So I had "Do you wanna build a snow man?" in my head all day Saturday.
Yup, I went to the snow. But I didn't build a snowman. I was too busy skiing.
Steve picked me up at 5:10am but then we had to go back a bit cause Ray had forgotten his snowboard boots. Ski Co in Cooma was a bit crowded but got in and out fairly quickly since I had my paperwork from last time and said just get me the same stuff. But maccas was too busy so I didn't get the breakfast I was counting on. And I was starving. And you shouldn't talk to me when I have low blood sugar like that. Hmmmm.
I was almost too grumpy to take this photo of a fogbow.
But then we phoned through to Mountain Munchies in Jindabyne so I could order a big brekkie roll pickup. So that worked well. And it was it pretty good too.
Hacked a few portals while trying to get through the bottleneck that is the intersection of Barry Way and Kosciuszko Road. Still own them too, four days later.
So got to the snow around nineish. Dumped my beanie and both jumpers in the car - it was that hot even before I started for the day.
I had a fantastic day. Started at front valley then over to Blue Cow and did Pleasant Valley and Roller Coaster and Excelerator and the summit and then over to Guthega. Had the longest wait of the day at the bottom of the Blue Calf T Bar, so didn't go back there. But had a few great runs there, including a couple I'd never done before. Was heading up Blue Cow T Bar for another run when it broke down. Waited for a while there but then decided to give up on it and have lunch. Had a pie at the little kiosk they'd setup at the top of the Car Park Double. So then I was going to head to Freedom to get out, but the Blue Cow T opened up again so had another couple of runs there before heading all the way back to Perisher for Pretty Valley, Interceptor and Happy Valley. At 4pm I could have met up with Steve and Ray or had another couple of runs, but my knees were starting to really ache. I'm getting old!! So we had a couple of beers and they went down a treat :)
Definitely felt like I had a lot more confidence this trip which was good. Maybe I'll even tackle more runs on Mt P one day ..
Pleasant Valley - my favourite run
Me on the Pleasant Valley Quad
Moguls next to Excelerator
From the summit looking back to Blue Cow
From Blue Cow looking across to the summit
Dam at Guthega Pondage
This view of Mt Kosciuszko and the main ranges never gets old for me. Love it.
My phone battery pretty much died by lunch time so no piccies in the afternoon.
I also carted the GPS around, but I'd forgotten to charge it from after my last Sydney trip. So it started complaining of low battery at 1pm-ish. But it soldiered on and made it til almost 4pm, finally conking out half way up my last t-bar. I also realised I hadn't downloaded it from two Sydney trips. It can hold quite a lot of data in memory! Love that little thing.
On Thursday night we had a team dinner at Outback Jack's. I'd seen a thing on their website about all you can eat wings and ribs for $30, so I had in my mind that's what I wanted. But it turns out that's only Mon-Wed. But that didn't stop me wanting them :)
So I did..
Oh my!! It was enormous!! I took one look at it and decided I'd need a doggy bag. But the boys helped me with it and we managed to finish it. Sooo good :) But probably a dish best for two people not one! Also so many yummy choices on the menu, we'll have to go back some time.
Friday night (after several disasters at their end) Marc and Jo arrived in town for the weekend. We chatted til quite late.
Saturday morning we went into town for some breakfast at Mocan and Green Grout.
And we also had got some tapioca and persimon. The tapioca was nice but the persimon was a little tough.
I took a *lot* of photos of this dog trying to get one of him with his tongue out. I got a few.
There was also a honeyeater that needed documenting
Then we went down to the lake to document more birds
Then we went for a drive up Mt Ainslie
There were more birds :)
Marc and Jo went off to visit some other friends so we came home and chilled out, then went and did some food shopping.
We cooked up a *lot* of mushrooms (and had some leftover cause we bought too many) for Marc's strog
It was delicious!!
We put on Frozen after dinner while we chatted, then Rocky Horror.
In the morning Marc and I cooked up a storm for breakfast while various spouses dozed. Bacon, eggs, hash browns, onions and mushrooms - yumm!
Then chillaxed and didn't do anything exciting. They left later in the afternoon on Sunday.
Birthday breakfast was Maccas. So sue me.
Lunch was a couple of KFC drumsticks. KFC is somewhat of a birthday tradition.
Then there was whiskey. So much whiskey!
Including one that smelt like toast to me, and rocket fuel to everyone else
Even the sweetie came in for a while :)
Then we headed off to Bella Vista.
The sweetie had veal in a parmesan cup
And I had scallops
Then the sweetie had fettucini with sundried tomatoes
And I had salmon, prawns, prosciutto wrapped asparagus and a lot of garlic :)
A thoroughly delicious dinner and a wonderful birthday :)
Some of my pressies :)
Sunday I headed up to Sydney in time for a reunion of the people we went to Turkey with. Chatted with some peoples and got to see Heather's photo books of our Israel/Jordan and Egypt trips. They were spectacular, would love to get around to making some photos books ... one day ...
Then for dinner Aunty Di and Graham and Chrissie and Zac and Dave and Yvonne and Ben all came over to Mum's for a birthday dinner of takeaway chinese.
We showed Zac Bubble Butt, he kinda freaked out hehe
There's photos of me and a cake around somewhere, I really should find those :)
Monday was Peking Duck day with @StuartCRyan
Monday and Tuesday we continued the cleanup downstairs (and upstairs).
Anyone want any back issues of Silicon Chip or Electronics Australia?
Wednesday night I came home.
This time with actual raclette.
It was a little thick though
It was pretty thick so I chucked in a good dollop of thickened cream which made it a bit better
The finished product. Still nothing much like Pulp Kitchen's. Will just have to keep trying.
Just some home made pizzas. They were yummy.
One of the coldest nights we had this winter was the 5-6th August. The ice on the tub of water was so thick it took a *lot* of effort to break through it to see how thick it was.
This candle was at @CLBradley's. I thought it looked like a tower out of Lord of the Rings.
Sometimes George comes in hoping to be fed (rarely happens but doesn't stop him investigting). He rarely ever stops for more than a few seconds at a time so this picture of him laying down on the sweetie is pretty rare.
Last night we went over to EffanC's place for cheese and dinner of some very yummy pizzas.
After dinner we played a few games of Mexican Train, which is played with dominos that go up to thirteen dots. It was a fun game, will have to play it again some time.
The other week when I was sorting through all our receipts, a whole flock of currawongs were around the house singing to each other. For *hours*. It was a great musical accompanyment to my sorting!
Later on I got to document some of them.
The magpie larks also came down for their baths
The other fun bird that's been around is the "Midnight Magpie". This magpie has been known to sing all the way through the night. Or at least from midnight to 2am :)