Nice weekend

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Didn't want to get up today. Except that I woke up at 4:45 and couldn't get back to sleep, so gave up, got up and went to work.

Had a nice weekend with the boy. On Friday night made Stu watch Amelie, which he enjoyed, which I knew he would heh.

Kribbie babies

Did a little food shopping on Saturday morning, then went down to Scotty's to give him Stu's ADSL router. My theory being that as soon as Stu didn't have a router, they'd activate his adsl. Scotty has adsl2 now, and got 1.7mbit download speeds - sweeeet! Had scrumptious lunch there, then went and visited Scotty's new block of land.

The Block

Then a trip to Magnet Mart, where we could see the storm closing in

Stormfront

Relaxed in the afternoon. Cooked a mini beef roast for dinner which was yummy.

After dinner we went out to a visit the partner of a colleague of Stu's, who has his own observatory in his backyard (he also has a *waycool* model collection). Because of all the rain and storms earlier in the evening, noone else turned up. In fact it was still raining when we arrived. So we didn't expect much. But at about 9:30 the clouds began to part and they fired up the telescope.

Telescope

It was *totally awesome*. It's a 14" reflector, mounted in a shed with a powered roof. We looked at the Orion nebula, lots of star clusters, the tarantula nebula, a double star, and finally Saturn, which was spectacular, very clear (even through a very fogged up telescope), and you could even see a few of its moons. And because noone else came, Stu and I had as much time as we liked to look at things. Around 11 the clouds closed in again so we went inside and watch an episode of Cosmos. Consequently got home quite late.

Slept in Sunday morning, and had some "home-made" cheese kranski for breakfast. Sunday afternoon was spent making models (I finished a small jet on Saturday, and worked on my Batwing on Sunday). Later in the afternoon we went for a little walk, and had a look at one of the houses I'd found on my property searches. On the way saw some lovely little red-rumped parrots (Psephotus haematonotus)..

Red-rumped parrots

Red-rumped parrots in flight

.. and a pair of crimson rosellas ..

Crimson rosella

Then headed out to Yass for dinner which was very pleasant. And so another weekend came to an end.

On the way out of town, noticed the tower was all lit up so snapped a dodgy pic of it out the window (really should have stopped but someone was behind me).

Golden Black Mountain Tower

The day at work was a bit of a waste. At least it was over fairly quickly.

3 Comments

delmer said:

Today I woke up at 5:30 and couldn't get back to sleep. So I went to work.

Why is that the option we go with? I don't have to be there until 8 or 9. Is it because, as IT people, we are just that dedicated?

I need to get some sort of early morning hobby for days like today.

February 14, 2007 2:00 PM

   

Koolroo said:

I found your blog! I love the pics of the red rumps. we get these little blokes at our place too. Am envious of the friend with the telescope. Home is Armidale NSW. I am curious to know what, in Australia, is CIA?

February 16, 2007 4:49 PM

   

kazza said:

CIA also known as Connect Infobahn Australia. www.cia.com.au :)

February 16, 2007 10:40 PM

   

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