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Struggling

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Saturday morning I gave away the fridge from the caravan that never worked on 240V.  One less piece of clutter in the house!

Then we headed out to the club.  I chatted to Chris and helped de-nail fence palings in the morning, and helped with the working bee (more de-nailing of fence palings) in the afternoon.

Club lizard

Club new fence

Came home and were all set for a quiet night in, started watching Back to the Future, then Kit invited us down.  Serena had brought Jenga Quake.  Which was my third variation of Jenga this week.  At work they have an original set.  At the club there's a much bigger set.  Quake has plastic bricks which have less friction so are a little easier to pull out.  But we didn't use the quake platform cause that's just silly.  Stayed up a bit too late annoying the neighbours by singing along to seventies music.

Today I barely did anything on the todo list.  Best I could manage was to clean the kitchen.  Did our food shopping, cooked/ate dinner, went for walkies with Chrissie then finished watching Back to the Future.

Mt Rogers Bug

Surviving

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Only just barely survived the week.  Weird networking issues scuttled my firewall work which just made the whole team look bad.

Tuesday went for a short walk with Chrissie.  We were going to walk last night but I forgot.

On Wednesday I cleared out years of old project paperwork out of my desk drawers.

Thursday we went over to Kit's after drinks.

I also solved the GCHQ nonogram quite easily (it became pretty obvious what it was fairly early on) and have been playing nonogram puzzles online.

And starting to pick up speed on the 5000 piece jigsaw.

Moth

Piecing

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Hail

Friday night we took Chrissie out for her birthday - she now joins me in knowing the meaning of life, the universe, and everything.  We went to the Dumpling Inn and had some of our favourites (shredded beef peking style and three cup wine chicken) and some dumplings (still can't compete with Din Tai Fung).  Went back to her place afterwards and Kit came down as well.

Dumpling Inn dumplings

Dumping Inn three cup wine chicken

Dumpling Inn fried dumplings

Dumpling Inn shredded beef peking style

Lacked motivation this weekend.  Had a big todo list, but barely any of it got done.

I did manage to clean the kitchen and the spare room.  And did some washing.

Other than that, about ten hours on the jigsaw.  And all I've got to show for it is some sorting (about three hours), the edge, and a tiny bit of the jigsaw proper.

Ominous skies

Well, also went for a longish (well it took ages, but that was cause of the kid and the dogs being special, it was actually only 4.85km) walk with Chris.  And the sweetie cooked dinner and did *heaps* of work in the garden.

Heavy rain

Had a cleaning day today.  People will keep making mess, so I'll spend my life cleaning up after them .. hrmmm

Tony and Kiera convinced me to talk home with them.  Oops.  Did get a few new portals though.

Tonight I mostly geotagged photos (I've basically finished the Canon shots from the group tour).  But after you hit save on a day, you have about five to ten minutes where you can't do any more, so I used that time to work through some things on my todo list (mostly house cleaning type stuff heh).  If I can achieve as much as I did tonight *every* night then maybe I'll actually get everything done that I need to ...

Since getting home

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Friday night we watched the Bourne Identity.

Saturday I had a fairly productive morning, then we headed out to the club for the afternoon/evening.  Didn't sleep too well - the mattress we have is pretty crap, so kept waking up with a sore spine.

Kranskies

Sunday afternoon we didn't really do much at all.  I did meet the new chickies.

Baby chickies

And we did a *lot* of food shopping..

Big food shop

Big food shop

Big food shop

After dinner (of salmon) I went for a walk to hack some portals and make a field (which is surprisingly still there).  It was a very pleasant time of day to be walking, and there were flowers and the scent of jasmine in the air.  Lovely.

Last night we went to bed early, but I just lay there for hours, not getting to sleep til after midnight :(  So then I woke up at 6am *tired*.  Blah.

But still had a relatively productive day, so that was satisfying.

Climbing roses

Cooked a very evil chicken with cheese and bacon stuffing for dinner - yumm!

Then after dinner we went for a walk around Palmerville.  We also watched the first episode of The Code, which I kept getting distracted over all the Canberra been-theres.

Think I slept fairly well last night. Although I finally remembered to run sleep cycle which indicated I was somewhat restless till quite late (but that's pretty normal). The pillow was a bit thick for my liking, but then I realised this morning there's another one that's squishy so will use that tonight.

Breakfast was ok this morning.

After breakfast we headed up into Carnarvon Gorge.

