My Baby started school!

Its hard to write this……….

My baby started school last week. If I say it fast its not so bad.

After parenting for 20 years I can officially say I have seen all of my children start their first day of school. IMG_5009

Miss Boo was so excited,IMG_5036_2

These past 4 years have flown, so many precious first, so much Joy, its almost like a end of a season for me and I have tried so hard to enjoy every minute I have had with her before school starts. She is such a Joy, Our Rainbow baby after so much heart ache and loss. I am so lucky that although she is officially in school, I work metres from her room and can be with her if she needs me. IMG_5037_2

Here in Cape York we start kids in school in what we call Pre Prep, its what the rest of Australia call, Kinda, Kindy, and Preschool, except here its full time and its attached to the school. The children go from 9-3 and although they do lots of play the play has the intention of giving them a big head start for Prep.IMG_5040IMG_5051_2

I was torn about sending Boo, its not compulsory here but encouraged. IMG_5028

My heart believe kids should have a play based introduction into “schooling” think Montessori, Steiner etc, and Yet Bella was demanding to learn more, she was no longer content with Kindy or home play alone……she needed more and she was yearning for more learning.IMG_5030_2

So in the end the decision was easy and she couldn’t be happier.

Be Happy and remember life is precious

Nicki

     

What’s it like to live in Cape York series – The Fishing

IMG_5075

Yeah, I know you want to know about the fishing! everyone who knows anything about Cape York asks about the fishing LOL.

I am not really that keen on fishing(shock horror!!), but my husband is so I am going off the knowledge I have gained from him.

IMG_4986 IMG_4988

THE FISHING IS EVERYTHING YOU HAVE HEARD AND MORE

A BOAT IS ALMOST A MUST, Sure you can fish from the Wharf here but honestly its very seasonal and you have to pray that the fish decide to come swimming by.

CROCODILES LIVE HERE, If I had a dollar for every time visitors here have asked me if the Crocs are really everywhere here I would be a Millionaire.

READ THIS, WE SEE CROCS EVERY TIME WE FISH, if you can see them you can bet that there are 5 you have not seen.

BE CROC WISE Just be SMART,

  • DO NOT CLEAN fish in water ways,
  • DO NOT DUMP your old bait near ramps,
  • DO NOT hang over the edges of your boat,
  • DO NOT fight a Croc for a fish (yes people actually do this and we have heard of people having them land in their boats chasing the fish)…….give it to him/her by cutting the line,
  • KEEP CHILDREN & DOGS away from the edges of the BOAT out of the water when loading and unloading boats.
  • DO NOT SWIM in the waters here, EVEN if you see locals doing it, they have lived in and around this water for generations, they know the tides, the best times to swim and the best seasons.
  • DO NOT underestimate how fast, inquisitive and cheeky these amazing creatures are. Just this weekend my hubby nearly had one land in his boat jumping for the bait board attached to his boat! True story!!

IMG_4992

SO the FISHING IS AWESOME, YOU NEED A BOAT & the CROCODILES live here, but here is a tip your likely not going to get from a lot of travel blogs.

This is a beautiful place, it has many attractions but this land is Traditionally owned and managed Lands, The Traditional Owners love their homelands and have lived one with the lands for thousands of years, they are happy for you to visit but PLEASE respect this place, PLEASE ASK before driving or boating in areas off the regular creeks and roads, If your not sure you should be in a location PLEASE ask someone who lives here.

Its very simple you just need to ASK, do not presume. The local community here has many Scared/Historic sites or a area could be closed off due to the loss of a Elder or Community member and you will offend if you enter that area. JUST ASK AND BE RESPECTFUL,

 IMG_4978

Now back to fishing, I know nothing about what bait to use (we use live bait and squid the most so that might help), and I know nothing about what tides to fish in, but the Bait and Tackle shop can help you out, I will link their Facebook page here so you can find them.

 IMG_0145

OH and if you like to eat Muddies we have them too

IMG_0533

it truly is a beautiful place to live and visit……even if you don’t fish

Be Safe

and Remember life is precious

What’s Remote Living really like?

IMG_5075

I get asked this question a lot, so I thought I would start a series on my blog about what its really like to live in a remote community.

I will share a piece of our life every week, you will get a glimpse of the funny, frustrating and to be transparent, the not so great things about living in a remote community.

IMG_4927This week I am going to share just how remote we live:

So when I say we live remote, people often do not really get that I mean “REMOTE”. I will get comments like “Oh I used to live remote, I had to drive 2 or 3 hours to the City” erhhh NO thats not remote that is living in the Country.

WE really do live in a remote community. We live at the very tip of Australia, you can’t go any closer to PNG without heading out to The Torres Strait Islands. Our community is roughly 1000km by road( or the Track as we call it) from a Major City/Town, this Road Track is usually not drivable for about 4-5 months of the year due to the wet season which for the NO Tropical Living Aussies is December -March.

When we can’t get in and out by Road, we fly!

Above is our current Airline, a Charter service being paid for by the government because our long standing airline went into receivership.

This is our life line at this time of the year, and for people needing to see Dr in the City all year, so losing our Airline has NOT been a fun time for anyone here.

IMG_0241

Over the last 2 years, Our kids have got some serious Frequent flyer miles up. We fly a few times a year to Cairns and once or twice to Brisbane to visit family.

IMG_4923

YES that is my 3 year old reading the safety card, she does it every time we get on a Qantas flight LOL.

IMG_4376

Flying isn’t much fun anymore, we are all kinda over it, but its just part of living here on the Cape so you just learn to deal with it.

IMG_0239

I guess one perk is; not many people these days can say they have sat and watched the controls on their plane as it lands.

IMG_4921

Be safe,

Nicki

My Little Blog

Yeap I am neglecting this little blog again and really have no excuses.
Recently I have recently found out that a few people have learn’t alot about Cape York though this blog and even followed us before they moved here. I have to admit I was kinda excited to know anyone is following here on my Little Blog…….let alone that I helped in some small way to make their transition easier.

So because of that I thought I would try my hardest to update here on a more regular basis. I really had no idea people would want to hear about our everyday.

Also if there is anything you would like to know about, PLEASE let me know by sending me email or go over to the facebook page and I will to my best to do a blog post about it.

Keep Safe and Love every day
Nicki