Our cousins Deb and Grant got a taste of life afloat for two weeks. They saw our ups and downs, our slightly hyperactive nature, our resourcefulness and zest for life. We had many laughs, warm chats, more food and wine than we probably should. We discovered new spots together, both on land and underwater. Grant even helped Wade with a couple of fix up jobs on the run! There were some quiet contemplative times too, opportunities for reflection, for sharing problems, as well as joy and that glorious sense of adventure.
For a memorable end to our family time we climbed Mt Oldfield at Lindeman Island, enjoying panoramic views of the Whitsundays and the delight of thousands of butterflies fluttering around us all the way up!
We then had an easy sail back to the northern part of the islands. Here is a slideshow of the highlights:
We have an enviable lifestyle, but as we often say it is not without hard work and planning, and it is not always idyllic! It is special to share our life on Anui with family or friends as they stay with us for a short period. We enjoy those precious moments of closeness just as much as our guests enjoy our unusual life and home!
And now it is back to just the two of us.
We felt a little flat when Deb & Grant left, but there were jobs to attend to while at Airlie Beach with good internet coverage and services handy. First there were the heavy burdens: dealing with Papa’s estate and its emotional roller coaster, organising some heirloom pieces to be shipped to Australia from France, addressing mistakes made by an incompetent financial institution in the set up of Chris’s pension which was threatening to result in a huge tax bill. And then there was the practical list of to do’s: tons of laundry, re-provisioning, servicing the engines, getting the torn dinghy grab handle fixed by Whitsunday Ocean Services, the same company which repaired our kayak, getting Chris’s laptop back from repair at Leading Edge Computers, attending to medical checks for both of us. It had all come together really well… that is until the tachometer on one of our engines stopped working – a problem with the alternator! It was beyond Wade’s capability and we had to get a ‘man’ on the job… which is happening early next week. Till then we are stuck! Argh!
But in the meantime, look who has come to cheer us up: a Dugong… at Airlie Beach… incredible!
These creatures frequent the warm shallow coastal waters of northern Australia where seagrass is found. They are a threatened species so we were lucky to see this one but amazed it was in such a busy anchorage! While we hang around here, we hope to see this beautiful Dugong again! We wrote a post about dugongs a few years ago. Here is the link for those interested.