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Saturday, March 25th, 2017
8:03 am
A dog-dream come true.


Millie gave the thumbs-up on the new cat basket, March 2017
Millie gave the thumbs-up on the new cat basket.

It looks like being a pleasant Saturday morning in this neck of the woods. I can see plenty of blue sky above us and some cockatoos are happily screeching in the distance. A couple of days ago when the weather was wet, Jill bought a new cat basket for our two moggies to share. So far they haven't shown the slightest interest it it. That's cats for you. But our dog decided that for her it was a dream come true. It might have looked too small, but she reckoned it was just what she needed for her own version of a cat-nap. It got a thumbs-up from Millie.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Also since May 2016 at https://www.flickr.com/photos/142242520@N02/albums

I have some free MP3 downloads of natural sounds available online. Click here.

About the writer

Check out each month's subject index on the Calendar Page for all my "common-man" monologues about survival in 21st century Australia – plus a little history occasionally.  An original essay is added most days as part of an undertaking to write at least several million words. Zzzzzzzz!



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Friday, March 24th, 2017
9:38 am
Some extended-family condolences.


Another &apos;secret corner&apos; of our garden - March 2017
Our garden has several places for some quiet reflection.

Aside from the awful London terror attack yesterday, our sympathetic thoughts were also for our daughter-in-law Melissa and her family for the recent loss of her grandfather Greg Cox (87). He passed away late last week. Our son Terry represented us at the funeral yesterday, but I had the opportunity to personally talk to Marjorie, Greg's loving wife of 65 years at a family gathering last weekend. The couple had three children which included Melissa's mum Vicki. In his younger days Mr Cox was a champion West Australian footballer who played for East Perth and Swan Districts. He was also a train driver in the age of steam, and then graduated to diesels before he retired. We offer our sincere condolences to his family, Paul and Jill Weaver.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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RSS feed.

Click here to browse through the collection of free downloadable PDF versions of my many illustrated Rottnest Island essays.

Click here to visit 'dogandcatwatcher', my YouTube website.

Original still photographs are stored online in a cache at my Panoramio  website or my Picasa site.  Most of them have a brief description and a link back to a relevant essay.  Images on Panoramio can usually be enlarged several times by clicking them.

Also since May 2016 at https://www.flickr.com/photos/142242520@N02/albums

I have some free MP3 downloads of natural sounds available online. Click here.

About the writer

Check out each month's subject index on the Calendar Page for all my "common-man" monologues about survival in 21st century Australia – plus a little history occasionally.  An original essay is added most days as part of an undertaking to write at least several million words. Zzzzzzzz!



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Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
9:34 am
A day for contemplation.


A &apos;secret corner&apos; of our garden - March 2017
A quiet corner in our garden.

This morning came the news of yet another violent terrorist attack in London. Several pedestrians were murdered or injured by a speeding car, and then the driver got out and began stabbing other innocents before he was immobilised by police. I've run out of words. The above photo was taken in a quiet corner of our back garden yesterday. I've put it up as a token of respect for today's victims.

© MMXVII
Paul R. Weaver.

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RSS feed.

Click here to browse through the collection of free downloadable PDF versions of my many illustrated Rottnest Island essays.

Click here to visit 'dogandcatwatcher', my YouTube website.

Original still photographs are stored online in a cache at my Panoramio  website or my Picasa site.  Most of them have a brief description and a link back to a relevant essay.  Images on Panoramio can usually be enlarged several times by clicking them.

Also since May 2016 at https://www.flickr.com/photos/142242520@N02/albums

I have some free MP3 downloads of natural sounds available online. Click here.

About the writer

Check out each month's subject index on the Calendar Page for all my "common-man" monologues about survival in 21st century Australia – plus a little history occasionally.  An original essay is added most days as part of an undertaking to write at least several million words. Zzzzzzzz!



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Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
9:14 am
Life is a precious gift of love.


Paul & Jill Weaver at the first wedding in our large family, December 2013
Flashback: Jill and I welcomed the first wedding for our large family in 2013.

Readers of this web diary could be forgiven for thinking that the lives of us two oldsters revolve around our children and their loved ones, including of course our grandchildren, plus our pets, our garden and what we eat. Bye and large that's all true, at least it has been in recent years, and perhaps I should add to the list our personal memories which are jogged by old family photographs – what I often refer to as flashbacks. The one above was take at Tim and Claire's wedding in 2013 - the first for any of our nine offspring. Jill and I view life itself as a precious gift of love which is intended to be passed on through the succeeding generations. For us, developing our large family to this point has been our most important achievement imaginable. Personally we've never had any regrets about raising our large family.

© MMXVII
Paul R. Weaver.

