Shop til you drop

Well again it’s time to join Bacon and I in a blog hopping shopping trip..

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Please do not TRIP on your trip…

Just sayin...

Just sayin…

We enter the arena of wobbly wheels in search of these goodies this week:

Olives..yes I love me an olive…my faves are dried and hard to come by they are more intense in flavour and kind of sweet..but this week I got my next fave..the pitted Kalamata olives..i bought a box once an tried to preserve them myself..it just didn’t happen despite my best daily efforts at rinsing and rebrining..oh well…thanks to the Deli I do not have to go without!

Kalamata Olives

Kalamata Olives


At the deli this week they were $14.99 Aussie dollars a kilo

Next is Room defunk-ifyer..usually this old 60’s baby burns incense..my fave being Frankinsence or White Sage..the Frankinsence reminds me I am sure of a past life in ancient Egypt (and explains my kitty love and various statues).I can close my eyes and imagine I am in front of a pyramid..ahhh
The White Sage I burn when I think there is too much negativity around (see there’s a side to me you may not know)
But when I want a long lasting and gentle smell through the house I burn this bad boy….

Delish

Delish


It’s an Airwick Essential oil candle (apple and cinnamon this week )
And it cost $6.26 Aus dollars this week on special saving about $2.00

Next is Lettuce..now may fave is cos or I think my American friends call it Romaine? but they were not available..ironic winter is the best time to grow lettuce and summer is when we want it.
So I settled for the much underrated Iceberg..which as a child I used to sprinkle sugar on the leaves and eat..ewwww.go figure!

Sorry I ripped into it for a sanga:)

Sorry I ripped into it for a sanga:)


And this lettuce this week cost a ridiculous $2.99 Aus Dollars! nuts!

The next item was light globes..pretty much all we can get are energy efficient..which cost a bomb and despite the claims of super long life..die well before they should..of course being warrantied you can get a replacement as long as you can find the receipt..which we now put into the empty box..so we have a cupboard full of empty boxes..this will end up an episode of hoarders..just sayin…

Let there be light

Let there be light

Since we oddly did not need one for a change I have no correct price but they run at about $10.00 Aussie dollars i think..
And now the Random item..

Quinoa

Quinoa


Yes Quinoa..i love this stuff..i use it as much the same way as couscous but the various colours are a super delish alternative..
I can add anything it cooks up beautifully and is super good for you..because they say it is bwahaah.

It costs $19.90 Aussie dollars a kilo which has come down a bit since all the cool folk started to cotton on to it..amazing how expensive things are when they are unpopular.
But then there are now many many Coeliacs now and the Gluten free products are still rudely expensive!

So there you go my list done..being absent so much i thank Bacon again for being a stalwart at the shopping blog post..and now..time to put the feet up and have an olive..with a glass…and maybe some Vermouth…
Thanks again for joining the shop til you drop blog hop and have fun checking out everyones carts 🙂 loves Fozziemum x

Ringtail Possum visits

After having a whinge last night about how crappy I felt I woke this morning to see I had a visitor.

Hello Possum! Meet Virgil the verandah possum

Hello Possum! Meet Virgil the verandah possum

This little guy/gal for some as yet unknown reason decided my Jasmine was a nice place to hang out!
He is safe as the kitties and pups do not go out there..but of course I was concerned at why he was there!
I had a look and could see no obvious signs of injury and he looked me square back in the eyes..
Now that worries me as wildlife generally are not so blasé about humans..
I rang the Wildlife peeps and waited their call..and took some pics of this cutie!

Look

Little footsies

He is not really small but not that big so maybe a teenager..maybe scared from his home by Magpies or ravens.
Maybe curious and wandered off and found himself at dawn with the need to hideout for the day..maybe seeking somewhere cool..i do not know.

Look at that sweet face!

Look at that sweet face!

