The Beauty of Kununurra after rain.

February 2020.

Yes, we have had more rain which is awesome especially for the adventurous locals & the early tourists this year. But will definitely be nice to get some more follow-up rain. Went out boating with Ben & Bec, end February, up Lake Kununurra towards Lake Argyle met Fritz & Matt (broken down) along the way so they jumped in with us. Had an awesome afternoon, walked up to Harry’s Hideaway – great walk & quite interesting.

WOW! the waterfalls are truly magnificent & lotz of fun, photo’s do not do them justice, the river water was a bit discoloured but still enjoyable for a quick dip, we did see a few freshies but all was good.

Top End – ‘wet season’

Yea, the wet season has begun, we just hope it continues for a bit longer. The storms, light shows & rain has been awesome & of course a bit troublesome too when we lose power for hours at a time but you get that.

We went up river towards Lake Arygle but stopped about half way up for a picnic & also lotz of swim stops on the way up & the return trip, there was only a couple waterfalls running that we could see but I expect we need more rain.

Peter & I have now purchased our’dream’ trailer’, so we thought we would take it for a spin. Left Kununurra & headed east towards Katherine, camped at a free camp & tried out the generator & air con – awesome :-). Drove to Darwin the next day & saw this pretty pony – he was pretty awesome also. Next day headed east again out on the Arnhem Highway towards Jabiru, entered Kakadu National Park for quite a few klms, we didn’t do any site seeing or adventures as we had time restraints but we will visit this area again & exploit the area. Got to Jabiru & took the Kakadu Highway back west towards the Stuart Hwy, camped at Pine Creek caravan park, Peter utilised his cooking skills for dinner & breaky quite successfully, after breaky we were inundated with flying foxes flying above us, obviously someone had upset them. Back to Kununurra, a beautiful storm, lost power for 10 hours (not so nice). The desert roses flowering lotz & the boga’s (which cousin Ros planted) just starting. A friend of mine is growing dragon fruit which are quite yummy managed to take a photo of the flower which is unusual as it only flowers at nite, the bloom turns into the fruit in 15 days – quite amazing & what a beautiful flower.

Pale Pink Alpinia
Took a nice boat ride up the river.
A few waterfalls starting to flow.
Yea – our new, 2nd hand trailer.
Such a handsome critter.
Beautiful wetlands.
South Alligator River
Love the signage.
Peter cooking breakfast on the new camper. Was quite yummy.
Just after we finished breaky someone must have upset the local bat colony – there was 1000’s.
Raining – thankyou.
Desert Rose
Bougainvillea popping out with the river in the background.
Crown of Thorns
Pitaya-‘dragon fruit’ flower.

Return to Kununurra.

We arrived back in Kununurra in early November, the sunflowers were blooming – WOW! so nice. The magpie geese are growing in numbers as the mangoes are ripening.

I flew back to Brisbane late November to spend some time with my grandson & his parents – how could I be so blessed & lucky, thankx Jenna & Mike. Harrison Colin Parker – what a joy he is and he has so many different expressions. Most mornings Jenna, Harrison & I went working usually with Harrison in the baby carrier which kept him snug & checked out peoples gardens, found a few cute cacti’s. One morning we drove to Alexander Clarke Park on the Logan River, they have amazing walking tracks & bbq facilities. We found some interesting flowers too.

Ziggy the cat loves his window sleeping pad.

Got back to Kununurra mid December to discover the boabs in full flower – they are awesome, have a beautiful scent but don’t last too long. We have had an amazing couple of dust storms lately followed by rain storms. The lightening shows are pretty cool.

2 very proud parents.
Harrison loves his bath.
2 cute succulents we spotted in someones yard.
A bromeliad flowering at sister Lesley’s house.

Boabs flowering in Kununurra.

Amazing dust storm heading towards us.
Followed by rain storm.
Awesome light show near the sleeping buddha.

