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Heading South

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We're halfway home and still waiting for canoes to come paddling out to trade with us. It didn't happen in Cairns, Makay or the Whitsundays, sadly enough. We've joined the Christmas Convoy of yachts heading South, battling Southerlies and gathering together to compare stories on windswept beaches.



We've both been looking into work options and getting the last term's school work done in preparation for our return to Yamba and the very necessary gathering of family finances. Dull, but inevitable. The islands of the Queensland coast are rather bleak and dry; we found coconuts on Middle Percy but they were not sweet or tasty. We had fun updating our sign in the famous A-frame and walked up the dusty hill to catch the breeze at the top. Finn has a new pair of runners and so is keen to try them out on long walks so we've been able to bushwalk on Whitsunday Island, Brampton & Percy, so long as there is cake or chocolate to tempt Finn to the top.....

Hope you enjoyed…

Your own personal wish list

We're now in the Whitsundays, revisiting some favourite spots and waiting, inevitably, for the Southerlies to abate so that we can make some miles South.
Those of you that know me well will know that I like nothing more than a good list. So, I have made a list for our lovely friends on this blog – a list of places that we have loved over the past 18 months that you might like to look up and even try to see for yourselves. Nothing at all wrong with dreaming.
By the way, more messages, please. We love the ones that we get and it would be great to know who has been following us over the time we were away. Will keep the photos coming.
Where? Can you get there with no yacht? Why try?
Indonesia Banda Islands - Yes, by Pelini cruise boats - Spices, steamy villages, volcano
Hoga, Wakitobi - Yes, to marine research centre - Beaches, diving, azure water
Komodo - Yes, via Bali and Labuan Bajo -  Komodo dragons!
Gili Aer -  Yes, via Bali - Beach holiday paradise
Kumai River -  Yes, googl…

Trying to avoid reality

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Well, where to start? We are back in Australia and already those azure PNG days are fading as the tasks of being back near home loom large. They are by no means gone, though. Papua New Guinea was the jewel in our 17 month voyage. It allowed us the privilege of entering the real lives of island people, without any of the trappings of tourism. There have been no shops, no restaurants, only the fair exchange of items through trading and the chance to make connections.
From Kokopo and Rabaul we headed South to Budibudi (known on the chart as the Lachlan Islands) where the trading began in earnest. Our three boats were surrounded by canoes from dawn til dusk, plying a few vegetables, coconuts, fresh crayfish, some carvings or the famous bagie (more of them in a minute). In exchange, we gave rice, sugar, noodles, clothing, fish line and hooks. The fresh produce was not plentiful, as these islands are mainly sand, with little good soil. The locals have to sail by canoe to the Woodlark Islan…

The eagle has landed!

Well folks, we have arrived in Cairns! We left the Louisiades on 31 October and had a dream run of only 48 hours to cover the 500 mile crossing. We were flying! The boat being empty of food, drink (that beer was very heavy...) and practically empty of fuel worked in our favour. All safe and sound and somewhat in culture shock. Will add proper blog tomorrow.... Our phone numbers are the same as previously. Love, S S S F