Australian Adventures

We woke up yesterday to an email advising us we’d been charged by WordPress for a renewal of this domain, so we thought we better write something! Could say the last few postcards got lost in the mail (wouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who’s experienced Australia Post).

We are currently living and working in the Daintree Rainforest (Far North Queensland) at a campsite/ restaurant/ wildlife sanctuary. Where the work day can be anything from making coffees to cleaning cabins to feeding the wallabies it’s been a welcome change to settle down into a routine again.

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The White family who own Lync-Haven Retreat have been here for 5 years, they have two hyperactive kids who keep us busy with cricket games and bracelet making. Charlotte (10) is a gold medal winning gymnast who has drawn lots of pictures to decorate our room, and Dan (8) who wants to be a bin man when he grows up, takes Isaac fishing on the creek. The other couple working here are from Middlesbrough but have been in Australia for 8 years, securing their citizenship a few weeks back. Finally there’s Marney the chef who is full of tales and gossip about Daintree life.

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“The shed” (as we’ve affectionately named our home) is a small donga originally used to house fly-in-fly-out miners  in the outback. We’ve spent time making it our home, with artwork drawn by Charlotte, fairy-lights up and 1000 piece jigsaw in progress outside.

Lync-Haven is home to a range of animals, both hand reared and wild, we have crocs, wallabies, birds, dingoes, snakes and a resident cassowary, a few are pictured above/below. 

Love, Ella and Isaac

 

 

Christmas and New Year in Thailand

From Laos we returned to Thailand to meet Ella’s family in Bangkok on Boxing Day. There was a brief meltdown when Gatwick was closed for 48hours (thanks drones) but they were allowed to fly eventually!

We spent Christmas itself in a place called Hua Hin, about 3 hours drive from Bangkok this was the nearest beach we could get to. We would compare it with Marbella, built up and full of bright pink Europeans but had a huge beach we could enjoy and the novelty of our own kitchen, which we hadn’t had for months.

Once we met up with Ella’s family we spent two days in Bangkok, a few days jungle trekking in Khao Sok and then moved to the island of Koh Tao. We had a great time, chilling out by the pool, exploring the island on mopeds and finding the best Thai food to eat each night! We saw in 2019 (or year 2562 as it is in Thailand) on the beach.

Unfortunately, the rest of the family were speedily removed from the island on 3rd January when Tropical Storm Pabuk approached. Koh Tao went into lock down and there was absolutely nothing left on the 7/11 shelves! We were left to shelter in the hotel as all boats to and from the islands were cancelled for 3 days.

Thankfully, the cyclone which was predicted to flatten the island, ended up missing it completely, so all we saw was pretty heavy rain.

We spent the next 10 days on Koh Tao, getting our scuba diving licences and enjoying the better weather!

Isaac made this video of clips of both times we were in Thailand, enjoy!

love Ella & Isaac xxx