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Strathbogie

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  • Day4

    Happy New Year

    January 1 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Around 13.40 I arrived in Avenel and got picked up by Marika. We went fast shopping and then to her house to eat lunch and just relax and talk a while 😊
    A round 17.00 a friend from her passed by and we kept on talking and relaxing until it was time to get ready to go to Shepparton to fast eat something and then meet up with another friend to celebrate New Year together.
    We had a really great time and had a lot of fun. Was really nice with the girls😊
    The night we spent at Abbeys place. It was a short one, but we got a really good breakfast from her grandma and then we spent half of the day at the pool 😎🏊🏼‍♀️ because it is too warm ( 38 degrees 😳) to really do something.
    In the afternoon we went back to Shepparton to pick up Marikas car and decided spontaneous to go bowling. That was really funny too and made the day to a really perfect day 😊
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  • Day5

    David Aiken Stable

    January 2 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Today I was going with the girls to the stable in the morning. We left around 5.30 in the morning. 🙈
    I actually saw an Emu standing beside the road. 😊

    First we were feeding all the horses and then they started to prepare the stuff for the first training horses. At 6.30 they were already out with the first jogging horses. They always have two horses walking behind when they are jogging them. Some of the horses are also jogging behind the car.
    There are some Kakadus flying around the farm all the time! 😊
    When all jogging horses were done they start to drive fast. Its always two horses training together. So one is always inside to prepare the horses for the next heat.
    All horses are going straight out in the paddock after they got washed. They have here blankets on the horses to protect them form the sun and flys because they can get sunburnt easily here.
    After all horses had been training we were fixing the horses that was left to fix, took in those that are sleeping inside, cleaned all and then we were done already at 13.00!

    So we went home took a cold shower, it’s around 34 degrees today 🙈 and then went to Shepparton for some shopping.
    In the evening two friends from Kima and Marika passed by and we had a great barbecue and a nice evening.
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  • Day7

    Last day in Australia

    January 4 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 41 °C

    Today is my last day here in Australia before I go to New Zealand. As always we went up early to go to the stable. It’s supposed to be over 40 degrees today so everyone was really trying to get ready as fast as possible. Luckily we had just a few jogging horses and only one horse was going fast today, Hank. He is probably the best horse they have in the stable at the moment. Really nice pacer.
    After all horses have been training we were cleaning up and finishing the last stuff that needed to be done and then we went home at 10.30 already. At that point it was already 32 degrees and you could really feel, already in the morning, that’s it’s going to be a extremely hot day today.
    So we went home, took a shower, I was washing my clothes that I had on in the stable, because I don’t want to risk to get problems to come in to New Zealand.
    We were eating lunch together and then everyone took a nab. 🙈
    It’s insane how hot it is outside 😳
    We I went out to pick up my wash I was thinking I gonna burn straight away. It’s impossible to walk outside without shoes on because your feet’s are burning away when they touch the ground.
    Around 14.30 we left to the train station. My train was supposed to go 14.55. But there was no train coming.. not even one 😳
    At 15.20 I got really nervous because I really don’t want to miss my fly. I went to a small shop close to the train station and they called the next bigger train station for me, to ask when the train is coming. Well there are no trains going today at all, because it is to hot, it’s a bus coming instead, but that one was already leaving like 10 min before. At that point I got very nervous because I didn’t really know what to do. So I called Marika, because I knew they are going to Melton to the race today and that the track is closed to Melbourne. So I was hoping they could drop me off somewhere on the way so I could take a taxi to the airport. She said she gonna ask Colleen to look it up, how we can do it best and then call me back.
    In the end Colleen, David’s wife, was picking me up and driving me all the way to the airport. I was so thankful that she was doing this for me, because I am not sure I I would have make it in time otherwise.
    When I jump into the car she said, did you notice how warm it actually is? I was just like no, but it’s extremely warm. Well we had 46 degrees at that point! 😳🥵
    This is really insane. It’s the hottest day in over 5 years in this part of Australia. And of coarse exactly when I am here for just 5 days 🙈
    On the way to the airport it was actually at one point 47 degrees.
    It took us a little bit longer then an hour to come to the airport.
    Shortly before Melbourne, we were driving up a hill and when we came to the top you could see, that the weather was chancing. In around 5 minutes the temperature was dropping from 46 degrees to just 29 degrees. Colleen told me, that this is happening sometimes in Victoria when a storm is coming in from the ocean.
    So when she dropped me off at the airport it was really nice temperature outside. 😉
    We arrived at the airport at 17.00, me fly was supposed to leave at 18.20. So I was a little bit late, but Colleen said, I would never have make it in time if I would have taken the bus.
    It was going very fast to check in and to pass the security control so I was already at my gate at 17.20!
    The fly was in the end a little bit delayed so we took off at 19.00 instead.
    The first 30-40 min was really ruff due to the bad weather outside but then everything was fine and 3 hours late, actually on time (0.00 local time) we arrived in Wellington.
    The boarder Controls was going very fast this time so I was leaving the airport already at 0.30, jumped into a taxi to my hotel and went straight to bed.😉
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  • Day6

