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Boy Goes To Rock

When Kazuki arrived from Japan a couple of weeks ago, Yuko informed me that his parents wanted us to take the boy to Ayer’s Rock! So today, we did! We got up very early to catch a flight to the red center of the continent…

Kazuki Sleeps at the Airport

The flight was 3 hours 45 minutes. We got to the resort at about 1.40pm and were booked on a bus tour at 2.30pm so we didn’t have much time to relax after arriving. The tour took us to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). We were dropped at the base of the monolith and told to walk up a track and be back in an hour. We didn’t get very far due to Yuko’s constant stopping to take pictures.

Kazuki with an 'Olga'

Then, to Uluru for the traditional viewing of sunset… The tour company provided wine and nibblies as well as folding chairs for us to sit and watch the rock…

The tour bus driver told us the weight of the rock – one stone. This proved extremely difficult to explain to Yuko! I had been led to believe that the rock changes colour markedly at sunset. However, it was basically just different shades of red.

Rock, Tree and Moon

In the evening, the Japanese members of my party set up a data centre in our hotel room…

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Fog and the Roof Man

Back in February, our roof started leaking due to some broken tiles. The tiles were fixed some time ago, but it was only today that the dude came to fix the water damage to the ceiling.

Unfortunately he decided to do the job on the day I have to go to work. As Yuko was too lazy to wake up early, I stayed home until 8.15 while the dude started working and Yuko slept.

Normally I would leave home around 7.15, and the traffic is pretty good. But today, leaving an hour later, the traffic was close to the worst I’ve ever experienced driving to the city! It took more than an hour to get from Lane Cove to the city!

As I reached North Sydney, I could see that the city was covered in – well I thought it must be smoke because fog doesn’t usually hang around that late (9am) in the warm sunlight. But it turned out to be fog…

City Buildings Immersed in Fog

It was also one of the thickest fogs I’ve seen on the Bridge!

Fog on the SHB

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Encounter With Man in Yellow

I went walking an witnessed the devastation from the recent storms. I was confronted by a particularly shocking scene at the Bridge of Death, where the raging river had left a stack of logs piled up against the deadly structure…

I continued my walk, and on a leafy street, I encountered a man in yellow carrying a woosy shoulder bag. I walked right past him, but then he called out my name. I stopped and realised that I knew him. In fact I recently gave him a huge amount of money, and he was still smiling…

Yuko also found a dead spider on the sofa. I denied responsibility in the death of this arachnid.

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Rain Flavoured Coffee

In the morning, it was raining…

Rain

And although I was sipping my coffee in a sheltered spot, there were drops falling on one section of my cafe table (below). I put my coffee away from where the drops were falling, but this was not enough to avoid a minor debacle. A big droplet fell right in my coffee! The roof above me where the drop had originated looked extremely filthy and rife with deadly microbes, so I asked for a replacement coffee.

Drops on my table

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High Tide – High Current

Today, the tide was high. It was so high that the sea was overflowing…

After recently getting a new battery for Mitsy, I thought all would be well. But alas no!

The battery still goes flat after one day. So today i did some investigation. First I charged up the battery…

Then, which nothing turned on, I put a current meter inline with the battery and lo! Mitsy was drawing almost half an Amp! This explains why the battery goes flat – but why the high current?

I then pulled out the fuses one by one, until the current dropped to zero. It was the ‘Lamp’ fuse. Without this fuse, the headlights, taillights and panel lights don’t work. However, I might be able to leave that fuse out to prevent the battery going flat, and only put it back in when I want to drive it – at least until I can get Mitsy to the doctor.

Half an Amp!

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Hotness

Today it was hot. I knew it was hot because my iPhone told me…

I therefore spent as much time as possible at Epitome and the rest of the time moving slowly like a lizard to conserve energy.

Belinda’s thermometer went even higher…

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Drying and Dust

Mistsy and Judy were both outside during Wednesday’s dust storm and they are both filthy. Here’s what Mitsy looks like…

Today I looked at two houses while Yuko stayed home. Both had water views of the river and would fit into the mansion category. I don’t think we’ll be buying either of them…

Here, Yuko demonstrates her technique for simultaneous drying and ‘ironing’ of handkerchiefs and similar small fabric items. She sticks them to a smooth glass surface while they are still wet, and lets them dry there. Once dry, they are wrinkle free…

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The Non-Red Day

Today it was not red. I took a picture to compare a red day with a non-red day…

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The Red Day

When I looked outside this morning, it was red…

Our street was red too…

On the freeway, it was red…

The Harbour Bridge was red…

And the Opera House, although difficult to see, was also red…

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Wind Damage

It was windy last night, and this morning I emerged from the house to a scene of devastation. A piece of lattice on the top of our fence had been blown down. A piece of the framework still dangled precariously with nails protruding – ready to gash a wound in anyone venturing too close…

The dangling piece fell to the ground when I touched it…

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