Beautiful Hobart

Sunday, 16 June 2019

This morning I had to get up at 6.30 so I could put some controls out at South Arm for a training event that Jon was taking the juniors to. As I drove down the outlet from Bonnet Hill the sunrise over Hobart looked absolutely amazing. 

Out at Calverts Beach I had beautiful views of the ocean as I put out my controls.



Once my job was done I went for a run on some sections of the Tangara Trail, which stretches all over south arm. I'm rarely over this side of the river so it was lovely to see a different perspective of the mountain.  



 I discovered some beautiful white sandy beaches in the sections I haven't been to before.  All up it was a fantastic morning and even though we're looking forward to going away, we're so so lucky to be able to come back to Tasmania when were done.


Tacos anyone?

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Zali whipped up a taco and pizza cake the other day (just for fun). The result was surprisingly realistic and delicious. 



Masterchef Challenge

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Now that I'm working part time until we go away, I have more time to get organised for our trip, more time to run during the day, and more time to do fun stuff with the kids.  It's great!

Today I set up a surprise Masterchef challenge for them - as a team, they had to make the cat cupcakes below, from scratch, in 90 minutes.  



And they did a great job!  


They made it with seconds to spare..


Melbourne Weekend

Monday, 27 May 2019

A few weeks ago Jon and I snuck off to Melbourne to celebrate our friend Jo's 50th birthday party. Jo never does things in halves, and her circus themed party was completely awesome.  


A group of us stayed in a hotel in the Docklands so Clare and I could go ice skating. I got to try out my new ice skates and they were great - thanks Clare!  The rooms were really nice too -  The photo doesn't do it justice but the picture below is of an ultimate frisbee game - I could even see the frisbee travel up and down the field as the opposing teams thrashed it out. I miss ultimate frisbee.


The views from ground level were nice too:



After intensive costume preparations we all rode the tram to the speigeltent decked out in our circus gear. It's Melbourne though, so no-one really bats and eyelid at what you wear.


After an awesome night featuring family performances, burlesque performances, magic acts and speeches, as well as much dancing and even a flash mob Jon and I rolled back to the hotel. The next day we picked up a NZ friend who had come over for the party and we went out to Mt Macedon for an orienteering event.  The finishing touch to our great weekend was the fantastic vanilla slices we ate for brunch at the Woodend bakery afterwards.   For a change the bakery actually delivered on their promise of 'Worlds Best' vanilla slice. Yum.



Devonport weekend

Sunday, 26 May 2019

This weekend we've been in Devonport for 2 days of orienteering. The first day was a sprint event around a local college. Then we went to stay at the cabin park by the water which had lots of nice views of the sea. I went for a short walk in the morning to take some photos..




Then we went to the Tasmanian Arboretum which is one of my favourite places to orienteer.  It's normally raining when we go there and the forecast for today was much the same but amazingly we got blue sky and sunshine!

I had my run (making a few mistakes including almost running off the map), then went back out to take some photos.. I got this photo of Jon:


then I stood here for ages waiting for Zali to come towards me (she was doing the same course I had done)..


Then I saw that she'd actually taken the other route choice over there...hmmph

I got a nice photo of Jett just before the finish though:


On the way home we decided to take the Great Lakes road, which used to be at least half an hour longer than the A1.  But now it's sealed the whole way and the A1 has lots of roadworks, so Google declared it to be only 1 minute slower.  Definitely a nice change. We stopped at one lookout - if we hadn't had to prepare for family dinner we would have stopped in a few other places including Liffey Falls.  Another time.



Australopers Cake

Sunday, 26 May 2019

A few weeks ago our orienteering club Australopers celebrated its 40th birthday. Zali and I worked together to make a cake for it..



Happy Mothers Day to Me

Sunday, 26 May 2019

This is the very cool cake Zali made me for Mothers Day..



WA Easter - Days 8 & 9

Monday, 29 April 2019

After a flurry of tidying and packing we set off for the Australian Middle Distance championships which was in some bushland just outside of the town of Narrogin. I was happy to have a much better run than in the last bush event although I was just pipped again by 7 seconds.  Jett finally got on the podium which was great. Zali wasn't all that satisfied with her run but her ankle was ok which was good. 

