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“Lyn’s Outside”

A month on..

As I look at my previous post, I smile.

So far we have come,

Our dream in action…

Sunset at Seven Spirt Bay

Sunset at Seven Spirt Bay

A dip in the cool waters.

A dip in the cool waters.

 

 

"follow the dream"

“follow the dream”

But before leaving the Top End we had to stop off to celebrate. Nestled within Carig Gunak Barlu National Park around the Colbourg Peninsula is a beautiful little resort.

It’s name Seven Spirit Bay.

A little bit of paradise in a vast vacant land.

 

Rudy walking the ruins at Port Essington

Rudy walking the ruins at Port Essington

Hello from Port Essington

Hello from Port Essington

 

 

Glass relics, Port Essington

Glass relics, Port Essington

 

We Celebrated….

 

We had completed our goals in the direction of our dreams, 4 years we’d been at it.

 

Our goal was to set Tiata up for some long term and remote cruising.

 

Tiata sits behind a blanket of smoke in The Top End

Tiata sits behind a blanket of smoke in The Top End

 

Lounging in the water one morning...

Lounging in the water one morning…

Nature...

Nature…

 

 

 

Lush and green, cool and serene..

Lush and green,
cool and serene..

 

We are now sitting near the tip of Cape York in Seisia, Queensland.

 

Waiting for the winds to abate..

 

But we are in no hurry, we’ll just toddle around here…

 

 

 

The Blueprint…

Plotting the Journey…

It’s getting close now,

the final jobs are slipping away,

the time has come for us to start proposing a direction…

 

My lemons are preserving...

My lemons are preserving…

Reflection

Reflection

 

 

 

Direction

Direction

 

Our first destination…

Cobourg Peninsula – Garig Gunak Barlu is a national park.

About 216 km northeast of Darwin by road.

Our sailing route 120nm..

It was established by joining the former Gurig National Park and the Cobourg Marine Park…

Vast and beautiful

Vast and beautiful

 

 

Deeply indented bays and coves cover some 4.500 km²..

Virtually uninhabited…

 

Darwin to Port Essington

Darwin to Port Essington

 

Port Essington is an inlet and historic site located with in the park.

One of 2 failed attempts of early British settlement..

The ruins still remain…

(We were first through here June 2007 – en-route to the Kimberly’s)

Wuwudri Walk

Wuwudri Walk

looking through the ruins..

looking through the ruins..

 

 

 

 

Blackpoint Wharf.

Blackpoint Wharf.

 

 

For this we will probably set sail with the bottom of the tide in the evening to catch the ingoing tide through the Vernon Islands.

 and will ensure and outward tide around Cape Don..

With a hopeful lunchtime arrival…

Nestled deep...

Nestled deep…

 

Well that’s the loose plan.

It’s also the home of Seven Spirit Bay..

mmm maybe one last gourmet treat before virtual wilderness…

We will be there till we are ready to go..

 

 

 

 

Expect nothing…

Desire Everything…

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The final jobs are being done.

It won’t be long now..

Mere weeks…

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Posted September 5, 2013 by lynsoutside in Blogging on the go, Musings, Outside

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Settling in…

It’s been a busy couple of days.

Out of one life..

Into another…

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Today I have had time onboard.

Clearing and sorting..

It’s great to be home…

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We have spent 4 years putting together the best systems for Tiata.

Power is proving itself so far today we have collected 130 Ah, we have used our inverter which allows us to use 240volt.!

We charged up all our electrics and I used my computer plugged in…

Tomorrow I will use my computer on internal power and charge early in the day…mmm see what happens

It’s great seeing everything work.

We are heading remote..

In the most comfortable surroundings…

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So great to be me…

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Posted August 31, 2013 by lynsoutside in Blogging on the go, Musings, Outside

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“weigh anchor” – Nara Inlet

They say home is where the heart is,

then my home lays here.

