I am being disciplined and riding to work without the training run, which is exactly 5km each way on the most direct route. I love my rides, but yesterdays 35 kms to work knocked me around a bit, and I need to be sensible. But even though I had a short ride this morning, it had its rewards. I saw my first ever sun bonnet Jim! I don't know if OKATB ever comes by here these days, but when he was cycling he would always tally up the sun bonnets he saw and I would chuckle at the weirdness in America. Now I realise that Australia was just lagging a bit behind (like about 100 years!)
I also had a pair of pale headed rosellas fly with me through a wooded gully. That made me happy all day. It seems a bit cooler this evening, I am happy to get by with the fan and a bit of sweat. Hopefully a proper ride tomorrow.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Holy Moley it is hot. It was this hot back in 1995, but in November, which is the build up to the wet. Very odd (and humidly uncomfortable) to have this heat in January. As I see it, it is because the ex-cyclone from up north has traveled south, and I have observed the circulation going clockwise, so that means the weather dragged over us from the west and north, when we should have easterlies off the Coral Sea this time of year. I shall be submitting this research for publication and my PhD. (not)
So we are cowering inside, which is normal if you are in Canada, but really weird if you are in the tropics. I can't hear any birds over the air conditioning, and it rained last night and I couldn't smell it. I don't like this but it shouldn't last too long, fingers crossed.
Meanwhile, TJ of Florida commented on my planters, and I thank him for admiring them. They are custom made, but only because I couldn't find an old water tank to repurpose. I think they are beautiful, the possums can't seem to climb them, and it is nice to know that dogs have not piddled on your herbs. However, I am struggling with the soil.
|worst parsley ever|
|my eggplant struggles on, but really, it isn't doing great.|
I am going to fight though. I am getting some bio-fertilizer from a project at the Uni. It cost 30 bucks for a 15 litre jug, which includes 4 refills, so you get 75 litres of fertilizer, which you have to dilute by at least 10 to 1, which is A LOT. I have had to purchase some compost, which is sad, but mine is just not producing well at all. So when it cools down a bit I will revamp, add rich compost and use my magic juice and grow a ton of marigolds and green manure crops, and hope for better food production come March. It is way easier to garden soil that is flash frozen every year!!!!
Do I hope the weather breaks? because that will require a cyclone or such.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
A colleague at work who keeps her bike at my house so she can drive and ride from my most excellent location phoned this morning and offered to drive me to work. Yes please and Thanks muchly!!
|typical radar image today|
|and it isn't just us, the whole north is copping it|
|*sigh* I hope mint and coriander can breathe under water|
|Not generating a lot of power today! I think we made 70 cents.|
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
I didn't ride all weekend, which is unusual, but I had a bad feeling about Saturdays ride, and behold, there was a crash in the group. So I ran instead. Then we gave up on the ever approaching rain and went out to look at birds on the town common.
|Brolgas are magnificent creatures. I haven't had a chance to stand next to one, but they are probably taller than I am.|
|We do like a bit of twitching|
|I love this landscape, it speaks to my heart even though I was not raised here.|
|It was hot and the shade in the bird hide was welcome|
|The shells of fledged ciccadas, but it was strangely quiet. That empty, marching army reminded me of the terracotta warriors in China. There has been fire through here, and the smell of smoke and sweet grass and dry was amazing.|
Monday, January 14, 2013
After much procrastination and deep soul searching we have installed a 5kw solar system. We don't use a lot of power by normal standards, and we had solar hot water already. We were troubled by the return on the power to the grid, which is about double normal wholesale to the power company, so effectively it seems that those too poor to go solar subsidize those wealthy enough to get it installed. But then there was a deadline and we had to act now or never, so we did it and I am feeling guilty but there ya go.
It should take about 5 years to pay it off, and then we can hopefully enjoy free electricity in our old age. I am altruistic enough to hope that enough roof panels on enough houses can keep another coal fired power plant at bay, to the benefit of the whole planet, not just my little dot on the map. The summer we are having makes you think about a hotter world, and what it will be like to live at 2 degrees more as an average. There would be fewer nice cycling days! Aaaccck!!
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
|At the entry to the campus is the Medical Precinct, where they are getting an end of ride facility built where there used to be cooling plant. I think the new central cooling is the best thing ever : )|
Saturday, January 5, 2013
After much googling I found the best site for keying out plants ever, and of course it is at JCU, which houses the Tropical Herbarium. It was easy to find my plant even though I am not a botanist and didn't recognise many of the terms. I just filled in what I could and found 11 matches, looked at the photos and compared with my own and there ya go. I swear I haven't been on the computer all day, just a fair chunk of it. I did go for a 50km ride this morning, and I have done the minimum allowable cleaning, and a dove flew through the living room to prove that I am sort of outside, but in the shade when in the house.
Friday, January 4, 2013
When friends invited us to join them after the New Year for a bit of camping we jumped at the chance. It was a chance to turn the stubborn return of hot dry weather into a bonus.
|we use our fantastic VW camper to it's full potential way too seldom. I am not really big on NYs resolutions, but we really should get away a lot more in 2013.|
|I also resolve to harden up and overcome my terror of mountain biking. Look how lovely, but I wimped out after just a few kms!|
|We went for a fantastic hike, and I swear I saw 6 or more different orchids. We will be returning a few times in winter hoping to see some in bloom!|
|Lots of damaged big trees remain a legacy of Cyclone Yassi, but the up side is canopy plants brought down to ground level for admiration|
|We tried to imagine how long it must have taken the field crews to clear this trail. It must have been heartbreaking for the Parks Staff to see so many down.|
|I don't know if this is an orchid or a lily, still trying to find a good reference book... may have to cheat and ask a friend|
|Thanks to the new marked trails we safely found our way to a magnificent lookoff . I'll admit my legs are sore today, but it was so worth it.|
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
I suppose people are wondering what wonderful and amazing things are going on over the holidays. Well the fruit in the garden has been pretty terrific
It looks great though (if I don't say so myself), and we are getting some cooling storms at last, and off to go camping tomorrow. Hopefully I'll get a bike ride in and get started on my 2013 mileage. I have been sliding downhill with my numbers, must get serious here.