And a happy Mother's Day to all mothers

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Saturday, May 10, 2008

And another beautiful day in Queensland!!!
We have been here over three weeks now and things are progressing, albeit slowly. We have received all our furniture and goods, delivered to the island by Allied Pickfords with only one small desk broken. Now our enormous shed appears less enormous and is completely filled with cartons of our stuff. We have unpacked very little, as it is only three weeks or so till the next move to Noon-Muckle Street.
Whilst in Betty Street, we are continuing with our renovations. The bathroom now has a dunny door and we were very excited about that. It makes all the difference when you have guests, believe me!!! Our current project is a deck on the back of the house. Steve, the guy who put in the dunny door, is building it for us and it looks fantastic. We came across something interesting when we broke up the old concrete path at the back of the house. It was underfilled with old beer bottles (see photo). Apparently this was an old trick for disposing of bottles, which are very strong when laid sideways and with concrete poured around them. Hmm! We also found that ants love to make nests in these empty bottles and that said ants sting LOTS when they are disturbed. Ouch!!
Can't wait to sit out on it and enjoy the fantastic views we have from the back of the house. No, not water views, but the gum trees are huge and they are full of bird life ... galahs, sulphur crested cockatoos, rainbow lorikeets to name a few ... and at night huge fruit bats fly silently overhead ... always going south. Very odd!!!
Yesterday we took part in our first yacht race on the island. We were asked to crew on "Nepenthe", a lovely yacht owned by Ole and Irene (Danish) and the four of us, plus Sid, had a wonderful day. We took about three hours to get round the course because the winds were not very strong but the sun shone warmly on us and the bay was calm. We spotted a dugong, a very large turtle and a pod of dolphins which swam alongside the yacht for a while. Several rays also leapt out of the water as we came near the spot where they were sunning themselves near the surface. How magical!!! I don't know much about sailing but I can see I will love it!! Guy, of course, was in his element and leaping around the rigging shouting strange nautical terms to Ole and Sid. Abaft, abeam, amidships ... I dunno! The only one I understand is "splice the mainbrace" - that has something to do with alcohol, doesn't it?
In the evening, there was a dinner at the Boat Club which we attended and met quite a few new people. It all seems too good to be true!!!
Today we are off to Caboolture to see Guy's Mum, Barbara, for Mother's Day. We will spend the night there and return to the island tomorrow lunchtime.
So hello to all our dear friends and rellies ... email us with news!!! We miss you all!!!
Ales and Guy xxx
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