Category Archives: Dashing Puffles

The Big One

It’s here, it’s here!

My very own Saturn V rocket 🙂

We saw a Saturn V rocket model at the National Air & Space Museum

1:48 Scale Model of Saturn V Launch Vehicle, National Air & Space Museum

And then we saw the big rocket at the Kennedy Space Centre!

(Part of) Saturn V, Kennedy Space Centre
Saturn V on display in the Apollo / Saturn V Centre, Kennedy Space Centre
Apollo/Saturn V Centre, Kennedy Space Centre

The Saturn V rocket model has been released as part of the LEGO Ideas line of fan-designed kits. It is made of 1,969 bricks, a nod to the year in which humans first set down and walked on the lunar surface. Another group of Lego fans took their rocket to Space Centre Houston to meet its much bigger sibling 🙂

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The Saturn V expendable rocket was a three-stage liquid-fuelled super heavy-lift launch vehicle developed to support the Apollo program for human exploration of the Moon. The Saturn V was launched 13 times from the Kennedy Space Centre with no loss of crew or payload. As of 2017, the Saturn V remains the tallest, heaviest, and most powerful (highest total impulse) rocket ever brought to operational status, and holds records for the heaviest payload launched and largest payload capacity to low Earth orbit of 140,000 kg, which included the third stage and unburned propellant needed to send the Apollo Command/Service Module and Lunar Module to the Moon.

We saw the Command Module that was the living quarters for Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins during their 8-day journey to the moon in July 1969!

Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia, National Air & Space Museum

And we walked the very same launch pad gantry used by the astronauts of Apollo 11!

Walking in the footsteps of Apollo 11 astronauts, Kennedy Space Centre

Cool, more toys!

And a moon landing birthday cake for me!

Happy Birthday Puffles!

Mmmm, we got the chocolate side of the moon! 🙂

Time for cake…

And a favourite movie…

Hidden Figures

With a maths professor on set, the calculations that appear on screen in Hidden Figures really do add up – and that adherence to real-life accuracy permeates the entire film.

Hidden Figures

Rudy Horne, associate professor at Morehouse College, Georgia, helped the film-makers avoid mathematics mistakes by coaching the actors, as well as providing many of the equations seen in the film on blackboards or in workbooks. “I admit I was surprised that the folks for Hidden Figures had done their homework as far as getting a sense of what type of mathematics was being used at NASA during the time of John Glenn’s orbit,” he says. “I got this sense from my very first meeting with the production people.”

This attention to accuracy was also extended to the portrayal of the mathematicians themselves. Instead of perpetuating the usual movie stereotype of maths as an esoteric pursuit for troubled geniuses – think of Matt Damon’s Will Hunting in Good Will Hunting or Russell Crowe’s John Nash in A Beautiful MindHidden Figures portrays the subject as a part of normal life. Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan did their work and also had real lives, dealing with real problems.

Of all the contributions Rudy Horne made to Hidden Figures, the one that makes him particularly proud is introducing writer-director Theodore Melfi to Euler’s method, an 18th century procedure for solving differential equations. In the scene in question, Katherine Johnson hits on Euler’s method as a means of solving a problem that’s been perplexing all of NASA’s great minds. “That’s ancient!” says someone else in the room. “Yes,” replies Johnson, “but it works. It works numerically.”

It’s likely that only a tiny fraction of the audience for Hidden Figures will have heard of either Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler or his method, but the scene keeps its power regardless. And seeing inspiration strike a brilliant mind like Katherine Johnson’s, especially after she has been doubted for so long, is a pure cinematic thrill.

Puffles’ International Exhibition

Happy Birthday Puffles! That’s me!

Puffles' International Exhibition

Everyone has been very busy making me presents!

