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Friday 2nd June 2017

Bowen

overcast 23 °C

Still some damage visible in Bowen and along the coast after Debbie's visit but the locals say they are almost back to normal. Moving on to Townsville tomorrow and then on to Cairns. Have posted some video and photos.

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Wednesday 31st May 2017

Mackay

overcast 21 °C

We had a fabulous day on the reef aboard Grace II, no wind so we motored to Great Keppel, visited the island, resort had closed about 10 years ago, only camping and limited accommodation now so very quiet. Snorkelled before and after lunch which was fabulous though the coral has been damaged by Debbie. Dan followed a Turtle while swimming and video it. Packed up and moved on Friday to Cape Palmerston but on the we had to stop on the highway due to a truck that had over turned and damaged the road. 2 and a half hours later we moved on. I rented (well offered free of charge) use of our loo to ladies and we put the awning out to give people shade to stand under while we waited. 2 Surveyors were in the vehicle behind who were from Mackay so they told us places to visit. Finally arrived at the park, only recently been set up so very clean and new. Lovely views of Mt Fennel but I called in 'Nipple Hill' as that want it looked like. Had 3 nights there, Dan fished but only caught "Fish Fingers" and we saw a mini mud crab, thankfully no Crocks!

Left Monday morning and was all planned to get to Bowen for a few day when only about 3 klms down the road, Dan could see smoke coming from the back of Lucy and when we stopped to check, Dan said Get F*** in a tone that I knew that something serious had happened and it had. The back spring had broken on the suspension and we couldn't drive anywhere as the van was sitting on the tyre. Called CIL insurance and after an hours phone call, they had organised for a truck to take both Lucy and Pepe to Mackay to Jayco to be repaired. Seems a lot of caravans have this sort of damage so it wasn't something new to them. We had it assessed to find that the American Suspension on Lucy, is not up to Australian standards so it was better for us to get the whole lot replaced so that it won't happen again and that if something does happen on our travels, parts are available everywhere.

So this morning (now Thursday 1st June) we parked Lucy inside Tyre Power where she will be repaired and we will drive north on our own. We have a week to get to Cooktown to start our adventure to Cape York. 5 nights there, then 5 days camping to Weipa, 3 nights there then 5 more days of camping then on to the Top where we have 3 nights booked and then we put Pepe and us on the Trinity Bay Cargo ship and spend 2 nights sailing over the reef back to Cairns. We were going to leave Lucy in Cairns anyway so this saves us towing here and what we have to spend extra on accommodation with sort out on fuel costs savings. All part of the adventure or as Dan says, 'Miss Adventure'.

We get back to Cairns 2nd July and then we will come back to pick up Lucy and then head west to Mt. Isa all being good.

This is what it's all about, you never know what's going to happen and for me, the organised one, I have to get used to everything not going to plan. Part of the fun. Now we have the unit we are staying in full of our camping gear that Dan has to organise and pack into Pepe so we can be back on the road tomorrow. Only 21degrees today, they say it's WINTER! Nobody mentioned the football score either today but yesterday everyone was dressed in the Maroon Gear.

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Wednesday 24th May 2017

Mary Poppins, Bundy and Emu Park

sunny 26 °C

What a lovely town Maryborough is, we found a park right in town for Pepe and Lucy and walked around seeing where PJ was born and Mary Poppins came to life. Queens Park was lovely with musical instruments to play and beautiful gardens. We arrived at cousin Sue's place in Sharon just 20klms west of Bundy about 3 and set up camp in her front driveway. Sue has a farm with over 130 animals from Horses, goats, cows, calves, chickens dogs and 1 cat! It's amazing, especially at feeding time. It's a lot of work but Sue loves it.

Spend 3 nights there, Dan cooked up one of his specialities, Spaghetti Marinara with local sea food, fabulous, went down well with a bottle of Prosecco. Headed off on Tuesday and arrived at Emu Park, east of Rockhampton. Glad we didn't stay in Yeppoon it was just a big coast town when Emu Park is a 10th the size. Tomorrow (Thursday 25th) we are going over to Great Keppel Island for the day. Lucky we were able to get on the smaller boat with only 4 of us booked (that was the minimum) so we should get some good snorkelling time in. Have attached some photos and will post more after our trip to the Island.

