Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Forecast for Friday

My rain gauge tops out at 130mm and that's where it was this morning when I checked it. That's over the last 24hr period. Right now it's overcast with the occasional shower.

And if that wasn't enough then the BoM have this to say about Friday

Forecast for Friday

Rain areas, showers and thunderstorms.
Rain periods. 

Sunday, February 24, 2013

It's wet enough to bog a duck

Another week gone but things are settling down now after all the bike and licence getting. I'm not working as hard and have some time for the veggie garden and I'm going to need all the time I can get as it is badly neglected.

I bought a punnet of Red Mignonette lettuce to start the ball rolling again and cheer myself up a little. Nothing fancy for the soil prep. I'd tipped a bag of cow manure over a patch that had grown Beetroot so I added some blood and bone and planted them.
With a forecast of over a 100mm of rain over the next two or three days I can hardly go wrong.

I also shouted myself a packet of Mr Fothergill's Great Lakes lettuce seeds so I can plant one or two seeds a week and keep a good succession of lettuce coming into the house.

Plans to plant carrots, beetroot, cabbage and maybe some early peas and late beans.

That's it for another week. I have Tuesday to myself as well but it's sounding like it will be to boggy and wet to do any gardening.
As my dad would have said, 'It'd bog a duck in gumboots.'



Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Bikes and Bluff

 Finally, after what has been months of head down and bum up, everything is done. I have my bike, I have my licence and I am riding. Yeah.
My Q Ride test was on Sunday and after thinking I was going to get washed out by the rain it stayed fine long enough for me to do the test. I made a couple of ordinary mistakes but they can't have been bad enough for the instructor to not pass me 'competent' to ride.

This is the bike I took out for the test which was fun to be on another bike.

First time out and I get a wet Bike
And that brings me to today, Tuesday.
My first chance to go for a ride on my own bike and after pouring rain overnight I thought I still wouldn't get the chance, but most of the day was fine. That was until I went for a ride down to Murphy's Creek with plans to stop at Spring Bluff on the way back.
As you can see I made it there alright but when I got to Murphy's Creek it started to rain again.

So now my not so new bike has been christened.
The joys of bike riding, Hey?
I wanted to stop at Spring Bluff railway station as I've not been there since it was badly damaged in the 2011 floods we had.
The place looks better now than it ever has. Looks like someone's put a lot of work into the place.
If you're out that way it's well worth the stop.

Anyways that's about it for now. I've got some more time off coming up so I'll be doing a bit in the veggie garden (it was too wet today) now I've got some time back and don't need to work so much.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Q Ride

My Q Ride test day has arrived and I'm feeling a little nervous to say the least.
Hopefully the next thing I get to write about is to say, 'I've got it.'

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Bikes, Ukuleles and Lettuce.

Mmmm, well I see it's Sunday again. Another week done.

There's been plenty to keep me busy, I had another riding lesson on Monday and was taught a thing called counter steering. Way too hard to explain but very interesting just the same.

Best photo I have.
The rest of the week was taken up with ukulele practice. The Toowoomba Ukulele Group were invited to play a small three song set as a part of a fund raising concert on Saturday the 9th. All the practice seemed to pay off as we went over well with the crowd. I was even roped into an impromptu interview with the host for the day and answered some questions about the group and the ukulele as well. Not the best photo but that was the group on the day with two missing but the addition of Brendon Walmsley (check shirt) the feature artist for the day and all round good guy. And I'm the bearded one on the far left.

Next big thing on the horizon will be my Q Ride test coming up this Sunday (the 17th). I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas to arrive. It seems to be taking forever. But if everything goes well by this time next Sunday I should have my motor bike licence and will be chomping at the bit to take my bike out for it's first ride. It's taken from the 17th of Dec 2012 until now the get on the road so that might explain why it feels like it's taking forever.

Cheers for now,


P.S. The weather is cooling off a bit so I've been thinking of planting some lettuce. Fingers crossed we don't get another heat wave.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

WWOOFing stories please.

Good news year.

My bike has arrived finally (that's a story in itself) and we've had inches and inches of rain so it's full steam ahead here.

1st though I have a favour to ask. My idea has been to do some WWOOFing and now that I have my bike I'm going to be able to get around an do some of these things, so what I'd like is all your WWOOFing stories. The good, the bad and the ugly.

If you can pop them into the comments box I love to read them and find out more from you.