My Neo has arrived!

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

My Neo has just arrived. I got a pick up notice from Australia Post in the mailbox today and charged down to the local post office. Thirty minutes later, I'd tested out my brand new Neo, and uploaded the fan-made fonts. Like the font in the picture - Bold. (There's ...

Is Australia In California?

Monday, October 15th, 2007

Just had a query about my Alphasmart Neo order: Hello Charlotte, We have received an order for an AlphaSmart Neo on confirmation number xxxxxx done on 10-14-07 with a Visa card. We are showing a shipping address of Rob xxxxxx. We ...

Way To Ruin A Joke

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

Strange Sign Originally uploaded by travellingcharl. While the Australians are giggling at a sign in Melbourne warning about 'attack seagulls', and lining up to have their photo taken next to it, unfortunately the British aren't getting the joke. That's because instead of ...

Sabre Nose Cone

Monday, May 14th, 2007

Sabre Nose Cone Originally uploaded by travellingcharl. Here's the front of a Sabre, Australia's first sophisticated jet fighter. The photograph was taken at Fighter World, Williamtown, which I visited yesterday with Brian and Chris. I thought the jet intake looked a bit like ...

Kamikaze Koala

Monday, May 14th, 2007

5/13/2007 You found Hilltop (Traditional Cache) There was much complaining (not from me!) as we walked up the long flight of stairs leading to this cache. But the views from the top were well worth it. Mosquitoes swarmed like vampiring helicopters around GZ. They reduced c.j.b. and ...

Duke Paoa Kahanamoku

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Originally uploaded by travellingcharl. This Hawaiian introduced Australia to surfing in 1914. The statue can be found at Harbord Point, at the northern end of Freshwater Beach. There is a geocache, Dudes' Yonder, very close by... I actually took this ...

Fence Around The Sea Pool

Saturday, May 5th, 2007

Fence Around The Sea Pool Originally uploaded by travellingcharl. Brian invited me to show this photo in the Sydney, Australia photo pool on Flickr. I've only just now had a look at that group and it's gorgeous. There are over 900 members, ...

Death by chocolate

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

Belinda gave me a combined Christmas and birthday party last night - a Chocolate Appreciation Evening at Lindt Concept Store and Cafe. It's not often that you get to eat the best chocolates, hot chocolate, and cakes in the world until you literally cannot bear to be in the same ...

Treebeard

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

Placed another city cache today. It's not yet gone live. Treebeard S 33° 51.927 E 151° 12.815 Difficulty: 1 Terrain: 1 A gnarled, old fig tree, named after the oldest living being in Tolkien's Middle Earth. Following on from Tolkien Tree, apparently the most found cache in Australia and New Zealand for 2006, here's ...

My 150th Geocache

Sunday, April 15th, 2007

Big day of geocaching. Yewenyi was in Canberra, so it was just Chris and me. First we tried: Cops and Bushrangers. Unfortunately, it wasn't a success. We tried trail after trail, but only got to within 80m of the cache, with cliffs in the way. If there was a clear trail ...

Black Wattle Superior Wattle Seed Ale

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

Today we tried Black Wattle Superior Wattle Seed Ale by Baron's Brewing Company. Brewed in Australia, with roasted barley and wattle seeds, this has a fragrant, floral scent, with undertones of chocolate and roasted grain. It pours a deep, reddish brown, with a white head that rapidly disappears. The taste ...

Tolkien Tree – Most found geocache in Australia for 2006

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Brian drew my attention to the Geotalk podcast, episode 5. Apparently, my geocache, Tolkien Tree, was the most found geocache in Australia for 2006!

Wetland Centre London

Saturday, July 8th, 2006

Today I went to the Wetlands Centre London. They were adapted from Victorian reservoirs five years ago and they're the biggest wetlands project in Europe. If you like ducks, you should visit. Especially in Summer - I couldn't count the number of ducklings I saw today. They've done a wonderful ...

Kew Gardens

Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

Apologies about the delay in getting this up. There are more photos in this post than any other post I've made and they took some time to upload and organize. A whole week, in fact. I went to Kew Gardens last Sunday. *** In hindsight it wasn't a good idea to go ...

Paddlepops

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

At work there are three Australians, me, Nat and Michelle, sitting fairly close to each other and naturally, we talk about Australian things. The current discussion is Paddlepops. Nobody else knows what we're talking about as you can't get them over here. (In case you don't know, Paddlepops are Australian ...

Where the bloody hell are they?

Saturday, May 6th, 2006

Dad told me there was an article in the Sydney Morning Herald that was very relevant to my situation right now. Here it is! From The Sydney Morning Herald: Where the bloody hell are they? It seems most of them are in Britain. Australia's movers and shakers are ensuring the ties between the ...

Interviews, interviews

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

A comment on today - replacing your Australian driver's license in the UK sucks. Just spent 22 pounds just getting my RTA photo kit validated at the Australian High Commission near Temple Tube station. Now I've got to work out how much the RTA will charge me, then post the ...

Hampstead Heath Continued

Saturday, April 15th, 2006

I can download my e-mail but not send, it appears. Has anyone received an e-mail from me? So, what was I saying before I was so rudely interrupted by Starbucks closing yesterday? Let's see, yesterday I had hot chocolate and a chocolate tart at a wonderful shop at Hampstead, Paul Maison ...

Waterfall Cottage

Saturday, February 25th, 2006

Open day at Waterfall Cottage near Bayview today. I try to go every year because it's the most beautiful house and garden I've seen. A pale gold sandstone fairytale house set in a rainforest. Apologies for the poor quality of my photos. This is what you see as you walk through the ...

A Cold in Summer

Friday, January 27th, 2006

I've got a lousy cold. Went to bed at 6pm Wednesday night and was too sick to get out of bed yesterday, which was a pity because it was Australia Day. Watched the fireworks from bed. Still feeling crook today. I'm supposed to go out for lunch with the Bennetts ...