Wednesday, December 23, 2009

1000m Climb

My fascination with chess was maintained during our journey.

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On Sunday, we set started early on our climb.

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Like Jenny, we were all in high spirits as we conquered Cambage Spire, the steepest section we would cover on Sunday.

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Marko reigns over Kanangra-Boyd National Park later in the day.

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Thanks Marko and Jen for making this the best hike all year!

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Down to the Kowmung River

In early November, Jen and Marko and I commenced a hike from the Kanangra walls.

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Our hike started from an altitude of 1000m and from within the clouds.

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Just a little south of the stone caravan, we made our campsite and made fire.

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After a very steep descent, we arrived at the Kowmung River. The water was crystal clear and almost entirely trout-free. We shared campsite overlapped with the territory of a very large wombat. As well, we found a red-bellied black snake sunning itself on the rocks near our fishing spot.

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Here, I relax with a mug of whisky by a handsome campfire and think positively about the gruelling climb ahead of us the following day.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

On the Lachlan

Jen performed admirably as my caddy while I joined the other Pinkerton men and Jan for a lap around the course at Cowra on Sunday. Les was the victor and Marko came a close second.

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In the afternoon, we paddled from Second Sands to the low-level bridge. The railway bridge is shown in the distance here.

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Marko starts a figure-eight of the pylons...

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...And capsized after trying to effect an impossible-sharp turn.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Final talk

A few weeks back, I gave my final presentation of my uni work.

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Later, Jen joined me for Chimay and chess.

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Great!

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CHS 1999 reunion

On Saturday-before-last, Jenny and I visited the Town House in Cowra for the class of 1999 school reunion.

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Stu travelled all of the way from Goulburn.

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Here, Jen poses with one of my high-school friends.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Prebirthday-girl Aly in Dickson

After Kingsland, Trinity hosted our party and we celebrated Aly's impending birthday.

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Paula and Bree selected cocktails and did their best to avoid the exaggerated dance-moves of nearby revellers.

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Jenny joined us for a few beers too.

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Aly scratched a few out before we called it a night.

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Bare-foot bowls at O'Connor

Roberts and I joined Jen and her soccer buddies at the O'Connor bowls club on the Saturday-before-last for a game of bowls.

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Despite years of experience, Roberts showed us exactly what not to do on the pitch.

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Another curve-ball:

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Jen and Pippa won this round.

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The speedy team return fire.

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Jenny's thesis-submitting day

Jenny presented her thesis, a culmination of the last few years of work, at the Pauline Griffin building today. Subsequently, we celebrated on the edge of Sullivan's Creek. (This is the first of a number of celebrations.) Congratulations, Jen!

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As an aside, did you know that Chuck Norris didn't submit his thesis? He couldn't; Chuck Norris never submits!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Fried canary

The blokes and I (and Dr Cool on a canary) made a return trip to Crookwell on Saturday. The doctor had too much electricity on the return journey, but a remedy has since been applied.

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Pump up the jam

Sorry to every neighbour, in a 2km radius, that was home last Friday night but we were overdue for a Singstar blast.

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Jen and the doctors enjoy the eclectic ambiance of The Phoenix.

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Meanwhile, Roberts scares them all away on the dancefloor.

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Bye Mix

Mixy followed a time-honoured (Sydney Uni) recipe while concocting punch to serve at his farewell party on Saturday.

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Scace decorated his apartment with various fancy-dress head-gear. Ash is less Warwick Capper and more a rough cavewoman.

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Trace rocked in to join Jen in wishing Mixy all the best in Sydney from next month.

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Here's to you, Scace! I hope that you're not struggling too much today. Great party. There's a tribute pad that I had people sign still at your apartment, by the way.

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Gunning for a ride

Jenny and I rode return to Gunning last Sunday in an effort to intercept Steve and Rims on their return from Taralga.

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We posed at the top of a road-cutting just north of Gundaroo.

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Ground-handling day

Ash practised some ground-handling techniques with his glider on the Lyneham High ovals.

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Despite some strong gusts, a fan would have helped to get the pilot air-borne.

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Jen conducsts a closer inspection of the inflating cells.

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Thursday, July 09, 2009

Rowan hosts a bogan-themed party

Rowan, in bogan attire, is in the home-fabricated nerve-centre of the party. I didn't appreciate how appropriate skulls were as decoration until their link to the suburb was pointed out to me. Pretty relevant to drinking too, I guess. Oh - look out for what happens when you pull the white cord (in the upper-right of this photograph), and ring the attached bell!

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Ah! A wood-elf at a bogan-party! I chose to rug up and inadvertently concealed my southern cross tattoo. (My "mark of the bogan" took days to remove!)

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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Amy is #1 in numbers

The first round of toasts to Amy's accession to "number 1 in numbers" took place at O'Neill's in Dickson.

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Later, it was on to the Kremlin.

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Steve and Jen joined me in toasting to Amy's successes again.

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Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Phill has a birthday

On Thursday a couple of weeks ago, Phill celebrated his 27th birthday at O'Neill's. Jenny and I second Phil-the-mechanic's thumb-up sentiment.

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Phill and Elise were enjoying the ambiance of the cigar-box.

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