And no names were mentioned

Coming home from an after work swim with a work mate, we are sitting in the warmth of the vehicle and I’m asked. . . 

You know that show on tv, do you watch it?? 

My animated response was Yes I do and the details of this conversation shall not leave this vehicle.  

We had an amazing chat about how we felt about the characters and how the story might play out.  

It was a very funny conversation without any names being mentioned, not even my colleagues!!! 

What show had we been watching??? 

September 1

During my presentation at the Adventure Travel Film Festival I mentioned I was co instigator of the National Wear Shorts to Work Day. We chose September the first as it’s the first day of spring. In fact Mel and I wear shorts to work every day from then until the long weekend in June. 

Mel and I both work at Cradle Mountain and it can snow any time of year so some days we might be wearing gloves and a beanie, but we still have our shorts on.  

Mel and I on September 1, 2016

Mel and I on September 1, 2016

I’m with Mr Wong, a visitor from China. He was delighted to be introduced to baby Curra. 

I’m with Mr Wong, a visitor from China. He was delighted to be introduced to baby Curra. 

2019 and Rupert, facilitator of the film festival and Manager of the Bright Brewery will expect all his staff to wear Long Pants To Work in September 1 this year.  

2019 and Rupert, facilitator of the film festival and Manager of the Bright Brewery will expect all his staff to wear Long Pants To Work in September 1 this year.  

Giant Freshwater Crayfish in Tasmania

Last year I volunteeered in a Swiss alpine garden for three weeks. One of our projects was to help build a pond. 

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   I decided that when the pond was completed I would donate a giant freshwater crayfish!! Hehe. They were aghast! 

 

I decided that when the pond was completed I would donate a giant freshwater crayfish!! Hehe. They were aghast! 

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Now that I’m home I’ve actually been to visit the Lobster Haven Ponds and seen a giant freshwater cray. An old one can grow up to one meter in length. 

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This is a young one, a few years old and still growing out of his shell a couple of times a year.  

This is a young one, a few years old and still growing out of his shell a couple of times a year.  

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One of the lovely things about this facility is that it is run entirely by volunteers. They also have a little cafe and you can sit on the couch with your Devonshire tea gazing out over the rich and fertile surrounding farmland. Perfect really! 

Best T Shirt Competition

Everyone has there favourite t shirt.  

I seldom wear a t shirt but here is a collection of other people fave t shirt. Feel free to send me a photo of you in yours. You can use the contact page if you like. Also need suggestions for collective noun for ‘t shirts’ please. 

Fiji Mark and his fave.  

Fiji Mark and his fave.  

Stall holder in Brunei  

Stall holder in Brunei  

BMW ruder in Tasmania  

BMW ruder in Tasmania  

And an old Leunig fave  

And an old Leunig fave  

One for Forrest Gump fans  

One for Forrest Gump fans  

A for ALPS

With permission to brag I entertained the lovely ladies at ALPS with some tales from last year's trip. 

Their challenge to me was to do some gardening wearing traditional Swiss costume. If I did this, and I did they would donate to the local hospital and Make a Wish foundation  $150 to each worthy cause.

 

With Klaus, the head gardener at Schatzalp  

With Klaus, the head gardener at Schatzalp  

Some of my ALPS memorabilia  

Some of my ALPS memorabilia  

After my presentation at ALPS.  

After my presentation at ALPS.  

Gardening at Schatzalp!! 

Gardening at Schatzalp!! 

It started with a kick

12 months ago I was on the Spirit bringing my bike to Melbourne to load it into a shipping container bound for the UK. 

All the motorbikes were lined up in Devonport waiting to board the Spirit and somehow, I don't know how but the fellow parked next to me accidentally kicked me as he got himself onto his Spyder. No harm done and I didn't think anymore of it other than I decided not to park next to him on the ferry.  

After my meal I wandered around the ferry and was recognised by a group of motorcyclists I'd served at Cradle a few days earlier. We had an animated conversation about why this fellow would not give his postcode as part of the sale. All his mates joined in and it was a jovial conversation. Lo and behold if the kicker is not one of this group of happy gentlemen.  The kicker as it turns out is one Douglas Adams, not the author and his cheeky mate was not Zaphod Beeblebrox either.  I chatted with then for a while, the kicker owed me a drink!!  They regaled me with all their bike stories and it was a pleasant way to pass the evening. They then asked me where I was off to on my Himalayan. I told them a little of my plans. They were a bit astonished and were very generous offering suggestions for what spares and tools I should pack, and how to operate my SPOT and other general safety tips. All very much appreciated. They wanted to stay in touch to see how I fared. They followed me on the "blog".  Doug was brilliant in emailing helpful solutions to some of my electrical dilemmas while I was away  

Spyder Doug back in Tassie for another tour.  

Spyder Doug back in Tassie for another tour.  

