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Spill

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Yesterday @Chrispycon posted a photo of Cotter Dam overflowing.  Not to be outdone I snuck out at lunch to get my own pics.

Cotter spill

Cotter spill

Cotter spill

Cotter spill

Cotter spill

Tonight was much more relaxed.  Had a mug of leftover mulled wine from the weekend then cooked dinner (duck and veggies) and watched an episode of Star Trek: The Original Series.  Labelled as episode 1, which I suppose it was, but they missed the two pilots.  Then geotagging and blogging.

Just for fun, here's a timelapse of the enlarged Cotter Dam construction..

Slept a lot better last night. Although I woke up at 4:52am and had some trouble getting back to sleep. I dreamt that straight after this trip I got off a plane in Sydney, then met Fran and we we had to rush to the next plane to go to America! Made it just in time. Had seats down the back of the plane. I thought they were aisle and middle seats, but the plane tapered right in at the back so I was near a window. I said I hadn't done any research for a trip to America so it was all going to have to be planned when we got there. Weird :)

Breakfast was pretty average this morning.

We spent the morning at the Hard Times mine, a tourist mine they've built in the middle of town. It's a bit disappointing that you can't see a "real" mine in Mount Isa, but for this one they've brought in a lot of actual equipment (older stuff of course) and some of the machinery still works and makes a lot of noise when they run it! Also, it means all the bits and pieces are quite close together so you don't have to walk too far to see everything. So it was a pretty cool tour.

Afterwards we had a bit of a wander through the museum there, and the Riversleigh museum made me all nostaligic for uni after watching a video of Mike Archer's work there. I realised tonight that I probably only recently threw out all my first year biology notes, including lecture timetables where I could have told you the first time I heard him talk.

Had some lunch (Subway platters, although no proper pizza subs) in the botanical park out the back.

After lunch we got taken up to the lookout again.

Then drove through the site of the main mine, and out to the powerstation that one of the guys on the tour had a part in building? Or working on in some capacity? Something like that.

And finally up to Moondarra Dam (which is *very* low at the moment).

Came back and after a quick wander (nothing is open on a Sunday here except a couple of things like Coffee Club and the bottle-o) we came back to the hotel. We were going to go for another wander but the museum we wanted to see was by appointment only and I was feeling pretty worn out, so I just stayed here and did computer stuff.

Went downstairs for dinner again. I had some "shrimp" for entree, which were quite tasty, veal for mains, which was beautiful and tender, and chocolate mousse for dinner, which was lovely as well.

Then back up to use up the remainder of the wifi time limit.

Oh, we heard both the 8am and 8pm blasts today too.

Queensland 2012

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As is now a yearly tradition (slightly late this year), the sweetie and I headed up to Queensland to visit Chay and David.

Thursday

We left work just after lunch on Thursday, as our flight was 4pm.  Two flights for the day - Canberra to Sydney, then Sydney to Brisbane.  So weren't scheduled to arrive in Brisbane til after 7pm.  Then our flight from Sydney to Brisbane was delayed for half an hour due to heavy traffic in Brisbane.  We did three big loops around the coast off Ballina/Tweed Heads.  But to keep us entertained, they announced that Cate Campbell and Emily Seebohm were on the plane, and they wandered down the aisle showing off their medals!  It was amazingly cool!  Got to touch Emily Seebohm's silver and gold medals!  They were very heavy!  But not as shiny as I thought they'd be! heh.  Finally arrived in Brisbane, picked up our hire car then headed out to Chay and David's.  Fairly quiet night.  Only stayed up til 12:30 drinking and chatting :)  But did get to meet their new bird - Ichy - an Indian Ringneck, who is amazingly cool :)

