I finally managed to take some reasonable photographs of the infamous Mackay Goosepond’s Crocodile. The estuarine crocodile was busy sunning itself in its favourite spot on the banks of the Mackay Gooseponds. A small crowd had gathered and a ranger from the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service was in attendance. The Rangers plan to catch the crocodile by harpooning him. He will be relocated to a crocodile farm. Update: The Goosepond’s Crocodile was captured in the following months and relocated to a crocodile farm.
Work has shut down for Christmas so I am on holiday until the 6th of January. Lisa’s family are visiting for Christmas so we will be busy entertaining. We will hopefully do a little fishing and make the most of the seven metre tides and full moon. The weather has been very hot and humid, particularly during the day although I have managed to get the yard and beach front tidied up and looking good. We have also been planning and budgeting for the coming year. Apart from that, we are just looking forward to a great 2008…..
We are in to the final month of the year and I have been busy with the National Prescribing Service educational visiting program on Osteoporosis. At home I have spent quite a bit of time hanging out in my tipi which really looks the part now. Lisa’s family arrive in a few weeks for Christmas. I have two weeks off over Christmas to join in the festivities. Off the beach there have been plenty of Tuna around.
I have had a busy few days. On Thursday and Friday of last week I kayaked over to flat top island. I checked out the lighthouse which is sadly being left to fall into disrepair. I also took some photographs which can be viewed on the Flat Top island photographs page. I also checked the geocache that we placed on the island in May. Yesterday I finally erected the Tipi which I have been building over the past couple of months. You can check out the photographs on the tipi photographs page. Project information is available on the tipi project page.
The past month I have been spending my spare time working on completing my authentic Sioux tipi. This has involved a considerable amount of sewing of canvas on a heavy duty sewing machine, not to mention three full days of using an electric plane to produce the lodge poles from lengths of two-by-four. Out on the water there have been a few Mackerel around but I have not managed to catch one in the last few weeks.
This weekend we had a family fishing competition down here at Louisa Creek with prizes awarded for the first, biggest and smallest fish caught. The competition was a great success with the fishing continuing into the early hours of the morning. I spent Wednesday in Brisbane for an interesting National Prescribing Service therapeutic briefing on Osteoporosis. I also began work making a large tipi which will hopefully be ready for Christmas.
In the past week I have been privileged to kayak with a fifteen metre humpback whale and also a school of approximately twenty dolphin. I spent about an hour with the whale as it hung out near dudgeon point. The whole experience was one of the most amazing few hours of my life as she swam inquisitively around me.
I have spent the last couple of days going out on the kayak – there are plenty of Mackerel around at present, if I could only keep them on the line long enough. In the past week I have been out west to Glenden and up North to Airlie Beach with work. Glenden is a couple of hours drive West from Mackay, whilst Airlie Beach is two hours north.
I have just returned from a couple of days in Brisbane. I spent a day doing some training with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (for Home Medicines Review Facilitation) and a day with the National Prescribing Service learning about the latest topic ‘Selective Use of Antibiotics’. Back in Mackay it continues to rain (unlike in Brisbane where the continue to have the worst drought on record). I have however managed to restore our wedding path to its former glory. At work I have been concentrating on getting the new website up and running whilst I wait for the next round of visiting to start. Lisa is now on school holidays. I celebrate my birthday in a couple of days!
The last few weeks have been pretty quiet with the temperature getting down to about 5C at night. I am in the final stages of finishing our latest website. I have been out a number of times on the kayak with my latest toy – a hydrophone, although all I have managed to hear so far is the tug boat engines at the port of hay point. We hope to get some decent recordings of the local dolphins and maybe even the Dugongs.