Sunday, July 8, 2012

If Only It Weren't So Cold!

Yes, it's winter that's for sure. It was made worse for me this week as I spent all of the previous week in sunny, warm Cairns. We went from around 27degC on Saturday midday to -4deg in Christchurch on Sunday morning. And it was even worse (or it felt like it) on Monday when I had to go back to work. Oh well. My toes have finally warmed up. :-)

Rodney came with me for the first time in a long time and we had a great week in Cairns/Trinity Beach with his sister Christine, brother-in-law Ian and nephew Tyson.

Monday we went to Port Douglas and the Mossman Gorge. Beautiful both places. Can you imagine swimming in a river in the middle of June? I would have if I'd taken my togs with me. !!
That night I attended Oceania's celebration dinner for 100 years of the IAAF. We sat out on the pool deck to eat dinner. Again, can you imagine doing that in the middle of winter?? I also had the privilege of meeting (and shaking hands with) Sergey Bubka. The greatest ever pole vaulter and now a vice-president of IAAF. It was announced that he was being admitted to the IAAF Hall of Fame. Not an easy thing to achieve.....requirements are to have won at least 2 Olympic or World titles, have held the world record, and to have been retired from active sport for 10 years. Ok so now I'm rambling on a bit (like I did when I shook hands with him!), but he was absolutely dominant in his sport for nearly 20 years.

Tuesday we wandered around the waterfront after I had picked up my uniform (for the Oceania Champs which was the main reason for the holiday). We were lucky to come across some guys (found out later they were Swiss) building fancy sand castles on the beach. Very cool. Rodney and I cooled our feet in the pool at Trinity Beach in the afternoon and generally just lazed the day away.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were taken up with the Oceania T&F Champs. In between officiating on throws and walks, I nattered and socialised with my fellow officials and had a fab time catching up with many who I hadn't seen for months.

Saturday we went down to Trinity Beach for brunch, followed by a wee walk in the ocean. Dang - yes I forgot my togs again. :-)

I was on leave for a week before we went away, and I managed just one scrap page. The rest of the week was spent lazing around, doing a little housework and generally taking life easy. Can't wait for my next holiday.....which is this week - Thursday thru Sunday in Hamilton for SENZ. Yay!

Have a great week.