|Lexie curls up for a sleep while Ric has dinner with us on Olivia|
Arkaydes, Blu Glass, Moor R&R, Blue Pointer and our other Lake Macquarie friends have left us now and headed back south to the Whitsundays. The night before they left we had a "Pot Luck" dinner on Moor R&R. What a delicious selection of food was on offer. It was a lovely evening and a great way to say goodbye for a while. Peter may see them when he and Mike Clarke head that way next week. We have been having plenty of light northerly winds so lets hope it continues, to see them on their way.
|The lookout walk between Florence and Arthur Bays. Beautiful!|
We have now walked every track on this island. Today we climbed over the hill to Radical Bay and then on to the lookout on the promontory between Florence and Arthur Bay. I have never done that walk before and it is a very pretty walk, lots of Magnetic Island Pines and piles of boulders that this island is known for. The bush is looking very dry and many of the leaves on trees and shrubs are frizzled up from lack of water. Amazingly the Kapok Trees are flowering and despite the thirsty landscape these trees burst forth with their beautiful, clear, yellow flowers. They provide an optimistic touch to the parched hillsides. Peter and I are getting very fit now. We have been walking 9-10kms a day. Our walks always include a trek over the ranges as Maggie is very steep. I hope I can keep up the exercise when I get home.
|Kapok Trees - no leaves, parched bushland - the definition of optimism|
Tomorrow we are saying goodbye to Magnetic Island for this year and are off to the Breakwater Marina for a week. Here we will have a clean up, catch up with the family and pack me up ready for the trip back home. I have 3 weeks of teaching, in Albany, for my cousin. I am starting to get my head around the idea of work. Actually I am looking forward to it. Peter will be able to have a wonderful time with his ol' mate Clarkeii and won't have me nagging him to do stuff.
|Just got to go down there and back up the bush track over that hill and then it's coffee in Horseshow Bay. Yay!!!|
Eating Out on Magnetic Island
|Best Vegetable Lasagne. Yum!|
|Made short work of the coffee and scones. Loved the coffee mugs. Tamarind Tea House, Arcadia|
Goodbye Beautiful Magnetic Island
|Horseshoe Bay. The boats are tucked in the corner out of sight|
|Forts. Cape Cleveland in the background|