Monday, 9 April 2018
A year ago we were in NZ. Those were the days..
Sunday, 8 April 2018
It's rare that we get a day in St Helens when we aren't heading straight off to an orienteering event, but with nothing on today we were able to have a relaxed morning before we headed home. I woke up early (as usual in post-end-of-daylight-savings era), and went for a nice walk along the foreshore where the black swans were gliding silently around and the early morning fisherpeople were catching fish from the jetties.
When we left a few hours later we stopped at the little reserve just south of Scamander that we've been driving past for 10 years. It was great to finally get a chance to check it out!
It was really lovely and I'd like to come back and go for a run sometime. We limited ourselves to about 20 minutes walking as Zali was waiting for us in the car as she has a jack-jumper bite on her foot which she has had a bad reaction to.
Saturday, 7 April 2018
While everyone else was either packing up yesterday's event or resting after packing up yesterday's event Clare and I snuck out for a nice walk at Binalong Bay..
Amusingly, I had a ding-dong battle with Clare today out in the forest, although it wasn't really a battle, it was more of a scrub-survivors-support-group.. let me explain...
Clare and I both started early so that we could get back ahead of the regular finishers. Clare left first and I started just over 2 minutes behind her. The first leg on our course required us to crash through some horrible thick tea tree scrub which I really didn't enjoy. Clare had intended to take the same route but made a bit of an error, so I actually caught her up as she made a further error at the third control. The next few legs were short, so it was hard for either of us to get away, but then we both made a mistake on a fairly simple leg, and I followed that up with a 2 minute mistake near the next control. This meant Clare was out of sight ahead of me (which I was quite relieved about) so I went about the next 3 controls on my own. The next leg involved another thick scrubby gully crossing. There was supposed to be a taped route through it, but I couldn't find the tapes I just bashed through it, fighting and pushing through the bushes - it was nasty. When I got to the other side I swore rather loudly with annoyance and relief. I am not normally incited to swear while I am orienteering so it is evidence of how frustrated I was at not being able to find the marked crossing point, and instead having to bash through the cutting grass and scrub.
What I didn't realise was that Clare had attempted to cross the same gully just ahead of me. She had found, but then lost the crossing tapes, thus managing to get herself completely disoriented and stuck in the thick green scrub. When she heard me swear she yelled out 'where are you I've got no f**king idea where I am'!
'I'm here!!' I yelled. 'Come to my voice!' - I stopped and waited for Clare to battle her way out of the scrub. It was clear she was totally disoriented as she immediately wanted to head straight back into it - she had no idea that we'd actually crossed over, she thought she'd just emerged on the same side she went in! I set her straight on where we were and we headed off together to the next control, united in our dislike for that particular aspect of the course.
The rest of the race was relatively uneventful. Clare pulled away a bit as we took different route choices and I was a bit slower. Funnily enough we both ended up being amongst the fastest on the course for the day - I was 5th and Clare was 7th of the 65 competitors who ran course 4. It was a tough day out but ultimately satisfying and it was nice to stand on the podium with Clare at the end of the 3-day competition (Clare 1st, me 2nd).
The third major job I had for this carnival was the preparation of all the maps. Basically this meant liasing with each day's event organiser, then framing every course of every event within a nice template containing all the event logos and other bits and pieces like the north arrows, scale and safety information. It was both fun and tedious. And the funny thing is that when Jon originally asked if I wanted to do it, I said 'no way!' Then Clare was approached to do the job by her dad - she said yes but then had to assist her dad do a zillion other tasks as he was both official event controller, and building a fence. So after a quick Adobe Indesign tutorial from Clare I offered to take over.
And I'm glad I did. I liked the challenge of finding a consistent look for the event that used the colour schemes and fonts we were already using, and also finding the best fit for each of the 93 courses in the carnival - a3, a4, landscape or portrait. I learnt a lot doing this - after taking 6 hours to do the courses for the first day, I got the other days down to just a few hours each. It certainly helped that I was only working part time and was able to come home from work and spend the rest of the afternoon at my computer.
Friday, 6 April 2018
This is a lovely photo of Zali, running to the finish on the aptly named Lovely Banks map.. (thanks to Warwick Moore for allowing me to use his photos)
Zali had a great 3-day event, She was 2nd on the first day, 4th on the second day, then she came from 11 seconds behind overall on the last day to take a strong victory by a few minutes. She excels when it gets tricky.
Jett also ran really well, improving every day then having a really good run when the going got technical on the last day.
Aside from dealing with prizes I’ve had two other big jobs in the Tasmanian Orienteering carnival. The most important was organising the first event - called the Prologue' I was officially “controller” for Clare which meant my job was to make sure everything was correct and fair with the courses and starts and control placement and everything else like that. Clare set the courses and together we basically organised the whole thing. To add some pressure the event was classed as a World Ranking Event for the elite athletes which meant we had an extra set of rules to follow and standards to apply.
Ultimately (and with much releif), the event was a success. We got lots of great feedback and after a year of planning it was great to see photos of people actually out on the courses enjoying our event.
Paul lent us his tigers for the last control.
A few weeks ago, Zali spent more than a day working on birthday cakes for both Toby and Denny. Unfortunately I didn't get a good photo of Denny's cake but it featured 6 kittens and a vacuum cleaner. Toby's was a book reading soccer player.
Returning from an pre-orienteering carnival weekend a few weeks ago I stopped in Margate to run on the Nerinna Trail. I didn't have very long but it was delightful. The pond even had lily pads with lily flowers.
It's a few weeks ago now, but we all went to Melbourne during the March Long Weekend to compete in the Melbourne Sprint Orienteering weekend. We had 6 races in 3 days and it was heaps of fun, although Zali and Jett did have a bit of a rocky start with some mispunches on the tricky campus maps. The areas ranged from posh private school campuses to western suburbs colleges to inner city parkland. Fun.
We even fitted it an escape room as well.
I managed to hold it all together to get a win in my age group which was cool. The prize was slightly unusual - a 'showbag' full of supermarket products, including 1 meusli bar, 1 up-and-go, some coles brand snakes and some coles pasta. hmm.. Still, winners are grinners.
Thursday, 15 March 2018
I like the fact that we live as close to the supermarkets and shops as we do to this. It's nice down here in Kingston.
Sunday, 11 March 2018
With the deposit paid (and the price locked in) I sent off the design. The company then created an ‘approved’ artwork form for me to sign. Here’s the artwork I approved.
Three weeks later I got an urgent email from the sales rep asking me to immediately approve the sample print so they could print them all and send them with a shipment they had scheduled to depart China in a few days. Exciting. Until I opened the attachment they sent..
A few days later the boxes arrived. I opened them and decided they looked great - yay! It was only a few hours afterwards that I realised they’d make a mistake - see the artwork vs the actual towel…
Zali and I are now busily doing the final preparations for the prizes. It's a lot of work but quite fun. The dud towels will be given away to volunteers after the event, any left over will go to the dogs home.
Saturday, 10 March 2018
Sunday, 18 February 2018
The early morning weather was great - it was sunny but was low cloud around so as I got to the top of Mt Rufus (after 2 hours) only the tops of surrounding mountains were poking through the clouds.
The rest of the circuit was fantastic. I just loved cruising down the ridge, through the weird sandstone outcrop then down a pandani filled valley before crossing over to Shadow Lake. From there it’s an easy 6k back to the campsite.
This is belated first day of school photos with the cousins. The high school going cousins anyway - Jamie has still got a few years left of primary school.