Whatever the reason I placed some water in a bowl for him but no food..i would hate to think he had some tummy issues and it is always best to err on the side of caution..
Virgil the verandah possum is a Ringtail..they are not a pest and are like all wildlife here protected by laws..he is a night guy and a marsupial,he has a long prehensile tail which he uses to get around and cling onto things like my Jasmine!
They are not really pests as unlike Brushtails they tend to not use humans buildings to live in.
They are very sweet and I have not seen a ringtail for a long time here so this is either good news..or not good as he may be in trouble.
I had a visit from Kerry who was contacted by HEPBURN WILDLIFE, we had a look at him and she suggested that we leave him and I check tonight with a torch to see if he has moved on..if he has fine ..but I think if he is there in the morning we will maybe get him off in care..just in case he is not well.

So my day was made a little brighter by a visit from Virgil..not my usual Roos or Echidnas or even snakes!
I am still battling my eyes today but thankyou to everyone who has sent their hugs my way…always so much appreciated..so I say thanks with some cute pics!

Virgil..seems cosy

Virgil..seems cosy

That trademark ringtail tail

That trademark ringtail tail

Look at the sweet face

Look at the sweet face

Virgil in the jasmine

Virgil in the jasmine

UPDATE:At 9.30pm I checked and Virgil had not moved,i noticed his breathing was a bit harder and wondered if it was because he was now waking up,it is very windy tonight!..Kerry rang and we discussed it and I said I would check him later..at 10.00pm..gone..Virgil has bid us adieu and headed to the gumtrees! bon voyage little friend and thanks for dropping by 🙂
Pee ess Hubby is now on a mission to make possum boxes ..we had olanned to do this but as everything else it has been put to the back of the list..until now 🙂

Early night

Well I am off to have an early night..i have my new computer slowly getting sorted..i did a post then realised all my pictures are on the other computer..urghh..I haven’t got the energy for getting them transferred over..this old body is not playing nice.
I will try and get it sorted tomorrow..fresh eyes (hmmmm) may help.

I do know this the fact I finally have an appointment with a Rheumatologist at the end of next month is filling me with joy!

Seems more things are dropping off and not quite working as they should and it is starting to take it’s toll..i am getting cranky..well crankier bwahaha.

My eyes are getting worse and my eyelids now are covered in blotches which are incredibly sore..making my eyes tired and in turn making me tired.
My stomach has been playing up since Friday and the stomach cramps are no fun.
My joints are aching and funny I watched Misery the other night and oddly enough could empathise with the hobbling she gave him as my ankles feel as if they are splitting..the rash across my cheeks and bridge of my nose has lessened into dry and scaly blotches an attractive look indeed!
And to add to my fun I had a huge weepy sore on my scalp today..hooley dooley..

The constant feeling of a low grade fever and headache today has really put me in a mood….

On the plus side whichever kitty had the poosplosions on the weekend has not had then since we gave them all a boiled chicken weekend…thankyou!

So off to bed for me…I have many more posts to do for our little guest Bashful

but they will have to wait as I just cannot get the energy right now to get the computer stuff sorted..here I go complaining again..how boring…sorry guys..just feel pretty damn deflated and needing to just get this specialist visit done to get to the bottom of all this..

Autoimmune diseases are such a mystery and sadly too little money is put into researching them..and to even find a Rheumatologist here privately or publicly is stupidly hard…
Luckily I have a great GP who has admitted we need a specialist as I have a few autoimmune issues crossing over each other..as they do..and it needs to be sorted…
I am thankful for him as I had one GP many years ago when all this started as good as tell me I was depressed and lazy!

I am not depressed or lazy..i am irritated that I cannot do the things I love because my body lets me down!..urghhh complaining again..boring…ok I am out of here..i think I may have one picture I can share ..
Have a great day guys and please all my friends in the blizzard areas please stay safe and warm we are all thinking of you here and sending our loves!
Fozziemum xx

How I have missed this..

How I have missed this..

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.

Bashfuls New Years Eve day

Back we are with the travels of our guest Bashful
New years eve for us usually involves staying put at home with all the furries..of course we were away this time so we needed to do something a bit different.
We decided to spend the day at the Great Barrier Reef.
I have had the absolute joy of visiting this reef 4 times..this time we were at the top part of the reef so I was really looking forward to this!