We walked up with the rest of the group and the guide for a while, but mum wanted to show me the Amphitheatre, so we made a break with one of the other guys and walked up to it. It was quite spectacular and well worth the hour's extra walk.

Then we met up with others back at the Moss Garden.

So we ended up walking for over three hours, which is the healthiest day we've had so far.

Lunch was back at the lodge area. I had battered bassa and chips and that was quite nice.

After lunch we went on a helicopter ride!! I'd never actually been on a helicopter before (neither had Cutie, so she came with me). So it was pretty awesome. We went up to Moolayember Gorge and was appropriately spectacular. Shameless plug to Heli-Central :)

Came back to the room via kangaroos and echidnas and did photo stuff for a while.

Then out again to the sunset at Bandana (sp?) which is a cattle property near the gorge which run evening sunset drinks and nibbles. I thought it was a *tad* overpriced (they're only allowed to serve two drinks without a liquor licence) but after one of mum's glasses of wine I felt better and enjoyed the old farmer's stories and song.

Then back for dinner (I had steak tonight which was a little tough on the ends but nice in the middle, and chocolate pudding which was very nice) and suddenly it's 9pm ..

So it took me *hours* to get to sleep last night. Spent too many hours stressed and upset :( And woke up several times during the night as well. *yay*

Breakfast was much the same as yesterday.

Our first stop this morning was Riversleigh. I'd first heard about the place in 1992 - first year biology lectures with Mike Archer. So it was great to finally see the place. Well. A tiny fraction that the tourists are allowed to see. Actually I'm sure I came super close to many of the fossils taken from Riversleigh when I was working at uni - the basement had compactus after compactus of bags of dirt and rock, probably from here. Anyway, had a short walk around the tourist loop then headed off.

Had morning tea at the Gregory River crossing.

Then onto lunch on the Barkly Highway.

And finally into Mt Isa mid afternoon.

Our room here is quite nice. The lighting is a bit dim, and we have a view of a wall one metre opposite, but it has a desk! First desk I've had to use in days. Although there's not actually a power point anywhere near the desk, so I don't know where you're meant to plug in the kettle. The floor over by the wall? Bedside table? Bathroom? hrmm.

Mum and I headed out for a bit of a walk. It was pretty hot, and the flies were super annoying. And the GPS on Stu's phone was playing up, so I was having difficulty hacking portals. And checked the intel map and there was lots of blue goo west of Cairns, so I couldn't link from here across to there. Oh well. I put some link amps on the eastern-end portals, in case someone else can use them.

Walked up to the lookout to have a look down on the town and the mines.

Had a nice shower before heading down to dinner. I had slow-cooked pork cheek which was super tender and tasty, a huge steak that was a tad overdone on the edges but not too bad in the middle, and a lovely poached pear. All very nice, and I am *very* full now!

Oh, we heard the 8pm mine blasts go off too, at 8:10pm.
Also, static electricity is back with all the carpets and the super dry air here.

Slept really well last night. Only woke up once briefly at 4:30 then went straight back to sleep. This room has a few little foibles. Like there's no toilet roll holder on the walls, just one on the floor. And no hand towels and no mirrors. Odd.

Today had a much better day.

After breakfast we headed into Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park.

We did a couple of walks. The first was to the falls and then up to Indarri Lookout. Spectacular colours, a really pretty spot.

Then after some morning tea we walked over to the island and a little way down to see the creekside that gets flooded regularly.

Then came back to Adels for lunch - sausages and salad.

After lunch we went back into the park and took a little electric boat up the gorge. Again, the scenery was spectacular, and we even saw a crocodile and some tortoises (sadly no barramundi). For $35 as an optional extra I think it was worth it.

Back at Adels we went and jumped in the creek for a super refreshing swim.

Ok so skip an hour or two. After backing up my photos, we went down to the bar for a couple of drinks before dinner.

Dinner was King Salmon. Which wasn't pink. I know, spun me out. I'm looking at it, going, but what is it? But there you go.

After dinner they had a dude singing some songs, although most of them were a bit too old for me (suited the demographic I suppose). We think it was actually one of the tour guides that took us round the park today. It was all a bit of fun.

Then I remembered I wanted a cane toad photo, so went to find one. As I was in the corner showing someone that had never seen a cane toad before, the tour guide told me off for being rude to the guy singing. *blink* I didn't think this was the theatre where people were expected to sit quietly and listen. No this was a pub show, where people were expected to sing and dance and have a good time. So if I'm showing a cane toad to someone in the corner and not bothering anyone, why should I be told off?? And then the toad jumped out of my hand so I squealed before grabbing it (as you do) but then I got told off again. So I left in disgust. So pissed off right now.