With the event done and dusted we headed back to Perth (at the speed limit) and spent our final night eating dominoes pizza in front of the TV in our hotel room.

On our last day we had time to visit Kings Park before heading to the airport. It was spectacular as always - it's such a great place. 

Overall our orienteering holiday to WA was great - although we only saw the tiniest tiniest portion of it. Hanging out with our orienteering friends in all sorts of crazy places and doing the sport we love was great. 

WA Easter - Day 7

Monday, 29 April 2019

The Australian Sprint Champs were a half an hour drive away at Narrogin and was an exciting opportunity to get some mobile phone coverage and also stock up on supplies. The event around the local school as well as some adjacent bush was really fun - I was pipped for 1st place by 11 seconds, Zali was 3rd by just 6 seconds, Jon and Jett just missed out on third places by equally small margins. 

WA Easter - Day 6

Monday, 29 April 2019

With the morning to fill Clare and I went for a pleasant walk in the adjacent bushland and actually managed to find a spot with a little bit of telstra coverage - which was handy for checking messages and making sure the cat was still alive.


In the afternoon we assembed a few hundred metres down the road for the start of the score event (the idea is to visit at many controls as you can in 1 hour). The forest was so delightful I just kept running and running, coming in just before the hour was up.  Zali's ankle was much better so she was able to run again and we all had great fun. Jon even managed a stroll around the area too. As it happened my score was good enough to win the ladies event and  I scored the only non-fridge magnet prize of the whole carnival which was pretty cool - a little soft toy echidna. Yay me.

In the evening (and still Without wifi)  the kids entertained themselves by drawing and using their own pack of cards (suites of smiley faces, stars, hearts and diamonds).  Zali also continued with her knitting - she racked up 3 and a half beanies in the week which is pretty good going.  Some of us adults gathered around Clare's mobile phone and listened to an audio book she had handily downloaded earlier.  Just like the wireless in the old days.

It was interesting that despite having no mobile service we still needed to use the few powerpoints we had to charge all our mostly-useless devices.


WA Easter - Day 5

Monday, 29 April 2019

With nothing scheduled until the following day we had an entire day to make our way to Dryandra so we took ourselves to Ikea for breakfast which never dissappoints.  Then we did a trip to spotlight for some wool for Zali's knitting projects, then we filled all the remaining space in the car with our food for the next 3 days.  

Our drive was around 2 hours long and would have been completely uneventful had I not got a speeding ticket. I was pulled over after being clocked at 125 whilst overtaking in an overtaking lane (speed limit 110).  The policeman took my licence and went off to do his paperwork while I sat and braced myself for Easter double demerit points and a hefty fine.  However by some Easter miracle, Mr Policeman saw fit to reduce my speeding to below 10 kms above the limit which meant I got away with zero demerit points and a $100 fine. I didn't know that there were any speeding tickets left in australia that are so cheap. I was very lucky.


The rest of our drive really was uneventful (and also spent entirely under the speed limit). As soon as we arrived Jon dragged himself off to bed and stayed there most of the rest of the day.

Dryandra is a little forest village comprised of 10 old woodcutters houses run at not-for-profit prices and looks like it would be a place school and other groups  to visit. We had a nice little cottage with a lovely veranda looking out over a clearing that was generally full of kangaroos. We were free of the distractions of mobile service, tv or wifi - which was really nice. We spent a quiet evening reading and relaxing and trying to stay out of Jon's coughing and sneezing range.



WA Easter - Day 4

Monday, 29 April 2019

After the final Easter 3-day event we headed back to Perth to an Airbnb apartment which looked nice in the photos but was actually nothing special in real life. In fact up close it was like an apartment which had been leased to party loving uni students for 10 years before coming on the Airbnb market. The carpet was stained and fairly gross and the kitchen was all but devoid of cooking utensils.  With 7 of us now (us and 3 other Tasmanian Orienteers including the newly selected JWOC representative Mikayla), we really filled the place up. Nevertheless it was nice to not be staying above the bar of the Beverly pub anymore and it was fun to all be together and celebrate Mikayla's success.

