Sunday 30 June 2013

Take Off ... And Landing

 Warning: Looking from a height and looking at the past.

This is another of those just over a week ago posts ... Thursday just over a week ago to be exact (as opposed to the one that has just passed).

So Thursday just over a week ago I took off ... in a plane.
But where did I land? Do you know?

 I will give you a hint ...

I flew out of Cairns.

Not sure yet?
Another hint?
Yes, well I know that other one wasn't much help.

The flight only lasted about 2hrs.

Still puzzled?
Another clue?

I could see parts of the reef from the left hand side of the plane.

Still scratching your head?
Another hint please?

The sea was to the left and the land was on the right.

Huh, what did ya say?

Okay, I was flying south.

Have you guessed it yet?
Another clue?

Where I landed was more populated than where I took off.

Need another hint?

I never left the state.

And one to surely give it away.

I headed to it's capital.

I am sure you have guessed it now.
If not I'll put you out of your misery.
The place I landed was Brisbane.
But why was I there you ask?
Well to land of cause.
Haha you say, very funny.
Well my answer was true as it wasn't the end of my trip but only one leg of it.
Come on just spit it out.
No way hosay ... that is for another post.
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I'm Supposed to be ... ????

 The idea when I sat down with my laptop at hand was to write a catch up blog and to work on a Lone Guides newsletter. Well I'm getting there on the blog post after sitting at the computer for who knows how long wasting time or watching time whizz by or just relaxing and doing whatever (whichever you choose) but the newsletter is another story.

These photos are from a bit over a week ago or almost a fortnight ago whichever sounds better and less slack on the blogging front.
So a bit over a week ago I had two training days for my new job (the one that has literally taken months to start) involving the lessons we would be teaching face to face, which we did using a multimedia lesson (online, web camera that kind of thing). We had a great time Teacher P and myself, it was very relaxed.

I Spy ... Green Island

Now I know I have shared the amazing view from my workplace but well I am going to share it again and again and again. It is a very dangerous view as I have discovered. I could just sit and watch it all day.

First of all in the photo department I have some special ones to show you that caused me much amusement at the time. I'm not sure if I explained previously but Mr Sparky works pretty much around the corner, down the street and around the corner from me. It is walking distance ... and spying distance as I found out.

So I'll prove it ... look at the next photo.

And now lets look a little closer ...

And a little closer ...

A certain Mr Sparky was working on this boat, which at the time was undergoing a refit. He was hooking up generators, lights, t.v, sound system and anything else that required electrical knowledge. We got our own little bit of amusement out of this game of 'I spy'.

Also here are some photos of the building I work in and the work space we have.

Now I'll leave you to it and hopefully start dreaming up my next catch up post ... or doing that newsletter.

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Thursday 27 June 2013

Good Morning Cocky

Good morning mountains ...

Good morning moon ...

Good morning Cockies.

It will be a good day ... I know it will especially with a start like this and that is despite the fact that I didn't want to leave my bed. 

I am glad I didn't snuggle back into sleep though ... it was worth it.

I've been at work the last two days and I love my job!

One of the new words the Japanese lady Mrs A learnt yesterday was Cockatoo so how fitting are these fellows. I'll have to share them with her when I see her on Friday.

She also learnt Platypus, Rosella, Frilled Neck Lizard, Rainbow Lorikeet and Echidna. The Echidna came with a lesson in Echidna mating rituals which she was interested in due to the spikes ... I think the question was "How do they mate, how do they do it with the spikes?" or something along those lines. I am just glad she felt she could ask.

Did you know they have a 'love parade' where the female starts walking and males line up behind her along the way (up to around 11 in some cases). The female then chooses a male after up to 6weeks of walking. And as to the mating, the female and male dig a shallow hole and mate tummy to tummy to avoid those spikes. As I read ever adaptable to their conditions Echidnas will also mate underground. I hope you enjoyed your lesson.

Lastly my particular favourite word that she learnt was 'weird' and when we went on our afternoon excursion she took great pride in using weird to describe an animal puppet of a Bilby.

She also enjoyed trying out the parrot names, matching them to puppets and to the real thing when we visited the Cairns Wildlife Dome ... more on that later.

So now I am completely off topic about Cockatoos but the pictures are pretty. I could have sat for hours watching their antics in a tree not far from our home.

Even now I can still hear the occasional squawk above my washing machine that sounds like it is taking off.

I will leave you with the rest of my morning photo shoot while I head off to catch up on housework that has been neglected since last Wednesday, organise catalogues to deliver and more than likely get sidetracked by more blogs, blog reading, facebook, email reading or anything else that seems like more fun.

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