Hanging around in Brissie
We got back to Camomile on the 21st March after our little mini break. Several people had advised us it wasn’t a good idea to go north until the end of March because of the threat of cyclones. Having been lashed by the tail of one we had no intention of encountering another so we decided to hang around Brissie for a while. We like Brisbane; Sydney was charming but very expensive and vast whereas Brisbane is an affable place. As the capital of the state of Queensland it has such a get-up-and-go feel about it. Enveloped by the Brisbane river the tall skyscrapers of the CBD sit neatly around some beautiful colonial buildings. Camomile was tied to the pile moorings by the Botanical gardens, which were very convenient and, apart from the wash of the occasional ferry, were very protected. The shopping precincts of the town were only a 10-minute walk away.
While in Brisbane we had special guests to supper. Judith Symonds commodore of the Westerly Owners Association and her husband David were visiting family in Brisbane and we had invited them to join us on Camomile. It was great to catch up. They in turn invited us to dinner at their daughter’s house. We took the ferry there giving us a chance to see the CBD lit up in all its finery.
The sewing machine came out again. When we tied our lovely new dinghy to the dinghy dock on the river it looked very new and shiny and almost had a sign on it saying ‘steal me’. We still had the tonneau cover from the old dinghy, it was very tatty but I set about making a cover out of it to make Rocco look ‘grotty’. We used an old fender sock to cover the outboard, especially the 15hp label, which apparently makes it very desirable.
We enjoyed time with our friends Gary and Jackie off of the Canadian boat Inspiration Lady who had spent Christmas with us on Camomile in Sydney. Gary is a bigger collector of ‘rubbish’ commonly referred to as ‘spares’ than Bill is. He spotted our old broken outboard still sitting on the outboard bracket on the stern. Bill hadn’t decided what to do with it. As it’s the same model as his he asked if he could have it for spares. It was useless to us and completely un-repairable so we gave it to him. Jackie will never forgive me!
Our lovely Aussie friends Chris and Cate who live in Brisbane came to fetch us one morning and took us back to their house for a delicious lunch. Cate let me use her washing machine and we took the jerries along to fill with diesel on the way back home too. They had kindly taken in a parcel for us that my sister Amanda had sent with our new dinghy wheels and outboard bracket in. Once back at the boat Bill fitted the wheels to Rocco so the dinghy is as good as it was before but even faster being lighter and having a more powerful outboard.
Friday 29th March after provisioning the boat, washed everything on the boat that could be washed, and topped up with water, we released our mooring lines and motored back down the Brisbane river to start the next part of our adventure beginning with the Easter weekend in Moreton bay.