16/4/2018 – What a Pest

Having been misled about the length of the lease at my previous abode I have now moved in with friend Anne for a couple of months while I visit family in Queensland and cycle the Munda Biddi and then it will be out room hunting again.

David helped with the heavy stuff but I forgot this tall stack of shelves so had to take it on my car.  Glad I bought these cloth roof racks (thanks Linda), they work very well.

And yes, the ironing board fits well on top of the SUP board.  Second SUP board I might add.

Can’t  believe that I have acquired this much gear, plus the bike, two SUP boards and what I have in my room. Not very minimalist and some stuff will have to go!!

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16/3/18 – A Cultural Day

Final Approach

Looking for Sharks – see the water in the goggles.

In Awe

Swirling Surround

From the inside of Swirling Surround.

Welding Iron Sculptor

Converge – these are wellington boots.  And you can see some of the other sculptures in the distance.

The Rise of the Tribes – and here is the creator of this sculpture ‘mowing’ her creation.

Spirit – a stack of dogs.

Transition – looks like a scorpion to me.

Obscure view – this one looked like a whale at some stage, but as you walk around it, it changes shape and perspective.  Now it is a black swan.

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24/2/2018 – An early morning

I was ‘lucky’ enough to be marginally involved in the famous Rottnest Channel Swim via David who paddles as support for the four swimmers in his team, and two of his brothers who actually swim.  I delivered him and his brother to the start point with kayak, and retreated safely to a quiet spot where I could get some good photos.  (Actually there were no quiet spots).

I found this all very interesting, never having been present at the start before. Literally hundreds of people, kayaks, cars, officials, milling around at 5.30am around Cottesloe Beach.  The swimmers leave in ‘waves’ according to their group delineation. ie Women under 25 teams, single swimmers, men over 55 teams, etc.

The paddlers are all waiting on the north and south boundary trying to see their swimmer, they are supposed to pick them up (not literally) at the end of the lane ropes. The kayak and swimmer then pick up their support boat at the tall ship in the distance.  However, kayak has to find swimmer, and boat has to find kayak and swimmer and it looks like organized chaos. Above is a ‘wave’ of inexperienced swimmers, see how they have move en masse over to the south side of the channel, so many swimmers, they were getting feet and arms in their faces, it looked like a giant washing machine. And how are they going to find their kayak when they are still within the lane ropes.   Swimmers who have not found their support boat by the time they reach the tall ship are taken from the water and not allowed to continue.

Above picture shows two groups, the pink hats and the green hats, more experienced older swimmers, they have lined up evenly, you can still see the group before in the distance slightly to the left still bunched up.

Now you can see that these swimmers are following a much more sensible path, just swimming out away from the beach, when they get to the end of the rope their paddlers will pick them up and go with them.  David’s brother Simon was in this group, Simon always swims straight up the middle of the field and David can easily pick him out and meet up with him when he gets to the rope end.  After taking this photo I was off back to bed.

Here is a shot of David taken from their support boat, with his niece Ellie swimming past the 17 kms buoy.

And a shot of the unfortunate boat that sank near them, everybody was taken safely off the craft, but we never found out exactly what happened and why the boat sank.  Here endeth my experience with the Rottnest Swim and that is as close as I will get to being involved.

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18/02/2018 – A quiet Sunday afternoon!

Taken from Action Outdoors Association activities for 18/2/18  “We will start with two 20 meter abseils, followed by two 40 meter and then two 60 meter abseil with instructor Sven Borg.”

Just the view of the quarry as we drove in was enough to take my breath away?

Then Sven took us to where the first descent was to take place – just behind that tree branch hiding the person.

We listened to all of the instructions (hoping that we would remember them) and the first person went down.

Soon it was my turn and I managed to not disgrace myself, not scared of falling, but if you tip sideways you crash against the rock wall, that didn’t sound nice.

On to the 40 metre drop, we even got a carpet to help us get over the edge?

Here we are a bit further over the edge, but what he didn’t tell us was that the cliff sort of disappears and you are left….

….  kinda hanging and trying to reach the rock, apparently you are supposed to relax and just go down with the rope at this stage.  I was still trying to walk down the rock.

A bit further down, no chance of reaching that rock, I finally let myself just propel down on the rope.

View of the 60 metre drop with me at the top, by this stage the harness was really biting into my body just under the ribs, it was hot, dusty and there were bull ants climbing up my legs, so not that happy.

Last descent as I decided I had had enough at the bottom of the first 60m drop, once was enough, I thought my ribs were going to pop out they were so sore. I waited while some others had their second go.  A good experience, glad I did it, but don’t care to repeat that one thanks.

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