forcing myself to stay up helped. we went to be around 9 i think and didn’t officially crawl out of the bed until around 9 this morning. i won’t tell you the number of trips we each made to the toilet during the night, but i will say kelvin outnumbered me and the bee.
it rained several times during the night, and we think a possum took refuge from the rain in the eave space just above our room; actually, i hear it shuffle now even as i type. something so relaxing about the rain hitting the tin roof; we stayed in bed and listened to the chorus of birds outside. their colors are amazing and their sounds so different from home. the banter of the kookaburras made us laugh like kids.
after we finally got out of bed, we enjoyed a lingering breakfast in the kitchen. kelvin tried a pineapple muffin, cereal (with heated milk) and later a croissant while i stuck to weet bix, fruit, and a few picks of his croissant.
steve and deb took us for a drive through the countryside. we passed macadamia and sugar cane fields, and i saw a kangaroo steve spotted in a cow pasture. we found our way to Tucki Tucki nature reserve in hopes of finding a few koala in the trees. at that we were unsuccessful, but i did get a few pictures of other nature.
we ended up on the Southern Cross Uni campus where there is a koala rescue/rehab center. they have a koala there named Constable who is blind; he was hit by a car and lost an eye and the other is gone from age. he was snuggled in his tree. the volunteer there told us about a mother and joey who live in the trees by their center, and was able to point out the joey high in the tree. as we looked at him, Deb spotted the mother in a lower branch so we spent a good 20 minutes look at her from different angles. she let us know she wasn’t amused by turning her butt to us and letting a long stream of pee flow down out of the tree.
the uni also has an herb garden just a few meters away so we walked down to see the flowers and sniff the herbs before we headed home.