Yes, today Townsville is buzzing - literally. The chainsaws are out and people are clearing away the fallen branches, fallen trees and other debris left behind by Tropical Cyclone Olga. We didn't get the cyclone here, just the edge of the rain depression that she degenerated into. The edge of the depression had a ton of rain in it and enough wind to fell more than a few trees.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
You don't need to tell me that this is not the greatest photo of a black cockatoo. It does capture the colour of his/her tail though. I did complain about them not cooperating with me and letting me photograph their tails in this post. So, on a later visit to Balgal Beach I stalked them while they were feeding in a casurina tree and getting up to all sorts of mischief at the same time. The cockatoos that is, not me. This was the best tail photo I snapped.
You can see why any photography enthusiast would want to capture that. I'll keep trying to do better though.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
The photo, above, was snapped through the windscreen, just as we were getting back into Townsville. I had been trying for miles to get a photo of the mirages which come and go on the highway. Because we were travelling towards them at about 110 km per hour, it only gave me a window of a second or two to get a photo of the elusive mirages. I did get several photos, but none as clear as the one above. Believe me that road is bone dry. It hadn't rained all day and it was hot, hot, hot. If there had been any water on the road it would have long since dried up. In each of the mirages that I caught on camera you can see blurry reflections of trees and nearby cars in the "water" which adds to the realism of having a genuine puddle of water. I'm just happy to get a photo of something that isn't really there.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Monday was Dragon's very first day of kindy. Mummy McTavish was taking Dragon to kindy and then having coffee with friends. Lion could tag along with Mummy if he wanted OR he could spend some one to one time with Grannysaurus. He chose Grannysaurus.
Can you guess what we did? Some of it is easy to guess. Lion wanted to check out the streetsweeper ads on the internet. Doesn't evey 5 year old boy memorise streetsweeper ads? We did that for a while and discovered some mini walk-behind models that Lion hadn't seen before. That was exciting ;)
Babycino and an anzac biscuit (USA translation - cookie) were his choice for morning tea. Not for me - I had coke. Then back to the computer to check out the games on the LEGO website. It is a great safe place for little fellows of all ages. You can build things, colour in things, create things, play games (or play more sophisticated games if you are a big boy).
Lastly we did not do any baking in spite of the last clue in the photo collage. Lion has discovered that Grannysaurus' really old flour sifter can double as a grinder. So he empties the peppercorns into it and creates ground pepper for me. I do have a pepper grinder or two, but this is more fun and I don't use it for anything else anymore.
Do you want to know one sad thing about my sifter? Two years ago, when we were on holidays in Tasmania, I saw an identical sifter for sale in an antique store :(
I have learnt from experience that once Lion starts school, opportunities like this will be much rarer.
So we made the most of it and stayed out of the sun.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Fortunately Grandad didn't force the issue and a cuddle soon made everything alright.
It was just as well that Dragon, who could really relate to the whole "ocean is a scary place" issue was on hand to cheer up his little brother.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
You could not describe it as a brisk walk, especially since there is a childrens' playground behind the trees about half way along. Somehow Dragon managed to twist Grandad's arm to spend about 20 minutes at the playground.
Soon after Dragon and Grandad's return, big brother Lion was confined to the shore for being disobedient and causing his Mummy and grandparents unnecessary worry. Lion dug a hole in the sand. Dragon helped by fetching buckets of water to pour into the hole. The problem was that Dragon still did not want to go into the water, but he was counting on the waves coming up to the bucket. The annoying waves always stopped short of the bucket. Just look at those disappointed, sagging shoulders.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
You can tell that it was a seriously hot and steamy day when we went to the beach with Mummy McTavish and the three little McTavishes.
The sad thing for the kids, is that they look forward to the beach so much, but when we get there, the sun is far too fierce to go out until late in the day. Lion has such lovely milky skin, we would hate to see him get sunburnt. So the boys play in the beach house and try not to be too impatient and sad. Every now and then, you can't help but let your feelings show though.
I hope they slept well last night. I know I did :)
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Cheetah is having a holiday with grandparents on his dad's side of the family. So this week and next, Little Bear is an only child. This afternoon she came for a visit and so she had Grandma, Grandad and Mummy all to herself.
She made the most of it.
She made the most of it.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
While we were at Balgal Beach, we visited our good friends B & E. Don't they look content and relaxed? It was good to catch up and see them so unstressed as 2009 was not a very easy year for them. In fact I don't know if I could say that they have had an easy year since I've known them. They've done things like going off to a remote area of the Philippines for months at a time to help with language translation so that the folk there could eventually read the Bible in their own language. They've battled illness
They can still smile.
They shared this with us, so I thought it was worth sharing with everyone who visits my blog -
Recipe For A Happy New Year
To leave the old with a burst of song
To recall the right and forgive the wrong;
To forget the thing that binds you fast
To the vain regrets of the year that's past;
To have the strength to let go your hold
Of the not worthwhile of the days grown old,
To dare to go forth with a purpose true,
To the unknown task of the year that's new;
To help your brother along the road
To do his work and lift his load;
To add your gift to the world's good cheer,
Is to have and to give a Happy New Year.
Happy New Year 2010
Saturday, January 2, 2010
How many places can you have this much beach to yourself at the height of Summer? I would guess-timate that there is a couple of kilometers of beach there, but there is one other person on the beach - way down in the distance on the RH side. Too small to see without a microscope. Let's be honest. It had been raining on and off for days. That bit of blue sky was the most we had seen in days. The sea had been a bit choppy and quite a bit of seaweed and sea grass was washed up on the beach in spots. And . . . it is stinger season.
For those folk who don't know about our stingers. Let me tell you, they are fairly small as jelly fish go, but they are deadly. Not metaphorically deadly, but DEADLY. There is a stinger enclosure (to keep the stingers out, not in) about half way down the beach but it can't be seen in the photo. So you can still swim, but it is too hot most of the day to stay in the sun for more than a few minutes. Sunburn is another big problem. But in the cool of the afternoon there is no better place to be.
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- I have worked as a Biology lab assistant, Pathology lab assistant, geochem lab assistant, land tenure researcher, hospital and prison chaplain, parish care coordinator and part owner of a small business. I have studied some science (no degrees) and have a theology and a chaplaincy certificate. I still love science of all types and enjoy studying theology. Science and theology belong together. At present I am a work-at-home Grannysaurus.