During our morning drive to the beach to walk the dogs we are regularly treated to wonderful sunrises.
After enjoying three great house sits over three months in Perth it was time to change locale once again. One of the main reasons we returned to Australia for another year was that we never got out west in the first year we were here. But, as well, we didn’t get to spend much time in Sydney, Adelaide, or Melbourne, which is something we are going to remedy in the next six months.
A great joy of house sitting around Australia is the wonderful surprises that show up in your backyard from place to place. Kookaburras frequently show up here in Tascott, NSW.
We have settled into the first of two wonderful housesits north of Sydney, along the Brisbane Waters. This region is resplendent with walks, sights, and great locations to visit.
Despite the drought conditions in this region, the walk to Kariong Falls was well worth the effort.
We went for a walk along the waterfront to Point Frederick and found the Pioneer Cemetery. It was very humbling to see the ages of people who died in this region. It appears if you made it past 6 you were likely to make it to your 70’s, and older.
A short drive up the hill is Mt. Penang Gardens. Due to the time of year and drought conditions it was not as impressive as we had hoped. However, there are always some interesting images to capture and enjoy.
Hamming it up with one of the more interesting sculptures in the Gardens. This one by Bulgarian, Pavel Koichev.
The areas around the Gardens are a little run down, but still appear somewhat picturesque.
40 minutes north of us is The Entrance. I thought it was a rather unusual name for a town, however, it is perfectly accurate. The small channel in the photo is the only entrance for sea water to come into the lakes located here.
At 3:30 everyday there is an organized pelican feeding down by the water. It is one of the main attractions here and well worth the time.
In addition to the feeding, the workers get a chance to check out the birds and help them when necessary. Unfortunately they frequently have to remove fishing line that has become wrapped around their legs. When handled firmly, but gently, these huge birds are quite manageable to those who know what they are doing.
I was very fortunate to get an opportunity to hold one of these magnificent birds. I had asked one of the workers how much they weighed, question answered. They top out at around 10kgs, by the way.
These are truly wonderful birds. However, it is still somewhat disconcerting when they turn their head toward you and open their mammoth mouths.
Certainly one of the highlights, so far, of our time here on the Central Coast. These birds are simply a wonder of nature.
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Great blog, pics, and insight! Take care and keep enjoying your adventures! 👍🏼
I am loving the pelicans. You both look great. Glad to hear you are well .
Love to see the world from your posts! Thanks for sharing. Stay well 😀
We are glad you enjoy them. It is a beautiful world.
Sooooo very cool, good for you guys…
Four things you can’t recover: The stone…after the throw. The word…after it’s said. The occasion…after it’s missed. The time…after it’s gone.
That’s awesome ! I’ll have to ask about the bird? Didn’t know you could hold them???
I wouldn’t suggest trying to pick one up, I don’t think it would end well. One of the Rescue people handed him to me when I asked how heavy they were.
Hello Karen and Peter – I enjoy checking in on your adventure. All the best Deb Dalton