Tom & Matt’s Four-State Road Trip
Day 9 — Thursday, 4th August, 2011 — in Darwin, NT

 

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Loving this holiday atmosphere!

Another day of relaxed pottering about — except this time we actually got out of the house, a number of times!

Matt and I went to a local(ish) shopping centre looking for electronic gear (with mixed success), Then we drove north from there to the massive Casurina Shopping Complex (in which it is easy to get lost) to do a bit more general shopping (again with mixed success). Late in the morning we drove into Darwin City and met up with Sean for lunch.

In the evening we went with Kris and Sean to a TheatreJam event that involved about ten people who have varying theatrical connections. It was a lot of fun but I took no photos (it was not the sort of occasion where you could do that). The result is that I only have four pictures for you today.

 

Darwin City Council offices 

 

Sean works as a Youth Project Officer (or some such title) for the Darwin City Council. He has an office buried deep within this great complex and, as he looked out his window, was able to see Matt and I parking in the street and, by the time we had fixed up the pay-and-display, he was there to greet us.

 

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This is a native peahen (like the one that threatens Kris and Sean’s tomato bush).

This one was scratching around under a big banyan tree in front of the Darwin City Council offices. Sean tells me they are a real pest as they scratch up absolutely everything in their constant search for grubs and will quickly destroy a whole garden.

This one seemed not the least bit bothered by a few hovering humans.

 

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This banyan tree (under which the peahen was scratching) is right in front of the Darwin City Council offices. It has the most amazing system of aerial roots, creating its own little forest of truncks which, to my eye, looks decidedly untidy. But that is nature’s way in the tropics.

 

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We went for lunch in the nearby Smith Street Mall. It seemed busier nd with more people than when I was here four years ago but I looked back and the photo I took then (not from the same spot but in the same general area) seems to show just as many people.

Sean tells me there has been a great deal of development within the Mall and he regards it as a more pleasant place now. We had lunch in a very crowded and popular health food cafe (yes, I know, but I was able to get a chicken sandwich and Matt had a tuna patty with his salad so it is not strictly vegetarian the way some such places are) and then wandered about the mall for a while.

 

So there you have it. Not much to report today but we are certainly in a holiday mode and Matt is quite pleased the way his mind does not suddenly snap back to what is happening with his work several times a day.

 

 

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