I am finally someplace where I can post the last couple of days. It was really cold night before last. It took a long time for me to finally get warm enough under the covers, but the air going into my CPAP machine was constantly chilling my face. I sure missed the electric mattress covers we had the last couple of nights. I finally figured out that putting my whole head under the covers would work. The first thing I did in the morning was to take a hot shower.
Trevor, one of the owners of Watermark Kilns, took us to see how he farms Marrons.
Jeanette, the other owner, is going to cook Marrons for our dinner tonight.
I learned that the reason this place is called Watermark Kilns is because it used to be a tobacco farm and the house where we are staying was used as a kiln to dry the tobacco. It is now a Heritage Site.
We drove into Northcliffe and stopped off at the visitor center. We met Leslie Harrison who has been taking care of joeys who have been found in the wild alone. Sometimes it is because the mother kangaroo has been killed. She has been doing this for about 32 years and has raised over 250 Joeys.
It was really so much fun watching the Joeys play with each other.
The best part was being able to hold them.
Here is a photo of Leslie, Jan, and me.
Leslie is known as “Kangaroo Lady.” She feeds these joeys every 4 hours / 24 hours a day. That is a lot of feedings over 32 years.
We had such an absolutely wonderful time.
We drove to Pemberton and Lyn purchased her print.
Then we went to see the Glouster Tree, which is a giant Karri Tree in the Glouster National Park. It is 72 meters in height. It is the world’s second tallest fire-lookout tree and visitors can climb up to the top. Only 20 percent of the visitors climb to the top of the tree and most make it only part of the way before turning around.
I had to try to climb it. I made it up to about less than 1/3 of the way…
…. and thought it would take too long. So I came back down. Rose took this photo of me from the bottom.
Lyn, Rose, Jan, and I started to take a walk in the bush. I said that I wished I had climbed to top and Jan encouraged me to go back and do it. I knew I would kick myself if I didn’t go to the top. So they went on their walk and I went back to the tree.
There were people at the bottom of the encouraged me to go for it. It was exhilarating. I made it. The views from the top were spectacular. There was a father and son from Malaysia up there with me.