Friday, July 29, 2011

ah.. Beer, food, music and friends

Climbing out of the months long dark space. :-) yay! I hate being a miserable shit.

Jane and Bob drove down to Picton for a night of Beer and music. We even had dinner and it was fantastic. The chef on last night was great. The chicken was yummy and the salad even better. Ahh local Brew as good as always

We settled in for a night of impromptu music and they didn't disappoint.

I ran out of film. :-( I have no spare Polaroid pack film either. RATS!!! I also need more 3200 film for the Canon. I may do digital next week. Still, film was fun.

The mysterious Jane At George IV

Band collective

Band collective

Grisly turned up. A founding member of the band

Singer & guitar player

THanks Jane and Bob. :-) Needed it.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

if you look up, there is a top and a way out, if you can reach it

thought I was already at the bottom, but my mind snapped as David was sorting papers. Without realising, he crossed a line & I snapped.

We established a new balance, I need to give up a lot of autonomy... I know it needed but I hate it. You would think a child of finance experts would be able to manage esp at my age. :-(

Evening off what to do ....

Well least I have his support and he will help. Its hopefully temporary.

The lovely Connie has flown the coup.. :-( David and I dropped her at the airport. I found a way out of my hole when an old man called out to me about my Box Brownie. The story is on my photography/camera blog
Well it made me smile and the man went away happy.

The sky was lovely.

Cloud porn

Connie's plane to Cairns

Central in afternoon peak

Wild weather

Sunday, July 24, 2011


Homewards after night shift Wolli creek

I have been slack on blogging because I have done nothing. Nothing but work work work and frankly it's boring to live so, certainly would be boring to read.
Three weeks of deep anger and loathing too.. Again dull and boring but damn it, I can't shake it. Fleeting moments of sunshine ruined an instant later. It's a drag for me and certainly stressful on my husband. But he is not totally innocent either, not the cause but not always helping matters. Not that I can expect him to when I can't verbalise me rage at life ATM. Maybe just as well.

Let's concentrate on the spots of light.

Me on the train

Whilst David was partying in Canberra last weekend, Tim popped over with a pile of exposed films from the states. A heap of films 12 or 13 or so ( or more I cant remember.
He stayed to develop a few himself, took me for coffee and left then rest for me to do. I suspect that this was to keep me busy and not dwell on the dark side..
It worked until I ran out of films...

David returned on Tuesday but I had to go to work ... Surprising eh? Pft.
Wednesday Connie spent cleaning my kitchen.. This chore she started on her own volition and I am not convinced that she realised the scale of the task.. Still 3 days last we can see the kitchen. It's amazing.. It won't last nut it's amazing none the less. I can't thank her enough.

Thursday saw me able to leave the house without stress so I took Connie on my dull chores, postoffice and then petrol. Luckily she had mail from home that she was expecting and was happily texting home as I went to get petrol. We headed for Thirlmere lakes and had a brief look but it was windy and cold, the lake was low and we only saw one kookaburra and won at skat so we headed back.
David took us to the George the IV as Connie deserved a payment for all her sweat on our kitchen. We enjoyed a nice meal and my favourite beer. (the locally brewed lager) as we were winding up, a few musicians turned up and started to play. Then some more turned up then a few more. Soon the little room was packed and the Irish band played random songs. It was extremely pleasant.

Picton lager

I had to head home, my tolerance for crowds is low but David and Connie stayed until midnight when everyone gets kicked out of the pub.

Banjo player at the George IV

I had only started on a few of my films and didn't have time to finish my project. I aimed to get back to it Friday.

Friday was cold and gale force winds. Connie wanted go see something and what better than Kiama blowholes. Yes, Yvonne can come up with good ideas on occasion.

Kiama Lighthouse #lighthouse #winter #rain #clouds #winter built in 1887 it was automated in1920 when it was also de-manned. Flashes 4 in 20

David drove us to Mt Kiera lookout where we got hailed on... Sigh
A warming drink at the cafe sorted us out and we headed to Kiama. The blowholes did not disappoint. The wind was fierce and biting and the waves were extremely high. Huge fountains of water sprayed the crowds in icy salt water. It was rather spectacular. The small blowhole was even better.

Water spouts #water #ocean #waves #winter

Wild weather #winter #waves #ocean #water

Tolerance ran out and I had to head home for work (as always)

Saturday saw us at the shops for resume stuff for Connie and new pencils for me. We had a lovely dinner with Jane and Bob, and I was sad they again work had me dragged away whilst others had a good time. :-/

Predicting next week will not improve.

