Day 39 Wednesday Goovigen to Mulambin, sunny We were woken at 4:30 by a rooster who needs to reset his body clock. It’s a chilly clear morning. I turn on the diesel heater (the switch is beside my head) and … Continue reading Breakdown Blues – Day 39 – Sunshine & Salt Water
Day 59 Saturday 24/7/21 Mulambin, warm 27 The caravan park is busy with weekenders. They tend to start drifting in on Thursdays, young families in bunk vans and camper trailers. The kids really give the pool and playground a workout. Woody decides on a swim at Mulambin Beach but the tides here have quite a range and it’s low tide at present. It’s not, but it seems like, he walks half a kilometre to reach the water and then it’s shallow. He looks like a tiny black dot in the distance. I walk the shoreline instead. Returning to the park … Continue reading Capricorn Dancers, Day 59 – Did someone pull the plug out?
Day 53 Sunday 18/7/21 Mulambin, sunny 21 I wish I hadn’t changed the bed to summer bedding, it was freezing last night. We’re up early to visit the Emu Park market but it is a little disappointing this time as … Continue reading Capricorn Dancers, Day 53 – Heavens, what made me think of choppers?
Day 52 Saturday 17/7/21 Mulambin, sunny 24 My beach shoes are hanging on the guy rope outside and Woody says that it means that we have drugs for sale. We have more drugs on board that’s you can jump over but they’re to keep us alive and stop us from tripping out whenever we stand up. We hear from Double or Nuthin’ and Shirley Temple, they’re making their way north after visiting the family in Brisbane. I explore nearby Kemp Beach and we cook Chicken Saltimbocca in the oven, I’m sure that our oven is starting to get slower. Elle … Continue reading Capricorn Dancers, Day 52 – Drugs?
Day 50 Thursday 15/7/21 Mulambin, sunny Woody is up early to take the car into Rocky for a service. He puts the first load of washing on as he goes. I strip the bed and hit the ground running with the sheets. A young chap is at the laundry door scratching his head. “Gee you have to be early don’t you.” I later realise that I should have warned him to watch out for the Laundry Nazi’s. Those big bosomed old ducks who bellow at anyone who doesn’t empty their machine the moment that the spinning stops. Ducking back to … Continue reading Capricorn Dancers, Day 50 – Washing Day
Aug 2019, Mulambin, Capricorn Coast, Qld For some time now Woody has been saying that he’d like to spend winter in one place (and preferably not home) and this year after our failed trip to Darwin we thought FNQ* might be our objective. As we pressed on each stop became more enjoyable and we realised that we just needed to put our feet up. And rest. Then Elle noticed that our park was offering a late winter deal online. By further extending our stay and applying the new deal three weeks here in one of our favourite parks averages out … Continue reading Mulambin Mumblings – Hotel California
Aug 2019, Mulambin, Capricorn Coast, Qld One never tires of the coastal drive between Emu Park and Yeppoon. The sea is sparkling and we can see the sandy beaches on Great Keppel Island. Even though it is Sunday, Emu Park is busy and coffee shop patrons are spilling out onto the street chasing the sun. Writing this I am being watched by a curlew and two lizards. In fact, having most of the day to ourselves we sit in the sun and I spend the afternoon sketching a curlew in a variety of poses. They don’t move much during the … Continue reading Mulambin Mumblings – Cautious Curlews
Aug 2019, Mulambin, Capricorn Coast, Qld We wake to a glorious morning and very bright sunshine. It’s funny how moving about through many climate zones still surprises us and here it is decidedly warmer…and glaringly brighter. The painkillers gave me … Continue reading Mulambin Mumblings – Ageing emus & breakdowns
Day 25 7/8/2019 Wednesday 1770 to Mulambin, wet 17 We had a warm night and are just pulling ourselves together when the skies open…”Shit the shoes!” We hadn’t expected rain and the shoes are outside without the protection of the awning. We pack up in steady rain and of course everything gets covered in wet, dirty, grey sand. Now to answer the question, did we love it or hate it? Well, the little town of 1770 and it’s pretty cove was delightful and it was an experience to be camped right on the beach, but the camp ground has to … Continue reading Follow the Sun, Day 25 – Aah, Mulambin
We stop at Causeway Lake near Yeppoon in Queensland and I chat to fishermen who are working the ebb tide. They show me how to use a bait pump and they are sucking Nippers out of the mud. Nippers look like a white yabbie half the size of your little finger but with one giant pink claw as long as their body. Soldier crabs skitter across the sand nervously even though no one is interested in them. The water from the lake gushes out to sea at a fair speed and the fish are biting. Those nippers must taste damned … Continue reading Causeway Lake