Sunday, August 23, 2009
Come for a drive
It was such a beautiful day, and with the roof off the Jeep is a lot of fun
Monday, August 17, 2009
My favorite modes of travel
The Subaru WRX STi with MRT enhancements Spec C 220kw at the wheels
This car is one of the best I have driven. Fast but tractable, it has a lot of performance but is not grumpy in traffic ( unlike the Evo9). A uncompromising car yet will do less than 10 litres per hundred. Brilliant for all its performance
My Cannondale Prophet Mtn Bike. Just a brilliant bike. Happy at speed downhill, but equally as happy at "stall speed" up some steep technical hill, it's reliable and forgiving. I am not sure that Cannondale has made another bike I would replace it with.
My Australian "Whaler." Captured in the desert at Leigh Creek, South Australia. This is a sentimental one.. The "Whaler" was a horse that was bred for the Australian infantry in WW1 later being used by British forces. A horse that has all the strengths of an Arab (fast, stamina light on its feet) but all the strengths of a Thoroughbred as well. Mine was classified as an officers mount, because he had a beautiful head. Its claimed the Whaler was one of the reasons for the Australian success at Bersheeba- Shaddow (as he was called). Took me a lot of time to gain trust and for him to get used to a more "domestic" environment than his original desert home.
My Kayak. What can I say? A paddle down the river on sunset... nothing better.
The Landcruiser on a fire trail. This is the new trayback. Videos dont really show how rough the track is, but the film stops only because I could not drive and film at the same time...
Monday, August 10, 2009
"Make My Day" awards!
Last year I had the pleasure to receive a "Make My Day Award" and just this week I received a "Thank You " award from Julie at "Being Ruby". Its always nice to receive compliments and encouragement, so this is my way of saying thank you by giving Being Ruby the "Make My Day Award" too.
Julie's blog caught my eye with great photography, interesting dialogue about such topics as the Tour d France, as well as other far away places in Italy and Europe.
Another blog that receives my "Make My Day Award" is Maalie. A good friend of mine, his blog is informative and Maalie always has interesting and surprising places he seems to pop up in!
The final Blog that receives my "Make My Day Award" is Lost and Found in India. Again another interesting blog full of surprises, and I find the different lifestyle of Braja fascinating. Each has a link on my blog and I encourage you to have a peak.
The start of the fire trail
So now the awards are out of the way.... Last Sunday it was time to test the new Landcruiser out on a fire trail and to enjoy a Coopers vintage ale at the end.
Coopers Vintage Ale
I have to confess that after mowing lawns, cleaning roof gutters as well as picking up all the leaves on driveways and foot paths, the rest was well received!
I stress that the ale was drunk at room temperature as I have a wager with Maalie re the Test cricket. I love the Australian bush and the Blue Mountains, there is always something to see.
Birds seen:- Gang Gang Parrot, Rosella, King Parrot, Superb Fairy Wren, Australian Magpie, Pee Wee.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Cedar Valley, Walls Pass, and the Burralow Swamp
Cedar Valley Blue Mountains.
Neither walks are related- It's only that I want to combine two walks in the one post!
Last week I walked the Narrow Neck to the fire tower, then headed east to Walls Pass, (a chain down a rock ledge), that leads into the Cedar Valley. Why? To gain another perspective of just how someone could get lost for 12 days. Why Cedar Valley? Well, it's to the west of the Ruined Castle and if you click on the photo you will see that the valley looks like and ocean. Many years ago I walked through this valley and despite the best navigation, the terrain pushes you to the South, and it's difficult to fight.
I retuned after a number of hours and 20km (approx). There are just so many walks off the Narrow Neck and I have done posts on what an enjoyable bike ride it is too- some walks require rope so you can lower your pack down but again I was equipped only with a camel back so it was not an issue.
Birds seen:- Lewins Honey Eater, Eastern Spinebill, New Holland Honey Eater, Yellow Rumped Thornbill, Wattlebird, Australian Magpie, Bell Minor, Rosella, King Parrot. White Plumed Honey Eater.
After 4 hours we returned, tired but satisfied we had explored further this wonderful valley.