CRIKEY! We are halfway through November already and very soon the big fat fella will be swinging past to drop off some Christmas presents.
Firstly, a happy birthday to my big sister Patrice Lio and Prince Charles plus all who were born on this day.
Secondly, can I say what a wicked week of fishing has been had with excellent conditions in the morning for a quick squirt around the island and harbour.
Plus those lucky enough to be on days off have scooted out to the reef while the seas were reasonably flat, and the easterlies have been below 10 knots practically all week.
Unfortunately they pop up again tomorrow late afternoon (at the time of writing this) and will swing around to the north increasing to 15+ knots.
The one consolation is that the sea shouldn't come up too much.
Those usual anchorages which we use in a south easterly will need to be rethought.
In times like these the new comers to the region really should attend one of the courses which VMR Gladstone put on.
Last week was rather sad for me, with the passing of local car dealer, family man and friend to hundreds of people John Anderson.
Without going into too much detail, John and his brother Col owned Andersons Auto City, and they used to travel to work together every day.
And it's quite ironic that today, John's two lads, Brad and Les, now run the show, and they too travel to work together each day.
Living on the banks of the Boyne River, and being heavily involved in the sailing fraternity, fire brigade board, the women's hospital auxiliary, and Rotary, to name a few and in later years loved cruising plus building his beach house for his family at Wild Cattle Island.
He loved salmon, and whiting fishing, plus crabbing down at Colosseum, also playing such a big role in the community.
This chap had such an impact on the community, never looking for the limelight, but just getting on with the job.
Last Saturday the region played host to the film crew from Queensland Weekender and yours truly had a role skiting about Boyne Island and Tannum Sands. It will air next year.
Darren Brown and his crew will throw open their doors creating a boat show at Curtis Coast Marine on Saturday, November 29 from 9am through til 3pm.