Tuesday, 3 July 2007

Pasha Bulker

Well, that's good news! The Pasha Bulker, the stranded freight carrier off Nobby's Beach at Newcastle, was finally pulled free of the reef and beach at 9.35 Monday night! Yay! \o/

The Pasha Bulker has finally been pulled free from the Newcastle sandbar where it has been stranded for more than three weeks... Cheering could be heard from the deck of the 40,000 tonne coal carrier as it quickly moved to deeper waters, in what was the third attempt to refloat the ship off Nobbys Beach... The ship moved off silently, with no noise as it came off the reef. The first sound that could be heard from the ship was a "yahoo" from one of the members of the salvage team... The ship's rudder looks to be badly damaged, with its base showing signs of its impact against the reef shortly before the ship came to rest on the sandbar... The propeller is twisted and almost worn away, but it will be morning before divers can inspect the full extent of the damage. (Source)

I'm really glad my gloomy predictions about it being stuck there forever have been proved wrong. I can handle that heh heh.
I don't really wanna talk about the fact that I won't be able to see very much of my own children during these school holidays. I'll just get really really upset even more than I already am. Being a divorced dad who's been replaced sux majorly.

However, rather than going off on some emo rant... I receieved SJ and Ix's mid-year school reprts today - and they're going really really well. Ix [who's 8 1/2] is still adjusting going up to the 'bigger class' this year [there's about 15 students from 3rd to 6th class in one group], but he's getting there. But yeah, basically they're doing very consistently in their work and socializing around their school. Excellent! That gives me such a comnfort to know they're in a great little school community.

Monday, July 02, 2007

1. Do you do your own laundry or do you send it out? Definitely do my own. I've got mum's washing machine here, which gets a good workout at least once if not twice a week. My clothesline is about 75% undercover, so even in this cooler weather I can get my washing dry pretty easily. I haven't used a laundrymat in years, not since when I was first seperated and living in a caravan in the middle of winter - no washing mashine handy then. Oh ya, and I do all my own ironing too. I mean - who else there is to do it if I don't, hmmm?

2. Do you laundry at your home or a laundromat? At home [see above comment! lol]

3. Are there certain articles of clothing that you need to have dry-cleaned on a regular basis? No, not really. Everything that needs to be cleaned I can usually get done here. My dress jacket and things like that don't need a dry clean, as they don't get worn enough to get 'dirty' as such.

4. How often do you do laundry? Is there a certain day of the week that you consider "laundry day?" My housemate used to have her dayoff on a Wednesday, which was her laundry day. I tried to make mine Mondays [I did mine yesterday, actually], but nowdays it's usually anyday that is clear enough to do it. My new housemate does his totally randomly.

5. Do you iron your clothes as you pull them out of the dryer or do you wait until just before you wear the clothing to iron? Clothes dryer? What's that? No, I usually iron stuff as I need to.

6. Do you hang your clothes outside to dry or do you dry them in a dryer? Outside in the sun, when there is some at this time of year. There's no clothes dryer here... don't need one. If things aren't drying well enough on the line, I just place them on a clothes drying rack inside for a little while, and that finishes them off, before I will put them away.

7. Do you own things that need to be hand-washed or do you try to avoid buying things that you can't wash in the washing machine? No hand washing things here... although when I was living at Wyong I had no easy access to a machine, so often I'd hand-washing all my clothes... it wasn't always a success either. 'Washing day' really was washing *day*!

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  1. Sounds like you are quite busy when you do laundry too:)It is not one of my favorite things to do but has to be done right?
    Have a great Monday

  2. I wonder how it just sits up straight..hmmmm

  3. Hey Mal,

    Just dropping by to say 'Hi'. Hope all is well!

    The Pasha Bulker has become part of Newcastle folklore now. The local council are lobbying for the rudder that was left to be saved for a museum rather than being sent off for scrap metal. I am sure we will never hear the end of it!