A good old chinwag is a part of the fun of life, telling tales of exploits in travel, of that fishing trip or that thing that happened on the way to the pub. Here’s some of the fun we have had with family, friends and while earning a living. We enjoy telling about it as much as doing it.

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Just Fishing what could possibly go wrong.

Just Fishing – What Could Possibly Go Wrong

Sometimes you shouldn't ask questions like "what could possibly go wrong", you might not like the answer. This fishing trip, I was going to call it an adventure but it was never meant to be an adventure I am just fishing trip with the lads. We should have realised there might be more to the trip, knowing that one of ...
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Croc what Croc

The Gazza Curse, Croc what Croc

You know when the lad, Gazza is 5000 kilometres away I don't really expect the curse to strike, but there are sometimes it just does and of course with this curse strikes when you least expect it. We decided after all the hard work of prepping for Christmas, enjoying Christmas and enduring the Christmas recovery period laying languid in shallow ...
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The Gazza Curse Strikes again, flashed through his thoughts as Gazza speed up State Highway One towards  "The Skippers" house , he shook his head to make this thought go away, surely not again surely.

The Gazza Curse Strikes Again.

The Gazza Curse Strikes again, flashed through his thoughts as Gazza speed up State Highway One towards  "The Skippers" house , he shook his head to make this thought go away, surely not again surely. After getting a dose of food poisoning Gazza found the strength to make his way to his mates house, "The skipper". The purpose of Gazzas ...
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You know your in the NT

You Know You are in the NT

You know you are in the NT when:
  1. A cop in board shorts thongs a fishing shirt , pork pie hat and high vis jerkin stops you because he is clearing a 4wd UTE that's rear axle fell off. Then he asks you to run your hazard lights to warn other traffic, while he nicks down to the scene ...
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Christmas Island for Christmas

The reason for travelling to Christmas Island at Christmas is to see the red crab migration, it hadn't occurred to me to study this in any great detail before leaving and so I wasn't really sure what to expect.   If I was honest , I was probably hoping for a bit of a fishing trip, with an island in ...
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Sun Moon Lake Here We Come

After my assignment in Taipei Al and I decided to brave the wilds of inner Taiwan and find somewhere to spend a few days doing very little other than a some walking and perhaps some bike riding. Our destination is Sun Moon Lake in the province of Taichung. An exciting way to travel is to take the train, and  there ...
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Just Fishing what could possibly go wrong.

Just Fishing – What Could Possibly Go Wrong

Sometimes you shouldn't ask questions like "what could possibly go wrong", you might not like the answer. This fishing trip, I was going to call it an adventure but it was never meant to be an adventure I am just fishing trip with the lads. We should have realised there might be more to the trip, knowing that one of ...
Read More
Croc what Croc

The Gazza Curse, Croc what Croc

You know when the lad, Gazza is 5000 kilometres away I don't really expect the curse to strike, but there are sometimes it just does and of course with this curse strikes when you least expect it. We decided after all the hard work of prepping for Christmas, enjoying Christmas and enduring the Christmas recovery period laying languid in shallow ...
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The Gazza Curse Strikes again, flashed through his thoughts as Gazza speed up State Highway One towards  "The Skippers" house , he shook his head to make this thought go away, surely not again surely.

The Gazza Curse Strikes Again.

The Gazza Curse Strikes again, flashed through his thoughts as Gazza speed up State Highway One towards  "The Skippers" house , he shook his head to make this thought go away, surely not again surely. After getting a dose of food poisoning Gazza found the strength to make his way to his mates house, "The skipper". The purpose of Gazzas ...
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First Red Claw Catches

First trip for our camper, we  travelled very west of here, to a place called Lake Boondooma . This is a man-made lake which has a huge area for camping. The camping is "bush camping", off grid no power, no phone or Internet. The camper has power on board and we have a solar blanket to help charge the batteries ...
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Coast Guard Rescue

