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Sea Cliff Bridge

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So while the Sea Cliff Bridge opened when I was still living in Sydney, I never got around to seeing it.  And then I moved to Canberra so opportunities became limited.  But the other weekend I was leaving Sydney in the morning, and the weather was right, and I didn't need to rush home, so I went down and saw it.

It's pretty difficult to photograph from the top, so went down the rockshelf beneath to get better pictures.

Sea Cliff Bridge

Sea Cliff Bridge

Sea Cliff Bridge

Sea Cliff Bridge

Sea Cliff Bridge

Sea Cliff Bridge

Sea Cliff Bridge

Sea Cliff Bridge

Junee

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Friday night we had dinner at home then headed down to Junee.

Played Cards Against Humanity for a while (it was dead even the whole game, and we had a couple of tiebreaker rounds before Stu finally won) before going to bed.

Playing Cards Against Humanity

Saturday morning we started a jigsaw.  Had some Aldi lasagna for breakfast.

Went into town (hacking portals).  Saw the Explorer arrive, then went and had lunch in the Railway Cafe.  Saw the XPT leave.  Jigsaw most of the afternoon.

Junee swan

Railway cafe tasting plate

Railway cafe lasagna

Junee XPT

Then we thought we'd celebrate Independence Day by watching Independence Day.  That was a lot of fun.

Independence Day

D cooked us up some curried lamb for dinner, and we did a Naked Gun marathon (I've never actually seen any of them).

This morning we finished the jigsaw, then packed it up to leave.  Silly really.

Bran Castle

Stopped for some lunch at the Scottish Restaurant in Gundagai, and dropped in to visit Annie and co on the way home.

Countryside

Gundagai bridge

The house was 7C when we got home.  There was still ice on the pool.  The heater has been running since we got home this afternoon and now at 8pm it's only finally 19C.  Craziness.

Freezing house

Cooked a thoroughly evil cauliflower bake for dinner.

Bermagui

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So last weekend (well really the weekend before.. sorry, I've been a slacker) we went down to Bermagui for the weekend.  We had a slow start and left Saturday morning and didn't arrive till nearly 4pm.

Cheese!!  I wanted to stop here and try cheese .. maybe next time..
Bodalla cheese factory

A crappy photo of the Wallaga Lake bridge, which was recently used as a film set for Angelina Jolie's upcoming movie "Unbroken".  The bridge is meant to be in Japan!
Wallaga Lake bridge

When we arrived at Bellbird Cottage B&B we got out of the car and it was all BELLBIRDS!  They were peeping all around the bush and it was a lovely welcome!

The B&B is delightful.  They only rent out one (very large) room and it's downstairs and has its own entrance, so it's very private and has a wonderful bush outlook.  

Bellbird Cottage B&B

Bellbird Cottage B&B

I was sitting on the toilet for this photo..  :)
Bellbird Cottage B&B

Bellbird Cottage B&B

Bellbird Cottage B&B

On the first evening they bring down a cheese platter as a welcome, so it was lovely to sit and nibble cheese and look at the bush and listen to the bellbirds.

Bellbird Cottage B&B

We chillaxed for a while before heading out.  Unfortunately we were a little too late for the seaside fair, so we had a wander around Sculpture on the Edge.

Sculpture on the Edge

Sculpture on the Edge

Sculpture on the Edge

Sculpture on the Edge

Sculpture on the Edge

This was probably my favourite - it's made with the tops of milk bottles and old bicycle tyres and has solar powered strings of led lights mingled through.  I would love to have seen these at night.
Sculpture on the Edge

Sculpture on the Edge

Sculpture on the Edge

Sculpture on the Edge

Wandered down to the wharf to find some dinner.  The cafe was booked out, so we got some fish and chips from the outside servery.

Fish and chips

It was about 7:45 at this point, and there were fireworks scheduled for 8:45.  It was threatening to storm on us, so we went and found somewhere that we could park with a view of the fireworks.  This is the spot we found.

