25 – 28 June, 2018

Weather:  Sunny & clear

What & Where We Ate: Onboard – big breakfast before we set off, skipper cooked eggs, bacon, chippolatas, French toast, brewed percolated coffee with honey – yum!

Where We Shopped & What We Bought:  Markets – fresh veges / fruits / organic chicken / free range eggs / honey / truffle olive oil

Who We Met: Waved to the occasional passing boats/ferries

Memorable Things About the Cruise:  We had a bad start on the 25th – the motor didn’t start – we thought it was the battery but finally we found out it was the starter motor.  It was too risky to set out so we decided to stay the night in Spencer.  We had a BBQ for dinner and drank rose on the top deck and watched the sun go over the hill.  It was cold, so we wrapped ourselves in the blue wraps which kept us warm, plus a few nips of Ballantines to take off the chill.  We couldn’t work out the CD player so we played fave hits on our iPhone.  Early bed time, rading and listening to the boat gently tapping the side of the boat.  Goodnight and God Bless Australia – its great to be alive and experience the Hawkesbury River!!

26th Tuesday – setoff for Refuge Bay.  The skipper wanted to go exploring once we moored.  He set off in the tug boat while I made up some lunch – pasta, chick peas, borletti beans and salsa with fresh basil.  He came back after 5 mins later – didn’t do much exploring!!  I tried to help him with the tug boat and accidentally fell in the water, fully dressed!  Luckily, it was warm & sunny!  I didn’t feel like having lunch and instead had a hot shower and went to bed!  Woke up feeling better and all forgiven!  Skipper cooked butter chicken and buriyani rice for dinner.  We sat on the top deck watching the other boats little lights, sipping Ballantines whiskey and hot water.  Almost full moon.

27th Wednesday cloudy, rain a little, a little sn, not so cold.  Tried to get a table at Cottage Point Inn, but because we hadn’t booked we were told that it wsa full.  So we tugged our little dinghy boat around a delightful bay and kiosk.  Had calamari, salad & chips and a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc from Margaret River.  Seems so idyllic, sitting on the verandah, watching the boat workers cleaning the boats, a man and his dog.

Cottage Point Kiosk – General Store where we picked up some sour dough bread and a bottle of Chardonnay from the Hunter Valley NSW.  Slept for an hour once we moored at Bobbin Head – showered, dressed for dinner but nothing is open – 5.30pm!  Had left-overs from last night’s dinner.

Lucky there was food because all the close by cafes/restaurants were shut.  Unless we had a car to drive up to the nearest restaurant, and it started to rain.  So we stayed onboard and played cards.  I beat Skipper at ‘Flat”.  Full moon tonight.

28/6 Had a big breakfast before setting out.  Tried to stop over at Brooklyn to buy some oysters, but there was mud around and too shallow to moor.  So homeward bound.  Had our last lunch on top of the Phoenix – finished off the last drop of Charddy!  Thanks for the great adventure Jane & Brad.  Shall recommend it to our family & friends.  So long and thanks for the fish!

Reminder for next time:  Have lunch at Cottage Point Inn