Last week I was fortunate enough to spend another evening with them, in Tassie as they were back for another tour. I regaled them this time with some of my travel stories. It was a fun evening and for me it  brought back many happy memories of the journeys magic!! 

I now have an invitation to call in for a cuppa as I pass through 2336!!

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Ocean Girl

Larissa is the daughter of Klaus, the garden director from Schatzalp in Switzerland. She finished her two years of working and travelling in Australia with a week with me. 

Snorkelling, hiking, cooking and generally hanging out.  

Us doing our Kiwi impersonations. We sent this photo to her Dad. Didn’t get a response?? 

Us doing our Kiwi impersonations. We sent this photo to her Dad. Didn’t get a response?? 

She was stoked to see an echidna on the track.  

She was stoked to see an echidna on the track.  

and I found this baby echidna (puggle?) in the garden 

and I found this baby echidna (puggle?) in the garden 

She made the best curry, just using the veggies in the bottom of the fridge. They often make the best meals.  

She made the best curry, just using the veggies in the bottom of the fridge. They often make the best meals.  

Pixie in the forest.  

Pixie in the forest.  

On top of Mt Rufus in wind and rain.  

On top of Mt Rufus in wind and rain.  

Me on top of Rufus the previous week. In wind and smoke.  

Me on top of Rufus the previous week. In wind and smoke.  

Larissa the mermaid

Larissa the mermaid

Mermaid on a rock!  

Mermaid on a rock!  

her foot not mine. I'm not a flipper person, but thinking I might get a pair for when I start venturing out too far from the beach. 

her foot not mine. I'm not a flipper person, but thinking I might get a pair for when I start venturing out too far from the beach. 

Larissa's Dad. I worked for him for three weeks while I volunteered in the Swiss Alpine Garden at Schatzalp in Davos. 

Larissa's Dad. I worked for him for three weeks while I volunteered in the Swiss Alpine Garden at Schatzalp in Davos. 

It's that time of year again.

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This time last year Dr Rob talked me into going to Bright for the Film Festival and to use the trip as a practice ride with all my gear loaded on the bike.  

I attended the festival and loved it!!! 

I learnt a lot. The biggest thing was probably that I had way too much gear on the bike. I also met some pretty inspirational travellers.  

This year I will be attending again. With my bike and with much less luggage!! 

Yes I have learnt a thing or two  about motorcycle travelling in the last 12 months.  

 http://www.adventuretravelfilmfestival.com/bright-australia-festival/

Please use this link to find out more about this unique festival. 

Lake to lake

Tbc❣️❣️

I'm currently planning a lake to lake trip.  Dove Lake to Lake St Clair to Khuvshn Lake to lake Baikal.  

That should cover the deepest lakes in the world and in Australia  

Now do I ride my bike and take my snorkel and mask ?? Doh!! Or both!!!

 

early morning at Dove Lake, always good for reflections. 

early morning at Dove Lake, always good for reflections. 

Roadside puddle on Dargo High Plains Road.  

Roadside puddle on Dargo High Plains Road.  

Magical moment on Cynthia Bay, Lake St Clair.  

Magical moment on Cynthia Bay, Lake St Clair.  

Lake Khuvsgul in Mongolia. Hopefully I'll be able to add my own photo later in the year.  

Lake Khuvsgul in Mongolia. Hopefully I'll be able to add my own photo later in the year.  

So this is Christmas. . . .

John and Yoko wrote this song several decades ago. We should make a habit to remind ourselves of their lyrics at least once a year.

 

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After my Dad died, each year I would spend three days around Christmas in a silent retreat. Well, maybe a little music but no phone and no television. I would stay indoors and surround myself with my favourite foods and a few simple photography projects.  Wonderful days. 

Then I started working for Parks Tasmania and have worked right through the busy season every year,  almost the complete opposite to what I had been doing. This year was different again. I didn't work, and spent my time surrounded by beautiful food, pleasant company and the waters of Bass Strait. Not a bad compromise. My Christmas treat was discovering that Yotam Ottlenghi is coming to Hobart this year. How super is that!! 

Nic'n'Lucys first Christmas tree.  

Nic'n'Lucys first Christmas tree.  

My Christmas tree. Often Dad would give me a poinsettia at Christmas time.  

My Christmas tree. Often Dad would give me a poinsettia at Christmas time.  

 

Latrobe Cherry Shed Christmas tree. 

Latrobe Cherry Shed Christmas tree. 

New Zealand's Christmas bush, the red pohutukawa, or metrosideros excelsa found flowering exuberantly in many northern Tasmanian coastal gardens at this time of year.

New Zealand's Christmas bush, the red pohutukawa, or metrosideros excelsa found flowering exuberantly in many northern Tasmanian coastal gardens at this time of year.

I had breakfast with this fellow at the Burt Munro cafe. 

I had breakfast with this fellow at the Burt Munro cafe. 

I'm not letting this fellow go until I get my present. 

