Friday, August 31, 2012

on holiday

I have slipped into holiday mode big time. photos have been going to facebook, because you can do that on the sly while visiting and talking. The blog is a bit neglected because it takes you out of the fold to write, and I am here to be in the fold.

We have picked peaches at my Dad's request. What fun!

If it is food, I will eat it. I just had the fish cake, 'cause you don't even have to be hungry to eat a fish cake!

OMG blueberries are FREE from the bushes out the back.

Country style toys!!

Favorite relations

Doing chores, buying peatmoss for $5.80 a bale. We pay $60 in Townsville for the exact same thing, but far from the source.

We had a 50k ride yesterday. My bike needs dialing in and I have a few sore parts but it was marvelous. I had issues with my derailleur and walked up the hill to my parents. If I manage to actually overcome my pathological fear of hills and ride up this one, I will consider it one of my major accomplishments on the bike.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

first things first

Day one in Nova Scotia always involves a bit of running around and settling in, but we still had time to have lunch at Stirlings, pick a big basket of blueberries and buy some local wine. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

breakfast and cats

This morning I presented at a "Women in Spatial" breakfast, but don't worry, there was a man there too. It was great fun and I got to meet several new people, which is always a bonus. Hopefully I will see them at future events as well and we can catch up.
I met a lovely Cartographer who thought she was the only cycling mapper. I am already wondering if we can hook up for some rides in the future.

Then we decided to relocate to our hotel closer to the airport, where the nice fellow at the desk suggested a day messing around on boats. Citicats to be precise.
For 5 bucks each we did the full cruise from one end of the river to the other, then got off in the city for a fabulous market day lunch, and more fabulous fresh food for dinner later on. 

This was a very fun way to get around, and at a tenner for a full days outing it is very reasonable. If you are getting around the inner city there is a special free service as well, but we are way out at the extreme end, which is more fun because you get to go fast for long stretches! This may well change where I stay when I come to Brisbane, I always try to walk everywhere, but this is way more fun.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Run to the Water

Sunday we had a change of routine and did a run for charity. You never know what is going to happen, and since the rego opened at 6:30 for a 7:30 am start we actually drove the car to be there on time.
Nice early morning on the river

Much standing around for the usual 'really long time' = should have had a coffee and ridden the bikes after all. doh. Why do races never start when they say.

the horticulture was good though.

I ran the 3.8 kms of the river loop in a tad over 25 minutes. Slow as anything, but I haven't run for months and I just wanted to see if I could. I am paying the price today, hobbling around with sore legs. Note to self, running is something you either do all the time or never. Seldom is just a bad idea.

Saturday, August 18, 2012


I made a good hot curry the other night, and as usual even though I used only one of every ingredient (you know, an onion, a carrot, a bit of pumpkin, a big potato, one chicken breast), there was lots. I added my own ruby chard at the end and it was great. 
So I was thinking about using leftovers and decided to make samosas. I always find them to be a big chore because you have to make the filling, and the dough, and it is all a bit hard. With leftovers the filling is done, and the dough is the easy part. I did put the cold curry on a board and chop it up into small bits, since I make it pretty chunky. Then I made the dough
 Samosa Dough
  mix together:
1 cup of flour
1/4 tsp of salt
3 Tbs of vegetable oil
1/3 cup of water
   Mix all of this together. Knead it up and then set it aside covered with a warm damp cloth to rest for about 1 hour.

Just make into balls (I got 7) and roll out, then a big spoonful of curry, crimp and bake in a hot oven for 20 minutes to a half hour. Fantastic.

