Well I don't know about you - but I really like
this banner I've done today - it took a fair while - particularly the Penny
portrait - but I really think it's one of the best - so I hope you can take a
moment to have a good look and enjoy it.
What an Easter long weekend just gone - we had all
4 seasons I think - one minute it was blowing a gale with cold wind and beating
rain - then next thing it was clear and sunny and fine boating across the bay -
only to have us battening down the hatches the next day again.
Steve & Jason from Wattunga - out where I built
the yacht all the years - were coming down on Friday - but rang and cancelled
when the rain set in - they re-arranged for Monday - only to find the day
started out pretty miserable again - and we were all closed up - on
How come all of a sudden - everyones seems to think that I
should be doing some more exercise - and losing a bit of weight - I 've had it
from various sources - (clearly all shining examples of physical fitness
themselves) - that I need to 'get fit' AGAIN. Not that you can
really argue. So yesterday I drove past a gym.
But seriously - what should occur except Doug - not only
immediately offer to lend me the use of his bike - but to up the ante even
further - by bringing it around for me first thing the next day.
You see - we just happen to have an
excellent concrete bicycle track going right past our front door and
all around the Botany Bay foreshore - so much so that - particularly on weekends
there are many hundreds of recreational cyclists and families - out and about -
many heading off from right out our front gate for the scenic
ride. The long painted lines marking the route - run straight
down the footpath outside.
So what choice did I have - but to step onboard -
and take it for a spin - and about '50 miles' later - having ridden just about
from here to Brisbane I think - we eventually put it back in Doug's shed in
the shipyard next door - with me promising to 'walk around' to use it
Thank God for all that rain and storms - these last
few days - eh.
I should point out though - that the Australian
Institute of Sport - in Canberra - has been advised of my 'return' - and there
are serious rumours already that the Olympic Cycling Team for Behjing is being
re-arranged to make room.
But who can deny
that we should all be doing a bit more exercise
- cycling - walkiing or whatever
(I think you can probably forget the marathon
running just for now)
Sunday - as things turned out - was a beautiful day
- (there's the luck of the draw) - and youu couldn't have asked for a nicer day
on the Bay - when John Meyn brought down my other speedboat - the 'old Pride
runabout'. Again - we launched it over in Kogarah Bay -
because there are no boat ramps really close to where we are. And he
then motored it over the few kilometres - and under the Captain Cook Bridge (in
the photo) - all the way to the yacht. Where I've been using
As you can see - it's an old boat - but that
Johnson 25hp that I got at an auction years ago, and had fixed up - is like
new - and in all it's years has never done many hours.
I sewed the storm covers and the folding bimini
shade cover myself - and provided you don't inspect the amateur stitching, too
close - they look pretty good.
Well they certainly do the job -
And what about those 'Club' seats I got out at
the Bartertown Tip - and bolted on to new stainless steel supports I made - the
big one holds me perfectly - and Penny likes it too.
I even sewed and fitted the red & white
vinyl pads all round.
Not to mention building that big trailer all by
myself as well
(which was for that old Harbour Putt Putt -
remember - that ended up going to the tip)
Notice how this place is starting to look a bit
'Rodney & Penny Boat Harbour'
But that red runabout - really does plane
along nicely - with 2 people (+ gear + dog) on board. I also made a super duper - big stainless boarding ladder/platform
you can see, sitting in front of the motor that just mounts straight into those special big brackets on this
side. It hangs down to below the surface - so
that even with full scuba gear on - you can swim right
up and sit on the flat platform effortlessly - take off all your stuff
- and toss it into the boat then just step straight
in. We've even dived out of it - in a rolling
swell - in the open sea - with no problem.
So now we've got the faster boat here - we may soon
take a run around to the entrance to Botany Bay - where we can have a swim - and
picnic - and you know important that has to be - in the list of things to
do. Well it's probably high on Penny's list - I'll bet.
She just loves a day out - and some grass to sniff about on - and a
good dogpaddler adventure.
OK - I'll see you later - I've got to go for
another 150 mile bike ride - before breakfast - HA!
We haven't got a basket for Penny to ride in - so
she may just have to run beside - until her little legs are worn off to the
Bye for now
('Don't make me run 150 miles')
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Sent: Tuesday, March 26, 2008 09.23
Subject: Muttley - Re-Cycled Cycle - Red Pride
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