Sunday, December 14, 2014

cruise part 3

Mystery Island
Had a very early start and were on the first tender to leave the ship this morning but so worth it to get our snorkeling in early before the hoards got off the ship. The water and coral here are stunning. 
We snorkeled and swam until lunchtime then we split up to wander around the markets, Fred and I had a mooch then went and had a cup of tea. Was so quaint you got a teapot cum kettle of hot water and 2 mugs and 2 teabags and a piece of cake, the table was rough planks and the chairs and in fact everything was old and mismatched but the people running it were so polite and friendly. I so regret I didn't think to take photos.
Mystery Island is a "deserted" island but as ships pull in almost every day and islanders come across from another near by island and set up their markets stalls to sell the usual tourist rubbish I personally thought it was a misrepresentation and felt a little cheated


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Cruise continued

Our first island stop was Lifou  and the morning started a little stressful as Fred and I disagreed on where to go.  Fred reckoned we had to go one way and I reckoned we had to go the opposite way. We had been told about a really wonderful snorkelling area and our instructions were to walk up the hill past the white church to a car park  but they forgot to tell us there were 2 white churches and we of course went to the wrong church and couldn't find a carpark so after a nice  long uphill walk until we flagged down a passing car and asked directions and sure enough we were going the wrong way so retraced our steps to the intersection and had a family discussion and decided we would just find a nice spot and snorkel. While Fred Jay and the 3 kids hopped in the water the girls and I explored a little and took about a million photos.

From there we made our way back to the main beach area, Fred Erin and Renae went to a cave area with a fabulous swimming hole and Kris, Jay, I and the kids returned to the beach and swam til it was time to return to the ship

The next days stop was the Isle of Pines. We all enjoyed todays island so much more than yesterdays.
The beach and snorkeling were excellent and the island really picturesque.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Carnival Legend Cruise

As the cruise lasted 11 days I will do my blog over a couple of posts so you don't get tired of reading.
Our cruise left from Circular Quay in Sydney so we flew down the day before and met up with my
2 daughters and their spouses and my 3 grandchildren who flew in from Adelaide to join Fred and myself for the cruise.

I will start with describing the ship and what we did abroad and then describe the islands we visited.
The ship was huge it is 963 ft long with decks 2 to 10 for the sailing guest which number 2124 when full and approximately a 1000 crew to look after us and believe you me the staff do an excellent job, always smiling and helpful whatever the problem.
I won't list everything on the ship as this post will go on for ever but there were a heap of eateries, bars and entertainment areas to suit the different ages from very young to very mature.
the ship
looking overboard
The Punchliner Comedy Room
1 of the bar areas 
dining room 
every night we had a different towel animal on our bed

The deck at night

part of a deck
Our first port of call was Noumea and it was my least favourite stop of the whole cruise take away the  different language I could have been at home, my view may have been tainted by it being sunday and nothing very much was open but suffice to say I probably won't return.
a beach in Noumea

Friday, October 31, 2014

Millmerran part 2

Tractor Pulling

This was interesting and much to my surprise I really enjoyed watching it.
As far as I could work out it is old restored Tractors that compete against each other pulling a weighted sled over a track seeing who can pull the fastest over the longest distance. ( I may be wrong so if you know definitely what they are doing please feel free to correct me.)

Stage  two
This is where they have smaller shows and demonstrations happening I watched a presentation by The Cast Iron Boys on how to use your camp ovens and a cook-off with Paul and Blair from my kitchen rules both were very enjoyable, there were other shows held here but I didn't bother watching them as you can’t fit in everything happening over the weekend so just have to pick what interests you.
Camp Oven Cooking Competitions

These were happening over the whole weekend some were interesting to watch and others a bit boring so we just wander back and forth watching them in between everything else  

Market Stalls
As always there were the usual markets stalls that are part and parcel of a festival so had tastes of lots of yummy food and sips of wine and of course had to buy what I tasted and liked.

There were lots of other things as well that we didn't have time to watch and if I list them all I will be here forever so in summary The Millmerran Camp Oven Festival was a great weekend

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Millmerran Camp Oven Festival

Hi have been sitting here for ages trying to decide how best to write my blog about our visit to Millmerran. We had a very enjoyable week here which climaxed with a jam packed and very enjoyable weekend at the Camp Oven Festival.
After much thought have decided to just do it with headings and brief descriptions of each of the things we did.
Millmerran is a lovely little town about 80kms south west of Toowoomba in Queensland. Its main tourist attractions are a selection of Murals that have been painted on buildings around the town and on the Water Reservoir.

They also have a very well presented Museum.

Camp Oven Festival
Over the 2 days there were continuing displays of Axes,
Hand Shears,
Dog and Rabbit Traps,
Condamine Bells and Egg Beaters as well as demonstrations of Sheep Shearing,
Packing a Packhorse, Blacksmithing, Wheelwrighting, Rope Making and starting a fire using Flint and Steel. Some demonstrations were interesting others not so much.

Main Stage
Both Saturday and Sunday the festivities start off with the Bush Poets Breakfast, as always a great way to start the day as the larikin humor of our bush poets put you in a good mood for the rest of the day.
Over the days and nights there are various artist and bands playing and singing, there were no really big name stars but all I watched and listened too were good, some were artists I knew and others I had never heard of.
Chainsaw Carving

A chap called Rod Sheehan did a few shows over the weekend craving sculptures out of logs of wood. This man was a magician what he could do with a chainsaw. During the show we watched he carved a wombat and at the end of the festival his carvings were auctioned off, not sure if he received the money or it went to the Festival Committee.

as the post is getting a wee bit gone will continue in my next post

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


We camped at Swamp Creek Reserve near Nundle which is a delightful little spot beside the creek in the fossicking area.
I really enjoyed our few days here, its a quiet little village in what used to be a busy gold mining area in the late 1800's so has lots of history and old buildings.

over the couple of days we were here we went scenic driving to Hanging Rock and had a look at Ponderosa Park and Sheba Dam Camping areas they are both nice but a long way from town. We definitely picked the best spot.

We had a picnic lunch at Sheba Dam then drove to Arc-Ciel Trout Farm what a disappointment, the fanciest part of the place is its name. I had planned to shout Fred afternoon tea for Fathers Day but we brought some fresh trout for tomorrows dinner instead as the coffee shop looked very unappetising.
We stopped off in town to do the hertitage walk but it was very short and not much to see.
Next Day
Fred did some fossicking this morning while I went back into Nundle to go the the Wool Factory unfortunately the mill wasn't working today but I had a lovely time amongst the wool, could have spent a fortune.

Went for a walk after lunch we followed the creek thru a farm was a lovely ramble with heaps of flowers they were probably weeds but looked lovely there were also lots of trees in flower I'm guessing they were peach trees.