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Cordeaux Dam

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On the way home from Sydney I made a slight detour to go see Cordeaux Dam, another of Sydney's upper Nepean catchment dams.  This one was opened in 1926.

Cordeaux Dam

Cordeaux Dam

Cordeaux Dam

Cordeaux Dam

Cordeaux Dam

Cordeaux Dam

Cordeaux Dam

Cordeaux Dam

Cordeaux Dam

Cordeaux Dam

Cordeaux Dam

Cordeaux Dam

Cordeaux Dam

Cordeaux Dam

Cordeaux Dam

Tent go bye byes

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Nearly thirty six years ago while we were travelling in America, we had the tv on in the motel room and on tv was the Muppets Rocky Mountain Holiday with John Denver.  Dad and David and I were watching, and Mum was in the bathroom washing up.

So the Muppets arrive at the campsite and Kermit says "Time to pitch tents", and Animal.. well I'll let you watch it to see.  But Dad and David and I CACKED ourselves laughing at it, and we had to explain to Mum what she missed.  

Anyway I thought of it this morning, and, internet to the rescue!

I saw this clip for the first time in thirty six years tonight.  Fun times!

In other news.. Quiet Sunday just food shopping, and back at work this week.

I've finally posted my 2018 year in review.. probably the latest I've ever done it.  I'd taken notes for everything up til the end of November, thinking I'd write it up on the trip, even if I couldn't post it.  Yeah right.  Anyways, done now.

Fourth Quarter Jigsaws also went up late, which includes some of the ones I did or helped with on the Queen Mary 2, in case anyone cares.

This was a fun one that came second hand from somewhere, possibly from the club cleanout, or from David.  There were a couple of pieces missing sadly.

Sydney jigsaw

Another from either the club cleanout or David, of Kinderdijk in the Netherlands.  I saw a bunch of windmills when I was there in 2012, but not sure which ones.  I did see that little tower on the very right.  I did most of this jigsaw myself, then we finished the sky when Dave and Kat were up in October.

Kinderdijk jigsaw

We started this the Saturday morning David and Kat were here, then they went off to River Island.  Given the waste of a weekend I had at home, I shoulda gone with them.  We finished it Sunday afternoon.

Fully Monty jigsaw

I got this from Kmart for $2 because I had a $10 voucher and had spent $8 on five pairs of socks and needed to spend the rest on something.  A fun little jigsaw I think I did in about an hour.

Chalk box jigsaw

This was from the club cleanout.  Had a repeating pattern so the left half was the same as the right half.

Civilisation jigsaw

This jigsaw we started in Southampton on the Queen Mary 2.  Did it in a couple of days.

Comic Jigsaw - Crazy Golf

This second comic jigsaw came straight after the one above on the port side of the ship.  Did this in two days.

Comic Jigsaw - Farm Visit

I truly hate people.  I hate evil disgusting people.  One morning after finishing the comic jigsaw above, we started this jigsaw of Polperro and got the sky and the boats and water done.  Later I came back to it and someone had put their hands on both sides of the jigsaw and pushed the whole lot together, destroying it.  I just walked away, I couldn't face redoing it all.  Then we had our shore day in New York.  Came back to it the next day and someone had restored it to about where I'd left it.  So I finished it.  Later I walked past and someone had pulled out all the dark bits of the water.  I mean seriously what the F#$* is wrong with people??  Some dude was putting it in and I showed him the photo of the finished jigsaw from just that morning.  I let him finish it.  The next day it had started all over again.  Le sigh.

Polperro jigsaw

I don't actually know what this is, as I didn't get a photo of the box (edit: it's Two Sisters (On the Terrace) (1881), by Renoir).  This was started in Southampton as well on the starboard side of the ship, and this was the progress after three days.  I didn't do much of it at all by this stage, just a couple of pieces.  It was pretty tough going, very dark and not much definition on the pieces.  Really didn't like it at all.

Art jigsaw

This was the progress by Christmas day.  I'd done a bit more on it, and I'd sorted all the pieces by shape, and partly by colour as someone else had sorted by colour.

