Thursday, June 18, 2009


A beautiful day when I woke up, sun was out and it was fairly warm now it is cloudy and cold.  I might have to light the fire.  I had hoped to do some sewing today but I have so much housework to do as well as my shopping list not sure if I'm going to have time, how boring lol.  Hope you all have a great day.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Adventures at the Body Piercing Shop


For Christmas I gave Tess a voucher for Puncture Body Piercing so she could get her belly button pierced.  We finally got there today.  We had a bit of a wait and some guys came in and were asking heaps of questions about having certain body parts pierced.  The guys who works there explained to them that he doesn't  like piercing the lower regions he can do it but prefers not to.  He then went on to tell them that and I quote “an old lady came in” he then went on to say that this old lady was 40.  I'm not one to stay quiet and said Excuse me 40 is not old and gave it to them (nicely of course).  Listening to these guys I learnt more about body piercing than I ever wish to know , Tess was feeling a bit embarrassed I must admit so was I.  I should add that it wasn't the guy that worked there but the customers.  The young guy was lovely very professional.

Tess had her stomach done, she said it didn't hurt and all was well, she was made to stay lying down for a while.   We went out into reception and he was going through her aftercare with us.  Out of the corner of my eye I saw Tess take a step back,  stiffen then she fell sideways.  She hit her head on the wall then flat onto the floor.  She must of hit her head fairly hard as she left a dent in the wall.  She was as white as a ghost.  We took her back into the piercing room and she laid down for a while until she felt better.  Unfortunately, the reception area was packed, I hope we didn't loose any sales for them.    She was so embarrassed she said she’s never going back there but she has to in a couple of weeks for a checkup.

Tess and I were cracking up about it all the home.  I cant take her anywhere, Tess said that was such a blonde thing to do lol.  I don’t think she will be in a hurry to get anything else pierced for a while.

DAY FIVE 9/6/09

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO LUCY, a teenager today



and happy birthday to my friend Kym whose older than me (at least for a few weeks lol)



Forgot to add this to my last post, definitely that last of the car photo’s





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We didn't have to catch our plane until 1.30pm so we finally did some sight seeing.  We decided to go to the Telegraph Station which was the first white settlement in Central Australia

Alice Springs obtained its name from the waterhole at this historic Telegraph Station.

The Telegraph Station features the original buildings of stone which have been restored with house furnishings and artefacts from the early 1900s.

















On our way to the airport we stopped at Anzac Hill. From here you get a 360 degree view of Alice Springs















After an uneventful flight and a stopover in Sydney we arrived in Brisbane at 8.30.  An hour drive to Caloundra to pick up the truck so Tony could go to work the next day we got home at 10pm, the girls had given up waiting for us and were in bed asleep.  We had a fantastic trip and am hoping to go again next year.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

DAY FIVE 8/6/09

Firstly happy  birthday to my father, David.

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We were able to have a sleep in this morning  although I still was up by 5.30am the photo below was taken at about 7.10am from my room.



We arrived out on the track about 8.30am I did not accompany Stitch this time lol.

Tony started the race 14th off the start line.  We listened on the two way and were greatly relieved each time we heard our car number mentioned as it went through the checkpoints.  Last of the car photo’s for a long time I promise.







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If you enlarge the last photo that’s Stitchie with the yellow vest on he’s got a huge smile on his face as Tony went past us.

Tony finished 12th outright and third in class.  Out of 75 cars only 20 something finished.

Winners are grinners, well Les never smiles but  you couldnt wipe the smile off  Tony’s  face for hours


After we packed up the pit area and repacked the trailer we spent the afternoon on our balcony celebrating the fact that they finished The Finke.  We went out to Dinner at the Todd Tavern , dinner well it’s not worth discussing at all.  I couldnt even eat it. 


The presentation was held at the Casino Im not even sure of the proper name of it.  We had a wild taxi ride to the Casino by a wild looking taxi driver who loved Slim Dusty up at full volume .  My camera takes crap photo’s indoors so I only got a couple.



OMG Les has broken into a smile I wonder if that’s because he had  a few drinks.


Friday, June 12, 2009

DAY FOUR 7/6/09

RACE DAY 230kms ,stay overnight then 230kms back.

A very early start Tony got up about 4am, starting pacing around and waking everyone up.  If he couldn't see lights on in their rooms he would send a text message asking them if they were awake.  Often the reply was well I am now.

I decided to keep Stitchie company and drive  with him about 30kms down the track to a spot than he wasn't sure where it was but knew he would recognise it once he saw it.  Did he realise it was going  to be still dark.  Ron, Brett and Glenys followed us out in the HEATED  hire car.

My goodness it takes a lot to make me nervous in a car but what a scary drive .  Here he was a cuppa in one hand and flying along the road I had no idea what speed we were doing as the gauges were broken.  I kept repeating to myself that Stitch was used to these roads and he drove a buggy also,I think he thought he was on the race track.   I lived to see another day lol and he found his spot.  As soon as we got there we got a fire going , what a great way to start the day.




The buggy above came to a very sad demise this car is worth over $300,000 it caught on fire and there was very little left of it.  The driver got out in one piece .

I took much better photo’s today.



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I got the shock of my life after 20 cars had past the next car was Tony he had passed 10 cars in 30 kms.  The next photo is a dud but why was he waving at me and not  looking where he was going.


I was standing on the corner and just up from me was a small incline with whoops (very deep corrugation ) Ron and Brett were standing just before it and Stitch was up the top.  Ron was signalling to Tony that he was now fourth in class, obviously Tony saw him because when he looked back on the track  well lets just say a couple of seconds more and he wasn't on the track anymore.  To make matters worse the buggy hit a whoop and was sort of doing a wheelie and was only on it’s back wheels heading for a group of photographers.  I missed all this but Stitchie has the proof, he got the shot.   I cant wait for him to send it to me.  The crowd were running some were pulling each other along, it’s  a classic.  Lucky all ended well but it gave them a scare.

How cute is this.  I cant believe that this car made it there and back and did last year as well.



I guess the guy that owns it wouldn't appreciate me calling it cute but its so tiny, i would imagine that it almost gets lost in some of the larger whoops.

It amazes me that we were out in the middle of nowhere and we were still able to fire up the laptop and follow the race through the checkpoints.


Time for breaky Bacon and Baked Beans I settled for just a cuppa and a muffin


I did take some photo’s of the bikes

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Stitch was so excited that Tony had made up so many places he decided to celebrate with  a few beers which meant I had the pleasure of driving the Hilux home.  Now I think I'm a competant driver.  I've driven buses , trucks and even a semi trailer once but this car was a nightmare. For starters NONE of the gauges worked and the drivers seat was broken, it slanted toward the door and it pinched your back and bottom every time you hit a bump which was the whole way back.  Now I'm not one to ever admit defeat but I fought with that car the whole way back and ended up not talking because I was concentrating so hard to keep it on the road.  I was so relieved to arrive back at the resort.  We chilled out in our rooms and had an early night.