Sunday, February 10, 2008

August 6 - 15 2007

My first subject..
Last night I sat on the deck after tea and waited for the bucks to come feed. My only dinner guests were Mama and her twins. I had the camera perched on the deck rail and clicked away and got some really nice shots. Ivan even got in on a couple as you will see! The fawns aren't sure what to make of Ivan but I am pretty sure Mama remembers him from last year as she doesn't even give him a turn of her head.

Today I went back to the doc to get my stitches out and learned that the mole was a basal cell carcinoma. I felt much better with that news and I know Geraldine will be pleased too! I have a referal to a good dermo to have the other spots and thingies checked as well.....HO HUM and BOTHER! I detest doctors and seem to be spending more and more time there. They finally took the test for gout today so I should get those results Friday. I am still going to go the 'no gout meds' route and hope this settles down soon. Today was a bad day at work and I ended up giving up and leaving half an hour early. Mostly the pain is worse through the night and early morning which doesnt interupt work except for me falling asleep at my desk. hehehe. so far no DROOL has been found.

My darling sister is calling at 7.30 tonight my time. I just love our chats. I will make another cuppa and probably go lie on my bed and giggle with her for an hour or so. I really pity any girl who does not have a sissy.

See you all round like a donut.
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Wednesday August 15, 2007 - 07:04pm (EDT) Edit | Delete | Permanent Link | 1 Comment

Not so humid Tuesday morning..
It is absolutely gorgeous outside, dark but cool and comfortable.

John Jr, Debbie and the kids, Jordann, John John and Jayde were here until yesterday morning. They are now off to New England before flying back to Vegas. I will post a pic later in the week. What a beautiful little family they are. Those kids are fun and SOOOO well behaved. I have a particular soft spot for John John. (We call him that to stop confusion, he is really John 3, I have no idea how other families cope with this phenomenum).

I hear Ruby on the back deck where she has slept for the past 3 nights. She is awake now and realises I am too!
Ok I am back......Ruby in tow. Sadly she was too much for me in our bed at night. She would wake me numerous times, knocking my bad ankle. We tried to return her to her crate that she at one time loved so much but she cried for about an hour. In frustration I put her out on the deck last Saturday night and she loved it!!! We have her igloo there too now in case it rains. Not really sure what we will do in Winter. She may have to go into the garage with Sheba or hopefully my foot will be bloody well better be!!!

My camera arrived yesterday. Boy I think I will need to go back to school to master this one. I fiddled for a bit last night and took a couple of close ups indoors. I cannot wait to try it out on the deer! I ended up getting a Nikon D40X. For right now I am just using it as a 'point and shoot'. Sooooo many photo opportunities, soooooo little time!

Toodle loo for now,
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Tuesday August 14, 2007 - 05:24am (EDT) Edit | Delete | Permanent Link | 0 Comments

Headed to Norfolk today....

This doll is from a pattern that Geraldine gave me. It is my project for Louize's birthday this year. Isn't she lovely???

Yep we are off to Norfolk down by the beach. I have an appointment with Immigration to have new fingerprints and photo taken. I have applied to have the conditions taken off my green card and hopefully very soon I will have a 10 year one! It is really bizarre that there is not an immigration office here in Richmond eh? Super Eagle is driving me there. The traffic on I64 is a nightmare in the mornings and y'all know how I just love DRIVING>>>>>>NOT!!!! Anyway I am sure we will find somewhere inviting to stop for a cool drink and a bite to eat.

Remember that mole I had removed from my neck last week? Well found out yesterday that it was 'C'. Yikes they said that they got it all but still I feel a bit weird. If it was a skin spot I wouldn't be concerned but it was a MOLE. Yep I am going to look into this further. I guess my years of sandology have come back to bite me in the butt or in this case the neck! .

My new camera has been ordered and still hasn't arrived yet. I am so looking forward to taking some close ups of the deer and other critters and birds. I will give Mr T a good run for his money. LOL. The Vegas kids will be here for a couple of days on Sunday so I am keeping fingers crossed that I will have it by then. It is right on a year since we were with them there last year. Baby Jayde will be so big now, she is running all over. I will post pics of them in any case, whether it be my new camera or Johns old one. LOL.

