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Thursday, June 05, 2014

Cassowary close ups

Good morning there,
 well, we have a number of Cassowaries doing the rounds on the garden of Cow Bay Homestay B&B and being pretty cheeky about it too. Yesterday I was given passionfruit by a neighbour, which then disappeared from a box I had put them on before taking them into the kitchen. Then early this morning a Cassowary was right next to this box, checking if more were placed there? We do have the feeling, this one is being fed by someone in the area, and I wish they wouldn't do this. Meanwhile I am trying to keep count of papayas and passionfruit on vines, but so far I am loosing out. One of the guest sprinted across the lawn this morning trying to take a photo of a Cassowary and just managed. They are a bit shy, which is good, but then also just 'pop' up out of nowhere.
 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Butterflies in photos and ATE 2014

Good morning,
 now I finally have some photos of the Ulysee, blue, and Cairns Birdwing Butterflies, green; this is a 'hard' job, as they move constantly.



After a lovely dry spell we now have a bit more rain. ATE -Australian Tourism Exchange in Cairns has finished and I had hoped the weather would improve for all the visitors, but... some delegates were here before ATE started and enjoyed the sun and wind. Thank you for your visit and hopefully sending us lovely visitors.
 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Ulysses and Cairns Birdwing Butterflies

Hi,
 well,....for the last 2 weeks we have had big numbers of Ulysee, the bright blue, butterflies and Cairns Birdwing, black and red for the girls, bright green for the boys, butterflies absolutely everywhere. It is an amazing sights seeing both buzzing around flowering bushes and plants. One even took a detour through the lounge area in the Garden House the other day. As a result, I suppose, we have now found their lava on a kaffir lime tree on the back deck of the B&B, both types, ..had to Google them to determine who is who....
A 'little' more rain and our guests are coping very well, as they say: " It is a rainforest! "
Yesterday a nearly dry day, with sun and wind. Today I hope we have the same, I have lots to do in the garden. Wishing everyone a great day.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Cyclone Ita

Hi,
 on Friday night, Cyclone Ita gave us all a big scare with category 5 and 300km/h winds on the forecast, but then it was not so bad at all. Some places had fallen trees and damage from that. Some roads and bridges are closed, all temporary and hopefully the Daintree Ferry will be back in action this morning. So, the North is ready for our Easter visitors !
But such a cyclone makes everyone tidy up and lock up the houses and we  fitted shutters  to our Garden House. The veranda has to be cleared: where to with all the plants, pots, BBQ, chairs, benches? We live more out- than indoors, so there is a lot to be moved. Then after the cyclone is gone, rearrange everything again. We are very happy though, how it all went and now we can go into the dry season!

 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

New tours in the area

Hi,
 here are links to new tours, one Sky Rail from Cairns to Kuranda
http://www.skyrail.com.au/experience/canopy-glider
and this one for 'foodies' and only for adults
http://www.kurandatours.com.au/australia_outback_tasting_tour.htm
I hope this gives you more ideas of things to do up here in the North; is may mean you have to exstend your visit!!!
Enjoy.
 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Air Cons are in !!!

Hello,
 right-- after some delays the guest rooms are now air conditioned. YES.
This is a huge thing for us, as we run on solar and generator power and had to make some changes to our system. The government is promising us to 'look into' mains power to this area. It seems we are too small, too remote and even though we are the Tourism Icon: Daintree Rainforest somehow not in line. They also have no money.... We decided to set ourselves up for the future and when the mains power arrives here we can connect anyway, but waiting 18 years takes its toll.
So:::: guest can now choose to turn the air conditioners on in the wet season. The first guests who tried it out, loved it. It is very quiet and fast. They had promptly not had it on the next night, as it was quiet cool, 23 C and the fan was enough. The air con will be great though on those hot, humid, still days when one gets out of the shower, to dry off  and is wet immediately. Maybe go to sleep with is on for another hour and then have it turned off automatically. I am sure people get the idea.
Meanwhile we have had some rain!
There are 2 cyclones in FNQ right now. One off to our west, one off to our south and we seem to have a 'convergence', which had brought us non-stop heavy rain  last night. Result: 390 mm in Cow Bay. That is even called rain here. There is a bit more to come we are told, well we'll see...
But it is 29 C during the day, all very relaxed.
Check the website for vacant rooms and come to stay to see/feel/experience it all.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

30 December 2013

Hi,
 nearly the end of this year, looking forward to 2014 and more good experiences here in FNQ of Australia and the beautiful area we live in.
Here are some pages from a wonderful photo album special people made for us as a Christmas present. We think it does capture our place perfectly. Thank you to D&K


It looks much better than these photos do.
Christmas is gone, with lovely visitors and guests, lots of presents and yummy food and drinks, even some non alcoholic..... Perfect weather even though on the day it rained so we didn't 'do' the usual thing on the beach. Good for a long walk along the beach though for some.
More perfect weather since and after listening to guests raving about their reef trip with our locally run boat yesterday I have booked in for tomorrow !!!! Yes,...3km/h wind, it should be flat as and great visibility. Just air out the stinger suit, so I don't have to use all that sunscreen and off I go......
For today there is lots of washing and some mowing on the list. Not bad, yes??!!!!!
Wishing everyone a great time on New Year Eve so 2014 is properly started and hopefully bring great times and prosperity.