Have I ever mentioned how much I love flying? :)
Queensland 2012
Pretty clouds over NSW
Queensland 2012
Sydney shining
Queensland 2012
Look mum, I can see your house from here!
Queensland 2012
This dude is taking this plane for a walk
Queensland 2012
I was quite surprised by the *glass* bottles!
Queensland 2012
Cate Campbell and her gold medal
Queensland 2012
Emily Seebohm and her two silver and one gold medal
Queensland 2012
Cate Campbell and Emily Seebohm on our plane!
Queensland 2012
The girls had some cool "Australia" luggage
Queensland 2012
Brisbane Airport
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Mine!
Queensland 2012


Friday

After a fairly slow morning, we headed out to Ipswich for lunch and went to the Hog's Breath Cafe for lunch.  I didn't feel like anything too heavy, so had a "side" of caesar salad, and a "side" of curly fries.  Because if you go to the Hog's Breath Cafe you *have* to do curly fries :)   Stu had a pretty awesome "finger food" platter.  On the way back, we stopped in at Dan's to pick up supplies for the rest of the weekend.  Dinner was lots of Eagle Boys pizza.  There was drinking.  There was Buzz.  There was Singstar.  And it was very good.

Finger food platter
Queensland 2012
Caesar salad and curly fries
Queensland 2012
Supplies for the weekend
Queensland 2012
Stu and Ichy
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Ichy!
Queensland 2012
Ichy!
Queensland 2012

Saturday

Saturday after a bit of a sleepin (and the sweetie had headed out to meet a friend), C&D and I headed over to the markets next to Orion.  But they were pretty boring, not much there.  So headed into town to wander around South Bank and the markets there.  Was a very lovely wander.  Dinner that night was some roast chicken that we picked up from Chay's mum, along with the kids who were quite sick with the flu.  (David did his "best potatoes in the known universe" which were pretty decent :) ).  Their friend Storm came over after dinner too which was pretty cool.  There were mojitos.  There was drinking.  There was Buzz.  There was Singstar.  And it was very good.

Near Orion
Queensland 2012
Southbank
Queensland 2012
Brisbane from Southbank
Queensland 2012
Southbank
Queensland 2012
Southbank (taking after Japan, much?)
Queensland 2012
Bored lifesaver. The water looked lovely.  I'd have liked to have gone for a swim.  But I didn't have any swimmers.  And I think they'd have arrested me if I went skinny dipping!
Queensland 2012
Brisbane from Southbank
Queensland 2012
Lizard at Southbank
Queensland 2012
Nepalese pagoda at Southbank
Queensland 2012
Chookens!
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Mojitos!
Queensland 2012

Sunday

After a bit of a sleepin, we packed a picnic lunch and headed out to Wivenhoe Dam.  We'd thought of this too late last year which was a bit sad as we would have seen it spilling over.  As it was this year, they'd closed off the viewing area so you couldn't even see the front of the dam.  But I did walk over most of it while the others took photos of me heh.  Dinner was roast pork, along with a stack of pork skin.  But after dinner I started feeling a bit off-colour.  Thought I was coming down with the flu the kids had.  But also felt quite queasy.  Didn't even feel like drinking!  Tragic I know!!  Storm came over again and we played a card game called "Frustration" which I think I'd like to play some more.  There was no Buzz.  There was no Singstar.  There was no more drinking.  And it was very sad.

Wivenhoe Dam
Queensland 2012
Extra spillway at Wivenhoe Dam
Queensland 2012
Blue-faced honeyeater
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Isn't he a cutie? :)
Queensland 2012
Wivenhoe Dam
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Wivenhoe Dam
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Wivenhoe Dam
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Wivenhoe Dam
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Wivenhoe Dam
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Wivenhoe Dam
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er..
Queensland 2012
We'd bought a big bag of purple carrots.  If you boil them, their water turns bright indigo!
Queensland 2012

Monday

The last day is always a quiet day.  Didn't really do anything before heading off with ten baby plecos and three baby guppies in tow at 11:30am.  Pretty uneventful trip home (two flights - Brisbane-Sydney then Sydney-Canberra, and Lake George looks very full!).  After a long weekend of entirely t-shirt weather it was a bit sad to get home to the freezing cold.  

