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Cruising with Flair
SURROGATE GRANDSON ???
11/01/2009

He was sooooo cute, we could have adopted him as a surrogate grandson ... but his mother did not agree!!!

We saw this little guy at the Ubud Monkey Forest - hundreds of monkeys that are used to being fed by tourists (unlike most western animal parks) - they jump all over you, digging in your pockets and clothes - quite intimidating...

BALI, BALI, BALI
10/01/2009

Northern Queensland was beset with floods and the weather reports indicated worse to come - so we decide to cut Aussie short and go to Bali for 10 days.

We spent the first four days getting excited looking at furniture and accessories for our shops at home before realising that we were in Bali for a holiday - after the initial rush we just chilled for the rest of the holiday.

Here is a typical Bali street scene .....

HERVEY BAY
09/01/2009

We worked our way from Brisbane up the coast, through Moloolaba and past Noosa, ending up in Hervey Bay. We enjoyed Hervey Bay so mch that we spent 3 days here and almost bought an apartment overlooking the marina (see pic .....). Hervey Bay is the hop off point for trips to Fraser Island, apparently the largest sand island in the world. It is also world famous as a whale watching centre during certain times of the year.

BRISBANE
06/01/2009

Stopped over in Brissy (Brisbane) on the way up the Queensland coast - took a moonlight water taxi cruise up the river - really pretty and super efficient - the Aussies sure know how to do things properly ......

BYRON BAY
03/01/2009

Arrived in beautiful Byron Bay to find it crawling with tourists - traffic jams worse than Bangkok in a small seaside town just don't make sense. It seems that the yuppy appeal of Byron has overinflated everything compared to when we were here two years ago - crazy property prices, et, etc......but its still a cool place...

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
31/12/2008

More than 100 boat paraded through the harbour decked in lights - very pretty ...........

NEW YEAR IN SYDNEY
31/12/2008

We departed Perth old years morning and arrived in Sydney lunch time - time for a quick nap and then in to the city to catch the big fireworks display in Sydney harbor.

More than 1 million people - most seemed to have come from China and India - attended the most awesome fireworks diplay we have ever seen - certainly worth the effort.

This pic shows lights over the Sydney Opera House ......

NOVEMBER
15/11/2008

Most of the back end of October as well as early November was taken up, between normal business commitments, with practicing for the Coastal Skippers exam, which we need to be able to file flight plans if we want to leave South African waters.

Grant aced the theory exam and after that the practical exam took place under the worst possible conditions with a huge swell and breaking monsters right in the port entrance - one big growler came right across the starboard bow, covered the stack pack and flooded the cockpit and even part of the saloon!! We have new respect for Sea Flair with the way she handled it - our "submarine" catamaran!!

Here is a pic of practicing "man overboard" techniques inside the harbour.......

ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO AN END
06/10/2008

All good things must come to an end, and so we returned to Maputo marina to clear out of the country.

And the captain definitely needs to go on a diet after this ......

SUNSET
05/10/2008

And the obligatory sunset in paradise .....

05/10/2008

Finishing the day with a meal fit for a king ..........

SANTA MARIA
05/10/2008

We tried to get down to Santa Maria - apparently only possible through very narrow channels and near high tide and only possible for a catamaran.

After sitting on the sand twice halfway down the channel, we decided to drop anchor and make a day of it

PORTUGUESE ISLAND
04/10/2008

We spent and awesome day on Portuguese Island......

MAINTENANCE
03/10/2008

We once read that cruising is boat maintenance in exotic places - quite true.

One of the bright sparks on the trip put something down the loo that should have gone in the dust-bin.

Here is Skipper Dallen earning his keep .....

AINT SHE SWEET ?
02/10/2008

Aint she sweet ?..... Sea Flair in the distance at anchor taken from the Inhaca beach ...

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