Art jigsaw

And did I mention how much I HATE PEOPLE??  Look at what some feral turd of a human being did to it!

Art jigsaw

I'd originally thought with a bit of persistence we could get it done by the time we got off in New York, but I couldn't face it after this.  I actually considered boxing it all up and telling them to throw it out (there were pieces missing anyway) and put out a new one.  But I just walked away.

This had been going on the port side of the ship during our Caribbean days, so was just about finished when I saw it.  I helped with all the greenery at the top and we finished it before lunch on New Years Eve (technically New Years Day in Australia haha)

The Thatcher's Cottage jigsaw

A Little Hairy

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On the weekend the sweetie cut off over a foot of hair.

Cause it was getting a little ridiculous...

Hair

Hair

Hair

I had to do one last Cousin Itt...

Cousin Itt

A bit shorter now..

Shorter hair

Whoops...

Lost hair

The Silly Season

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Wednesday was first work Christmas party.  It was ok but nothing special.  Didn't get too silly.  Although some of the guys did, getting in a little late the next morning :)

Friday was "my" Christmas party.  Almost 60 people this year!  Getting out of control haha!  But everyone had a great time.  Well maybe except DC who got hit with *something*, no idea what.  And I did forget the Coke Zero.  And cooking oil.  I didn't stay til the end on account of the sweetie wanted to get home (and we needed to help Kit pack the truck).  I did catch the very same duck again :)  (she even came back a few minutes later and ate out of my hand so couldn't have been too traumatised!)

Just me and a duck

So yeah last night was helping load the truck.  Kit doesn't have a lot of *stuff* but Pete does and it's mostly awkward big stuff that doesn't fit in boxes.  I collapsed about 10:30 but there was still a lot in the garage to try and get in. 

Had lunches with the Chrises on Friday.  

Mine. Mine. Mine.

Seagull at Lighty

Misc Pics

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Just a few pics that have been floating around..

I enjoy Heather Armstrong's writing, and have been reading her blog for probably eleven or twelve years since Chay introduced me to it.

But I HATE having to go to her website to read it.  Just look at this crap.  Where's the actual content?  On this page there is literally one line of content.  The rest is adverts and links to other posts.  And the adverts aren't subtle either, they're animated in-your-face monstrosities.  Urgh.  Hate it.

Hate Dooce

A poppy that actually grew as a weed in one of my pots out the back.

Poppy

This is pretty cool.  A model of Belconnen Mall in Belconnen Mall!  From when it was first built in the seventies.  Remeber Venture?  And Franklins?

Belconnen Mall in Belconnen Mall

Belconnen Mall in Belconnen Mall

I love Canberra.  These guys just minutes from work!

Kangaroos

These miniature roses never really did very well .. until we removed the oak tree and gave them some light.  They totally went off this year.

Miniature roses

Gak Gak Birds

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I call masked lapwings "gak gak birds" because.. gak gak gak gak gak... whenever you get anywhere near them.

The other week a pair setup a nest.. in the middle of a public car park. 

So I know these guys nest on the ground, but surely they could have found somewhere more.. private..

Silly birds..

Gak gak birds

Gak gak bird eggs

Sadly the day after this they abandoned their nest.  Guess the stress of it all got too much.

Gak gak bird egg

Not Cartier

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Cath and I were going to go see the Cartier exhibition at the National Gallery in July.  Except we left it til the last day.  Whoops.  The queue was a hundred years long and not moving, so we wandered around a bit of the Gallery, through James Turrell's Skyspace, the Fern Garden and the Sculpture Garden instead.

Baptism pottery

I really liked this picture, except for the fact that the pieces didn't actually fit!

Barhmah Forest

Aboriginal memorial

Aboriginal memorial

Aboriginal memorial

Pears

James Turrell Skyspace

James Turrell Skyspace

James Turrell Skyspace

Fern garden

Fern garden

Cones

Cones

Cones

Angel of the North and the Carillon

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