Puffles' International Exhibition

Ellie, Francis, you built the Eiffel Tower! We’ve had an adventure there…

Puffles' International Exhibition

Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
Miniland, Paris, Eiffel Tower
Windsor Legoland, Eiffel Tower

Minnie, Mickey, you built the Statue of Liberty! We’ve had an adventure there too…

Puffles' International Exhibition

Statue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty
M&M Store, Times Square NYC
M&M Store, Times Square NYC

Jay, Isabelle, you built the Sydney Opera House! We’ve had an adventure there together…

Puffles' International Exhibition

Sydney Opera House, by Ryan McNaught (fourth model built of the Opera House)
Sydney Opera House, by Ryan McNaught (fourth model built of the Opera House)
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House

Little Bears Around Sydney

Little Bears Around Sydney

Sophie, Theo, you built the Tower Bridge! Another place of adventure…

Puffles' International Exhibition

Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
A Stroll on the Tower Bridge
A Stroll on the Tower Bridge
MIniland, London, Tower Bridge
Windsor Legoland, Tower Bridge

Olivia, Percy, you built a shuttle! And got cool new toys from NASA! We’ve had an adventure there…

Puffles' International Exhibition

KSC, LCC Foyer
KSC, LCC Foyer

Out of This World

Cherry, Bunny, you built the Chicago Ferris Wheel! We’ve had an adventure in Chicago too…

Puffles' International Exhibition

Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor
Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor, Chicago Millennium Park
Crown Fountain
Crown Fountain, Chicago Millennium Park

We went for a ride on Mickey’s Wheel at Disney California Adventure Park…

A Magical Day at Disneyland

A Magical Day at Disneyland

Luna Park Ferris Wheel
Luna Park Ferris Wheel

We’ve had so many adventures! Time to celebrate with cake!

Puffles' International Exhibition

Cake for everyone… Happy Birthday Puffles!

Puffles' International Exhibition

Thank you to beary friends Fran and Fiona who helped the bears build the Lego models 🙂

Red and White Ball

In honour of dashing Puffles’ birthday!

Red and White Ball

There’s decadent cherry fruit trifle…

Red and White Ball

Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque Champagne… It’s got white flowers on the bottle!

Red and White Ball

More decadent cherry fruit trifle…

Red and White Ball

And a cake fit for a king!

Red and White Ball

Little Puffles is a dessert first kind of bear 🙂

Puffles, do you want to eat your cake now?

Red and White Ball

Happy little Puffles 🙂 eating the top of the royal cake.

Red and White Ball

All the little bears eat dessert first…

Red and White Ball

Before sitting down to a Japanese feast, to commemorate this year’s big adventure in Japan.

Red and White Ball

Red and White Ball

Red and White Ball

Red and White Ball

Red and White Ball

Red and White Ball

Happy Birthday Puffles!

Royal High Tea

The royal bear of the moment, little Puffles 🙂

Royal High Tea

Royal High Tea

Happy Birthday Puffles!

Royal High Tea

A high tea fit for a king!

Royal High Tea

And a new friend… Welcome Carlos to the family!

Royal High Tea

Let’s explore…

Royal High Tea

Royal High Tea

Royal High Tea

Royal High Tea

This is the perfect place to rest before the royal ball tonight…

Royal High Tea

Thank you to everyone at Palazzo Versace for making little Puffles’ birthday a very special one 🙂

Spicers Peak Lodge

Spicers Peak Lodge is Australia’s highest non-alpine lodge. As a member of Luxury Lodges of Australia this breathtaking lodge with its unending views has been named Queensland’s most luxurious accommodation six times in the last nine years.

Spicers Peak Lodge

Little bears are out and about exploring the lodge.

Spicers Peak Lodge

The awards corner…

Spicers Peak Lodge

Those hats look just like mine…

Spicers Peak Lodge

The lounge…

Spicers Peak Lodge

Breakfast!

Spicers Peak Lodge

While the boys are deciding what to have for breakfast, the girls have decided on icecream 🙂 With pancakes, maple syrup, apple and bacon. Yummy!

Spicers Peak Lodge

Time for a little game…

Spicers Peak Lodge

Then for a stroll outside…

Spicers Peak Lodge

…to check out the infinity edge swimming pool…

Spicers Peak Lodge

…and the funky pumpkins.

