408. Sunday 8th February 2015. The co-pilot arrives home from Lightning Ridge and computer problems…

Wednesday 4th February

Weather reports advised that a cyclone Ola, well off the coast, was creating huge swells destined to hit the coast today. The expected 5m swells did not happen but all those surfers who took the day off for “Big Wednesday” (as the surf pundits were calling the day) still enjoyed themselves. I drove to Burleigh Heads and joined hundreds of other spectators watching surfriders,

Burleigh Heads.

Burleigh Heads.

Burleigh Heads National Park walking track was closed due to a bushfire late last year followed by a landslide after heavy rain. Surfer made their own muddy path to a launch site on the rock headland.

Burleigh Heads National Park walking track was closed due to a bushfire late last year followed by a landslide after heavy rain. Surfer made their own muddy path to a launch site on the rock headland.

Surfers had to brave a few obstacles in order to launch themselves into the surf then try to paddle against the waves without being washed back onto the rocks.

Surfers had to brave a few obstacles in order to launch themselves into the surf then try to paddle against the waves without being washed back onto the rocks.

Big waves require big courage.

Big waves require big courage.

Surfers Paradise from Burleigh Heads.

Surfers Paradise from Burleigh Heads.

Saturday 7th February

Grrr!

Spit!

Hisss!

Grizzle!

Harrumph!

Spit Spit Spit.

On Monday I put my laptop into the repairman. I needed the keyboard replaced, Windows re-installed as a 64 Bit instead of the 32 Bit which it was previously running. It was running slow. As part of the process of re-installing windows I lose all my other programs and data so everything has to be backed up from scratch. OK I can live with that. However, I had been caught before and was caught again. When Windows is re-installed it does not include all the updates over the last 5 years. As well the re-installation re-sets my preferences. The preference which I conveniently forgot was that Windows would do automatic updates not the option to find updates and let me choose which ones I want. As soon as I connected to the internet Windows jumped in and did the updates. It used up 9.5Gb of download and my monthly allowance is only 8Gb! All my internet usage was gobbled up in one transaction.

Grrr!

Also some of my more recent photos and word documents just seemed to disappear. Especially items which I created AFTER the laptop was returned to me.

Boo Hoo.

Donnis arrived home after an epic 12 hour drive.

Yee Har!

She took more and longer rest breaks but was still rather tired when she arrived. It is hard to settle down and relax after driving and concentrating all those hours.  She was was hyper active but could not stay still long enough to even watch the news on TV. After a shower and dinner she went to bed.

Sunday 8th February

After a breakfast of blueberry pancakes we  looked at Donnis  photos of her view of Lightning Ridge and Goodooga before she went back to bed.

Telstra have agreed to top up my 8Gb of download for free but so far 24 hours later it has still not happened.

Sob Sob.

In the afternoon Telstra finally got my download speed back to normal and promise me it will stay that way.

The following photographs are are few different viewpoints of Lightning Ridge and nearby Goodooga (Population 181)

Lightning Ridge -Population ?

A house made of beer cans, bottles and a form of mud bricks. The house was built in 1977 at the loneliest site at Lightning Ridge = the original shaft area.

A house made of beer cans, bottles and a form of mud bricks. The house was built in 1977 at the loneliest site at Lightning Ridge – the original shaft area.

Julie photographs Mick, another nurse friend, through a window of the beer can house.

Julie photographs Mick, another nurse friend, through a window of the beer can house.

Back in 1977 when this house was built beer cans were mostly steel, not aluminium as we know them now. Those older style cans have rusted in position in the wall. The coloured bottles used in parts of the wall are still as vibrant as when they were first used.

Sunset at the first shaft at Lightning Ridge.

Julie photographs the sunset at the first shaft at Lightning Ridge.

Barren sunset

Barren sunset

Goodooga

Welcome to Goodooga.

Welcome to Goodooga.

The mostly dry Bukhara River comes alive after one good storm.

The mostly dry Bukhara River comes alive after one good storm.

Old buildings and signposts at Goodooga an Aboriginal settlement about 60 Klms north of Lightning Ridge.

Old buildings and signposts at Goodooga an Aboriginal settlement about 60 Klms north of Lightning Ridge. Look closely and you can see a faded mural on the wall. The mural depicts what appears to be an outback style hotel and the word centenary and what appears to be  drovers moving a herd of cattle.

Old petrol pumps at Goodooga.

Old petrol pumps at Goodooga.

080215 emu

and finally…

Could not agree more.

Could not agree more.

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