Love is in the air …

Tropic of Capricorn

Jura crossing Tropic of Capricorn


The past week’s headlines have all been about the dreadful flooding over in North Queensland. The road signs here in Western Australia provide a grim reminder that the same could easily happen here. Cyclones are most prevalent in February and March so we’ve downloaded the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM for short) App and picked up various cyclone advice leaflets now that we have officially crossed over into the Tropic of Capricorn.

We are enjoying the hot weather. It means the duvet has been packed away, air conditioning is on and we’re making good use of our barbeque, fly swot and even Jura’s outside shower. We stopped in the town of Carnarvon for a few nights. Sadly it’s a little bit run down since the Tracking Station which supported many of NASA’s space programmes is no longer in use. The Space and Technology Museum however was well worth the entrance fee and we spent a couple of hours looking at the various interactive displays, dressing up as astronauts and watching the first ever live TV broadcast between Australia and the UK conducted by Raymond Baxter whilst sitting in a mock up 1960s front room!

We camped overnight at Quobba, loved the blow holes and did some snorkelling before heading on to Coral Bay. There isn’t a lot to Coral Bay but it is very pretty and the marine life is wonderful. We saw over fifty sharks cruising the shallow water at Skeleton Bay (what a name huh!) and I’ve enjoyed swimming and snorkelling in Bill’s Bay.

Quobba Blowholes 1

Quobba Blowholes 1



Coral Bay is where we are celebrating our 16th Wedding Anniversary. Coral is actually meant to come after 35 years marriage but I’m not sure if we’ll be fit enough to come back here then! Topaz is the traditional anniversary gift for 16 years and Paradise Beach here delivers on blue topaz for the colour of the sea and amber topaz for the sand.

For those that don’t know, Mike and I take it in turns to organise a special day which includes an activity, a meal and a present (or two). Last year, for example, it was crystal and we went up to London to see the Crown Jewels, I got some bath crystals and engraved crystal glasses (neither suitable in Jura!) and we had dinner at a Michelin star gastro pub in Henley. Past activities have included climbing the Eiffel Tower for our 6th Anniversary (iron) and visiting Australia to collect Sheila the Sheep’s fleece from our very good farmer friends for our 7th Anniversary (wool).

I really wanted the activity this year to be fossicking but that will need to wait until we get round to Queensland. Instead we ended up as the only two people signed up for the Turtle Trek Adventure, a two hour trip on quad bikes up to Five Fingers Reef. It was quite an adrenaline experience coming down some of the sand dunes and the best of it was we actually got to see turtles swimming on the reef below us. Just love nature’s camouflage.


There are only two main eating establishments in Coral Bay – Bill’s place or Fin’s Café. Both had seagulls hopping on the tables although the ones at Bill’s place had the decency not to shit on the carpets or furniture when we were around! We had our anniversary meal at Bill’s and my gin cocktail matched perfectly with the topaz theme although we were disappointed that the promised tablecloth did not materialise!!!

Trying to do anything in secret whilst living in such close proximity to each other is well nigh impossible. Thankfully I got myself organised before leaving the UK and using blue and amber topaz beads sewed together a map of Australia. All that’s missing is a piece of driftwood to hang it on and Mike to tell me his 16 favourite places so I can mark these on the map with small topaz crystals. I’d lay money on Kiama, Timboon, Robe and Esperance featuring among the 16 but definitely not Millicent or Bunbury!!! We still have four months to go!

Topaz Anniversary Pressies

Happy Anniversary (Topaz)

18 thoughts on “Love is in the air …

  1. Anne Walker

    Lovely read, as always, Sheila. Glad you are both having a fab time, so jealous of all those empty beaches you keep finding, love the Blow holes, remember seeing them during my time in Australia.
    Keep on having a great time
    Love Anne xx

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  2. SIL

    I’m so impressed that you went quad biking. I’m glad you anniversary was unique and special. Hope you don’t run into any cyclones.
    😊😊😊

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    1. SheilaK Post author

      Hoping there’s still about the right balance of knowledge and interesting facts sharing, mixed with our take on things and a bit of humour for good measure! ❤️

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  3. Ann aka Shirley

    G’day lovers!! One day late or is it two?? Huge apologies for not saying ‘happy anniversary’ on the day. 🍸🍹😍💖💙😘😘
    One thing I cannot believe……..the air conditioning is on?????
    Also cannot believe you only have four months left. Good times pass so quickly.
    Lots of love xx

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    1. SheilaK Post author

      Don’t be too hard on yourself Ann – only out by a day 😉 Yes air con – can you believe it – 40 degrees outside today and even hotter in the van so yes, air con essential! Time is passing too quickly now as we’re already talking about the date we need to think about flying home and changing our flight details 😕

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  4. Gerry Kehoe

    Good Day Sheila,

    As it’s Valentine’s day I thought I would help share the love…..
    Roses are Red
    Violets are Blue
    We were going to call our Van Dora
    But we decided to name her Jura

    Roses are Red
    Violets are Blue
    We visited the Tropics of Capricorn
    Now we are leaving just before dawn

    Roses are Red
    Violets are Blue
    We loved our stay at Coral Bay
    Its somewhere we’d love to stay
    But we must get on our way

    Are you on course to complete your journey before your Visa’s run out or should I be arranging to visit you in jail…..

    Keep Pootling ( a little faster)………………………

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  5. Jenny McGregor

    Wow- what an Anniversary!!! You’ve turned into adventure seeking, adrenaline junkies!!!! That quad biking looked AWESOME!!!! Charlie would have obviously loved seeing the turtles, since they are his favorite animal!!! Hope Mike liked your beading present, which I was glad to see in real life when I was over with you!!! Scenery looks stunning where you are and glad the outside shower is getting a hit now!!! Xxxx

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  6. The White Way Round

    Happy anniversary! Those sharks! Quad bikes look fun! Hope the cyclones and floods stay away. Isn’t the WA coast amazing with all those colours. Looking forward to seeing Mike’s full list of favourites! 🐠🐟🐬

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    1. SheilaK Post author

      Mike’s list and mine would definitely differ – he still talks fondly of Horsham as a place he could live – too far from the coast and family for me! Sooooo many sharks – it was quite amazing! 🐋

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