Bermagui Fireworks

The fireworks were actually really good for a small country town

Bermagui Fireworks

Bermagui Fireworks

Had a pretty good night's sleep.

In the morning they brought down a fabulous breakfast with a yummy variety of food.  In fact there was so much food we couldn't finish it all, and I packaged up the leftovers for our lunch!

Bellbird Cottage B&B

Then it was off to meet up with some people at the beach.  It had been raining in the morning and it did look a little miserable to start with, but the weather cleared into quite a nice day.

Armands Beach

Armands Beach

Armands Beach

Armands Beach

Armands Beach

Came back to Bellbird Cottage and chillaxed and listened to the birds and sipped some wine.  Lovely!

Bellbird Cottage B&B

Then we met up with J&H and D at Il Passagio down at the wharf for dinner.

A very nice salt and pepper squid
Il Passagio

Polenta chips - crispy and yummy
Il Passagio

Quite a nice steak
Il Passagio

Good panna cotta
Il Passagio

The next morning was another amazing breakfast

Bellbird Cottage B&B

Saying goodbye to Bellbird Cottage - we hope to be back one day!

Bellbird Cottage B&B

Went via the foreshore to hack some portals

Sculpture on the Edge

Stopped by some cliffs and took photos of birds

Eagle

Scratching himself on the wing?
Eagle

Stopped at the rather green Blue Pool.

Blue Pool

And headed home via Cooma.

Stu fell in love with this place overlooking a beautiful valley and across to Brown Mountain.
Stu's fantasy home

Fred Piper Memorial Lookout.  On a clear day you can see the ocean.
Fred Piper Memorial Lookout

Glider south of Canberra
Glider

Hume Solar Farm
Hume solar farm

And then we were home.  A bit tired from what seemed like two days of travelling, but it was lovely weekend nonetheless.

While everyone else went to work, the sweetie and I headed out of Canberra.  It was hot and windy at 9:30am, and I had visions of a repeat of ten years ago.  

Stopped at various Maccas along the way for breakfasts, coffees and lunches.

We happened to be driving through Sydney at the peak of the heat wave.  We passed a sign that said 45C and we were all "what the??".  The car didn't seem to be overheating (according to the heat guage), but seemed to be threatening to stall.  So we were ok on the freeways, but that bit of Pennant Hills Road was a bit tough.  We turned the aircon off and suffered, but didn't break down.  When are they ever going to join up the M7/M2 with the F3 ????

It was so hot, we made a little hoodie to shade the GPS

GPS shade

Drove on and on.  Went through Kempsey a bit after 6pm and then got to see the new Kempsey bypass being built.  The bridge over the Macleay River and floodplain is 3.2 kilometres long and will be the longest bridge in Australia.

Kempsey Bypass

Kempsey Bypass

The sun and clouds over the Macleay River were pretty

Macleay River

Arrived at Stu's dad's place around 7pm, and had a lovely meal of freshly caught bream, as well as kingfish and trevaly (I think).

Then we pretty much just crashed.  They have an amazingly well equipped self-contained flat downstairs, which was a lovely little retreat.

Flat

Flat

Goodbye Red Bridge

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Sad to see this go.. 

Belconnen Red Bridge demolition
In other news, a few wins yesterday at work (not by me, but did ease the strain somewhat), and a change that *may* have helped, but still too early to tell.

Had a big lunch today.  I suppose I should go find some dinner now...

Coppins Crossed

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This will be part one I think.. will give me material for another blog entry or two that way ;)

DaveO the other day asked if I'd been out to Coppins Crossing, because the bridge was damaged and could make a good photo-op.

Bridge Damaged
Sure enough, it was a bit of a mess...

Coppins Crossing
Coppins Crossing
Coppins Crossing
Coppins Crossing
Coppins Crossing
Coppins Crossing
Coppins Crossing
Saw this cute little birdie too.. no idea what it is..  I might have sent it into the RiotACT but they're getting much better bird pics so probably won't bother (besides this is almost full pixels).

Bird at Coppins Crossing

Being on call and all :/  Which fortunately (so far) has been relatively quiet.

