Feb 18 2012
Hello from Coquette Point,
Many years ago, around 1976, I decided to complete an inventory of the mangrove species along the foreshore of Coquette Point. One day struggling through the mangroves with my little notebook I tripped over a piece of steel. When I examined it to my amazement I found it was the fluke of a large anchor. Only the discovery of an anchor would persuade my husband Bill to enter the mangroves and he soon confirmed my theory.
Before the tide covered the anchor we dug most of it out and were excited to see that it was a complete anchor. The next day we put a chain on it and with the aid of a bulldozer we dragged it out of the mangroves and up onto the lawn.
On Friday my old Labor mates Les and Rae Scheu came out to the nursery for a chat and a cup of tea. We were talking about the boats that had gone aground in the shallows of Glady’s inlet and Les mentioned that in July 1939 the sugar lighter MV ‘Katoora’ went up on the rocks off the beach in front of the house.
I went almost a week without seeing a cassowary. Wow! It is good news as it means they are now keeping to the rainforest and away from dangers; roads, cars and humans.
One wonderful thing about living at Coquette Point is the people here. My neighbour John and Dee Wilson are always there to help. This week John shifted a shelf from the front of the nursery to the back with one lift of his tractor and a lot of strategic manoeuvrings. Thank you Willo.
Cheers for now,