Thursday, 31 August 2017

Noble Tom Prosser

My photo is not very clear.
You can see the water being pumped out so the ship will sink lower.
The white pillars are at the back of the ship.
If I stand on my verandah and look at the harbour, I see an oil rig. It's called the Noble Tom Prosser and belongs to the Noble Drilling Corporation. It was built in 2014 in Singapore and is described as a jack-up rig.

The rig is working with PTTEP and hiring it costs $US130 000 per day. PTTEP is a Thai company involved in the oil and gas industry. I think at those prices I would not like it standing idle, but then again I do not work in big business.

This rig is designed to drill in water 120 metres deep and go down 10 000 metres into the seabed.

When the oil rig arrived in the harbour, it was piggy-backed on a semi-submersible ship. That was interesting enough. Those are the ships that sink down until the deck is under the water to load and unload, and then come up again. They manage this by pumping water in and out of the ballast tanks. I have seen this done a few times, but it is always amazing.

The big red ship, the semi-submersible heavy lift ship, is the Zhen Hua 33 from China. It is also staying in the harbour so it can be used for the next part of the journey.

Now everyone waits while the rig is commissioned for the job ahead. The oil rig is not drilling in the harbour but will be taken out to the Timor Sea. You may have heard about the oil and gas field between Timor and Australia. The costs and profits cause a bit of political tension.

This photo from the NT News website shows the oil rig sitting on the semi-submersible heavy lift ship.
Justin Kennedy is the photographer.

Here it is starting to move off the Zhen Hua 33.
This photo is from the Darwin Port Authority website.

My blurry photo.
The red ship in front of the oil rig is big.
The towers on the rig would easily be as tall as a 20-storey building.
You might be able to make out the scaffold-like structures that the rig is standing on.

I know my photography skills are not good. On top of that, I have cropped my photos, which does not help at all.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Do you want a job outdoors?

Not the best photo. 
Last year we had an earthquake that damaged our building.
Rain came in the cracks, railings came loose, and a few other little details.

The engineers visited. The insurers visited.

Finally, repairs are well underway.

It's a tricky job but luckily it has not been windy.

I looked out the window and snapped a photo.

Do you want a job in the great outdoors? Fresh air and sunshine. This could be just right!

Here you can see the roof of a hotel across the street. The brown roof is more than 20 floors below us, and again across the street. The man is not sitting on that slatted window shade; he is hanging a few metres above it.

A crew of three, two men and a woman, have been abseiling up and down, this wall and then that. Ropes galore. It's a big building, 28 floors and about the footprint of a city block. No mistakes. Do not drop anything. Drilling. Cutting. Filling. Patching. Risking their necks. Very careful.

Not so long ago some politicians who have lovely inside jobs remarked that workers should not retire until the age of 70 or 75. Somehow I doubt these workers will last that long in such a high-risk occupation. I don't expect they will fall, but I do expect that other factors will encourage them to change jobs after a while.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Another baby quilt

Another baby girl is due in the family so I made a quilt. My husband's cousin John will soon be a grandfather. Carly and Ryan have wanted a child for years.

I mixed a little blue into the top so that it could be used for a boy later, and then backed it with pink just in case. This quilt might be used for another child, but then again maybe not. The mix is mainly turquoise, purple, and yellow.

It is definitely time to use a different patchwork design.

I was quite happy with the quilt top but not so happy with my quilting. It definitely became frilly at the ends of the rows when I did the quilting. This should not have happened, and previous quilts have been more successful. I also had trouble with the tension as I stitched.

Perhaps it is time to get serious and start going regularly to some stitch-and-sew sessions at the fabric shop.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Coca Cola Cake

Have you ever tasted a Coca Cola Cake?
I had noticed internet chitchat about this cake intermittently over the years.
Finally, I made one.
What was actually in it? Diabetics beware! Not a lot of soft drink, but a smattering of ingredients that are generally not really recommended as healthy. There was only one cup of coca cola, but an entire packet of small marshmallows and two cups of sugar. Let's be truthful - nobody eats cake to be healthy, ever.

The recipe said to make it as a slab, but following such advice was not on my agenda. Used a cake tin that looks a bit fancy; it filled a large tin. When making this cake, the batter is quite runny as it goes into the cake tin - surprisingly runny.
A dollop of icing and a few choc bits added finishing touches after my masterpiece had cooled.

What is the verdict?
This cake tastes fine, freezes well, and has enough preservatives to extend my life for an extra ten years. It is a firm cake; more like a mud cake than a sponge. One slice is definitely enough with a coffee.
Yes, I will make it again one day.