Thursday, May 31, 2012


At the end of the day my cycling socks were still freezing cold and wet from riding in the rain this morning, so I dug deep into the office lingerie drawer and pulled out warm woolen socks perfect to acknowledge Ryder Hesjedal's Giro victory. And they were cozy too. Maybe woolen kneesocks and lycra are the combo we need to bridge the tribal divide between Roadies and everyone else on a bike. well I am doing my part!

Gratuitous garden shot, a bromeliad coming into bloom. I was hanging around the garden waiting for Scott to take me to look at a second hand bike - but more about that later...

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Lots of cockatoos on the ride home. I thought they must be grazing on all the seed heads in the lawn.
 On closer inspection they are digging it up and pulling out something with their claws 
I never grow tired of seeing parrots. How lucky am I to have these guys to enjoy every day.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

rides interrupted

Yesterday I rode. I have been sick with a cold, and my balance is compromised, so I am nervous. Wednesday I was home sick, lethargic and feverish, dizzy and sweaty. At about 11 a.m. I bit into a firm bit of food and a back tooth broke away in a huge hunk. OMG. I called my dentist and scored an appointment because of a cancellation that very day. I had to ride my bike to the dentist, not far maybe 5kms? and I made it OK, but then there was pain, and my face got frozen, and I had to ride home sick and in shock (and drooling!) but I made it. Superwoman on a bike.

Yesterday I was in that altered state of having no sleep from coughing all night, and waking to a huge wind after midnight. BoaB asked me if I wanted the car, and I snorted a quick no. Me? Need the car! I left for work after priming my dual suspension mountain bike for a ride. pumped up the tires, oiled the chain - as the wind lashed and branches crashed in the street. My dual suspension bike is a tractor. The whole point of a bike like that is the belief that you can ride through anything.

So I rode. The wind made you forget about the rain. I struggled, I was blown right across the bikeway twice, and I had to fight my way forward. I chickened out three times and walked into the wind. In hindsight, the gusts were over 70kms an hour, but at the time I blamed myself and my cold for my weakness. I was so afraid. I couldn't roll forward from a stop, the bike is so heavy and slow, and the wind was a wall of jello. At one point my legs shook so badly that I had to walk, I just couldn't make progress on my bike. I nearly wept with frustration, but I did make it eventually (36 minutes, top speed 20km/hr)

This morning was less windy, but cold, and I wimped out of the usual coffee ride. You always regret not riding - always. Then we had to outlay a lot of cash for a new dishwasher, as even I am tired of trying to clean up after the old one.
 It looks fine, but I will miss the fancy fully integrated one. At least this one will clean the dishes! (I hope) 
And yes, winter has arrived and the heat is on. Thank goodness for reverse cycle air conditioning.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Friday afternoon distraction

I took a break to make a cup of tea and there was a package in my pigeon hole, from an exotic and far away land called Las Vegas! No time to clear the weeks accumulation from my desk.

OMG! How beautiful and delightful. I made a lucky guess here:
and this is a prize indeed. 
I will be moved to send snail mail correspondence to my dearest friends. Thank you so very much Jim for your generosity, this really gladdened my day. 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

daily ride

Early for rush hour on the bikeway on a grey day means more rowers than cyclists, at least for now.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Sometimes an agave blooms, and it is always a special event

Another special event, of the many pumpkin vines that flourished in the yard this wet season, one produced one pumpkin. Seriously. I am at a loss to explain it, must be critters I suppose.

Monday, May 21, 2012

conspicuous consumption

My kettle died this weekend, and I unleashed the inner Princess and got a really expensive and beautiful replacement. Things you use every day should be beautiful.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Ron Donnellan shield

Sunrise at the race start. About 110 kms with a climb up the range and lots of rollers
 56 racers in a handicap, 24 minute group is under way
 Go group of just 2 riders! Go Jenny and Vince, what a hard ask!
 Strange sights worthy of any Tour
 The 12 minute group 
 Nervous Nellies at the feed station
 A tourism moment at the Burdekin bridge
 This year was higher than the lower 10 or so markers
 Winner! Gavin Taylor, Marlin Coast Cycle Sport by a handy margin
 2nd Chris Clem, Pensar Hawk Racing, and 3rd, a Cairns Pump and Pedals bike shop racer I don't know. That is two Cairns riders placing in a Townsville race! Hopefully more will join us next year and keep the rivalry going.
 I got a sunburn but it was worth it. It isn't a Grand Tour race, but it is one of our classics and it is fantastic to get out and be a part of it.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

catch up

While I have been busy misbehaving I have been too slack to post. With no boon companion waiting at home, I was inclined to cycle after work. It is interested to observe the mania of the homeward journey from the relative safety of the cycle path. No wonder so many accidents happen this time of day, people are tired and dehydrated and addled and hungry. Me too, but at least I am not flanging along in a 4WD.

