Exploring Orpheus Island

Our day started with a leisurely kayak ashore as the tide reached its high for the morning. In the shallows a black-tipped reef shark did its best to pretend we weren’t there.   The walking track to the ridge line starts from the picnic table. It’s loosely marked with varying colours of tape and string but easy Continue reading


Wild old night on the anchor!

It seems we tangle with East Coast Lows more than we’d like to… Years ago we were camping on Fraser Island when one of these intense weather systems roared down the coast. Whilst most people left the island we simply relocated to Central Station and then hung on to the tent all night! We spent Continue reading


Tall timbers

When we lived in Brisbane we had several four-wheel drive holidays on Fraser Island. Like so much of the Queensland coast its forests were logged extensively in the early 1900s through to 1991 when the island was finally given World Heritage protection. A whole community sprang up around the MacKenzie sawmill and wharf facilities where Continue reading


We’re back on the high seas again

After a fairly tricky six weeks in the marina in Brisbane while my sister, my husband, and two wonderful neighbours sorted through Mum and Dad’s old house we’re finally back out on the water. It’s been an emotional time for all of us and yet strangely cathartic seeing so many items from the family home Continue reading


Success!!

Roobinesque is now sporting her formal wear with a white top, black pants and a touch of grey 🙂 She looks fit for a B&S Ball! Capt G and I have collapsed groaning on the couch knowing we only have one hull left to polish tomorrow. Come Monday we’ll be ready to be lifted back Continue reading


Winds of Change

Have you had to face a challenge in your life that sent you hurtling in another direction? Today I’m visiting Teddyree at The Eclectic Reader. My life’s changed enormously in the last two years and there have been days when that change has been incredibly painful. But more change is afoot. Capt G and I Continue reading


The voice of a hero

After such a tough week I’m delighted to be spending some time with Jess at The Never Ending Bookshelf blog. Today I’ll introduce you to the voice of Conor, the hero in NORTHERN HEAT. I had a lot of fun listening to the audition tapes when the Trailermade Production Team sent them through. Making a Continue reading


Music to my ears

Are you a music lover? Do songs or music change the feel of your day? The Northern Heat Pre-release Blog Tour is visiting 1Girl2ManyBooks today and I’m sharing the songs that made a huge difference to Northern Heat. Bree runs a wonderful review site and I’ve discovered many new authors via her insightful reviews. So Continue reading


At home with me – somewhere in the Coral Sea!

Today the NORTHERN HEAT Pre-release Blog Tour welcomes Jenn J McCleod aboard Roobinesque.  We’re over at Jenn’s fabulous blog having a yarn with the Barcoola rig parked out the back on the pontoon. Drop by for a chat and another chance to go into the draw for one of the 6 prize packs from Penguin!! Continue reading