Travelling Tuesday

So today I continue the travel with Bashful I have been side tracked and now that I am getting some order in to my computers…yes still wrasslin two! i think it best I get on program!
So when we last left we were still in Mossman Gorge..and Rick our guide had kindly drawn a map of a watering hole close by..a safe one..no crocs!
So I will show you some more pics from inside the Upper Gorge walk ..I hope you do not find the amount of pics too much..just so hard to pick some…and believe me I have not even come close to the amount I took…I MAY have a problem 🙂

Vine creeping upwards

Vine creeping upwards

Vivid green of the rainforest

Vivid green of the rainforest

A view to the water

A view to the water

More revealed

More revealed

Boulders in the water

Boulders in the water

These actually move when there is a massive downpour of water!

These actually move when there is a massive downpour of water!

Perch swim in a waterhole

Perch swim in a waterhole

A heavenly spot

A heavenly spot

Water draws me..

Water draws me..

So quiet

So quiet

Full of life

Full of life

More amazing funghi

More amazing funghi

Believe it or not a Lillypilly tree!

Believe it or not a Lillypilly tree!

We say goodbye

We say goodbye

Cane tractor as we head out of the gorge

Cane tractor as we head out of the gorge

Canefields a  blur as we head to the watering hole

Canefields a blur as we head to the watering hole

We arrive at our destination..a seemingly odd place

We arrive at our destination..a seemingly odd place

Clearly the place to be!

Clearly the place to be!

Beautiful cool water

Beautiful cool water

Vibrant foliage hides the road

Vibrant foliage hides the road

Bashful meets  a friend at the watering hole

Bashful meets a friend at the watering hole

Fozziedad chilling out..looking at fellow rocks!

Fozziedad chilling out..looking at fellow rocks!

Views to die for

Views to die for

A quiet spot for me

A quiet spot for me

Truly a paradise

Truly a paradise

We hit the road after a dip..in search of food..the Flame trees line the roads

We hit the road after a dip..in search of food..the Flame trees line the roads

A cane train stands alone

A cane train stands alone

We had some lunch in Port Douglas..and I loved this little one refusing to walk!

We had some lunch in Port Douglas..and I loved this little one refusing to walk!

Lunch done a stroll on the beach..

Lunch done a stroll on the beach..

And in the distance a sweet female staffy...chasing the surf!

And in the distance a sweet female staffy…chasing the surf!

My favourite place to be the ocean..

My favourite place to be the ocean..

This girl every day comes with her peep to play..she wore me out! but never got close to the camera !

This girl every day comes with her peep to play..she wore me out! but never got close to the camera !

Little sand crabs make patterns like batik!

Little sand crabs make patterns like batik!

I waited for such a long time and they are so quick! but I got him !

I waited for such a long time and they are so quick! but I got him !

Day done we head back to the resort..views never a problem

Day done we head back to the resort..views never a problem

Our beautiful country!

Our beautiful country!

I jumped out f the car when I saw this couple..what a way to spend the first day of the New Year..on a sand bar ...

I jumped out f the car when I saw this couple..what a way to spend the first day of the New Year..on a sand bar …

Bashfuls New Years day adventure at Mossman Gorge

I was going to show you our New Years eve with Bashful ..the video for some reason will not upload to youtube..but we spent the evening on the beach at Palm Cove..watching fireworks on the barge at the end of the pier over the beautiful Coral Sea..we had a hankering for Fish and Chips but the only restaurant open was the Italian one..so they made us a kids serve and we ate this delicious food and enjoyed the fireworks and then headed back to our resort.

New years eve ..Bashful watching the fireworks at the beach

New years eve ..Bashful watching the fireworks at the beach

Well the first day of 2015..i awoke with what appeared to be a broken toe…it was like an eggplant and pretty dang sore…a pity as we had plans..and no bad toe was going to interfere!

