home.  They had spent 10 days on Magnetic Island on their way to Europe.

Thanks again for all your emails - we are slowly replying to them individually - funny how time goes so quickly (doing nothing).

The lifestyle is suiting us both and we will look for work in the coming months or when something comes up that we like the look of.

Photo's that follow are a selection since our last update.
Dave's bit
Well the fishing has been crap, I managed to catch two large Cat fish in the Burdekin river while I was still in Ayr, they were both around the 10 to 12 lb mark and were released back as they are not
good eating. 
  At last (shame we can't eat it)!
Bowen was not much better, Pete and I tried all sorts of spots, I managed a small Trevally off the wharf , Pete got a Dart off the beach and the only other fish was a whiting about 80mm long and a puffer fish.
Yesterday I went along the beach to the Rollingstone creek mouth got good bites on the incoming tide but then dead, on the tide turn I got a hell of a scare as bubbles appeared in front of me in the water (croc signal) but it turned out to be a large turtle which surfaced in front of me, a little later good bites again and bugger me if I didn't catch a small turtle (300mm) no harm done as he was not hooked so back into the water he went, after this it was home for a cold beer.
Hope everyone is well, keep those emails and texts coming, we love to hear what everyone is up too. 

Celia, Dave and Larry

Nola & Larry at the beach

Our wee possum - Penny (mum) & Petunia who we watched grow from birth and hand feed each night.

Dave & Larry walking the Burdekin Bridge - plenty of these spiders on the bridge too!

 The cane burn - spectacular

 Brolga birdlife at the farm

 Dave at the corn farm

Meet Claire a Vinnies volunteer for over 40 years (now 90)

Our wee shop in Ayr

Just a few things to sort out the back at Vinnies

Bowen Views

Bogie River Retreat and Wild Life
 Larry at Collingwood - miners remembrance

  Girls night - camp Bowen  (Lyn, me & Nola)

Sunset at Bowen       

Down on the beach with Lyn waiting for the big catch!


 Ever hopeful!

After a frustrating fish

Father's Day Celebration at Bowen Yacht Club
 Me & Lyn

Pete, Lyn & me

Nola & Stan

 Who Other than Me, Dave & Pete


Larry and the Meerkats in Bowen (Nola's Meerkat mansion)



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