Sorry for the delay folks, here’s an update on November.

At the start of November I got to tick off the final State / Territory and made it down to Adelaide for a couple of nights for a conference on driver-less cars. It was pretty interesting and I got a ride in a self-parking Volvo and drooled at the Tesla. I didn’t have much time to see Adelaide itself, but I did notice a lot of churches in a small space. Whilst I was there I got elected to the Sydney Rockies (climbing club) as Treasurer, and Matt is the new President, so that will be keeping us busy.

Having finally got our balcony back from the scaffolders we had a BBQ night, luckily avoiding the rain.

Dance for Kindness 2015

Dance for Kindness 2015

On the 8th I took part with my friend Kirsty in the Dance for Kindness 2015 flashmob down by the Opera House to kick off World Kindness Week. The dance was done by lots of groups all around the world and the whole experience actually turned out to be pretty fun rather than scary like I thought it was going to be!

On the Sunday we went to the annual Sculptures by the Sea festival down by Bondi beach. We went quite late in the day and it was a little bit cloudy, so it wasn’t as busy as it has been which is good. Here’s a selection of photos of my favorite ones.

Pretty seaweed sculpture

Pretty seaweed sculpture

Cork seaweed sculpture

Cork seaweed sculpture

Metal rock sculpture

Metal rock sculpture

Disturbing 'Barbie Wave'

Disturbing ‘Barbie Wave’

Big brother!

Big brother!

For a while we’ve been thinking about (= Matt has been hassling me about) getting a new car. We do a fair number of camping and climbing trips where we take a lot of stuff and it gets a bit tight in the car if we take any passengers. We also do a fair bit of driving on dirt roads, so it made sense to get something with a bigger boot, more ground clearance and a 4WD/AWD. We’re getting a Subaru Outback in Platinum Grey (a bit blue). It is quite a bit bigger than Jeffrey the car, so we’ll see how I get on driving it! It has some exciting features like adaptive cruise control which i’m interested in using. We’re going to name the new car Bruce and we’ll put up some pictures once he arrives.

We also got some culture in in the month, with Matilda the musical, and Spectre the James Bond film. Matilda was really good – I was surprised I liked it so much as i’m not normally too keen on things with kids in. They could sing and dance pretty well. The songs by Tim Minchin were good and the Miss Trunchball character was particularly entertaining.

We went for a geocaching adventure in Coopers Park in the eastern suburbs with Brandon and his little daughter Alex, and found a few caches. We found a possum living in a shelter which was pretty friendly. I fed him some cheese and then he ate some break right out of my hand!

Possum!

Possum!

Towards the end of the month we carried on the canyoning season with a very fun adventure down Lower Bowens Creek (N) Canyon. This is one we had done before, but we were going with some people new to canyoning, so thought we’d minimize the risk of getting lost! The canyon was really really good. I love how scenic they are – all the greenery and cool shapes where the water has carved out the rock.

Lower Bowens N Canyon

Lower Bowens N Canyon

We had originally through about doing some canyons with long swims where you need lilos. We didn’t need these in the end, but our friend were inspired enough to bring a giant inflatable dolphin to help with flotation. We named him Flipper and he also provided good value entertainment. Flipper even survived the long walk out of the canyon too and is now living happily ever after (I hope) back in Sydney!

Riding Flipper!

Riding Flipper!

There were three abseils, all of which were really fun. The first one was down into the cold water, and you could swim and hide in a cave behind a waterfall which was exciting. The second abseil had an optional ledge to stop on, where you could do a 4m jump into the water. I hate jumping into water so I just abseiled all the way down, but it was fun for everyone else! This is where the camera had a mishap last time, but this time it was fine so we got a lot of pictures. The third abseil was right down a waterfall, and started through a hole which was very exciting – unfortunately it was also quite chilly and wet, but definitely entertaining!

Log-walk in the canyon

Log-walk in the canyon

Frolicking with Flipper

Frolicking with Flipper

 

The next day we had a chilled day out with some other friends up at Collaroy on the Northern beaches. We started with coffee, went for a walk along the coast and then headed to the bar looking out on the water. We saw two whales which was really cool – a big one and a smaller one, presumably a baby. They were jumping pretty high out of the water for quite a long time.

For the last weekend in November we had epic 1m long pizzas for the climbing bums dinner, and Matt dragged me along to ‘Piratefest’, a gig with 3 different pirate metal bands. It was also Matt’s birthday, and by coincidence that day we got to pick up our new car, Bruce, earlier than expected. Bruce is a Subaru Outback AWD. He has a nice big boot for all our camping adventures and extra ground clearance for the dirt roads. He is pretty big so I’m getting used to driving him at the moment, but so far no crashes!

Bruce and balloons!

Bruce and balloons!

 

 

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