Rotamah Island Delights

Our last few trips to the boat have been hard work…  But our most recent visit to the Gippsland Lakes was to finish off the last little bits on Take It Easy and at last after the Anzac Day long weekend, we can actually say the boat is as good as can be. We had time…

Golden-headed Cisticola on thistle head

Bird Photography Challenge #56: Golden-headed Cisticola

A diminutive little bird attracted my attention recently at the wetlands among some reeds.  I could hear it before I actually saw it.  It was a new find for me: a Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis).  This little warbler is the star of our #56 Bird Photography Challenge. What does it look like? The Golden-headed Cisticola…

Take It Easy is fixed!

Since our return from our Summer Cruise, it has been all go.  We had a few major things to attend to following our altercation with the storm at Jamieson Bay in the Furneaux Islands: repairs to the frame supporting our solar panels, dinghy davits and wind generator, and fixing the wind generator itself, which as…

Bird Photography Challenge #55: Willy Wagtail

No prize for guessing what the Willy Wagtail (Rhipidura  leucophrys) owes its name to: the habit of wagging its tail from side to side when foraging on the ground.  This best known of Australian fantails is the bold and cheeky subject of our #55 Bird Photography Challenge. What does it look like? The largest of…

Sea Change: A Shared Dream

For many years we have had a traditional work life, punctuated by sailing weekends and long cruising holidays.  For many years we have dreamed of starting a new season in our life, doing a sea change, and soon this dream will turn into reality.

Emu portrait

Bird Photography Challenge # 54: Emu

The Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) is the largest native bird in Australia. This flightless bird is an important icon of our country, appearing on our coat of arms and various coins and prominent in aboriginal mythology. It is the subject of our 54th Bird Photography Challenge.

Walkies!

Today, Bengie is in charge of writing the post! As you know she is an important crew member on Take It Easy and has been “in training” for our future life afloat. Two of the things we have been working on with her is going for dinghy rides and walking on a leash, so that…