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Mt Magog to Mt Talyuberlup

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Mt Magog on the left, Mt Talyuberlup on the RightThe day after my birthday we decided to revist a hike we did around the same time in 2007: climb Mt. Magog in the Stirling Ranges, and then trek across the ridge to Mt. Talyuberlup, and then down to the road, and back along to the Mt. Magog carpark.

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July 25th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

Porongorups – Nancy Peak Circuit

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Brett on the peak, leaning nochalantly against a rock

Brett on the peak, leaning nochalantly against a rock

Out and about again on Sunday; this time returning to the Porongurups (small mountain range between Albany and the Stirling Range), and doing the Nancy Peak circuit. You can go either direction; this time we opted to start in the East-ish side, which climbs into forest with tall trees and healthy looking regrowth since a fire a few years ago. There were strong gusty winds on the the peak, which has the common granite boulders typical of the area. We enjoyed a cup of tea and watched twin banks of heavy cloud roll over the Albany township to the South, and the Stirling Ranges to the North. Then we were off again, down again and around onto a wide track large enough to accomodate vehicles. Walk took about two hours.

Quite a lot of fungi about, but didn’t go mad photographing them this time … sometimes it is nice just to walk!

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June 29th, 2009 at 9:23 am

Absent Mindedness

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Yesterday I investigated The Dome café in Albany, and enjoyed their Wi-Fi, a peppermint tea and a big bowl of their lovely potato wedges.

People who know me well will be amused (yet unsurprised) to learn that I absent-mindedly dipped a wedge into my peppermint tea instead of the sweet-chilli-sauce; and furthermore, I came disturbingly close to taking a sip of sweet-chilli-sauce instead of my peppermint tea!

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May 27th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

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Mt Hassell

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On Sunday, we did the first climb in the Stirling Ranges this year! We did Mt Hassell, which is a relatively quick and easy one (847m according to Wikipedia). We took about an hour getting to the top, and 35 minutes back down — to be home in time for lunch (herb bread cheesies with warming tomato and capsicum soup) with friends.

We took the wombats with us, and as usual, they entertained us with their antics.

Brett on Mount Hassell

There’s Mt Toolbrunup in the background, and me with my new haircut, which was particularly awful this time :-(

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May 27th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Writing Group

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Made the first move in my attempt to start a “Speculative Fiction Writers Group” in Albany. I’d been thinking about the idea some time before we left on holiday, but shied away from doing anything as leaving the district for a month would kill any momentum stone dead. So, yesterday I printed up some notices with my contact email, and have arranged to be in The Dome on Saturday 30th of May to meet anyone who might be interested.

Nothing may come of it — my brother is a member of the KSP Writers’ Centre Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers, and he tells me that despite being in the general metropolitan area, it struggles for membership and interest. However, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained”, and I have hopes.

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May 18th, 2009 at 5:10 pm