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First weekend in oz!!! day 4 and 5

Hi guys, sorry I have been away from wifi but let me tell you about my weekend, what a weekend it was! 

On Saturday Penny, Peater and I went on a car journey to Maleny (the people I’m staying with).

Maleny is a small town near the Sunshine Coast and protected by the Glass mountains. On the way up to Maleny we stopped off for a picnic at D’aguiar national park, the national park has a nice green picnic area and a really nice looking children play area. It is also sheltered by the glass house mountains and it was such a clear day, you could see the silhouette of some of the skyscrapers in Brisbane. It was a spectacular view wich, unfortunately didn’t come out that well in a photo.

It also has a massive, lush rainforest! It has loads of different types of tress, birds and the Red legged pademelon lived there. The red legged pademelon are a rainforest wallaby and it is slightly smaller and has a deeper colour of red fur than the ones I saw in the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. They are stated vulnerable in NSW (North South Wales), lucky the national park provides a refuge, helping to protect them. Even though the forest was so dense and big,I was so lucky in seeing four of them! The light was bad as the trees were so tall and blocked the sun I couldn’t take a lot of photos but the ones I did are a bit dinged. We saw one going into a tree, one of the trees that has killed the inside tree, two hopped across the path in front of us and one was eating so close to me in was such a memory to behold it was an arm reach away! I am not kidding! Before it rushed of a baby poked its head out. I promise it’s true, if I was reading this I’ll be thinking ‘ yeah right’ but it actually happened. I will never forget!

Peter told me that the Red legged pademelon, have a favourite tree or bush that they always come back to. A bit like how we have or own houses! 


After this walk we went a bit further and went for a walk above a gully, gorge. The D’aguilar national park was at the bottom of the gully, because of this the flora was so lush and there was a wider range of wet land trees rather than the trees found on the walk wich was up on the bridge of the gully. God that was a hard sentence to write I hope it makes sense! At the end of the walk there was a waterfall, unfortunately it wasn’t that big as it is pretty dry hear! We timed the walk perfectly as we managed to see the sunset! It was gorgeous!


Later on it turned pinky red and the clouds stood out, it was lush.

That is the end of Saturday, now onto Sunday!

After waking up to a gloomy morning, the sun came out around 10:30 and we went of to the beach. It was liquid awesome, it was so hot and then stepping in to the sea was a shock but a good shock. The temperature of the sea was 22 degrees, and the waves were good. I tried to swim but you couldn’t really as the waves were one after one, I don’t really like body boarding whenever I tried in Cornwall it never goes well. After the right teachers and using the right bord I got some really good waves and found out how fun it was! It got really sunny and we had to retreat into the shade but I loved my first time on an australian beach and I even caught some waves dude! We then went for a walk around some of the Sunshine Coast, it was definitely sunny! But so nice and we saw some surfers at work, they flew on the wave only for the sea to win at the end and get them off balance. It was amazing to watch so skilful but delicate, like a dance between the person and sea. 


There was a view point called the boiling pot, this is it

Peter said it was called the boiling pot as when the spray of the wave spits it looks like it’s boiling!

We stayed there till sunset, another great one.

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1000 places to see before you die

I have got this book called 1000 places to see before you die  second edition (by Patricia Schultz), and the plan is now I will have to see 1,000 before I die! I will try and blog about all these places.

To start me of I hope to see 1-5 places in the book before this time next year! At the start of the book their is a lovely quote “its better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times.” Asian proverb.

The book is split into continents, then split into countries. As I’m in England I will start there. I want to do the book in order so I’ll try my best!! As I turn to page 3 (which is the start of the Europe section) I find out where I am to visit and that is Cambridge! The book says that Cambridge holds a lot of history and recommends to visit King’s College chapel which is “the most beautiful {chapel} in England” its also “remains the country’s finest example of the late Gothic English style” the Gothic style is called Perpendicular. It also goes on to the River Can, which is the river and either sides are “emerald green lawns”. The book also talks about Fitzwilliam Museum which is one of the oldest art museums in Britain. It specialises and have collection’s around the 17th century Dutch art. 

Two Hotel’s are mentioned in the book Hotel du Vin and Hotel Felix. Hotel du Vin is in town and ” a stylish,modern lodging…in a medieval former university building” and in the town center. Hotel Felix is about a mile out of town it is a”Victorian manse… With sleek contemporary rooms”

Well I’m going book my trip now.

5K walk

Tonight I am going on a midnight walk on Weston beach. The walk is in aid for Weston Hospice care, it is a 5k walk. I know most people would be like 5k phhhh easy, however on Weston super mare i.e. Weston super mud beach. I am super excited! I’m doing it with my friend Jane can’t wait. Got to go talk more when I’m backxxx I loved it loved it loved it. Me and my friend jane checked in at 10:30 and promised ourselves next time we will be more creative with what we were wearing. There where people with fairy lights all over there body from a purple light up skirt to wings! It was amazing. The walk didn’t start till midnight so they had a band playing then after that Zumba on the beach!!!as a walm up. The weather was so nice and just perfect its like it new not to rain. There was so many people there it was a line of light up flashing bunny rabbit ears and butterfly wings…

Sierra Leone new band!

We went for drinks at la boutique at sunset, as we were watching the sun go down below the deep blue see we heard lovely tunes coming from two old geezer’s. 

These ‘ two old geezer’s’ are actually my dad and his mate. They are official a band now, they have a singer. They are a blues band ; they also now the tunes to smoke on the water e.t.c.

La boutique is a beautiful place to have drinks. You can sit back and enjoy watching the sea laps up the sand. It is a wooden bar situated on the Lumley beach stretch in Freetown.

After the sun went down me and some friends went to Lagoonda Complex. Lagoonda is a restaurant near the sea where you can sit on a balcony looking into the sea. Hear they have lobster which is delicious but this trip I had the most mouthwatering  sushi ever. I mean it EVER.

Museums?

Sierra Leone has many museums, including  a National one , a National train one and a Peace one.

This Afternoon I went to The National one, it was nice. There were two rooms and a room upstairs the displays upstairs are moveable and they sometimes move them into a smaller room. This is because they teach local children the history and the culture of the country. The downstairs rooms are separated into the local dress and historical artefacts of the country. However the other room shows more history about the slave trade and British colonialists who where in Sierra Leone round the time it was happening. I was shown around by a nice man , who i didn’t catch the name of, he was very passionate about teaching local children about the Slave trade and how wrong it was.

I also learned about Bai Bureh, this was a Chief of two of the 12 tribes. Bai Bureh is form the north and he’s said to be  very stubborn, I have been told this is why they call the northerners stubborn. As well as this they say people born in March are hot headed because March is the hottest month in the Hot Season!

When the British where colonising they introduced a Hut Tax in Sierra Leone. Bai Bureh didn’t like this and refused to pay taxes to “Foreigners”. Bai Bureh then called war on the British people in Sierra Leone in 1898, The Hut Tax war. The museum has his war drum and other artefacts of his.

The museum is in the middle of town near the Cotton tree but it is also surrounded by important buildings , such as the Peace Museum and Courts.

I think it was defiantly a worthwhile trip and good as i got to know the country better.

untitled Bai Bureh