Before it gets too late into 2011, I thought I should share some snippets from our post-Christmas holiday. Although we had planned on doing a bit of work between xmas and NYE, Andy and I ended up doing nothing of the sort. Instead, we read books (novels! not work-related books!) and watched movies. There was sporadic rain, but we got long enough breaks to do a bit of adventuring.
We went on a bike ride up to Aplin's Weir and watched the water rush over.
On another day we went to Pallarenda, my favourite of Townsville's two beaches. I had never actually seen the shark enclosure before - but there was still no swimming, because the shark enclosure isn't stinger-proof.
Then we stopped in at Rowes Bay for some hot chips!
On yet another day, we biked in the other direction, to the railway bridge at Oonoonba.
As you can see, the river was still *pretty* full. A few days later we took a walk to the Bowen Road bridge and the river had dropped by at least 2 metres. I didn't take the camera with us, but it was pretty crazy how quickly it fell! And good for me, because it means that the path to uni is bike-able once again and I don't have to worry about getting lost in annoying suburbs with curvy streets and endless cul-de-sacs. But anyways.
When New Year's Eve arrived, we celebrated with a feast. Rice paper rolls, all full of raw veggies and tofu...
And steamed dumplings, fill with BBQ seitan filling. They don't look that pretty, but they were light and fluffy and very tasty.
After dinner, our NYE was fairly mundane - some sparkling wine, some ginger beer, a few phone calls (to use up some bonus credit, of course), a trip to the street where we were able to see one of Townsville's fireworks from the 8pm display, and then The Truth About Cats and Dogs on telly. Given how much we had eaten, we were pretty sleepy, but we managed to stay up until midnight.
Maybe it wasn't what most people consider a fun way to spend a big party night, but at least it was in keeping with the very low-key nature of our week!