Cairns Zoo

Today we went to the Cairns Zoo. Like Sydney and unlike America, they have more of an open-cage policy allowing visitors to walk amongst the animals. In the aviary, the kids got to pet the kookaburras. The cassowaries are dangerous enough to necessitate a barrier.       The kangaroo pen is wide open. A…

Mall Shopping

We are on holiday in Australia. That’s what they say here–not vacation. Yesterday we spent most of the day at the mall, which was an incredible experience after eighteen months in PNG. Here are just a few pics from it. They have shopping carts for the whole mall–a pretty great idea which almost makes up…

Thankful

Today I returned to the pines where we milled the lumber for our house. Most of the logs and branches we left on the ground have been claimed for firewood or smaller building projects. Our four-foot wood chip pile has been reduced to a few inches to fill chicken coops. The stumps have been burned,…

Bamboo

Now that I’ve “finished” our house, I’m looking for opportunities to build others while I have momentum. Today Daniel and I hiked up a mountain to retrieve bamboo for his house, which took all my momentum. We didn’t go the whole way up because Daniel had drug the bamboo part of the way down on a…

Monday Market

On Mondays what we locals refer to as “The Station” transforms from a scene resembling a western movie ghost-town into hubbub of commotion that resembles a western’s non-ghost-town. There is lots of activity, many folk arriving from out of town and the occasional street brawl.