New Zealand

For the 5 days away in New Zealand I spent most of my time without devices in my hand… because I didn’t have a roaming plan nor an OS sim card. 

I’m usually always in front of a screen; my computer, my iPad, or my iPhone. When something comes up that I don’t know about, I’m Googling away to find out more. But I learnt that maybe I don’t need it. Maybe all that extra info I take into my brain isn’t really making my brain better, it’s just cluttering it up.

A vital lesson perhaps?

Meanwhile, had a great time with the NZ family. Didn’t see any of the sights, but that’s not what this trip was for, it was to catch up with family we haven’t seen in person for almost 2 years. 5 days wasn’t nearly enough and I’m missing them already. While I’ve said just above that I maybe can be away from tech more often, I’ll be forever grateful for things like Apple’s FaceTime for giving me face-to-face time with family so far away.

Had an awesome time hanging out with the kidlets. Em and George are so much fun to be around, after they have warmed up to you. We played lego, and boardgames, and I even participated in a mock shop for their dolls (those dolls have a LOT of shoes). Got to go and pick them up at their school and watch them excitedly point us out to their friends. And listened their theories of life.

I also learnt, when a 7 year old is telling you she knows where to go and is giving you directions to a shop, believe her and follow her directions… I may have got lost and needed her to direct us back (told you, I didn’t have data, so no GPS). Kids are smart and so cool!

We also got to go on a quick road trip with mum on her birthday and had a nice lunch at a little cafe, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, and had a good dinner at a local restaurant. We also tried the local pizza, burgers, and stopped in at a Denny’s for breakfast; and enjoyed a couple of nights of home cooking.

Home now, looking at our doggins as if they are giants, my view of them skewed from the 5 days looking at mum’s Yorkshire terrier puppy. The dogs are very happy to have us home. The cats don’t like us, they are looking at us as strangers. Doing 5 days of washing and about to get back into the busy days of work.

Time to start planning a sightseeing holiday to NZ to see its glory; though it’s hard to pass up more time with the family.

Massive thanks to Kathryn who took care of our house and the menagerie of pets while we were away. Our trip wouldn’t have gone anywhere near as smoothly without her taking care of our home while we were away. It was one massive thing we didn’t have to worry about. Our friends are the best!

Destinations Restaurants


Drove to Geelong to have after work dinner with Kylie, went to Sethro’s Texas BBQ

We were the second last customers before they sold out! Would have been somewhat disappointing had we driven all that way and have it sold out. 🙃

Service was crazy fast. Food was delish.

I had the Texas Brisket Sandwich ($17.00): 150g meat, pickle, onion, cheese, and BBQ Sauce.

David and Kyle had Brisket boxes which came with sides and a “Texas napkin”; which I quickly learnt was a piece of white bread.

Their kitchen looks massive, but they only have a couple of tables in the dining area. Apparently they often sell out at lunch time, and once the day’s cook is sold they pack it in and go home.



Kyle: Nobody hates rainbows.

Stan: Yeah, what’s there to hate about rainbows?

Cartman: Well, you know, you’ll just be sitting there, minding your own business, and they’ll come, marching in and crawl up your leg and start biting the inside of your ass, and you’ll be all like: “EHY! GET OUT OF MY ASS YOU STUPID RAINBOWS!”


Stan: Cartman, what the hell are you talking about?

Cartman: I’m talking about rainbows, I hate those friggin’ things!

Kyle: Rainbows are those little arches of color that show up during a rainstorm.

Cartman: Ohh, rainbows. Oh yeah, I like those, those are cool.

Stan: What were you talking about?

Cartman: Huh? Oh, nothing, forget it.

Daily Life

Vodka and Lime

Some vodka and lime will make the evening’s coding go more smoothly I’m sure.

David made this delicious concoction that is ⅓ vodka and ⅔ lime juice and sugar water.

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Light Painting at WCC

At Williamstown Camera Club, we took the night away from the club rooms and we went to Altona Beach to play with some long exposures and light painting.

Big thanks to Karl, Tony, and Tony and the others who brought along their light painting instruments and took to the water to allow us to make our images.

A bit of a different evening and one that all in attendance seemed to enjoy. The weather also played nice, we weren’t at all as cold as I thought we might get.

You can see the images our members made on the Williamstown Camera Club website. A few of mine are below.

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Recycling to Landfill

Sad state of affairs, our council is now sending recyclables to landfill. 😥

Moorabool Shire Council's notification about recycling collections going to landfill.

We need to pick up our recycling game… it’s a sign that China really does have the west by the proverbial… recycling isn’t the only industry for which we rely on China.

There are some companies that turn soft plastics into park benches and other useful items, surely we can figure out things to do with our other crap.

Of course, it would be nice if manufacturers would use less packaging. Particularly in the realm of fresh produce which seemingly all comes in plastic these days.

As you can see from the post above, this is happening because the recycling centre that would usually handle our recycling waste has gone into receivership. Because we are all so good at recycling these days the value of recycled waste has dropped dramatically and because China is no longer taking our garbage our recycling facilities have nowhere to send what they can’t sell. So it is just sitting in massive warehouses.

Of course our council doesn’t actually have its own waste facilities, we have “transfer stations” which collect and truck our waste off to other councils to deal with.


Umm OK…

Saw this on Twitter and it took ages to find an attribution for it. Tracked the original down on YouTube… too weirdly good not to watch. The maker has more of his unique brand of performance art on his channel. Enjoy.


New Zealand Money

Aww New Zealand, they know how to design a good looking currency!

We stopped in at the bank in preparation for our trip to New Zealand, to get some New Zealand money. At our bank ANZ, they sell it by the pack.