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Okay, folks. Were on our way to Sydney on Saturday. Both the bikes are loaded on the pickup and ready to go. I can either be Scootagal or Ducatigal, or even Bowtiegal (as in the Chevy badge!) take your pick!
Im booked in for the Scotty latte art workshop on the 15th of July at Di Bartoli! Cant wait for that one!
So, does anyone in Sydney want to meet up sometime?
As for the Melbournites, Ill just see you at the regular hangouts Im sure. Therell be a trip to Torquay in the offing too I daresay! ;)
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Gee Scoots, or Duke, or Bowtie...
While your at it ,
how about a quick visit to the our lovely island, Tassie,
we have some great roads, (especially when they are dry) ;)
Wouldnt take long to get around on the Duke ;)
looking forward to it!! just let me know so I can be here!!!
Hey Scoota gal- South is SOUTH isnt it.
Do what Bullitt suggested and come for a visit!
Tasmania is beautiful this time of year.
And the coffee is magnificent here in Burnie.. if you know where to go.
Where will you be in Sydney Scoots?
Would it be better to meet up in Bondi Junction a little before you start the course at Di Bartoli?
Ill be in the St George Shire, Oatley to be precise, TG. If Di Bartoli are up for that, then that would be a good idea too.
Hey Scoota, Oatley is just around the corner from Sylvania. If youre about on Sat 14th, you could always call round for the beanbay collection and brunch.Originally Posted by scoota gal link=1183640529/0#6 date=1183724188
Yep, Tasmania is a beautiful place, but 10 layers of thermal fleecy underwear and several top coats and gloves would make the scenery more "picture-skewer".Originally Posted by rayzurhed link=1183640529/0#4 date=1183699770
(Still thawing out from last year -- mid November -- with 11degree top temperatures capped off by an insane open boat trip to the southern ocean to spot whales. Brrrrr.
But Id do it again!!)
That sounds like heaven to me with temps heading into the mid 30s here!!Originally Posted by robusto link=1183640529/0#8 date=1183727881
Java "Oh for some cool air!!" phile
My best man was complaining two weeks ago that Darwin was experiencing a cold snap.
It got down to 22C (72F).
At the same time, thats what my thermostat was set at to warm up the house in Sydney.
Heh, if it drops below 20C, you start seeing ski jackets. You dont see any snow however.
Im good to single digits without a jumper. When it gets to zero, I stop wearing shorts.
Arent things in danger of dropping off at those temperatures if you take your shorts off?
Originally Posted by nunu link=1183640529/0#11 date=1183778136
Hmmmm. Must be quite a sight for the neighbours, Nunu.
I roasted yesterday morning and when I fired up the digital thermometer- it read 3.4 degrees...
No wonder I need 2 heat guns for 800 grams!
But its warm inside.
AND there is nothing like espresso to warm you up on a cold morning.
That IS cold. At 3.4 degrees, it is warmer in the fridge!
Only if theres a good wind! ;DOriginally Posted by Thundergod link=1183640529/0#12 date=1183782327
Java "Give me single digits over 30s any day!!!" phile
Very funny Javaphile. * ;D
At the moment, *after weeks of miserable cold, wet weather, Id happily trade places with you. *Oh, to be on a sundrenched beach *with a balmy breeze wafting around my own shorts and hand outstretched for another cold beer. *[smiley=vrolijk_1.gif]
Beach? in Minnesota? Lotsa lakes, but a long way from the beach.
Send me the ticket!!! Ill swap with ya in a heartbeat!!! ;DOriginally Posted by robusto link=1183640529/15#17 date=1183804137
Balmy breezes are great, but its beyond balmy here today. My thermometer is showing 102F in the shade. Combined with the high humidity theres just one word for it FUGLY!!
Java "Hiding from the heat" phile
Hhhhmmm.....So for it to be a beach it has to be on the ocean? And here I always thought a beach was simply the area where a body of water met the land. Like the one less than a mile from me. ;DOriginally Posted by nunu link=1183640529/15#18 date=1183817265
While people generally know that Alaska has the longest coastline of any of the states all too frequently the term coastline gets changed to shoreline when this fact is being quoted. The two terms do not mean the same thing.
