Lizard Island Paradise

Jan Leeming

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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 21st December 2010

LIZARD ISLAND - Paradise. - When I lived in Sydney in the 60's I always wanted to go to the Barrier Reef but being an impecunious actress, there was no way I could pay a visit. I was extremely happy in Australia and had no intention of ever going back to the UK and was doing very well with work in the Theatre (my first love). Sadly when coming down from Sydney to Melbourne to see me in Rep. (The Union Repertory Theatre at Russell Street) my fiancé was killed in a car crash. One doesn't think straight at times like these and my generous mother sent me the money to go back to the UK - I so wish she hadn't or alternatively wish I'd known about my cousin in Perth (only discovered through my website a few months ago). I know I'd have gone there to lick my wounds rather than going back to the UK. As soon as I landed at Southampton, apart from being thrilled to see my family, I knew I'd made a mistake so set about getting the money together to go back to Australia - but I had to work and one thing led to another and I met a guy (story of my life) so return was put on hold. Then my 'career' in TV was beginning to be quite successful and I was frightened to go back to Oz.

I've visited friends in Australia several times over the years but never fulfilled my dream of visiting the Barrier Reef. As this trip to Oz was a kind of consolation prize for having had to sell the Capetown flat, I thought I'd go for broke - visit my various friends and factor in a trip to the Barrier Reef. Sophie at Trailfinders in Canterbury couldn't have been more helpful. My head was reeling with trying to sort out this rather circuitous visit but she sorted it and suggested Lizard Island. It is extremely pricey but virtually everything is included in the cost. I had the most idyllic room looking out over the ocean. The food was fabulous - and for one who usually only eats one large meal a day, I broke the rules and went to Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. I don't dive and I'm not a very proficient snorkeler so I paid for an individual snorkelling trip with my own personal helper and it was worth every dollar. Lovely Chantal took me to Loomis Bay and out to the Reef. I have seen most of the fish before on a reef in the Seychelles but never have I swum in, around and over the coral. I had a waterproof camera and Chantal took pictures for me. I only hope I'll be able to find somewhere which still develops film and if they are any good , I'll put them up in the Gallery when I get back to the UK. My only regret was that I couldn't have spent longer on Lizard although I have to admit, it's really a place for couples - so romantic and beautiful.

The staff were lovely and on the first of my two nights I was invited to join Lynn (Assistant Manager I think) and a couple of business colleagues for dinner. It was a great evening. I indulged in a couple of beauty treatments and this morning visited Watson's Bay. It was a great walk and well worth it as I saw two of the island lizards - well over a metre long - walked through a mangrove swamp and saw ruins of the cottage belonging to The Watsons - that's a story in itself and when I can access my information I'll give you a link so that you can read the rather tragic story of Mary's death. OK - my flight to Sydney is close to boarding so I shall post this on my website and close down my fabulous little IPad. Still have a few issues with it, but basically it was a great purchase. Au revoir, Jan


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