Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Merry Christmas and a great, healthy and prosperous NEW Year!
well, in all the rushing around before Christmas, this entry is now after the big day/days.
Brian and I have the German Christmas on Christmas Eve, with a duck, nice wine and friends, and then go straight into the Australian Christmas Day with yummy seafood, this year, and more champagne and friends. Generally all is very unstructured and very laid back. On Boxing Day Brian has to watch the test cricket of course and especially this year with Shayne Warne retiring, and a great day it was too.
Meanwhile summer heat has caught up with us, a good excuse to spend more time on the beach where we have a cool breeze all the time and great swimming. No worries about stingers on our beach, not the right shape for currents etc.On the way home a quick dip in our freshwater creek and one is truely refreshed.
The garden looks fabulous right now, and all my white and red flowering plants are so bright and in full bloom, with hibisus dripping flowers off the branches. The Cairns Birdwing Butterflies are breeding on the pagoda plants and the frogs are singing arias in the night. Then you want o hear the buzzing of all the insects during the day! The poinciana tree is very lit up with its fantastic red flower heads. Has to be seen to be appreciated.
Now, for all the guests reading this, for a special discount on overnight stays at Cow Bay Homestay in January post a comment here and email me your dates.
Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

November News

November is here and would you know it, summer arrived nearly on the first day of this month. What does this mean some of you may think. It turned warm practically overnight. That is the tropics for you. So, the blankets are stored away, the sarongs are out, the fans cleaned and the wet+ sweaty season is here. Also, all the animals are more active, the insects are really busy making big noises day and night and the air is warm. We even had a good rain on Saturday morning, but the rains are still far off.Going to the beach the other day was just wonderful, the water is crystal clear, the fringng reefs are standing our clearly and it is post card weather. On Cow Bay Beach you can still swim and the trees there give great shade all day. Perfect.Walking south from 2. beach, it is very obvious how the rainforest meets the reef, Alexandra Range practically falls onto the fringing reefs off Cow Bay Beach. Some of the rainforest trees are flowering now, the air is filled with sweet scents, intoxicating. So, come for a visit and check out the tropics in summer. Marion

Sunday, October 15, 2006

First posting

I am very excited about this blog, Alison has set up for me. I hope it will be a good way to keep family, friends and guests up to date with the happenings at Cow Bay Homestay. This year October has been cool and rainy, mainly at night and early in the morning, which is perfect for the garden and saves with watering. It also has been very windy and the russling of the leaves and the wooshing sounds of the palm fronds are great. The birds are very busy feeding and doing their best with calls, whistles and singing and the butterflies, well, their colours are just wonderful. This morning I heard a cassowary and hope to see, who it is sneaking around in the bush.What about the cats, you say? flat out.......sleeping.....well, that's it for today.
Have a good day, Marion