Xmas eve is traditionally a superb time to catch up with friends in Cowra. The evening is rivalled only by the Cowra Picnic Race day. The Imperial Hotel is an old favourite and was the first venue. The evening included a trip to the Lachlan Valley hotel. Coops and Garth are shown enjoying the evening in this photograph. Of course, the evening concluded at the Townhouse Hotel. It was a fun evening and I enjoyed catching up and chatting to lots of my old friends even if the conversations are now a little hazy...
A trip to Merimbula and Tathra, and some fish and chips rounded out the trip to the Sapphire coast. Jenny and I swam until the beginnings of a storm were whipping up at Tathra then we were on our way home!
Our next trip is to Cowra tomorrow afternoon - so we're looking forward to seeing you guys when we get in and over the next few days too.
As well on Tuesday, we trekked through a national park for a bit over a kilometre to visit Bourna Island, shown here. The cold currents batter the island rather a bit, so we weren't able to do a lap around it. As well, some rather large jellyfish were visiting the area and my budgie-smugglers seemed a very chancy protection against them. Notably, I did see a tuna that must have followed the cool currents. As well, Jenny and I examined the small cave on the island, close to the isthmus that connects it to the mainland.
Snorkelling around Tathra point was awesome on Tuesday. The water was incredibly clear, probably because there was only a gentle breeze.
Late on Monday afternoon, Jenny and I came across a little reptilian head poking out of the sand while we were snorkelling. I wasn't game to go to near for fear of the monster attatched to that snake-like head. All along I had nothing to fear for it was just a little fish hiding. Jenny and I haven't found out their common name yet, so we just refer to them as "sanke-head fish". Monday was also the day for crabs! My warning to Jenny about looking out for crabs saved her as she was climbing back in to the water. If she hadn't checked with her mask, she would have climbed onto a family of big crabs!
Tuesday was the best day for snorkelling. We came across a cuttlefish, some octopus, schools of many different species of fish. Unfortunately, I don't have an underwater camera so a shot of the beached whale above will suffice?
Celebration last night was in order following the release of grades for ANU students earlier in the day. Louis, Jenny, Ash and I are shown toasting our good news at the Moose. As well, the newest Moncrieff resident joined in the frivolity that continued into the early hours of Tuesday morning. Special K, we'll see you out next time, no doubt! We were treated earlier in the evening at O'Malley's hotel to a performance by a band for any occasion, Annie and the Armadillos.
Jenny and I loaded the Rolla' on Wednesday and headed in soaring spirits to Sydney to spend a few days with our mates. Gratefully, we were accommodated by Scotty and Roberts at their Kensington abode. Jenny is shown above nursing Scotty's rabbit with the misnomer "Tiger". It was great to see you too Coops and Mix', and Ange and Ant too - before you headed back to Cowra.
The lads (Roberts is pictured with me) joined us for a swim yesterday afternoon at Gordon's Bay just north of Coogee Beach and a short drive from Kensington. We'll have to catch up again as soon as possible. Thanks for a beaut' few days from Jenny and I!
Jen and I took a detour on our way home to Canberra from Cowra on Wednesday. Shown here is a what happens when you build a house out of mud. We had to slow down because geese were blocking the road. One of them even tried to attack the car because their goslings were present!
Jenny and I visited the Idle Water Slides at Wyangala Dam, 45 kilometres south-east of Cowra. We're taking a couple of quiet days out looking after my family home prior to our final piece of assessment on Thursday night. Look out, O'Neil's!
The honours seminars for chemistry were concluded with an ice fight (shown bottom) on Friday afternoon outside the department building. I staked out an honourable treaty considering that I was low on sleep (3 hrs) and sobriety at the time - thanks for your help, Ash. Chris (pictured bottom), Jen and I lazed away Saturday at the Bateman's Bay where the water was suprisingly warm and the sunshine intoxicating.
There's been a little break between posts, so let me tell you about a cool thing that happened on Thursday night while Ash and I were out and about in Civic. Here's a headline that you'd never read: "Out of the Blue, Girl buys Man Drink". Well, as a random act of kindness in Civic it happened - and Ash and I say "Cheers". As well, Dunc, I wish you the best with your current tournament and we'll celebrate again soon. Dunc is shown top-left opening a can of Whoop-Ass. The Ostrich in the middle is Mal, who had his head shaved post-ice-fight as was the fashion at the time. The photo top-right is from the Thursday night O'Neil's ritual.
I am a chemist from central west NSW who recently finished study at the ANU in Canberra. I have taken up a position as a postdoc now at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. I endorse individuality, rationality, capitalism and liberty and "Arrested Development". I oppose religiosity, the modern environmental movement, communism and statism and "Two-and-a-half Men".