30 January 2010

10 things

i haven't touched my knitting needles since the 9th of January

but i've been spinning instead! (photos soon)

i went back to work this week (for two days only) which was a bit of a shock to the system

the children return to school next Monday. Classes 5, 8 and 10, excuse me but how did that happen?

the middle child turned 14 and received his first mobile phone (he was by far the last kid in his class to get a phone apparently). his thrilled reaction? I feel like a REAL teenager now

we celebrated the final Saturday of the summer holidays with a last hurrah at the beach. two beaches in fact. first, Flinders pier, in order to leap off ...

leaping off the pier at Flinders

bomb

followed by Merricks Beach (where I also went in the Spring) for a less windy and more pleasant swim and peruse of the weekend papers

Merricks Beach, late afternoon

there was a koala just as we entered the track to the beach

koala at Merricks Beach

which reminds me, last week when we were at Wye River (Koala Capital of Victoria) the youngest boy and I were toiling up the hill from the beach to the house, when we practically tripped over a blue tongue lizard. son #3 picked it up off the road to ensure its safety because if you're a ten year old boy you grab any excuse to handle a scaly prehistoric-looking reptile, and we admired its, um, qualities for a while. a large jovial looking fellow clutching a beer can approached from the other direction and made a joke about how he suspected the hill was going to be much harder work when it was time to return from the beach. noting his north american accent, we agreed politely then wondered whether he'd be interested to see some amazing australian wildlife right there in our very hands and watched in impressed amusement as he leapt simultaneously backward and upward several feet all without spilling a drop of beer. when he'd recovered and edged closer again (haltingly) he said something about how his wife and sister-in-law had decided to drive to the beach (it is a very steep hill) but he had decided to walk to take in the natural environment, explaining that they were fresh off the plane from Canada (here to play golf, see the wildlife and catch AC/DC in concert) and boy how jealous his womenfolk would be when they learnt he'd seen some real live wildlife already. so i nonchalantly pointed about 3 feet directly above us and said and there's a koala for you and lo, as we all gazed upward, a pair of yellow-tailed black cockatoos soared gracefully above our heads. it was picture perfect and could only have been improved by the sudden appearance of an echidna and kangaroo tango-ing down the hill. he was suitably blown away by all this, particularly the seeing a real live koala up close bit, in the wild, on his fourth day, and confessed he hadn't really believed they existed outside zoos and sanctuaries. we left him there gazing in wonder at the koala and sipping his beer thoughtfully, with us feeling very satisfied that we'd given our amiable foreign guest such an authentic experience so early on in his holiday. i can only hope that the golf and AC/DC weren't a let down.

there is no ten. nine was quite long enough.

row row row your boat

15 comments:

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

He'd seen Crocodile Dundee , perhaps .

Elizabeth said...

Sounds heavenly!
That Canadian? He forgot one thing on his list: play golf, see the wildlife, catch AC/DC and
ENJOY THE WARMTH!

(It's -18'C this morning (do you know what that feels like?) -and I'm a bit peevish)

daysgoby said...

Oh, that picture! That's # 10 enough!!!

I envy you your soblue water...

Badger said...

Awesome! That is all.

Tania said...

That is some impressive planetary alignment of the wildlife kind. And some seriously delicious photography.

Janet said...

I'm going to resist the urge to say, I've got two more weeks left... (although they have serious purpose - how did my baby become a school girl so fast? huh?) and admire your gorgeous pictures. Lovely. A fitting end to one of the nicest summers (so far) we've had for a while.

froginthepond said...

I still haven't seen a koala in the wild, though I can tick most other things off the list.

And clearly it makes a difference at Flinders pier if the wind is NOT blowing sou'westerly.

Stacey said...

Don't you just love the Peninsula beaches? I was at Red Hill last week and it is just divine down there (not that it has a beach).

My parents have headed off to Blairgowrie for a full month. Lucky them.

Mary said...

i must say I am envious of the koala sighting - I am not at all certain that I have ever seen one in the wild..

donnamarie said...

Lucky Canadian! Thank you so much for those beautiful beach pictures - they're helping me get thru this lousy Canadian winter. Love your blog.

elaine said...

I recall how delighted we Canadians were with the blue-tongued lizard who made a home in our front yard when we lived in Australia, and with the koalas we saw on the Great Ocean Road - and the echidna who wandered across it right in front of our car!!

It is lovely to see animals in their natural habitat. When I was much younger, I remember being amazed at the German tourists who took lots of photos of the squirrels in a city park in Ontario. We thought of them as "rats with good p.r."! Last summer, as we drove through British Columbia on our way back to Ontario, we met Aussies who were delighted to see bears and elk and mountain goats on the side of the highway.

Thanks for the gorgeous photos and sparking the memories!

herhimnbryn said...

Love the koala. We don't have them here in WA, so envy you your encounter.

sewjourn said...

And Happy Birthday to your number 2 boy also! Back to school, back to routine, back to work.......but aren't we blessed to have had such a gorgeous summer?

moggyme said...

That's Funny - I had a snork of coffee when you described so aptly, his body moving both backwards and upwards without a spillage of beer.

Stomper Girl said...

That "real teenager" comment made me laugh. And I have NEVER seen a koala in the wild. I'm totally jealous. And so you weren't at all tempted to shout "look out for that dropbear!!" then?