We had booked for a guided tour through http://www.venturedeeper.com as they do Mossman Gorge tours.
This tour was for 3 hours so my toe would just have to ‘man up’ .
Mossman Gorge is not far past Port Douglas and we headed off with Bashful in the pea pod hire car .
As we approached the Gorge it was starting to rain..still humid and very warm the rain was refreshing and after all we were in the ‘wet tropics’.
We entered the Mossman Gorge Centre and were met by Rick our guide,he had umbrellas at the ready and to our absolute joy we were the only ones taking the tour with him!
This was going to be awesome!
The rain stopped as we went with Rick and caught a mini bus to our destination for the beginning of our walk..we had chosen the Upper Gorge walk (great with a toe like mine!)
Rick was a great guide , very knowledgeable about the plants the trees the environment and a musician also so Hubby was of course impressed!
The walk was stunning..not at all stressful on the feet..the scenery magical the water and giant stones awesome..the air was fresh with the smell of mosses and funghi. The canopy alive with birds and the water so clear and clean and full of native perch a protected species.
Rick explained the way the eco system worked here and we were amazed at the amount of diggings in the ground from feral pigs..he said they were a big problem and one that the lands caretakers were trying to manage as best as possible.To say we were impressed with this beautiful place would be an understatement!
Halfway through our tour we stopped at a gigantic strangler fig tree..where Rick pulled out of his backpack some thermos’s of water with a bit of lemon in them for us..very much appreciated!,then the trail mix and chocolates..we sat and chatted about life ,music, nature and family..a lovely break and in such serene surroundings!
I must say to that the resemblance of Rick to the actor Sam Elliot was uncanny..tall slim cowboy boots and an air of being totally at home here.
In a very candid conversation he explained his love of nature..he and his older brother used to shoot roos..they did this for feed for their dogs (many moons ago he said) and many country people did this.
One day apparently his brother shot one and when Rick went to prepare it for his dogs his brother said “no just leave it”
Rick never shot another roo..he could not comprehend the pointlessness of the roos death…like I said a candid conversation and an event that profoundly changed a young man and turned him into the man who had such respect for nature today and was so proud to share with us.

Our break over we continued our tour and before we knew it we were finished..3 hours of the natural world at it’s best spent with a man whose love for this gorge shone through every word he spoke.

When we returned we asked Rick if there was a good place for a safe swim..he got a piece of paper drew us a map and voila we had a place to cool off..we said thankyou and headed into the café for what was one of the best coffees I have had in a long time! Rick headeoff to take his daughter for a flying lesson!!
The following are some of the pics from our day..i have to do the second part tomorrow as there are many more of the water features and where we headed to with Rick’s map!

Mossman Gorge Centre

Mossman Gorge Centre

Arriving at the Gorge

Arriving at the Gorge

Looking deep into the gorge wilderness

Looking deep into the gorge wilderness

Beautiful mountains

Beautiful mountains

The story of the mountain

The story of the mountain

Another view into the forest

Another view into the forest

Now this is impressive

Now this is impressive

Sticky bean tree

Sticky bean tree

The sticky bean tree story

The sticky bean tree story

I loved how the light fell on some little patches in the rainforest..highlighting them for just a moment

I loved how the light fell on some little patches in the rainforest..highlighting them for just a moment

The sky seems so close to the canopy

The sky seems so close to the canopy

A funghi lovers paradise

A funghi lovers paradise

Bashful chilling in the gorge

Bashful chilling in the gorge

A strangler fig..these roots sound hollow when you touch them..unbelievable they hold such giant structures

A strangler fig..these roots sound hollow when you touch them..unbelievable they hold such giant structures

More amazing funghi

More amazing funghi

The giant Strangle fig we stopped at for a break..Bashful really impressed

The giant Strangle fig we stopped at for a break..Bashful really impressed

The strangler fig story

The strangler fig story

Look at these beautiful toadstools

Look at these beautiful toadstools

The pattern on the trunk of this amazing tree looks like a tiger in the bush!

The pattern on the trunk of this amazing tree looks like a tiger in the bush!

