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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Wow. a canal in Australia

Typical!!! Not two days into the adventure and I come down with a cold!!! With the first of our nieces wedding (Liz and Rich) taking place in a little over a week I had better be over it and more importantly not passed it onto anyone else!

So what we been up to. Getting used to the heat was the first thing and remembering to slip slop slap.

One of the most successful health campaigns in Australia’s history was launched by Cancer Council in 1981. Sid the seagull, wearing board shorts, t-shirt and a hat, tap-danced his way across the TV screens singing a catchy jingle to remind us of three easy ways of protecting against skin cancer.
Slip, Slop, Slap! It sounds like a breeze when you say it like that Slip, Slop, Slap! In the sun we always say "Slip Slop Slap!" Slip, Slop, Slap! Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat, Slip, Slop, Slap! You can stop skin cancer - say: "Slip, Slop, Slap!

 Factor 50 is about all you can buy over here as they take this very seriously.

Jet lag hasn't really been to much of an issue. Adapting to the time difference relatively painless. We are beginning to sleep through the noise of all those birds competing with each other first thing in the morning but it's usually the Kookaburras that do it and wake us both up cos when they start...boy are they noisy but hey I love every minute of hearing their chattering laughing call.


Kookaburra beginning his laughing song


On Thursday we took my brothers car for a spin. This will be our mode of transport when we do the Great Ocean Road down south with a hired caravan after the wedding. Headed toward a place called Hornsby and Fagin Park. Its a park showing gardens of many nations as well as a homestead to walk around. Another typical moment when we turned up and the homestead was shut!. The gardens were fabulous though and here we saw our first Azzie canal!



The Blacksmith



The homestead.



Okay so it's not really a canal but a themed part of the Dutch garden

Adansonia gregorii, commonly called the Boab tree.

Red Gum tree's are huge
And now to the wildlife seen at the park


Meadow Argus Butterfly


Grey Ringlet

It's a coot very similar to ours

Pacific Black Duck

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