Australian East Coast Lows are intense weather systems that have many of the characteristics of sub-tropical cyclones, and guess what? We have been right in the middle of one of them! Strong winds of 30 to 40 knots, heavy rainfalls that can cause floods, dangerous swells and seas making boating hazardous, all this for several days… these are conditions you definitely want to hide from.
Luckily we were anchored in front of the house of our friends Lisa and Waz, on the Hastings River at Port Macquarie. We were there for five days. Dinghy rides from Take It Easy to the shore and back have been wet and wild! But we have enjoyed our friends’ hospitality, company and beautiful property.
So in between downpours, their acres of gardens have provided opportunities for nice macro photography, even if the wind posed some challenges. Hours were also spent in the man castle, clearing rubbish, building shelves and assembling a garden shed. We were productive as well as creative during these landlubber days!
We are hoping the foul weather ends in time for a weekend departure – most likely on Sunday – and that next week the forecast northerlies allow us to make progress southward. We are quietly hopeful and have moved close to the entrance to be ready for when the bar calms down enough to let us escape. The wind is easing, the sunset last night was magnificent.
Here are a few of our favourite plants and critters in Waz and Lisa’s garden. Thanks again guys for your kindness and hospitality.