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Date: 13th January 2012

Having been horrified at the cost of simply everything in Sydney - and not just because of the weak pound, Jonathan and I decided to go for broke and treat ourselves to 4 days up in Queensland.

We had wanted to go to Ayers Rock - but its really too hot at this time of the year and we were told you get a mouthful of flies everytime you speak - YUK. We also thought about Tasmania but the helpful chap, Glen, in Flight Centre suggested that PD was a much better choice. So he put together a package at the Thalia Beach Lodge. I must say that it is in an idyllic spot - very rustic cabins on stilts in the Rainforest and near a Beach. Sadly for six months of the year you can't swim or even paddle in the water because of the Jelly Fish or Stingers as they call them out here. Apparently there are some which you can hardly see but they are deadly - and a sting, if it doesn't kill you wll shorten your life.

However the Lodge has the most fantastically lovely Pool I've ever encountered - a series of pools and cascades which look as though they are really cascading out of the rock. I so wish I could post you some photos but you will have to wait until I get back to grey, dismal, overcrowded England. Incidentally, I've rarely come across such friendly, helpful and smiling staff as are working here at the Lodge. Jonathan has gone off Scuba Diving today. I can only just manage to snorkel and didn't fancy 8 hours at sea so off he went and I stretched out by the pool with my book. It's an Alison Weir and rather hard-going because it is historical research rather than a novel. However I'm fascinated by the period of history around Henry V111 and Elizabeth 1 so to read about Mary Boleyn and Anne Boleyn in their historic context is extremely interesting.

After several hours by the gorgeous pool I took myself into Port Douglas.. It is a pretty town with wide streets lined with beautiful trees, flowers and Palms. It reminded me of Noosa and Byron Bay which I visited with my friend Kit some 10 years ago. The sales are on out here and the Aussies really do do Casual wear superbly but I have to remember that what looks great here is not going to translate back to the UK. Most of my Cape Town clothes are gathering dust in boxes because we simply don't have the weather for them in the UK and the bright colours just don't seem appropriate in a grey, cold and chlly environment.

We are going on a Raintree Tour tomorrow. We were told that the Mosman Gorge is spectacular. I hope it is though Jonathan and I remember some fantastic gorges when we did a Norwegian cruise with P & O when I was giving talks a few years back. You might find some typing errors in this but I can't see the screen properly because of the sun so I'll correct the writing when I'm able. The Cicadas have just started their nightly chorus. Jonathan should be back soon and then it will be a drink on the lovely open verandah and dinner. Bye for now from an Earthy Paradise.

Breakfast view from the Restaurant at Thala Beach


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