Ishtar over the border

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May 27th 2009
Published: May 27th 2009
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Had to stop the previous ramblings - time ran out at the internet cafe...(we do have a computer on board - but takes quite alot of power, is very slow and 1 gig of downloads seems to disappear at an alarming rate - so less stressful to leg it up the road and pay to transfer the stress to the internet cafe!)
We have now finally made it over the border - we are currently anchored in Southport, Southern Queensland, in the delightfully named "Bum's Bay" and have met up with our friends Rob and Barbara. They are on their boat Robara and we will travel north in company - at least as far as the Whitsundays. (Travelling in company means sharing the decisions, the dramas - and copious amounts of food and alcohol at night!)
We did another overnighter to get here - this time much easier - there was no wind so we had to motor the whole way - but flat seas and no rain so we did in 24 hours. I spent my watches sitting in the cockpit - starry sky above, flat water below, listening to cd's of Alan Bennett reading his diaries - just lovely.
Its very warm and sunny here. We are just about to try and do a mammoth food shop by dinghy - always an entertaining procedure - and invariably damper than anticipated......
I have struggled with working out exactly how this blogsite works - so hope you get this OK. I had hoped the pictures of Coffs Harbour attached but judging by the FAQ for the site - wont know til I send it out - so here goes........


28th May 2009

Dear Jane and Peter It was lovely to see you both at the wedding - we had more champagne after tennis today to celebrate once again. I do note that my comments are pre moderated and automatically stripped but I do wonder what it means exactly. Do hope the boat was OK and that your vision of smooth water and blue skies is a reality - lots of love to you both Susie
8th June 2009

long weekend bike ride
Hi guys, we missed you both but still managed to have a great weekend. Weather kind to us, unlike your experiences! Usual suspects minus maria and bill who are working on their holiday house, but with Geoff Tapperel on board after just 2 months recovery from hip replacement, not a bad effort. He is a definite for future adventures. Just to let you know, Georgie has had a perfect 19 week scan and it is a GIRL!!! YEAH!!! She will have follow up with the paediatric cardiologist in 4 weeks just to ease her mind that there is no hidden problem but her Obstetrician says all is good. Mike and Mel are one week behind Georgie but will not find out the gender, Rats!! Looking forward to your next update and so happy for you both to be on your way again. speak soon much love susan and tony

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