I'm not letting this fellow go until I get my present. 

My present! This beautifully flounced silk skirt, the perfect outfit for a Miraculous LadyBug.  Thankyou Cath Noir.😘

My present! This beautifully flounced silk skirt, the perfect outfit for a Miraculous LadyBug.  Thankyou Cath Noir.😘

Christmas Full moon over Bass Strait somehow reminds me of Japanese calligraphy. 

Christmas Full moon over Bass Strait somehow reminds me of Japanese calligraphy. 

You can't have Christmas without bubbles. I've traded my sparkling Burgundy for the bubbles of Bass Strait. 

You can't have Christmas without bubbles. I've traded my sparkling Burgundy for the bubbles of Bass Strait. 

with Santa??

with Santa??

And my smile is this big

It was the middle of February when I loaded my bike into a shipping container bound for Felixstowe, England and now 10 months later I am in Melbourne unloading the bike. It needed to be fumigated and passed by quarantine, all done and ready to ride away. almost! 

Ten bikes, the container load were secreted away behind a massive pile of bags of jasmine rice. Another pallet nearby had all our luggage and bit she and pieces that came back in the container with the bikes. I found the bags with my riding gear and the big box with my old Royal Enfield panniers that didn't quite make the distance and were replaced in France with some Givi bags. My helmet jacket and pants were in good condition. The boots however were a different story. They were covered in a revolting yellow slime, a bit like the slime we find on Wiendorfers first walk at Cradle. so unusual no one is sure if it is plant or animal as it appears to have has features of both. Thankfully the slime washed off and my good Style Martin boots are ready to ride.   Once I connected the Anderson plug under the seat by bike started easily. I'm relieved and impressed and so are the fellows in the warehouse collecting their big adventure bikes. One in particular was very impressed as his girlfriend had just bought a Himalayan.     

Ten bikes, the container load were secreted away behind a massive pile of bags of jasmine rice. Another pallet nearby had all our luggage and bit she and pieces that came back in the container with the bikes. I found the bags with my riding gear and the big box with my old Royal Enfield panniers that didn't quite make the distance and were replaced in France with some Givi bags. My helmet jacket and pants were in good condition. The boots however were a different story. They were covered in a revolting yellow slime, a bit like the slime we find on Wiendorfers first walk at Cradle. so unusual no one is sure if it is plant or animal as it appears to have has features of both. Thankfully the slime washed off and my good Style Martin boots are ready to ride. 

Once I connected the Anderson plug under the seat by bike started easily. I'm relieved and impressed and so are the fellows in the warehouse collecting their big adventure bikes. One in particular was very impressed as his girlfriend had just bought a Himalayan.  

 


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First stop, Brunswick to spend the afternoon with the honeymoon kids. Then an overnight trip on the Spirit to go back to work the next day.

And my smile is this big!!

And my smile is this big!!

Well not really. It's actually this big!! 

Well not really. It's actually this big!! 

Nic is plretty keen to take my bike for a spin.. A more sedate ride than on his gorgeous Thruxton. 

Nic is plretty keen to take my bike for a spin.. A more sedate ride than on his gorgeous Thruxton. 

Nothing to do with Instagram

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Trevor and Jenny introduced me to breakfasting at Hash!! It's in downtown Melbourne, near the bike shops and in Hardware Lane near all the good outdoor equipment stores. Perfect really!!  

ok? So what was I going to have for breakfast, Jenny had had the the chocolate pavlova and Trevor recommended the the granola. 

Part of their breakfast menu.  

Part of their breakfast menu.  

My glamorous chia pudding breakfast.  

My glamorous chia pudding breakfast.  

and if I'd stayed for lunch I could have chosen from these options. 

and if I'd stayed for lunch I could have chosen from these options. 

My pot of brewed chai tea.  

My pot of brewed chai tea.  

If you are stuck for a funky place for breakfast in Melbourne, I doubt you would be disappointed.  

Friends since 1970

Lunch at Shakahari, celebrating 48 years of friendship. 

Lunch at Shakahari, celebrating 48 years of friendship. 

How blessed am I to still have these wonderful people as my best friends. 

Once upon a time we all lived in Melbourne and we would travel around with Graham in his FJ Holden.  

Now we are spread far and wide. Bernie and Shayne spend there time in France and Country Victoria. Trevor and Jenny live in Port Douglas, Jill lives in Torquay and has plans to retire to Tassie while Graham and Kerrie provide a Melbourne base for us all.  

We are all there to support each other as we experience births, deaths and marriages in our immediate families. We have produced three exceptional children, Nic, Louis and Isabel. Each of us has lost one parent, some both and ditto with marriages, some married twice, once or not at all!! 

This photo was taken in 1998. Trevor and Jenny were on their way to Canada for 12 months.  

This photo was taken in 1998. Trevor and Jenny were on their way to Canada for 12 months.