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RSS feed.

Click here to browse through the collection of free downloadable PDF versions of my many illustrated Rottnest Island essays.

Click here to visit 'dogandcatwatcher', my YouTube website.

Original still photographs are stored online in a cache at my Panoramio  website or my Picasa site.  Most of them have a brief description and a link back to a relevant essay.  Images on Panoramio can usually be enlarged several times by clicking them.

Also since May 2016 at https://www.flickr.com/photos/142242520@N02/albums

I have some free MP3 downloads of natural sounds available online. Click here.

About the writer

Check out each month's subject index on the Calendar Page for all my "common-man" monologues about survival in 21st century Australia – plus a little history occasionally.  An original essay is added most days as part of an undertaking to write at least several million words. Zzzzzzzz!



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Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
6:32 am
It's a bleak Tuesday.


Our two cats occupying a small space
Two cats snoozing on a small space.

This morning is grey and bleak. There's a weather forecast for plenty of rain possibly a thunderstorm later today. Our two cats Sally and Bubbles know exactly what to do. Stay inside. They've been practicing for days. As you can see in the photo they have finally figured out how to share the small space on the foot-stool in our TV lounge. It simply doesn't work as well when they both lie in the same direction.

© MMXVII
Paul R. Weaver.

COMMENTS: Because of an ongoing problem with spammers, all comments are now screened and can only be made by friended LiveJournal users. Alternatively, email me direct.


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RSS feed.

Click here to browse through the collection of free downloadable PDF versions of my many illustrated Rottnest Island essays.

Click here to visit 'dogandcatwatcher', my YouTube website.

Original still photographs since May 2016 have been cached at https://www.flickr.com/photos/142242520@N02/albums

I have some free MP3 downloads of natural sounds available online. Click here.

About the writer

Check out each month's subject index on the Calendar Page for all my "common-man" monologues about survival in 21st century Australia – plus a little history occasionally.  An original essay is added most days as part of an undertaking to write at least several million words. Zzzzzzzz!



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Monday, March 20th, 2017
8:19 am
Our constant gardening.


A rustic support-ladder for an ivy-geranium - 19 March 2017
A rustic support-ladder for one of our ivy-geraniums.

Jill and I have been constant gardeners since we married in 1973. We tried out many ideas and plants through the years with varying degrees of success. But even in the earliest years we had a few geraniums. When we raced yachts on the Swan River we even named one Geranium. Our geranium passion is stronger now than ever, and we especially get a lot of pleasure from our several varieties of beautiful ivy-geraniums we have collected. They can look their best when they have some structural support, so yesterday the two of us constructed the rustic ladder in the photo to enable a new one which Jill had planted in the ground late last year to rise up against our back verandah. Jill will be its chief trainer.

© MMXVII
Paul R. Weaver.

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RSS feed.

Click here to browse through the collection of free downloadable PDF versions of my many illustrated Rottnest Island essays.

Click here to visit 'dogandcatwatcher', my YouTube website.

Original still photographs are stored online in a cache at my Panoramio  website or my Picasa site.  Most of them have a brief description and a link back to a relevant essay.  Images on Panoramio can usually be enlarged several times by clicking them.

Also since May 2016 at https://www.flickr.com/photos/142242520@N02/albums

I have some free MP3 downloads of natural sounds available online. Click here.

About the writer

Check out each month's subject index on the Calendar Page for all my "common-man" monologues about survival in 21st century Australia – plus a little history occasionally.  An original essay is added most days as part of an undertaking to write at least several million words. Zzzzzzzz!



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Sunday, March 19th, 2017
9:02 am
What we did yesterday: Eat and eat.


A pleasant sight on our back steps this morning, 19 March 2017
A view of our back steps this morning.

It was a brisk 10 degrees C outside this morning at 5:30am as the dawn light was starting to seep into the clear eastern sky. Yesterday there was sufficient rain to leave a small puddle in our front driveway. However, no more rain is expected until Tuesday. And so concludes the weekend weather report. Also yesterday Jill and I had the pleasure of attending a tasty barbecue lunch hosted by our son Terry and his wife Mel. Predictably, Terry made sure their dog Ash scored an occasional lost sausage. Last night we enjoyed our second free meal of the day when we were the dinner guests of our neighbours Sharleen and husband Mel. The chicken breasts baked with a drizzle of apple cider were totally delicious, as were the dates and strawberries which followed. Thanks to T&M and S&M for the invitations. It was a great pleasure for us to accept both of them. Today we'll probably be taking it easy with the calories and enjoying our garden. I gave the round boulder which can be seen in the photo as a gift to Jill during our honeymoon in 1973.

