Tuesday, January 31, 2012

bicycle liberation army

with permission of course!
More bikes for students, and that was just ute load 1 of 3

my kind of revolution!

Monday, January 30, 2012

spider lilies

the sun is setting
a cool breeze rises as little flower cages form

Sunday, January 29, 2012

buying prawns

Always better from the source. 

Saturday, January 28, 2012

project bike II

UE-18 mixte (?)
suntour power shifters
suntour 7 GT group set
dia-compe brakes
sugino japan chain guard
vic seat made in taiwan
grips o.g.k. cm-75 made in japan
frame serial number 027205

Haven't figured out what year it is yet, as it has very different components from the bikes in the French, American, Canadian and Japanese catalogues online. I showed photos to a mate at coffee this morning, and he said his sister bought the same model in Townsville in 1979-1980, so that is something to look into. What fun! What a great bike!

Anybody with skillz in polishing up old bikes please feel free to chime in. I really seems to just need a good clean and oiling, but I would love to get it gleaming again, without damaging anything.

Friday, January 27, 2012

project bike

A friend dropped off a bike for me yesterday. I just adore it. Needs a bit of work. Here is a teaser.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Aussie Day fun run

It wasn't the oxymoron I was expecting! Just 5kms, but it was my first time to run (jog) the whole thing. It really was very fun.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

so it begins

The river starts to flow after 110mm overnight. Morning ride is cool, and the sun breaks out. Life is sweet.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Monday, January 23, 2012

rainy season

Finally a bit of steady rain in the forecast, but the railing I usually hang my gear on is not sheltered, so I have engineered a wet day alternative, at least until teaching starts up again...

Sunday, January 22, 2012

cycling season

The cycling season is officially under way with the completion of the Tour Down Under. Great result for us Aussies. I should have put the green jersey in the front of the pack!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

coffee ride 3

you will find there is a pattern to my life...
Saturday coffee ride....

What's new in the garden today...
I love these summer crocus, and they only bloom for a couple of days.

I was supposed to go out to the bike shed at the Uni to follow up on yesterdays post, but the Tour Down Under was live on TV, so that got the flick and I reclined on the couch for a really long time and watched the whole thing. Well I may have drifted off once or twice.

Then I felt guilty so I went for a run. Week 4 of C25K is really hard! My legs are now very sad.

So for Lily, we have a bikeshed at the uni and are creating a workshop within, and as many bikes as possible will be fixed up and sold to students for a nominal cost. I am also sourcing helmets to sell on campus at the uni shop, since you cannot legally ride without one. It will be a big deal, there will be photos.

Friday, January 20, 2012

bike salvage

Spent a long, hot and dirty lunch hour salvaging abandoned bikes at the colleges. So many!! We are still not done! photo by Adam Connell.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

early bloom

it seems early for a tumeric bloom, but we made a new patch with better light and lots of feed, and they look very happy indeed. Should be a bumper crop.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Scott bagging bunch number 5, a couple more bunches coming on. All this abundance, and he gets to put old inner tubes to good use, which soothes my guilty green soul. We get through a lot of tubes in a year!

Monday, January 16, 2012

on cycling and mortality

A blogger I enjoy wrote about the dangers of cycling and it made me think. Actually there are stats to show that cycling isn't all that dangerous, but statistically it is pretty impossible that accidents will never happen.

Most days as I ride to the dam I pass this little sad spot where someone died. It doesn't matter how, that isn't the point. It is just very sad and poignant and reminds me to be as careful as I can for love of the people who love me.

Ride safe.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

from the garden

I call this lovely composition 'fresh cut flowers with bug zapper. OKatB will be rolling his eyes at my bad photography!

That was so lame I felt compelled to add another still life, "Sunday kitchen". We had to start pruning the lime yesterday... that is about half the tree done, we will continue when we run out of limes!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

coffee ride, Pallarenda

It is raining now, but the morning ride was magnificent.