Jaffas at the Brisbane Qantas club
Queensland 2012
Citrus lemon shortbread on the plane
Queensland 2012
Northern beaches of Sydney
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Drinks with Libby Trickett at the Qantas Club in Sydney
Queensland 2012
A-380 taking off
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Been to a couple of parties down there
Queensland 2012
Sunset over Botany Bay
Queensland 2012
I've never seen Lake George completely full!
Queensland 2012
Home!!
Queensland 2012

I dumped all the fish into the two-foot tank.  The next morning (Tuesday) I couldn't see any of the new fish at all - alive or dead.  Wednesday morning I saw one of the plecos swimming around.  So who knows if any others have survived.

Also fought the infection for a couple of days, but I think I have beaten it and not really gotten sick.

As always, same time next year guys, it was fun :):):)
So we were watching DamCam all day yesterday.  And Mark Sullivan's tweets.  The old Cotter Dam disappeared underwater, and the new one looked like it was going to overflow.

So I had to go see of course :)

New Cotter Dam overspill
New Cotter Dam overspill
New Cotter Dam overspill
New Cotter Dam overspill

Scrivener was also going hard

Scrivener Dam overspill
Scrivener Dam overspill

This was Ginninderra Creek yesterday morning.  Normally this creek is about a metre wide.

Ginninderra Creek Flooding

And a wombat.  Cause it's cool.

Wombat

Recurring Theme?

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Big work Christmas party today.  In my opinion too early for a Christmas party (and not helped by it being freezing cold today!)  But not as loud as previous years, so a much more enjoyable day.

In a repeat occurrence of last year, it rained lots and lots today.  So as we did last year, we hit up Scrivener Dam.  Not nearly as exciting as last year, but pretty cool nonetheless!

Scrivener Dam
Scrivener Dam
Scrivener Dam
Scrivener Dam
Scrivener Dam

Whoosh

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Went to Jindabyne on Sunday to see this

Lake Jindabyne
Lake Jindabyne spill
Dalgety

Leavesden

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So I heard the most wonderful news today.  Warner Bros will be opening up Leavesden Studios to the public next year for Harry Potter tours!!!!  I saw the studios from across the road last year (including seeing the tops of the Knight Buses and Privet Drive, and the hanger likely to house the Great Hall) so as you can imagine I'm all EPIC SQUEEEE!!  Think I'll be slotting that in next year along with Legoland.

Also went to Jindabyne today to see the dam spilling, but will blog about that when not so grumpy about missed photo opportunities.
On Saturday they had another open day at Cotter Dam.  Except this time you had to book tickets in advance.  So the whole was much more pleasant and civilised than last time, which involved lots of standing around trying to shelter from the rain and getting stressed over people pushing in trying to get onto the buses.

Pleasant waiting area
Cotter bend
View of the old dam, quarry, piles of rocks for the new dam, and one of the saddle dams
Cotter Dam construction
Face of rock where the new dam will be constructed
Cotter Dam construction
One of the completed saddle dams
Saddle dam
Truck bringing rock from the quarry up for processing
Dump truck full of rocks
The top path is where we got to get out and take photos.  The middle path is where we went last time, but couldn't get out this time :(
Cotter Dam open day GPS track

After the bus trip, went on the Discovery Trail again

The old little bridge across the Cotter River was swept away last year
Bridge all gone
Cotter Dam from the Discovery Trail
Cotter Dam
European Wasp in the car park
Bug


Bendora - Finally!!

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Today I took my poor little laser out on the crazy rock roads to Bendora Dam!!  (Not much dirt - much has been washed away recently - they were even regrading chunks of it).  So averaged probably 40km/h on most of it.

First stop was at Piccadilly Circus to photograph the signs, and some flutterbys

Butterflies
Butterfly
Then onto the dam.  

The dam is still full to overflowing.

