Monday, 27 October 2008
Friday, 10 October 2008
In the evening we enjoyed another delicious meal with Allana and Skilly, our hosts - this time sushi made by Skilly.
Thursday, 9 October 2008
Wednesday, 8 October 2008
Today we went to Mudjimba beach just north of Maroochydore where we enjoyed some sun, beach and a picnic.
Friday, 3 October 2008
Today we drove down to Pemberton and went to the Gloucester Tree which contains a fire look-out platform at the top - about 61m above the ground. (See more information below about these unique structures and the history behind this particular one.) Tim and Gordon climbed to the top on the metal-spike ladder/stairway - an amazing experience with photos below :
The start of the ladder/stairway
Gordon begins the climb
Trees ahoy - the view over the surrounding forest from the crows nest on top
Tim and Gordon relieved that they made it to the top
Excerpt from the WA Department of Environment and Conservation web site :
The Gloucester Tree, in Gloucester National Park, is probably Western Australia's most famous Karri tree. This 60-metre-high giant towers above the forest surrounding Pemberton. In the past, foresters maintained a regular fire lookout from its lofty crown. Today, visitors climb to the cabin in its upper branches for sensational views of the surrounding karri forest.
The Gloucester Tree was one of eight lookout trees built between 1937 and 1952 in the karri forest. The construction of fire lookout towers in the tallest trees of Western Australia's karri forest was the practical response to one of the most serious threats to forest communities in the South-West.
The Gloucester Tree lookout was built in 1947, in the highest of the tall karri trees near Pemberton. The floor of its cabin sits 58 metres above the ground. The tree was one of a group on a ridge overlooking the Eastbrook in an area that had not been logged when timber cutting operations of the Pemberton Sawmill passed through. Conveniently located just three kilometres from Pemberton, it gives a commanding view of the surrounding countryside.
The suitability of the tree as a lookout was verified by forester Jack Watson after an epic climb. Using climbing boots and a belt to scale the tree, it took him six hours to reach a height of 58 metres and return. The ascent was made more difficult by the massive girth of the tree, some 7.3 metres, and the fact that limbs had to be negotiated from 39.6 metres. This feat is claimed to be a record climb, and is widely recognised in forestry circles as one of the greatest efforts of courage and endurance in the Australian forest.
Pegging the ladder, and lopping of the branches, was carried out by another legendary south-western forester, George Reynolds. During this work, a branch which he had cut through twisted in its fall and snapped off a number of pegs. George remained aloft for several hours while his assistant Len Nicol repegged the damaged section from below.
Monday, 29 September 2008
Friday, 26 September 2008
Since the friends we are staying with know the owners of the park we got special treatment to visit the koala bears and to get up close to them
Above - a baby holding on to its mother and chewing on a eucalyptus leaf; below - an adult in a typical position in a tree
Above - Cai got to feed the adult; below Jenny holding one of the adults - a female called Crystal who is very cuddly
Wednesday, 24 September 2008
We were met at the airport by my old Plumtree friend Tim New who had had to "chuck a sickie" - take a day off work "sick" - to do so ! Reminded me of a book I read many years ago called "Lets Stalk Strine" - an amusing tome about how to talk Australian.
Saturday, 6 September 2008
It was one of the best rugby games any of us had ever watched and closely won by the Sharks to elevate them to the top of the standings
Gaye and Jenny celebrate the Shark's victory and a reunion after many years !
Thursday, 4 September 2008
Jenny and Cai were delighted to see Andrew and Clare's new baby, Leo Keith (second name same as Gordon's - both after Leo's granfather Keith Harvey)
Wednesday, 3 September 2008
Highlight of the visit was the dolphin show which featured a total of nine dolphins in three separate group perfornaces - quite amazing
For Cai the other highlight was seeing a diver in one of the large tanks feeding the fish and many varieties of rays
Tuesday, 2 September 2008
First stop is Durban, South Africa where we are staying with Gaye and Peter Goodridge. Gaye and Jenny were at high school together at Eveline and it was through Gaye that Jenny and Gordon met back in 1974 ! Gaye and Peter were at the Eveline reunion in France in April so Jenny had seen them there but Gordon had not seen Gaye since 1988 and never met Peter before ! In the photo below we are celebrating at a Portugese restaurant called Mozambik in Ballito.
We also caught up with Gordon's aunt (Rita's sister), uncle and cousins who also live in Durban and who we had not seen for 20 years ! From left - uncle Pat, Jenny, Cai, cousin Chris and his wife Roseanne, Rita (also visiting), and cousin Marion.
Monday, 18 August 2008
Thursday, 10 July 2008
The list will be updated as new sightings are made with the more recent ones at the top of the list :
Stonechat (July 10)
Miombo Rock Thrush (July 1)
Bluegrey Flycatcher (June 30)
Viloetbacked Sunbird (June 29)
Greyheaded Bush Shrike
Black Flycatcher (June 28)
Green Spotted Dove
Yellow White Eye
Cape Turtle Dove
African Pied Wagtail
Helmeted Guinea Fowl
Wednesday, 2 July 2008
Above : going for an elephant ride; Below : feeding their "steed" after the ride
Wednesday, 4 June 2008
Tuesday, 3 June 2008
Sunday, 1 June 2008
We have been enjoying lots of campfires in the evenings around the fire pit built by the Taylor team.