Monday, December 05, 2005

Cullen Bay Sunset

A great place for a meal and a drink. I had a few drinks with work colleagues and then a seafood dinner.

Carols by Candlelight Darwin

A balmy tropical evening. Great artists and fantastic fireworks to end a pleasant evening.(Thanks to Karen for photo and Pauline for silly hat!)

Monday, November 14, 2005

Holding the Possum

Possum Magic at Corroboree Tavern

We were having a meal at the Corroboree Tavern and a local bushie "Poo" introduced us to his baby RingTail possum "Yoda".

Brown Falcon at Fogg Dam

On our trip to Mary River Park we stopped of at dusk and saw this lovely bird. Its a Brown Falcon.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Chinatown in Melaka

This was on a day trip across the border from Singapore to Malacca/Melaka.
Lots of colourful sights and sounds.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Even the taxis were colourful

The highly decorated pedicabs were a treat!

Closeup of Sunflower in Malacca

This was part of a colourful town square in Malacca on a day trip from Singapore.

Pauline enjoying a Fannie Bay sunset

Pauline enjoyed a walk on the beach with Karen and I at the Darwin Sailing Club recently.

Kingfisher in aviary at the Territory Wildlife Park

This was one of many birds in this wonderful collection of well set up aviaries, worth the entrance fee at the park just to see the birds alone!

Barking Owl at the Territory Wildlife Park

This really does bark like a dog and is part of a good display.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

At rest

This guy was one of the old pedicab drivers

At Singapore Zoo with a python

I paid a small donation and was able to handle 3 snakes, a first for me!

Second trip to Territory Wildlife Park

I took my second trip to this wonderful park whilst on leave, this is the Osprey, part of the Birds of Prey display.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Busy Boy

I had to arrange to get Powerpoint presentations for the TopEnd event and load them, fun!

My favourite dish in Darwin!

This is Eggs Royal (Smoked Salmon and poached eggs) at the Cornucopia Cafe, at the Northern Territory Museum and Art Gallery.

Di Thompson

Di Thompson a long time Adelaide library colleague came to the conference as the keynote speaker. She was well received. Here she is with my new team member Pauline Ferguson at the Darwin Sailing Club.

Valmai Hankel

I asked Valmai Hankel, wine writer and former Rare Book Librarian to speak at the ALIA TopEnd dinner. It was a great event and she was a delightfull success.

A very busy week

I was involved in organsing the ALIA TopEnd Symposium and also attended a dinner and a workshop on Evidenced Based Librarianship with British authority Andew Booth. This is Andrew enjoying himself at the workshop. It was a great professional development opportunity.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

An Osprey at the Territory Wildlife Park

This was one of the raptors that were part of a great display at the Territory Wildlife Park. This was one of many displays and everyone must go to see the park.
Territory Wildlife Park

Happy Jose

This was a great way to spend his last day in the Northern Territory. Jose was suprised at the displays at the Territory Wildlife Park.

I have gone Troppo and its not even the "Build Up" (a period of high temperature, high humidity which is very close as "The Dry finishes. On Saturday I went with the Director, Ruth and Jose Mendes our East Timorese visitor to the Territory Wildlife Park, which I highly recommend.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Nesting or resting Curlew

Not happy with me at all!

One of the pair of Curlews

They were not happy with me photographing them ...lots of hissing!

Seen at CDU carpark, a pair of well camouflaged curlews

This pair I saw at one of our carparks recently.

Saying Farewell to Jose

We thanked each other, I have learnt a lot about East Timor and now want to visit one day.

Jose was presented with a laptop for his library

Jose has a farewell lunch at which he was formally presented with a laptop computer for the library. We enjoyed a good lunch and some speeches.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Visit to Northern Territory Library service

Jose with Bill Constantine, Manager,Resource Management, NTLIS.

Jose went to a number of Darwin libraries

This was on a visit to the Northern Territory Library.
With myself, Robin Hempel, Reference Librarian, Northern Territory Library and Faridah Antwertinger from CDU Library

Jose Mendes

Jose Mendes has spent the last month living with me and undertaking training here at Charles Darwin University, He is from the Library at the Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosae (UNTL) (National University of East Timor.)
See this site for more information about his university and library.
Their library need lots of help....
Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosae

Monday, August 01, 2005

Another group at the ALIA garden party

ALIA TopEnd Garden Party

This was at the ALIA Top End garden party in the Chinese Gardens at the Casuarina campus of the Charles Darwin University.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

The rear of my unit at Karama

A nice big rear yard, with barbeque area, carport etc.

Another view of the lounge

This unit is much bigger than my Fannie Bay unit, but the suburb is not as nice!

My unit lounge room

The new unit, with freshly cleaned lounge suite, very comfortable!

My new unit in Karama

I moved to a new suburb, Karama recently, this is the front of my unit.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

This is what the Green Ant nest looks like when nearly completed.

This nest is just about finished being constructed. Having researched its construction, it appears the the green tree ant (Oecophylla smarigdina)glues together individual leaves with silk produced by their larvae. I must be careful not to get my hair full of angry Green Ants when going through the gate!

Green ants nest building in my unit garden

Came across this activity at my garden gate, I must remember to duck!
For information about nest construction check out this link.
Australian Ants

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Water Lily, Yellow Waters

Another shot of Water Lily, Yellow Waters cruise, Cooinda, Kakadu National Park


Pamela Jean @ Bombay Bicycle Club

An old photo taken in 2004, but a nice shot, dinner at popular eating spot in Adelaide-Bombay Bicycle Club
pamela jean
Panorama View Noarlangie Rocks

Yellow Waters cruise

This was a perfect morning on the Yellow Waters cruise at Cooinda, Kakadu National Park

To see the original size of this panorama go to
here for larger version

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Children in crowd at Arafura Games

They are holding green and gold clackers which were everyone's entry ticket. Lovely noise and great fun.

Opening night of Arafura games, Darwin

A fun filled night with drums,dancing and fireworks.

Our team at planning day Palmerston Campus

Karen,Barbara,Peta,Sonya, John and Jayshree and myself at our planning day.

Karen, my new team member

It was great to once again show someone Darwin as I know it. This was at sunset at the Darwin Sailing Club.

Friday, May 13, 2005

On a tour of Northern Territory Parliament House

I held the Mace and sat in the Speaker's Chair in the Northern Territory Parliament House.

Frilled Neck Lizard, Darwin

Seen at a colleagues house earlier this year.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Green Tree Frog

This little guy joined us on a balmy night at Parap