    Stable day and races at Kilmore

    January 3 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    We got up early this morning again to go to the stable. Today I helped them feeding the horses and fix the training horses. I actually made it to put on the hobbles on my own, what I was very proud of, because it’s a very special thing that I have never seen before. They could believe it, that I already can put them on by myself 😉

    Today I helped them a lot with all, because no I know much better what needs to be done and when.
    And then Kima and David came in from a fast training and asked me, if I was ever driving a pacer before, what I was not!

    Ok then you get to drive one now! I was a little shocked, because I didn’t expect to get the chance to drive a horse here.
    So Kima and me were driving out and she told me how they are driving and all I needed to know. I got to drive Sophie, a really nice 3 year old mare that is a little bit lazy.
    What shall I say, it was amazing 😊
    The pacers a actually faster then the trotters, and when I was going out to attack Kima, it felt like we were flying 😊
    Sophie did it really good and everyone was surprised how good she was keeping up with Kimas horse. So now I hope she is making a good race on Sunday, because that was here last training before the next race 🙈

    After that we started to prepare two horses that are going to race today and fix all the stuff ready. So at 11.30 Kima and me went to Kilmore what is about one hour away from the stable. In Australia you must have a stallionbet or a chain over the nose when you walk with the horses on the racetrack at anytime. 😳
    They also want to know the names from the people that are walking the horses in to the racetrack.

    The for me biggest difference is, that they are not warming up the horses at all. 1 hour before the races you come to the racetrack, load of all the horses and stuff, get the numbers and then start to prepare the horses for the race. That’s all.
    We had two pacer with us and both was racing in the same race. I got to fix Sniffy ready and Kima was fixing Stumpy. As in France you are not allowed to be on the racetrack. So I went to a small tribune to see the race. They always have two outriders at the races. What is pretty good I think!
    The horses went very well, Sniffy was coming 2. beaten with a heat and Stumpy, who haven’t been racing for month, was coming 4. !
    So everyone was very happy with the horse 😊
    After we had the horses and stuff done, we went to eat lunch and the we were loading all and went back home. We were back at the stable at around 15.45, just loading of the horses, putting their blankets on and kicked them out in the paddock.
    Then we went home and had a calm afternoon and evening on the couch. We were all quite exhausted from the heat, it’s 33 degrees here today, and the last day.
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  • Day180

    Melbourne

    March 15, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    I didn't sleep to much on the ferry. So when I arrived in Melbourne I parked my car and slept for a few hours.

    In the meantime I got to much groceries. I reckon for 3 weeks :-o. If I getting snowed in somewhere then I know I'm gonna survive :-P.