So the day started just before six when mum noticed me stirring and asked if I was awake. Hrmm. So got up and organised photos and posted my blog and crap.

Went down to breakfast and ate lots of naughty things and a few bits of fruit to make it look like I was at least pretending to be healthy.

Went for a little walk around the marina while waiting for our bus pickup.

At 8:30 lots of people were waiting for pickups by lots of different tour companies. Several came and went before the correct one did.

So we go driven up to the Kuranda Skyway station where we took the Skyway (Sky Train?) up the Barren Gorge. It was quite spectacular! Got out at the appointed places to have a walk around the rainforest and look out at the lookouts.  I'd love to see the falls during the rainy season - that would be amazing!

Arrived at Kuranda at around 11am. Walked along the waterfront up to the big road bridge, then up into the very hippy-ish markets. Found the Cassowary Cafe and had potato twisties and sat for a while and that took us up til about midday. Hrmm. Still three and a half hours to wait for our train back.

So walked through the tourist trap of stores and was a bit jaded by the whole thing. The Birdland would have been cool to go into, but they wanted $17 each which I thought was a bit steep.

So we just kept walking through the jungle. To be honest I was pretty tired from being hot and sweaty (have I ever mentioned how much I hate humidity?). So mum took me on a couple of jungle walks which were pleasant enough temperature-wise (if not humidity-wise) but ultimately a little boring.

Then we realised we'd be able to see the 2pm train going over a bridge, so went to go document that which was good.

Then back into town to look at the "main street" of tourist trap shops before *finally* getting onto the train at ~3:15pm.

The train ride was pretty cool. Some nice views of the spectacular gorge and a fairly leisurely trip down the hill.

Finally got picked up by the bus transfers a bit after 5pm, to take us back to our hotels.

Yeap. A super long, tiring day. I could easily have spent a couple of hours less in Kuranda and come back early (the 2pm train would have been ideal). Oh well.

Had a shower when I got back to the hotel (stoopid humidity) then we went down for dinner.

Met up with the rest of the people on the tour and had a lovely three course meal in the hotel restaurant. I had garlic prawns, pork belly and lemon meringue. It was all delicious. My only complaint was that the pork crackling wasn't crackling all over, only at the edges.

Then back up here to download photos, blog and wash my hair....

So I always forget *something*. This time I forgot all the paperwork for the trip. Not super critical, but annoying. And the map. But mum brought hers. I also wish I'd brought a bottle opener. How is one meant to kick back with a beer at the end of the day, sitting overlooking the marina and typing up the day's blog entry? Unless one makes sure to get twist tops or cans. But I digress.

So I was up at 5am. The sweetie kindly took me to the airport.

The first flight was in a 717 (really a rebadged MD-95). I'd only ever been in a 717 at the Canberra Airport Open Day, and never flown in one before (I think I've been in other MD planes though). I had seat 22F, which is up near the back of the plane, as I prefer. However the wings on a 717 are *way* back. And the engines are *just there*. In fact if I'd been any further back all would have been able to see would have been the engines. Note to self: next time flying on a 717, get seats up the front, further forward than rows 13/14 which are the exit rows.

We didn't get much in the way of breakfast, just a slice of banana bread. Qantas have also relaxed the PED (Personal Electronic Device) rules. If they're switched to flight mode you can leave them on the entire trip (except laptops, they still want you turn those off for takeoff/landing). And they had these little iPad minis that you could play movies, music and tv on. Sadly no games, which was a bit of a downer. Also the home button was disabled so didn't take you home which was a bit of a poo. Anyway I watched a doco - the Twitter Revolution, which I didn't quite finish because we landed.

Also there were clouds most of the way, so the view was pretty boring for most of it.

Anyway. Arrived in Sydney then went in search of a bit more substantial breakfast. They don't have a Maccas inside T3 so I had to have Hungry Jacks hash browns :(

Then went and met up with mum. We also saw a couple that had Outback Spirit bags as well, so chatted to them a bit too. They were doing a Cape York tour.

Our next flight was on a 767. Up the back again, as per my preference. Mum was happy that she didn't have to sit in the middle seat next to a random because of the 767's 2-3-2 seat configuration.

We took off to the south, but again the clouds made the take off pretty boring.

They gave us a more substantial breakfast this time, but being at the back of the plane it was quite late arriving, so I was glad I'd had something else to eat earlier.

