Thursday, 24 December 2009
I really like Adelaide Zoo, it's pretty low key and relaxed but it's also got heaps of great exhibits, it's easy to get around and to get to, it's cheaper than Taronga and now it's even got Pandas! We didn't think we were going to get to see them as you have to book ahead but the nice ticket lady gave us some passes to get in. The 30 minute queue was worth the wait as they put on a pretty good show. We also saw lots of other stuff, and Jon had to chase down a goat that a dorky parent managed to let escape from the double gated petting zoo. In fact it was lucky we didn't all get stampeded in the rush of animals leaving the petting zoo - I think they know what to do when they see dorky parents and open gates as suddenly bambi and the gang were up and hustling to get out. Happily only the one goat escaped and Jon didn't get sprung by a zoo keeper as it might have looked like he was making off with an alternative Christmas Lunch.
Tuesday, 22 December 2009
One of my least favourite school activities is the Final Year Assembly - the kids sing funny christmassy songs, the teachers say nice stuff, other people get thanked and it's all fine and dandy (if a little long) EXCEPT for the grade 2 kids 'graduation' ceremony thing which I just can't abide by. Ok so the school only goes up to grade 2 and the eldest kids are going on to different schools which a big event but this whole graduation thing (which ALL the parents and other kids have to watch) really leaves me squirming - as it seems completely over the top for what is a small milestone on their educational pathway. Anyway this overly long assembly means I'm generally unpleasantly derisive of the whole thing much to the annoyance my good-cheered fellow audience members (i.e. Denny and Jon) and I walk away feeling like the biggest scrooge in the land and they walk away thoroughly sick of me and my bad attitude.
Today however I'm feeling a slight bit of redemption having read this article in the SMH. Maybe the author can be my new best friend and we can send our kids to the same school and mutter obnoxious comments under our breaths at the back of the audience together and be thoroughly disliked by everyone else. Except of course when our kids are graduating and we will insist on them receiving every bit of the fanfare the previous years kids have had..
Monday, 14 December 2009
There are tonnes of great tracks on the mountain but I'll try to limit myself to blogging 3 or 4 good solid walks. Yesterday I walked the Pinnicle track which links to the Organ Pipes track, which then drops down to Hunters Track and returns via the Lenah Valley track. It sounds more complicated than it was. Once again it's undulating but most of the uphill is done in the first 30 minutes. The views up and down are fantastic and it took me almost exactly 2 hours including some drinks and photo stops.
I'll have to remember to do this walk around Christmas time again next year as there were tonnes of flowers out so it was even nicer than usual.
Sunday, 13 December 2009
Thursday, 10 December 2009
Wednesday, 9 December 2009
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
This is a steep walk that goes from Suicide Bend in Taroona, up to the Mt Nelson Signal Station and back. Walked briskly with only minimum time taken to pause and cough out a lung, it can be done in a shade under 55 minutes. If you run it you should try and get to the top in under 20 minutes if you want to be respectable. When I was young I could do it in like 7 minutes. or something like that - my memory is a little hazy.