5/5/2018 – Queensland

On 30 April 2018 my mother passed away in Bundaberg. A sad occasion for all of the family, although we were relieved that she is now at peace having suffered with Alzheimer’s Disease for a number of years.

I flew up to Queensland to be with my sisters and father, a small respectful funeral was held at my parents local Baptist church.

While in Queensland and waiting for the funeral, we just had to go fishing, and for once we actually managed to catch some decent sized fish.  In mum’s memory I say.  She also enjoyed going fishing once dad had retired.  And I do remember teaching her how to cast her fishing rod back in South Australia.  (This was done on dry land and a few trees got in the way.)

Here I am showing off the ones that I caught.

Hey, they look even  better like this.  And they tasted good too.

Here is Chris enjoying hers cooked whole.  Some of us preferred fillets, although I only got to taste the flathead and not the bream. Hmmm.

While on the subject of Chris, here is one of the most amazing photographs in her collection.  I am so impressed that she managed to get this photo, both birds keeping still.  National Geographic eat your heart out. I think it is the blue breasted wren but not sure.

One last photo, totally unrelated, me on my new Stand Up Paddle board – learning to surf with it…..   Well you have to start somewhere, and I know the wave is nowhere near me but there is always next season – it is getting too cold now.

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2/4/2018 – Rendall Close – Weir

A little known area of Margaret River, I was again lucky to be taken here and shown how to find it.  You can see where we were launching the paddle boards from and there are also walking tracks around the area. A nice quiet spot, I will endeavour to find it again one day.  Note: Ten mile walk/cycle trail goes past this spot and can be picked up from here, or reached at the end of River View Drive.  Actually on Warperup Creek now.

A quick look up the road that is a walk/cycle track.

Another beautiful day for mucking around on the river.

Rather muddy, but no one fell in!

Always the poser!

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31/03/2018 – Margaret River and a cycle to Boranup Forest Gallery

Keen to get out and enjoy the fantastic weather, the kayakers managed to get ready and take off just before the paddler boarders.

However, we also enjoyed the Margaret River albeit at a slower pace.

I also got the benefit of a cave tour by Peter and Maxine who had been here before.

Big limestone cliffs with numerous gaps and small caves showing.

The next day I chose to go cycling, a rough cycle on dirt to the local Boranup Gallery for a coffee and look at the art work.  Proving that it won’t be too difficult, local resident Dave takes his tandem along for the ride.  We covered about 45 kms on this track.

Photographer Dean waits for others to come into view.

And I was lucky enough to get a photo taken as I cycled by.

Then we were invited back to Dave’s house for hot cross buns and coffee.  Above is another of his visitors,  an enormous grey kangaroo, they apparently waltz in and out of his garden at will.  This one was not scared and I did not get too close.

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31/01/2018 – A pleasant afternoon with two friends

A friend, Anne, suggested a paddle along the Canning River from Kent Street Weir one afternoon.  She has a kayak, and I mentioned to Aly that she might like to come along and could travel on my SUP board quite comfortably.

The river was quite murky and low, so we took it easy, not knowing what was beneath us.

Here is Aly sitting on the front of my board, trying not to dangle her toes in as this disturbs the movement of the board as it moves forwards.   By the way, I was paddling, she is just holding the paddle so I can concentrate on the photo.

It was a beautiful day and we were entranced by the scenery, despite the muddy waters.

We meandered up a side tributary, only to find it too shallow to continue.

Then a series of splashes and a flurry in the water startled me. Finishing up with two small fish landing on my board, what a surprise!  Well, I had to get a photo of this, one fish smartly returned to the water but I did manage to encourage the other to stay a while and get his photo taken.

Apparently a small bream, we saw lots of fish jumping after this, nice to know that the waters are still clean enough to allow fish to breed.

We stopped on the river bank for a short while and Aly had a go on the board – easy peasy.

Returning back to our start point, I took the opportunity of getting a photo of myself, difficult to do when you are out paddling on your own.

And I am not going to make the mistake of falling in right at the end of the trip when someone has a camera trained on me. (I hope).

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