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Published: November 22nd 2014
This week the weather has been warm sunny with a lovely warm breeze. We have been for walks along beaches, visited an Italian restaurant again that we really like, the food is delicious and it's right on the beach, lovely chillin out spot. We have ambled and pootled round town and I think we have tried every coffee shop out!!
We went whale watching on Wednesday, very exciting. We went out on a fast boat so we donned our life jackets, and with a little trepidation as to how Bazi would fair out at sea we set off at a steady pace through the lagoon. We soon reached the point where he could get some speed up and it was fab. The sea was actually very calm that day but it is thrilling taking off and crashing back down at high speed, luv it, luv it. I have to say probably for the first hour of our trip we saw some whales, but only glimpses when they would surface but then go straight back down for upto 15 minutes, it's a waiting game. We were becoming a little disappointed as the day before we had been on the headland with
the whale spotter and had seen the whales breaching out of the water through his binoculars which was very cool. Anyway the whales are humped back whales and they are now making their way back to the colder waters as they have been here for the mothers to give birth and the males to find and procreate with all the single lady whales in the warmer waters. Perhaps the reason they were a bit slow is because they haven't eaten for 6 months! Anyway just when we thought we were not getting any more sightings a male and female came up right behind us. He was obviously feelin frisky and kept trying to get under her for a bit of whale luvin but she wasn't having it and rolled onto her back out of his way. We got really fabulous views of them side by side coming out of the water and both tails going down together. We followed them closely for a while which was ok as they didn't have a calf with them, there are restrictions in place that you are not allowed to get within 50 meters of a female with calf. So from being disappointed we
were now elated, what a fabulous experience and how privileged are we to be able to do something so fantastic. It was without doubt a very special moment and one of many that we have already had on this trip. Awesome. (No real pics to share with you of the whales I had a malfunction with the iPad but there are lots on the camera to see). Good news Baz now has sea legs, yehhhhh!! Whilst we were out there we saw the red tide which apparently is very unusual. The ocean was a red orangish colour and apparently it is algae which makes it this colour, very strange and a little eerie.
Yesterday we had a really great day out, we made a picnic, leftover BBQ sausage butties, mmmmmmm And set off for wilderness. Which is the name of a town about half an hour away. We hired a canoe and paddled up the river for about 40 mins which was great fun, really enjoyed it. Hard work on the old arms though, we may be a little achey for a few days! The sun was shining and the only sounds you could hear were the birds, idyllic
oh and me singing the Hawaii five o tune! When the river narrowed we left our canoe on the bank and walked a trail through the forests for about an hour. Baz found some Tarzan like vines to swing on, gave him chance to do a bit of chest beating macho stuff! We eventually came up to some waterfalls and rock pools. It was a stunning spot and after a little persuasion from Baz I very gingerly got in and had a swim. It was cold but invigorating and I'm glad I did it, although what was bothering me was the getting out. But why worry I had my strapping handsome lifeguard with me to haul me out! We spent a couple of hours there and got chatting to some very nice people from London, swapped some stories and generally people watched, lazed and soaked up the atmosphere. Time to head back, we got back to the canoe and I have to say I thought my husband was a gentleman, how wrong can one be! He "suggested" that whilst he is sitting in the canoe all dry that I walk it out through the shallows into the river, so I
did, lost my flip flops several times and after a little blue air I scrambled in, lifted the oars and proceeded to give him a right good soaking, revenge is sweet! We spotted a Kingfisher on the bank fishing for his tea, ducks, herons and Ibis. Brilliant day rounded off with a bowl of mussels, crusty bread and a bottle of cider. Bliss, life is sooooooo good.
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