Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Yvonne, the domestic goddess

Says it all. 
I have been home for four days.  Aside from the long walk, I have been cooking, washing and even vacuuming. Saturday was cold and windy; Sunday was just cold, and Monday was the coldest day in Sydney for over 20years. (Seriously) I stayed inside. With trackies on: I am so sexy. :P

Too Sexy for my clothes
ANYWAY, I made the soup I promised H on Sunday. There was no way I could have done so after the 16km walk.  I even used the soup maker I rarely use. I forget how cool this thingy is.

start with raw ingredients. 

Mostly finished!

Mixing in the caramelised onion and cream. 

I loved it but H thinks its too sweet due to the caramelised onions. Eh. :) 

Monday, June 27, 2016

The long walk

Right, so as promised, the LONG walk. God, I barely get off the sofa and with this uni workload I have spent my days on my arse. 
H and I took the hound on a long walk to the Sharp point lookout. Again it's in Buxton, and it even starts at the same place as the Dobson's cave walk. 

From the pylons, you keep walking along the fire trail. This means it is sort of a dull walk.. unless you take notice of the rocks and the soil that changes as you go. From purple to yellow then the colours change to white and red.. fantastic. The weather has confused the plants and the wattle is out early.

It was at the 5.5k mark when we got a reward for our hiking along this long long long road. 

I earned this.
Dog was over it. 
I don't know. Why is this here?

Lady's Waist lookout. Stunning.

Onwards we slogged to the Sharp peak lookout were Heath accidently flung our water bottle for the return trip over the cliff face. SIGH. 8.6km to go and NO water. Epic oops.
The complete walk via Fitbit.

Yummy lunch. 

I should have brought some coffee. Ah well. Sharp's point was a lovely place for lunch. Neither of us finished our lunch. On the return, neither H or I could find the turn off we had planned so we just headed back the way we came. All went well until Lady's Waist. Only 3km into the return when I was struggling to lift my feet properly. I have a nail that is pressing on my toe so this was beginning to ache badly.  I was still cold even after such a long walk, earlier, H had given me his cap to keep my body heat in better. It made a difference.
 I was very happy to see the car after 4 hours. :) The dog decided in the last 4km to get lost in the bush twice. ARGH. We had to keep calling him and waiting before moving onwards. Silly hound.

All warmed up in the car, we stopped off at the George for a beer and a tub of water for the puppy. (YAY! They have opened after the floods) then home to a cup-a-soup and a hot shower.


Dobson's cave Buxton.

This walk was how I spent my Sunday off. 

I will begin with; I have been feeling the cold for the first time in my life. The Australian winter, as mild as it is has been seeping into my bones and I have struggled to get warm. Exercise will warm me up!! Right?? Hmm no. 
Since H has been in my life, I get more activity so we tend to spend our rare days off walking around our local area. Cold or not we are out there. 
There is so much damage you can still see from the floods a few weeks back. 

Buxton is the town with a lot to offer walkers, from steep, but short climbs to old, forgotten weirs to newly formed swimming holes (That we found a few weeks ago) 

Dobson's Cave walk is a short 4km. Almost 4km, The floods had happened the week before, and we thought we would look at the caves that were discovered by a local stonemason in 1917. You can use google earth and find it here 34°14'42"S 150°30'22" E 
The overhang for the cave had been occupied by a hermit in the 1990s. (Go figure) It gets icy in Buxton at night. 

The track starts at a closed gate. This threw me off when I came here the first time, not wanting to enter private property but it's a dual gate for a property and access to the crown land that the power pylons sit on. Cool. Walk around (Through or over) the gate and turn left to the next gate which is the crown land access.

Again clamber over or under or through this gate and walk to the pylons. 

The route you have to take is marked clearly, but to be honest, it's easy enough just to walk from Pylon one to Pylon two. Easy. Once at pylon two look for another mark and a tag in a tree. 
On the way back I also found an arrow on a rock. 

From here you have to follow the tree tags. 

An example of tree tags.

We were using the Book written by the wonderful long bushwalker, Robert Sloss (Who is 90years old and out walks all of us)  I have scanned the page. His maps take some getting used to, but if ANYone says that they are too old to learn technology, I can tell you, that Robert works on his maps with quite sophisticated programs. He manipulates the original topographical map, adds his own route that he records via his GPS that is carried with him, then, after all this, produces the books (He has 12 of them - All great)

When we found Dobson's cave, we could not even get near it as the valley was completely flooded. The resulting pool was amazingly beautiful. 

Clambering down to the pool, was a scramble as the weather had uprooted trees and rocks were loose, but Heath was in the path of a Black Rock Wallaby that was being chased by the hound. (NO hope of the dog catching a Wallaby)  At the last second, the Wallaby veered to the left in the knick of time. It was a blur of movement, a black streak then a cream streak. I found this hilarious, Heath less so as he recovered from a heart attack :)

SO,  we never got to the cave but found something even more wonderful.

another tag, this one was a furphy

Next up - The LONG walk.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Flooding of Picton

As all Australian's know, the NSW coast was struck by an epic storm and this was in association with a king tide of 2.18m on Sunday.

Work was a nightmare as we struggled against the weather to hold the network together and social media decided this was a good time to vilify people trying to keep things working. 
Whilst I was at work all weekend, my little town was washed out by a flash 2m flood from Stone quarry creek. The main street was damaged, some businesses will be unable to return, the pizza shop looks like a fire bomb hit it, the neighbouring barbers and gift shop are also missing their shop fronts. The fronts of the shops were torn away leaving large gaping spaces of mud and debris. 
Across the road, the liquor lost its rear brick wall and all its stock was exposed. No one stole anything until Monday when people from out of town arrived to loot the place. Police are having to do patrols. 
The supermarket has had to throw away all its stock. Everything piled high in the car park. 

The council, to its credit, has set up facilities to assist volunteers with food and drink and the community has rallied to help bring the town back and assist what businesses that choose to return. 
The Prime Minister toured the town today.. Unimpressed. Unless he gets his $$$$$suit dirty helping clean up, go away and let the people repair and rebuild. Go back to campaigning. 

I for one, will be happy to go back to my local pub for a beer as soon as they open again. 
 Edit: Picton has been declared a natural disaster zone which is good in that businesses will get federal govt support in rebuilding.