Sunday, September 10, 2006

this is a Conservation Area

much of yesterday was a bit crummy. the heavens closed on us, grey and spitting (which actually felt quite nice, but looked sad). but when i was wandering round at 8am trying to phone the girls in london there were all these cranky looking little girls running around in shin pads, which was funny. i went to the MALL (you have to do the accent when you say that) and bought $100 worth of very boring household goods. they make the room nicer, they really do, especially the lamps and sheets, but $$$! and malls!

then long phone convers with the paternal body (communication glut!) and hughie, who i haven't spoken to since i left, and more skype with the gaurox. i feel loved.

then i went to the night market in chinatown with some of hte eng-grad kids, which was quite interesting. it was quite small and there was a stage with a closing ceremony going on, with dancing and signing and comedians (in chinese) and we had some unfamiliar food, which is all good. also a really nice barbequed corn on the cob. mmm. . .

today i got up bright and early (again) and, obeying bbb's injunction to 'get out there and do something', hit the trails by 9am. this despite the warning sign:

Remember this is a Conservation Area. Wildlife can include bears, coyotes, cougars. Beware.

as it happened, the only wildlife i saw were some squirrels, one of which got very cranky with me and sat up a tree squeaking until i went away and left it alone. they'r ekinda like possums except much smaller and quicker.

i saw views like this:




(tell me when you're sick of photos of mountains) and had a lovely long bushwalk through this strange foreign-smelling forest. it was really nice. also the first real exercise i've done in a long time. i think i will repeat again soon. and i sat on a log and meditated.

good plans for today.

16 comments:

BBB said...

Wow! gorgeous. More photos please.

Anonymous said...

So the squirrels aren't as tame as the ones in Hyde Park. They run up your leg if you offer them almonds!!!
We like looking at the photos, so dont stop putting them up
JT
XXX

Grot said...

waht are those stickky looking things?
Keep up meditation even on the good days

XXX

Anonymous said...

even the squirrels are like squirrels!

amaaazing...

Stef said...

Hi Lian,
As has been said, keep up the photo's we like seeing them. It all sounds beautiful. i'm jealous as i'm sure i'll never get to see the things you have! XOXO

Stef said...

Sorry forgot to say... Keep your eyes peeled for some other natives "MALL RATS"

Anonymous said...

I agree, don't stop the photos, I'm big on landscapes!!! It's hard to imagine you all the way over there, with so much open space to enjoy....it's very beautiful! And that warning sign would only encourage me to seek out the wildlife, - have you seen any sabre-toothed donkeys yet???

Crin xxx

Anonymous said...

So the Cougar IS an animal, - I was right! ...Then why did thay guy in the tv ad spend his "waiting-in-line-to-get-to-the-bar" time memorising which drinks he wanted, only to change his mind at the last minute and order "five cougars thanks!"???

Two gin & tonics, two vodka's, and a scotch...

Crin xxx

Grot said...

You're silly Crin. 'cougar' is the way New Zealnders say 'cigar" - the guy was a heavy smoker. Every cool person knows that.

Anonymous said...

Oh Crip, of course he was!!!

Crin

BBB said...

This fun for all the family!

Talk about liminal tropes!

gtg said...

these squirrels aren't tame at all, jt. but then again, i didn't offer them any almonds. and i had some cashews in my bag, too! next time.

i was just wondering about photos of mountains. and more mountains.

gtg said...

grot,

the sticky looking things are totem pole/sculpture things from japan. they have a sister city or something. there were topiary cranes as well. v. pretty.

gtg said...

thankyou, anon. i have control over the 'edit post' button! mwahahaha!

gtg said...

hey stef,

i totally did see mall rats! it was terrifying, the ol' mall.

good to see you here! glad you're enjoying the photos. i will try and go somewhere scenic again soon.

tine said...

ohhh those views are spectacular...!