 

Cruising Nara Inlet, Sept 2003

Cruising Nara Inlet, Sept 2003

 

A decade after our first visits to Nara Inlet.

 

It feels we are heading..

Heading….

Home……..

 

 

Somewhere over the rainbow...

Somewhere over the rainbow…

 

This beautiful Fjord-like inlet was once the ancient home of the Ngaro people.  

This sea faring Aboriginal group inhabited the Whitsunday and coastal areas of Queensland from some 7000BC till 1870.

Eventually their society was destroyed by the inhabitation of colonists and those remaining were forcibly relocated to mission settlements on Palm Island…

Stillness

Stillness

The Cradle of a People...

The Cradle of a People…

 

 

Comfortable

Comfortable

 

 

There are plenty of places to explore,

from ancient art work,

and waterfalls…

 

Beautiful in all light

Beautiful in all light

We spent long languid days,

warm with gentle rains,

a beautiful place to call home, if only for a time…

 

looking south out the Inlet

looking south out the Inlet

Nestled

Nestled

 

Sea Eagle

Sea Eagle

 

August 2013 we head East from Darwin in the Northern Territory after many years away.

 

We look forward to rediscovering this land..

 

Blessed to sit and to ponder this magnificent land…

 

 

being in nature...

being in nature…

 

Home, is wherever the heart lives….

“weigh anchor” – Berkley River, The Kimberly’s

The Berkley River

 

The Berkeley River is nestled SW of Joseph Bonaparte Gulf on Australia’s remote north Kimberly Coast.

The nearest town is Wyndham 150kms..

 

There are no roads…

 

Berkley River Map

Berkley River Map

Intense silence fills your ears,
alone in an ancient land.
The moon fills the setting sky,
miles from civilisation,
miles from anywhere.

We are able to cruise some 12 nm (approx. 22km) up the river.

Sandstone gorges soar over head at times completely encircling us..

There is a deep presence…

We are in old, old country…

The colours are amazing..

The colours are amazing..

Carved by eons on time..

Carved by eons on time..

The afternoon glow is blinding...

The afternoon glow is blinding gold…

There is a silence within the Berkley like nothing I’ve every experienced before.

It’s soundless..

Deafening…

Alone in the wilderness

Alone in the wilderness..

Mystical..

Mystical..

We washed under the falls

We lived by the falls..

 

 

 

 

This was to be our home for the next month.

We bathed under the waterfall looking out over the hushed grandness..

We explored, we climbed the above ridge and walked deep into the quiet land, we sat…

 

 

lI showered under the falls..

I showered under the falls..

No crocs here..

No crocs here..  

 

 

 

 

We had all the comforts of home...

We had all the comforts of home…

We watched the Moon dance it’s cycle in the clear, clear skies.

 

We lay out on chilly nights lit by the millions of sparkling stars..

We watched the sun sink, finished for the day, whilst the full moon rose in all it’s glory…

 

Mt Casurina

Mt Casurina

Golden hue

Golden hue

 

 

 

lush on green

lush and so green

 

We lived in nature,

self sufficient.

Collecting water..

Baking bread…

 

Freshly backed in the BBQ..

Freshly backed in the BBQ..

We caught the odd mud crab..

We caught the odd mud crab..

 

 

 

Collecting fresh water..

Collecting fresh water..

 

We ate well…

 

 

Rudy's Chilli Mud Crab..

Rudy’s Chilli Mud Crab..

We walked the ancient land drawn into it’s quietness.

Sandstone rock caved into the guardian souls that resided this land..

There was a feeling of being in the presence of others,

they had left their creative mark.

We sat and looked out where others had sat for millennium ..

 

rock art up on a ledge,

rock art up on a ledge,

 

 

The connection was strong…

 

walking along the rock bar, boats no further..

walking along the rock bar, boats no further..

Berkley Bush..

Berkley Bush..

Ancient ancestor..

Ancient ancestor…

 

We came across the odd Croc, we aways aware.

 

We swam in fresh water pools, watched by God’s creatures..