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Friday 19th May

Tin Can Bag

rain 22 °C

We left Tamborine yesterday after a 2 and half week stay. We enjoyed celebrating Allison's and Alf's birthday with them and seeing the family on Mother's Day. Dan and I helped Alf pull down the old deck and floor boards of their old house and Allison took me to a "Pamper Day" held in the local community church. I was impressed that ladies from the church, volunteered their time to help ladies in the area that can't afford luxuries like facials, haircuts and their nails done. Morning tea was served with cakes, hot party pies and sandwiches. Professional hairdressers and beauticians gave up their time and I met some lovely ladies, all there to be pampered and for the company. Volunteering at it's best and all at no cost.

As we were packing up, Allison got a call to say her son Martin had been hurt in an accident on his motor bike on his way to work. Thankfully he wasn't killed but has damaged his left hand and ankle. He was taken to hospital where he will be for a while getting better. I hope that it's the last of his bike riding days, he may not be so lucky next time.

We arrived at Tin Can Bay about 2pm and checked into the first caravan park were we line up like sardines, one van next to another. Met the couple next to us who are from Broken Hill. We are packed in so close that our awning is almost touching their van. At 2.30am this morning we were woken by the sound of heavy rain, having to get up to close the hatches and windows. At 7am we headed down to the main tourist attraction in town, the feeding of the local dolphins. Along with a group of about 20 disabled people and their carers, we were greeted at the water by Dolphins Misty and Baby Joe and then Dad and 2 uncles arrived, for breakfast. It was $5 to watch and extra $5 to feed so I got to feed Misty with one fish. There are very strict regulations and very well organised but very enjoyable experience.

Heading to Bundaberg tomorrow to stay with cousin Sue on her farm so hopefully the rain will stop by then. On the way I have convinced Dan to visit Marybourgh where the author of Mary Poppins was born. I love Mary Poppins stories the movie and the music. I'll be singing 'a spoon full of sugar' and anything else I can remember the words to for Dan's entertainment!! More next week ........

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Wednesday 10th May

Tambourine Queensland

semi-overcast 21 °C

We left Evans Head Saturday 29th April and visited the Aerodrome Museum in the morning. Very interesting, got to go into an F1 11 and Dan and I both had a go at the Westpac Helicopter simulator, we are not good pilots, crashing into houses and sheds, flying vertically. Arrived at Tambourine at my sister's property having to drive via Beenleigh as 3 bridges are still out from the floods. You could see the damage the water left with the amazing heights it reached.

Last weekend we visited our wonderful life times friends David and Deb Lockley, (they introduced us - Dan especially grateful) in Chapel Hill and they took us to Redcliffe, north of Brisbane to visit the birth of the Bee Gees. They have made a walkway highlighting their musically lives as that's where the family settled first in Australia. We had a lovely walk on the pier and had lunch. Visited a English Lolly Shop where Dan tried a 'Mint' which was more like cough medicine, his face said it all. Sunday was breakfast at a lovely rustic café in Brookfield and a visit to Mount Coot-tha lookout where you can view Brisbane. Perfect weather, great company, fabulous friends. Thanks for a great weekend D & D.

Back in Lucy on Sunday night, ordered pizza for dinner, it was Delivered! that's how close the city is now to when they came here 30 years ago.

Big sister's birthday on Monday 8th and we entertained her 2 Granddaughters Amber 2 and Stephanie 4, Aunty Helen The Great tried to cook cup cakes the Steph's help, they turned out more like Rock Cakes but the birthday sponge turned out ok. Dinner at the Logan Village pub, great food, good value.

Allison and Alf have built a new home on their block and have to remove the old wooden/fibro house so we have been helping Alf removing the floor as he has already done the roof and walls. We forgot what mussels are when you haven't used them for a while.

Staying here for another week for Mother's Day with my Aunty Shirley and the rest of Allison's family, then it's Alf's Birthday on Tuesday so we will probably leave the 17th May head north to around the Sunshine coasts.

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