Friday, August 17, 2012


Yay! I have given away nearly a basin full of turmeric! I cannot stand to see good produce go to waste, and I grew way too much.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

late winter

Smoke on the horizon, and the Bombax in bloom. The young eagle in the nest complains that food is late in coming. The crunch of red almond leaves under my wheels releases the pungent, evocative  smell of northern autumn. Late winter in the dry tropics, and the days are warming.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

mango blossom

Really lovely, but achoo!! I have never seen the bloom this heavy, could be a bumper crop

Monday, August 13, 2012

be home soon

The bikes are on the way, we follow next week. It is way warmer in Nova Scotia right now! Looking forward to eating and touring and being with family. These bikes will live in NS and be waiting for us from now on. nice.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Gold Fever le Tour

The caravan park had every cabin booked out to cyclists, so there was no noise at night, and no need to tiptoe around at 5:00 am. Everybody was doing it. I don't have any Fondo photos. Suffice to say it was incredibly cold (5 or 6 degree start, 45 minutes late, almost 2 hours of standing around), it was windy, the locals (who knew the way) took off like a cattle station was riding on it, so I kept them is sight til the highway and then settled into ITT with a headwind both ways, but worse on the home leg.
I finished up at the Crit circuit, where there was pandemonium as the streets were not cleared and set up was way behind and all that, so we hung around, got coffee from the excellent coffee van and waited it out. It was cold. Like leave your jacket on all day and sit in the sun cold, which is rare up here. 

Cat 5 split into two and Scott won Cat 5B. We got back to the cabin at dusk after a 5:30 am start, and I was too tired to eat, so we just stayed in, turned on the heat and ate cheese and rolls and tuna and whatever we had. I was very tired. 4:30 alarm and we are on the road to the race back to Townsville, starting at Selheim for a 103 km race homewards to the coast. It was ZERO degrees!! 

I had the sprint point at the bottom of the range where it should be warmer and there was frost, the first I have seen in the tropics. 

Alone but finishing strong about 2 minutes behind the pack. I know everybody wants a win, but on a freezing morning with a long ride on open highway where there are roos and pigs and road trains and the sun rising right in your eyes. I am just so happy that everyone made it safe to the end and did their best. My skin is killing me from the wind, cold and dry. I felt great physically, so that is a relief. 

Friday, August 10, 2012

road trip

I got a clean enough bill of health from my tests and a visit with my GP today. I like my Doctor because he lets me be. The tests were brilliant, and I need to live my life. It is all good. So off to Charters Towers!!

Can you tell this dog has goggles on? How cute!!

Charters Towers is a historic gold mining town. The venue for registration was the charming Civic Club. Lots of tin and timber.

Beautiful streets, we look with wonder on the rich heritage of a wealthy past

We have humble digs for the weekend. I am doing the 70km Fondo, Scott is doing the Gold Fields le Tour of a 10 km time trial, followed by a 20 minute + 3 lap crit., and then he races back to Townsville (103 km) hoping for a tail wind! I am support on that leg, Gawd I hate handing off water bottles at speed! The weather looks great, we have pasta on the boil, bring it on.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

acting normal

 Actually, I can't act normal because I am not normal. It is really frustrating to deal with medical professionals who can't understand how I live. I think I am normal, but I am wrong. I took the cheap new bike for a roll today to tune up the fit. It is a rock solid tourer. I noodled 6 kms and really enjoyed the difference of a cheap, heavy little bike. Nice and solid. Really nice gearing. Many happy kms to be ridden. 

I wasn't in a hurry ( I am not supposed to be riding) so I stopped to admire kapok blooms against a perfect sky. There was shopping to be done, and I squandered 5 bucks on fresh flowers. 

It is good to be out amongst it.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

pulled from the race

I am fine!! I have been poked and covered in electrodes and blood tested and I am fine!! But I spent the day in emergency because I had to face up to chest pains that wouldn't go away, and shouldn't be ignored till after the ride. But just relax because I am fine!
Thank goodness I grabbed the kindle

Scott was banished from the hospital after the first positive test results, so he came home and replaced the bar tape on my new secondhand bike which I am shipping to Nova Scotia ASAP. I am taking it for a small ride tomorrow, just a little one! Because I am FINE! I have a stress test early next week, then hopefully allowed to ride again. I will be taking it a bit easy though. Challenges are like baseball, there is always next year.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

long days

Sunrise over the Coral Sea, morning ride.

 Sunset over Ross River heading back to the University for a BUG related meeting
I am putting in some long days. I thought 60kms or so a day would be no biggie, but with the cold mornings, busy work days, evening extras, I am not finding it easy. 712 kms, 39 %. 20 days to go.