The company we went with was http://www.silverseries.com.au and the catamaran we took was the Silverswift which left from Cairns.
The day started early in the morning..on board all drinks and morning teas were included and the lunch was a smorgasboard of salads and cold meats and prawns, hot meals and breads the whole works also afternoon tea, cakes and cheeses and crackers and we would be glad because with 3 different reef stops and a total of 5 hours in the water we worked up a huge appetite!
Please enjoy a snorkel with us as we show you our own beautiful Wonder of the world..and yes I noted some coral bleaching has occurred and so we must all play our part in being gentle with the environment ..as much as this Great Barrier Reef is Australian through and through it belongs to YOU to..it is there for the whole world and let us hope it continues to be.

I hired an underwater camera for the day as I was not keen on fiddling with settings etc and knew he camera would be already set for the underwater pictures..the photographer, continuing our small world discussion used to live in our state not far from hubbies uncle and was in the CFA there..small world..

Awaiting the catamaran for our departure at Cairns Marina

Awaiting the catamaran for our departure at Cairns Marina

Looks like Bashful is ready for another down under adventure!

Looks like Bashful is ready for another down under adventure!

A perfect day for a reef trip

A perfect day for a reef trip

Fozziedad took Bashful in his special scuba gear so I could capture his day

Fozziedad took Bashful in his special scuba gear so I could capture his day

The scuba divers bubbles look so pretty with the light reflecting off them

The scuba divers bubbles look so pretty with the light reflecting off them

Crazy Fozziedad..him and Bashful photo bombing

Crazy Fozziedad..him and Bashful photo bombing

Such pretty coloured fish

Such pretty coloured fish

More cute fish

More cute fish

Reef structures

Reef structures

Elusive fish..followed him for awhle

Elusive fish..followed him for awhle

The Photgrapher having a moment with the Maori Wrasse..he was a very inquisitive fish!

The Photgrapher having a moment with the Maori Wrasse..he was a very inquisitive fish!

More beauty

More beauty

Birds eye view

Birds eye view

Near the surface and the fish all gather

Near the surface and the fish all gather

The Wrasse back for more fun

The Wrasse back for more fun

Coral and colour

Coral and colour

Hi there cutie!

Hi there cutie!

A meeting place

A meeting place

Hey Bashful has the hang of this alright!

Hey Bashful has the hang of this alright!

Imagine the fun of a big kiss from this guy!

Imagine the fun of a big kiss from this guy!

Got to be quick to catch these guys!

Got to be quick to catch these guys!

Hi Bashful!

Hi Bashful!

Wow what an amazing fish..i got to pat him and pure muscle! I have never been that close before!

Wow what an amazing fish..i got to pat him and pure muscle! I have never been that close before!

And a great pic with our guest Bashful!

And a great pic with our guest Bashful!

Day over and we head back home

Day over and we head back home

Bashful thanks the catamaran pilot for a great day!

Bashful thanks the catamaran pilot for a great day!

And  I learnt that the 'watch yourstep' signs on the catamaran shoud be duly noted..5 times I stubbed this toe...ending up with a super sore toe that looked like an Eggplant!

And I learnt that the ‘watch yourstep’ signs on the catamaran shoud be duly noted..5 times I stubbed this toe…ending up with a super sore toe that looked like an Eggplant!


I will continue with our New Years Eve tomorrow! have a great day xx

Sunday side trip with Bashful

Hi guys, yes WP is an inspiration..thanks to the way it drove me nuts I was inspired to get off the computer and get out.
I have not yet finished with Bashful’s travels up North .
But the weekend we decided to get out and have an adventure in our own backyard of Victoria.
Hubby installed the doggy door for the pups which has now, with the totally safe yard, given us a chance after 3 years to go and have a day out without stressing…awesome!

So off we went…Bashful in tow!
Now I am not sure if any of you are familiar with the 1975 mystery movie called Picnic at Hanging Rock..by Peter Weir.

