Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Awards and weddings

A busy weekend saw us travelling down to Melbourne for a fly-by 25hr trip encompassing the Cycling Australia Awards dinner and a very brief catch-up with Lucy...way too brief :) The night was a lot of fun...Matt White and I hosted the night and after some early nerves I got the hang of it...with only a few minor blunders!

The next day we headed down to Tassie for the wedding of the year, Mark Padgent and Louise Yaxley...we flew into Launceston, hired a car and with 5 of us packed in tightly...Kate, Richie, Liv, Gunnar and I...we made the drive to Coles Bay. We drove the scenic route which was a little scary at times when it began to pour with rain, the road was narrow and windy with the 25 km/hr speed sign...but it was gorgeous. We arrived at our destination just north of Coles Bay...all shocked by the realisation that we had no mobile coverage for the weekend...ended up being lovely :) We trooped into the 'town centre' - a pub and bakery and small supermarket...ordered burgers and chips and sat on the picnic table on the bay and looked out over the water. It is hard to describe how spectacular this place is...I think for me having the national park and bush alongside the coast is the best thing. The air was so still and feel like you could be anywhere in the world, and you are oblivious to anything that could be going on in the world.

The next morning we awoke...headed to the bakery for a coffee and then set off into the national park for a walk through the bush. The first destination was Wineglass Bay lookout then down to the bay itself...the photos don't do it justice, it was spectacular. Four of us continued the 'loop' to Hazards Beach we had found on the map and managed to do the 11km loop in just over 3 can tell that we are a competitive bunch, at every point we wanted to see how much quicker we were than the suggested time, which was 5hrs for this walk. The only thing to really put us in our place is the fact that the groom - Mark had run this loop the same morning!

The wedding was on the beach, a fantastic setting and the ceremony was beautiful. The reception was at Freycinet Lodge, again such a beautiful spot and there was much eating, drinking and dancing into the night.

The next morning we went to Cape Tourville lookout and walked down to a place called Sleepy Bay. It was a gorgeous day, vibrant blue sky which makes the colours of the landscape even more dramatic. We jumped in the car to make our journey back, very sad to be leaving such paradise but grateful for such a fantastic weekend.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Sizzling Sydney in the spring

There has been such a long time since my last blog, and although I think I should do it I haven't managed to find the time! Hard to believe but there always seems to be something to do. I'm not sure how the rest of the world manages to fit a full time job into their lives :)

There has been lots on....a trip to Port Macquarie for the weekend which was lovely (but very rainy), a surfing lesson, working for British Cycling at the Sydney World Cup, trying to catch up with people but not managing to do that too well.

This morning I headed out to Penrith to do a school visit and promote the Sanitarium Weet-Bix kids tryathlon...I was a little nervous (a bit of a worry to be nervous about a group of 7 year olds!)...I got there and they had no idea of who I was or why I was there. Feeling pretty stupid, I jumped back in the car and headed back to the slightly cooler temperatures of the east! I woke at 6am to go riding this morning and it was already 31 degrees....very sticky indeed. It was one of those rare days in your life that you are grateful that there are clouds and no sunshine!

Plenty on the agenda in the next few Melbourne for the Cycling Australia Awards night on Friday night and then to Tassie for Lou Yaxley and lil Mark Padgent's wedding. They are getting married in Freycinet National Park which I've heard is magnificent...can't wait to spend a few days down there. More school visits in the next week...fingers crossed I get a better reception at the next one. This evening my Aunty Cheryl is teaching me how to make her famous Christmas plum pudding....she has already made the calico sheets and now we get to do the fun bit...

Hopefully I will write again soon and can post some photos of a lovely Sydney summer.