Sometimes things just don't go as right as they could and sometimes when that happens particular people are always present. You get the feeling that perhaps, just perhaps they have a little bit influence, it could be some sort of bad air or perhaps it’s a form of karma attached to your relationship with that person. Just maybe, a bit ...
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Gazza Curse Again

On previous occasions I have professed there are some people that bad things just happen when in their company . Gazza is one of those people, this is an account of such an occasions.He arrived to go fishing, I didn't immediately think of him as the instigator or the catalyst for each event, it's just if you sit back and reflect ...
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Off Fishing for the Weekend

Off fishing for the weekend, we had planned this for weeks, the weather was forecast in the high 20's centigrade. Preparation for the trip included me hammering and banging in the shed by me, Ali doing the normal gear reconciliation and quarter master activities. Expectations are high, this will be a great fishing weekend. My garage efforts saw the boat now equipped with a ...
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Caught by a Lure

“Bugger it’s got me” The sound of a fisherman that’s just been hooked by their own lure. Fishing in the Upper Noosa we only use lures. Mostly traditional lures although we have tried various squidgy soft baits and this time around the girls have ornate spinner baits. The fact is that most success has been on standard lures. Lures are ...
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Is Easter fishing cancelled again

Its Thursday 21st April 2011 and its been raining for three days, our back garden has had 24cm, 23cm and 19cm, Harley tells me there has been more further north at Cooroy. Great as Cooroy is close to where we are about to go canoeing and camping for five days backwoods style, unsupported with constant rain, on top of all ...
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2003 March Breaking Bones

We had planned this fishing and camping trip for a couple of weeks and the original plan had been to motor up the Bribie Passage on the Friday afternoon and possibly get an evening fish in and then get out at dawn the next morning. I had worked from home on the Friday with the plan of getting away around ...
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First Fish on the Caboolture River

We went out in the boat for the first time in months this weekend, before any launching of the boat, even a little aluminium dinghy like ours takes a while to prepare, this time it took a  couple of hours,  however when finished I thought I had organised it all. We had intended to get away around 9am but didn't actually ...
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Bigger Pot Holes than you

Bang!, Bang! The road is straight for as far as eyes can see in the fading light, immediately in front of us is a concrete structure, like a low bridge or causeway, guarded by a depth measuring pole rising two meters either side of the entrance, disappearing in my rear view mirror heading the opposite direction is a double trailer ...
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The Rock

2007 To the Rock and Back

This is a journal of our trip out west in August and September of 2007. Our plan is to drive to Birdsville following the Birdsville and Oodnadatta Tracks to the Stuart Highway, heading north. We would then stop at Uluru and Alice Springs and continue home via Tennant Creek and Mt Isa. Some short instructions in looking at this diary. We have used Google Maps to provide a complete Route Map. At ...
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Stanthorpe Central Pub

First time to Stanthorpe

Drove down to Stanthorpe left around 7.30 and went via the office then on south west and we arrived around 11:30. Stopped for gas at Warwick, the guy at the gas station said it has not rained since Christmas. The wind had been blowing from the south and this was wrong for rain it had to come from the west ...
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Sixteen Hundred Kilometres from Home to Kuranda

Left the house at 7am on another great trek into the unknown. We would have liked to have left much earlier but were rather surprised to get away at all after a series of things through the week seemed to conspire against us. Heading north on the Bruce Highway, we have no firm plans at this stage what we'll see ...
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Signs of a storm everywhere

Never big on planning we decided about a week before Christmas this year that we would spend a few days heading west from our home in QLD. We had to return by the 3rd Jan to pick up people from Brisbane Airport. The Internet our source for suitable places to visit and things to do on the way, as we ...
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1998 Travelling West from Canberra

In 1998 on boxing day bored and looking forward to a few days off with nothing planned we decided instead falling asleep in the back yard we would drive a little west.  This journey was unplanned and took us across three states, from the to the outback in Silverton NSW, the very bottom of mainland Australia and to the lush ...
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The last leg home

