Hey there Delilah,
I just have to let you know that your beautiful friend Clawdeen stayed with us while she was in Brisbane. Colin and I were going to Double Island Point to camp near the beach when Clawdeen arrived and she was quick to get herself ready to come with us.
On the way there, we stopped at the Ettamogah Pub to show Clawdeen the funny building with a truck on its roof. While Colin was fueling up we had a look through the shop that had all sorts of gifts for tourists. Clawdeen spotted a long colourful piece of wood and wanted to know what it was. It was a digeridoo. I told Clawdeen that you blow in the top of it to make music. Clawdeen sat at the table and tried really hard to make some sounds come out the other end but her arms got too tired trying to hold it up to her mouth.
We arrived at the Noosa River and drove onto the barge/ferry so we could get to the beach on the other side.
Clawdeen was getting excited about going to the beach so she took off her shoes so she had bare feet like us. We stopped just before driving onto the beach and Clawdeen wanted to know why. I told her that we were going to let some air out of the tyres so it was easier to drive on the sand. Clawdeen got out and helped let air out of one of the tyres. She also ended up smudging some dirt on her forehead when she tried to keep her hair out of her eyes.
Driving along the beach we spotted some bumps in the sand. These bumps tell us there are pippis underneath. We use pippis for bait to catch fish. Colin and I had to show Clawdeen how to dig up pippis. Sometimes you can twist your feet in the sand to bring the pippi to the top or you can dig them out with your fingers.
Clawdeen tried the twist and found a pippi, she was so excited that we had to take her picture so she could show you, Delilah.
Clawdeen helped us choose a nice shady campsite and held the pegs in place so Colin could hammer them into the sand.
Clawdeen liked that she would be sleeping in a tent.
After the tent was finished, we went to watch the sun setting for the night. Clawdeen sat on the side of the Ute listening to the waves crashing on the beach before we climbed up a hill and sat on some rocks to watch and what a beautiful sun set it was.
We headed back to camp for dinner and bed.
The next morning we set up the picnic blanket and covered ourselves in sunscreen. Clawdeen held the hook for Colin while he was getting the fishing rod ready. Unfortunately, he didn’t catch anything we could keep.
The wind had picked up and Clawdeens hair kept blowing in her eyes.
We drove to the other side of the island and found lots of balls of sand. Clawdeen hadn’t seen anything like this before. So Colin told her that Sand Bubbler Crabs, when they are eating, push the sand out of their way and it turns into balls. This helps them know where they have already been.
It also makes beautiful sand art for us to enjoy. I thought this one looked like a fairy wand.
She also found this shell on the beach and put it up to her ear to hear the sea.
Before we headed home, Clawdeen stood beside the Ute and wanted her photo taken with the beach stretching out behind her with all the tyre tracks on the sand.
Back home, Clawdeen slept in our spare room., She told me it was the highest bed she had ever seen. I think she was a bit scared so she snuggled in beside my new Golly that my aunt had sent me from New Zealand.
In the morning, she tried some Marmite, my favourite spread on hot buttered toast! I don’t think Clawdeen liked it very much, but she wanted to show you what the jar looks like. It was a perfect size for Clawdeen to hold.
After breakfast we took our dog Dixie to the beach. Clawdeen enjoyed throwing the ball for her.
Clawdeen and I drove into South Bank to go on The Wheel of Brisbane. It is like a big Ferris wheel and the views of the city are just beautiful as it sits beside the river. Clawdeen held our ticket.
Then she decided to sit on my shoulder to have our photos taken. Clawdeen thought you, Jackson and your parents would really like the view from the wheel.
Before we left South Bank, we saw a Ute that had been made with sand. Clawdeen wanted to have her photo taken with it so you could see it.
We had such a great time sharing our holiday with Clawdeen, I know she can’t wait to be back with you Delilah and tell you all about her travels while she has been away. Clawdeen has asked that I add this last picture of her as she is sending you butterfly kisses.
Sending lots of love to you all from Kim Davidson, Colin and Dixie