We have enjoyed being anchored in the Hastings River, able to spend time ashore each day with our friends Warrick & Lisa. They have spoiled us with delicious home cooked meals, let us take over their laundry, warm ourselves in front of their fire, luxuriate in their hot tub and they have been great company.
And with the birds and beautiful plants in their garden, the macro lens had to come out! It’s always amazing to discover a level of detail through the lens that you cannot see with the naked eye.
Borders opening and shutting
We have noticed with concern that some people behave as if the pandemic is over. Social distancing looks more like social crowding! But things are far from being back to normal. With the Melbourne spike in COVID-19 cases, the border between Victoria and New South Wales is now closed with some suburbs in hard lockdown! Yet just when we thought our hopes of getting to Queensland were surely dashed, the NSW/Queensland border is opening today July 10 to all except those who have been in Victoria in the last two weeks. We are lucky, we have been out of Victoria for five weeks and hope to be able to get into Queensland shortly. We will fill out the required online border declaration when we are ready to go and won’t breathe easy until we are through! With the crisis intensifying and lockdown measures re-instituted, we certainly can’t drop our guard and become complacent or reckless.
Sailing off again!
For now, we are on the move again. Tuesday, the weather was right to leave Port Macquarie, this time with company! A very excited Lisa decided to accompany us to Coffs Harbour for a small two day escape. Poor Waz had to work and came to pick her up on Thursday morning! We had a very cruisy sail on our first day with an overnight stop at Trial Bay. Just for something to do before sunset, Wade was changing a mangled impeller and clearing blocked strainers too – it never stops!
The second day was dark and moody with a forecast of 80% chance of rain, yet we managed to avoid most of it! The whales were active as is often the case on rougher days, much to Lisa’s delight.
Back just the two of us and Bengie, we are staying in Coffs for a few days while the northerlies are blowing. Would you believe there is also more maintenance? Yap, this time the bracket for the alternator… broken, new one being made today!