Up late and with a couple of coffees to get us started for the day, we left the Barcoo Hotel in Blackall.  Back on the road south, we headed ever closer to home. We decided to stop at another pub, this time it was the Morven Hotel in Morven. The Morven Hotel wasn't in our book, but after a wonderful half ...
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Outback Pub Crawl

Today was again east and then south on our way home, since we had stopped at a few pubs on this trip we decided we would follow the "Outback Pubs" brochure we picked up in Charleville and see a few of these characters shown in the brochure. The Walkabout Creek had been one of those pubs, and we looked forward ...
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Walk about Creek Hotel

A night at Walkabout Creek

Today was an early start we got up and had a quick breakfast before hitting the blacktop  further north to the Three Ways turn off and the turn east onto the Barkley Highway. Mt Isa is around 650km from Tennant Creek, and it would be a full-day  drive to get there. The trip was largely uneventful as we drew further ...
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Outback QLD

Plane on the road, Mungerannie hotel, finished with a spar

We were up reasonably early and we both wandered off for our showers. The morning was freezing and everybody even the rally blokes had their beanies pulled tight down over their ears. They were standing around their brightly painted cars sipping from steaming hot coffee mugs instead of the frosty tubes of beer their drink yesterday afternoon. Conversations were a mixture ...
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Duaringa Hotel

It was close to 9am by the time we left Charters Towers on Saturday morning. We are all fuelled up and on the road south to Emerald. Much the same scenery as yesterday, but with a few more cars and less road trains. We drove through Emerald just after 2pm, so we agreed on 3.30 as our "stop and look ...
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Off to Charleville

We had spent a delightful half-day in Charleville, we had visited three pubs, watched a bit of test cricket and decided to have a perfectly ordinary meal in the Cattle Camp, our home for the night.I realised I didn't have enough cash to pay for dinner so I went to the bar and asked to get $50.00 cash out while ...
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A drink in Wentworth

The Pub I went into the pub and stood at the counter, there were three middle-aged guys sitting on bar stalls around the rectangular shaped bar. The third Ashes test was showing on the telly, Steve Waugh was in batting. There was nobody behind the bar, I waited a good minute or two. One of the men who looked like ...
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Christmas Island for Christmas

The reason for travelling to Christmas Island at Christmas is to see the red crab migration, it hadn't occurred to me to study this in any great detail before leaving and so I wasn't really sure what to expect.   If I was honest , I was probably hoping for a bit of a fishing trip, with an island in ...
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Sun Moon Lake Here We Come

After my assignment in Taipei Al and I decided to brave the wilds of inner Taiwan and find somewhere to spend a few days doing very little other than a some walking and perhaps some bike riding. Our destination is Sun Moon Lake in the province of Taichung. An exciting way to travel is to take the train, and  there ...
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Tawali Resort

I am not sure how we ended up on our recent trip to the Tawali Resort in PNG. It was a complete blast I cant believe I have had the opportunity to do these things. We went with the Lae Explorers club which in there are own words are a "Bunch of Drinkers with a Travel Problem". Twelve great people, ...
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Christmas in Lae

Not the first place you think of for Christmas, however a choice we really enjoyed. Would we do it again. You bet! ...
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2011 Rarotonga

This is the holiday that we weren't really sure why we were going other than Al's sister and brother-in-law were going, which in itself is reason enough. But Rarotonga! This turned out one of the best island holidays we have had, we meet a great bunch of people through family and greeted and treated above and beyond by some of Chris and Barbs ...
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Phuket for my Birthday

Little more to say, as a treat for my sixtieth Birthday my wife was taking me to Thailand, I had no more details than that so it was a case of sitting back and enjoying the ride. I kept a small journal of events which I am sharing in this series of posts. ...
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Camera Work a Reflection of Forty Years of Making Memories

Recently I've taken an interest in being behind the camera again but unlike my other half not necessarily in conventional photos ...
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