A Quiet Couple of Days





Hi gang. Brad here for an update.
It’s been a quiet couple of days up here in the Paradise we sometimes call Cooktown. Did you know this place was named after one Captain Town? He couldn’t navigate a reef for shit & had to stop in while his boat healed.
Thx Captain. If it wasn’t for you, the local bama would have been certain to keep this place to themselves.

Yesterday we went visiting! Dropped in & had a yarn with Dan. Then we went to Gazzas place but he was asleep. Found him at the West Coast & said a quick hello later on though. Did a wharfie & had a natter with Andre too. He was happy. The swell was running at nearly a metre in Walker Bay, so he got to have a surf. Yep, sometimes it blows up enough to surf here. Kite surfing is big for some up here. We saw a couple down Walker Bay last week.
The weather is trying to clear today. Not far Nth there has been over 150mm of rain, but here it hasn’t been too wet. Lotsa rain but still good. We’re thinking of going for a walk this arvo if my one hours pay goes into the bank. We’ll be $30 rich if it does! I’m looking for more work about town in the next couple of days so if any locals are reading, tweet @UncleChilliMan on Twitter if you know of anything please.
We’ve been offered temp accommodation while the weather is like it is. I won’t divulge much except that we’ve talked about these good people a few times and they have blood worth bottling!
We also got to talk with some rangers who are working down around Home Rule. The weather has them stuck in town due to the road conditions and they can’t get to work. We had a yarn about the area & the work that needs to be done to fix the land after the Tin mines have closed. There is a serious lantana problem in some places that has to be controlled before it takes over everything. Now there’s a job for a migaloo like me! I’ll happily pull Lantana if it means getting closer to this country & also involves learning about the land from people who have a 50 thousand year history here.
These fellas are working around the Trevethan area. That’s part of the country sort of around Shiptons Flat etc. Tin mines unfortunately mess up the land pretty bad, so there is a lot to do. We’re going to visit them at their ‘office’ one day down there. Should be a learning experience.
Anyway, time for me to check the bank again and then have a quick shower.
I’d post some new pics but don’t have any yet. I’ll put some older ones up maybe. Oh there is a video of gap creek too for you. Not a good video but OK for a phone job. One more thing. I’ll be geotagging our posts when I do them so you can spy on us 🙂



  1. Brad said,

    April 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Sorry folks, the video didn’t work. I’ll youtube it soon and provide a link.

  2. twistyman said,

    April 7, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Hi Brad…..

    hope you scare up some work…
    look after yourselves…

    the gang said hi, and take care…….


    • Tina said,

      April 9, 2011 at 9:26 am

      We will. Going to the beach so Jack can have a run today.

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