A Very Merry Unbirthday To Me!

I’m starting to find my feet now I have arrived back in Australia, and it certainly feels like I have come home.  I miss my family and friends in the UK so very much, but I am now close to one of my children, Francesca, who lives in Cairns, just a mere 330km- well, close by Australian standards!

Taking advantage of this, and the fact I’m not yet in gainful employment, I caught a greyhound to Cairns to spend a few days with her.  So lovely to hang out with my baby girl, do a bit of shopping for girlie things for the forthcoming Melbourne Cup day (The race that stops a nation apparently!) and chat to our hearts content.  Our first evening we took a sunset cruise up the river complete with bubbles!

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Francesca  had a few things up her sleeve for us…..

I had a “big birthday” this year,

My clever daughter had this made - depicting the many aspects of my life!

My clever daughter had this made – depicting the many aspects of my life!

but was unable to celebrate it with my family as I have been on a boat for several months, so, just like The Queen, I had 2 dates for my birthday! She had been collaborating with her siblings and their respective partners about a treat for me, and what a treat I had.

We were checked into luxury accommodation for 2 nights, in an apartment directly overlooking the harbour, this made me feel like a Queen! The first night, I just didn’t want to go out, I decided to cook for us overlooking the lights of the harbour whilst sipping a G&T in style!

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The next morning, Francesca had booked for us onto a boat

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for a day of R&R at the Great Barrier Reef.

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Francesca feeling very relaxed!

Francesca feeling very relaxed!

A spot of scuba diving

Look how beautifully clear and blue the water is.

Look how beautifully clear and blue the water is.

An "OK" Day!

An “OK” Day!

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FInding Nemo!

FInding Nemo!

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and of course, following that, a nice cold beer

Cheers!

Cheers!

There is a helipad near Hastings Reef, and we had been watching the tourists take their 7 minute scenic flights,

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no sooner were they in the air that they seemed to be landing once more.

My special treat was still to come!  We were far too posh to travel back into Cairns on a boat, we had our own helicopter to escort us back to shore!

Meet Casey - our friendly pilot!

Meet Casey – our friendly pilot!

Casey helps her with the lifejacket as she informs him she has her own set of "buoyancy aids"

Casey helps her with the lifejacket as she informs him she has her own set of “buoyancy aids”

and being a sensible pilot - he checks them out!

and being a sensible pilot – he checks them out!

Safely settled into the helicopter….I get front seat!

Yay! My first time in a helicopter!

Yay! My first time in a helicopter!

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We had the whole chopper to ourselves and less time pressure and a journey over several reefs back to the airport.

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I felt very much at home in the helicopter!

I felt very much at home in the helicopter!

Cairns!

Cairns!

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Our journey plotted on my navionics

Our journey plotted on my navionics

Back on land at the airport

Back on land at the airport

Next came a pampering, with a “Shellac” pedicure,

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before returning to my luxury apartment to chill with a G&T, chatting with Francesca, then time to relax in a lovely bath, get dressed up

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and head out for a scrumptious meal – a seafood platter.

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So lovely to spend such moments with my gorgeous daughter.  An absolutely perfect day, could only be made better by having my other babes with us!

Many thanks to Francesca, her fiance Mikey, Natasha and her boyfriend Will and my son Callum for clubbing together and treating their mum like a Queen for a day.  I loved every moment of it, almost as much as I love them all!

As for the title of this blog….a song I would sing with my children many years ago!

About Jill Beckett

I hope you enjoy reading this blog, it is written purely for entertainment value! Its just a way of keeping a journal for myself as well as staying in touch with family and friends around the world. I try to "live life to the full", "think out of the box" and any other cliches for making the best of it that you can think of! I started writing this blog in 2011 when I gave up my job in the UK as a midwife ("The Baby Catcher"!) and began circumnavigating Britain in a 45ft yacht and trained as a skipper prior to going to Australia to live for a year. I then returned to the UK for 17 months where my feet became itchy once more and I moved to Bali to take my scuba diving to a professional level ("Jilly Fish") and trained as a Dive Master, then a Dive Instructor. I then sailed from Malaysia, through Indonesia diving along the way eventually making it to Townsville, Queensland, in October 2014, a 4000+mile trip, on a 50ft Catamaran! Following this I spent a wonderful year living in Australia, working on a casual basis as a baby catcher (midwife), and as "Jillyfish (dive Instructor) on the Great Barrier Reef as well as sailing as much as I can on a beautiful 44.7 Beneteau called Shazam. My newest chapter finds me back in the UK, living on the South West Coast in gorgeous Devon! Drop me a message, I would love to hear from you and what you think of my blog! Mwah x
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5 Responses to A Very Merry Unbirthday To Me!

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  2. Sandra says:

    Only just read this post Jill – wonderful! What a special mum you are to have shown your children by role-modelling, that life can be such an incredible adventure. I love seeing your zest for life – lucky, lucky people to have you sharing their days.
    Arohanui
    xx

  3. Andrea Stuart says:

    Wow!!! What a fantastic day! Your amazing children must have a pretty amazing mummy!!! 😉 xxx

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