We did it! Cairns to Brisbane in 14 days.
Now there’s just enough time to visit Mum in hospital, sort out a mooring, clean the boat, finish a book, pack, and then fly to Freo on Thursday for the RWA conference.
The journey’s been a little frenetic at times and with a strong wind warning forecast for this evening we sailed through the night to reach the relative safety of Moreton Bay. The whales have been a constant companion and as we bobbed at anchor off Cowan Cowan we had another visit from an extrovert who put on a fine performance. For once I left the camera alone and enjoyed the moment. It’s very different when you have the wide angle view rather than one through the confines of a camera lens.
Zeus is convinced we’ve gone insane. Each beach visit it’s been harder to coax him back aboard. I think he’s going to appreciate going for a lovely long walk when we dock.
First stop once we’re berthed, will be off to the hospital to visit my mum who’s been there for most of our journey after she had a fall. At 91 she’s doing remarkably well, but it will be good to spend more time with her.
Capt G has been a tower of strength as always and so often on this journey I was reminded why I fell in love with a man who was a friend long before he was a lover. I wonder if it’s a coincidence that Noah and Darcy, the main characters in my next book, are old friends. Perhaps I’ve finally written Capt G into a story. (But don’t tell him that. He goes a lovely shade of pink when he blushes!)
Ahead on the horizon Brisbane is finally starting to emerge from its layer of haze. The giant cranes on Fisherman’s Wharf almost make me think of the book, The Day of the Triffids. The city has grown in the 16 years since we last called it home and there will be much to discover, including the best way to avoid traffic jams…
Thanks once again for coming with us on this journey. I’ve promised Capt G and Zeus next time we head north we’ll be cruising with no plan, no schedule and no time pressures. Until then there are planes to fly and books to write. I’ll leave you with an eclectic selection of photos that haven’t been posted on Face Book.