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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane February 11th 2013

This week has passed in a bit of a blur, with work finished I thought I would find myself bored… wrong I was. Monday was a more quiet day, after getting home from Byron after midnight and being up for swim training at 4.45am I allowed myself a sorting out and dozing day. Cleaning the tent shell to remove the bush turkey poo that is had accumulated rather a lot of on the trip, thanks to the bush turkey sitting in the tree above our camp! Also, starting to seriously plan and think about New Zealand.... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane February 8th 2013

Despite the late night/early morning I still made swim training at 5.30am and managed to stay awake and alert all day because of it. Convinced talk of the camping trip last night was just ‘hot air’ chatter, I was surprised when Jae asked if I was still up for the trip. After clearing it with Rowena this morning just in case, I knew I was… camping was on! I spent the whole day like a rather excited child but ploughing on with my grasses work and making a rather comprehensive flow diagram to accompany all the information and fact sheets I had compiled. In the afternoon I presented to Luke all my work on the grassland and he was very pleased with all my work on it, apparently exceeding his expectations, so it obviously was well ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane February 7th 2013

I am feeling rather achy this morning after yesterday’s yoga. Today I am working on writing up the notes from several waste audits that Jae has been doing at one of the landfill sites over the last few days. Matching up the docket notes from the trucks coming in to the arrival times was a bit of a jigsaw but between Jae and myself we managed it. Luckily the lady in charge of providing the docket information at the landfill had kept the dockets for the different days separate else that could have proved a rather large puzzle! This evening was the launch of street food in Brisbane, with lots of fresh homemade food stalls and live music. Jae and some friends were going and he invited Rowena, Matt and myself along. Rowena didn’t fancy going, ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane February 6th 2013

For the rest of this week Matt had to go into the army base to finish up after being away, so I couldn’t make swim training. I missed it rather and running instead wasn’t quite the same. Makes me realise just how lucky I am with Rowena and Matt letting me borrow the car in the first place! Continued ploughing into my grass work, mixed in with other little tasks here and there as well. This evening I went to double yoga. The first class was good as normal but the second class was amazing. It was a cover teacher taking the class and there was only one other lady besides myself in the class. It rather intense, we must have covered a record amount of movements in the class but being just the two of ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane February 5th 2013

(Copied directly from my old account - BnK - as I want to keep all the bike stuff together... I'll be blogging on this account from now on - Ben) Frankly, between you and me, it's just too hot here. My home country is sweltering in the midst of a heatwave and I'm dreaming of faraway lands and cooler climbes. Fortunately, just such a circumstance is on my near horizon. The seed was perhaps planted two years ago, somewhere in the Spiti valley. We'd met some german tourists on bicycles and despite the arduousn-ness (arduosity?) of their journey, it seemed like a great way to travel, especially out 'in the wild'. And so the idea sat, not quite dormant. I returned home 7 months later and began thinking about bike tours. Then I got a job ... read more
Taking shape


Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane February 5th 2013

Today I was working on a grasslands project I have been given. Researching and pulling information together about the different a) native and b) commercial grass species that are grown in the different bioregions on Queensland. This is proving quite a challenge, and drawing information from lots of different sources and trying to piece it together with my own knowledge to understand how it all fits. I really got stuck into this today and starting to make some head way, I found the best way to tackle it was to ascertain the climate, geology, rainfall, and sediment types for each of the 12 bioregions first, then research the grass species – native and commercial, then match the grass species habitat and conditions to the correct bioregion – then do some research to make sure its correct. ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane » Moreton Bay February 4th 2013

Boarding the Voyager was a breeze and we were soon whisked to our cabin. Our luggage was there waiting for us even the supplies that were shipped from Seattle by Cruise Specialists. After some quick unpacking and attending the emergency drill, it was time to hightail it to the aft deck for our sail out of the beautiful Sydney Harbor. We pulled away from the pier right at sunset on a sultry evening and sailed under the Sydney Bridge, past the Opera House and out the Sydney Heads into the Tasman Sea. It couldn’t have been better timing for a departure and a great way to start this Grand Voyage. The next night Captain Sanguineti welcomed us guests and introduced his staff. Most of the passengers were dressed up in tuxes and evening gowns and we ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane February 4th 2013

Today is the start of my last week at work, and continued as normal. Swim training was good, at work I am working on notes for a prelodgement agreement meeting – a meeting with the environment agency about a mine site before the application goes in – trying to iron out any problems before submission. It was nice to work on and be exposed to yet another type of document. Yoga this evening was good but rather challenging!... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane February 2nd 2013

I had discovered a place running outdoor circuit training when Rowena and I went to get some sandwiches on Thursday for lunch. So at 6.20am I headed down the road to give my body a blast, circuit training is always a killer but there is nothing better for a good all round fitness hit. After filling in a few forms we all given a piece of equipment and wondered up to some outdoor courts in the park. There was a real mix of people there from rather large people to a few guys who were personal trainers at the gym, but the majority were in between. When we got started we had to get into groups of four, so we the guys headed off to the first station, I followed them and joined their four, it ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane January 30th 2013

The next few days passed in a whirlwind and the normal routine of swim training, running, yoga and work resumed. The only notable difference was that on my first day back Matt got called in by the army reserves, and had to go up the coast to the Bundeburg region for a week to help with the clear up after the floods. The waters were substantially higher than the devastating flood there two years ago and were higher than two storey buildings! On Friday evening Rowena and I headed over to the North side of the city to Allana and Ryans’ house for drinks. We had a lovely evening there with all the others, chatting and catching up.... read more

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