I am now in Tweed Heads where the temperature is expected to make it to 32C. To tell the truth it has already made it to 32C and it isn’t even midday yet, still the car I picked up at the airport has aircon so life isn’t to bad. The flight from Tasmania was rough, up down, side to side and one or two movements I don’t feel like remembering. Tassie was great. Hot when I got there, not as hot as Melbourne but hotter in places than it has been since records began. As with Tassie the rain fell and the temperature dropped to expected levels and the days passed pleasantly, a bit of site seeing a bit of work helping in the renovating of my niece’s house. Arthur River was an interesting trip. But one thing I always notice when out in the wilds, 30km from Burnie, is the stars. There are so many of them and so bright. Before the moon got to near full it was easy to spot our neighbours in space which I call Big Magellan and Little Magellan. They look like small fussy clouds but are in fact Galaxies a million light years away. I am sure they have scientific names but what ever they are they can not be seen from Torquay, Devon.
Landing in Melbourne was sad following the news on TV about the fires in Victoria, so very upsetting, so many people killed and many more with nothing left but the clothes they stand up in. And some of the fires were apparently started deliberately. Such a country of extremes, to the North in Queensland whole towns have been flooded out of their homes.
While here In Tweed Heads I will be doing the usual trips out. My sister liver here and she will be making a list of places to visit. This is my 4th trip here and I have been up to the Best of All Look Outs which overlooks Mt Warning and the caldera that surrounds it. The volcano erupted 20 million years ago and the plug sticks up and the land around has eroded away, Captain Cook named it Mt Warning so passing ships would know about some rocks the stick out into the sea at Tweed Heads called Point Danger. At that point he hadn’t reached the Great Barrier Reef which can be seen from space 200 miles away but not from the deck of a sailing ship 200 yards away as the good captain discovered.
I’ll down load a few photos to day, it does take a while as this computer has a slow link to the world wide web.