Forgan Cove

Forgan Cove

Forgan Cove
Liz and I took the kids for a walk around Forgan Cove today.

It’s a short, easy 4.5km walk through some peaceful bushland that borders Lake Samsonvale.

We thought we’d take the opportunity to add to the photo log of Carla, a Toy Voyager that we’re hosting at the moment.

Toy Voyagers are fun because they challenge you to have a more child-like view of the world, and to look for events and pictures that would be appropriate for a toy on a voyage. I like them because they help me appreciate the place in which I live.

Forgan CoveForgan Cove

Carla the Toy Voyager

Carla the Toy Voyager

We received a Toy Voyager in the mail recently. Carla is a cute little black bird all the way from cold Siberia. She’ll be staying with us for a few months and going on some adventures with us.

I introduced Carla to Lilly this afternoon, and the two of them instantly became friends.

Lilly showed Carla around our slightly overgrown but very green sub-tropical garden, and Carla obliged by perching on Lilly’s head.

If you feel like indulging your inner child, why not host a toy voyager for a few months? It will change the way you look at the world.

Sheldon - a little guy on a big adventure

Sheldon – a little guy on a big adventure

Sheldon’s a toy voyager that we’ve been taking with us on our travels. He has his own travel diary with lots of photos and stories of where he’s been.

When he’s had enough of us, he’ll hop into a padded post bag and fly to some other family in another part of the world, and continue his quest.

You can follow his story here:

So far he’s travelled over 7,000 km, been on two cruises, explored the North Island of NZ and met lots of people.

Not bad for a small bird, hey?

Anchors Away!

Anchors Away!


Hi Everyone!

My name is Sheldon and I’m a Toy Voyager.

My mum sent me out into the big wide world on an adventure. Part of my mission is to learn something from wherever I visit. I’ve also been told to go to New Zealand and see a Kiwi, then to go on a few cruises. (A few??? That means more than one, doesn’t it?)

Mum sent me to the right place because the people I’m living with now are crazy about cruising! Do you think that perhaps they’re crazy enough to go on more than one cruise?

In a couple of days I’m going on a flight to Auckland New Zealand. And then I’ll be hopping on a huge ship which will bring us back home, hopefully without me getting wet.

Here’s a picture of me checking out my travel documents. I know I look calm, but inside I’m wondering what I’ve got myself in to!

Being a voyager can be scarey at times!

Watch this space and you might catch me in some of the family photos pop up here from time to time.

Skippy at Shorncliffe

Skippy at Shorncliffe

We took Skippy to Shorncliffe today. Here’s his story.

We had a great day at the beach today.

We walked along the shore for ages. Bella is such a flirt. She had to say hello to every dog we passed. I was too shy, and hid in Liz’s handbag.

When we got to where we wanted to sit, Bella and Lilly just wanted to dig holes in the sand. So Harrison and I went out on the end of an old pier and watched the sun go down.

I couldn’t think of a more relaxing way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Skippy Goes Geocaching

Skippy Goes Geocaching
Skippy wanted to write some more about today’s Geocaching hunt.

Being the obliging host, how could I refuse! Tell us all about it, Skippy!

We went Birdwatching and Geocaching today!

Well, Neilius calls our first visit “Birdwatching”, but I know the real story. No one could find the Geocache. They all crawled around on their hands and knees in the bushes for half an hour while I watched the birds and Bella (smart little doggie that
she is) took some photos of me.

In the end, Liz told Neil that he had to go, so rather than call it a “failed Geocache hunt” he called it “Birdwatching”. Even though I was the only one looking at the lovely birds. And there are heaps of them on this wonderful suburban lake at Northlakes.

The next stop was at Clontarf – a small suburb of Redcliffe.

Neilius and his family must be mad! They were counting bolts on drink fountains and park signs, and recording numbers on lamp posts. They plugged all the numbers into a GPS, and BANG!!! out popped some co-ordinates where we found a small container full of goodies in the middle of the bush.

This family I am staying with is a little bit strange. But Bella tells me that despite that, they are a lot of fun and that I will eventually grow to love them.

Our new guest

Our new guest
We have a new guest in our household for the next few weeks. I’m very pleased to introduce you to “Skippy Kangaroo” who is a Toy Voyager.

Skippy plans to travel the world, meet someone famous, see lots of different animals, and climb a palm tree. Quite a lot of ambitions for such a small toy!

Rather than tell you about Skippy, I thought would let our intrepid explorer talk to you directly. Over to you, Skippy!

Hello Everone!

I arrived in Queensland today and will be spending a few weeks with my new hosts.

As soon as I escaped from the padded postbag, I wanted to explore this strange new place, so I bounced up stairs to the deck and watched the last rays of the sunset with Harrison.

There’s another furry creature here, Bella. She’s a maltese shih-tzu cross doggie, who tells me she’s very glad I am here. Apparently, Bella was getting tired of being the smallest animal in the house, and told me that it’s my turn to get picked up and hugged by Lilly all the time.

“I try to look pleased when Lilly picks me up all the time”, Bella confided to me, “but sometimes I find myself muttering ‘Oh no, not again!'”.

I heard some possums chattering outside last night while everyone else was asleep. Bella tells me the local possums are very naughty, and have a party every night outside her room. She yips at them but they just call her names and laugh at her.

Today, we’re all going geocaching. I promise I’ll show you some photos when we get back. Neilius tells me he’s going to try to introduce me to a travel bug, so that we can talk about our adventures.

I’m so glad Sara (my owner) rescued me from the Salvo’s!

Who would have thought I’d be a jetsetting little toy with so many people who love me!