Good thing about the bottom is you can always look up.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

July 4th (Which is July 3 in the US)

It was a real struggle to get out of bed at 4am. Having gotten home the previous night at 2300, I barely had any sleep as it was not my natural sleeping time.

But I did it.

David had met a German tourist on the steps of Town hall yesterday and waited until I was a work to tell me.. LOL But the tourist and us were taking a risk, agreed ti go on a trip together but at 6am we were in Kings-X waiting for her. I was certainly she wouldn't show, but yes she did. A thin blonde lady, with a smile from ear to ear. Bright and chirpy too for 6am.. hmmm....
She introduced herself as Connie.

We chatted on the way to Manly, she was asking questions about where we were etc etc. Pulled up at North head, passing an old car...(as in 1920/30s) we unpacked and then Crouchy pulled up. :-) Knew he would be there.

I buggered up Bottlebrush and Banksia as I am not fully operating and a certainly hanging for my bed. But David corrected me. Cool.

We settle into our usual places and waited. Sunrise was spectacular, Connie and David went to the other lookout to photograph the sunrise and I stayed with Crouchy.

Sydney Morning Photo 4Th July 2011

Sydney Morning Photo 4Th July 2011

There were lots of Whales going North to south and a pod was quite cose in but I had no luck shooting them. So many whales.

HMNZS Endeavour

We saw the US/Canadian Ships off the coast but the HMNZS Endeavour and the The HMAS Newcastle were in a berth. As we watched the Endeavour turn Bradley's head we heard HMNZS Endeavour trying to muscle the MV Freshwater out of the way. I delighted in the Freshwater's response. A polite, we will be clear of the channel and out of your way shortly. lol.. Ferries has right of way in the harbour. Even if you are a 7,300 tonnes oiler from the New Zealand Navy. We all had hysterics.

HMNZS Endeavour

When HMNZS Endeavour got into the Middle harbour dock she was turning into, the MV Resolve came in. She was going to Gore Bay from Geelong.

MV Resolve

At this point David points out that my camera is stuck on AV mode and my ISO is 3200 AARGGHHH

HMCS Ottawa was next in

HMCS Ottawa

Followed by the understated Yanks in USS Fitzgerald Both the USS Fitzgerald and the USS McCampbell had flags soo big that the ships listed to the flag side.

Ahoy there Yanks.

Canada, New Zealand & Australia all have normal sized flag on the stern but the Yanks but a building sized flag on the mast.. geez.

Still Connie was thrilled at seeing them arrive and I was extremely happy that the weather held for the arrivals.

Packed up and headed from breakfast. After a fabulous meal, we took Connie to Manly sea side beach where she couldn't believe the sand and delighted in the water. It was such fun to see. Yes we have the best sand in the world and we even export it to the US.. hahahaha its true!!

Dragging her away from the beach we showed her the harbour beach. Not so impressive. But she can return as she now knows that you can walk from the ferry to the beach easily and there is a hostel nearby.

A Shirt trip to coles turned into a show of what is available and she was telling us that there is so much variety here. He shops at home had only a few choices not as many as here. We discussed different vegetables and fruits. Never has shopping been so interesting.

Back in the car and we headed south with the view of showing her Wollongong. We made a detour to Kurnell as she expressed an interest in the historical places, and it was here that the weather turned nasty. Truncated that tour and headed south.

We decided to go via the Royal National Park and we stopped at the waterfall where we has great fun. Connie set up photos to freak her mother out. :-)

Farther along the road we were thrilled to spot a Lyrebird run across the road. Such a rare delight, and the next few corners brought us a Kookaburra on a sign. This is a lucky tourist indeed. Koen didn't get so many rare animals. (He did see a thorny devil though)

It is now late afternoon, and I needed to be home. A stop at Bald hill then Connie found herself at my house of mess. She fell in love with Optimus and was happy to hold Sid and Eve.
It was after 7pm when David took her home. Of she is as tired as me then I have sympathy.

A delight to meet her and I hope she pops in again. Wells he has people she can ring in an emergency in Australia if she needs to.

Friday, July 1, 2011

David's Big Day


Today was DAvid's big day. He got to drive the Waratah on its very very first revenue run.

Beau captured his trip.

Unpopular an IG friend and a Redfern SA Captured him too. :) Click on his link and you can see his photo

YAY. Glad someone did.

As karma for missing my husband's big day, I slept until 1700 and missed the mail. Bummer. friends know this ia an OCD thin for me and therefore is a fitting punishment. And yes it is driving me crazy.

So yay!! David got his reward