5/3/2017 – Learn to Ride a Segway

Another new experience.

Not as easy as you might think.  First you have to get onto it, work out how your balance goes. Figure out the controls.

Then you get a little practice around the premises, with orange spikes so you realize how incompetent you are.  Then you have to stop when you want to, or when some fool in front of you brakes!  And work out your balance when going downhill.

Then you go for a little trip up the road, feeling like part of a long caterpillar.  Don’t get off when you have to stop, because then you have to work out how to get back on again.  Not a bad experience, I would try this again, it was fun, only three of our members fell off!!!  Not me for a change, this is my non injury year, decreed on Jan 1.

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5/32017 – Dinner out, Tennis and Friends

Lovely dinner out with other Action Outdoor Association members. But just look at all of the boats that come over on this March long weekend, it is packed out.

Everybody happy and relaxed, that’s what we like to see.

And me, I’m just happy, and yes I know, probably a bit too much sun.

Er, what was I saying about too much sun?

And again.

Yes, I’m loving it.  Love Rottnest Island.

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15/01/2017 – In American River

Local fair at American River, Kangaroo Island.  A chance for the Dragon Boat club to share their passion and give others a go.

Someone has to carry it to the water.  ‘Sorry I’m taking photos’.

Beautiful head of the boat.

Liz at the front beating the drum to keep everybody together.

Scott at the back steering.  And in between are the newbies and a few experienced paddlers to make sure that they get back to shore safely.

And off they go. Believe me, this is far from easy, they had me out at a practice earlier in the week and it is hard work.  I am used to paddling my own boat (so to speak, and riding my own ride) and going at my own pace, but in a team sport like this everyone has to keep together. So no choice but to keep paddling to the boom of that wretched drum and nurse your aching muscles the next day.  A good experience, but not for me. Still Liz and Scott are off to Tasmania in October for the Dragon Boat Championships so they must be keen.

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13/1/2017 – I am back in South Australia, visiting friends

This is the front view of the beautiful stone cottage that I am sleeping while on Kangaroo Island with Liz and Scott.  Complete with mezzanine floor, Scott is now building an extension in order to house more WWOOFers.

View of the work in progress, to the left will be a shower block, in the middle is the new extension for bunk beds, and to the right is the original from the back of the building.

I slept in the extension, as the original cottage is being used for storage (and it’s full).  You can search on the category “Kangaroo Island” to check on their progress.

And here’s the garden for now, slightly overgrown as Liz and Scott have been cycling overseas for a few months, but they will soon get it back in shape.

I was amazed at the number of potatoes all over the garden, they are growing like weeds, the entire garden has potato plants growing between other vegetables.  I couldn’t resist collecting a few.

Some parts are a bit more ordered, I helped with the weeding.

Liz is working to get more seedlings into the garden before the weather turns and it is too late.

More produce that likes to grow unaided.

And this is how you try and keep the possums out.  Unfortunate if they get in, because then they have a hard time finding their way out again.  Great times as always.

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