After a relatively early night we had to reach the 8.30 ferry to Rottnest island, which of courese we only just made.  We met up with Clare on the packed boat and arrived on the island at 9am where we picked up the obligatory dodgy 3-speed hire bikes and helmets complete with a world class range of bacteria.






Unfortunately Jon was getting worse and worse as the day went on but the rest of us had a great time doing the 22k ish lap of the island in absolutely perfect weather. We picked up some other Tasmanian orienteers on the way and stopped at all the beaches and lookouts. Near the far end we stopped for  lunch in a quiet corner where we were immediately swarmed by quokkas - one of them even climbed right into Jett's bag which was tricky as we were under strict instructions (from every sign) not to touch them. They were very cute. 



After lunch we emptied our bags of marsupials and finished our circumnavigation. We went for a swim once we were close to home - however although the beaches were beautiful they were pretty rough so we all just had quick dips and managed to avoid being washed back to Perth.

Then we relaxed on the grass near the main jetty for an hour or so before catching our ferry back to Perth.  We had dinner at home with our crew plus some extra Tasmanians who were camping nearby. All up it was a completely non-restful but super fun rest day.  Unfortunately Jon was pretty trashed by the end of it.


WA Easter - Day 3

Tuesday, 23 April 2019


The final day of the Easter 3-day didn't go so well for me but I managed to hold onto 2nd overall (behind Clare). Jon is unfortunately sick, but he enjoyed his run anyway.   Zali sat her race out with an injured ankle and Jett had another great run in M16, making it a really consistent 3 days in a class above his normal one.

Our club Australopers won the best club award for the 2nd year in a row, which is great but it does mean that after having lugged the trophy to WA, we have to lug it right back again.



WA Easter - Days 2 & 3

Sunday, 21 April 2019

Days 1 and 2 of the 3-day orienteering have been fun. The first day was a sprint around a fancy private school - we all had pretty good runs.


Today we were running in a granite boulder area about 2 hours east of Perth. I really enjoyed it. Jett ran really well to get around his tough M16 course, and Jon did fine. Unfortunately Zali rolled her ankle and couldn't finish, which is a shame, as the technical area would have really suited her. She will rest it tomorrow so that she can run in the events next weekend.


We're staying in a pub in the tiny country town called Beverly.  It's classic pub accommodation - situated above the bar with shared amenities and basic rooms.  The town is really nice - it's got a very big artsy feel for such a small place  - and amusingly it's also hosting some sort of amateur tennis tournament too - I haven't checked it out, but surely this town doesn't have more than a couple of tennis courts - it will probably take a month to get through the games!





The pub offers a pickup/dropoff service! 

Tomorrow is the last day of orienteering in this area, then we head back to Perth for some rest days.  

WA Easter - Day 1

Friday, 19 April 2019

It's been a long long day. We started in Hobart at 4am, and we're here in Fremantle at 8pm. In fact we're all so exhausted we're just trying to stay awake in our cell until we can almost respectably go to bed.

I say cell because we're staying at a Youth Hostel at the Old Fremantle Gaol, and it's awesome!   We're in a family room which is  newer than the other rooms and has its own bathroom, but most of the other rooms are actually the old cells.  


That means we also have a 20 foot high wall around the perimeter of the building, and lots of original features mixed with humorous related ones - like these clocks..showing the times of the Tower of London and Pentridge Prison respectively.


Being a youth hostel there is the usual mixture of guests, including an entire mens lacrosse team which is interesting - we're used to orienteering gear drying all over the place, here there are sticks, helmets, pads and gloves lined up outside their rooms.  



The location of this place is great too - we checked out the Fremantle Markets and bought some delicious takeaway for dinner. 

Unfortunately we're only here one night as tomorrow we head a few hours west to the wheatbelt, and have two nights in a country Pub. In fact this trip will feature a wide range of accommodation  styles, - so that will be a fun experience.  So far so good!



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