    Both evenings in Melbourne I went to a really small cosy bar called sister bella. It was all the way in the back of an alley so normally you wouldn't find it. The beer was really cheap. You could get a jug for 10 dollars! First evening I met some Swiss, French and ofcourse German people. The second evening I met some French and afterwards some people from Brazil. One of the guys was a professional bmxer, he was regional champion in Brazil, how awsome is that!

    On the trip to tasmania, Anna told me about hungry Jacks. They have an app and you can get a deal every day. Sometimes it's free sometimes is half the price. One evening I had luck. I had free fries, free cheeseburger and milkshake for only 2 dollars. (with 2 mobiles you can get 2 different things) so that was really good!

    Unfortunately the battery I had wasn't really good because after a few hours the battery was empty. So I went back to the guy to get another one and see how this one lasts. With the fridge it should last for at least 24 hours. See if I got it right this time.

    Just before I went to Nagambie I drove on the circuit where the formula 1 drivers gonna drive in 2 weeks.
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  • Day187

    Waiting for nice weather and people

    March 22, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Since Monday morning there are to less people for an load and the weather was bad until Thursday. So there was no jumping.

    I searched a bit for work for a few days. And the only thing I could find was mystery shopping. You get paid to go to a shop and pretend if you are shopping and afterwards you have to fill in a report. There was an motorbike dealership close to the dropzone where a mystery shopper was needed. It was only 75km one way. So I said that I wanted to do it but that I want more because of the fuel I spend. In stead of $55 I asked $90 and I got it. So that was good!

    While I still was in a bigger city I found some new shoes because the old once are a bit fucked. Hopefully the new ones will last just as long.

    Tuesday evening I went to the bathroom and almost stepped on a spider with a lot of tiny babies on her back. It is an wolf spider, it can live up to 11 years in ideally conditions. From the venom form a bite you can get a red swelling, milt pain or itching. They only bite if you provoke them a lot of times. So just leave it be. Here on the dropzone are thousands of tiny Spiders and a few big ones. One bit bigger one is an golden orb spider, it's Web is total 5 meters wide and 1 meter high, Amazing to see. The golden orb spider has similar venom to the black widow but only a lot less. So you could get sick form it. This spider mainly stays in his Web. I also saw some redbacks and maybe 10 other kinds of Spiders. But as with every animal, if you leave them be then they are not gonna attack you.

    Wensday I learned how to pack an rig (backpack that contains a Parachute) because I need to be able to pack an rig for my b-licence.

    Thursday I packed a rig again just to practice. Also I did an entanglement test. All the lines are trough another and I had to get everything out within 30 minutes. I also got a call this day form a project leader of McLean farms what's located near brisbane. Prinzen sold egghandling machines to McLean. Prinzen was the company I worked for in the Netherlands. So afterall I get an job in my own branch, how awsome!

    Friday I also packed a few rigs. Just practicing for Saturday and I'm jumping again!

    Saturday I had to wait the whole morning because there was a lot of clouds and I wasn't allowed to jump with only an a license. But in the end I got on a load and did my last B-rel. It took me a while to get to the group but at last I got the dock and that was the only goal to accomplish. My landing was perfect. So I'm finished with my courses! Yeah! Now skydiving isn't that expensive anymore.
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  • Day1

