Saturday, 14 April 2007


Beautiful coastal shots - South Victoria to Merimbula

The day commenced with overcast skies and the forecast of low cloud. We decided to make a late start to allow the skies to clear.

The Wickhams telephoned, then visited to show us their morning’s work. They had attempted to return the injured and nearly dead quail chick back to it’s parents and found the remainder of the clutch cold and in the same almost dead state in the aviary. A falcon was on the roof and had scared the parents away from the babies therefore they were suffering in the cold morning air. Jim & Jenny rescued all babies and after the remedial “breath of life” into all chicks and catching the parents they moved them all into a crate with overhead light. Wow these quail were certainly getting the best of care.

Jim and Jenny then took us to their hangar at Tyabb and showed us their collection of aircraft and toys. A Yak 9 painted with the leopard colour scheme, a 7/8 scale Mustang and a Yak 52 with a magnificent eagle paint scheme. Their other “toys” consisted of mini motor bikes that the “boys” rode around the apron.

After lunch we departed Tyabb and headed for the Lakes Entrance coastline.

What can one say about the beaches, bays and inlets. Very pretty – now very polulated areas with Easter holiday makers boating in all directions.

We arrived Merimbula airport at approx 5 pm just as the sun was setting and tied Lady Bird down in the grass at the northern end of the airfield’s parking area. A phone call to the local taxi company brought a helpful (ex chef) who took us to a central motel with many restaurants nearby. He offered suggestions and advise on the next day’s activities and then left us. What a helpful guy. The motel owner was also very helpful and friendly. The whole town was very welcoming.

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