Tie me kangaroo down sport...

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Happy September folks! Can't believe that's me been here for almost three months now - it's flown in. But, three months or not, can you believe I only saw a kangaroo for the first time last week??

I mentioned to Jacqui that I hadn't seen a single Roo since I arrived and she told her husband Dale, who of course immediately set out to correct that. We took a drive up to Eden Park which is a bit further out in the bush, where Dale grew up (and an area that was very narrowly missed by the Black Saturday fires). We had been in the area for about five minutes when we spotted a few grazing in a field. They were just lying there, not doing much - bit boring really, so we kept on driving until we found a group of them further away. It was obviously a family, two of them were quite small, one was medium sized and the other was the kangaroo equivalent of a brick shit house. The muscles on the big one were unbelievable - you could see them from really far away. Dale stopped the car and we got out so we could get a bit closer to them - Jac and Lara stayed in the car because they were scared. Well, they probably weren't scared but if you piss a kangaroo off you do run the risk of dying a very painful death. The males are vicious and they can physically lean back on their tails and will attack you with their massive hind legs - what they generally do is aim to rip your stomach out. Not so cute.

Anyway, at the time I obviously wasn't thinking about that or else I would have been halfway back to Epping, so Dale, Bailey and I trooped into this field, climbing over fences and jumping across ditches (I actually felt like I was back up in Aberdeen trying to find a scoop for the Evening Express) to get up close and personal with the roos. I only had my phone with me and the photos didn't turn out too well but next time I'm up in that area I'll make sure I've got my camera to get some decent pictures. They are the weirdest looking creatures - as soon as they saw us approaching them the two little joeys starting bouncing off towards the trees and the mother soon followed them - they're so funny to watch - but the male reared right up on his hind legs and just eyeballed us. I swear to God, he was HUGE, but what made it funny was his little gay looking front paws. They're tiny and look totally useless and strange compared to the rest of their bodies. I actually did start to shit myself at one point because he didn't follow after his family straight away - instead he came closer to us, circling around us. I just kept thinking "go for Dale, go for Dale, he could take you..." all the while grabbing onto Bailey's hand getting ready to make a run for it with him if the beast came too close haha. Dale can look after himself.

Last Sunday was Father's Day over here so we had a big family lunch - the people at the bar we went to must have thought "oh shit" when we trooped through the door - all 19 of us, including three babies. Happy days. My cousin Scott enjoys winding me up because he's a Rangers fan (he's the only one in my entire family, and he only did it to annoy his dad but now he has me to grind as well) and he shouted me over on Sunday to show me his little boy Campbell's new t-shirt. It said "Me and my Dad are Rangers Mad" I was disgusted haha. Poor little Campbell, he's only 1 he doesn't know what's going on but Scott should be ashamed of himself.

Work's been so busy lately but it's good - my week flies in and there's always something going on at the weekends. The weather's getting warmer now and it looks like summer's just around the corner so more day trips are getting organised. Next weekend I'm going up to Echuca, which is on the border of Victoria and New South Wales, for my friend Kristy's hen weekend. Guaranteed to be entertaining - we've booked a marquee for Ladies' Day at the races on Saturday and on Sunday we're spending the whole day at the spa (www.madisonspa.com.au) getting pampered - and I think we'll need it because Saturday is going to be a heavy day on the sauce! I've got Monday off work to recover, good thinking on my part!

This Sunday I've got my first grading for martial arts woohoo! I'm excited about finally getting some colours haha! After grading everyone hits the pub for drinks to celebrate...so I'm thinking perhaps I should've booked this monday off work as well! Anyways, wish me luck and I'll let you know how I got on next week! ;-)

Over and out, love you all xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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