We played, safe above the falls…

 

We played...

We played…

Croc...

Croc…

 

 

 

A sunning monitor...

A sunning monitor…

 

 

We were totally and lovingly wrapped in nature.

 

 

Berkley blessings....

Berkley blessings….

 

I am deeply blessed…

I am so grateful..

Thank you…

What is it……

It’s the breeze on my face,

It’s the wind in the sail,

It’s the sky above,

It’s the sea below….

 

It's the Sky above

It’s the Sky above

It's the Sea below...

It’s the Sea below…

 

 

It;s the breeze upon my face..

It;s the breeze upon my face..

 

It’s the isolation,

It’s the freedom,

It’s the silence,

It’s the sounds…

 

It's the silence...

It’s the silence…

It's the Freedom...

It’s the Freedom…

 

 

 

It's the Isolation...

It’s the Isolation…

 

It’s the connection,

It’s the light,

It’s the being,

It’s the doing…

 

It's the doing...

It’s the doing…

It's the connection...

It’s the connection…

 

 

It's the light...

It’s the light…

 

 

It’s the touching base with Nature…

 

 

No land in sight..

No land in sight…

Flooded mangroves..

Flooded mangroves…

 

 

Exploring the flood tide...

Exploring the flood tide…

 

It’s touching base with me….

 

 

Nature's colours...

Nature’s colours…

nature's light...

nature’s light…

 

 

 

and I get to live free,,,,,,

and I get to live free…..

Returning to the Sea…

120 days or so and we’ll be back living on the Ocean,

free from the ties of society,

living in the world ruled by Nature,

 

Home…

 

Making Space..

Making Space..

Reflection of the Soul...

Reflection of the Soul…

 

 

Morning Glow

Morning Glow

 

‘Till then we enjoy the precious treasures of life,

and lavish ourselves in our love of the outdoors.

 

 

mangrove islands...

mangrove islands.

Fully accepting...

Fully accepting…

 

 

Gliding on currents..

Gliding on currents..

 

Dinner at Crab Claw

The conditions for sailing in Darwin this time of year are beautiful. With big tides, flat water and light winds that glide one easily and briskly along the water.

 

Crab Claw under dawn moon..

Crab Claw under dawn moon..

 

A weekend treat for us is to sail to Bynoe. In a huge and very sparsely populated Harbour just south of Darwin and nestled deep in the upper reaches is Crab Claw Resort.

There’s a little balinese style fishing resort with elevated cabins and palm shaded walkways that lead to a wonderful ‘open style’ restaurant, that sits high over looking the water.

 

This is what I call 10 000 star dining...

This is what I call 10 000 star dining…

Ready to go ashore..

Ready to go ashore..

 

 

Heading into the sunset...

Heading into the sunset…

 

Were off again next weekend, yeah.

 

This is living the Dream….

 

The view out...

The view out…

 

ps. Our one thing today  was we fitted new 12volt plugs on some electrics, Rudy did some soldering.

 

 

 

 

One thing at a time…

We really can feel the buzz of change..

We are returning to the water.

We have 4 months before we move back on Tiata…

We have been in Darwin 4 years.

She’s been treated  to an upgrade…

 

dreams takes time….

 

Sanding....

Sanding….

Tiata being loved...

Tiata being loved…

 

 

 

 

The finished job

The finished job

 

a sweet time…

 

 

with big skies, intense storms and joyful birdlife..

 

 

2 geese

Geese

Big Skies...

Big Skies…

 

 

 

Great storms...

Great storms…

 

 

 

and now the time has come,

to shed what we no longer need,

and make room for our next adventure…

 

Pretty sigh....aaaaaaaah.

Pretty sigh….aaaaaaaah.

 

 

and so from now to then my motto is to do…

 

‘One thing.’

 

One thing a day towards the move.

To  ensure we have the space to enjoy the riches of our time left in Darwin..

 

 

Awwww they're leaving...

