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Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8 – Shark Bait


I am 10 years old and we’ve been on the road for days now, our destination?

Keswick Island an uninhabited island located in the Whitsundays, 32 kilometres off Mackay on the Queensland coast of Australia…

We’ve just arrived in Mackay, purchased all our food supplies for 2 weeks and the weather is balmy, just what you’d expect in this tropical climate.

About midday we head over to the marina, to meet ‘our ride’ and say g’day to the captain of the boat we’d hired to take us to the hut on Keswick

We got the old ‘shuffle you over there into a corner, coz no-one seems to know what you’re doing here anyway’ kind of treatment……a somewhat disconcerting welcome after all that travel to get here and not quite the reception we’d expected….

Then from deep within the steamy garage where grimy workmen were hangin’ about working on a large fibreglass speedboat with the words BIG HAT emblazoned thereon, a very large and stressed Dutchman with a thick accent, wearing an even more unusual hat, emerged from the dark hanger to greet us! This was when I started to get butterflies in my tummy 

We waited hours and hours on the dock, seemed there was trouble with the boat and our welcoming committee was a bit oblivious to the fact that we were all ready to go and that we’d been scheduled to leave around midday for the long trip over… of course, you don’t want to be belting through the water in the dark…..? and Keswick was a long way away by boat.

By the time the Dutch Man seemed satisfied the boat was ok and seaworthy, we were getting a bit jittery, it was late in the afternoon……and you could feel the tension and the fear growing (in our little family unit)….we thought for sure, we’d have to spend one more night in the motel, and head off for Keswick the next day..

But no, it was decided for us by the ‘Flying Dutchman’ that we were heading out on the boat right now, into the deep blue sea NOW, just on dusk, just as the sun began to sink, so did our hearts….panic!!!!!

Stay tuned……for tomorrow’s episode 2……
With the intrepid travellers……

Flight of Fancy

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  • Lam Tran
    Lam Tranover 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing my friend, great story, staying tune!

  • thank you Lam, more tomorrow :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Keith Russell
    Keith Russellover 6 years ago

    Love the steamy garage and the emotional highs and lows – the details are the glue of memory – great!

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorover 6 years ago

    thanks so much keith :)
    i really appreciate your opinion

  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehover 6 years ago

    Oooh suspenseful! To be experiencing this at the age of 10… I guess many have that kind of life experience, but believe it or not, I never moved until I began university; which was also my first time away from parents.

  • lol, thanx Mui-Ling…it was an eye-opener…altho with one’s family, still had the feeling i was dealing with it all on my own and had to ‘hold my own’ in the situation :) a growing up time for me…. i moved a lot early on, but it was very unsettling….i think it would be nice to have stayed in one place for longer, especially in the very early years :) xo

    – © Karin Taylor

  • samedog
    samedogover 6 years ago

    Looking forward to the coming instalments Karin. Same Kaz Channel?

  • thanx samedog (rory) :)
    Same Kaz Time !
    Same Kaz Channel !

    – © Karin Taylor

  • kazcook1972
    kazcook1972over 6 years ago

    So interesting and descriptive… looking forward to the other instalments! x

  • thank you Karen, i don’t know why i’m doing this, it was an impulsive thought, and now i feel weak at the knees….oh well, you’re all friends and if i stuff it up, never mind :) xo

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Cate Townsend
    Cate Townsendover 6 years ago

    I want more, more, now….. lol guess I’ll just have to wait, but I don’t want to.

  • hehe, thanx Cate, you are a great encouragement!!
    no, you have to wait til tomorrow :)
    i hope by then i can figure out
    how to relay what happened next !!

    – © Karin Taylor

  • kazcook1972
    kazcook1972over 6 years ago

    My goodness… how could you stuff it up! I love reading about childhood memories :o)

  • it’s sort of hard to remember…but i’m getting there!

    – © Karin Taylor

  • gypsycaster
    gypsycasterover 6 years ago

    Really good details and quite suspensful! Man, I hope you guys made it!
    I envy you your wonderful memory!

  • it’s only coming back as i begin to write it tho…that’s why i feel a bit wobbly with it…it’s a long time ago (over 30 years omig)…. glad you enjoyed it :)
    Have just finished writing and posting Chapter 2….. :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • pinkyjain
    pinkyjainover 6 years ago

    Wow, i bet that was a bit scary for everyone. You’re memory is fantastic for 30 years in the past, wow. my memories from my childhood are just bits & pieces. Can’t wait for more, loving this very much

  • same here, as far as memories go….but it’s more about how I felt going through it, the feelings seem to be more easily conjured and then the memories flow….. but this whole adventure was probably pivotal to my life and the discoveries I made and decisions about what it is that constitutes happiness… simplicity…just having enough to eat and living off the land a little, can make one very happy, without all the mod cons of civilisation….. :) one doesn’t necessarily need very much to be happy, and in fact, the less you have, the more content you can be in my opinion :)

    – © Karin Taylor

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