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Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Australia Day Long Weekend

A couple of hundred years ago, Captain Cook discovered Australia.

Meet Cooky...and his new fleet. Now the word 'fleet' I guess implies more than 1 boat, and if you count our tinny and kayak that didn't leave their moorings in the front yard all weekend, then I guess we'll let him have his fleet. We are not going to call him Captain though. That is just asking for trouble. It was his maiden outing anyway.....we're not going to call him Captain till he gets us safely in and out of the heads.

Now what would have made this story really cool was if Australia Day actually celebrated Captain Cook's amazing discovery of the Great Southland. Unfortunately it doesn't. It celebrates the first fleet arriving under the guidance of Captain Arthur Phillip. And seeing as we didn't have anyone called Phillip (because my brother Phillip didn't bother to come and visit us for the holidays)...there ends the similarities in our story. Unfortunate really, because we set off on a maiden voyage to an unknown destination under the guidance of Captain Cook with a boat full of 'hungry, thirsty and needing to go to the toilet'..well....is 'convicts' too strong a word?

Convict No1 & 2....blissfully unaware of the adventure that lays before them and the fact that inadequate sunscreen on shoulders will ultimately end in tears...

Convict No3. Sea sick apparently. Or bored. Or hot. Or needing to go to the toilet.

First mate eating first....then determining if this is a good landing spot.

Convicts 1 & 4 complaining about the rations. Captain Cook and first mate pretending to care.

The first white explorers.....well maybe not. (Long beach Jervis Bay if we digress from our analogy for a minute)

Apparently this is cool.

I'm not sure if the convicts will be able to row fast enough for them to ski.....

I guess it doesn't matter if you can't stay on.
Convict 1 & 4 learning a valuable life lesson about trusting Captain Cook and the first mate.

And just to prove that old boys can ski....(and to do it before convict 1 & 4 get licences and teach them about payback)

something about 'like a chicken on a chain...' I don't know....has something to do with bull riding.


ETA: Convict No5 had sustained a broken leg motorbike riding the previous week and was less than impressed by the whole sea-faring adventure.......just in case you thought we made him walk the plank..


Gayle Smith 27 January 2009 at 1:06 pm  

Awesome photos Ro...looks like you had the best time...so did you join in on the water fun? Wheres the photos of you in your bikini!

lusi 27 January 2009 at 2:48 pm  

Stass and I have been checking out your fabulous photos and giggling as we saw the floaty thing (i'm sure thats the right name for it) turning over. I love the way you write mate - you are so funny!
love to you,
Lus x

Karen L 27 January 2009 at 4:52 pm  

Gotta say Ro, I love your photos and story - Looks like a great day was had by all. Guess you were the one behind the camera.

Beverley 27 January 2009 at 5:50 pm  

So that's what Australia day is all about ... was wondering! I'm with Gayle ... where are the photos of you in your bikini enjoying the water fun?

Rowena 27 January 2009 at 6:02 pm  

see the white sand.....my legs would be about the same. You wont be seeing any photos of them below a bikini.....nor will I let the first mate play with my camera ;)

Gayle Smith 27 January 2009 at 6:44 pm  

so who broke his leg???? Doesn't sound too good Ro! And I still want to see those photos...come on!

Melanie 28 January 2009 at 3:16 pm  

Fantastic photos Ro and a wonderful story with history to go with it. lol

Karen L 29 January 2009 at 12:04 am  

Hey Ro just thought I would let you know that I have a blog award for you on my blog.

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