Well I better get cracking, we need to head out of here by 8. Have a good Thursday all y'all.....stay cool here and warm in Aus. XOXO

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Thursday August 9, 2007 - 06:26am (EDT) Edit | Delete | Permanent Link | 0 Comments

For those of you who are race fans......C'mon Aussie c'mon c'mon
You can also view this media release online at

08 August 2007

Robby Gordon Motorsports will field Australian Marcos Ambrose in the Busch Series rookie’s NASCAR Nextel Cup Series debut in the Centurion Boats at The Glen at Watkins Glen this weekend.

After one of the most controversial incidents in NASCAR’s recent history last weekend, Ambrose has accepted a ‘peace offering’ from Gordon to drive the #77 Camping World Ford Fusion, which will also carry some signage from Ambrose’s regular sponsor Kingsford Charcoal.

Ambrose led 37 laps, more than any other driver, in the NAPA Auto Parts 200 in Montreal last weekend and was on course to record his first NASCAR Busch Series win when he was turned around by Gordon while leading at the second corner at a restart with two laps remaining.

As a penalty, Gordon was eliminated from the following day’s Nextel Cup race, and while he strongly disagreed with the calls during the Busch race, he has accepted NASCAR’s decision and wants to put the incident behind him.

Ambrose will continue his NASCAR Busch campaign on Saturday in the #59 Kingsford Charcoal Ford Fusion for Wood Brothers/JTG Racing, but will now do ‘double duty’ in the Robby Gordon Motorsports entry.

Gordon will drive the #55 Verizon Wireless Ford Fusion in the Busch race and the #7 Jim Beam Ford Fusion in the Nextel Cup Series race.

The Sunday event will be a joint effort between Robby Gordon Motorsports and Wood Brothers/JTG Racing, with Ambrose’s regular Kingsford crew doing the pit work and his new Crew Chief Ernie Cope calling the shots from the box on Sunday.

Ambrose was originally scheduled to make his Nextel Cup debut in a Wood Brothers/JTG Racing entry this weekend, but several circumstances meant the team had to put their plans on hold.

Ambrose is considered somewhat of a road racing specialist who won two Australian V8 Supercar Championships on road courses for Ford before turning his attention to NASCAR at the beginning of last year.

He started his career in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, has progressed to the NASCAR Busch Series this season and now gets his chance to make his debut in North America’s highest level of competition, NASCAR’s Nextel Cup Series.

He currently sits eighth in the NASCAR Busch Series points and second in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings.


A press conference will be held at Robby Gordon Motorsports tomorrow (Wednesday, Aug. 8) at 2 P.M. at the following address:

10615 Twin Lakes Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28269

Both Robby Gordon and Marcos Ambrose will be in attendance as Ambrose’s car for his NEXTEL Cup debut is being prepared on site.

Gordon and Ambrose will not be available for further comment until that time.



“There are a couple of reasons why I’m doing this,” said Gordon.

“The first reason is that it’s unfortunate that Marcos got put in a position in Montreal where I was thinking, ‘OK, if I’m not going to win, he’s not going to win.’

“At the same time, I think he’s a talented race-car driver, and obviously he has the ability to compete at the highest level. He showed that last weekend in the Busch race, and I felt that this opportunity would be a make-up.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t get to finish the race the way either one of us wanted to finish it last weekend, and now we’ve got an opportunity to try to put on a good show again this weekend at Watkins Glen.

“He will be driving a brand new, purpose-built road racing car in the Camping World colours with a bit of Kingsford branding thrown in for good measure.

“As a team owner, I’m excited about giving him this opportunity. I look forward to running two cars this weekend, I look forward to getting them in the show, and at the end of the day, I hope it comes down to the two of us to win the race.”


“Well, they say that America is the land of opportunity and I guess this is proof of that,” said Ambrose.

“A bit of old outback Australian culture involved playing a game of Australian football, having a fight and then heading to the pub together for a beer – I guess this is a bit like that.

“This is part apology and part compliment on Robby’s behalf. I believe we can have a solid run this weekend and give Ford, Camping World and the rest of Robby Gordon Motorsports’ sponsors a good return on their investment.

“In some respects this is a no-lose situation for me because I get to break into Nextel Cup without the regular burden of things like owner and championship points.

“Obviously, this indicates there is no animosity between us, and we will both be out there looking for the best result possible in our Fords.”


“I have to say that the way Marcos has handled himself since the incident last Saturday impresses me more every day,” said Geschickter.

“He has been enormously professional and I guess this opportunity, in some ways, is a result of his attitude.

“I am also happy that Kingsford can be a part of his Cup debut in a car prepared by Gene Nead.

