Meandering in Mackay

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Dear Delilah, I could hardly believe it when I saw Clawdeen standing at our front door!

She came to visit us in Mackay in North Queensland on her way home to Brooklyn. It was a wet and windy day but luckily Clawdeen’s umbrella had kept her dry.

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Here are our bears Godfrey and Gwyneth. They are twins and like to do everything together. They got comfortable on the lounge and listened to Clawdeen telling them all about her travels. I think Godfrey and Gwyneth were a little bit jealous when Clawdeen told them she had been to Luna Park in Sydney!

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It was getting windier and windier outside. It was so windy that Clawdeen’s umbrella broke. The weather report said a cyclone might be on the way! Clawdeen and the bears said they would help me check our emergency kit.

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We all worked together and checked our supplies. We had plenty of water, we had lots of food, we had candles, we had torches and we had spare batteries. We had a portable stove. We had insect repellent, plastic bags, and some money. Clawdeen checked the car and we had plenty of petrol. We would be comfortable and safe if the cyclone did come.

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When we had finished checking the emergency supplies, everyone was hungry so we had a snack. We had strawberry cheesecake and it was delicious! Clawdeen liked our purple spoons. And do you see the purple hair tie I found for her?

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The bears asked if they could show Clawdeen the remote control helicopters. Here is a photo of Gwyneth and Clawdeen pretending to fly the helicopters.

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Godfrey told Gwyneth and Clawdeen that he had something to show them. They got a big fright when a dinosaur suddenly appeared! Look how big its mouth is!

Our grandson made this dinosaur and Godfrey was a bit naughty to use it to frighten people! Luckily Clawdeen wasn’t REALLY frightened, she could see it was only pretend.

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Soon it was bed time. Clawdeen cleaned her teeth and said goodnight to the bears. She was very tired and fell asleep straight away.

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The cyclone passed over during the night so in the morning Clawdeen and I decided to go for a walk. We saw a lot of leaves and some small branches on the ground. We walked to Victoria Street where we saw this pretty blue mosaic bench. There are many mosaics and sculptures in Victoria Street.

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Clawdeen wanted to see what else she could find. So we walked further along the street and found this old wooden jetty on the footpath! Clawdeen sat on the end and pretended she was fishing. At the next corner Clawdeen saw a sculpture of a mother and baby possum.

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We kept walking until we came to the Pioneer River.

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Clawdeen was amazed when she saw this sculpture beside the river. It’s called Fish Bones and the bones are HUGE!! Clawdeen wondered if there ever was a fish that big.

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Clawdeen thought it would be fun to walk along the River Walk from the Forgan Bridge to Canelands Park.

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Here are some of the things we saw along the River Walk.

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We went past Bluewater Lagoon. The lagoon is a lovely place to swim when it is hot. It’s dangerous to swim at the beach in Mackay in the summer because there are deadly jellyfish in the water. Clawdeen thought it would be nice to live in a unit in the white building next to the lagoon.

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Finally we arrived at Canelands Park. We had walked 1,580 steps from the bridge to get to the park!

Clawdeen explored the park and climbed all the equipment. She thought you would like this park very much.

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Soon it was time for Clawdeen say goodbye to us so she could continue her journey home to Brooklyn. Godfrey and Gwyneth had a wonderful time with Clawdeen and I know they will miss her very much. We were all a bit sad to say goodbye.

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Goodbye Clawdeen!! We loved having you visit us.

Delilah, we hope Clawdeen has a safe journey to the next Photo-A-Day friend and we hope she gets back to Brooklyn soon.

Sending lots of love from Mackay,

Sue Grzazek, Godfrey Bear, and Gwyneth Bear XXX

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