Saturday, 31 May 2008

Another Wonderful Day in the Country!..............

Yep - another beautiful Autumn day in downtown Wagga Wagga!

Kim n I are really looking forward to a sleep in!

Today, Kasey was up at 6am for a 6.45 start, Lachlan started at 8am and Rhiannan started at 9am! Just when we thought it was safe for a Sunday sleep in, Lachlan has picked up an 8am start - DOH!!!! I am back on Monday with 3 dayshifts (5.30am alarm!)

Still, in spite of the sleep deprivation (0r so it seems), we're very proud of their work ethics. They all have a target in mind and are not adverse to working and saving towards it!

Found this little fella on the driveway near the front garden this morning. We get lots of these small lizards in our rockery.

And finally for today, snapped Kaiser taking a snooze in the afternoon sun yesterday. Look at how grey he is. He will be 15 human years this year I think. He is a little deaf and blind but still runs around like a pup! He has squeaky toys stashed all over the house and occassionally will grab one, run around like a mad dog and then hide under the dining room table squeaking away madly. I swear he has been here before as a human - he just seems to know what we're talking about!

Well, it's an absolutely beautiful afternoon so I think I'll make a cuppa and sit out the front, pondering life and what I will do with my share of the 40 million power ball if our work syndicate wins it!

love u all

The Jordies

Friday, 30 May 2008

A Day in Junee...........

Gidday Everyone!!

Well, I finally got a decent stand-down this time around. 5 days off! Started last Wednesday.

I've had some training days to run over the past few months, and of course my shifts that are changed to fit into the majoritys' needs. I don't mind that so much but with my 12 hour shifts being all over the place, I sometimes feel like I barely have time to recover before I have to go back again!

Kim and I went for a day trip to Junee on Wednesday. It's a nice little town. It has some great attractions; The Roundhouse Museum & the Licorice & Chocolate Factory to name a couple. It used to be a fairly busy railway town. The Roundhouse Museum is dedicated to this. The roundhouse refers to the place where the trains come into the building and are placed on a turntable where they back into a large servicing bays where the engineers work on them. Half of it is still a going engineering facility and the other half is used as a museum. Junee is on the main Melbourne - Sydney rail line and at one stage was an extremely busy railway town.

The family has been very busy in the last week (as per usual!) Lachlan has had extra hours this week and today started at 4.30am. Kasey has also had extra hours and all this week has had a 6.45am start. Rhiannan has her usual 9.30am start. Add to this my shifts and you can see that things are very topsy turvy. Kim has had some very staggered starts to her day!

This photo was taken at Junee. The day was a typical sunny but very cool Autumn day and there was a lot of haze in the distance, probably from the wood fires that had been lit.

Hope you're all well.


The Jordans

Todays quote............

"The only truly happy man is always a fighting optimist. Optimism includes not only altruism but also social responsibility, social courage and objectivity". - W. Beran Wolfe

Thursday, 29 May 2008

Kasey has a new car!...........

Hi Everyone.

It's been a while since I blogged but it's ok, - I saw the doctor and he gave me something for it!

Yep, it's true, Kasey has got a new car. Not 'New' new, but second hand new! It is in great shape and looks pretty smart too.

It is a 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer - Commonwealth Games Special Edition. This means it has extra features that the other models don't. 1.8 Litre 4 speed auto and it goes really well.

Kasey saw how much easier it was for her friends driving an auto, and so she wanted to have a look around and see what was about. We looked at some on the net, but they didn't amount to much. This was oneof the first cars she saw, and she had made up her mind!

It's a much better car than her Suzuki Swift, and has more safety features, as well as the little things that were part of the limited edition.

She loves driving in it, and is already planning her first big trip.

Wednesday, 21 May 2008

This is where it all started...........

My father was an avid photographer and this was his camera. I can vividly remember him lining up all the kids in different poses and then starting the lengthy process of getting the distance just right, calculating aperture settings and exposure time (by which time his subjects were getting very fidgetty!!). He used to develop and print his own photos. I remember many nights when he would set up his equipment in the house and we would have to go to bed early so we didnt accidentally turn on a light or open a door in the middle of the processing! He passed away in 1996, and Mum gave me the camera. It is still in excellent condition for its age, and I am sorely tempted to put another film thru it, but it is very difficult to get the Tri X film it requires. Kevin Sylvester lives on through his photos!! Thanks Dad!

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Temora Aviation Museum

Kim 'n' I took the Impreza for a scream out to Temora the other day. Nice little town with a great Aviation Museum.

The Aviation Museum in on the airstrip that was actually an RAAF Base used for pilot training during the war. Dad served there for a while although I am not sure how long he was there for or anything.

This is a photo of the museum entrance, it's actually the original Guard House for the Base entrance. The corrugated iron construction and the floor boards are all original, they've just been painted up and restored. I wonder how many times dad would've walked through those doors!

They have some fantastic aircraft out there and have a flying day once a month when they also have RAAF aircraft and other enthusiasts fly in. The RAAF Roulettes will be performing there soon and I think I have that day off! Woo hooooo....!!

It was a really good day out, the Impreza really handles fantastically and is very comfortable.
This photo is the instrument panel of a Spitfire.
Love to all

And in the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. - Abraham Lincoln

A Trip to Albury

Hi Everyone!

Lachlan 'n' I had a shopping trip to Albury a few weeks ago.

There's this big Audio & Video store there, heaps of stuff! I picked up a 1 Gb micro card for my phone for $10! Got some great ringtones on there now, I can tell u!

It came with an SD Adaptor card which I can just plug straight into the computer port. This is great because now I can download all the photos off my phone onto the computer and vice versa. It's a wonderful thing for a gadget guy to have!
Lachlan picked up some clothes from some of the stores that we don't have here in Wagga Wagga, and we both had a counter lunch at one of the pubs for lunch.
Stopped to get some photos of the Melb - Syd rail line at Henty on the way back and snapped Lachlan in the process! He's a pretty cool dude!

Love to all