 One photo I regret not taking was our van haphazardly parked while I picked up some lunch the other day (I drove because I had a dentists appointment and a late meeting). It made me smile that I have become such a menace on the roads when I drive. I am getting quite bad at it really, from a motorists point of view. I drive like I cycle, over cautious, slowing to avoid stopping at lights... it drives them nuts!  

Now my best mate is back, and I have cleaned up the evidence of my teenagerish existence (why I had no time to post yesterday!) and life has returned to a smooth groove. I am sharing this shot of citrus, because this is my second picking of my very own mandarins, and I am busting with delight. I cannot believe we waited so long to grow such a delicious fruit. I think it is amazing to just be able to pick a bowl of goodness in my own yard. Missing from photo, many more bananas! We are rich indeed!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Yes - Scott is away working and I am running amok! Brussels sprouts for dinner, well I never. Women, who can figure them out. Had the best run to the dam EVER after work. It smells different, the light is so weird and the wind is totally the opposite of a morning run. A moderate effort and amazing speeds. I am currently sacrificing the morning run to pull a new commuter into work, but next week, I am so doing a double run for several days, it is a whole new sport. Love my rides!!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

free postage

I am not much of a shopper - in stores. I have been chucking out knicks that are worn out, and my poor shoes are detonating. Add some filler items and some fake carbon water bottle cages and you have a whole box of fun when you get home!

Monday, May 14, 2012

evening colour

I struggle to photograph these hibiscus and get the colour right. This is pretty good, but I am still not happy

Sunday, May 13, 2012

tickled pink

I don't watch a lot of TV, but it was nice to see the rave highlights when a Canuck finally won the leaders jersey. Go you good thing.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Mother's Day lunch

Smart kids take Mom to lunch a day early to beat the rush. My favorite Japanese restaurant, perfect, as always.

Friday, May 11, 2012

2 fer 1

 Rascals and Rapscallions built a 'jump' on the bikeway yesterday! Arrr the little blighters. They cleared it quick fast for a roadie princess who showed them the finer points of her racing bike.
Rowers getting ready for a fast run up river with a good tail wind.
I got to distracted to post these yesterday, and today was too gloomy and dark for a photo. Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

self portrait with stones

Since we live in a world where nothing gets fixed if nobody complains, I take a lot of photos of dirt, potholes, bushes overwhelming paths, etc., etc. Well somebody has to do it. Last time I sent one of these to the powers that be in the "Estate Office" I was piously informed that the road is swept daily. I told them to start dropping the brushes til they hit the bitumen. I am such a Bitch. This has been getting progressively worse for weeks, so here we go again.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

welcoming committee

One of my first Project 365 posts was a curlew looking at him/herself in my glass door. Now we have 2 chicks who are nearly grown. They are way too tame for their own good, but I am hopeful they manage to move on and have chicks of their own. The record for success rearing of chicks at the University isn't very good, but I live in hope. I'll be lonely when there is nobody to greet me in the mornings though.

Monday, May 7, 2012


Hey Carol, do you remember planting some wee citrus trees last time you visited?
 The mandarin is bowed over with fruit. We don't know exactly when to pick so we are just gathering the daily wind falls, and they are excellent and all two people can eat any way.
 I am looking up at the lemon. I don't know why it is twice the size of the others. It is covered in fruit too.
Anticipation as the first naval orange ripens! It is the runt of the three, but we will get a half dozen ripe fruit this year. It doesn't seem a long time ago these went in the ground. Things just grow so quickly!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

coffee ride

Another very large day. We will suffer similar weather until sometime in October, when it will get hot. In the mean time it will be cool to cold in the mornings, perfect 20 something days. I will be doing a lot of the same old rides, and loving every one.

Friday, May 4, 2012

large day

I had an op day today (if you slave a bit longer every day you get one day off a month) Love the working conditions in the country. I am very lucky and I know it. Anyhow, as we say back in the Maritimes, it was a large day. Huge and clear and blue and perfect for a ride.
It was also a perfect day for fishing, and every weir on the river (or dam as we would call them) had at least one fisherman. Don't know what they caught, but like they say "a bad day fishing beats a good day working". A bike ride is better than almost anything.

Thursday, May 3, 2012


riding home from work is an important stress control for me, but now that we are coming into the dry I get to have a bit of quality time with the hose at the end of the day. Bliss. Glass of wine in hand, total bliss.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

the end

Oh dear, it looks like the council decided my stump was a danger to us all, and I came home to find those hopeful little shoots of green gone, this time forever I suspect. I don't think it is safe to be reincarnated as anything living on the verge. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

normal commuters

Road works are interrupting our commute, which means the cyclists and pedestrians bunch up and talk to each other. You can't do that in a car, which is why I have abandoned driving. We all had a "good morning" and a laugh, and connected as people. That is why active transport makes better communities. Cycling is real.