    Euroa

    January 3 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    After 10 days in Rangiora we landed back in Melbourne at 11pm and promptly repacked to depart by 10am next morning with caravan in tow. As the caravan is for sale with no buyers yet we saw the opportunity to enjoy a few more days in camping mode. Euroa is about 2 hours north on the road to Sydney. Weather was promising warm conditions. That was an understatement. Stopped at Seymour for lunch. This town has a large Vietnam war memorial area. Worth visiting. Arrived in Euroa mid afternoon with temperatures in early 30's. After set up went for a walk into the village for food.
    Euroa is a small town that was bypassed by the Hume highway. It's very quiet but the small river that passes through is lovely. Not many shops but the local supermarket is a large general store selling groceries, paint, clothes,hardware and pretty much anything you may need. And a bottle store of course! The town boasts some large renovated historic buildings with placards explaining their heritage. A warm nights sleep in our caravan with small double bed and no aircon.
    The next day started very warm. 30 degrees by 10am. A river walk for us then into the camp pool. By midday it was past 40 degrees so we hopped in the car for some relief and sightseeing. A drive to Mt Wombat up a rutted track tested the vehicle clearances. At the top there was a volunteer bush fire warden watching for smoke. He was already watching 2 puffs of smoke in the distance that we couldn't see. He was in his flight tower hut with aircon which was lucky. Within 2 hours of us leaving I believe he got very busy as a large fire started a few miles away. It lasted for a few days and burnt over 10000 hectares.
    We continued a circuit to Polly McQuinns weir and dipped our feet. Was really just too hot to be outside the car by then. A coffee stop at Violet Town then back to camp and the pool which by now had quite a few like-minded people in it. Then out to an airconditioned pub for a meal. Still in low 30's when we returned to our caravan but thankfully a cool change was due overnight.
    The cool change arrived with wind, rain and 16 degrees. Talk about extremes! We also have no heating in the caravan so the wardrobe choices really contrasted to the previous days. A quiet relaxed day reading for our last day before returning home to face the first day of the 2019 work year.
    Happy New Year everyone.
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  • Day183

    Skydiving Nagambie!!!

    March 18, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    In the morning there was no breeze, nice and sunny weather. Perfect to skydive! :-D

    Because I haven't jumped for 3 months I had to shoe emergency procedures. And that's it! So not too bad. And I could do immediately a solo jump so glad with that. I did a bit of turning in the sky with my legs, nothing special and had a perfect landing!

    Second jump I had to do a solo. Because all the other jumpers did an 8-way and I'm not yet allowed to do that. But I could practice a bit more.

    Thirth jump I did an 3way with some guys, linked exit, did some formations. That was a really good jump. The fourth jump was my B-rel 4way with thesame guys and an instructor. The exit was really good. When we went to the second point everyone drifted away. And it got a bit messy, that was fun. But got together eventually and made 3 different formations so 3 points. So I got 2 things of the 4 you have to do for B-rel 6. Now only 2 unlinked exits and link. So that should be easy.

    My fifth jump was with 2 other people and practiced an unlinked exit. And the jump was perfect, we got quickly an dock and had in total 7 points. One time I came in the burble of somebody else. So then you fall out of the sky :-P.

    On the last load one guy landed with downwind and he had a lot of speed and tumbled and sliced with his landing and unfortunately disabled his shoulder. But he'll be fine in a few weeks ;-)

    Afterwards we all drunk beers and had a good chat!So a almost perfect day afterall.

    The next, day it was thesame weather so perfect!

    I got on a load but couldn't do an B-rel. So I ending up doing a 2way with some guy. That was fun. It took me the whole jump to get to him and get an dock. But we made it.

    The next jump was my B-rel stage 6 2nd time. I only had to dock as 3 or 4th. When we got out the plane. We had some separation. The dock was okay it didn't took to long and after the separation of our 1st jump one guy just dropped and he was gone. So we did 3 other points with only 3 of us. But that worked out fine. It was fun. And I passed so only one B-rel stage 6 to go. And it would be thesame as this jump just get out the plane and dock.

    The last jump of the day I did with the packer. So a 2way. We got out and got together. Got on level and did an high five. And turned 360 and again high five. With in turn I hit him it was not that hard so it was fun!.

    At the end we had do drink beer ofcourse and had a good time!. The guy who dislocated his shoulder was also on the dropzone and he was OK.

    So a good weekend with total 8 jumps and almost my B-rels done! I'll see when I can do the next one.
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  • Day1

    Bespoke Rural B & B

    June 22 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 9 °C

    Boopa had organised wonderful overnight accommodation with a bespoke rural retreat that was perched atop on of the hills and had a majestic view across the valleys below.
    Pity I didn’t get more photos of it.

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