Back in Sydney

After disembarking from the cruise, Shell, Ric, Peter & I booked into our accommodation, we have 2 nights in Sydney. We spent time walking around Darling Harbour, the Chinese gardens, lunched along the waterside, Shell & Ric took a ferry to Manly, Peter & I took a train to Redfern to lunch with Peter’s sister Carole & Costa, they have a amazing home & the lunch was awesome – thankx guys.

We dined that night with mates Jennelle & Darren who we worked with & met in Tasmania, always great to catch up with these guys somewhere in Australia. Had 4 days in Brissy before heading back to Darwin & Kununurra. Was really good to share a dinner with Peter’s girls unfortunately no Lisa but she is always in our heart & thoughts. Peter got to spend a little time with his grandies which is always a great experience for him, I spent time with my older, smaller sister Lesley & Al (her honeybun) & also my Jenna who is very pregnant & beautiful.

They have brolga’s in Sydney town.
Having lunch over looking Darling Harbour.
The Chinese Garden of Friendship located in Darling Harbour.
This critter was sunbaking on a rock.
Found lotz of critters in these beautiful gardens.
There are ‘dump’ birds (ibis) everywhere.
While walking around we passed many beautiful flowers.
Walked up a small hill & Peter decided to rest for a few minutes .
The Young Endeavour parked up at present.
Took a ferry from darling Harbour to Circular Quay.
Saw this Kangaroo Paw in someones front garden as we walked to Carole & Costa’s in Redfern
Carole ( Peter’s sister) at her beautiful home.
Costa sharing a beer with Peter.
Had dinner in Darling Harbour with great mates Darren & Jennelle – we met & worked together in Tasmania.
Shared a great dinner with Catherine & Greg.
Also Amy & Pat.
& of course the ‘grandies’ – Abigail & Tommy.
Common cactus flower – quite lovely, found in Jenna’s garden.

Island stop at New Caledonia

One our stops on the cruise was New Caledonia, Noumea – a tropical island in the Pacific. We were very lucky to have a wonderful friend ‘Martine’ who lives there, Martine collected the 4 of us & showed us some parts of her beautiful country. We shared some light refreshments at her home which was awesome – Martine we will be back :-).

Our wonderful friend Martine & Peter.
This was one of the guns used in World War II against the Japanese.
We had a lovely cup of coffee at a resort next to the sea.
And of course there was a penguin.
The Cultural Centre.
Awesome views.
Our beautiful friend Martine.
Martine was a fantastic tour guide, full of information about her country.
This cow was made out of spam cans which came from the spam factory that is no longer working in New Caledonia.
Many woven items made out of grassess.
Lotz of wooden carvings – they were magnificent.
Quick rest stop.
This creation was made out of leaves.
refreshments on Martines balcony.
This tree was near a beach, an amazing amount of roots, a ficus taking over the trunk of a palm tree.

Going Cruising……..

WOW! Peter & I went on a 7 day cruise with great mates Shell & Ric, out of Sydney on a ‘Rock the Boat’ cruise to Noumea & back- amazing, the music was awesome & so much of it. We walked around the waterfront of Circular Quay before boarding & saw some interesting characters.

Peter, Shell & Ric getting in the mood for cruising.
This amazing mime was covered in gold….
Anyone for chess?
Lotz of these ‘local’ critters & they have tags.
There she is – our boat for the next 7 days
Obviously they let anyone on these boats.
We off, leaving Sydney town behind us.
So many of these plus others.
Too much yummy food.
Steve Balbey was part of MiSex but also performed as a solo – WOW!
This group travel Australia & the world performing the Bee Gee’s – they were really really good.
The lead guitar player from Choclate Star Fish – he was very good.
Glenn Shorrock & Brian Cadd blasted out a few tunes together & separately.
This guy performed a Ziggy show – tribute to David Bowie.
So many different artists.
Dave Gleeson.
The pool bar & dance floor.
Every evening our guy supplied us with some interesting characters.

Triple J Tours, Kununurra.

I began working at Triple J Tours in Kununurra June 10th, working in the kitchen baking cakes, muffins & pumpkin scones & doing food preparations for boat tours up the Ord River.