Alaska does indeed have the longest coastline of any of the states, but it only has roughly half the shoreline that Minnesota has.
To give you an idea of just how much shoreline Minnesota has if you were to go to your favorite coastal beach and start following the shoreline you would have to walk all the way around Australia not once, not twice, but over 4 times before you had walked the distance of of Minnesotas shorelines. Excluding offshore islands Australia has 34,218kms of coastline. Counting only permanent lakes of 10 acres or more in size there is over 145,000kms of shoreline in Minnesota. :)
Java "Plenty of beaches here!" phile
When you live nowhere near the ocean, you can call anything a beach. Even the man-made ones at waterparks will qualify.
I do understand where youre coming from. Minnesota is completely filled with potholes. Each one has a beach.
Nah, Alaska is filled with potholes. Minnesota is filled with Glacial drift and finger lakes. ;DOriginally Posted by nunu link=1183640529/15#21 date=1183866433
As I recall the average lake size here is 300 acres and while most run less than 100 feet Lake Superior is over 1,200 feet deep.
Java "Full of odd stats" phile
Methinks the threads been attacked by thread pirates! I had a laugh!
Geez, go away for a couple of days and look what happens! :D ;D
Hey, Dennis, that sounds like a good idea! Might just do it before I head off to Di Bartoli for the workshop!
Nah, we were just keeping it active until you returned and filled us in on your adventures! ::) 8-) ;DOriginally Posted by scoota gal link=1183640529/15#23 date=1183957961
Java "Looking around innocently" phile
hey scooter girl sounds like a stack of fun i know youl have fun on the duke i yousto to have a 93 model 900
there rough and ready to ride try the black spur ride in victoria if you want your hart rate up there
Twelve hundred feet deep!! :oOriginally Posted by Javaphile link=1183640529/15#22 date=1183872376
Here in Victoria, the Gippsland Lakes are Australias largest, and only some 20 ft (6 metres) at the deepest. Even Port Philp Bay is so shallow supertankers are scraping the bottom! :-?
So as not to let the thread pirates take control of this ship, heres a picture of my recent adventure in Sydney. This was our jaunt down to Cronulla. We had an earlier coffee at Grind (note that that is NOT Grinders!) in Cronulla. Worth the trip and the posing to do so. Actually, parking for bikes was far better than parking for cars. That is when the Ambulance Rescue vehicle is not taking up the spots! ::)
Hi Scoota gal, so how was your trip? Any tales to tell? Where are you now?
Phew! Good to see you didnt have a run-in with the Bra Boys!Originally Posted by scoota gal link=1183640529/15#28 date=1185451162
Wouldnt happen to be in the fire brigade would you?Originally Posted by aaarrrnnn link=1183640529/30#30 date=1185453728
NE14COFFEE, Im still away. Currently still housesitting in Melbourne. Today we went and visited the Yarra Valley, where we had a "snickerdoodle", amongst other yummy things!
Ive done a Latte Art Workshop with Scott Callaghan in Sydney, which was great and I highly recommend anyone to get to one if they can!
Ive visited Veneziano a couple of times, had lunch with the boss (aka Andy) before he headed up to Sydney for Aroma fest and done just a tad of shopping! :D
So, thats just some of the adventure so far. Ive still got a couple more weeks to go!
Hi Scoota, you sound nice and relaxed - good for you!
When you do come back will you be staying in Sydney again or going straight home?
Hows the bike going and do you have to duck when going through doorways with that supersized conehead helmet of yours? ;D
Geez Scoota, Melbourne already has one Yellow Peril... now looks like we have two.
I had a laugh! Robusto!
