Qld Tour 2017 – Week 7

Pirate Pete reached the northernmost point of Qld Tour 2017 this week with seven shows at Kuranda, Yorkeys Knob,  Atherton and Edmonton Kindergartens.

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Tuesday began with long time friends at Atherton Kindergarten. A bootyfull visit it were. A source of much wearable jewellery fer the Captain in the past and this year were no different.

Pirate Treasure
More Treasure fer Pirate Petes Chest from Atherton Kindy

Pirates at Atherton
Pirate Pete with long time friends at Atherton Kindergarten

Then down he hill we went to Edmonton Kindy

Golden Chalices
Golden chalices from Edmonton Kindergarten fer Pirate Petes Treasure Chest

Shanghaied Groanups
Shanghaied Groanups at Edmonton Kinderarten

Wednesday were a one show day at Yorkeys Knob Kindergarten.
Thought we’d found the best shanghaied Dad ever. He came with his own headscarf and a silly little bit o black plastic over one eye (we fixed him up with real eye patch).
He did his “oi”s as required and as soon as actions had to be done he were doing them just like all the other children….even brought his Mum with him.
He were an obvious pick fer shanghaied groanup and didn’t disappoint EXCEPT fer photo time. Coached him on how to take a good pirate pic, Three clicks of the camera and all seems good…we went on , sang the song, did the actions and apart from his silly idea of giving all the children a prize I thought he did very well…. until I saw the third photo in the sequence. First two he looks fierce and friendly and all that a Pirate Captain could ask for in a shanghaied groanup…..then that last pic where he thought he were so funny he might have a laugh at hisself and checked to see if the Captain were looking and laughing too.
No, Pirate Pete wasn’t laughing, he were being resolutely professional and looking towards the camera with his scowling “Aarghh!” face on.
So our shanghaied Dad fell at the last hurdle and didn’t make it into Pirate Petes crew  permanently and had to go back home to stay with his family.

Shanghaied Dad
Shanghaied Dad with Pirate Pete doing what he were supposed to

Shanghaied Dad
Shanghaied Dad with Pirate Pete not doing what he were supposed to

Thursday were another single show day which saw Pirate Pete back at Atherton Kindergarten for a celebration of “outdoors day” in the bushy backyard behind the kindergarten under some shady trees

Atherton Kindergarten
Atherton Kindergarten

Friday were the busiest day of the week starting with a drive from camp at Jaggan, outside Malanda to Yorkeys Knob Kindergarten then back up the hill to Kuranda Kindergarten then down the hill and across town to Edmonton Kindergarten then back up the hill via the Gillies Highway to return to camp at Jaggan.

Shanghaied groanups
Shanghaied groanups at Edmonton Kindergarten

Shanghaied groanup
Shanghaied groanup at Yorkeys Knob Kindergarten

Shanghaied groanups
Shanghaied groanups at Kuranda Kindergarten

Pirate Pete did well at Treasure hunting this week…

Pirate Petes treasure
Pirate Petes Treasure

Thanks to Atherton Kindy

Pirate Petes Treasure
Pirate Petes Treasure

Thanks to Atherton Kindy

Pirate Petes Treasure sugar bowl
Pirate Petes Treasure sugar bowl

Thanks to Edmonton Kindy

Pirate Petes Treasure Seahorse
Pirate Petes Treasure Seahorse

Thanks to Atherton Kindy

Pirates Treasure
Pirates Treasure

Thanks to Edmonton Kindy

Next week Pirate Pete makes his way south from Cairns with shows in Innisfail, Mission Beach and Tully to end the week on Friday in the Burnett Region at Howard State School .
Happy sailing Me Hearties

Qld Tour 2017 – Week 6

Welcome Pirate Pete sign

Week six of Qld Tour 2017 and the Captain had so much fun in Mackay last week he decided to hang around on the coast in Mackay fer another week.

Eight shows this week beginning at Pioneer Kindy first up Monday morning then C & K Walkerston Kindy straight after followed later in the week by shows at Mackay Kindy, Bucasia Kindy, Emmanuel Kindy and return visits to Pioneer Walkerston and Bucasia.

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Pioneer Kindy
Pioneer Kindy 28th August 2017

Walkerston Kindergarten
28th August 2017
Stowaway cats
Stowaway cats

Our first visit to Pioneer Kindy this week were steeped in controversy.

When the Captain returned to camp after the show he set about preparing fer the next days pillage. In straightening up the black chest he found a pair of stowaways.

In true Pirate style the Captain sought to identify the origins of the stowaways. He knew he had not put them in the chest hisself.

Being a Pirate in the 21st century he then resorted to social media, posting a photo of the controversial couple and innocently asking if anyone knew anything about them.

The resulting social media meltdown had far ranging side-effects.

Before the post regarding the cats Pirate Pete happily went about the supermarkets in town anonymously gathering supplies. Following the post – security now give him a guided tour of all the aisles and  the supermarkets sophisticated CCTV is programmed  to follow the Captains every movement while in the shop or within 50 metres of the front door.

Tuesday morning things weren’t so politically awry when Pirate Pete visited Mackay Kindergarten  followed by Lady Gowrie Bucasia Kindergarten.

Mackay Kindergarten
No matter how hard the Pirate tried to impress on these Dads the serious nature of what we was doing they wouldn’t stop laughing Mackay Kindergarten 29th August 2017
Bucasia Kindy

Bucasia Kindy 29th August 2017

Wednesday morning Pirate Pete visited Emmanuel Catholic Kindergarten Mount Pleasant. A jolly crew of Pirates he found there.