Friday, January 13, 2012

'before' shot

It is going to start raining tomorrow, so time to get a 'before' shot of the weir. With any luck the river will rise and start to flow in the next week or two! Bring on some wet and cooler weather.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

another river shot (or 2)

I almost didn't stop for this shot, but I have to confess that my days are filled with routine, sameness, and that is because I like it that way. By the end of the year I expect you will know my wee cycling world as well as I do, and that is the whole point.

This is a fantastic bridge. If I want, I can go from home and to the uni in 6 kms across this bridge, and the cycle lane is on both sides, although it is never very busy so I cheat and use the side with the nicest approaches. My photo is pretty poor, but the view to the Pinnacles is stunning. If I come home this way the light will be better and I will try again.
morning fang to the dam, then to work, 36 kms
afternoon fang up Angus Smith Drive and back home for 15 km

This is my usual daily routine. You may grow weary of seeing it, but then again, there is a lot to observe along here, and it changes as we go through our tropical seasons. Enjoy.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

traffic jam ahead

My daily commute, a recreational area and shared path
folks fooling around in boats
a veritable traffic jam of kids, scooters and dog walkers up ahead. explain to me again why people are in cars just a short distance away? The commute is the best part of my day.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

ride relief

Phew it is hot and I am giving the watering points along the riverway a real workout these days

Monday, January 9, 2012

black cockatoos in the gum tree

A gathering at the bottom of my garden. The photo, of course, does them no justice. They are about my favorite Australian bird. Note also the remains of the big eagles nest at top right. The baby and his folks have left the nest (Junior is bigger than either of the folks, I swear). The cockatoos are big, about the size of a black backed gull (for all you Maritimers).

Sunday, January 8, 2012

lazy Sunday

Morning ride, hanging around, a bit of food shopping and then settle down in the air conditioning and watch the Australian National Champion men's elite road race. Heaven!

Bonus, I don't have to run til tomorrow. C25K week 3...

Saturday, January 7, 2012

coffee ride

Daybreak at the meeting place

Friday, January 6, 2012

lunch break

Another unseasonally perfect day in Townsville. The wet season has gone walkabout.
When you go for a ride, and find yourself at your favorite fisho at lunchtime, you have earned a fish and salad sandwich. However, when you get home, you will feel obliged to do a run, followed by a shower, some quality kindle time in front of the fan, and a quick nap. Making the most of my op day.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

my christmas dress

It is a perfect fit, as advertised! Thanks Mae! I am loving that flirty hem.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

who's a pretty bird?

This curlew is usually admiring itself in the glass of the door when I arrive to work these days.

Monday, January 2, 2012

project 365 etc

I have a friend who did project 365 last year, taking a photo every day. I thought that sounded cool, but I haven't found an app for my phone that makes this easy. I could join the project 365 org website, but I have a blog already. So I will try to post a photo every day. Tell me to stop when you are stultified by my boring life!

I really need an easy and small camera to make 'photography from a bike for the very clumsy' a possibility. In the mean time I guess I will have to actually stop and use my phone. Not the best but safer for me.

So to get started here are some images from the last week or so that probably made it to facebook but not the blog.
Top of the range Christmas gift from my sister, who knows how very much I loved Rusty. I just adore it.
My sister sews. Like, seriously sews, which is why I have a closet full of fantastic and stylish dresses and another on the way.
If you want to know how much wine you get through in a year, try this idea from a neighbour of my Sister. Great garden edging, big guilt trip!!
What is a trip to Cairns without a visit to DFO for some bargains. The guys were amazed how cheap these Crocs were... wonder why?
We came back to Townsville and I dug out all the leftovers I had tossed in the freezer before we went away and ta da! Turkey pie! The best part of Christmas dinner.Now with the new year upon us there must be goals and challenges, so I joined one on Endomondo, and I am in 16th place, and I didn't even ride today! OK, so now I feel guilty, but I did run... week 2, day 1, C25K.
Here is command central, where all this blogging happens, and my nutritional needs are attended to : ) Here's to a great year of riding a lot, running a bit, taking photos and having fun.