Sunday, November 27, 2011

Coming into Sydney 9th November 2011

When we where away one of the things I want to do was, to be at the front of the ship as we were coming in to Sydney, and that where I was at 5.30am on the 9th November in the cold, with half the ship passengers, I’ve heard so many Aussie say you got see the sun come up over Sydney Harbour Bridge, and I’m so glad I did, it was a beautiful morning and well worth being up at 5.30am.

S.M. Mac Arthur ©

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

 Happy Thanksgiving!
To all of my friends across the pond,
I hope you have a wonderful day, 
with your Family and Friends

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Kalgan River Albany W.A.

On our holiday we stop at a Western Australian town call Albany, so we took a trip up the Kalgan River, to a winery, we got to the mouth of the river to find a man and his Pelicans waiting for us, Jonathan had been take people on trip up the river for years and he had love of Pelicans, in fact he had a family of Pelican, they where all birds that had been hurt in some way and he had taken then to the vet, to be fix and back in to the water they when, he said he never hand feed them less he had too and never took them away from the water unless he had too, when they were sick he would make sure they have fish till they where well, he said he only ever hand feed one, Percy ( who turn out to be a female) because he had been hit by a boat and his leg was broken, but when he was well back in the water he when.
When the boat pull away from the jetty, so did the Pelicans, it was wonderful to see these wonderful birds swimming or flying around the boat, they come with us right up till the bridge and then they just stop, one of the kids when “Oh they not coming” to be told they would wait for us to come back, and sure enough they did, they meet us at the bridge on the way back.
Jonathan was ask if he still feed them and he said yes, when we get back they each would get one fish, but for Percy who got two fish, because he would sleep nowhere else but on the boat and had become the guard Pelican.
These bird where just wonderful, they line up for their fish and off they when, but for Percy who made himself at home.

 S.M. Mac Arthur ©

Monday, November 14, 2011

Old Friends Meet

Most of you know that I’ve been away, while I was away I took many pictures, to tell the truth I took hundreds, and they all need going through before I can post them, but for one lot, these picture where taken at the end of our trip and to me are the most important of all pictures that were taken and none of these pictures were taken by me.
On the 10th November on the way home by train we stop in Adelaide, to meet an old friend, who I have talk to on the net and follow his blogs for about ten years, for both of us it was the first time, we had seen each other, other than in photos or on webcam, many of you know my friend Ian, as Mushy or Emu, when the train was pulling in, we could see Ian and his wife Ana standing on the platform waiting for us, they had travelled for six hours to come and see us, and on the way they were hit by a very bad storm that felled trees and more, I’m just Thankful that they both got there ok.
Ian and Ana, I wish we had of had more time to spend with you, three hours was just way to short, but I would not have miss it for the world, for ten years we have been friends and I know we will meet again, but this time I hope it does not take another ten years.
Ian you are the truest Aussie I know, right down to the Slim Dusty hat and boots, never change my friend, always keep writing your poems and tell stories as only an Aussie can.
I have heard people say that people we meet on the net are just names, well I’m here to tell you they are not just names, they people who play an important part in our lives in a very special way, and I hope each and every one of you some day get to meet friends you have made on the net, it is the most wonderful feeling, to hug someone you have knew for years for the first time, and I can’t wait to do it again sometime soon.

S.M. Mac Arthur ©