One of the great ben­e­fits of my new job at the Starlight Children’s Foun­da­tion is the loca­tion of the Mel­bourne office: right on the Yarra Riv­er where Church Street becomes Chapel Street, in a com­mer­cial hub of the city known as Cre­morne in Richmond.

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Roaming around Wodonga/Albury

My part­ner is a crim­i­nal bar­ris­ter, and a few times a year she under­takes cir­cuits, where she trav­els to a region­al court and works there for 3–4 weeks. Some­times she’ll come home on the week­ends, some­times not, depend­ing on the dis­tance from home. This year her Wodon­ga cir­cuit has run for the past four weeks, and I’ve joined her for this last week to spend some time togeth­er rid­ing around the area, both with her and on my own.

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Planning a tour of the Apple Isle: Tasmania 2022

With inter­na­tion­al bor­ders closed (for Aus­tralians, any­way) until god-only-knows-when, and a nice local trip look­ing very attrac­tive as an intro­duc­tion to tour­ing for my part­ner Danielle, we’ve been plan­ning a Tas­man­ian East Coast cycling trip for a few months now. We’ve out­lined a nice 15-leg route that will take us 13–14 days in total rid­ing, across per­haps three weeks (giv­en rests and sightseeing).

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“Tell ‘im he’s dreamin’!” Dealing with lockdown boredom by prepping for Europe

Vic­to­ria is cur­rent­ly in our fourth COVID-19 lock­down, and I find myself sit­ting inside, on a chill but sun­ny Sun­day after­noon in late autumn, prepar­ing for a Euro­pean bike tour that might nev­er even­tu­ate, but even if it does, cer­tain­ly won’t for quite a few years. So why both­er plan­ning it at all? Well, pri­mar­i­ly the answer to that ques­tion at the moment is: I’m bored shit­less. But I also need some­thing to look for­ward to.

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Spinal Injury & Recovery

Back on the bike and about to wet a line again!

The past fort­night has been a big change from a recov­ery per­spec­tive, some things have regressed a lit­tle and oth­er areas are rapid­ly improving.

The pain has regressed some­what. It was to be expect­ed as I low­ered my nar­cot­ic lev­els that the under­ly­ing pain would sur­face, but it has been hard to go back­wards in areas like sleep. On the oth­er hand, my trip to the phys­io­ther­a­pist cer­tain­ly paid div­i­dends and I have been able to help out more around the house, which with a trou­ble­some teenag­er reluc­tant to con­tribute, has been a good thing for our fam­i­ly dynamic.

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Making my mother proud at my university graduation ceremony

Although I fin­ished my bachelor’s degree and was award­ed my tes­ta­mur (cer­tifi­cate) in Decem­ber, I had my actu­al grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mo­ny today out at the Mt. Helen Cam­pus of Fed­er­a­tion Uni­ver­si­ty. Present with me were some unlucky fel­low grad­u­ates who fin­ished theirs at the end of 2019, forced to wait for their phys­i­cal cer­e­mo­ny for a year and a half due to COVID-19.

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Book Cover of Batavia by Peter FitzSimons

Reading Batavia by Peter FitzSimons: Makes Lord Of The Flies seem tame

Batavia is the amaz­ing true sto­ry of a trea­­sure-laden flag­ship of a fleet owned by the Dutch East Indies Com­pa­ny (Vereenigde Oost­indis­che Com­pag­nie or VOC). The Batavia and its accom­pa­ny­ing ships embarked on a nine month jour­ney to Batavia (known today as Jakar­ta, in Indone­sia) in 1628–29, on a mis­sion to trade in the lucra­tive exot­ic spices that shaped that era of explo­ration and ulti­mate­ly changed the world. Tragedy befalls the ship and its crew before they reach their port of des­ti­na­tion, and may­hem quick­ly ensues amongst a crew of des­per­ate mis­fits and malcontents.

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Leather handlebar wrap with waxed linen whipping

Tiny Garmin ANT+ dongle wallet

Kangaroo LARP sword sheath

Travel journal for Robyn and Rodney

Carved leather pirate belt for Tim

Jarrah and glass display box

Fishermen’s stool

Leather saddle bag and key holder

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