client of Joy's home -- beautiful example of typical architecture and
Lonsdale end of Bay and start of Southern Ocean
small town commercial building
Target -- in a restored wool storage building in Geelong
and Emu -- Australia's emblem
Friday 13 January 2006
I once again arose early only this time it was 5:30 am. I called
Gwyneth on SKYPE. I uploaded the web pages with the username I got from
Phil and answered mail until it was light enough to go for a walk. I
walked inland a bit to a little store and then back to the water where
I went down the steps and walked south on the beach until I couldn't
get around the point.
After breakfast, I called Phil and then Barrie and I
sightseeing and errand running. We first went south to Point Lonsdale
Light where there were beautiful sandstone rock formations. Then we
went into the resort community of Queenscliff where we went into a
former Wesley chapel that had been dedicated by a David Ham but is now
a flea market/gallery of sorts.
Next we headed into Geelong where we went to the wool
buy lanolin cream for Joy and I reluctantly went into the exhibits.
Geelong had been the center of a large wool shipping industry. To my
wonder, there was a Jacquard loom -- it wasn't working at the moment
but it does work! The other exhibits were interesting as well. Then we
bought meat pies for lunch and an adapter for my computer.
We retraced our steps back past the wool museum to the
Deakin buildings which were cleverly adapted from a wool storing
We headed east to Serendip, a bird sanctuary but got a
However, we finally made it and were short on time so we rushed
through, but saw kangaroos under the trees. When we went into the main
building the man at the desk said kangaroos, wallabies and the tiny
pademelon marsupials are like Texans -- they stay in the shade during
the day and only come out at night. We also saw lots of birds including
cormorants, cranes, ibises, coots, a blue wren and another owl-like
tawny frog mouth.
geese at Serendip
at Serendip -- smallest kangaroo-like marsupial
Back into Geelong for cheese, fish and groceries and an
Then to Drysdale (next to Clifton Springs for sparkling wine. All we
missed was the Ford museum, since Fords are made in Geelong.
The dinner party was great fun. Joy had prepared many
courses including her own gravalax, and the main course was kangaroo!
Annemeike (whom I had met at a workshop at Mines) and her husband
Peter, and Joy's colleague Val. After dinner we showed off our geek
tools -- everyone was SKYPEing and I showed off the slingbox. It was
after midnight when everyone went home.
coming through Rip entrance to Phillip's Bay looking across to where
Harold Holt drowned
Loom at wool museum
One of the
first kangaroos I saw at Serendip
table before party
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