Mission Beach artist cottage, once owned by WWII veteran, for sale

first_imgInside the open plan home.“The hut has hosted many a party and Dad had his sunset red wine on the deck overlooking Dunk for almost 40 years. “Over the years cyclones have hit the Mission Beach area and the hut has always withstood the onslaught.”While the house has hosted many friends and family over the decades, one family comes back without fail year after year.“After Cyclone Winifred locals were encouraged to establish cassowary feeding stations,” Guy said. “Dad did this in front of the hut and a male cassowary started visiting. After the feeding stations were closed, the young male brought his first clutch of chicks to visit. “This became a daily visit, with little active feeding but with the cassowaries taking a liking to the bananas and other tropics fruit Dad had growing in his thriving tropical garden. “Over the years cassowary dad has passed on the visit to one of his sons who now brings his chicks for an almost daily visit. 9 Mitchell St, South Mission BeachBUYERS have just over a month to put in an offer on this quaint cottage by the beach.Built by Eric Chester, a World War Two veteran-turned-artist, in the 1970s, the home is full of charm, bare wood and views of the Coral Sea.The garden also regularly attract cassowary dads and their chicks for a feed.Unfortunately, Mr Chester has moved into a nursing home and his son Guy has taken charge of selling the property. Views from the deck.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago“Dad was introduced to Geoff Grainger, a local builder who understood his vision for a simple hut on the headland overlooking Dunk and the Family Islands. Using local timbers from the Tully Sawmill, Geoff, with Dad as his labourer, built a sturdy simple hut,” recalled Guy.“A potters wheel and kiln were soon established under the veranda and the potting began again. Pots sold as soon as they were made, through the well known Bingil Bay Gallery and through Bruce Arthurs Gallery on Dunk Island. Dad regularly took his little dinghy out to Bedarra to share red wine and stories with Noel Wood. The fireplace at 9 Mitchell St, South Mission BeachAfter living in Sydney and mastering the craft of pottery, Mr Chester took his family for a holiday to Bedarra Island in the 1960s met painter Noel Wood. A decade later, Mr Chester returned to Far North Queensland intending to visit Mr Wood but instead stumbled across the perfect land for a potter’s studio. The bedroom and living area.“No-one knows whether this is second or third generation of cassowary dad, but only days before Dad moved to his nursing home, the cassowary father and his chicks came for a visit, a farewell for Dad from his mates as he left his beloved hut.”Tropical Property Mission Beach Tania Steele is marketing the home and has called for offers by July 15.“It has one of the most stunning views I’ve seen off South Mission Beach,” Ms Steele said.“A-frame in design and timber throughout, the home is open plan with the living area sharing the bedroom and a separate bathroom sharing the laundry.”last_img read more

FL man injured while prying open alligator’s mouth to save dog

first_imgAuthorities captured the nearly 10-feet long gator, Friday evening.The FFW urges anyone with concerns about an alligator to contact its Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR. They don’t call dogs “a man’s best friend” for nothing!A Florida man was injured Friday after prying open an alligator’s mouth to rescue his beloved labrador retriever.The unidentified man reportedly heard the commotion inside his home and ran to his backyard where he found  the reptile with the dog in a canal, according to My Sun Coast.He then jumped in, wrestled the gator’s mouth open and retrieved the injured dog.Both sustained injuries but are expected to be okay, according to a Florida Fish and Wildlife representative.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 29, 2017)–Favored Stormy Liberal broke sharply and dictated term throughout to score a 1 ½ length win in Sunday’s $75,000 Clockers’ Corner Stakes at Santa Anita.  Ridden by Norberto Arroyo, Jr. and trained by Peter Miller, the 5-year-old Stormy Atlantic gelding got 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:11.91.With Stormy Liberal breaking from post position eight, he put immediate pressure on Forever Juanito, who broke from post six and was ridden by Agapito Delgadillo.  The pair raced as a team to the dirt crossing at the top of the stretch, where the winner opened up and was never challenged thereafter.Off at 2-1 in a field of 10 older horses, Stormy Liberal paid $6.00, $3.80 and $3.20.“The difference today was that we were outside and it was an easier race,” said Arroyo.  “I was just along for the ride today, he just took me.”Owned by Gary Hartunian’s Rockingham Ranch, Stormy Liberal provided the owner and trainer with a double on the afternoon.  Second in the Grade III San Simeon Stakes down the hill on Dec. 26, Stormy Liberal registered his fourth win from nine tries over the course and he’s now 17-4-6-1 overall.  With the winner’s share of $47,700, Stormy Liberal now has earnings of $247,570.“I train for a great group of guys and I’m really happy for my horse,” said Miller, who claimed the winner three starts back for $40,000 on Oct. 16.  “We’ve had a big weekend and we’re working hard…I think 6 ½ down the hill hits him right between the eyes.  He loves it.  He’s just a really honest, nice horse.”Though no threat to the winner late, Forever Juanito held second by 1 ½ lengths over Blameitonthelaw.  Off at 19-1, Forever Juanito paid $17.00 and $9.20.Ridden by Luis Contreras, Blameitonthelaw was off at 12-1 and paid $6.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.39, 44.15 and 1:05.91.Live racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday with first post time at 1 p.m.last_img read more