Saturday, February 13, 2010
hike to the top
This morning we(the parent Perrets)headed to the top of the tallest geographical feature of our region..a big bump in the dirt behind us, Mt. Coolum. It is 200 some meters tall, which correlates to 673 feet. Not a really big mountain, so no packing of provisions required. We heard/read that the hike takes from 30 min to 2 hours. Promptly at 6:30 am we were out the door on our way to the trailhead. Shortly on our way up the trail we became aware we were providing brekkie for thousands of resident mozzies. We didn't have any bug spray/goo/anything but then it would have dripped off us within a few minutes as it was nearly 80 degrees already. The sign said the area was home to the peregrine falcon but the species we saw the most of was homo sapiens. All our fellow hikers were also doing the mozzie dance, which comes down to keep moving or get devoured. The view from the top was fabulous, don't you agree? It was about 30 min to the trail head and 30 min to the top so we were back home in the pool by 8:30. That part felt superb!
Friday morning I was delighted to find a yoga class in my neighborhood. Our excellent yoga instructor at the gym teaches a class at a private home just down the street from us so I was there and Tom is going to come along next week. It was incredible.... 90 minutes of yoga on the veranda, overlooking the wooded front yard, incense and music. A bush turkey foraged nearby. This is my kind of yoga! Sumptuous! I don't plan to miss any of these sessions.
Eli's first soccer practice was Friday, and he came away all smiles and said it was "perfect." He really likes the coach, and feels he is in the middle of the team in terms of ability. Looks like he will get to play goalie and he's happy about that. Around here they actually realize people are going to come watch the games so there are bleachers right next to the field!!! Isn't that an interesting concept? As a bonus the stands are shaded, protection from the sun and the frequent downpours. Yahoo. We will be watching a lot of soccer as the season last until August and then is seems like school soccer may happen after that, but we're a little vague about how that works. He continues to amaze us with his veritable lankiness, and height,he has passed me up now. Yesterday his surfboard crashed into his leg left a honkin' bruise. (didn't knock any of the teen angst out of him though,darn)
Mel is enjoying her cooking class in addition to all the music and dance she is filling her days with. We attempted to get pointe shoes yesterday but didn't come home with them as they have been ordered instead. She made some lovely bruschetta using the basil on the deck a few days ago. She has been surfing on thursdays with all the international students and even as a beginner she is doing great! Being in the ocean without a wetsuit is surely one of the umpteen joys of being in this part of the world.
As promised here is the link with some photos around our place. We'll try to add some every few weeks. g'day mates, good on ya for readin' the blog, and no worries...