Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Lessons from cycling

  1. Take any opportunity to get out into a beautiful sunny afternoon 
  2. Barossa 'Valley' should offer some hints about the terrain 
  3. Flat to a car and flat to a bicycle are not the same thing
  4. Turns out the climb with the greatest altitude gain might be the shallowest
  5. Sometimes given exhaustion and an opportunity to give up I keep going anyway
  6. It is okay to get off and walk if you need to but...
  7. When you do get to the top of the hill the sense of accomplishment is wonderful 
  8. When you look back and realise you achieved more than you thought you were capable of the feeling is pretty good too
  9. Sometimes you may have to brake for livestock and wildlife 
  10. Bicycle mechanics are amazing, as is the difference when you add 30psi and don't have a brake jammed against the wheel
  11. If you stop cycling for several months, whatever your reasoning, walking and climbing the stairs at work will not make up for it
By the end of Autumn I will substantially improve my time and reduce the number of hills requiring contact between shoes and path.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Found Alphabet - R

If I regret anything about this letter, it's not having it found and photographed for International Talk Like a Pirate day. Because... ARRR!

I visited Port Pirie last weekend for a fundraising dinner and also went hiking with my sister at Mount Remarkable National Park where she spotted this R - really nicely defined. I'd love another chance to take this shot - maybe when wearing a fly net. The walk was lovely but that particular national park appears to have taken delivery of several cubic metres of flies. Standing still for more than a couple seconds dramatically increased the risk of inhaling a fly. *shudder*

The other R was spotted in Brisbane a while back - I do like it but wanted something taken more recently.

I'd suggest this should be the last difficult letter to find but I really want to avoid jinxing myself...

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Twilight Sparkle colour scheme bracelet

Something new to show you today - this bracelet is the first of a set I'm making using colour schemes from My Little Pony : Friendship is Magic as a theme. I've been wanting to do some themed work and with such bold colour combinations I thought this might be a good candidate. While basic colours/themes are used I'm not trying to make these a highly accurate, just having a bit of fun with them.

This one uses the colour scheme of Twilight Sparkle.

I have a few other themes I'd like to work with too but I haven't really developed the ideas for those yet.

Now back to the workbench...