Watched The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (on full iPads this time) which I quite enjoyed. Mum watched The Other Woman, which looked like it might have been fun. Sadly they didn't have Frozen. They didn't even have the Lego Movie on the iPads, although they had it on the minis on the short flight. Go figure.

After our movies finished we began our descent. Came in from the north but clouds prevented us seeing Cairns before we arrived.

So picked up our bags, checked the price of the shuttle ($28 for two people), then went and took a cab ($26).

Our hotel is lovely. We have a nice view of the marina and the mountains to the south.

Now if the sweetie had been here he would have flopped onto the bed and declared it a day. But it was only about midday, so mum and I decided to go for a wander. We got changed out of our winter clothes and into something more appropriate for the tropics and off we went.

After checking out the pool we meandered past the jetty, lagoon, war memorial etc, then headed through town up to the station. Stopped in Cairns Central for a *very* late lunch at Surf and Thai. Which was more like surf and western Chinese, but whatevs.

Then meandered back to the hotel to get changed to go for a swim in the lagoon! Mum has been to Cairns a couple of times but for one reason or another has never managed a swim in the lagoon. It turned out to be quite pleasant. So stayed in there for a little while, then came back to the hotel again.

So this is where I went on a little expedition to get beer, and sat down outside to type up what we've done so far today :)

It's been quite windy today actually. Which in the tropics is quite a blessing. I'd have been dying otherwise!

Moving on. So after typing up what we'd done so far we went out for another wander. Took some photos of the trees and the lagoon by night - very pretty.

Then battled the crowds in town. It had been the Amateurs day at the races, so there were a *lot* of short skirts, crazy high heels and fascinators. We had a quick wander through the Night Markets, Cairns attempt at an Asian-style market to keep the tourists happy. Then we ended up at Coffee Club for some calamari and chocolate cake.

The back to the hotel to crash.

Last Sunday was such a lovely day that I felt kinda bad that we'd stayed indoors the entire day.

So the sweetie and I went for a walk around Palmerville.

And I took lots of photos of the sweetie and black cockatoos and stuff.. 

Palmerville walk

Palmerville walk

Palmerville walk

Palmerville walk

Palmerville walk

Palmerville walk

Palmerville walk

Black Cockatoos

Black Cockatoos

Black Cockatoos

Black Cockatoos

Black Cockatoos

Black Cockatoos

Black Cockatoos

Black Cockatoos

Black Cockatoos

Black Cockatoos

Black Cockatoos

Black Cockatoos

Black Cockatoos

Black Cockatoos

Black Cockatoos

Black Cockatoos

Mr Bug came over for dinner afterwards - slow cooked lamb shanks - nom! The Stus had a good long catchup, and we watched some of The Wind Rises.

Tom Weekend

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Friday night we went and picked up Stu's old school friend Tom from the station.

Saturday morning they headed into town to see some anime at the Dendy.  I took the opportunity to get the house in order.  In the afternoon Damien picked me up and we went to the Wig & Pen for drinks, and then Stu, Tom and I went to Happy's for dinner.  Came home and watched Star Wars.

Sunday morning we went to Black Pepper for breakfast.  Afterwards, David came by to look at my car (see here for more on that).  Then we took Stu to the airport and Tom and I went to see Garden of Words and Ghost in the Shell: Arise with Gaelian and Steph.  I thought The Garden of Words was lovely, stunningly beautiful and detailed, and the "been-there's" were pretty cool too.  Ghost in the Shell was a lot harder to follow who was on who's side, so didn't get into that one as much.

Garden of Words Ghost in the Shell

We had a late lunch/early dinner at Ali Baba, then came home with drinks and nibbles and proceeded to watch Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

This morning got up at stoopid o'clock to drop Tom off at the station, then came home to get more sleep.

With only 1100 steps on the pedometer by 5pm and it being such a beautiful day and all, I also went for a walk, although only put another 4000 steps on the pedometer in forty minutes.

Mount Rogers walk

Mount Rogers walk

And some cool clouds and rainbows out the back

Ainslie Double Rainbow

Thursday

So Thursday we had a nice slow morning.  Saw Fiona off, then got ready and headed to the airport.

VH-YFI Boeing 737-800

Took a Virgin Australia flight because it was $20 each cheaper than Qantas.  Stu even got a spare seat next to him which was nice.  Got some snackages on the plane for lunch.

