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Monday, October 24, 2016

Really !!!

Hi,
 right and we are nearly in November......best making some plans for Christmas. My dream is to go to a good restaurant one year = no shopping, cooking, washing up ! But as someone pointed out to me---no left overs ! That is going to be a hard decision.
Meanwhile back in the B&B: some rain last night, which was very welcome. Lovely guest every day and a visit to Mareeba is planned to catch up with friend and formerly also our neighbours.
I went to Brisbane last week for an Andre Rieu concert. That was a lot of travelling for 2 hours of great music. It was all very exciting, hectic and everything worked out perfectly. However I was glad driving back home with 3 cars on the road instead of 3000.....
Nearly done  in the B&B this morning. Over to a neighbor for a chat and maybe one of their great coffees. I finally started a painting, which is in my head for the last 3 years or so: sugar cane. Started it 2 days ago...just like that.....hopefully it will be good enough to hang on a wall.
And here is the new setting for our B&B  deck.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Catch Up

Good Day !
well ....there is a big gap in this blog now, due to PC issues in a big way, and just when I thought I had it all organized the big let down not only technically. Now, all should be in order and I am catching up.... we have had great guests coming, staying and departing. Hopefully all had a great experience here in Cow Bay and the Daintree Rainforest. We had a warm and wet winter and are sort of 1 month late with flowering shrubs. Now I can go into the garden to do the big pruning job, however it seems to become warm already. But I hope September brings the usual great weather and some time to enjoy it. Anyone interested in staying with us, our online calendar on the this website is live and ready to be checked anytime. Hope to see you here one day !

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Ginger News

Just a quick news flash!
Ginger has been exploring the neighbour hood for the last 3 weeks during his " heading off "and was brought back by one person, thank you very much B, who fed him well, but apparently does not like cats ! Lucky for us. Ginger seemed a bit stunned, ate bowl after bowl of bikkies and slept through the night. We hope he will stay home now- the worrying worries you .....

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Ginger and Tabby

Hi,
 our lovely boy cats, brothers Ginger and Tabby have gone out and not come back. This is very sad for us and I will indulge myself by putting some of their photos here. They were great little cats, just over 1 year old and expert climbers and chasers and hiders, helpers in the garden and curious in the work shop and now we miss their antics a lot.





 

Electricity- still a hot topic

Hi,
 well, one wouldn't suspect it in May 2016 in Australia, but electricity or the absence of it, is still a hot topic. Not so much for our government in Brisbane, but they most probably don't believe us- that is my guess.
Read this from Rob, who is very good putting a complex issue together:
 
 
Rob Lapaer posted in Daintree Hour aims to end pollution and energy poverty in the Daintree.
 
   
Rob Lapaer
April 30 at 4:38pm
 
The Mossman Gazette has re-published my open letter to the premier about the Daintree not getting a fair go, no doubt it will generate comments from the readers, and I have replied to them.
It does not matter that today it is only Saturday and it will take another five days for the newspaper to hit the shops for me to read it, I already know what they are going to say anyway as it is always the same:

1. It was your choice to go and live there...

Yes, that is right, and when I moved in to Cape Trib in 1993 it was an area just getting settled and resorts were being built, phone lines were already in the ground all throughout the Daintree, the road was getting better by the week, and at that time power supply was talked of as a matter of WHEN, not IF.
The whole Daintree was within the legal distribution area of the electricity provider at the time, and there was no way of knowing that seven years later we were going to be cut out of this distribution area without compensation. How could I possible have known I had just bought a property in the only place in the western world where a government would legislate against basic services essential to its own citizens? Everywhere else governments want to see prosperous happy communities.

2. If you don’t like it why don’t you move?

Not many people are willing to buy a property without electricity supply, or even if they are then they will not pay a realistic price, as they have trouble obtaining finance because most banks have the Daintree on their black list. This means Daintree residents who want or need to move can not sell their places for a price that will buy a comparable place somewhere else in Australia. They can not afford to move and are trapped. Moving out without selling your house is also not an option as renting out means tenants trashing your batteries or stealing your generator as often happens.

3. A grid will bring over-development to a pristine area.

WRONG! A three point plan was agreed on between government and stake holders in 2009.
Point 1: Buyback of unoccupied and other selected blocks of land.
Point 2: An amended restrictive town plan to take away the threat of over-development on the remaining blocks not bought back.
Point 3: Grid power to be provided.
Points 1 and 2 happened but nearly two decades later we are still waiting for point 3 and at three million litres of fuel per year that gets trucked across the river (as established in survey) another 30 000 tonnes of CO2 has been pumped in to our World Heritage listed rain forest since then, and countless businesses and households have gone broke and closed or left the area.

4. You bought cheap land because there was never going to be any grid power, it was never promised.

WRONG! FNQEB was ready to put electricity in, it was only a matter of WHEN, and not IF, for many years. Various politicians over the years committed to the provision of mains power.
Jeff Seeney has made promises in the past of Coalition commitment to providing power to the Daintree, I have his fax here for anyone who want to see it. FNQEB has done several studies in the 1990's in to the best way to build the power supply, and if ultra-greens had not stopped them it would have happened a long time ago, now we have the ironic situation where greens are responsible for ongoing pollution.

