Day 1473 of retirement working

April 9, 2017

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Hi All

Tuesday 21st February:

Well today I finally disposed of all my mountaineering gear after it has sat idle for the last 9 years. I did keep my ice axe, harness and hardware for old times sake. Just not much call for thermals, crampons, -40C sleeping bag and gortex jackets on a tropical island.

I have donated it all to World Expeditions who will give it to the sherpas in Nepal.

I did a number of trips with World Expeditions to the mountains and their sherpas are well looked after and helped me on numerous occasions when I was struggling.

Must say it was sad to see it go but it is going to good homes.

I still have all the photos and memories of my adventures in the mountains.

Tuesday 21st March:

Caught up with an old friend Wayne for dinner. A little bit jealous as he is about to head off on a five months fishing/camping/hiking holiday in USA, Canada and Alaska.

Wednesday 5th April:

Jordan has now been working at Harvey Normans in Belrose for the last two months in the electronics section (Computers, printers, etc.). He is enjoying it and is the top salesman in his department so he is off to a good start.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy.

 


Day 1426 of retirement working

February 19, 2017

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Sunday 5th February:

After work, it was pre-packing time. Baggage restrictions on the flight mean that each person can only have 14kg check in and 7kg carry on.

So with all my camera gears and clothes, I managed to get them all in the two carry on backpacks and the rest of our stuff in the check in bags.

Monday 6th February:

We both worked today so packing was finalized tonight.

Tuesday 7th February:

Up and off to the airport. The normal 1 hour trip took us 2 hours with all the roadworks happening. Then a huge storm hit the airport closing it for a while. Flights were cancelled but luckily ours was okay. It was 1 hour late leaving which is okay.

Then for the first 30 minutes in the flight we had to fly through the storm so it was extremely rough. At one stage the whole plane just dropped which scared the crap out of everybody.

The last half of the flight was okay so all good.

After checking in to our apartment we booked our dinner, hire bikes for the week (Only way to get around) and bought some supplies. Four pieces of fruit cost us $10.00. Mmmmmm no Aldi here.

Finished off the day with a stunning meal at the Anchorage overlooking the bay.

Wednesday 8th February:

Order of the day was sleep-in, breakfast, walk to Ned’s Beach, bike to Pinetrees resort to book our meal for the 14th February (7th Wedding anniversary), lunch, siesta, back to Ned’s Beach and light dinner in the apartment.

Thursday 9th February:

Tried to book a restaurant for dinner tonight and was told they are shut. They have run out of food. They are waiting for the fortnightly delivery boat to arrive on Saturday. One of the challenges of island living.

Off on a 4km walk up to the Malabar Lookout. We were a little late starting so it was quite hot and humid. We hit the dizzy height of 209m.

After a light lunch it was shower and siesta time before an awesome dinner once again at the Anchorage restaurant.

Friday 10th February:

Guy was a little weary after the mountain climb yesterday so she decided on a rest day.

I grabbed my bike and went exploring down south of the island for the morning. Awesome views and some hills to climb when I went hiking.

Siesta after lunch and then I went to Ned’s Beach for a while chasing the local bird life.

Dinner was at The Beach House on the Moon.

Saturday 11th February:

We went down to the main wharf in the morning to see the Island Trader unloading. This is the fortnightly cargo ship that brings all the supplies to the island to sustain the inhabitants and tourists.

Then brunch at the Museum café followed by a cycle down south past the airport to the Golf Club. Back home after purchasing a few supplies and siesta time.

After siesta we made our way to Ned’s Beach where Guy fed the fish.

Dinner was in the apartment tonight after our big brunch. A walk down to the main beach followed by a nice Chai Latte watching the sun go down was a fitting end to the day.

Sunday 12th February:

Leisurely morning as we had a glass bottom boat turtle tour booked from 1:00pm – 4:30pm.

The tour highlight was all the huge turtles we saw. Some surfaced close to the boat while others we resting on the bottom. Afternoon tea on North Bay Beach topped off the afternoon. Then a very nice Sunday roast at the Anchorage.

Monday 13th February:

Rained most of the day so we decided to rest up. A quick walk to the shops for some supplies followed by a short walk to Ned’s Beach between showers was the order of the day.

Dinner was in our apartment and consisted of fresh bread, cheese and pickles, yummy.

Tuesday 14th February:

Huge happy 7th wedding anniversary / Valentines Day to my beautiful wife Guy. We have been together for 12 years and married for the last 7 years. It’s been one huge awesome adventure and we have many more adventures in front of us. Love my Guy.

I got up “early” (6:30am) this morning and hiked up to Malabar Point (685 feet) and sat on the edge of the cliff photographing the Red-tailed Tropicbirds. Awesome just sitting there watching these birds navigate the winds.

Guy wandered into the supply shop and topped up for the next few days. A nice Chai Latte gave her the energy to fulfill her shopping requirements.