Canberra from the plane
Canberra

Gulgong - the town on the $10 note.  Well it used to be.
Gulgong

Turns out I even got a couple of pics of Chay and David's suburb, and the reserve (middle) that we did a couple of walks around.
Camira

Had the nice approach into Brisbane, and I think pretty much the only time I've done this approach, in daylight, with a window seat.

Brisbane

Picked up our hire car and then headed into New Farm to have a look at the city, get something more to eat, and have a look at Stu's old house. (I took my jumper off after I got off the plane, and didn't put it back on again til we arrived back in Canberra!)

Brisbane

Then we headed out to Chay and David's.

We've driven past this pool a few times, but this was the first time I'd ever seen anyone in it.
Gabba

For dinner we picked up some beer and pizza.  I had pepperoni and feta, with a couple of pieces leftover for breakfast.

Ichi

We played a few games of Buzz and did some Singstar.

Friday

Fairly slow morning.  I'd had awful trouble sleeping because of the heat, and also the bed sagged in towards Stu so felt like I was lying on a slope all night.

After my pizza leftovers for breakfast, we eventually headed out to Orion, where we got the sweetie a coffee and had sushi for lunch.

Stu and Kailyn

In the afternoon I worked on a jigsaw Chay had picked up for me, and we all pretty much just chilled out.

Later in the afternoon we all went for a walk in the nearby reserve.

Family walk

We also had a look at the memorial to Jeremy Wackrow (spelt Jeremy Wacrow on the memorial), who had been found dead there in October 1995.  (The next day on the same walk we even ran into the guy that found him).

Jeremy Wackrow Memorial

Jeremy Wackrow Memorial

Camira walk

Ichi

Had some very nice fish and cauliflower bake for dinner.  

Then we headed over to Storm's where we played quite a few games of Emporer-Scum, and then some Singstar til very late.

Cheese!

Saturday

Better sleep last night!  I had leftover cauliflower bake for breakfast.  Continued to work on the jigsaw, where I had to defend the pieces against Ichi stealing them!

Ichi

We were going to go to the cafe in Springfield Lakes for lunch, but it was closed!  How rude!

Springfield Lakes cafe

So we went back to Orion for sushi again.

After lunch we went for a drive to go see Helen's amazing new house.

Helen's house

Chickie!

Came home and finished the jigsaw.

Jigsaw

David cooked up the rest of the fish, as well as a whole stack of yummy veggies.  Yum!

Watched The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which was good, but it was very strange seeing Emma Watson try to do an American accent!  Then played a bit of Singstar.

Sunday

Woke up at 5am, then couldn't get back to sleep :(:(:(  Got up and we headed off to Sizzler for breakfast.  All you can eat bacon FTW!  Except the bacon ran out, so it wasn't all you could eat, unless you wanted to wait.  So waited, but the bacon wasn't as nice in this batch.  Mushrooms were almost gone the first round, so had to wait for those too.  Didn't have a croissant cause they looked pretty doughy.  The potato gems were really nice though.  And had the added bonus of not needing to eat again til dinner time.

Sizzler breakfast

Picked up another small jigsaw at Crazy Clark's on the way home.

Did a bit of the jigsaw, then had a long afternoon siesta.  

Had another walk around the reserve, but it wasn't nearly as nice - heaps of trail bikes making a whole tonne of noise :(

Sunset grass

Had corned beef that had been in the slow cooker all day.

After dinner played a couple of games of Buzz, then watched Sherlock, then some Singstar.

David and I tied in "Who Wants to Live Forever"
Singstar tie

Monday

Quiet morning.  Had muffins for breakfast and finished the little jigsaw.

Stu and Ichi

Jigsaw

Then we headed out to the airport and had some snackages in the Qantas club.

The flight back was also pretty good, and most of the back of the plane was empty, so Stu got a spare seat next to him again.  Flew right over the top of Sydney, then into Canberra from the south.

Plane shadow

Plane shadow

Gold Coast
Gold Coast

Cessnock (with the Crowne Plaza where we stayed at Christmas at the bottom left)
Cessnock

Lake Macquarie and some of Newcastle
Newcastle and Lake Macquarie

Tuggerah Lakes
Tuggerah Lake

Gosford and Brisbane Water
Gosford

Eastern Suburbs of Sydney
Sydney Eastern Suburbs

Canberra
Canberra!

So as always, a lovely weekend away!

Palmerville

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Yesterday we went for a walk around the Palmerville Heritage Park, which they've added signs to since we were last there, so that was quite interesting.  Then walked all the way to the Barton Highway, although that wasn't as much fun through very thick grass covering wheel ruts - had to step high and very carefully.