I will pop some links to info at the end of this post for you.
Well hubby and I have never been there and it’s only a 40 minute drive from home..so off we went ..picnic basket and our international guest on board!

Basically the film tells the story of some schoolgirls who vanish in eerie circumstances at ‘the rock’ never to be found again..it was at one stage almost an urban legend that it was a true story..strange things have been mentioned by many visitors indeed..so of course..i have to go 😉

The girls adventure

The girls adventure

The pathway to the Hanging  Rock..yes another steep one

The pathway to the Hanging Rock..yes another steep one

Amazing rock formations

Amazing rock formations

One of the many amazing rocks ,can you see Bashful?

One of the many amazing rocks ,can you see Bashful?

Hmm

Hmm


Wonderful views over Mt Macedon the area devasted by the 1983 Ash Wednesday bushfires

Wonderful views over Mt Macedon the area devasted by the 1983 Ash Wednesday bushfires

Where is Bashful?

Where is Bashful?

Awesome

Awesome

More steep paths

More steep paths

What a lovely view

What a lovely view

Look at the character in this rock

Look at the character in this rock

Bashful and I having a break

Bashful and I having a break

Bashful right at home

Bashful right at home

More views to die for

More views to die for

Great little nook

Great little nook

Hi there!

Hi there!

Reaching the top hubby takes Bashful for a better view..

Reaching the top hubby takes Bashful for a better view..

No mean feat these rocks are slippery!

No mean feat these rocks are slippery!

Goodness Bashful this is daring..watch your step !

Goodness Bashful this is daring..watch your step !

Of course I ALWAYS find some new friends..these cute lizards under their rock

Of course I ALWAYS find some new friends..these cute lizards under their rock

Gorgeous lizard

Gorgeous lizard

My usual awkward ankle twisting look while trying to get wildlife pics

My usual awkward ankle twisting look while trying to get wildlife pics

I always get my man hahaa

I always get my man hahaa

We get to Hanging Rock with Bashful

We get to Hanging Rock with Bashful

Come on Bashful..we are in the rock..where the schoolgirls disappeared...

Come on Bashful..we are in the rock..where the schoolgirls disappeared…

How's the view...eerie indeed

How’s the view…eerie indeed

Yikes

Yikes

Come on dude you can't stay here!

Come on dude you can’t stay here!

Looks like I have to rescue the little guy!

Looks like I have to rescue the little guy!

Remember the girls Bashful!!

Remember the girls Bashful!!

This waterfall though dry still ha some sprinkles of water falling...like a little rain shower

This waterfall though dry still ha some sprinkles of water falling…like a little rain shower

Again I   try and get a good shot

Again I try and get a good shot

The very top of the waterfall..so pretty

The very top of the waterfall..so pretty

Back at the bottom and it's picnic time

Back at the bottom and it’s picnic time

Bashful and hubby resting

Bashful and hubby resting

At the café we grabbed a coffee and Bashful said G'day to this cutie

At the café we grabbed a coffee and Bashful said G’day to this cutie

So another adventure down..please check out the link to this magical spot

http://www.visitmacedonranges.com/natural-attractions/hanging-rock/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picnic_at_Hanging_Rock

WordPress Changes…thankyou now I have a reason to get off the computer and garden

Am I the only person who has had a craw full of waking up to find another ‘update’ has attacked my blog and made life more annoying?

I got on the computer this morning..went to check notifications..the sidebar thingie comes up..all fancy shmancy..and yep..no Archives..so all I can see are comments etc the length on my screen..go to scroll down..disappears…urghhhh

So now I have to go to the unclassic dashboard or CAC Central annoyance centre and check..of course limited in amounts as well..
So if I want to see if anyone has responded to something I have commented on THEIR blogs..do i have to go visit all these blogs again???

I have three blogs…long long day…

I know progression is good but I still believe that you need some sort of ..well useful one!