Dinner was at the Pinetrees Resort tonight. Awesome food to go with the even more awesome company.

Wednesday 15th February:

Off for a one-hour massage each for Guy and I this morning. And very nice it was.

After lunch it was back to Ned’s Beach for the afternoon and feeding of the fish once again.

Dinner was in our apartment tonight feasting on some goodies we bought at the shops today.

Thursday 16th February:

After a leisurely breakfast I headed off to explore the Old Settlement Beach area while Guy got back to her book. I was back by lunchtime and we enjoyed a light lunch in the apartment.

After lunch we made our way back to Ned’s Beach with the beach umbrella for an afternoon of rest and relaxation.

Back to the apartment, showered and off to the Bowling Club for dinner.

Friday 17th February:

Off for brunch at the Museum café. On the way back it was time to drop off our bikes after 10 days of cruising the island on our trusty steeds.

A nice afternoon siesta and back to Ned’s Beach to feed the fish for one last time. Now the fish get quite aggressive when you are feeding them. Well, today one actually bit my leg. The bite broke the skin and I now have a lovely bite mark on my leg.

Our last dinner was at our favorite restaurant, The Anchorage.

Saturday 18th February:

Up and packed as we leave this little piece of paradise today. Our flight is for 3:40pm so we dropped our luggage in the transit room (A small fully furnished room set aside for travelers waiting for flights) and made our way to The Anchorage for brunch.

A wander down to the beach, back to the apartment and chilled in the garden till our transport arrive to take us to the airport. We were about 30 minutes late leaving Lord Howe and when we reached Sydney we had to circle for 20 minutes before we could land.

Picked up the car from the long term car park and back home tired but refreshed.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy


Day 1353 of retirement working

February 5, 2017

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Hi All

Huge happy New Year to you one and all. May you have many great new and exciting adventures in 2017.

Wednesday 4th January:

Baby Aria came into the world at 12:45pm today in Canberra. All are doing well.

Guy is staying in Canberra till Sunday, the 8th to be with the gang in these exciting times.

Sunday 8th January:

Guy drove back home to Sydney today arriving at midday. Aria and the gang came home from hospital yesterday so Guy was able to see them back home before leaving.

Thursday 20th January:

Caught up with Rik and Mike (who are visiting Sydney from Adelaide) in Newtown for a very lovely Thai dinner.

Thursday 26th January:

Huge happy Australia Day to one and all. Guy and I wandered down to Dee Why Beach for brunch and to take in the festivities.

Guy packed up and drove to Canberra till Sunday to be with our new grand daughter, Aria. Sadly I have to work so home alone for a few days.

Sunday 5th February:

Surviving the hot weather. January was the hottest month ever recorded in Sydney. February isn’t looking much better.

Tuesday Guy and I are off to Lord Howe Island for 10 days’ holiday. Looking forward to it as it is a little cooler out in the island.

Life is good

Trevor & Guy


Day 1379 of retirement working

January 3, 2017

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Hi All

Huge happy New Year to you one and all. May you have many great new and exciting adventures in 2017.

Tuesday 22nd November:

Had a bit of and accident yesterday at work where I ran over one of my toes (Left foot next to big toe) with a trolley with steel wheels. Stung a bit at the time but wasn’t too bad.

I woke up this morning with on very black toe. Not sore unless I knock it. So only a short slow walk today.

Sunday 27th November:

At work today I served a guy and sold him a marine battery. The conversation is as follows.

Him: So you from South Australia?

Me: Yep how did you know.

Him: The accent as I work down in Adelaide from time to time.

Me: I’m actually from the Eyre Peninsula.

Him: Really. Where?

Me: Cummins.

Him: Wow do you know the Holman’s?

Me: The ones from Cockaleechie?

Him: Yep they are the ones (good friends of his). I was talking to them only this morning.

Small world.

Sunday 25th December:

Huge Merry Xmas to you one and all.

Packed up and off to Canberra at 1:00pm to see the gang for a few days. Had a very lovely relaxing dinner.

Monday 26th December:

Relaxing morning. Guy and I took Zali shopping for the day’s supplies. Surprisingly not to many people out and about so a very pleasant experience.

Rather hot (30C) so an afternoon siesta was the order of the day.

Heard from Marinduque that Typhoon Nina has hit the island full on. Lots of damage but all our friends are safe and sound.

Tuesday 27th December:

Left Canberra at midday for the drive back to Sydney. Busy on the road but made good time.

Social media is just now posting pics of the devastation on Marinduque. Just so much destruction and it looks like the whole island has suffered.

Saturday 31st December:

Quiet New Years Eve. Guy and I walked to the beach for fish and chips while waiting for the 9:00pm fireworks.

The 9:00pm fire works came and went and was very impressive.

Sunday 1st January 2017:

Up and off to Canberra once again. Was only Guy and I as Jordan stayed behind after some excess celebrating last night.