Palmerville walk

Magpie

In other news, we had a small visitor come to the front door and look at us hopefully.

Hi George!
George

In the evening we watched WALL-E

Another quiet morning.

Packed a picnic lunch and headed out to Smoky Cape.  

Smoky Cape Lighthouse sign

Smokey Cape Lighthouse

Walked up to the lighthouse and arrived just before 1pm, and noticed there was a tour at 1pm.  $10 each though, which we thought was a little pricey.  But decided we'd do it.  Except noone turned up.  Waited and waited and in the end gave up and headed back down.  Only to find the tour was down at the bottom of the hill.  Yay for telling us that on the sign, buttheads!  Were a bit over it, so didn't bother joining the tour late.

Why don't you tell us the tour starts at the bottom of the hill??

This lizard was on the path up the hill
Skink

Next up was a walk down to that middle beach down there
North Smoky Beach

Have I mentioned the humidity?  It was horrible.

This was the beach
North Smoky Beach

And the view back up to the lighthouse
Smoky Cape Lighthouse

We went for a dip, even though the surf was the most dangerous surf I've ever been in.  Waves and rips going in all sorts of directions, holes in the beach etc.  In the end we only went in a few metres from shore, as the water depth changed too dramatically to go out any further - we'd have been swept out to sea for sure.

Had our lunch, and another dip, then headed back up the hill.

Saw these lovely glossy black cockatoos on the walk back up the hill
Glossy black cockatoos

Glossy black cockatoos

Cooled off in the car ride back to the house, then headed out again for a little swim in the tidal creek.

Dinner was some amazing jewfish
Jewfish

Not much else for the rest of the night.

Overcast.  Humid.  Not hot, but oh so humid.

Did pretty much nothing all morning.  Attempted to get some sleep.  Not altogether successfully.  Made up a picnic lunch and headed out.

First stop was Trial Bay Gaol.  The buildings are remarkably well preserved.  Although most of it is solid granite.  It'll probably be there for centuries.

We spent a good hour and a half here.  Well worth the $7.50 entry.

Front entrance
Trial Bay Gaol

Interior courtyard
Trial Bay Gaol

This was the mess hall
Trial Bay Gaol

Cell block A on the left, exterior wall on the right, with a sign saying watch out for swooping magpies on the bottom left
Trial Bay Gaol

The area between the mess hall and the cell blocks
Trial Bay Gaol

The kitchen
Trial Bay Gaol

Remains of the hospital building, with cell block B behind
Trial Bay Gaol

"Silent cells"
Trial Bay Gaol

Stu in one of the silent cells
Trial Bay Gaol

View from the lookout tower.  The prison was built to house prisoners to build this breakwater.  But they never really made very good progress with it, and eventually abandoned the idea and closed the prison.
Trial Bay Gaol

Looking down cell block A
Trial Bay Gaol

During its time as a prison, they housed one prisoner to a cell on hammocks
Trial Bay Gaol

During World War I, they reopened the prison and sent educated German men here to keep them out of the way during the war.  They housed two per cell, which made the gaol quite overcrowded.
Trial Bay Gaol

The kitchen building
Trial Bay Gaol

Looking down cell block B.  This was built later (1900) and is remarkably drab next to the lovely granite.
Trial Bay Gaol

One of the baths in the bath house
Trial Bay Gaol

Kangaroos next to the bath house
Trial Bay Gaol

Looking down to the bath house
Trial Bay Gaol

After the gaol, we ate our picnic lunch in the car and then went on the walk down to Little Bay and the duck pond.

Walking up to the German monument, they've cleared a long tract of bush out, so you can see all the way up to it.  It unfortunately looks slightly rude from a distance..
German monument

The German monument, for the four Germans that died in the gaol during the war.  It was blown up in 1919 by persons unknown, but eventually rebuilt.
German monument

View of Trial Bay Gaol
Trial Bay Gaol

Banksia
Banksia

View across to South West Rocks
South West Rocks

Little Bay
Little Bay

Little Bay
Little Bay

Kangaroo tracks in the sand
Kangaroo tracks on the beach

Big boy kangaroo.  Look at the muscles on him!
Big boy kangaroo

Kangaroo and joey
Kangaroos

Joey having a drink
Kangaroos

Bounce!
Bounce

The duck pond.  Originally built as a water source for the gaol
Duck pond

Duck pond

Scribbly bark
Scribbly bark

One of the powder magazines used to store explosives for the construction of the breakwater
Powder magazine

The other one.  It was supposedly blown up as a test run by the same people that blew up the German monument.
Powder magazine

Wandered back to South West Rocks and went down to the tidal creek

Bridge over the creek

Where kids were jumping off the bridge into the creek..