Wow..i was so enamoured of this beauty..look at the colour!

Wow..i was so enamoured of this beauty..look at the colour!

So pop back tomorrow and I shall continue our trek through Mossman Gorge..a day that was yet again spent in awe of our amazing world.

TREETOP THURSDAY

Ok I am a big kid…I confess…I have always been happier getting myself dirty and getting into mischief..call me intrepid…call me juvenile…but don’t call me if I’m up a tree!!

I am still without a treehouse..Santa heard me but is busy..after today we went walkies and I think Santa realises I may be safer in a treehouse than climbing trees like a monkey with blundstone boots and no really good centre of gravity..

Last night I got a bit childish too because we lost power …went off on off on then off….so candles were lit..and I remembered these silly caps we had with built in lights…ok so Phil and I donned these bad boys and voila …instant idiots! mind you they worked…except we looked like we were heading to the gold mines…every now and then looking at each other and burning each others retinas out!! we went outside and made poor Doc put one on…Forrest..well he’s no fool he took off in the dark to leave a nasty Pee-Mail…

Hi Ho Hi Ho  haahah

Hi Ho Hi Ho haahah

The things I do for a laugh ...thanks Grannie!

The things I do for a laugh …thanks Grannie!

 

Today I headed to my tree. .the closest one to the fence line near the land next doors dam..watering holes of course being a Primo spot for wildlife..well I finally caught sight of the tortoises in the dam ..there must be four or five ..I couldn’t get a shot because…well my right foot was wedged in a fork in the tree…my clutzy Steel capped gumboot was not moving…the other foot was on the fence post end..precariously balanced and threatening to cramp at any given moment..i had my video camera on my right wrist…my mobile phone in my back pocket meaning I couldn’t use the one solid branch of the tree to lean on due to possibly crushing my phone…and I had my camera in my left hand and I will fall before I let go of my camera! And I could hear Roos…I saw a few roos but none that were close enough to capture on film or video..

Monkey I ain't!

Monkey I ain’t!

So tonight Phil and I headed down …the roos were close but took off pretty quickly..we walked down to my tree..he shook his head….’yep that’s real stable’ he said…I pushed on it to show how flexible it was…yes I do believe I may be getting at least a more stable platform for my Attenboroughesque outings…and then off we went ..through the barbed wire fence and into the land over the fence…up to the dam…the tortoises were not there..most likely sleeping at the bottom of the dam ..we did see however the impressions in the mud from the big ruckus of a few weeks ago..they really did pound that ground they were incredibly deep footprints..indicating a lot of speed ..as we had heard..

So I am a child at heart..and this is why I adore my animals..they too are child like…I am no Peter Pan as I am happy to be 52…but I think keeping your inner child alive is important..

No matter what age..

MONDAY….ARRRGGGGG

MONDAY IS HERE AND THE RUSH GOES UP A NOTCH…THE WEEKEND WAS A BLUR..BETWEEN PHIL AND I WE HAVE ACHIEVED HEAPS OUTSIDE BUT ITS NEARLY KILLED US..THE DOGGIES HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT US LIKE WE ARE INSANE..THEY MAY JUST BE RIGHT…THE HUMIDITY AND HEAT HAS NOT HELPED..BOTH NIGHTS WE HAD TEA AT A RIDICULOUS HOUR THEN COLLAPSED IN BED…WE BOTH WOKE UP SUNDAY MORNING LIKE A PAIR OF PRETZELS…THE ANIMALS OF COURSE KNOW SOMETHING IS BREWING..SO I MAY BE JUST POPPING IN TO THE BLOGGIE WORLD NOW AND THEN…STILL SO MUCH TO DO..