Yesterday was Jake's 6th birthday party where I managed to generally avoid people by playing official photographer.  And where we watched the clouds roll in.  Party was ended abruptly by rain, before all the presents were opened, so headed back to the house to do that.

Harrison clouds

Jake 6


Today was a nice quiet day at home.  Read news feeds, started sorting out our UK bits and pieces for the scrapbook, made lots of panoramas of dams and such things.

Woods Reserve
Woods Reserve
Scrivener Dam and Molonglo River
Scrivener Dam
Tharwa Bridge
Tharwa Bridge
Lambrigg Lookout, Tidbinbilla Road
Lambrigg Lookout on Tidbinbilla Road

Corin Dam
Corin Dam
Have pork roasting and watching Masterchef... is making me hungry!!

Corin Coolness

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The next installment of my quest for ACT dams was Corin Dam.  

Did a bit of a detour to Tharwa, and took some pics of the bridge.

Tharwa Bridge
Also stopped in at Gibralter Falls.  Tried to get down to the bottom to get some pics looking up, but no luck.

Gibralter Falls
Lizard
Gibralter Falls
So then headed up to the dam.  After seeing pictures like this of the dam, I was really not expecting to see it full!!  Trekked down the bottom to see the spillway, which was epic awesome!! Was very very squee.

Corin Dam depth guage
Corin Dam very full
Corin Dam
Corin Dam overflow
Corin Dam spillway
Red rocks of Corin Dam
Bottom of Corin Dam spillway
Bottom of Corin Dam spillway
Bottom of Corin Dam spillway
On the way back (apart from seeing plenty kangaroos, including one hopping across the road) a young magpie in the middle of the road took off into the path of the car instead of away, and it went splat :(:(:(:(  It made me very sad .. have been emotional all night..  kinda spoilt the rest of the day which was actually pretty good.. *sigh* ...

Kangaroo at Corin Forest

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Well I'm quite convinced that if I stopped blogging and tweeting noone would even notice, much less care.  My last tweet was a week ago and only two people commented - my brother and a friend who doesn't have a twitter account.  I considered stopping blogging/tweeting altogether.  I considered going somewhere else and starting again or going totally private.  But I have to keep coming back to the only real reason I blog - it's just too good a diary not to.  The years before I started blogging are almost like the dark ages, where I don't really know what I was doing from day to day.  I love the chronicle, and going back to find out when I did things.  And all the photos.  And occasionally reading a random month or search results and reading stuff I'd completely forgotten about.  Twitter is a supplement to the blog, and records stuff that doesn't seem blogworthy enough for a whole post.  It's crap as an online archive, but regular backups mean I still have an offline record.  So as much as I'd like to wait around for someone to miss me, I doubt that'll happen any time soon, and not blogging is hurting me more than anyone else.

So we got back from Japan and the UK on Saturday morning.  Managed to survive most of the day before collapsing at 4pm for a couple of hours.  Slept ok Saturday night and was basically fine on Sunday.  Although did stay up waaaayyy too late on Sunday night.  Whoops.  Monday was more recovery from Sunday than from jetlag heh.  

The holiday was decent enough.  The biggest downer was the weather.  It was grey most of the time.  Rainy a lot.  Very little sunlight.  Which is pretty depressing as a photographer.  And Legoland was closed the last two days we were there, which is when we were planning to go.  I, of course, was devastated.  It was supposed to be one good thing to finish the trip off on, and instead it was the biggest let down.  It really soured my mood about the whole trip and harder to think of the highlights.  Which included our first day in London, Harry Potter filming locations, some lovely cathedrals and Scotland.  We also missed quite a few things I wanted to see because we didn't have the time. And the things we did see were rushed.  But I'm not planning to go back any time soon (except maybe to Edinburgh, and Legoland if I can face it) as there's too many other places in the world to see.  I took around 12000 photos (haven't got an exact count yet).  I still haven't seen most of them.