I am yet to have gotten my head around the seemingly endless roundabout of changes already..this does not make it easier to use..and has clearly not made mobile phone access easier either as on my mobile it is even worse…
Other blog platforms I follow do not seem to complain of these issues as much..note I said as much ..not never.
I have been tossing up about getting a paid WP site but have to be honest the time I spend going around in circles trying to manage the changes here has me less inclined to want to pay for the joy of frustration.

So I have given up..i had to stop all email notifications as my inbox even though emptied regularly had some 10,000 emails in there..deleted twice and still blocking it up..so I cannot rely on that as a means of checking notifications due to the email issues that also have not been rectified by the appropriate people..seems they are mystififed..

I have just about had technology and it’s mandated irritants and irks..
I need a functional prompt accurate and easy to navigate service..i have 11 acres of harsh land to deal with a house and family and not exactly time to throw to the breeze for stuffing around.

I am sick of services updating and outsmarting themselves..much like Windows 8 the greatest dud I know..if it ain’t broke don’t fix it…or at least listen to what people say when they tell you it is rubbish..if you are a new blogger then you have no expectations but some of the older bloggers and the bloggers with more than one site will say they are less than pleased..

So I apologise to those I have not replied to..and to those that disappear from my reader..i am trying really I am.

Your comments are important to me and I do love to visit your blogs..it may just be that you are somewhere in an update..hanging around ..waiting…possibly for another update…who knows, seems we are the last to find out until some nifty looking yet impractical thing pops up…so BEEP BEEP BOOP….

Yes WP you have inspired me to go outside in the fresh air..where the only update is that my tomatoes have started to change colour….

Bashfuls day in the Hot Air Balloon

Hi folks..i am continuing Bashful’s holiday with us by re visiting the Hot Air balloon ride..i had not shown his pics of the day as I was doing a more ‘serious’ as such post on the event .

But trust me the little guy WAS there and had a blast..you can read about the day here  https://dinz1234.wordpress.com/2015/01/02/floating-gracefully-into-2015/

I also remembered our Pilots name Shaun..so that was a bonus! Please enjoy some more pics of our fantastic morning in our beautiful Balloon..

 

Filling the Balloon in the morning

Filling the Balloon in the morning

Ready to go!

Ready to go!

And away

And away

Bashful admiring the beautiful scenery

Bashful admiring the beautiful scenery

Such stunning colour..no work needed on these images

Such stunning colour..no work needed on these images

Bashful up in the air

Bashful up in the air

Look at the gorgeous balloons

Look at the gorgeous balloons

All alone in the clouds

All alone in the clouds

This Balloon had finished for the day

This Balloon had finished for the day

I love the peach coloured sky

I love the peach coloured sky

Wow

Wow

As this Balloon comes down the Cattle move on..the calf was very curious!

As this Balloon comes down the Cattle move on..the calf was very curious!

Up in the air..the Balloon takes our picture!

Up in the air..the Balloon takes our picture!

Look who is in my safe hands up here in the sky!

Look who is in my safe hands up here in the sky!

Bashful thanks the pilot Shaun

Bashful thanks the pilot Shaun

Bashful also thanking Merv for picking us up and bringing us safely back to the resort

Bashful also thanking Merv for picking us up and bringing us safely back to the resort

So stay tuned as the holiday continues and there is more fun wit Bashful to come!

Travelling further in the Daintree

After our wonderful and relaxed walk around the Discovery centre we jumped in the peapod hire car and headed further up towards Cape Tribulation..the destination a little centre called the Snake House..it’s ok they did have snakes but I won’t show any pics..i know some peeps freak!

Here we signed some paperwork, filled in some forms and waited for our ride.

It came, a van driven by a super keen young guy full of enthusiasm who proceeded to load us all on and off we headed to our destination..not to far but up a steep road which became rutted and gave us the ride of our lives as we rocked side to side ..not much different in a way to our driveway at the moment hahaaha 🙂

Once we got to our final desination we were given a talk, measured up, harnessed up, and helmeted up.My camera was attached to a Carabiner ,Bashful was attached to hubbies Carabiner so i could take the pics of him, and we started our walk…straight up, in again hideous humidity…but the scenery …breathtaking..

