Island living

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Hi, hi, folks!!

Still having the most amazing time on Macleay Island, Queensland.

Last weekend, we travelled down to Sanctuary Cove to the 2008 International Boat Show. This is where people with money spend money. Boats were on offer up to $2 million ... with/without private helicopters, with Audis to drive off the boat onto the shore, utterly amazing. We travelled down from Macleay on a ferry which wound its way through the many small islands of southern Moreton Bay. It took about two hours to get there - motoring past all the fine mansions on the edge of the canals. We had a wonderful day there but the trip home had its moments ... we ran aground on a sandbank and were stuck for two hours. All the old seadogs on the boat were shaking their heads and saying "No, he should have gone through Cabbage Tree Point, not around the Ticklers ...." and "that sandbank has been there for forty years . My dad hit it when I was X years old"  So funny!

That was Saturday. On Sunday, we took to the ocean again on "Nepenthe" the yacht we are crewing on, for a day's picnic at Peel Island. Peel Island is also in Moreton Bay and very popular with boats from Brisbane and surrounds for a day's outing. In the past, it was a colony for immigrants with contagious diseases, alcohoics and finally a leper colony which only closed in 1959. What terrible times must have been had on this beautiful gem of an island. It seems amazing that a disease such as leprosy only found a cure in the 1940s.

There were only two yachts from the Club taking part in the picnic but between them they managed to carry 28 people, so we had a great time. We got to Peel and waded ashore with our portable bbqs and eskies. After lunch, the Vice Commodore Ole organised competitions between the two yacht crews. I covered myself with glory/disgrace by standing on the opposition's frisbee to ensure we won. (Isn't that mandatory?) We sailed back to Macleay late in the afternoon and moored at sunset ... again, just so, so beautiful.

On Monday, we had settlement on our new house at Noon-Muckle St and started moving our stuff in today (Tuesday). We plan to take our time over the move ... no need to rush, it's island time :) We had Mick and Allie over last night at Noon-Muckle, to christen the place. One of our neighbours, Kate, came over with a bottle of wine to welcome us. I can see we will really enjoy our life in this street.

Incidentally, the name Noon-Muckle comes from the Aboriginal tribe Nunnucal of North Stradbroke. Although Macleay Island never was settled by Aboriginals, they did come over from Stradbroke for corroborees from time to time. I am looking forward to finding out more about the history of Macleay as time goes on.

This coming weekend we have tickets to see Galapagos Duck, the jazz band, who are playing at the Progress Hall on Saturday night. For $30 each, we enjoy their music plus a 3 course dinner and even get driven to and from the hall in a bus if we desire. Talk about wanting for nothing!!!

June sees the Commodore's Ball ... my chance to frock up and stun the locals. And I believe Status Quo are making a visit in July. Whew!!! It's all too much for me ....

Keep in touch, amigos .... email me ....

Alene
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