I did a J4 tour – this particular tour goes from Knx to the bottom of the wall of Lake Argyle & returns to Knx, stops for morning tea along the way & the skippers gives a great commentary along the way about the history, birdlife & vegetation – its very good.

Date & pineapple cake served with cream cheese icing.

Lime & cream cheese tarts with paw paw & lime zest.

Fruit tray of paw paw & rock melon.

Cheese platter.

We pulled up for morning tea at a designated stop.

Morning tea area.

They have pretty awesome toilets.

Lotz of these critters (catfish) hug the bank while the boat is here, people feed them.

So much beauty along the way.

A feral bull snacking on the combungee.

New Zealand in the rocks.

Gorgeous sunsets.

Diversion Dam bridge lights across the Ord River.

Back to Kununurra.

Got into Kununurra on May 4th, good time visiting friends all the way from Brisbane then got to spend a little bit of time with Ben in Katherine. Peter & I house sitting a friends house for a while. Celebrations for my good friend Di – 60th, a great night of festivity.

While house sitting at our friend Silke’s place we had the company of a childs python in the pantry, I decided it was time for him to play outside.

Pelicans – such a beautiful bird.

Stumbled across this chappy sunbaking on a grid next to the channel.

Sunrise – such a beautiful time of day.

Some of the boy’s toy’s.

Peter driving the tedderer, this spreads the hay out & fluffs it up to dry it out quicker.

Black cockies – so many of them here in Knx.

Peter standing on a pallett on the telehandler cleaning the solar panel used which regulates the water, I was driving the telehandler & he was about 3m above ground level…………he has faith in me!!!!!

So many of these but they are pretty.

Back to the ‘mainland’

Disembarked from the ‘spirit of tasmania’ & drove to Yarrasville in Melbourne & spent the night with Lisa(Peter’s youngest daughter), always great to see this young lady, the following nite at Carole & Costa’s (Peter’s sister in Sydney) – an awesome dinner, thankx. Spent the next few days around Casino & celebrated Margaret’s (Peter’s Mum) 91st birthday with family, great time as usual.

Peter flew to Kununurra 5\4\19 & I hung around Brisbane til the 15/4/19. Visited Dad most days, based at Ipswich at Les & Al’s & discovered that my gorgeous Jenna is pregnant.

15/4/19 – Jeanet, a great friend of mine & I set off north, stayed 3 nights at Bargara (near Bundaberg) with great mates – Rae & Gary, headed north, called into ‘Dingo Park’, a very well run feedlot west of Townsville – an amazing set up.

Spent Easter at Cardwell (half way between Townsville & Cairns) with some more amazing friends, we participated in an ambrose golf game with Mandy – so much fun.

Drove to Cairns, Jeanet flying back to Brisbane while I continue on, called into Kuranda for quick look then onto Georgetown to Jenelle & Daren’s(met & worked with this couple in Tassie), had so much fun. Jenelle & I drove out to Cobbold Gorge(approx. 92klms south of Georgetown) & spent the night – a lovely spot. Normanton next port of call but only for a toilet stop, had a few big driving days then arrived at Katherine, NT, caught up with my awesome son Ben.

91st birthday celebrations.

My Dad.

Ipswich – Les & Al’s.

Jenna & Mike

My georgeous pregnant Jenna.

Jeanet & I off on our road trip.

Rae & Gary, awesome friends at Bargara.

Cattle lining up to eat their dinner

A specially made up feed mix is given to the cattle via a tractor & trailer into the feed troughs.

Large rectangle bales of rhodes grass are mulched.

While the hay is being mulched it is watered down.

A special blended mix of grains & vitamins are then added, each yard of cattle has a different mix according to their age.

Easter in Cardwell with great friends Mandy & Raymond.

Wharf at Cardwell.

WOW! What an amazing stove, roasts chicken to perfection.

Our golfing team………

Quick stop at Kuranda.

Jenelle checking out a trough….

Had a relaxing time in the infinity pool overlooking the dam.

Ponies along the road near the gorge.

Quick pit stop at Normanton, this pub was on the opposite side of the road.

Back to the NT.

Ran into Ben & his truck at the Hi-Way Inn.