We have had a lot of Southerlies for the past few days, and more to come… getting the weather we wanted for Lord Howe a month too late! So our progress down the coast has been somewhat halted. But since we have time, we are taking things leisurely, although just to keep us on our toes, the dinghy engine keeps playing up! One day it was the pull cord jamming up, two days later the engine would not turn the prop… broken pin. Mr Fix It came to the rescue again! At least we can always row if the repair does not last!
When you live life at an unhurried pace, you make intriguing discoveries. During our time around Batemans Bay and Broulee we have had the chance to stretch our sea legs and explore ashore. This is a region with an amazing coastline. The rocks, headlands and islands are remarkable, with jagged outcrops, amazing strata folds in the cliffs, sea caves, razor back ridges of ironstone and Cambrian bedrock dating back 500 million years, honeycomb formations and long gutters shaped by the elements. Bare feet wanderers beware, these rocks are sharp and unforgiving to tender soles!
And of course our coastal wanderings also take us through dunes, grasslands and forested area, with the opportunity to get close and personal with interesting plants like the cycads and the tiniest of flowers like the purple flag. Armed with a Macro lens, we are forced to slow down and wonder at the details.
We are now enjoying a familiar anchorage, behind Broulee Island, where we will be for a few days, in between a foray up the Moruya River, a first for us. There is a renowned market at the little town of Moruya on Saturday. What better thing to do than turn up at the market in your own boat! This will be a social few days, since we are meeting our friends Baz and Lyn who live nearby, as well as Chris and Michelle, on a break from boat building their catamaran Outback Dreamer.
We have a mix of images to share with you. The shells and plants were taken with the Canon 60D and Macro lens, the rocky outcrops with Wade’s Olympus U Tough compact camera. Click on the first image to display in full screen slideshow.