So today on the traIn I watched this man fussing with a newspaper. He was constantly folding and unfolding to arrange a section he could read. When you think about newspapers they are set up very well for iPods as all the reading is done in columns which fit easily on the iPod.
So Katherine it wasn't an old walkman today but a newspaper that caught my attention. The funniest thing though, was the man, eventually folded all the paper (the Australian) up and then got out his iPod. lol:)
I first saw this bridge in 2008 and was just amazed by it. The size and building construction along the coast is a real engineering feat.
I first walked across the bridge in 2008 when I was in Wollongong for the Fed Gov summer school. That was a terrific two weeks with teachers from around Australia. Unfortunately it was a one of program and never to be repeated.
Two years ago and I didnt have an iPhone, use Twitter, blog or use the iPod touch in the class room. Things have really moved on since then. I had no idea how things would change and certainly couldn't plan for the new innovations. Innovations aren't planned but just happen.
We walked over the sea cliff bridge today. Wished I had my runners so I could have ran along the bridge. As we crossed the bridge I saw padlocks all along the bottom of the fence, some are in memory others are love notes etc. I wonder what is the significance of the padlocks on the Sea Cliff Bridge?
We got out of the car at Holbrook and stetched our legs after driving for a short 3 hrs. Holbrook has a submarine in the middle of the park. An early captain of an Australian sub was from Holbrook in the 1st world war. HMAS Otway is the sub.
The fence has gone up. Work is about to begin on the new buildings. We have been waiting for 2 terms. The library has been stored in a ship container and had limited access.The old buildings are being taken away.
At St John's in Gladstone they had a beautiful grevillia, I think it's a Robyn Gordon. I have tried to grow this but find it doesn't like frost and so lost a few of them. The flowers are so bird attracting.
Outside my hotel in Gladstone was a beautiful tree that had foliage very much like a Jacaranda tree. However it had very large seed pods. I wonder what sort of tree it is? Everything's greener in Queensland.
I've been looking for a really good frame from nature since pic number 50. So I'm cheating and putting it in here to save you from having to go back to pic 50. I've added 2 so both numbers are covered. Hanging Rock a great place for photos from all different angles and views.
Today we went and had a very nice lunch at the Hanging Rock cafe to celebrate Bill's birthday. We also walked up to the top of the summit. They have made new paths so the climb to the top is much easier. Once you reach the top you can see for miles and the recent rain has painted a lovely green picture. Where were the koalas?
Visited a lovely school St John's in Gladstone to run a workshop using the iPod touch in the classroom with gr 1&2?teachers. They had lots of huge verandahs a arched rooves above the basketball courts.
Like everyone they had fences and pull down parts stuff stacked up in the library etc waiting for the BER funding and works to be completed.
There's a lot of building works to be completed by October or heads will roll in the next election.
Today I did a 5.2km run4kids in Melbourne. It was very hectic with 30,000 people at the gardens and 14000 in my race.
We raised over $1mil for the children's hospital.
The run was very pleasant and I ran the whole way. Katherine my daughter came in the run also and made the whole distance running. It's great to run together. Carey and Nic ran in the 14 km run and that was huge. They ran through the tunnel and over the Bolte Bridge.16,000 people.
It's so exiting we actually have grass growing again. I can see from morning to afternoon the grass has grown. Our flooding rains have really got everything growing. The backyard has been just brown dirt for months.
There's nothing so calming as green grass and just in time for our German exchange student who no doubt is used to a very green countryside.
The kangaroos won't know where to go as there is grass everywhere.
As we drove into town the sun was slowly rising and shone on the tree tops from behind us. The dark clouds loomed around. It was like a spot light just hitting the tops of the trees with a golden light. I don't think my iPhone really did justyce to the shot.
My wheelbarrow was full today when I finished my yearly pick up of rubbish along the road in front of our house. I have missed a couple of years.
It's interesting as 99% of the bottles and cans were alcohol related. Why do they throw out their rubbish as they drive along. Sometimes I'd love to see where they live and put rubbish near their place. Then I think it would be just as bad. We need to think of everywhere as our place so we don't ever drop rubbish. Also so we pick up rubbish when we see it.
More rain has fallen today. We have puddles in the drive. The boys are past the age of playing in puddles and wearing gumboots. Actually they never got to play in puddles very much in this millenium. The grass will green up quickly as the temp is warm. With a bit of sunshine we'll soon be watching the grass grow.
I am almost tempted to buy some plants to fill the holes in the garden where plants gave died.
We had more rain and thunderstorms today. We even had hail and in Melbourne the hail was as big as golf balls. This is strange for early autumn weather. There is a lot of flooding in Queensland as well. Maybe the drought is coming to an end? My pic today is through the wind screen of the car.
Flashflooding occurred in Bendigo with 55mm of rain in a couple of hours. The drains couldn't cope with all the water. Roads were covered in water and many places where people had laughed at the flood warnings signs were flooded and best not to drive through.
I haven't seen this much water around for almost 20 years. We have been in a drought for at least 15 years so this was very unusual for many people to see.
At school the children were playing in puddles and getting wet of course. We had to growl as they didn't have changes of clothing. However I felt sorry for the kids as they have never had puddles in their lives. Gumboots which were mandatory in the eigthies for Winter have been unheard of for this millenium.
Unfortunately we didn't get that much rain at my house but we did get 25 mm which was quite good. So I hope to see if I can dig a shovel in the garden tomorrow.