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22 March 2015 @ 10:40 pm
Relaxing Sunday  
After all the extra work of the last three or four weeks it was nice to have a work-free weekend. Didn't matter that it was rainy and damp (and muggy - every time I set foot outside my glasses immediately fogged up!) I still had a relaxing time.

Went out to Somerset Dam today. The plan was for a whole group of us to go out but due to the weather everyone cancelled except for my sister and brother in law. More fool them; it poured with rain all day in the 'burbs but out at the dam we only had one brief shower. Spent the day just sitting and talking, paddling in the water, drinking wine and eating - so full that I didn't need dinner tonight. And the sun broke through the clouds just enough to give me a slight sunburn.



It doesn't matter how many kangaroos I've seen in the past, I'm always thrilled to see them.

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This was as close as I could get. The one on the right was quite large - here he is again -

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He was taller than me when standing upright like this.

The dam catchment area is quite pretty, and I'd like to see it on a sunny day. The only drawback was that the swimming area was really pebbly and sore underfoot - might need some reef shoes if we're going to camp out there on a regular basis.

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Where the grass meets the water.

Back home by 5.30pm and back into the rain. I know we need it, but it can stop now, please....
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mrua7mrua7 on March 22nd, 2015 03:04 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a wonderful day and then the treat of seeing the kangaroos. Anytime you can watch an animal roaming free is wonderful. I see deer all the time, but am still fascinated by them.
miwahni: Random Ulu-roomiwahni on March 23rd, 2015 10:46 am (UTC)
The kangaroos were the high point - since moving away from the country I don't see them all that often any more so it really IS a treat.
a honeyed wine at night: bright shiny rainbow dancemoonlightmead on March 22nd, 2015 06:40 pm (UTC)
Kangaroos! Whee! I can't help thinking they are much more... visible, more vigorous, than the wildlife here. I loved seeing the kangaroos when I was in Australia.

I was particularly enchanted by seeing them in the midday heat haze, all lying flat on their backs with their legs in the air - so funny! And I felt that if even native-to-the-continent animals were having trouble with the heat, I had justification for wilting a little.

Still trying to imagine glasses steaming up with the humidity, though - ow!


miwahni: Random Ulu-roomiwahni on March 23rd, 2015 10:48 am (UTC)
They're certainly hard to miss - especially at dusk when they bound out across the road without warning. Always very cautious, driving at dawn and dusk on country roads.

I think if the roos were melting you had every right to feel a bit limp yourself! Count yourself lucky you weren't hit by a drop-bear in that weather.
a honeyed wine at night: slow loris meadmoonlightmead on March 23rd, 2015 11:05 am (UTC)
*adores icon*

Haha, friends who hired a car to get somewhere pretty remote were American and used to big distances, but they were not used to right-hand-drive, nor were they used to seeing dead kangaroos all over the road. They came back quite incredulous!

Heh, yeah, I was warned about the drop bears. I believe it all. Although, obviously, I didn't fall for that rubbish about those cute platypuses having poisoned talons...
miwahni: Random Ulu-roomiwahni on March 23rd, 2015 11:33 am (UTC)
How could anything that looks so odd actually be dangerous with venom that causes excrutiating paid and necrosis around the wound? Yeah I don't believe it either. *g*

I can imagine your friends' reactions; kangaroos are in plague proportions some years and they simply have no road sense at all.

Icon is cute, isn't he? I call him Ulu-roo.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on March 22nd, 2015 10:09 pm (UTC)

Much sympathy on the steamed glasses as you see that all the time here in the summer particularly given the transition between the air conditioned buildings and the muggy outside.

Your outing looks lovely, particularly the kangaroos. :D
miwahni: Random Ulu-roomiwahni on March 23rd, 2015 10:50 am (UTC)
You've mentioned the humidity where you live - you must have had a dreadful time acclimatising. I can take heat but humidity knocks me for six, and I've lived here all my life. I can't imagine how it would be for you.

The kangaroos really were the high point.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on March 23rd, 2015 11:22 am (UTC)

When I first came to the US I lived in the North and even there it was too bloody hot for me in the summer time although the humidity levels weren't excessive and it didn't last more than a couple of months really.

The South? I have never adjusted and don't think I ever will. It really does feel like trying to swim through a sauna in the summertime.
miwahnimiwahni on March 23rd, 2015 11:34 am (UTC)
Oh that's hard. I remember Bangkok being like that, it felt like walking into a wet flannel whenever we left the hotel. What a land of contradictions, though - sauna in summer and snow in winter.