Emmanuel Catholic Kindergarten
Emmanuel Catholic Kindergarten 30th August 2017

Thursday morning and we were back at Pioneer Kindergarten trying to talk our way out of the trouble we found ourself in after the stowaway saga and suggesting that someone in the room were wearing a beard smelling of mothballs.

 Smelly Pirate Beard

Pioneer Kindy
Pioneer Kindergarten 31st August 2017

Walkerston Kindy
Walkerston Kindergarten 31st August 2017
 A celebration of ten years of visiting Walkerston Kindergarten

Welcome Pirate Pete signHeart Shaped CakePirate Pete gets cakePirate Pete n Ms Peta n the skinny mate

Friday were a one show at Bucasia Kindergarten day fer Pirate Pete.

Bucasia Kindergarten
Bucasia Kindergarten 1st September 2017

With 16 shows in Mackay Region completed the Captain set a course to the north and weighed anchor. Sailing towards the Cairns Region for an appointment with me young shipmates fer nine shows.
All in all it were a most memorable week and visit to Mackay this sixth week of Qld Tour 2017 with lots of love flowing towards Pirate Pete making him feel warm and fuzzy inside.
There has now been a weekend of revellery since then so now he’s back to his grumpy self.
Happy sailing Shipmates!

Qld Tour 2017 – Week 5

Week five of Qld Tour 2017 found the Captain back on the coast in Mackay.

Eight shows this week beginning with an early start Monday morning at Sarina Kindergarten followed later in the week by shows at Mackay Kindy, South Mackay Kindy, North Mackay Kindy and Mackay Cubbie House.

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Tuesday morning we visited somewhere we hadn’t been before at Mackay North Kindy where we found the unlikliest of Pirates to shanghai.

Mackay North Kindy
Mackay North Kindy – 22nd August 2017

Wednesday it were off to Mackay Cubbie House where we always have a wild fun time.

Its always fun watching the staff deciding who is going to be shanghaied this year. We were aiming fer two teachers who haven’t seen the show before but ended up catching out a Mum who happened to be sitting in the way

Mackay Cubbie House
23rd August – Mackay Cubbie House

Thursday we returned to Mackay North and there were no Snow Whites to be found this day….the place were full of aarghhing pirates. Except fer this Dad who reminded Pirate Pete of a moth being drawn towards a flame…wondering what was going on

Mackay North Kindergarten
Mackay North Kindy – 24th August 2017

Friday saw the Captain on his first visit this trip to Mackay Kindergarten. We received word that the young Pirate who helped out by shanghaiing his Mum took great pleasure in relating the experience to his old Dad over dinner that night.

Mackay Kindergarten
25th August 2017 – Mackay Kindergarten

Outstanding feature fer this week has to be the sandflies around Pirate Petes campsite and when they are off duty the mosquitoes take over. They absolutely adore the Pirate and can’t get enough of him although he has had more than enough of them.

Next week the Captain stays fer another eight shows in Mackay before sailing further north.

Qld Tour 2017 – Week 4

Emerald Kindergarten

Another week of fun in the furnace of Central Queensland has passed…..and this is winter! Of course the locals don’t have a clue what I’m talking about. Loads of them are walking round with cardigans and jumpers on meanwhile the Captain melts.

Seven shows this week. Two at Borilla Kindergarten two at Emerald and one each at Springsure, South Emerald and Dysart. Six of those shows was over two days…testing the Captains fitness….we survived.

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Borilla Kindergarten
15th August 2017 Borilla Kindergarten

Emerald South Kindergarten
Emerald South Kindergarten 17th August 2017

Features of the week fer the Captain include –

  • Arriving (late) at Emerald Preschool and being presented with a pile of headbands zipped tight in zipbag that we left a year ago on our last visit. Special thanks to Mrs Kay fer that….much appreciated.
  • Passing Ms Jenny from Borilla in the local Coles a couple of hours after the first show at Borilla and not being recognised even though we’ve known each other for more than 17 years now.
  • Coming through the gate at Borilla Kindergarten first thing Thursday morning and leaving the Captains longest fingernail jammed in the mechanism….ouch! Not a good start to three shows ‘on the trot’ that morning.
  • Pirate Pete picked up three free feeds at Emerald Kindy this week. Tuesday there were no time to hang around fer the after show feed so Ms Kay and Ms Julie packed it all up in a tupperware box with lid and we nibbled our way down the 65km drive to Springsure fer the afternoon show. Wednesday were a celebration of Ms Julies 25th birthday so Pirate Pete invited hisself along fer the festivities, sang happy birthday, played a pirate version of ‘Whats the time Mr Wolf’ and pigged out again. Thursday the Captain hung around after the show and had another feed before his journey to night stop at Capella.
Pirate Headbands
Headbands left at Emerald Kindergarten previous year

Pirate Pete’s favourite pic of the week is this one showing what fun our Dads n Grandad were on Tuesday 15th August as well as the closeness of the audience, the involvement from the audience and so many smiley faces.

The happiest face of all would be Dad in black T shirt centre right of pic. He was originally picked to be part of the crew but wriggled out with some suspect excuse like a broken shoulder or something. Didn’t fool Pirate Pete but all the ladies in the vicinity were taken in so he weren’t allowed to join in.

Emerald Kindy 15th August 2017
Emerald Kinergarten 15th August 2017. Pirate Petes favourite photo this week

Next week the Captain sails further north to Mackay. He has 16 shows lined up in Mackay over next two weeks
Happy sailing Me Hearties!