Sunday, 29 January 2017

Wonderful Friends and Australia Day...

We jumped on the train and headed down to Culburra Beach to visit our dear friends Jenn and Lester, whom we hadn't seen for nearly 10 years.  It was a really lovely time with them. 


Jenn's son Scott and his lovely wife Tobie have just opened OP Bakehouse (www.opbakehouse.com)
at the new location at Culburra Beach - theirs and their daughter hand prints 
in the concrete for prosperity!  (awesome!)  We highly recommend going to their restaurant!


It was so wonderful catching up with Jenn and Lester 
and spending time with Scott, Tobie and their little girl Eden

Sydney sure has so much to offer, and we are lucky enough to be here while the Sydney Festival is on, so off we headed to Symphony Under the Stars - lovely


We were so excited that Julie and Martin decided to fly down to join us 
for a long weekend on Our Rose.  It had been 5 years since we had seen them in Thailand when we were there while Our Rose was being built.

We had a wonderful weekend together, eating, drinking, laughing.   We went to El Circo 
a "interesting" Cabaret dinner show


We ate out, we ate in (Julie and Martin cooked us a lovely Thai meal)


And then came Australia Day - WOW

Boats were dressed up, the navy, the airforce, police, maritime rescue and as many Ozzies as could were on the water for the day...







and of course ending with an amazing fireworks display








Thursday, 12 January 2017

Sydney...



 Arriving in Sydney was truly amazing...


Our Rose had a spring clean ready for Christmas 
- hard to believe this oven gets the workout it really does!



Up went the Christmas decorations, and out came the Champagne for Christmas Day...



Sydney have various "free" moorings around the harbour.  This is Our Rose on mooring off Manly


The Boxing Day Sydney Hobart race was spectacular...
Fay and Phil (Jigsaw) offered for us to join them to watch it - incredible beyond words...


Looking behind us - it was unbelievable...


On anchor New Years eve 
- this Cruise Ship left dock to get to its vantage point for the evening


It was a truly incredible evening, with Parade of boats all lit up...


and of course the most incredible fireworks display...
Was lovely to enjoy it with new friends - Cherie and Eckhardt







Saturday, 3 December 2016

New Caledonia and "Down Under"...

From Fiji we headed to New Caledonia.

As we are coming back here next year, we only stayed a couple of weeks.  

We went to an amazing art and cultural centre - The Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre

   

There was an exhibition on from a New Zealand Sculptor which was extraordinary.
His "Bottled Ocean" exhibition all made from plastic!






Fay and Phil (Jigsaw) told us about The Down Under Rally,
so we decided to join this to pave the way into Australia.
John and Leanne organised for Customs, Immigration and Bio Security 
to clear us all in at Bundaberg Marina, 
we then had a week of fun and seminars about cruising the Australian coast.
It was worth every cent, very professionally run and a really informative and fun week.

It was Melbourne Cup day, John and Leanne organised for us to go to the races

Leanne and Me
Catherine and Me

You know you're in Australia when you see these 


They had a aboriginal from the local tribe play for us at our Welcome Dinner



At one of the seminars, Geoff from Bundaberg Marina had a tray of vegemite sandwiches for the people to try - the look on some of the faces was very amusing!


Now this is what we call a good sized chilly bin (or esky as they say in Oz)


We had an auction for crabs, then had crab races (the money going to Volunteer Marine Rescue)


Geoff and the team at Bundaberg Marina were fantastic.
We highly recommend Leanne and John from Down Under Rally... it made arriving in Australia very easy and the information we received was only what you could get with local knowledge.

Danny from Rockstar doing some kite surfing while we all waited to head across the bar at Wide Bay


We made our way down the coast, stopping at this gorgeous spot 
and walking the sand hills with Carola and Jim (Koza)

Jim and Richard
Coming into the waterways at the Gold Coast there are some pretty amazing houses


You know you're in the Gold Coast when...



So, then it was time to hauled out again for antifoul touch up, cut and seal, sail drive work etc etc, all the usual preventative maintenance.  Our Rose is really a very pampered girl!
The Boat Works is by far the best yard we have even been hauled.
The contractors here have also been absolutely awesome.


Our neighbour was the "New" Pirates of the Caribbean boat (movie not yet released)


Our Rose about to go back to the water where she belongs...
(stack pack yet to be reinstalled from being resewn)


We were lucky enough to be invited to The Boat Works Christmas party.  
The theme was to dress us as someone using the first initial of your name - this lady was dressed up as Medusa (yes the python was very alive and real!).


Some of the amazing team from The Boat Works


This was some christmas party!.. beer, wine, rum shooters, pizza ovens with fresh pizzas, and toys to play with - motorised skate boards, bikes and trikes



Richard working out one of the boards
this guy is amazing

The Boat Works have 2 utes and a car you can use for "free"
Driving around over the weekend, the colors are gorgeous


Yesterday a barge turned up and on it was a vehicle that looked like it was from "Mad Max".
Had to go over and find out what it was about.  
A guy called The Candy Man was having his Christmas party.  
The theme of the party was "7 deadly sins".
He had organised 80 bikini clad ladies, 
there were 5 helicopters flying around for his arrival, jetskis, waterskiers, fireworks.  
Held just around the corner from here at his home - The Candy Mansion.  1000 guests!

These are some of the photos of the girls (and the man himself) arriving onto to barge...





Some of the fireworks from his party