Kids jumping off the bridge

Kids jumping off the bridge

Came back to the house for a very lovely chicken dinner.  After dinner we watched the King's Speech, which we quite enjoyed, even though a few liberties were taken with the story.

Chicken dinner

Five million

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Shoes are wonderful things.  Let me explain.

On Friday I clocked over five million steps on "10000 steps".  That's over a couple of years and two overseas holidays.  The majority of that (let's call it four million) was done in one pair of shoes - my black walking shoes.  That's two million steps per shoe.  That's two million flexes back and forth.  And they're still going.  I just think it's pretty amazing that *any* material would survive two million flexes and not break.  Cool stuff!

Sydney Day 3

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Didn't sleep very well *again* last night :(:(  Blah.
Headed out a bit after nine and met the little brother at the local McCafe.  Had brekky (bacon and egg mcmuffin and a hash brown.. yumm) then wandered through the Devonshire Street tunnel to the station to buy our tickets.  We decided to get a MyMulti (Zone 1).  
Art in the Devonshire Street Tunnel
Devonshire St tunnel
Devonshire St tunnel
Headed to Town Hall.  I went down and got myself a ticket to the Art of the Brick show on Friday morning! 
Kore's first ever train!
Tangara

Deck chairs outside Town Hall
Deck chairs at Town Hall


Then we had a wander through the QVB.  Stopped in to look at HobbyCo.  Nearly didn't get Stu and Kore away from the anime section ;)

Old freight trains
Model train in the QVB
Thomas!
Thomas
Crystal pavilion thing in the QVB
Crystal Santa room
Crystal Santa room
Christmas Tree in the QVB
Christmas tree in the QVB
Left there and went and got our tickets for the Tower/Wildlife World/Aquarium from NRMA (10% discount - same as online).  Then to Sydney Tower!  I didn't worry about panoramas this time since I did that last time.  Just zoomed in on all sorts of things, and did the tour guide thing for Kore.  And far out it was crowded!  Queued to go up, queued to go down.  And then got stuck in the lift.  Well not really, it just didn't start.  Ended up just hitting the door open button to get out.
Sydney Tower from King Street
Sydney Tower from King St
Sydney Tower under construction
Sydney Tower under construction

In the "4D" show
In the "4D" show
Harbour from the tower
Sydney Harbour
Don't know what this kid was looking at..
Not sure what this kid was looking at..
Kore up the tower
Kore and Kurama
Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour
Pacific Jewel
Pacific Jewel
Highest post box.  Except you can't actually buy stamps up the tower.  Pointless!
Post box
By this time it was lunch time, so we went to the Westfield foodcourt.  I had subway! heh. Poor sweetie.  Sydney is super crazy busy at the moment, and even at 2pm the food court was packed.  Basically the sweetie's idea of hell :( 
Then headed across to Hyde Park to see the Archibald Fountain and St Mary's cathedral (didn't bother going in - since "pics or it didn't happen" would mean it didn't happen heh).
Kore and Stu inspecting the wicker concrete on a building in Market Street
Concrete on Market St
Kore in Hyde Park
Kore in Hyde Park
Archibald Fountain
Archibald Fountain
St Mary's Cathedral
St Mary's Cathedral
A bit of a wander down Macquarie Street.
Hyde Park Barracks
Hyde Park Barracks
Stu picks hogwart's nose
Stu picks Hogwart's nose
Parliament House
Parliament House
State Library
State Library
Ibis
Ibis
I told Kore they look better in flight
Ibis in flight
Conservatorium of Music
Conservatorium of Music
And down to Circular Quay, to go see the Opera House.
Obligatory Harbour Bridge photo
Harbour Bridge
Opera House
Sea Gull
Kore at the Opera House
Kore discovers the Opera House is tiled
Kore discovers the tiles
Kore at the Opera House
And back to Circular Quay and the Manly Ferry!
Freshwater
Circular Quay station with barricades up to stop people watching the fireworks there
Circular Quay station
Circular Quay
Sydney from the ferry
Sydney from the ferry
Opera House
Harbour Bridge
Sydney
Sea plane
Lighthouse near the heads
This was Kore's first ever ferry
Kore on the ferry
Sailing boats on the harbour
Manly Wharf
Manly Wharf
Wandered up The Corso to the beach.  
Smiley face in sweat
Smiley face in sweat
Bubbles!
Oz Bubbles
Church
There are several taps along the Corso for filling up water bottles.  Best idea ever!
Water filling station
The Corso
The Corso
Manly men in Manly
Manly men
Manly beach
Manly beach
Kore dipped her feet in :)
Kore in the ocean
Then back to the Steyne hotel for a beer.  We originally had a table in the middle, but then noticed a window seat was free, so we all moved over there.  I tell you what, a nice cold beer, seat by the window with a lovely sea breeze and a view of the ocean was AWESOME!!  Really really nice.  Even the sweetie felt better after the stressful morning.  Decided to get "fish and chips" there because that's a traditional beachy thing to do (and Kore had never had it before, in fact she'd never even been to a pub before!).
Beer at the Steyne Hotel
Fish and chips
Then wandered back to the ferry, which we timed nicely for some lovely sunset pictures over the harbour.  
Pacific Jewel
Kore on her second ferry
Harbour sunset
Pacific Jewel leaving
Harbour sunset
Harbour sunset
Harbour sunset
Harbour sunset
Harbour sunset
Sydney
Opera House

