Crocodile Kebabs

Crocodile kebab anyone?  Am I joking?  Read on and you will see 🙂

Breakfast on our tiny balcony; natural yogurt, banana, papaya and passionfruit.  I don’t really like papaya much I have decided, which is a shame as I have rather a lot to get through!  I dislike the taste and consistency but is is manageable mashed in to yogurt with fruit I do like.breakfast 8-8-13 We discovered this fabulous shop today.  It was expensive but it had so many amazing goodies for sale.  I wish we had a quality shop like this at home.  Maybe I will open one in the future, with a fabulous cafe attached to it.  I would love to do that.

We bought some provisions for lunch (crackers, humous and fruit) and to take home (raw Manuka honey and macadamia nut butter for example) in here.  I could have bought practically the entire shop!organic grocery store Harvey chose this morning’s activity – a visit to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures.  This is not a crocodile you may be thinking.Cassowary 1 You would be correct.  It is a Cassowary.  They are found in the wild in this part of Queensland but this was at Hartley’s which had a good variety of Australian animals, reptiles and birds in addition to the crocodiles.Cassowary Cassowaries are part of the same family as Ostriches, Emus, Rheas and Kiwis.  The latter  surprised us as Kiwis are little and cute but the others are large.  And not really very cute.Cassowary head crown Sorry Mr (or Ms) Cassowary but you is ugly!Cassowary head This is what the little fella wanted to see – crocodiles.  This baby (16 months old) has its mouth taped as despite its small size (that is Harvey’s hand on it) it is strong enough to bite through to the bone and if it chose to try a death roll, it could dislocate your finger.baby croc This is one of the Estuarine crocs, usually referred to as “Salties” or “Saltwater Crocodiles”.  As we learned today, they can also be found in freshwater so it is more accurate to call them “Estuarine Crocodiles”.  My blog is so educational 🙂crocs 5 We went on the boat ride which was compared by a Fair Dinkum Aussie who was very entertaining, in a stereotypically Aussie male way.  Amusing in small doses and all part of the Hartley’s experience.croc in water He dangled some meat over the side of the boat to encourage the crocs to jump up.croc and meat Did you know they can jump right out of the water?  I did but it still made me jump, hence the fuzzy image.  So apologies for poor picture quality but it was the best one I had.croc jumping These big beasts terrify me.crocs 3Hartley’s has a zoo where they conserve (they have taken in several large crocs from the wild which were being a nuisance) the crocs and educate the masses.crocs 2 They also have a farm where they breed crocs for their skin and meat.crocs 1 So all the crocs in these photo are safe but their cousins next door in the farm are not. It may seem contradictory to have a conservation project next to a farm.  As Mr Fair Dinkum explained, when humans put a dollar value on an animal, its conservation is guaranteed.  As long as we want to buy crocodile products, they will be bred and thus prevented from extinction. So that’s one justification for farming animals.croc eye We had a light snack before leaving Hartley’s.  One bowl of chips shared between 4.Bowl of chips With 2 portions of crocodile kebabs to share.  This is one portion so we each had one kebab.Croc kebab 1 I shared mine with Harvey so I got most of the salad too.  Crocodile is the same colour as chicken but has more of the consistency of pork.  It was quite a mild and pleasant flavour. I don’t think I would eat it again but I enjoyed sampling it today.Croc kebab 2 Lara chose this afternoon’s activity – a trip to a beach.  We went to Yorky’s Knob which is just outside Cairns, to the north.

I love this beach report you can read as you walk on to the beach.  It gives you information about the temperature of the air (27 °C), the sea (22 ° C), wind direction, tide times, beach rules and when the beach is patrolled.Beach report 8-8-13 The Australian lifeguard service is a fantastic service.  I assume it is all paid for in taxes in some way but for us visitors, we get the benefit of a lifeguard on a beach we have not paid for and there was no car parking charge either.

This beach has the additional benefit of a net which is quite controversial.  The nets do not guarantee to stop all sharks and in fact many have been trapped on the beach side of the net.  They also trap other marine life such as whales, dugongs, dolphins and turtles.  However, the number of shark attacks has been reduced since the nets were introduced so I felt slightly happier knowing there was a net out there.

Lifeguard surf board Will it be a bit crowded for us?Yorkey's Knob I think we will just manage to squeeze in here.At Yorkey's Knob You have to have an Esky in Australia, it is practically a law.  We picked this one up quite cheaply in a K-Mart and now use it to transport food and chilled drinks around during the day.Esky in sand A very simple lunch today of crispbread with humous and taramasalata followed by an apple actually, rather then this mandarin.Lunch 8-8-13 By about 4 pm the beach was quite deserted – was it something I said?

I was worried about a shark attack ( I wish I had never seen ‘Jaws’) so I spent most of the time we were here in the water with Harvey.  I think I spent about 2 hours in the sea.  It was beautiful – quite warm and rough enough to be interesting but not so rough it was frightening.  The only thing beneath my toes was soft sand.  No pebbles or shells or anything other than lovely sand.  Bobbing about in the sea, beneath a bright blue sky surrounded by beautiful scenery was a great pleasure.  I do love being on a beach.Beach at 4-30pm Yesterday I noticed a large open air swimming pool near our hotel and popped in to find out opening times etc.  I was determined to go.  I have been intending to go swimming for a few weeks now as I used to love it and go regularly.  I do not think I have been for many years.  I can not even remember when I last went lane swimming.

So despite my 2 hours in the sea, I arrived, paid my money, bought some new goggles and went inside the Tobruk Memorial Pool.  It is all rather dated but I found it very charming and thoroughly enjoyed visiting.

The changing rooms were rather spartan.  They are open air too.Changing rooms It was just like the pool in ‘Neighbours’.  Lane swimming with a coach barking orders at the trainees and writing times up on a board,Diving platforms I took these when I had finished so it looks a little dreary but only because the sun was setting.  It was really pleasant swimming with the sun above.

This 50 m pool is unheated so it is quite cool but perfect for serious swimmers.  And it was OK for wannabe swimmers too.  I managed 20 lengths which I was delighted about.  I am sure I will feel it in the morning but for now I am pleased with my efforts.large pool Cairns Next to the 50 m pool is this 25 m pool which is heated to 31 °C !  It was lovely and if I have time, I will come here again tomorrow and bring Harvey.  There is also a paddling pool and a huge lawned area with BBQs.  How I wish we had a facility like this at home.

Next to the pool is a large tennis centre which had at least 6 courts, a hockey and rugby stadium.  The Australian’s provision of sporting facilities seriously puts ours to shame.
small pool Cairns Back at the ranch we had supper in.  We are moving on tomorrow so I wanted to use up some of our food.  We had some of these lovely eggs left over.Mungalli Creek eggs I made ham and cheese omelettes with a salad (lettuce, cucumber, tomato and red pepper).Ham and cheese omelette

I felt hungry while I wrote this post and had a slice of toast with peanut butter, an Oreo Cookie, 5 Jaffa chocolates and a can of VB.  Apart from that snacking, which I think I deserved actually after all that swimming, I ate very lightly and healthily today.  So I feel pleased with todays eating and exercising efforts.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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One Response to Crocodile Kebabs

  1. laura1952 says:

    You did AWESOME today. Happy Travels for tomorrow and congratulations for today. Thank you again for the amazing photography. That croc pic might have been fuzzy, but it scared the bejeezus out of me! I saw them in Jamaica on our way to YS Falls. They didn’t do a thing for me. The birds are amazing and the sand felt like heaven reading that. 🙂

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