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17 June 2012 @ 11:27 pm
Couldn't have planned it better if I tried  
What a fairytale ending to my Northern Territory adventure - a victory by Craig Lowndes at Hidden Valley this afternoon! All in all a very exciting day. The racing was fantastic to watch, and there was a bit of off-track excitement when a three-foot long snake slithered into a baby stroller, causing quite a commotion.
So tonight hot, tired and happy. We fly out tomorrow late morning, back home to the cold. I've been enjoying the weather up here and it will be a bit of a shock to go back to single-digit overnight temperatures after an average overnight low of 20 degrees.

A few piccies - I'm not the world's best photographer but I wanted to put a couple up here.

Brisbane CBD, flying out Thursday morning.


Sunset over Mindil Beach, Thursday night

East Point, looking back across the bay to Darwin proper, my sister in view.


Our hire car at the Military Museum, Friday


Safe swimming lagoon, with the boom across to prevent the entry of crocodiles and box jellyfish.

Main straight, Hidden Valley, taken from the terrace hairpin, showing the big viewscreen erected for the fans.

Steel power poles. Timber wouldn't last, what with the six-month wet season and the termites.

All that remains of the old Town Hall after Cyclone Tracy swept through.

Peewees on the Beach, where we had dinner tonight.


And now I shall put this tired bod to bed. 'Night all!
Current Location: Darwin
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on June 17th, 2012 01:33 pm (UTC)

Nice piccies. I'm overly amused that it's not just the English who stand on the beach fully clothed to watch the sunset. :D
miwahni: uk fish spankingmiwahni on June 17th, 2012 11:48 pm (UTC)
Heh. It must be a "thing". We were at the markets on the beachfront when we realised the sun was setting. To me it was the novelty of having the sun set over the water; living on the eastern seaboard I'm accustomed to it setting over land.
sunray45: Bev B'day 2010sunray45 on June 17th, 2012 01:51 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you've both had a great time. YAY! Go Lowndsy!

You know all you and D have to do is stand in the hot sun, face SouthEast, and blow very hard. You might be able to send some warm down here. *bg*
miwahni: V8 whincup leftmiwahni on June 17th, 2012 11:52 pm (UTC)
wasn't it brilliant, I couldn't have asked for a better result. First race he's won all year and it's the one I'm there for.
I'll try your suggestion about bringing the warm back with me, see how I go *g*
anonpussynamer: winteranonpussynamer on June 18th, 2012 02:13 pm (UTC)
Want Warm Please .... *g*
Where's the warm gone or are you hogging it up there, mate? ROTFLMAO

The eastern seaboard is now going into bloody freezing mode - I'm certain of that!!!!!
miwahni: boosh tundra rapmiwahni on June 20th, 2012 01:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Want Warm Please .... *g*
Well the days have been lovely since I got back, and it's best we don't talk about the nights. Getting a bit too cold for my liking.
anonpussynameranonpussynamer on June 27th, 2012 01:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Want Warm Please .... *g*
Glad days have been lovely since you've returned home, but I know what you mean about the nights! Nearly zero here the other day - bloody freezing! :( However, tonight it is wet, wet, wet - ah geez, I love winter - NOT! LOL
miwahni: Random Snowflakemiwahni on June 27th, 2012 01:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Want Warm Please .... *g*
Yeah well I spoke too soon, didn't I... today's predicted top was 16 and we didn't quite get there. SEQ is NEVER that cold!
anonpussynamer: A380 Airbusanonpussynamer on June 18th, 2012 02:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Couldn't have planned it better if I tried
Fantabulous Fotos there, mate .. I love the sunset one and so hard to believe that those ruins were the old Town Hall! Crikey! Ta for sharing and perhaps you bought Craig Lowndes good luck by travelling up to Darwin for the races - however, the sounds of that bloody snake getting into the baby carriage doesn't seem too great. Only in the Territory, it seems. LOL
miwahni: V8 whincup leftmiwahni on June 20th, 2012 01:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Couldn't have planned it better if I tried
Yeah the Town Hall ruins were amazing, when you look at how thick those walls were. The museum had a huge section on the cyclone (dialogue with my sister: "Lucky they had a cyclone hit, otherwise the museum would be tiny!")including a sound booth where you stood in pitch black darkness listening to an actual recording of the cyclone. Standing there in the dark, trying to imagine how it must have felt listening to that noise all night and wondering if there was anything left outside... scary stuff.
And yay, Craig couldn't have done it any better, could he.
anonpussynamer: A380 Airbusanonpussynamer on June 27th, 2012 01:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Couldn't have planned it better if I tried
Those walls look like somewhere in Europe, don't they? Eg, the ancient castle ruins. :) Oh cool - sounds like a museum I'd enjoy (weather nut hat on at the moment ... *g*) but it definitely would be scary to be in total darkness, hearing the noises etc .... still remember 2001 when we copped it (Cat 2 cyclone - unnamed - which hit around Ballina and flooded the MNC) ... the wind howling, rain hammering against the windows and then sitting in total darkness as we had a blackout. Only thing we were pissed off about was the blackout - had to have cold sandwiches for dinner that night. *wink*
miwahni: Random Darwin sunsetmiwahni on June 27th, 2012 01:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Couldn't have planned it better if I tried
Scary stuff for sure. I reckon you'd enjoy the museum, too... and hopefully if you go you won't coincide your visit with a 4th grade school excursion. What a PITA that was.