On Friday Mathew went with his friend and Parents Tom & Beccs to the Currumbin Sanctuary, they left early and travelled down to the Gold Cost where the sanctuary is located. Mathew and his friend got to spend time with some of the animals and the tree top challenge, Mathew is pictured below holding a mountain brush tail possum, I suggested getting the shotgun out but they are apparently protected here in Australia LOL.
Today Tracey and I went with friends to the Story Bridge 75th Birthday celebrations, We went by car to the Indooroopilly train station then caught the train into the city where we walked the rest of the way to the bridge for our 2:30pm start. We finally got onto the bridge after a 1/2 hour wait and walked from one end of the bridge to the other before deciding to leave. We where disappointed as their was too many people on the bridge, it was very crowded and busy. The queues at each market place meant we decided not to purchase food their and left about 4:00pm. We made our way to the pig & whistle in Brisbane and stopped for a pint and some food. After a train ride home, tea was a pizza for the kids a curry for Tracey and I. Overall we had a good day as the sun was shinning and a chance to walk over the Story Bridge.
On Saturday Work had organised to go rock climbing with our suppliers Savcom. We arrived at 11am and after the safety briefing we went exploring. Lauren was off and climbing up like a monkey, Mathew and I stood and watched a little before attempting to climb, Emily was one of the first to get to the top followed by Tracey.
Adam and I decided to have a go at one of the more harder climbs where you hang upside down before ascending to reach the top. I had a go at the climbing rope and made it 3/4 the way up, I was beaten by Ricky who made it all the way to the top.
Mark from Savcom helped and did the belaying for us while we all had races to the top, Tracey made it up and managed to squeeze the chicken, I was completely beaten by Adam. Leah and Andrew (our rep from Savcom) had a race as well, I can"t remember who won but it was close. After about 3 hours of climbing we all went to Lunch at the Caxton Hotel we all had a nice meal and a couple of drinks then home to a well earned rest.
Tracey has woken up this morning saying she was sore but I’m good funny that, owe well she may need some bed rest and coffee its a beautiful Sunday morning the sun is shining and I’m sitting here listening to music in a tea shirt in the middle of winter.
Tracey and I would like to thank Adam and Leah from Southern Cross Mechanical and Andrew and Mark from Savcom for a great day.
Andrew & Tracey Frater
It started off with Tracey saying to me "Mathew has a school science project that I should help him with" and well that’s where we started. I explained to Mathew that we need to think outside of the box/square and instead of using thrust from a inflated balloon it would be better to use the balloon and power the wheels directly, thus having more potential energy. I found some aluminium from a old window frame at work for the chassis. I proceeded to drill some holes for the axles and to save some weight then Mathew decided to use some Lego wheels and axles to complete the vehicle. A job well done I think Mathew should get A+ for this effort. I have uploaded a video of the initial run to the