Day 16

Sunday 4th, 

Well I got up this morning and went to loo and it needed emptying,  so nice job for Don before breakfast. 😦  Had breakfast after I did my Tai Chi as I don’t walk on a Sunday. Had a early morning swim.  Then I noticed a cicada on Dons coat, they have been leaving their shells everywhere but this one was in metamorphosis.  So we set up our cameras and sat for one and a half hours taking shots of changes as they happened, it was very interesting and amazing. Then in the blink of an eye looked up and its gone. Had another swim then got ready to go down to the rocks at the beginning of the hill. Beautiful spot, be great camping there. Another option. The young couple that stayed last night gave us a toot as they left. After they’d gone I had a  dip, so nice. Stand in the sun and dry off. Had wraps for lunch,  downloaded photos. Flies are really bad today.  Brothers are back, going up to the shed at Zo and Eds doing garlic. Going to the platypus again tonight at 5 pm. Didn’t see the platypus but did get shots of the kingfisher. Beautiful full moon and reflection on river. Got a fire tonight,  Don is enjoying a port out there so I’m finishing the days diary and to bed I go.

IMG_9326  Down at the bend.IMG_9272  This calf was having to eat on the run, mum wouldn’t stop, it was hanging on.IMG_9262  Finished its metamorphosis. We watched it dry out and and then it was gone.DSCF3936  Both wings now fully opened.DSCF3927  Straightening out the wings.DSCF3922  Out of its shell.DSCF3907  Coming out of the shell.DSCF3897
 Cicada ready to start metamorphosis,

Day 5

Wednesday 24th   Happy birthday to me.  

Up at 5.30 am and it’s lovely and fresh. Having a peaceful cuppa looking at the river, listening to the birds, what more could I want, money cant buy this. Did my Tai Chi, had breakfast, read for awhile, then did our walk up the hill. Was hot. Came back and fell into the river, so nice. Zoe was helping the mob to set up camp further along, as we have had a lot of rain and be safer up where they are now going to be. Just had lunch and waiting for lunch to settle then in the river again. I have had 3 ducks already and only 1 pm. Clouds are forming so something is building somewhere for a storm. Well at about 3 pm we could here thunder over the hills behind, then at 4 pm few spits then it hit us, winds started and got real strong and swirling, very frightening,  we were hanging onto everything, toilet blew over,  branches falling over further up the river, lasted about 15 min. Then just normal rain, we could not even see the other side of the river. After securing everything Don went over and checked on the brothers and their gazebo was cactus so Don helped straighten it up. Their toilet had gone over as did the couple in the caravan. I have a lot of drying to do when the sun shines. Didn’t get tea finished until 7 pm. We are all safe so that’s all that matters. Good night sleep.

IMG_8620 The rains and winds, the river has been rising.
Toilet shelter over.    IMG_8602
Horses are happy in our swimming hole.
 The rapids, the kids were having so much fun and the adults I might add.IMG_8573 Cicada that had just metamorphosed.
DSCF3851 The hill that we walk up every day and back to camp, 2 km return. DSCF3849 the track in the paddock that we start our walk on, very green.
DSCF3841 Owner trying to get the paddock finished to plant the Sorghum before the next rains.