Thursday, September 27, 2012

sick and tired

The good thing about having the flu and being jet lagged is that it is really easy to sleep a lot. I knew on the flight from Halifax to Toronto, where a woman behind me was hacking up a lung the whole way, that I was in danger. I figure if they can have heat imaging scanners at airports during bird flu outbreaks, they should be able to have them all the time, and put some sort of bag over the heads of people who are sick to save the rest of us. I think the my employer should send Air Canada a bill for my absence.

Actually, I suffer from presenteeism and today was my first day off. I am now coughing all the time, and out of respect for my coworkers I stayed away today. Frankly, everything I did yesterday was a huge stuff up anyway (broken links and typos on the website!!) so it will be less work if I stop doing things using 20% of my brain.

Yesterday I did ride before work, and it was magic to jump on my now foreign feeling road bike and take off. I thought it would shoot out from under me, I swear. Like a fresh horse that has been too long in the paddock, it bucked and snorted and took a few kms to settle down. I had a wonderful, FLAT ride to start my day and it was very relaxing.

Meanwhile in the garden another tough plant says "no worries" and blooms happily after a month of zero rainfall. And SURPRISE!! There are TWO eaglets in the nest this year, and they are looking good. I am up early every day because the dawn chorus is a cacophony of sound. I had forgotten how full on morning in the tropics can be. First day back we had kookaburras and the eagles and screeching Cockatoos nearly drowning out the songbirds. 
My son got a stylish haircut and upgraded his office wear in my absence
 My new JCU kit arrived, here is a teaser, I'll get Scott to do a full shot tomorrow

It is good to be home and at least I am sick in my own bed, and it is warm.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

back home

Left Nova Scotia at about 4:30 pm Thursday, traveled for 30 hours in a marathon run to Brisbane and arrived at about mid day on Saturday. The international date line sucks. It seemed like a good idea to keep moving in Brisbane, so after checking in to a motel we showered and changed and walked to the river for some fresh air on the ferry.
 5 bucks gets you 2 hours of sunshine and fresh air, with the best views of the city
 It is festival time
 lantern magic on South Bank!
 Nice shot of the 'Brisbane Eye' considering my phone has me shooting blind in bright light.
 Back in the land of cheap plonk! Yay! Ca nadian wine is OK, but Aussie wine totally rules.
Sunday morning we were up early to do the final leg to Townsville. A month is a long time in the garden in the dry tropics. There were surprises like the first ever bloom on my local golden orchid. apologies for the quality of the shot, I'll do another in the morning
The pot plants were cooked, but they go dormant anyway. Trust me, this will return.

Baby pineapples!

A brown, dead looking yard with Amaryllis blooming all over the place. The hoses are all over and sprinklers are going like mad as a thank you to all these tough plants. 

Missed the boat on these bananas though, but more bunches are forming as the weather warms up

So glad to be back home!! Tomorrow I am going for a long, flat ride. Since we turned on the water the frogs have been croaking a big thanks.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Nova Scotia is...

 my home town
 Kraft dinner by the case (scary)
 fried clams
 the old and the new (perhaps the good and bad)
rocky shores

 maple leaves turning red for autumn

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

lost in time

Cycling the hills and bays, and taking free ferry rides
the architecture and landscapes of my heart

Crayon rows of buildings

Bikes and boats go together

In Cod we trust
 the perfect symmetry of boats. one of these is very special
 Maritime heritage
 childhood favorites

I am lost in yesterday, and it is good

Monday, September 10, 2012

ethnic cuisine

Gathering sea lettuce
 delicate green rubbery tasty leaves
Digging clams
 there are lots, it doesn't take long to get a bucket
 supervision and quality control
 making up onion bags containing one peeled onion, one scrubbed potato, a corn of cob and a chunk of cured sausage, a couple of huge handfuls of clams. Ok 3 or 4, we dug too many.
 ready for the beach!
 Nova Scotian party clothes!
 coming to the boil

Dinner is up! One bag per person. OMG fantastic! The sea lettuce has been dried and is delicious on a salad, or over rice with a stir fry. I am hoping customs lets me bring it home.

Friday, September 7, 2012

life offline

There is life beyond the internet, and it is pretty relaxing living it.
Visiting favorite harbours

Eating Favorite foods

Look! A modeling gig from the past! We were on a whale watch and another boat was using us for a photo shoot. That is me on the left with a camera in my face.

We now decorate billboards and the back wall of the Tourist Bureau in Digby. Cool!

Doing tourist things

Picking sea lettuce. It is smelly but I love it.

Hopefully we will get out to dig clams too

Thanks to Tim Horton's Donuts for having free WiFi!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

time rolls on

Things change, but so many things remain the same.

My Mother's sewing machine. She still has the same washer and dryer purchased when I was a pre-teen too. And the first refrigerator she and Dad ever bought. They used to make things to last..

Salt fish is still dried in the sun

The sea still foams through the Gut.

Nice to be back for a little while