Made good time as very little traffic.

Monday 2nd January 2017:

Leisurely exhausting day keeping up with a 4 year old.

Tuesday 3rd January 2017:

The gang dropped me off at the bus station as I headed back to Sydney ready for work on Thursday. Guy is staying on till the weekend for the birth of grandchild number two.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy


Day 1269 of retirement working.

November 15, 2016

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Hi All

Wednesday 26th October:

Made my way across the city to Bondi Beach where the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition was on.

Sadly the number of exhibits was way down this year but still some awesome sculptures to see.

Tuesday 1st November:

Back to Bondi and Sculpture by the Sea. Got there nice and early before all the school kids. Got some more great pics of the sculptures without the crowds.

Monday 7th November:

Off to the airport this morning to pick up Rik, Jas and Mikey. They arrived after spending 18ish hours on planes coming from Buenos Aires (Argentina). Yes they were a little washed out.

After a shower, food and coffee they were all primed up for their final plane flight back to Adelaide this evening.

Thursday 10th November:

After all the events of the last 24 hours all I can say is “God bless America” cause they will need it under the Presidency of Donald Trump.

Monday 14th November:

Guy and I went down to Dee Why Beach to see the super moon. Sadly it was very cloudy so only managed a few glimpses but still great to see.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy


Day 1244 of retirement working

October 19, 2016

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Thursday 1st September:

Arrived at work today and discovered I had missed the big Police drug raid on the drug residence next door. The residents are now in jail after the police discovered drugs and loads of stolen property on the site.

This afternoon an excavator and large skip bin arrived to flatten the site and remove all the rubbish. The residences had turned the site into a hoarders’ paradise.

Saturday 3rd September:

Well after 9 large skip bins of rubbish removed over the last three days the site is bare. No more drug house.

Friday 16th September:

First world issue:

Used up our Internet data monthly allowance and it slowed to a crawwwwllll.

Quick call to Internode and now have unlimited data…… But not for 8 more days.

Damn, still got to purchase a data block to get us through…

Also while I was talking to the support guy at Internode we discovered that we knew each other in our younger days.

He grew up in Port Lincoln and I spent many days there in my misspent youth.

Small world.

Tuesday 28th September:

Caught up with my nieces today. Jacki (Lives in Sydney) and Mel, Brownie, Jet & Mateya (Lives near Narrogin in WA). Had a wander round the harbor and caught up on family news.

Mel and family are here for a week-ish then driving back to WA via Bathurst and the Bathurst 1000 V8 race. Quite an adventure for them all.

Monday 3rd October:

Guy and I off on a road trip up to Lawson in the Blue Mountains (2 hours drive) to see our great friend Lisa. She has just moved up to live in the mountains from Summer Hill in Sydney. So quite a change for her. But she loves it.

Awesome pizza for lunch was had by all along with a good old chinwag catching up.

Tuesday 4th October:

My new Fuji XT2 has arrived so a quick trip bus into downtown Sydney to pick it up. Spent the rest of the day playing and setting it up. It is a complex little beast.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy


Day 1186 of retirement working

August 21, 2016

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Sunday 24th July

At work today and this guy arrives on a very immaculately restored Honda 750cc K2 motorcycle. Now I used to have one of these back in 1973-4.

An awesome bike in its day and still a real beauty. Wish I had kept it…..

Sunday 14th August:

Went to work today as it is my last day before holidays…..

Guy picked me up from work, went back home, loaded up the car and made our way to our Bulli beach house (2 hours drive south of Sydney). Jo, Dave and Zali were already there (from Canberra) when we arrived so all good.

Monday 15th August:

Sleep-in morning on the first day of our holidays. We arose about 10:30am and had a very leisurely day. A walk to the local Woolies for a few “luxuries” (Magnum Ice creams) and our day was done.

Tuesday 16th August:

Good old bacon and eggs for brunch followed by a walk to the playground for Zali to have a play. Back home along the beach and a leisurely afternoon.

Zali was under the weather so a quick trip to the doctor for her. She has a virus so lots of rest and fluids.

Wednesday 17th August:

Quiet relaxing day as Zali was a little under the weather.

Thursday 18th August:

Off for a drive into the Royal National Park. Stopped and walked into a waterfall 1km off the main road. Then a quick visit across the road to an Apple Cider farm for some very nice country goodies.

Finished off the day watching two whales frolicking in front of the shack followed by a huge blood moonrise.

Friday 19th & Saturday 20th:

Usual eating, drinking and holiday relaxing.

Sunday 21st August:

Up and cleaned up the shack. All packed and left by 9:45am.

We are all (Jordan included) catching up again tonight in Sydney to celebrate Jordan’s birthday (26th August and his 21st), Jo’s birthday (29th August), Guy’s birthday (1st September) and mine (9th September).

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy