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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, 17 March 2017

The mimic calls of a Lyrebird

As we overnighted in Coolangatta we decided to visit another old haunt in the same area. This time it was a time share back in the late 90's when my brother and family came and joined us for a week. Pleased to say the place, Pelican Sands, is still standing and is exactly as I remembered it, even to the swimming pool and walk to the beach. So glad some things from our past hasn't changed.

Two Koalas lording it over the beach front.

the photo bottom left. Second floor and the 3 apartments, that was our time share.


We left Coolangatta by 9.30am. A long drive was ahead of us, over 400km and although part of the way was on the M1 Pacific highway, the majority was on the minor roads. All took a lot longer than we anticipated and we even forgot the NSW time difference. They are 1 hour ahead of Queensland and I was shocked when our sat nav told us we would arrive by 17.25 a good 8 hours drive. She had already calculated the time difference so in fact what we thought to be an epic journey took us just 6 hours, but we did have some comfort stops on the way.

The day was lovely, a far cry from yesterday's rain. In fact, the predicted storms along the NSW coast didn't materialise so looks like the Aussie weather forecaster's, as well as the UK's, also get it wrong. By 4 pm we had almost reached Armidale along a road called the waterfall way. And yes there are numerous waterfalls to go and see. And yes we stopped to look at 3 before finding a campsite right by the last falls.


Upper Ebor Falls


Lower Ebor falls

Wollomombi Falls and Gorge

The evening sun appeared.

Very lucky to see that.

The first thing to greet us was the bird song. Never have I heard it so loud or so melodious. A lady was crouched by a bush and beckoned us over. In the bush was one bird, not the two or three I had expected but a bird called the Superb Lyrebird renowned for its mimicking different sounds. It was putting on a decent display to a female but we didn't get to see his girl or his face. I have put on a video so you can hear his wonderful song.











His display area.


2 comments:

Carol said...

The video is not showing Irene. Enjoying your travels with you both. x

Ian and Irene Jameison said...

I have checked the videos my end and they seem to be working okay. Not sure how to rectify it other than try to post it again so will duplicate one of them and see if that works. Xx

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