We’ve now been back to the Island again with friends from Moore Park Beach, Angela and Andrew. We fitted the awnings with a lot of swearing and dropping of tools! (the dopey manufacturers didn’t supply any screws and that didn’t help) They look great and work on the afternoon sun. Luckily the fire ban was lifted so we were able to burn the old blinds and sit by a good fire in the evening – a little bit cool surprisingly. I dug around a few garden beds (Australian gardens do not like to be gardened and fight back) got scratches and stings and hot enough for a swim. Pete got an unused and seized up whipper snipper and a leaf blower going! Kerry came over for a night of debauchery by at the fire pit just before we left and travelled back with us on the barge.

We’ve just been up to Moore Park Beach and Bundaberg to check on a few things in the most appalling weather and would have been flooded in had we wanted to leave on the second day. The water was down fortunately when we wanted to leave though and we got out. On the first day of all the bad weather Pete had been booked to do his yachting International Competency Certificate out on Moreton Bay – it was cancelled – 40 knot winds……Now to be done one day before we leave!