5. People that want power only want to make profits on real estate.

WRONG! Nobody in the Daintree is going to walk away with fat profits. Over the last two decades real estate has surged everywhere in Australia but in the Daintree it has stagnated, this means that people in the Daintree who go broke paying for fuel and generators can not move away and sell their place and get a comparable place elsewhere in the country. A grid would change the value of Daintree real estate somewhat but it is never going to catch up with the rest of the country. It would only mean that maybe then residents can afford to move and not give away their land for peanuts and start with a new mortgage elsewhere in Australia where all real estate has tripled in value over the last two decades.

6. You Daintree people should use renewable energy.

If this was a viable option we would be doing it!
All renewable energy options have been thoroughly examined in the Daintree.
Solar panels need sun, and as rainforests tend to have many trees that provide shade, and even more so have a lot of rain and cloud, solar panels do not work very often, even the newest technology! While small households with enough investment may be able to run on this (together with backup generator), it is not an option for businesses with larger power demands for refrigeration etc.
Hydro electricity to supply a whole community would require damming of creeks which means too high environmental impact, and wind turbines have just been banned near World Heritage areas by our government. Other technologies are still too expensive and experimental.
Renewable energy in the Daintree now means renewing generators, battery banks and other equipment.

7. You can not expect the Govt to pay a grid from public money.

Why not? All other infrastructure in Australia was built with public money. Nowhere else in Australia have residents had to get together to discuss and finance their own basic infrastructure. Only a tiny percentage of Ergon's annual $404 million profit is needed. ARENA has $2.5 billion in funding available for renewable energy projects, hundreds of millions have been spent on solar farms near Cooktown and Weipa, and 34 remote indigenous communities have power grids built and maintained from public money.

What we need now is our government to be pro-active in sorting out this situation, instead of ignoring us and knocking back any proposal we make.
1. It goes against all common sense and environmental commitments Australia makes at international conferences to have hundreds of generators roaring side by side.
2. The Queensland Government has created this mess by a.) approving the subdivision of the Daintree and b.) banning grid power and excluding the area from the distribution area of the state’s electricity supplier. They created this mess in these two steps and that makes it their responsibility to clear up this mess.

If you want to do something useful then copy the letter to the premier below and email it to her, the more she hears from us the sooner we can move out of our third world living situation.
 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Cleaning with HaRa

Alright !!!
We all do it: cleaning the house!
No one really loves it, but I can stand only so much.... then of course with a B&B to run, I clean a lot more often than usual; guests have certain expectations.
I live here now for nearly 16 years. The wet season = summer is not the same each year, meaning some years there is mould everywhere and I have felt very overwhelmed having to clean walls, ceilings. doors furniture practically every week- I mean: REALLY ??? Then everyone has their special tip:
eucalyptus oil =  monster headache in 5 minutes and no win;
clove oil= little more pleasant but no win; chlorine, bleach, vinegar etc.
I even had a trial on all our timber chairs for a week so see which one grew mould first.... that  should have been a warning for something...
Fortunately this sort of weather is not happening all year around or every year, and a good thing too.
Finally a friend of our  German family came visiting and then posted me a HaRa starting kit.
WOW- how kind was that. I was not really convinced of course, that would have been far too easy-right ! So I diligently kept cleaning but using the HaRa kit; detergent, cloth, polishing cloth and so forth. And there were moments after 2 - 3 months, where I checked the doors, because I had not cleaned them for a while- had I forgotten, they didn't look bad- and they weren't ! I didn't have to clean them; now that was a great outcome. And so on it goes. Even now, middle of a wet season guests arriving this week, I walk around to check book shelves, surface etc. and there is little to do. I am not using any chemicals, the job is done quickly and I clean less and less. Loving this product.
And I just received this little logo to use from HARa

 

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Autumn and new Qld app

Hello there,
 yes it is autumn, and right this minute we have the beginning of a storm, brisk wind gusts and a whoosh of cold air coming through, all we need now is some rain to go with it.
Busy pruning the garden back ready for Winter and  a little rain after this helps the plants to settle and get into the fertiliser and new ground covers.
Tourism Queensland has a new website and an app to go with it- check it out and keep it on hand = mobile while you are travelling and even  visiting our Cow Bay Homestay B&B.
http://www.queensland.com/de-DE/Accommodation
oops and in English and lots of other languages
http://www.queensland.com/en-AU/Accommodation
Enjoy,
Marion
 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Holiday in a B&B


B&B Holiday....
Now in January/February when it is a little warm and humid, there is a little B&B in Cow Bay FNQ, where someone listens to the rain, watches the pearl strings of rain cascade off the roof, is amazed at the sound of birds feeding in trees loaded with bright red berries, swings in the hammock , has a good cup of coffee and a biscuit to dunk?, listens to the cycadas and their friends producing ear piercing sounds and then all of a sudden all stop.
That is when they are not out there being busy visitors…….