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Trial Bay, Arakoon, South West Rocks

No market, no beatles or car show, no quinces but lovely sunshine

sunny 27 °C

Wow, this weather is really beautiful. We are at a spot right on the headland, next to the Trial Bay Gaol ruins......in fact Joe is looking around the gaol as we speak. We've just had a tiki tour to the town of South West Rocks, quite nice, but lots of retirees. I guess if you're not retired you're at work and not at the beach!

Trial Bay Gaol opened in 1886 after 13 years of construction. Built of granite, it took them 9 days to make one building block. It failed as a jail, and was used in WW1 to house German immigrants who were thought to be enemy sympathisers. It's not a bad place for a jail, right on the beach. Imagine lying in your cell listening to the sound of waves breaking on the beach!

The ocean is very muddy all around here, due to flooding of the Macleay River which comes out here. Yesterday we passed through lots of floods, water right up to the road in many places, fences knocked over, gardens full of rubbish that has been washed upl Let's hope that is the end of it for now, farmers are struggling enough.

We are certainly soaking up this sunshine, have been for a swim in the muddy ocean, and will get the fishing rods out later today. They are catching whiting on the beach, so that would be nice pan fried for dinner.

Off to Coffs Harbour tomorrow, then to Yamba. We are making our way to Byron Bay to meet Katie Jo and Mark, and are very excited about that. We will be there before the Blues Festival thank goodness. Hope the weather stays good. Apparently Brisbane is expecting the tail end of a cyclone this weekend. Nothing we can do about any of that.

Our love to everyone, we think about you all every day.

Posted by Crazy Poupes 19:35 Archived in Australia

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Not staying for the Blues Festival? You do surprise me.

We had lunch at a lovely little restaurant in Gladstone in Nov. It was right on the riverbank, so I think they may have had a problem, based on your report.

Hopefully, March will see the end of the "wet" in sight and you can look forward to more pleasant travel conditions.

My sister, Chris with husband Paul, arrive here tomorrow night for a 4-day stay. They live on the Sunshine Coast (enough said), so we are hoping for a continuation of our warm, sunny weather (31deg as I write) for their sakes.

5.3.13 by Ron

Hey there, cyclone Sandra has only just formed in the coral sea, very very early tracking has it heading out to sea, slowly turning and at this stage crossing near Rocky, that if course changes a lot, fickle things they are. FNQ weather folk predict wet season possible to mid April, (wet season only just started again last week, weeks of sunshine in Cairns til then) not sure about SE Qld but.. Stay safe.. ;)

6.3.13 by Max

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