Tuesday, February 24, 2009

My Country Feel

Over the last month or so we have been working South of Adelaide in a rural area called Yankalilla. It has been good and bad but it has definitely been different. One of the great things about working down there is the country people and how trusting they are. The craziest thing I have done since going down there is loaded our truck by myself in the Quarry. Now in town you are not allowed out of your truck in any of the quarries and you are loaded by a loader driver who gives you an exact weight. Down at Yankalilla the guy who runs the quarry just told me to do it myself. He asked me if I knew how to drive a loader which I can and then just said, well you can do it cant you? So for a whole day I carted rubble to our job loading the truck with a $400000 machine that some guy is just letting me use! I don't think I would be that trusting with something worth that much with someone that I have never met and only have his word that he can opperate it properly. Thats like buying a Ferrari and handing a 22 year old the keys and asking, you can drive a manual can't you? Very funny, I think.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

My Valen-zoo-tines

The girl and I are a little bit different when it comes to things like Valentines day.Instead of doing something uber romantic like going out to tea with candles and wine we drove an hour out of Adelaide to a place called Monarto Zoo. The Zoo is a large parcel of land that was bought 20 years ago and has now grown to one of the biggest animal parks in Australia. It is home to Lions, Cheetahs, Giraffes and many other African animals as well as many many Australian animals. We spent a whole day taking tours and walking around the park. We took about 200 photos so hear are a couple. The rest will be on my Photo Blog. Woooo

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

My Country On Fire

It was a weekend of immense highs and immense lows. The girl and I went down to my families farm to spend the weekend away. It was such a beautiful weekend and we had such a great time relaxing and just being together. We saw so much wildlife down there which really kept us busy for most of the time. We woke up Sunday morning a realized that there was a mother, father and joey Kangaroo lying down in the backyard, about 5 meters from the backdoor. They stayed there for most of the morning and then returned later that evening. At one stage there was another group just out from the house so there was 7 Kangaroo's in our view from the couch, pretty amazing. We also put a heap of seed out for the birds and counted 7 Gallah's, 5 Rosella's, 2 rainbow Lorikeets and 4 Blue rens it was like a zoo. The highlight of the weekend was when we saw a pair of Yellowtailed Black Cockatoos which huge and incredibly beautiful. They are very rare and highly endangered but the pair has been living in the area for the last few years. We played a lot of Super Nintendo and Wii and relaxed for most of the weekend.

That was the good of the weekend. The bad didn't come until Saturday night when an emergency news broadcast came on the TV and told us of the Victorian bushfires. We first heard that 35 people had lost their lives and hundreds of homes had been destroyed and over the weekend and until now both tolls have kept rising. Some of the stories that have been broadcast have been absolutely horrific. The death toll is around the 200 mark now and may rise further. My heart goes out to all those people who have been effected and I, just like most people have been absolutely shocked and shaken by what has happened. It truely is a tragedy and has been the worst peacetime tragedy in Australian history. I hope the fires are controlled soon and I hope no more lives are lost. On a solemn note on a very solemn day. Byes.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

My Pool Party

The weekend was great. We chilled out Friday night and Saturday before heading to Emma's place to eat pizza, party and swim in her rent-a-pool. She is house sitting so decided to have some people round which was great for us because at around 9:30 it was still so so hot and we were still in the pool. We had some awesome conversations about some weird things, one being a sexual position called the rifleman which I wont explain and will let you research for yourselves, lol. We finally hit the wall around three and went to bed.

The girl and I stayed there Saturday night and Sunday was spent eating awesome bacon and eggs cooked by none other than the great Emma and then swimming in the pool some more. We broke up the party to all head down to see Sam off to the UK. Him and another friend, Lachy, are going over for a month. They are going to catch up with Kate, Susi and Jess who are also over there so that will be crazy. I'm so jealous of everyone going away but I'm glad that we are saving for a house. That is more important to me at the moment. I would like to travel overseas again some day. Hopefully we can afford it later in life. Wooo