Sunday, November 21, 2010

What I've been up to...

For the last few months it has felt like I'm away every second weekend. Here are a few photos of what I've been up to.

Fishing at the blowie farm with John and Joseph.

Balingup Medieval Festival. Photo with Micro from the WA Birds of Prey Centre.

Fire show at Mukkinbudin. Went to Hyden afterwards to see Mulka's Cave, Wave Rock, and Hippo's Yawn.

JCW at Tambellup for the 5th time. Note that while I made this bear, I stole the idea from Kurt who stole it from the Internet. "Is my tie on straight?"

Using an orb at Spring Campout. I'm now on the Fyregear website, although I don't look nearly as sexy as Hana.

Mini holiday up at Jurien. This is Maddie who is the pet snake in the DEC office.

And I've finally submitted my thesis!

Friday, September 4, 2009

What I did on my weekend...

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Crochet beanie

This is just in reply to Michele's post.

It's starting to get a little bit worn now; but my fire beanie has had quite a bit of use. I was really pleased with how the flames came out.

Sorry about the terrible photos.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Unfortunately for the past week I've been feeling rather unwell. However, now that I've recovered it's time to blog about my birthday. Theoretically I've still got more posts about our trip in Europe, and I want to write more about the US trip, but I suspect that might never happen.

Firstly I would like to thank everyone who could make it to the party/house warming on Friday. I think there were around 25 people there. Considering there wasn't much warning I was surprised so many people could make it. Thank you all for coming. I hope everyone had a fantastic time (I certanly did).

I've been trying to buy a Wii mote and nunchuck since Christmas; however, JB said they would be out of stock until March. Since I was in the city on Thursday I figured I would pick one up. It is of course a foolish and stupid thing to buy shinnies just before your birthday; but hey, I'm doing a PhD. Sure enough Dunja and John kindly gave me another pair so we now have three sets of controllers, only one more to get the whole set.

In addition to this a large group of friends gave me tickets for a day sail on the Leewin. Thanks guys! You rock!

My mum told Elissa and I before Christmas to reserve the 14th of March because that's when my birthday present was. Last time she did this she bought us tickets to Ben Folds with WASO and it was awsome! This time it was of course tickets for a day sail on the Leewin. However, since I LOVE sailing two trips is twice the fun.

At the time of writing we have only been on the first voyage. It was pretty awsome. They told us to talk talk to the crew and the captain. The conversation went something like this:

Me: It's my birthday tomorrow and my friends have given me two lots of tickets to sail on the Leeuwin so I'll be back again next Saturday.
Captain: Great, in that case you should steer.
Me: he he.
Captain: No really. Grab the helm.

And that's how I ended up taking the helm of a 300 ton sailing ship out of Fremantle harbour. Under sail no less (the wind was almost directly from the stern). Although if anything had gone wrong it would have been the captain's fault, it was still rather terrifying with jet skis and yachts sailing around us. Especially when they disappeared below the bow.

The system is: (i) the captain gives a command, (ii) I repeat it, (ii) I do the command, and (iv) I tell the captain that it has been done. I also managed to rig it so that Elissa got a turn.

Friday, November 14, 2008


Thursday, July 10, 2008

Days 13 and 14 - Travelling

Date: 13-06-2008 & 14-06-2008

Our learn to sail holiday begins in Betina, a small town in Croatia on the evening of the 14th. The first leg of our journel to Croatia is a train from Naples to Rome, and then Rome to Ancona. The first leg requires booking seats, costing $20EUR for first class seats (which is what our euro rail pass is for). In hind sight, since it was only a 2 hour trip we would have been happy with second class and hopefully saved some money.

The second train is a rural train making many stops, and is of a much lower quality; however, we are still relatively comfortable and enjoy watching the scenery go by.

In Ancona we transfer onto a cruize ship destined for Zadar in Croatia. As a cabin would be $90EUR each we elect for deck tickets, and find two couches to sleep on. It wasn't as nice as having a cabin, but was still enjoyable and I definately want to take a week long cruize at some point in my life.

That is Elissa on the left carrying her backpack.

We arrive in Zadar at 7am and get quite a shock at how close a building is to the ship. Immigration was a breaze, and the customs lady took one look at Elissa and I and waved us through.

After wandering around Zadar for the day we catch a bus at 7:30pm, to Betina, where we join the sailing flotila. After nearly two days of traveling we are safely installed in our bunk for an exciting week of sailing.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Day 12 - Pompeii

Date: 12-06-2008

The Australian department of foreign affairs and trade (DFAT) warns travellers to Italy to avoid protests and large gatherings of people, as the hot blooded Italians can get very excited. So, it wasn't on purpose that Elissa and I walked out of our hostel and almost straight into some sort of march (we are not sure if it was actually a demonstration of some sort or of parade). Either way it was rather frightening, and added an additional level of craziness to crossing the street, as the motorists were watching the march, rather than avoiding pedestrians. Fortunately, we escaped unscathed.

Pompeii was an ancient Roman city that was destroyed by a volcano in 79 AD. Many people are familiar with the plaster casts of the victims, made from holes in the ruins.

In 62 AD there was a major earthquake that damaged and destroyed a considerable portion of the city. A significant number of the buildings were still being repaired and rebuilt when Mt. Vesuvius erupted 16 years later. Carbon dioxide enveloped the city, suffocating many of the residents. For the next three days pumice stones and ash rained down, covering the city. A few survivors escaped, but only a very few.

What I found most interesting about the city was the similarity to modern life. They had a system of justice involving accusation, defence, and evidence (our system is based on the Roman system); there were official weights and measures; time was divided into a 12 hour day and 12 hour night (the length of an hour was dependant on the amount of daylight and vice versa); and Julius Caesar was responsible for instituting 365 and 1/4 day years. That so much of our modern life if based around these ancient concepts makes me feel humbled and far less advanced and sophisticated than we make ourselves out to be. The presence of bakeries, fish markets, fruit and veg markets, and graffiti on the walls of a brothel; further re-affirms the feeling of similarity between our ancient heritage and modern civilisation. How far have we really come?