Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Sailing from Fremantle

The weather was perfect for a sail from Fremantle to Carnac Island on Saturday. I went with my friend Clodagh on her yacht 'Anastasia' from Fremantle Sailing Club.

'Anastasia' in her pen.

On route to Carnac Island.

Taking the helm.

Carnac Island lies around 10 km south-west of Fremantle, rising from the sea between its better-known and larger neighbours, Garden and Rottnest islands. Several thousand years ago, all three were joined to the mainland when sea levels were significantly lower. Carnac Island has been used briefly as a jail for Aboriginal prisoners, a whaling station and a quarantine station for the Port of Fremantle. During the First World War, Carnac was acquired by the Commonwealth government for defence purposes. It was returned to the State government in 1961 and was declared a nature reserve in 1963.

Australian sea-lions use Carnac Island as a haul-out area during the non-breeding season. This animal is the rarest sea lion in the world, and the only one found solely in Australia.All the sea lions found on Carnac Island are males. This is because Australian sea lions on the west coast of WA exhibit an unusual breeding pattern. Breeding takes place on offshore islands about 200 kilometres north of Perth for four to five months every 17.5 months.

Carnac Island has a significant population of tiger snakes. Tiger snakes are one of the world's most deadly snakes and pose a potential risk to visitors landing on the island. It is one of only two islands in Western Australia where tiger snakes are found. The island also is an important nesting habitat for several species of seabirds such as little penguins, wedge-tailed shearwaters, pied cormorants, pied oystercatchers and Caspian, bridled and crested terns

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Exhibition Closes

The exhibition has finished and was a big success. Hundreds of people came through the doors and for a small town it was pretty good. There were lots of 'red dots' and I sold some earrings and a necklace.

This was the first exhibition by our newly formed group Chittering Fine Arts however I think there will another next year.

Work on the Farm

Pam & Mary

Marek & Pam


Work on the farm continues. Friday is a really busy day and I've had friends to come in and help out.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Chittering Fine Arts Exhibition

The artists

The work

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Rock Art

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East Aligator River



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Visit to the Northern Territory

I have had a wonderful holiday with my daughter, Ruth and her boyfriend, Brendan. I flew to Darwin and we went camping in Litchfield National Park and Kakadu. There were numerous waterfalls and rock pools to cool down in and swim.

Ruth & I enjoying a swim

The three of us at Wangi Falls
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