I suppose I should explain something first…I have always been a bit of an adventurer..always a tomboy and still climb trees and jump fences. Having a love of capturing images to share has made me even more keen to go out on a limb..i want people to enjoy the same things I do..if even one person feels like they have been with me I get such a kick out of it..I know I have achieved what I wanted!
One day I hope to be able to sell my images so I can put more money towards getting out and showing the beauty and glory that is our world..lordie knows my equipment needs to start paying it’s way..hahahaha .

So with water running down my back and my calves begging for mercy we got to a platform..
We were going Jungle Surfing!

There are six treetop platforms of varying heights built around these magnificent ancient trees which according to our guide are stronger than steel! in fact steel would break with the movement these trees have..so they sway ..and they are just extraordinary!

At the platform where we were to head off is what they call the Hamster Wheel..a couple of people at a time get in and start the wheel by walking or jogging..this brings the ziplines back to the platform and the next people get their harnesses attached and start their surfing!

I must say the fact hubby and I were last was a blessing as I was still sweaty and a bit achey hahaah.

The guide at the hamster wheel

The guide at the hamster wheel

When our turn came we were attached to the zipline..we went together so I could grab pics on the way..

The platform guide

The platform guide

The measurements in feet as written in the guides are as follows:

150 ft..52 ft..141 ft..22 ft…180 ft..63 ft..255 ft..47 ft..147 ft…41 ft …82 ft..11 ft..

And off we went!

Bashful ready to go!

Bashful ready to go!

Such an exhilarating feeling..the air fresh yet that same ancient Jurassic type scent of rainforest mosses and foliage..this I could do all day! getting my self sorted with the camera was a tad funky but I did get myself organised! and at each platform we were welcomed by another guide who discussed the trees the environment and the wildlife, and unhooked us and reattached us to the next zipline..

What a great view up!

What a great view up!

Another platform awaits!

Another platform awaits!

I am sure Bashful was thrilled to finally get his Tarzan on!

Hubby and bashful flying through the treetops!

Hubby and bashful flying through the treetops!

The second last platform had the most stunning views of the Coral Sea and the Barrier Reef..

Coral Sea

Coral Sea

And yes we were all given helmets by the guides..go figure their choice hahahahaha..

Why? hahaah

Why? hahaah

The last surf we did solo.. I went first and when the guide said let go and hang..well I did..what a blast..upside down in the Daintree hanging from a harness and trying like crazy to take pics …none to successful as it was so fast!

Woo hoo solo !

Woo hoo solo !

Gorgeous!

Gorgeous!

My upside down shot! not to crash hot but see the platform up the top right hahaaha:)

Upside down down under

Upside down down under

Last leg of the surf!

Last leg of the surf!

Wow..super fun and such a great way to be amongst the treetops!

We finished up at the Harnessing centre and were whisked back to the snake house the same rickety road but for some reason even wilder !
When we got back we were hot and sweaty and in need of a swim..so we spoke to the guy at the Snake house and asked where there was a safe spot to swim..crocs being a real problem..he told us to drive just down the road to this café ..behind it is a house and the owner is happy for people to swim on his property…odd but whatever here we go..
Sure enough behind this café was a beautiful house ..like an old plantation really…

The house behind the cafe

The house behind the cafe

We got out and walked across an expanse of lush green grass and there in the middle of nothing was a metal pole with a tin attached and a sign said Gold Coin Donation..so we popped 2 dollars in and wandered to a bushy and tree lined path..
In to view came the most beautiful river..filled with cool water and giant river stones..after a bit of a wrangle to climb down in we went..there were a few people there also enjoying this mans generosity in sharing his wonderful oasis!

Beautiful and just what we needed!

Beautiful and just what we needed!

It was cool and refreshing and the sweatiness soon was gone..of course I took Bashful for a swim where we got talking to a woman who was from Canberra and as I said before small world she works as a nurse and knows the Opthamologist that did my eyeplugs! small small world..

