Monday, December 22, 2008

Xmas in Adelaide

I came down early to Adelaide to attend the funeral of Barbara's father, Max Cameron Coat.His funeral was well attended by over 180 people mainly from the local district.We saw many more of Max's friends when we attended a few days later the the Christmas party at the Iron Bank CFS, which is a popular tradition. Max was an early member and supporter of the CFS
Chloe's cousin Arielle looked cute as Ms Christmas.
Father Christmas arrives at Iron Bank CFS
The Coats and Wayne
We had a nice pre Xmas lunch at Robert Coats Iron Bank property with its lovely gardens and roses
View of Coat property from Roberts
Robert Coat Garden Iron Bank
Rose Robert Coat Garden Iron Bank
Robert Coat Garden Iron Bank
Robert Coat Garden Iron Bank
Rose at Roberts
Rose at Robert Coats property Iron Bank
Christine and Joanne
Bec was joking about a face lift!
And Chloe looked different preparing for her swimming class:
Chloe ready for swimming
Chloe enjoys chocolate
Chloe and a neighbour, young Alex prepared a chocolate pudding for us
Alex and Chloe
Max went to stay with his father over Christmas so I only saw him briefly.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

French girls frog handling..

We had a couple of French tourists, Priscilla and Sarah visit us and Hugh found this frog near our pool and the girls were delighted to hold a frog for the first time.
Hugh shows French tourists Green Tree Frog
Green Tree Frog
Sarah with frog giving her the cold shoulder
Sarah with Green Tree frog
Priscilla had the frog jump on her nose!
Priscilla with Green Tree frog

Picnic Tea at Nightcliff.

My work colleagues and I had a picnic tea at Nightcliff last night.
The sunset was 'painting' some lovely pictures.

Sunset Nightcliff
Dusk at Nightcliff
Dusk at Nightcliff

Trudi and her  girls

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Seen on the way to the office Chlamydosaurus kingii

Meant to blog this before. I nearly ran over this Frill-necked Lizard, also known as the Frilled Dragon, (Chlamydosaurus kingii) a few weeks ago and snapped a shot when it scaled a tree.
Frilly I saw on the way to RDH at Tiwi

Saturday, November 29, 2008

ALIA Top End Xmas Dinner was held at Hanuman

The ALIA Top End Xmas Dinner was held at Hanuman,one of Darwin's best know restaurants last night. Jayshree and I thanked the group for a great year and certificates were awarded to graduates from the CDU Information Studies programs as well as Silver Pins for 5 years service to ALIA. We also had door prizes etc.
Fish at banquet
Warren, Stephen and Peter
Jessie and Jayshree
Julie and Ruby

Moyra and Frieda
Margaret and Robyn
Ruby and Mary-Anne
Jessie and Kaye
Emma gets 2nd prize
Peter and Jayshree

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Dot painting

Interesting story to tell. In the Todd Street Mall on Friday I bought a dot painting from Willowra Community artist , Patsy Ross. Within 5 minutes it fell out of my laptop shoulder bag. On my return from Uluru, next morning on Sunday I checked with the Alice Springs Police Station and I was very lucky, somebody had handed it in!!
Thanks Alice Springs anonymous person for handing it in!!
Patsy Ross  dot painting from Willowra Community Image Copyright © The artist Patsy Ross


From the coach
Uluru Rock art
Looking at the climb
Almost too much to take in. It so big and the Dreaming stories are quite interesting. So much to see and do and take in.
Our tour guides Scott and Tic were great, this is the long and short of it!!
Scott and Tic from Emu Run Tours
Scott Emu Run Tour guide at Uluru
Scott explains indigenous symbols
I was lucky to get some reasonable shots of a Black-Headed Monitor(Varanus tristis tristis)
Blackheaded monitor
and also some Rainbow Bee-Eaters (Merops ornatus)
Rainbow Bee-eater, Merops ornatus
Rainbow Bee-eater, Merops ornatus
Stephen at Uluru
I chatted to this couple from Echuca, Ken and Margaret Walter.
Ken and Margaret Walter from Echuca
Dinner at Uluru
The sunset viewing was packed with coach tours and the dinner was a hearty BBQ although strictly not meant to be on my diet these days.
The Boys
I tried to get some sleep on my way back but no luck.