Friday, March 28, 2008

When Wildlife Attacks

Jervis Bay

After our lightning-filled trip down to Jervis Bay, we found our accommodation pretty easily and managed to get unpacked fairly quickly. The place we were staying turned out to be plenty big enough for us all, and being only 100m from the beach was very well positioned.

Although the weather was a little changeable, we managed to get out and about to see pretty much all of the local attractions including the Botanic Gardens, National Park beaches, dolphins, Lady Denman etc.

On our last full day, the weather cleared up nicely so that we could have a relaxing beach day; or so we thought! As James was settling down for a little doze on the beach, we heard some rustling in the bushes and out poked a blue tongued lizard to see what remnants of food were available. Then, when we were sitting down for dinner later, one of the local kookaburras decided he'd like to join us, if there was any meat available...


posted at 9:32 pm  

Friday, March 21, 2008

Riders on the storm

Sydney Wildlife World

On Saturday, we joined Anna's parents doing some sight-seeing around Sydney. It's funny how you can live in a place for years and never see many of the things that tourists do - one simple example of this being that I had never visited Government House before, although I've been past it many times. We also risked a trip on the small tourist train that runs through the Botanic Gardens - lucky that no-one had seen this story about the train overturning the week before!

On Sunday, we all went to Sydney Wildlife World for a look around their collection of deadly (and otherwise) inhabitants.

After a short week at work, we then all jumped into a car on Thursday evening for the drive down to Jervis Bay; where we would spend the Easter break. Sydney, being that bit closer to the equator, seems to put on spectacular electrical storms during the summer - and so it was that, at the start of the drive, we found ourselves driving down the Princes Highway with forked lightning seemingly crashing into the ground only metres away from us. Judging from the quiet in the car, I think everyone was very glad once we had made it through the storm.


posted at 10:30 pm   0 comments

Friday, March 14, 2008

Visitors, visitors everywhere

Around Sydney

It's been a busy week of arrivals, which started with some of our friends from the Bristol Hash visiting Sydney; on their way to Interhash 2008 in Perth. We organised a baby-sitter for Saturday night, and showed them a few of the many pubs in The Rocks, and had them pop round for a quick visit the following afternoon.

Later in the week, Anna's Mum & Dad arrived from the UK, to spend a few weeks in with us. As we (and they) weren't 100% sure whether their trip was going ahead, awaiting the doctor's approval following Claire's operation at the end of last year, we're both going to be at work for much of the time they're here; but I'm sure they will be able to find plenty to keep themselves busy.


posted at 10:15 pm   0 comments

Friday, March 07, 2008

Busman's Holiday

Beach Heads

We finished off our trip with a couple of days in Torquay, and the weather was good enough that we could enjoy the time on the beach; rather than dashing around.

Predictably enough, at the start of our Great Ocean Road trip, Anna got a call to ask if she was available for some freelance work. Of course, we weren't going to cut our trip short, but it transpired that they would have some additional work the week after also - so, Anna is back at work again this week.

Finally, here's a little video of our trip to Anglesea Golf Course.


posted at 9:28 pm   0 comments