July 19, 2012, 6:36 am, Gayundah Creek
Gayundah Creek has given us amazing protection. We've been sheltering here for over 2 weeks and it's hard to believe there are 20-25 knot winds up and down the coast when we're sitting in a millpond. We actually look forward to a bit of breeze because it keeps the sandflies at bay.
Finally, the overcast conditions look like they're lifting, the winds appear to be dropping, so tomorrow we'll head to Dunk Island.
July 19, 2012, 6:30 am, Gayundah Creek
We've been living 'off the land' here in the Hinchenbrook and have become quite creative with our cooking. We've had fresh mudcrab, chilli mudcrab, mudcrab risotto, pan fried bream, oven baked bream, foil wrapped bream with onions and tomatoes, and a beautiful golden snapper with ginger, shallots, lemon and soy wrapped in alfoil and cooked on the barbie.
Never thought I would get tired of seafood but I've just about reached the point where I'd kill for a steak.
July 13, 2012, 1:09 am, Cardwell
As a 6 week old abandoned kitten Mina found and adopted our family 18 years ago. Feisty and independent as a youngster, she matured into a confident queen, always inquisitive, frightened of nothing. Growing up with a dog the same age (her 'sister' Sasha) probably confused her. What cat do you know who insists on tagging along when the dog is walked, or will openly approach other dogs, daring them to take her on. She was always smart, and always a survivor.
In her later years she showed her softer side and was a loving and more docile companion. She loved to be cuddled and any lap was considered fair game. The purring was instantaneous.
She has lived with us in three different houses in two cities. Twice she was 'rented out' with the house for six months when we went sailing and always forgave us these indiscretions. Then at age 16, she joined us on Redeemed as Ship's Cat and discovered a whole new world of smells and tastes, and our undivided attention.
We will miss her dearly.