“Wood Brothers/JTG Racing are also happy to be providing the staff which will enable Marcos and another Ford into Sunday’s race.”


Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Robby Gordon Motorsports fields the #7 Ford Fusion in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. With sponsorship from Motorola, Monster Energy, Menards, Mapei and Jim Beam, Robby Gordon will run the entire 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series schedule. The program, now in its third year, utilizes Roush/Yates motors. The racecars are developed in-house at Robby Gordon Motorsports.

- if Marcos Ambrose is able to qualify for this weekend’s Centurion Boats at The Glen he will become the first Australian to start a NASCAR Nextel Cup race since Geoff Brabham finished 38th in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on 6 August 1994

- starting this weekend’s Cup event will make Ambrose the seventh Australian to race a NASCAR Nextel Cup event

- Dick Johnson is the only Australian to race a NASCAR Nextel Cup event at Watkins Glen. Johnson qualified 15th and was classified 27th in the Bud at the Glen on 12 August 1990, exactly 17 years ago from this weekend’s Cup race date

– Marcos Ambrose drives the No. 59 Kingsford Charcoal Ford Fusion for Wood Brothers/JTG Racing in the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series

- Ambrose is currently eighth in the NASCAR Busch Series standings and second in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year points

- Ambrose finished 21st in the 2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and third in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings, earning US$256,368 in 22 starts in the No. 20 Aussie Vineyards Team Australia Ford F-150 for Wood Brothers/JTG Racing

- Ambrose won two consecutive Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series titles in 2003 and 2004 for Ford

- Ambrose was born in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Local New York (US Eastern) Times
Practice 1
Friday 10 August 2007
11:50am – 1:20pm

Friday 10 August 2007

Practice 2
Saturday 11 August 2007
10:30am – 11:20am

Final Practice
Saturday 11 August 2007
1:50pm – 2:50pm

Race – 90 laps
Sunday 12 August 2007
2:00pm US Eastern

Sunday 12 August 2007
1:30pm US Eastern

Australian Eastern Standard Times
Practice 1
Saturday 11 August 2007
1:50am – 3:20am

Saturday 11 August 2007

Practice 2
Sunday 12 August 2007
12:30am – 1:20am

Final Practice
Sunday 12 August 2007
3:50am – 4:50pm

Race – 90 laps
Monday 13 August 2007
4:00am US Eastern

Monday 13 August 2007
FOX Sports Three
3:00am – 7:00am

Monday 13 August 2007
FOX Sports Three
10:30pm – 1:00am

Location: Watkins Glen, New York
Track Length: 2.45 miles (3.94 km)
Race Distance: 90 laps – 220.5 miles (354.86km)
Circuit Type: Permanent Road Course (11 turns)

NASCAR Nextel Cup Race Record: Mark Martin (2hr, 11min, 54sec) 13 August 1995
Cup Qualifying Record: Jeff Gordon (70.798 seconds/124.580mph) 8 August 2003
Defending Busch Race Winner: Kevin Harvick
Defending Busch Polesitter: Kurt Busch

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Wednesday August 8, 2007 - 05:17am (EDT) Edit | Delete | Permanent Link | 2 Comments

A better Monday
I had a particularly bad weekend with gout pain. Especially Friday and Saturday night. The pain is worse than anything I have experienced ever! I think what triggered this last week of pain was seafood and one margarita and one bahama mama. Don't laugh y'all, I am dead serious!!! NO MORE ALCOHOL for this puppy. Last week had been pretty rough with pain in my ankle. Thursday night I had a Margarita with work mates after work and Friday night John and I went to Red Lobster where I had grilled Salmon and Bahama Mama. I guess the combo was just too much.

I FINALLY had a good sleep last night and was virtually pain free. I put this down to eliminating all trigger foods from my diet for the whole weekend. I only ate fruit (bananas, cherries, blackberries, pears and rockmelon, veggies, rice, multigrain bread, yoghurt and I drank 2 glassed of pure cherry juice a day (recommended for gout). My ankle is a little stiff this morning but bearable. I feel so much better mentally as this thing really got me down on the weekend. Soooooooooooooo HI HO HI's off to work I go......

The pic is of the two bucks who have been coming into our yard in the evenings. Should have my beautiful new camera sometime this week so I will soon have some good quality pics to share with y'all. If I can work it out!!! hehe.

Have a great week my friends XoXo
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Monday August 6, 2007 - 04:59am (EDT) Edit | Delete | Permanent Link | 1 Comment

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