Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Port Jackson et al

Well it has been a while since I posted on the blog, difficult when I am stationary and busy each day to find the time to write this but I shall get back into the habit.

So far…..

Lawns, edges, weeding, keeping tabs on campers….all great fun.

Before I go any further I will put a bit of a disclaimer here. The summer camp managers, Len and Jenny, do a wonderful job but with the number of campers that come through they are flat out and the larger maintenance bit and pieces do not get done. So what I hope to do is be able to have the camp in a much better position when I hand back over in October so that it is easier for the summer managers to keep on top of it.

Port Jackson is a long thin campsite with four ‘pods’ of campsites.

Ocean View, Barrier, Spinifex Flat and Muriwai. Between Ocean View and Barrier is the office, flat and me! 

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There have been lots of jobs to do and once I managed to get the mowing under control, with the help of John and Joy who were relieving at Fletcher Bay and Tim who is manager at Fletcher Bay, I have managed to move onto other tasks and maintenance issues around the camp.

I have today finally managed to find 95% of the site markers in the pods and expose them back to daylight from their dark underground hidey holes.

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Some were buried deep and some were sitting nicely on top and some were even leaning nonchalantly against tree trunks as if to say “you want me where?”

So it looks like there will be some renumbering and repainting to come as well as lifting and reseating some blocks, replacing the ones that have gone on holiday and didn’t return and realigning and straightening the rows of blocks.

It has been fascinating to see the different sunsets that occur here.

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This is just a small number of the amazing sunsets that occur. Well to be honest there have been 37 so far since I arrived here.

Winter. I was not sure what to expect from the weather here so have been prepared for anything and sure enough we have had gale force winds, torrential rain, high seas and some of the most gorgeous days you could imagine.

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Yes more sunset shots….  Smile

I have had a steady trickle of campers through averaging around 3 vehicles per night until the start of June when I had my first night with no campers in the camp. All alone I was and quite different. Have had a second night last night as well (4th).

A bit of fishing has been done with a couple of nice snapper caught

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Have had a whole day with dolphins in the bay from around 9-5;30

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They were just cruising around and  not doing much. Lazy day for them?

Also had a day where the gannets were diving just offshore. This went on for a good hour.

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There were a couple of boats out there and they caught some lovely kahawai underneath the small stuff, and were amazed at the Kingfish there as well, but none were caught. There have been some lovely kahawai caught from the beach…observe the ingenuity of some young people…

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He waded out to chest deep to cast, had a lovely day but didn’t manage to catch anything.

I have company most days, though I wish I didn’t as they leave their calling cards everywhere…

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So enough of an update tonight, I will endeavour to keep this updated regularly and often.

Safe travels everyone.