Our weeping cherry tree was nice enough to wait til late September to flower this year.  It made me very happy to come home and see it in full bloom.

Cherry tree
In the afternoon there was a cool rainbow

October rainbow
Tonight there were storms south of us, and Mt Ainslie was all black, the sky was dark, but it was sunny on the foreground.  Made for some cool lighting conditions.

October rain
Although this spider freaked me out by coming up next to me while I was taking photos out the window.

Spider
I spent some time on the weekend building this model of Tower Bridge I picked up in London.  It was quite fun to build, but not really a puzzle, as all the pieces are numbered and there's instructions.  But a pretty cool result.

Tower Bridge model
And even cooler?  An email from Lego on the weekend with a Lego version!!

Tower Bridge Lego
This of course I must have.  The Lego version doesn't have the other piers on the ends, so I'll probably get some extra bricks off BrickLink and make up my own.

For reference, the real thing - 

Tower Bridge, London
So it was back to work today.  I had planned to spend an easy day getting back into things, reading emails etc.  And mostly that's what I did.  Took til around mid afternoon to get through five weeks of emails.  I did get given two projects, both of which are fairly urgent.  One will be significantly easier than the other though.  And also got caught up in *problems* which are just painful and suck time like you have it to spare.

Epic win of the day was an incorrect shelf price at Toys R Us, which meant I got the Toy Story garbage truck in Lego (RRP $99.99 and $109.99 normally at Toys R Us) for $65.99 !!  Epic win!!  Only one more Toy Story set to go now.  And the new Imperial Shuttle.  And the new Diagon Alley.  And the Eiffel Tower.

With daylight savings, and a beautiful warm afternoon/evening, it felt like summer.  Had a walk, dusting done and two episodes of Survivor watched before 8pm.  And the sweetie cooked dinner :)

Thursday morning (1st July) we had a bit of a sleep in. An hour before we had to leave I thought I'd better pack heh. Left on time and arrived at the airport with plenty of time to spare.

We had an Embraer E190 which is one of the smallest commercial jets flying. Two seats each side of the aisle. And surrounded by screaming kids. Yay. So a very noisy trip. And no music to listen to either - no headphone sockets. There was cloud cover over Eastern Australia so didn't have much of a view so ended up just reading the Virgin Blue magazine which kept me occupied the whole trip.

Our Embraer E-190
Embraer E-190
This sticky tape on the wing tip was a little disturbing
Wingtip
Canberra
Over Canberra
Interior of the E-190
Interior of the E-190
Brisbane
Over Brisbane
Brisbane Air Traffic Control Tower
Brisbane Air Traffic Control Tower

Arrived just before 2pm and went and picked up our hire care. Took the scenic route through Brisbane so we could drive past Stu's old flat. There's so many new bridges and tunnels here now it was a little bit freaky!

New overpass being built near the airport
New freeway overpass
Stu's old flat
Stu's old flat
Go Between Bridge - opening the next Monday
Go Between Bridge about to be opened

Got to Chay and David's around 3pm and then we chatted for ages before going on a booze run. Had beer and ordered pizza and ended up watching V for Vendetta. Then the others went to bed and David and I stayed up til a bit after 1am Singstarring.

Friday had a huge sleep in (10:30!!) and got to up to find we'd kept everyone awake :( Decided to go out for coffee and shopping. Went down to the lake for coffee and other drinks. Then went to the Orion shopping centre. I got a couple of Singstars for $20 each. One of these days we'll have to get a Playstation...  Had a look in BigW at Lego prices and wandered round looking at other things too. Had a sushi snack. Looked in the Reject Shop. Then did some food shopping in Woollies. Got home at 15:45 oops :)

Boats being raced on the lake
Yachts on the lake
Kailyn on a mall ride
Kailyn on a mall ride
Feeding the guinea pigs
Feeding the guinea pigs on the way home

So David and Daemon cooked a roast chicken for dinner which was highly nom. Started watching The Backup Plan but lost interest in that and ended up just playing Mario Kart and then some Singstar til midnight.