Chatting with us girls in the water..Bashful right at home

Chatting with us girls in the water..Bashful right at home

A lovely way to cool off..Bashful and I

A lovely way to cool off..Bashful and I

After a lovely swim it was time to grab an ice cream and hit the road…where to? well all will be revealed 🙂

 

A huge thanks to the awesome guys from  http://www.junglesurfing.com.au for a day to remember !

Bashfuls visit to the Daintree wilderness

I must confess I have totally mucked my days up and am now posting our trip in no particular order..i think!
This day was the day we went to the Daintree.
To give you an idea of the Daintree I will give you some little facts..

The Amazon is about 7 million years old.
The Daintree is thought to be between 110-200 million years old! Wow..amazing.
From a total of 19 primitive flowering plant families on Earth 12 are found here!
These plants are known as Green dinosaurs.
I have much more information so if anyone has a question please ask and I will endeavour to answer as best as I can!

So to get to the Daintree rainforest system it is a gorgeous drive along the beach and through the forests from Palm Cove where we were staying through Mossman and on to Daintree Village where you drive onto a ferry and the cross the Daintree river..
Once across we drove to the Daintree discovery Centre to have a look around, grab a coffee and take in the spectacular views!
You can take a canopy walk which will take approximately 1 1/2 -2 hours and also climb the Canopy Tower.
The tower is 23 metres high and has 5 viewing platforms designed to withstand cyclones.
The walk is leisurely and easily achieved even with a wheelchair..i found the tower climb a bit harder as the humidity was insane but the views were well worth it..the canopy is alive with the sound of birds but I was unable to get any pics as I left my Brutus lens behind..not a good weight to lug around!

We loved this place and it did indeed feel like stepping into Jurrasic Park.

We could have stayed a lot longer but ‘other’ things were on our agenda that day as well..i will return again without doubt as the whole experience for photographers, gardeners,bird lovers,animal lovers was a dream!
When we returned to the café it was funny to find the lady behind the counter after a chat has a daughter that lives in our town! this happened with a few people as you shall find out later..when more of bashfuls Down Under travels are revealed!
I have a massive amount of photos and when I have finished Bashfuls holiday shots I will be more than happy to share ,so if any particular spot I feature interests you please let me know and I will post some more pictures.
Please enjoy Bashfuls day at the Daintree – Part One!

A quick stop to admire the scenery before we get to the Daintree

A quick stop to admire the scenery before we get to the Daintree

Arriving at Daintree Village to catch the ferry

Arriving at Daintree Village to catch the ferry

Never smile at a crocodile!

Never smile at a crocodile!

Even our birds down under are dangerous!

Even our birds down under are dangerous!

All aboard Bashful admiring the Daintree river

All aboard Bashful admiring the Daintree river

Arriving at the Daintree Discovery Centre

Arriving at the Daintree Discovery Centre

The Canopy walk and tower guides

The Canopy walk and tower guides

Bashful gets up close to a Cassowary! lucky it was just a model!

Bashful gets up close to a Cassowary! lucky it was just a model!

Reading up on the Wet Tropics with some beautiful scenery behind him

Reading up on the Wet Tropics with some beautiful scenery behind him

Bshful trying to get his Tarzan on!

Bshful trying to get his Tarzan on!

Amazing growth on the trees

Amazing growth on the trees

I wouldn't be me if I did not have the luck to spot the wildlife!

I wouldn’t be me if I did not have the luck to spot the wildlife!

The Canopy Tower..a great work out!

The Canopy Tower..a great work out!

But the views were well worth a bit of sweating and puffing!

But the views were well worth a bit of sweating and puffing!

Bashful charming the ladies at the café..who made an amazing coffee! and us Melbournians are very much coffee critics! the lady holding Bashful has a daughter in our town!

Bashful charming the ladies at the café..who made an amazing coffee! and us Melbournians are very much coffee critics! the lady holding Bashful has a daughter in our town!

Next Post will be Part Two of our Daintree experience..and things really hot up!!