Page 153: Still in Emu Park
  Becoming confused?  

The little town is called Emu Park. Within the town there's a park called Bell Park. Part of Bell Park is taken up by the Bell Park Caravan Park but functions regularly take place in that part of Bell Park that is not the caravan park. Thus references to Bell Park do not necessarily apply to the caravan park, but then again, they might.

I'm glad that's clear.

  The first view of pretty little Emu Park if you approach from Rockhampton. The Singing Ship's white 'sail' is visible
against the sky in the middle of the picture. Straight ahead is the Coral Sea and an offshore island.

Many apologies, faithful reader, for deserting you over the past weeks (September/October 2011). My good friend, Jim Waterman, who is the manager of the caravan park, suggested I construct a web site for the park. At first I thought, OMG, I can't do it. You see, this site was set up for me by a lovely lady in Perth called Kat Black. All I did was add to it. Starting from scratch was another matter altogether. However, I eventually decided to give it a shot and after many stumbles along the way it is now up and running at Jim's been away in China for a few weeks so doubtless there'll be some additions and alterations when he returns in a few days.

  Yeppoon's Pinefest  

Yeppoon is 20 kilometres north of Emu Park and much larger, though still small as towns go. Every year the town holds a "Pinefest" in October. 'Pine' is a diminutive of pineapple in these parts and 'fest' of festival. Thus a Pinefest is a pineapple festival reduced from six to two syllables in true Aussie style.

We attended this year's Pinefest with Phil and Cath, our neighbours in the caravan park and good fun to be with. It commenced with a street parade in which pineapples featured prominently. They were being given away by the hundred to people in the crowd, the size of which can be seen from the picures that follow.

  The turnout was impressive and the weather perfect.  

It was a very well organised and exciting parade with thousands of watchers in festive mood. The most amazing stunt I saw in the parade was performed by a group of five girls. Since one picture speaks a thousand words I'll show you two.

  Four girls formed a cradle with their arms and the fifth girl stood on the cradle.
They seemed to do a practice bounce then . . .
  . . . Whoosh! They sent her soaring skyward, catching her as she descended.
'Relax' says the blue banner. Would you? Could you?

For the record, this picture would be easy to 'fudge' but you have my word, it is just as the camera caught it. These are very talented girls and the 'flyer' extremely trusting. There was no safety net and that bitumen would be very unyielding. A spectacular performance, girls, but please take care.

Here is a montage of more pictures from the parade . . .

  And the sun shone and everybody had a wonderful time.  
  The parade over and the temperature rising, the four of us - and thousands of others - headed for the nearby beach where bands were playing and a sand sculpture competition had been organised. Better still there was a refreshing breeze blowing in off the Coral Sea.  
  Now here's something I've never seen before; strings of kites forming high arches over the sand.  
  And, yes guys, the scenery was very pleasant! As was the whole day.