Oh, Did I Say ‘Patting’ Crocs?













This morning (Saturday) was an absolutely too beautiful for words morning. It was even stunning viewed through the eyes of someone who’d consumed too many Coopers Sparkling Ales after a day of hard work and not enough water. Yep, I was just a bit seedy. Tina and I met a new visitor who comes from Estonia. We ended up sitting, chatting and drinking until nearly 1am. We managed to get through nearly three six packs between us. Of course Tina and Mary woke up relatively healthy. I on the other hand paid the price for not having drunk enough H2O through the day. Dehydration is not a good thing.

This morning we went to the markets and bought some chutneys and sauces, plus some yummy Passionfruit and a few other things. The markets are held every Saturday morning in the park near the Bowls Club. The view is pretty cool and today the water was like glass.
If you check the pics you’ll see two crocodile warning signs in one of them. The portable sign is used when a croc sighting has been reported to authorities. It’s an extra warning to be aware that there is a toothy log about.

When I signed off our last post I did say that Tina had been patting crocs. But I was just ‘tending. She has actually been painting one 🙂

Croc lives at the entrance to Pam’s Place (www.cooktownhostel.com) and was sculpted by a good friend of Scott, the owner as a gift. Originally he was Green and carried a rucksack. Over the years his rucksack fell off due to many wet seasons. Recently Scott decided that he needed a makeover. Something to make him ‘stand out’. Well, he painted him Red. Bright Red. Unfortunately he didn’t turn out quite the way Scott expected. He was discussing Crocs sunburnt condition with Judy from Guurrbi Tours (www.guurrbitours.com) and asked if she knew of an artist who could fix him up. Judy immediately thought of Tina. One thing led to another and Tina was ‘commissioned’ to paint him.

Over the course of a couple of weeks, Tina thought about what she could do. Scott wanted him to stand out a bit so that he would be noticed. After much deliberation, what you see in the pics above was the end result. I reckon he looks pretty cool. Somewhat natural, but with a nice Yellow belly and a very nice smile. If you look closely you’ll also notice his new Gold tooth, a little homage to the Palmer River Gold rush, one of the events in history that put Cooktown on the map.

I’ve also put up a couple of pics of some of Cooktowns iconic buildings as a teaser for one our Twitter friends. I promised I would go for a walk and post some photos from around town. I hope these couple whet her appetite for now.
One is a typical street view that has probably been photographed a million times as it is taken from the bus stop. The other two are the two oldest pubs in town. The West Coast was built in 1883. The Cooktown (Top Pub) was built in 1885 I think. The last pic was taken as I was laying on my back while Tina finished Croc. The sky was too nice not to share.

This evening the tides are good, so we’re going fishing. Maybe I’ll get lucky tonight. 🙂



  1. twistyman said,

    April 16, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Thanks for update Aussies…..
    be safe…be good…and if not name him after me……
    love bob.

  2. GOF said,

    April 20, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Great job repainting the croc …..very attractive smile on his dial.
    Enjoy the fine weather after all the months of rain……hope the fish are biting.

  3. twistyman said,

    April 26, 2011 at 5:16 am


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