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Clean Up Australia Day was last Sunday. So, did we manage to Change the World for Ten bucks? Did we take part in Clean Up Australia Day. Well, the short answer is no, but not for lack of trying.

Sunday morning dawned and Andrew and I rose bright and early. I'd done the necessary research on the website. There was a clean up site right outside our apartment block. Apparently, we could rock up, sign up and join in. We donned our rubber gloves and covered ourselves in sunscreen. We were ready to get out there and pick up rubbish.

Of course, when we got out there it was a different story. We walked up and down Sydney Park Road, and tried in vain to locate the registration site, or even other volunteers. In the end, we gave up and went to brunch at Succulent. I cleaned my plate on Clean Up Australia Day. Does that count? It certainly doesn't make me feel good about myself.

Addendum: Since Sunday morning they have cleaned up part of Sydney Park Rd. All the rubbish from an alcove on the footpath has disappeared and a Clean Up Australia Day poster has been taped up on the wall. We missed out.

jess - 8th Mar 2006, 11:11 tags: wearewhatwedo

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Babies! Davina and I lunched with Matt and Sharon on the weekend. Yes, we were there for a baby fix (we still love you Matt and Sharon!). Jack is 6 weeks old, growing fast and is very cute.

I got up very early on Saturday morning to whip up a lambykins as a present for Jack. It's made from polar fleece and corduroy. I love the colour combination of chocolate and blue. I hope Jack enjoys his new pillow. Lambykins may be slightly soggy for the next little while.

jess - 6th Mar 2006, 11:11 tags: kids jack craft lambykins

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We had a bit of excitement in Erko last weekend; the empty warehouse at the end of our street burnt down.

I don't think I've ever seen so much activity on our street. Six fire engines screamed past with sirens blaring. The Police were out directing traffic. Residents wanted in on the action, either hanging over balconies, or going for a wander to get a closer view.

Andrew and I watched for a while and then decided to go to brunch. The grumbling from our tummies was louder than the sirens of the Fire Engines.

jess - 3rd Mar 2006, 11:11 tags: photography local-news

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I was recently given the book Change the World for Ten Bucks through Bookcrossing. The book lists 50 actions that you can do to make the world a better place. These actions don't take a lot of time to do, they don't inconvenience you in a big way and they don't cost you any money (some of them actually save you money).

I've decided to make a concerted effort to complete three actions, from the list of 50, that I haven't done before. They are: I'll keep you updated on my progress. Why don't you review the list and see what you can do to make the world a better place?

jess - 24th Feb 2006, 11:11 tags: wearewhatwedo

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Click to watch a Hang Glider take off

Life is a bit crazy at the moment. Work is very busy, we're playing a lot of Frisbee and we're trying to fit in a social life somewhere as well. When it all gets too much I like to think back to my last truly, relaxing day. A few weeks ago, Andrew and I had lovely trip home from our southern camping adventure. It was one of those halcyon days; the sun was shinning, the sky was blue and I was happy to be alive and spending such a beautiful day with the boy I love.

Our return journey was filled with lots of my favourite things. We browsed in Berry and picked up baked goodies from The Original Berry Bakery for lunch. We ate lunch in a park in Kiama and threw the Frisbee around in the sunshine. I had a scoop of Stairway to Heaven from the Kiama ice creamery. We marvelled at the number of Vintage Cars travelling in the opposite direction. We took the scenic route home and used the new bridge road at Coal Cliff. We stopped at Stanwell Tops to watch Hang Gliders and Paragliders take off and soar through the air (click the thumbnail to the left to watch a hang glider take off). And best of all, when we got home, I had an afternoon nap.

The memory of that day is helping me through some of my more stressful moments.

jess - 22nd Feb 2006, 11:11 tags: misc

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