Spicers Peak Lodge

Spicers Peak Lodge

A paparazzi caught in the act 🙂

Spicers Peak Lodge

Upstairs there is a library with billiards table…

Spicers Peak Lodge

Spicers Peak Lodge

…and a balcony to admire the views.

Spicers Peak Lodge

And look at the mountains they have climbed!

Spicers Peak Lodge

It’s time to dress up for dinner 🙂

Spicers Peak Lodge

…and enjoy the warm lounge while waiting.

Spicers Peak Lodge

Dinner is served!

Fraser Isle Spanner Crab, ham, wakame, fungi
Fraser Isle Spanner Crab, ham, wakame, fungi
Yellowtail kingfish, chilli consomme, cauliflower, radish
Yellowtail kingfish, chilli consomme, cauliflower, radish
Lamb belly, goat milk, garlic
Lamb belly, goat milk, garlic
Angus stirloin, pumpkin, bitter greens, yuzu-miso
Angus stirloin, pumpkin, bitter greens, yuzu-miso
Chocolate, honeycomb, popcorn, caramel desert with 2011 Hollick "The Nectar" SA
Chocolate, honeycomb, popcorn, caramel desert with 2011 Hollick “The Nectar” SA

Time for a song…

Spicers Peak Lodge

Climb every mountain,
Ford every stream,
Follow every rainbow,
Till you find your dream.

Spicers Peak Lodge

🙂

Hiking Western Peak of Spicers Mountain

We’re going hiking again!

Hiking Western Peak of Spicers Mountain

Ok… We’ll see you at Spicers Peak Lodge.

Hiking Western Peak of Spicers Mountain

Little Puffles and Jay are off on another hiking adventure…

Hiking Western Peak of Spicers Mountain

Hiking Western Peak of Spicers Mountain

Today they climbed a giant fern tree…

Hiking Western Peak of Spicers Mountain

Hiking Western Peak of Spicers Mountain

…touched a one thousand year old grass tree…

Hiking Western Peak of Spicers Mountain

… and met an anglehead dragon lizard.

Anglehead dragon lizard
Anglehead dragon lizard
Look at me!
Look at me!

Time for a little rest…

Hiking Western Peak of Spicers Mountain

…and a little chocolate cake 🙂

Hiking Western Peak of Spicers Mountain

This moss feels really soft!

Hiking Western Peak of Spicers Mountain

And before they knew it, they reached the top of the western peak and they added their own little stones to the can.

Hiking Western Peak of Spicers Mountain

The knowledgeable guides are suitable impressed with the little bears achievement 🙂

Hiking Western Peak of Spicers Mountain

A little bit more rest…

Are we there yet?
Are we there yet?

A little bit more climbing…

Hiking Western Peak of Spicers Mountain

Another tree trunk to explore…

Hiking Western Peak of Spicers Mountain

And they made it!

Hiking Western Peak of Spicers Mountain

What shall we do next?

Hiking Western Peak of Spicers Mountain

Sunday Morning Around Millervale Creek

Puffles and Jay are off on another adventure.

Another tree, another tree climb.

Sunday Morning Around Millervale Creek

This time, a gum tree.

Sunday Morning Around Millervale Creek

Next stop, Millervale Creek…

Sunday Morning Around Millervale Creek

…for some rock climbing.

Sunday Morning Around Millervale Creek

Much easier climbing down the other side.

Sunday Morning Around Millervale Creek

How did they get there?

Sunday Morning Around Millervale Creek

I wonder if they get a better view than we do from down here.

Sunday Morning Around Millervale Creek

A little cave…

Sunday Morning Around Millervale Creek

A tree with a termite nest on it…

Sunday Morning Around Millervale Creek

Other hikers out enjoying the views 🙂

Sunday Morning Around Millervale Creek

Ouch! Are you sure we have to climb up there?

Sunday Morning Around Millervale Creek

Oohhh, the view was worth it!

Sunday Morning Around Millervale Creek

Sunday Morning Around Millervale Creek

Mmm, muffins…

Sunday Morning Around Millervale Creek

Sunday Morning Around Millervale Creek

A perfect Sunday morning…

Sunday Morning Around Millervale Creek