Showing posts from January, 2011

Sydney CBD trip

Today P & I went into the city to see the First Emperor Exhibit at the Art Gallery. It was about the First Emperor of China & the entombed warriors that have been discovered around his tomb since the 1970's. We caught the bus in to the city. For someone who grew up in the Hills District when public transport was not as widespread as it is now, this is fantastic! One bus, virtually across the road from my brothers house, all the way into the QVB. Granted it took 1.5 hours, the seat was a tad hard & it was bumpy at times, but not having to stress about city traffic is wonderful! When I was at uni, I gave up taking the bus to the station. There was only 1 or 2 in the morning & the same in the evening. The one time I caught the bus in the middle of the day it took so long to go home I decided it was better to stay at uni & study than do that again! Coffee & a wander around the QVB was first on the agenda. HobbyCo is in the QVB, so P looked there while I…

My first big fish

I've been fishing for probably about 30 years. Don't remember when I started or even why I started! I know there's a photo of me at about 8 or maybe younger holding up a tiny fish. My Gramps or Great Uncle Bill would take us when we were younger. As we grew up it was up to us to deal with the hooks, rods & prawns. We'd only go when we were on holidays - on one memorable occasion (can't remember exactly where it was) we managed to make a small jetty collapse! My sister & I would help our foster brothers with their lines etc.
Thing is we never really caught anything. The boys would sometimes catch little ones, but that was about it. When I married P, we also only fished on holidays - same thing. I nearly caught a stingray once, it took off before I landed it, same thing with an octopus. The last time we were in Narooma (about 2 years ago), I caught about 5 from memory, all thrown back because they were too small.
We're definitely not experts when it co…

Photo that didn't work yesterday!

I've been trying a new way of posting & had trouble yesterday with the first lorikeet photo. So here it is again! M took this one


There are a lot of friendly Lorikeets that like to come & hang out in front of Mum & Dad's onsite caravan. The first time they came they didn't need any encouragement, and seemed to be cranky that there was nothing for them to eat! Now there is always some bread (yes I know not their usual diet) for them to share.
Lorikeets gathering outside the caravan. I think M actually took this one.Today I spent a while taking photos of them on P's camera. I got some good shots even with the not so ideal backgrounds. The sky has been grey all day, so any shots that included sky ended up very dark. They come up pretty close to us, but fly away quickly if anyone gets too close. After a while some of them fly into the bottlebrush that is next to the caravan. It's flowers are pretty sparse though - it looks like a lot of lorikeets have been chewing on it. It was funny to watch the pidgeons & plovers too. The plovers acted all shy when there were only lorikeets arou…

Happy New Year

We are on holidays in Narooma at the minute. It's on the South Coast & is a beautiful area.

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New Years Eve
We had a pretty quiet New Years Eve. Dinner outside, nice wine (& a particularly nice sweet cider from Orange) & family made for a lovely evening. After dinner we walked around to the wharf to watch the fireworks. E isn't particularly keen on fireworks so we didn't get too close! We all had glow sticks on as did many of the other people out & about.When we came back M decorated the front of the van with them (with assistance from me)

 Next up were sparklers - a whole lot of sparklers! Even SJ who is very cautious around fire & heat was right into it. If it got too hot she'd drop it on the grass. M stuck heaps in the pots at the front of the van & went along lighting them.

My camera didn't do a very good job of capturing the scene. I took some on Mum's camera too, but haven't downloaded those photos yet.

We were in bed …