I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU HAVE MADE OUR YEAR  A HAPPIER ONE..WE LOVE TO SEE WHAT YOU ALL GET UP TO WE LOVE YOUR FUN AND PICTURES AND COMMENTS..WHAT WE HAVE LEARNT IS ANIMAL PEOPLE ARE SPECIAL..REALLY SPECIAL..THEY HAVE A SENSE OF LIFE AND LOVE AND I BELIEVE IT IS DUE TO THE PRECIOUS CREATURES WHO SHARE THEIR LIVES WITH US ..THEY SHAPE US AND HELP US LEARN WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT IN THIS CRAZY WORLD..IT’S NOT WHO OR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN..IT’S NOT WHAT YOU DO OR DO NOT CELEBRATE..IT’S NOT WHAT COLOR YOU ARE OR WHICH HEMISPHERE YOU CALL HOME ..IT IS ABOUT LOVING LIFE AND ALL IT HAS TO OFFER US..GOOD AND BAD IT MAKES US A WHOLE PERSON.

WE ALL WANT TO WISH YOU A WONDERFUL FESTIVE SEASON..HOWEVER YOU CELEBRATE OR IF IN FACT YOU DON’T WE HOPE THIS TIME IS SPENT WITH THOSE YOU LOVE AND WITH THE LOVELY CREATURES WHO YOU COUNT AS FAMILY.WE HOPE THE NEW YEAR BRINGS FOR YOU NEW ADVENTURES,BETTER HEALTH MORE LOVE MORE LAUGHS LESS STRESS BETTER RELATIONSHIPS AND REASONS EVERY DAY TO STOP AND SAY OUT LOUD…WOW THAT’S AMAZING!

WE WILL STILL BE READING YOUR BLOGGIES AND HOPEFULLY WILL FIND THE TIME TO COMMENT BUT INCASE A CAN OF MAYHEM OPENS HERE I JUST WANTED TO SAY ALL THIS. LOVE TO YOU ALL FROM BEV (FOZZIEMUM)

AND A SPECIAL THANKYOU AND LOVE FROM MY MOST PRECIOUS GIFTS IN THE WORLD DOC FORREST MARBLES PICKLES CLEO DINNERMINTZ FELIX JOCK AND OSCAR…

LOVE FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS

LOVE FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS

NOISES IN THE BUSH..IN PICTURES

As promised I have some pics from y tree climbing adventure of yesterdays post..update quite a big male and a small female roo went through our property today but still no sign of Holly and Boo ..hope you enjoy..some close ups are not that clear as I didn’t have the right lens on  for a close encounter of the roo kind.. please click on pic to Bigify ..it’s worth it 🙂

HAPPY FIRST OF DECEMBER..LET THE GAMES BEGIN

Already had one small grass fire near home but the CFA got it out quickly..wind was blowing away from us too so that was good,we have everything packed anyway so ready to roll.

The day was spent making the xmas cake xmas biscuits putting the tree up and other assorted shenanigans…

Poor hubby is in a world of hurt from an over zealous throw of the boys toys…he gets a frozen shoulder and of course he knew he had pushed it..i suggested I throw the toys for the boys and him and it might be safer 🙂

So as I type this it is still 23 c at half past eleven at night..i am going to make a hot chocky (trying to bring my internal and external temps together ) and head to bed.

Have a great Sunday as I head to Monday…..weird isn’t it 🙂

NOTE: THAT BEHIND THE MONDAY I WAS TALKING ABOUT HAS GONE IT’S NOW TUESDAY BWAHAHAAA

CAKE MIX..ITS A REAL WRIST WRENCHER

CAKE MIX..ITS A REAL WRIST WRENCHER

SMELLS FAB

SMELLS FAB

GERMAN LEBCUKCHEN -MY VERSION

GERMAN LEBCUKCHEN -MY VERSION

LOOKS LIKE SANTA ATE MY BISCUITS

RUSTY BRONZY COLORS THIS YEAR

MUMMY WELCOME SWALLOW WITH THE NEW BABY THAT WON'T LEAVE..WE CALL HIM ROGER THE LODGER

MUMMY WELCOME SWALLOW WITH THE NEW BABY THAT WON’T LEAVE..WE CALL HIM ROGER THE LODGER