Sunrise over Brisbane Water
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.

Kookaburra
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.

Kariong Brook Falls
Despite the drought conditions in this region, the walk to Kariong Falls was well worth the effort.
Pioneer Park and Cemetery
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 Wattle in Mt. Penang Park
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.
Wondabyne Sculptures
Hamming it up with one of the more interesting sculptures in the Gardens. This one by Bulgarian, Pavel Koichev.
Boat and Duck
The areas around the Gardens are a little run down, but still appear somewhat picturesque.
The Entrance
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.
Pelican Feeding Time
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.
Rescue Work
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.
New Friends
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.
Surprise!
These are truly wonderful birds. However, it is still somewhat disconcerting when they turn their head toward you and open their mammoth mouths.
Beautiful Birds
Certainly one of the highlights, so far, of our time here on the Central Coast. These birds are simply a wonder of nature.

 

Welcome to our travel blog. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to say, "I'm out of here?" Well we did, and in 2013 we made it a reality. We sold or gave away all of our possessions other than what fit in our luggage and we set off on an endless adventure. Part of our goal is to share our experiences with others and hopefully provide some information, motivation, or just a moments escape. The general idea was to look for a place that would be ideal to settle down in. However in the meantime it is about experiencing life in different countries amongst different cultures and learning how to understand and appreciate each other. A large part of our time is spent housesitting which provides an excellent opportunity to experience more of the "normal" neighbourhoods as opposed to the tourist locales. Though we make sure to enjoy those as well. So through plenty of photographs and a running commentary come and share with us our life on the road.

7 comments on “Relocating….Again

  1. Garry Woods

    Great blog, pics, and insight! Take care and keep enjoying your adventures! 👍🏼

  2. Amy Lindsey

    I am loving the pelicans. You both look great. Glad to hear you are well .

  3. Tammy McGovern

    Love to see the world from your posts! Thanks for sharing. Stay well 😀

  4. Paul Reshetylo

    Sooooo very cool, good for you guys…

    Paul Reshetylo

    GFID

    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.

  5. Bryce Sherman

    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.

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