|We had such a great time in Cooktown staying at Graeme's place and seeing all the local sights. If you ever come to Cooktown make sure you visit the James Cook Museum - it was excellent!!
We certainly met some Cooktown Characters - Graeme of course being one!! He loves to have a chat and was the perfect host. He is replacing his engine head in his 60's Land cruiser but was very keen to take us down the Endeavour River for some fishing and Croc spotting. He bought his boat new 30 years ago and has never towed it with another car so it was great when he suggested we tow it down to the river for a day out. We all really enjoyed ourselves and on the way back we spotted a Croc on the shore which topped off a perfect day!
Graeme has known his friend John for many years since he first moved to Cooktown nearly 30 years ago. John is literally a "Jack of all trades" - he is a great friend to Graeme, always checking up on him and mysteriously stocking his fridge with goodies while he is out! He also fixed our car when we had some issues with the fuel pump - no doubt saving us a lot of $. Some of his jobs (and there are many) are - working for the local undertaker doing body recovery jobs and digging graves, spearfishing and then swapping fish for whole pigs - he has a number of these barter jobs going! He is also the local snake catcher and on our last morning brought over an Olive Python for us to see and hold (except for Simon who is not too keen on holding snakes....) and he also is a builders labourer. Oh - and Graeme had several chooks, 4 of which turned out to be Roosters that would start crowing at 3am driving Graeme crazy, so one morning we were there, he came over to cut their heads off. I of course was not keen to witness this, but little boys sure did get an education!!
We went to the Botanical Gardens where another of Graeme's friends runs the information centre. We got chatting to John (who was a past bushy/ringer and a real character) only to find out that he is the son of Fred Tritton - the former mayor of Richmond and long ago friend of Simon's Dad. Talk about a small world! We ended up staying another day when we discovered this, so that we could catch up over a bbq. John had us in stitches with his stories and really gave Graeme a run for his money!!