I attended a conference on Thursday and Friday, at the Vines Resort in the Swan Valley, north of Perth. I drove up in the Shire car on Wednesday afternoon. The conference was ok. The Vines was a disappointment. The bed and unit was fine, but the restaurant was crap. So bad that after the first very expensive and very disappointing meal I made do with the free conference lunches and with the orange juice I took with me. There were kangaroos on the golf course, so I took a few photos, but I am on my last battery, and have no charger until my stuff comes. I have a half charged battery left but I am not using it much meanwhile, in case something really interesting pops up.

I stayed with Sue and Steve Friday night, did a little shopping with them Saturday morning, then drove home. I could not wait any longer for my bike gear to come so I bought a cheap armoured jacket to use. I have been very conscious of the fact that I am riding unprotected, and though I have not been caught in any serious rain yet, I did get a bit chilly riding back from Albany last week. So I now have three jackets, or will when the others arrive.  This was a cheap one, only $170 and I got 10% discount from the people from whom I bought the bike.

On Sunday I went for a 200K ride around the block; 40k over to Kojonup, south on the Albany highway to Cranbrook, and back up to home on the Southern highway, which joins the Albany hwy near Cranbrook. It rained a wee bit, but not enough. The whole of Australia has been receiving the highest rainfall in history, except the Great Southern in WA, which is in the lowest 10% ever.

I spotted some good places for photography, to return to as soon as my battery charger comes. Next weekend I shall go up to Perth to have Easter with Sue, Steve and the family, and go for a ride with Steve. His old mate Gerry is riding less now, and Steve has no one to ride with. Later he wants to do a weekender to Albany and across to the west, and I shall probably join him.  We are also planning a cross country two week trip next year with Jamie. We will ship our bikes to Sidney and ride them back. 14 days at 300K or so a day except across the Nullabor, when we will have to do 700 a day. I hope I will still be up to it when the time comes.

I am considering what trips I might do myself, on quiet weekends, when I have a rostered day off, which I get once a month (we work an extra hour each day and then take a day off every month). It might be fun to do a weekender to wave rock, and a wee tour of the Stirling ranges, just south of here. Also a trip to Esperance sometime. They will all involve being away overnight or even two, if I want some time to look around.

There is no movie theatre here. The old barn they used to use is rarely used any more. The closest is Albany, so a trip to a movie would involve a weekend away. However, there is a reasonable video library, which I joined on the weekend. I got out the new Triffids miniseries, which looks pretty good so far.

I just heard yesterday that my stuff will arrive in Fremantle in May, so that is a relief.

About Uisce úr

Though I am old with wandering Through hollow lands and hilly lands, I will find out where she has gone, And kiss her lips and take her hands; And walk among long dappled grass, And pluck till time and times are done, The silver apples of the moon, The golden apples of the sun.
This entry was posted in Life, don't talk to me about life!. Bookmark the permalink.

Please comment!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s