Awwww they’re leaving…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted May 18, 2013 by lynsoutside in Outside

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“weigh anchor” – Margaret Bay

Margaret Bay

Near the tip of Queensland there is a beautiful Bay.

Where the sand is white and the water clear.

You won’t find many people here the nearest sealed road is 141 kms away.

Clear waters of Margaret Bay

Clear waters of Margaret Bay

Margaret Bay Low tide

Margaret Bay Low tide

 

 

Map of Margaret Bay

Map of Margaret Bay

 

A place to stop, to explore and to play.

 

 

The tides are big...lucky we have wheels.

The tides are big…lucky we have wheels.

Walking the beach at Low Tide..

Walking the beach at Low Tide..

The tide came up higher then expected. Rudy I'll watch for Crocs..

The tide came up higher then expected. Rudy I’ll watch for Crocs..

A great place to give Tiata a dry out and make sure all is a’ok.

 

giving Tiata a dry out

giving Tiata a dry out

Watching the clear water wash away..

Watching the clear water wash away..

 

 

Tide receding...

Tide receding…

 

 

Further up the beach past a creek

the sands are sprinkled with Star Fish

100’s of them..

Waiting for the croc to swim away before crossing the creek.

Waiting for the croc to swim away before crossing the creek.

 

 

But first you have to wait for the resident croc to head out to sea…..

Important tip: Check your tides and always keep an eye out.

 

 

Start fish everywhere going about there business

Start fish everywhere going about there business

In a little part of the bay is Starfish City..

In a little part of the bay is Starfish City..

 

 

 

 

Off to see friends..

Off to see friends..

 

"Catch a falling star..."

“Catch a falling star…”

 

 

The 'Stars' of Margaret Bay

The ‘Stars’ of Margaret Bay

 

Blue, white and green…

 

Tiata

Tiata

 

Just us and nature,

A lone Jabiru..

A lone Jabiru..

A distant Curlew

A distant Curlew

 

what a special treat…

 

 

A magical sunrise

A magical sunrise

“weigh anchor” – 15th Dec 2006

Feeding Eagles.

Christmas in the Whitsunday’s

Most of the time on the east coast it’s blowing ‘south easterlies’ and Turtle Bay is buffeted by winds.

So it’s a treat to enjoy it’s beautiful clear waters.

 We spent the afternoon feeding Eagles.

We fed them all our bacon...was worth it..

We fed them all our bacon…was worth it..

What a great way to spend the day

What a great way to spend the day

Eagles remind us to work smarter, not harder

Eagles remind us to work smarter, not harder

 

Eagles remind us to not allow the illusion of limitation to ground us in our flight.

Eagles remind us to not allow the illusion of limitation to ground us in our flight.

 

Freedom

Freedom

King of the birds

King of the birds

I needed a dip after all that..

I needed a dip after all that..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“weigh anchor” – 25 Dec 2006

25th Dec 2006

Christmas at Turtle Bay, Whitsunday Island.

Christmas Morning...

Christmas Morning…

It was a misty start to the day, still and quiet. After sunrise most of the boats moved on to there destinations for the day, we decided to stay put.

After my morning paddle we explored the area, we followed a dry waterfall up into the rain forest we were awarded a sublime view..

Looking back at Tiata

Looking back at Tiata

Some morning exercise...

Some morning exercise…

Solider Crabs

Solider Crabs

We climbed high into the forest..

Rudy walking the dry river course..

Rudy walking the dry river course..

keep on walking..

keep on walking..

Looking back

love our morning walks..

Rudy did a great roast on the Cobber

Followed by an afternoon swim

Followed by an afternoon swim

Tending lunch..

Tending lunch..

Cooking with a view..

Cooking with a view..

it was a beautiful day and after lunch we “weighed anchor” and went for a sail around the Island…

Perfect…..

Flying the spinnaker...

Flying the spinnaker…

Clear sailing

Clear sailing

Christmas on Tiata..

Christmas on Tiata..