Bendora Dam
Bendora Dam
Saw a cool bird.  Possibly an Australian Kestrel.
Edit: according to Chris it's a young Osprey

Australian Kestrel (maybe)
Australian Kestrel (maybe)
Walked down to try and get a view of the front of the dam.  Climbed on a concrete pedestal to get a view over the fence.

Bendora Dam
Bendora Dam
Bendora Dam
Then continued wandering down the road.  

Past some of the water pipes.  Some of our drinking water goes through this.

Water pipes
Further down there's a little causeway that was overflowing.

Cyclist at Bendora Dam
Causeway at Bendora Dam
Went back up the hill and found a stairway under the bridge downstream from the river that went down to the river.

Found a skink that had lost its tail recently.

Lizard at Bendora Dam
And an unobstructed view of the dam.  This place would have been flooded last month when all five spillways were spilling.

Bendora Dam
Bendora Dam
Stopped there for something to eat, and several lizards came out to investigate.

Lizard at Bendora Dam
Lizard at Bendora Dam
My car struggled somewhat getting back to the top of the ridge between the ACT and NSW, but it made it.

Stopped at the old arboretum at the top of the hill.

Arboretum
Bark
Flowers at the arboretum
And when there was a view of Canberra

Canberra from the Brindabellas
And at Cotter Dam

Flowers at Cotter Dam
Cotter Dam
And the Cotter River (which was at much more normal levels than the last time I was there)

Cotter River
Cotter River
Phewf!!  177km later! 3782m ascent, 3286m decent (odd, since I started and finished at home).  Probably won't get out there again any time soon!

I started this post like so:

Just before Christmas had a look at Scrivener Dam at a more sedate water level.  I'll have to go back again later in summer when things are a lot drier and so some more comparison shots..

However when I went to compare one of the pics, I realised I never actually posted photos of the flooding on December 9!!  What a fail!!

So.  December 9.  Googong Dam was testing out its new spillway in stylish fashion.  Half of Queanbeyan was under water.  The Molonglo was filling Lake Burley Griffin to overflowing.  They opened four of the gates on Scrivener Dam.  Tonnes and tonnes of dead trees filled the lake and also went over the dam.

It was a pretty epic day.  DC and I and CB 1&2 went down at lunch time to try and get a closer look, but they'd blocked off all the roads to the dam in anticipation of opening all five gates.  Turned out they didn't, which was good, cause I'd have been mad if they had and I couldn't get photos ;)  We all went back after work when they'd opened the roads again (along with most of the rest of Canberra heh).

So here's some pics of Scrivener Dam and the Molonglo on December 9.

Under the Tuggeranong Parkway
Molonglo River in flood
Parts of the bike path were under water!
Molonglo River in flood
Look how thick the wall of water is!
Scrivener Dam
It was really stinky down here.  The Queanbeyan sewage treatment works had been inundated, and partially treated sewage was flowing through the lake and over the dam.
Scrivener Dam
Look how high the water got!  There's a pic later on showing lower water levels for comparison.
Scrivener Dam
Half of Canberra came to have a look
Management station
There are trees in the middle of all that that are completely submerged
Molonglo River in flood
So many dead trees (and some live ones) were washed over
Dead trees flowing over the dam
The dam with three gates open
Scrivener Dam
So much water!
Scrivener Dam
More trees
Scrivener Dam
And some night shots just for fun
Scrivener Dam by night
Scrivener Dam by night

So skip ahead to December 23.

The dam was still very full - water was lapping over the edge!
Scrivener Dam
See that small sign at the base of the nearest vertical bit?  That's where water was up to on December 9 (see pic above)
Scrivener Dam
Scrivener Dam
Even this level looks pretty high.  Will have to go back at the end of February..
Molonglo River

Dam busters (part 3)

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After George Hrab, headed out to Googong, it being full and all.  What a difference a couple of weeks makes!

