Saturday, March 28, 2009

the last trip in the Prius

Well, the time had nearly come for the lease to end. So Keat and I headed off to Kanarga Walls for the day. We drove down a good road from Oberon to find a large number of cars and people at the lookout.

kanagra-boyd wilderness area

Unfortunately the view was somewhat obscured by the smoke from about three bush fires.

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Going back into Oberon, we again saw that footpath. So this time I stopped and took a photo.

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We then headed back into Oberon. Keat had gone there on family fishing trips when she was young.

lake oberon

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We had missed lunch, so stopped in Oberon for afernoon tea.


And then had dinner back in Petersham at a Gloria's Portuguese Restaurant.

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

an exploration of Kurnell

Well, I suspect when anyone thinks of Kurnell, they think of oil refineries. But there is more to the place. It is also home to Royal National Park and some Nature Reserves.

towra point nauture reserve

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Off the coast of the national park they have the inlet for the new desalination plant.

Botany Bay National Park

And then there is the town of Kurnell.


and a map of where I went.


dhbc second ride

I went on the second bike ride with the dhbc. I have since joined. I was greatly improved after my previous ride and I actually managed a full lap of centennial park and did not crash with any other cyclists this time. I was very pleased with my improvement in fitness.

bike ride 2009-03-21 map


and I just found this movie on you-tube!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

SPB Photomeet

Well they have been getting farther apart, but I went to this one the sanctuary hotel in town. The food I had was passable but some of the food the others had was not so good.

SPB Meet

In this photo (left to right): james, sydney walker, kent & ?.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Return trip

On the way home, I stopped down by Lake Burrenjuck ad

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and arrived home to a balcony flooded with water.

the flood

Saturday, March 14, 2009

In search of a blue tongue

Well, I headed off in search of a blue tongue lizard. They are impossible to get in NSW, because of stupid laws relating to native animals, and eventually I worked out I should look in Canberra where they are much more liberal and sensible in their approach to life. Though I had done the correct thing and purchased a licence to keep such animals. I found a place looking on the net.
Canberra Exotic Pets
1 Samson Place
Kambah ACT 2902
So I headed off to Canberra as my car lease will be running out soon. I was surprised to find myself on a suburban street. It is a backyard and garage operation. But I have to say, I was very very impressed. They were helpful, very knowledgeable and good at assisting me with my unusual requirements. Unfortunately, it turns out blue tongues are very short sighted and will fall off things. As I live on the third floor of a building, this would be fatal. So I left without a blue tongue and instead with a set of requirements I needed to meet. To do this I need to talk to my body corporate, as I want to put a fence around the planter box to protect the little animals from falling and this will impact the appearance of the building.

The trip down to Canberra was very fogy. It was one of those thin fogs, so you find yourself wearing sunglasses but with the fog lights on.

Badcoe VC Rest Area

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I spent the night with some good friends and the next day headed back to Sydney.