So the storms have started, and
first cyclone is here - two months earlier than we have
in the recent years!
I've also been busy updating
Pocket Guide and creating
Gift Cards, as well as been on my annual field trips as
during the Spring months of the year.
In This Issue:
• Storms and Early Cyclone
• The Trips of This Year
• Updates on Website and Inbox
• Christmas Gift Cards Available
• Free Pocket Guide Updated
• Feedback Always Welcome
AND EARLY CYCLONE
So, last year we had a very dry
December and when the rains started on 6. January they
monsoonal rains and they stayed for the rest of the Wet Season.
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This year, the big rains started
December and they were storms, some very heavy ones, and
have also stayed around. While it is very normal time for
storm season - it did start raining one month earlier than last
What's less normal is the
way too early when you compare to the last ten-or-so years.
recent years' cyclones have usually started in late January or
February - two months later than Cyclone Owen first started.
TRIPS OF THIS YEAR
If you have been subscribed to these newsletters for a year or
that each year in roughly
November I am out in the field
doing research for updates for the following year's Destination Guide,
and also to improve and add new places each
While last year I was mostly in southern and
western Cape, this year was
re-visit a lot of northern tracks. There were not so many
that I haven't been to in the northern Cape, so what could I do
additions I thought?
Torres Strait is included in the Guide but the northernmost I had
was Hammond Island. So the decision was made, that this
would spend four weeks
discovering 12 outer Torres Strait Islands, and put
too into the Destination Guide in first hand
everything else is. And what a trip it was :-)
Badu is the most
after Thursday Island, and it
very friendly one :-)
Moa Island next to it, has two
communities - the south western Kubin, and the
Pauls (where I got to stay in a family :-).
Further north are Saibai and Boigu
- you can see the Papua New Guinea coast only kilometres away.
Saibai is the island of the
first started Bamaga and Seisia - the two Torres Strait
communities on the mainland.
Furthest east, are the
islands Erub and Mer.
On both I got very well looked after
- taken around and staying in a family.
In the centre are the small islands that have
From north to south they are Masig,
Yam, Poruma and Warraber, and all but Yam are coral cays (meaning the whole
island is surrounded by a beach that you can walk around).
All are beautiful and make you
What more can you say when
even come to you in the street - and want to be on the photo :-)
All the islands (as well
year's tracks) will be
with first hand information in
the Destination Guide 2019 (which comes out in early
January), with all the detail about what there is
how you can
ON THE WEBSITE AND THE INBOX
With the work on the
and the northern Cape, I
as far as I would have liked to be with the website upgrade.
During the coming months, as soon as the updated Destination Guide
out, I will continue
with upgrading the photos with better
ones, updating website information and finally giving it a little
more modern look. Meanwhile - of course the website is
secure and functional :-)
There has only been one thing
up, and it's the inbox. If you try to reply to my email
(including this, newsletter one), and you get the incorrect
that my inbox is full - please go to the contact form (link in the end of this page),
and that submission comes through (in fact it comes to the same
which is not full at all!). There is obviously a fault and I am
confident that I will get it fixed before January.
ON THE DESTINATION GUIDE
Guide is getting
the updates now and is coming out as soon as I can but likely not
before the first week of January 2019 (because it's the
busiest time for me, I ask for your patience please with email
thank you for your understanding).
To be fair to myself as I have not put the price up in all these
the new price will be $29
because some people have told me about the new price of the
Guide - the answer is that my price is not related to it. My
price does not mean
that my guides offer less or are not as good (I run it locally
constant first hand research) - it's just that we have made
The 2018 version will still be $27 until the new guide is out,
what - you can now buy it
present for Christmas :-)
GUIDE CHRISTMAS GIFT CARDS
Yes - because I have had many people asking over the years - I
have now made it easy to buy the
The process is explained on the sales page of the Destination Guide, please read
follow the steps
All purchases include the
guide and so do the Christmas
presents (for the present
there is a choice of redeeming their present once the 2019
out, or redeeming it now and upgrading for free once the 2019
is out in early January).
POCKET GUIDE UPDATED
And last but not least - the Free
Pocket Guide has been updated :-)
If you don't have one yet, now
good time to get it, and you can do it by subscribing to
newsletter on any page of this website.
If you already have one I am
I cannot replace it with the latest
version like I do with the paid
Guide, but what you can do is
subscribe again with a different
address (it could also be another member of your family), and
I really appreciate any kind of feedback
on the Destination Guide.
Please let me know if you enjoyed it
planning before the trip,
while using the information once
If you get any
anything, please feel welcome to contact me.
That's all for this time - happy planning, and happy travels to
on the road!!
Have a great day :-)
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