Saturday, December 22, 2007

Kevo in the ring

Kevin Kinnison forwarded this link along to me from Singapore. It shows Kevo, from about a month back, battling it out in the kick-boxing ring in Thailand after knockin' back a few beers.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Murrumbidgee Swim

I really have missed the Ginninderra Falls since access to that swimming hole became prohibited a couple of years ago. This summer, I have teamed up with Google Maps to locate new swimming holes. Ash and Elene came out with Jen and I to take a dip in a tranquil little spot that I found just north of Canberra.

We did a little bit of exploring around the crossing that we stopped at and were surprised that there are some many fish in this part of the river that you can't help bumping in to them! In the photo below, you can see the lower half of a dugong (or is it a massive white groper) that has made it's way up the river to feed.

I just spun around on the spot to take the short video shown below.

RSC Xmas Party 2007

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Motoring around

Jenny and I dropped in on Rimsy's riding class on Saturday afternoon while we were touring around on the GS500 together. By now I hope that Rimsy has picked up the 1999 Yamaha FZX250 Zeal that I have been petitioning him to purchase in anticipation of his success this weekend at the rider's course.

To keep the entomological theme running (Rimsy has formal training in the area), will a reader please identify this insect? It is a variety that has chosen to share the bench with Jen and I at lunchtime at uni.

RSC Cricket Day 2007

Jenny winds up for bowling during the first half of the annual RSC cricket match.

After firing this delivery down the pitch, Jen proceeds to almost take a catch as well. It's a great day every year and this time it was a draw between the Organics (the team to which I belong) and "All Other Chemists".

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Ready, aim...

Jen came along to see me receiving instruction in my new sport on Sunday.

Puss didn't come out to have a look, but he did have a good weekend too.

Younger brother visits Fox

Marko, finished with exams, scooted straight down to the Fox for a healthy dose of Singstar and homebrew.

The Murrumbidgee was swollen with recent rain so Ash joined Jen, Marko and I for a splash out at Casuarina Sands.

Mix's quick thinking scored him a prize in the ACS drinks evening at the old Moose.

Check out this happy elf: He knits jumpers for Christmas.

And this elf has earned a drink or two.

What a fun night - let's do it again soon!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Cassie Sands

Casurina Sands makes a great retreat from the summer heat and its easy to reach on the motorbike.

The river swells out here into a large pool because of the weir.

Here's a peaceful shot that doesn't include the raucous bunch of blokes out in the middle of the river wrestling.

Earlier in the lab, this stirrer bar was going wild.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Water World Monc Party

The great Monc street party was themed "office".

Bespectacled Rini dressed very professionally.

Egg, what a tie! Your dress sense is superb.

Who let the car salesmen in?

There were some very serious warm-ups to house shots out on the balcony.

And then there was the main event.

With the police sent on their way, the guys were really letting their hair down.

Top red bear set-up, Trace.

Boating on Lake Burley Griffin

What an awesome cheap import! Not me, the boat - just $15 was sufficient to supply this inflatable boat from KMart. The wet weather put Egg and I off our trip to the coast, but I was eager to try out me boat, so we rode down to Lake Burley Griffin wit it.

The inflation step was arduous, but I was soon launching in to the lake. It was certainly no speed machine, but it was very relaxing to bob around in the lake.

I was having a stub' out on the lake in this shot and could have easily handled a few more out there.

The swans and their rather large cygnets were slightly more graceful in the water than I.

I'm little more than a speck here as I paddled my way over to Elene's museum on the other side of the lake. At my cracking pace, it takes about 45 min to traverse the lake.

Monday, October 29, 2007

A duet

Happy 20th birthday, Lauren!

And Happy 23th birthday to you, Ash!

Beware the EU!!!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Richmond Beach, Murrumarang

A massive gum blocked our path along the dirt track to Richmond beach that we were following in the Saab on Saturday morning. Jenny led to way over the obstacle.

We snorkelled and lounged about at the beach while it was sunny and then headed home after the obligatory fish'n'chips when the rains arrived.

Computer Science Students' Society

Mooseheads was pouring free ones for members of the CSSS and their guests on Friday so the GRDC lads joined Jen and I for a few brews and a chance to mix with the computer society. Mix' also inched his way to the lifetime goal of 1 million different photographs of him holding a beer.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Motorcycle touring on the South Coast

The Gutters in Shellharbour hosted our gladiatorial episodes.

Guerilla Bay didn't yield a banquet but made for a refreshing swim after a sweltering ride.

We posed again at Durack after covering 850+ km in a little over a day and marked the end of an awesome touring adventure.

What's on, Esme?

My old mate from the Summer Scholarship 2004/5, Eric (Esme) visted us from Adelaide a couple of weeks back. A trip to the Moose was obligatory.

Floriade 2007

Floriade was bright and colourful again this year. Jen and I visited the display at the end of September. Did you know that this tulip has ruffled petals because it is infected with a virus? Did you know that tulips and reproduce sexually by producing seeds (like people) or asexually through bulbs (like Campsie)?

Oh yes, there were flowers!

And here are two swans with their... cygnets.