15/01/2017 – In American River

Local fair at American River, Kangaroo Island.  A chance for the Dragon Boat club to share their passion and give others a go.

Someone has to carry it to the water.  ‘Sorry I’m taking photos’.

Beautiful head of the boat.

Liz at the front beating the drum to keep everybody together.

Scott at the back steering.  And in between are the newbies and a few experienced paddlers to make sure that they get back to shore safely.

And off they go. Believe me, this is far from easy, they had me out at a practice earlier in the week and it is hard work.  I am used to paddling my own boat (so to speak, and riding my own ride) and going at my own pace, but in a team sport like this everyone has to keep together. So no choice but to keep paddling to the boom of that wretched drum and nurse your aching muscles the next day.  A good experience, but not for me. Still Liz and Scott are off to Tasmania in October for the Dragon Boat Championships so they must be keen.

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13/1/2017 – I am back in South Australia, visiting friends

This is the front view of the beautiful stone cottage that I am sleeping while on Kangaroo Island with Liz and Scott.  Complete with mezzanine floor, Scott is now building an extension in order to house more WWOOFers.

View of the work in progress, to the left will be a shower block, in the middle is the new extension for bunk beds, and to the right is the original from the back of the building.

I slept in the extension, as the original cottage is being used for storage (and it’s full).  You can search on the category “Kangaroo Island” to check on their progress.

And here’s the garden for now, slightly overgrown as Liz and Scott have been cycling overseas for a few months, but they will soon get it back in shape.

I was amazed at the number of potatoes all over the garden, they are growing like weeds, the entire garden has potato plants growing between other vegetables.  I couldn’t resist collecting a few.

Some parts are a bit more ordered, I helped with the weeding.

Liz is working to get more seedlings into the garden before the weather turns and it is too late.

More produce that likes to grow unaided.

And this is how you try and keep the possums out.  Unfortunate if they get in, because then they have a hard time finding their way out again.  Great times as always.

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30/12/2016 – Quiz Night

With time to kill before the quiz night, Linda and I went for a short walk near the campsite.

Interesting plant, looks like a Eucalypt, but what do I know? This identifying plants is not as easy as I thought it would be.  Any takers on this one???

Back to camp where some are playing board games while they wait for quiz night.

We have made sure that we are ready to go.

Anne Marie made sure she had her drink, but “where the hell is my seat?”  Keen quizzers are waiting for things to kick off.

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28/09/2016 – A quiet few days on a boat


We put the boat in at Ravenswood, all set for a few relaxing days on the river.


Going down river towards Colin’s Pool, looking for somewhere to stop for the night.


Yeah, just woke up.


And I am not the only one who is slow in the morning!!!


That’s better, a nice cup of tea and the weather is warming up.  About time I finally tried out the self timer on my camera.


A beautiful day in the inlet, warm, blue and peaceful.


And the pelicans agree.  Wonderfully relaxing.

“there is nothing—absolute nothing—half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing,” he went on dreamily: “messing—about—in—boats;”

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame: Ch 1: The River Bank

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