Saturday, February 28, 2009

Crazy busy

It's been all go here since I got back and my blogging has suffered!  I've been in the dive shop pretty much all day every day and by the time I get home I just don't want to do anything but collapse.

Dave left for Kalbarri on Thursday for the annual fishing competition and he says the weather is beautiful so far.  He'll be home on Tuesday-ish ... hopefully with lots of great stories and a fish or two.  And, yes, one day it would be nice if we could both find a getaway that we both want to do so we can have a holiday together!  Been awhile since we've done that.

I haven't had any energy to work on the next installment of My Big Trip '09...maybe this week.  I have so much to report on and so many photos to share: Ushuaia, Beagle Channel, Chilean'll just have to be patient a little longer!

I've also been busy with enquiries and client meetings for upcoming weddings and photo sessions.  I haven't had much time to get out and shoot, but I have stalked the animals a few times.

Harry really loves being in front of the camera

for about two seconds and then he's pretty much done

He's not too subtle about his feelings, either

Boof was also having a little attitude problem the other day

Lobo was a better, if not eager, poser

but he's so lazy it's hard for him to really stay awake!

Although if something really exciting happens he can force himself to pay attention


The Girls had a big cuddle fest with their Dad one night

MatildaLily is still convinced that Dora just truly can't be without her

The three of us were able to get out to the beach for a good romp one morning while Dave was in the dive shop for a couple of hours. He has his back room set up really well and can tinker up there all day while still keeping an eye on the sales floor and phones...the wonders of technology. One day I'll take some photos but I'll let him tidy it up first!

The beach break was much needed by all involved and both Girls were super good about getting back in the car at the end of it. They expended a lot of energy being the delicate flowers that they are

There must have been some wonderful things buried as both of them spent an inordinate amount of time snuffling and digging

On the whole they were pretty pleased with themselves

There are a ton of kangaroos around. Too bad I didn't have the camera ready as they were sitting on the side of the road, posing perkily. By the time I stopped the car, rolled down the window and had the camera turned on they had hopped into the bush a little too far, but you can still tell they are roos!

Tilly's been moderately good lately...only a little destruction. She's obsessed with all things plastic - especially plastic bottles and tubes of stuff. She scavenged another of Dave's foot cream tubes and completely mangled it

and if you didn't know her better, you'd swear she was really sorry this time

Dora continues to ignore her

which can be difficult

On the up side, Dora gets to practice her "Poor Pitiful Me" looks

We are gearing up for season and expect to start getting busier at the shop in the next few weeks. We have been out diving most days with clients and have also been running a few course. We have a whole new team of dive master trainees and all of them are extremely nice and very keen to pitch in. They really make things nicer all round and we're hoping that the new instructor's we hire will continue to build on this great vibe we have going.

I was able to take a few photos just before the sun came up the other day as I ran some errands before work. Have I mentioned lately how much I detest Daylight Savings Time? It truly sucks for us here in the north. These were all taken just before 7am...that's just wrong to have it that dark, that late during summer! Thank god we only have another month of it left.

This is the multi-zillion dollar bridge out at the revamped Exmouth Marina development.

I trekked to the new addition of the Novotel Ningaloo to see what those units would have as an early morning view and it's just gorgeous, even from the parking lot

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