Miss Mog
Miss Mog

Saturday had another reasonable sleep in. Went out with Chay to a few garage sales so she could look for books, but they were all pretty crap. Mostly clothes.

Feeding the guinea pigs again
Guinea pigs again

Played through the 50cc Mario Kart cups to unlock all the locked ones for them then played a few rounds with the kids.

Chay made a fantastic lasagna for dinner - better than any of the lasagnas I've ever made.

Then we went out and saw Toy Story 3 which was pretty awesome but a bit dark for a G rating I thought. Came back then played some Buzz. First the general one which I was an epic loser at, then the music one which I was still a bit crap at but at least the scores were a lot closer. Then the others went to bed and David and I stayed up and did a couple of ten-course Mario Kart cups.

Sunday we got up at a more normal time, dropped Kailyn off at a friend's place and the four of us grown-ups went to breakfast at Ascot Provisions (Stu got random breath tested on the way which was a bit.. random). I tried the "breakfast pizza" because its toppings of cheese kransky, hashbrowns, cheese, egg and onion relish intrigued me. It was pretty good actually :) 

Clem 7 Tunnel
Clem 7 Tunnel
Breakfast pizza at Ascot provisions
Breakfast pizza


Next we headed to South Bank. Went on a bit if a scenic tour if Brisbane cause we didn't have a real GPS but even if we did, so much has changed recently it probably wouldn't have worked anyway. So we got there and managed to find parking in one of the parking stations. Unfortunately it's a flat rate $15 which is a bit rude if you only plan to be there for a couple of hours :(

Victoria Bridge, Brisbane
Victoria Bridge, Brisbane

Brisvegas!
Brisvegas

Anyway, wandered our way past a Scottish festival and up to the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) to see the Ron Mueck exhibition. It was pretty awesome, I'll post pics in a separate post.

Kurilpa Bridge
Kurilpa Bridge
Scottish Festival
Scottish Festival
Scottish Festival

We were all pretty tired and peopled out at this point so headed for home (via a short detour past The Jazzy Cat Cafe where I first met Stu five years ago but it wasn't there anymore!)

David and I went and picked up Kailyn and then to Coles for supplies. Came back and reheated the leftover lasagne with some pan bread and we made up a salad too. Watched Merlin and then Waynes World (party time, excellent) which the kids didn't appreciate nearly enough ;) Played some Mario Kart then some Singstar Eighties.

Sunset
We dressed up Wallace in Kailyn's clothes
Wallace

Monday morning Chay cooked up a pretty awesome breakfast of bacon, tomatoes and cheese, spaghetti and toast. Then we played a little Mario Kart before packing up our stuff and saying goodbye.

Wallace enjoys breakfast

Gateway Bridge(s)  (didn't realise a second one had opened earlier this year)
Gateway Bridge(s)

Returned the rental car to the airport then caught the first of two planes of the afternoon. Was a bit bummed that our seats were over the wing (I couldn't get anything further back - looks like a young sporting team had already booked out most of the back of the plane). Then someone from my old job said "Karen" and then just stared at me. Most awkward. I of course was a bit thrown, and she wasn't any help reminding me who she was. Hrmmmmm. People. They suck sometimes.

Qantas 767
Qantas 767
View of a wing, and the Brisbane River
Brisbane River
Gold Coast
Gold Coast
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney CBD
Sydney CBD

Had a snack in the Qantas Lounge in Sydney but the creamy sauce I put on my salad was actually really really hot horseradish. Hurt my mouth :( Sigh.

Last plane home was a 737 and we were right near the back, but it was too dark for photos. And the flight was so short that they'd only just come round with snacks/drinks before we had to put up our tray tables. Oops. In the end I brought the little bottle of wine home unopened.

These beetroot chips were cool, but they make your poo purple - which is pretty darned freaky!
Beetroot chips

So had a really nice trip. It was very relaxing and *warm*!! Winter is definitely the time to visit Brisbane! Really not looking forward to going back to work tomorrow though.. The stress is a little bit ridiculous at the moment....

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