On Friday the 26th September we both finally finished up our jobs in Kalgoorlie. What a feeling! It took us all weekend to pack up and have our final farewell drinks with many of the great people and friends we made over the last twenty months but at long last on Monday the 29th we drove out of town.
First stop was at the hat tree just out of Kalgoorlie where Greg hung his hard hat up for the last time (well that one anyway) with many others who escaped as well! Then it was on to Esperance where we stayed for two nights arranging storage of the car and trailer and getting our supplies before heading over to Woody Island about 15kms south-east to live and volunteer caretake for the next month.
A cruise boat comes over some days when they have enough numbers at 11 am and stops in for morning tea which we have ready for them. We’ve now mastered the art of scone making and also laid on the Anzac biccies and muffins as well. While here they can go for a bush walk, bird watch, swimming, snorkelling or just enjoy the view and then they’re back on the boat at 12.30 and we have the island to ourselves again. The only other thing we have to do is make sure the amenities are clean and maybe a bit of maintenance or cleaning up of the overgrown or dead plants when and if we feel like it.
So far we’ve done the walks on the island, gone fishing and even went for a quick snorkel one day. Very quick, the water was freezing! But there’s heaps of coloured fish to see and apparently a couple of sunken boats as well. I’m a bit paranoid about sharks myself!
When we need more supplies we give the boat crew a list and they bring it over with the next cruise so we don’t leave the island at all till the end of October but that’s no hardship and honestly, someone has to do it!
What to do now…..go for a fish, have a siesta on the deck…..decisions, decisions! God, I miss Kalgoorlie!
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