Harbour Bridge
Circular Quay
They haven't finished the barricades on this side yet
Circular Quay station with barricades for the fireworks
Kore's second train
Train
And finally back to the hotel.  
Had to point out that the moon is upside down here
Moon
Bat!
Bat
Took over 1100 photos today .. whoops!!  Not sure how my experiment to deal with photos on a daily basis is going to work!  OK so an hour and a half later and I'm still not finished processing photos, let alone select some to blog, resize, upload and enter them into the blog.  Might work on that tomorrow morning if I get a decent nights' sleep and wake up early enough.

Mount Taylor

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Keep fit challenge of the weekend: Mount Taylor!

Crimson rosellas nesting in bird boxes
Nest boxes
Mount Taylor Walking Track sign
Mount Taylor reserve sign
Galah
Galah
Pea!
Pea!
Trig station at the top of Mount Taylor
Trig station
Trig Station silhouette
Trig station sillouette
Tuggeranong
Tuggeranong

Magpie having a bird bath in a dog-watering bowl
Magpie having a bath in a dog watering bowl
That same magpie
Magpie
And again - magpie jump!
Magpie jump
Back again for another bath
Magpie having a bath in a dog watering bowl
Canberra from Mount Taylor
Canberra from Mount Taylor
Mount Stromlo from Mount Taylor
Mount Stromlo from Mount Taylor
Chris could probably tell me what this is..
Bird of prey
Wattle!
Wattle
Wattle

OK so this entry is a little late (only five months!!)

14th March saw us heading down to Yarrangobilly Caves.

First up was a walk down to the thermal pool and then along the river walk.

Gang Gang cockatoos
Thermal pool
Thermal pool
River walk
Skink
Yellow worm
Cute lizard.. a dragon maybe?
Went around to the Glory Cave entrances but decided we wouldn't have time to go through it properly before our tour of Jersey Cave started.

Glory Cave entrances
So went back and did the Jersey Cave tour.  This cave was amazing.  Lots of really pretty formations, and lots of bacon :)

Jersey Cave
Jersey Cave
Jersey Cave
Jersey Cave
Jersey Cave
Jersey Cave
Jersey Cave
Photos can't capture the beauty of this pool and all the crystals of rock around it
Jersey Cave
Jersey Cave
Another pool that was a bit easier to photograph
Jersey Cave
Jersey Cave
Jersey Cave
Then it was back to South Glory Cave, which was a self-guided tour.  This cave was completely different to Jersey Cave - it was all white!

South Glory Cave
The hole in the roof is only relatively recent - Tony remembers going there when there was no hole!
South Glory Cave
My brother could probably explain why streaks of water come out as dots??  Something to do with the camera sensor?  I don't remember there being any fluoro lights around..
South Glory Cave
South Glory Cave
South Glory Cave
South Glory Cave
South Glory Cave
South Glory Cave
Quite a bit of wild life around the buildings, real and, er, stuffed!

Bunny rabbit!
Wedgetailed Eagle
Kangaroo
Honeyeater of some description
Flutterby
And heaps of cunninghams skinks!
Cunninghams skink
Cunninghams skink
Cunninghams skinks
All my cave photos were hand held, the majority without flash.  I did take a tripod, but it was too much like hard work to set it up - especially on the guided tour with lots of other people around.  Sorry, I'm just not dedicated enough ;)

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