Sadly, I dont have the bike down here with me. It is being bikesat by a very good friend (along with the scoot and the Chev!) in Sydney! And with the way the weather has been down here in Melbourne, Ive not really missed it! As it was cheaper to fly and the logistics involved in parking a rather large pickup in inner city Melbourne was just too mind bogling, I picked the easy option and flew down! (and yeah, my arms were really tired...:D)
Should be back in Sydney about the 5th of August, where I will have another week there before heading home.
I find that the helmet helps me to wade through the maddening crowds...Want another visit, Dennis?? ;)
Maybe well have to set up another Sydney CS gathering before you go.
Something not so far south perhaps?
Yeah sure Scoota - will have the giotto warmed up
Im up for a sydney CS get together. Not so far south would help too!
You sure have been busy scoota gal, bet you cant wait to get back to your own bed (and coffee gear of course).
I had a laugh! Are you guys saying that Melbourne is too far south for you!? :D ;D
No, seriously, put up your suggestions. (as long as its NOT Bondi Junction! I had a laugh! That place is IMPOSSIBLE to drive a Chevrolet Pickup through!!)
I have been busy! But Ive only been visiting the very best of places whilst in Melbourne. (Read that as Veneziano!) Today I met the famous Luca! ;) Nice to meet you, Luca! And he did make me a nice coffee or two, even invited me to have a go on the Ducati yellow machine but I declined...after all, I AM on holidays! I had a laugh!
Dont have to go too far to get back to my own machine, either. It awaits me back in Sydney!! (yes I brought it that far so I could use it at the Latte Art Workshop - I know, I know, any excuse to pack it up and bring it away on holidays!)
Hey Scoota I think its time for you to update this thread with tales of your return!
Do ya miss me? ;) :P
I was just waiting for someone to ask! :D
I had a great trip home! With the ute fully loaded with bike, scooter, coffee machine and even some ski clothes amongst other things (a whole lot of new cushions too, so if I crashed, Id have a really soft landing!) I had a pretty cruisy trip up over the Blue Mountains. I find it a far better way to go, even if it is a bit longer. You get out of the traffic a lot quicker as by the time you get over the mountains, youre back in the country! The other way via the F3 tends to have a lot more traffic for a whole lot longer!
I had a brief stop in Mudgee and lunched there with my girlfriend (who resides in Mudgee) at the Butcher Shop cafe, however, the female barista that has been there in the past was not working and the bosss coffees were just not as good, sadly! And I even gave him two chances to get it right!
Then did the last four hours home no problems! So, yep, I did the whole trip in one day but driving has always been a enjoyable thing for me and I can happily do it for ages without a break. When I did get home it was great to find everthing still here!
I offloaded the scooter and took the truck and bike down to the local John Deere dealership where they have a big ramp that you can lower and raise to the right height. My friend helped me get the bike off and one of the mechanics who is also a bike fan also gave a hand. Not that I really needed it but if it makes them feel good...well who am I to stop them!? I had a laugh! My friend later told me that all the blokes there thought I must have brought the Duke back for him and so didnt they get a surprise when I got on the bike and rode off on it! :D
So, the best thing about coming home...
Well apart from finally being back in my own bed, haha!
I got a NEW grinder at work! YAY! A very shiny Mazzer Super Jolly! Picked out by me! (With a little help from Chris of course!)
My boss had rung up whilst I was still in Sydney, giving me the mission of getting a new grinder as the old Boema had kind of fallen apart. So, I just thought, yep, I know who to call! ;) Knew I could save myself a heap of time and hassle and just contact Chris, so a couple of emails and phonecalls later and a new grinder was on its way.
So, all this past week while I was getting the "SO glad youre back" speeches from happy customers, I could show off my "Welcome Home" present! :D ;D
Well, theres got to be some benefit to coming back to work!
And yeah, Dennis. Im missing ya! :D :P :-* But not the Sydney traffic, however... ::)
Good to hear from you Tam - sounds like you had a nice journey. The Mazzer is a cool addition.
Are you charging more for your coffees now that you have improved your artwork??
G;ad you miss me cause I miss you too. Was going to do the :-* smiley in my previous post, but didnt want to embarras you...I had a laugh :)