Never thought I'd see this!!
Googong Dam
Compare today ..
Googong Dam
with last week...
Googong Dam
Side by side..
Googong Dam Googong Dam
And had to get a pic of this!
Dams 100%
And so another weekend comes to a close all too quickly :(

Dam busters (part 2)

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So I've actually been doing some other dam trips recently.  There was a trip to Googong last week, and Scrivener earlier in the week. 

First up I thought it would be fun to compare Cotter Dam pics over the past two months.  

Firstly, there's Cotter Dam in October, when things were flowing sedately, even after heavy rains in September.  Note the neat little walkway under the new steel bit of the dam.

Cotter Dam
Then there's last Sunday.  Lots of rain and overflow, and it seems the walkway has already been destroyed.

Cotter Dam
Cotter Dam
And finally yesterday.  I'm wondering how much of the new fill for the new dam wall is still there or has been washed away..

Cotter Dam
Googong Dam last week was at about 80% full.  Apparently it hit 100% yesterday.  I'll have to get back there soon!

Googong Dam
And Scrivener earlier in the week was also pretty awesome

Scrivener Dam
Scrivener Dam
Scrivener Dam
Scrivener Dam
Scrivener Dam
Scrivener Dam
The majority of these pics are up on the RiotACT.  I think I'm five for five now (didn't post any of yesterday's pics).

One of Tony H's mates got these pics.. must have been earlier yesterday morning.. epic squee!!

Lots of fun!!!

Dam busters

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Had our work Christmas party today.  One of at least three heh.  So that was fun enough, although they lied and had the band inside (they'd promised the band would be outside, so the inside area would be quieter).  But of course with the rain (or threat thereof), they came in.  Which meant we had to go outside or into one of the side rooms so we could hear each other without yelling.  Grunt.

Anyways.  

Afterwards I talked Dave into being my dam chauffeur and we hit Scrivener, Cotter and Ginninderra.

Scrivener with two gates open (this morning there were three)

Scrivener Dam
Scrivener Dam
Scrivener Dam
Scrivener Dam
Scrivener Dam
Scrivener Dam
Scrivener Dam
Then out to Cotter.  The lower bridge over the Cotter River was closed.  But you get a decent view from Brindabella Road.  (Coppins Crossing was also closed)

Cotter Dam
Cotter Dam
Cotter Dam
Cotter River in flood

Cotter River
Cotter River
Pumping station

Pumping Station
Pumping Station equipment
And finally to Lake Ginninderra's spillway

Ginninderra outflow
Ginninderra outflow
Ginninderra Creek (River??)

Ginninderra Creek
Phewf!! 

Was pretty epic awesome though!

I have some more dam pics to post, but think will save them til tomorrow :)

Cotter Dam open day

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Braved the crazy rain and wind this morning to go out to the Cotter Dam open day.  Of course the wind was blowing the rain in horizontally, so used Random Camera, as big camera is a lot harder to shield from the rain.  So not the greatest set of pictures ever, but will send em in to the RiotACT anyway.

Cotter Dam open day
Cotter Dam open day
Cotter Dam open day

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

Scrivener Open

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The quest for ACT dams continues.  This time Scrivener with one of its flood gates open!

Scrivener Dam
Scrivener Dam
Molonglo River in flood
Scrivener Dam
Scrivener Dam
It was pretty awesome!! :)

Tonight we watched James May's Toy Stories (Airfix) and a documentary on Berlin.

And opened the Laphroig - yum!

And am attempting to delete my failed Recycle Bin ... hopefully it'll clear 31gb ..

Cotter Dam and stuff

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Even though the weather wasn't the best, headed out to Cotter Dam yesterday to look at the new viewing platform and the work on the new dam.

Cotter Discovery Trail board
Cotter Dam viewing platform
Old Cotter Dam
New Cotter Dam in progress
A female satin bowerbird - freaky purple eyes!

Female satin bowerbird
For dinner we went to Potty's for some beer and very yummy Thai takeaway.  Violet is huge!  She's six months old and about the size of a regular nine month old!

Violet six months

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