© MMXVII
Paul R. Weaver.

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RSS feed.

Click here to browse through the collection of free downloadable PDF versions of my many illustrated Rottnest Island essays.

Click here to visit 'dogandcatwatcher', my YouTube website.

Original still photographs are stored online in a cache at my Panoramio  website or my Picasa site.  Most of them have a brief description and a link back to a relevant essay.  Images on Panoramio can usually be enlarged several times by clicking them.

Also since May 2016 at https://www.flickr.com/photos/142242520@N02/albums

I have some free MP3 downloads of natural sounds available online. Click here.

About the writer

Check out each month's subject index on the Calendar Page for all my "common-man" monologues about survival in 21st century Australia – plus a little history occasionally.  An original essay is added most days as part of an undertaking to write at least several million words. Zzzzzzzz!



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Saturday, March 18th, 2017
8:26 am
Fun and games Friday.


Grandma Jill and Jasper enjoyed some fun and games on Saint Patrick&apos;s day, 2017
Grandma Jill and Jasper yesterday.

We always enjoy visits from our three delightful grandchildren, two of whom will soon have their second birthdays. Jasper's dad Luke found my camera to take this delightful photo of Grandma Jill and our son's son when they called by for a meat pie and chips yesterday. There is a unique joy interacting with children as they grow. The more babies in our family lives the merrier, Jill and I say.

© MMXVII
Paul R. Weaver.

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Original still photographs since May 2016 are cached at https://www.flickr.com/photos/142242520@N02/albums I have some free MP3 downloads of natural sounds available online. Click here.

About the writer

Check out each month's subject index on the Calendar Page for all my "common-man" monologues about survival in 21st century Australia – plus a little history occasionally.  An original essay is added most days as part of an undertaking to write at least several million words. Zzzzzzzz!



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Friday, March 17th, 2017
9:54 am
The meaning of pie.


We like meat pies in 2017
Meat pies, yum!

The day seemed warmish yesterday afternoon until I decided to have a swim in our backyard pool. The water was really cold, even though we keep it covered with a pool blanket. After a couple of minutes I felt refreshed as a polar bear and got out. I had the feeling it may have been the last swim of the season for me. On Wednesday it was Pi day. The mathematical Pi I learned at high school was 22 over 7. I also got a mark of eight percent in my final maths exam before they gave up on me. Coincidentally, there was some real pie action on Wednesday. One of our local supermarkets had my favourite brand of frozen premium meat pies on special at thee dollars off the regular price, so we bought six packs of four. I won't be eating them all. There's several other people in our family who enjoy meat pies.

© MMXVII
Paul R. Weaver.

COMMENTS: Because of an ongoing problem with spammers, all comments are now screened and can only be made by friended LiveJournal users. Alternatively, email me direct.


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RSS feed.

Click here to browse through the collection of free downloadable PDF versions of my many illustrated Rottnest Island essays.

Click here to visit 'dogandcatwatcher', my YouTube website.

Original still photographs are stored online in a cache at my Panoramio  website or my Picasa site.  Most of them have a brief description and a link back to a relevant essay.  Images on Panoramio can usually be enlarged several times by clicking them.

Also since May 2016 at https://www.flickr.com/photos/142242520@N02/albums

I have some free MP3 downloads of natural sounds available online. Click here.

About the writer

Check out each month's subject index on the Calendar Page for all my "common-man" monologues about survival in 21st century Australia – plus a little history occasionally.  An original essay is added most days as part of an undertaking to write at least several million words. Zzzzzzzz!



webanalytics

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
8:13 am
Another dog arrives in the family.


Willow the labradoodle pup, 15  March 2017
Willow the labradoodle pup.

Most people we know own a dog. There are now at least seven in our immediate family. Some of our family members also own a cat. In our case we have a dog and two cats. The dog is the one that craps when and wherever it feels the urge. Dogs are like that, disgusting, but nevertheless much loved by their owners. Cats are much better mannered with their toiletry habits than dogs. Our daughter Fiona and son-in-law Elliott are about to discover this. The couple have a cat, but took delivery of their first puppy yesterday. It's a cute female labradoodle which they've named Willow. A dream come true. What they don't yet appreciate is that when it grows up it's sure to produce a bucket load of barker sausages every week for at least the next ten years. The mind boggles at what the combined efforts of Willow, Dublin, Ash, Jax, Squid, Billie and our Millie would add up to. Millie has been with us since her arrival as a pup on 1 February, 2008.

© MMXVII
Paul R. Weaver.

COMMENTS: Because of an ongoing problem with spammers, all comments are now screened and can only be made by friended LiveJournal users. Alternatively, email me direct.


Click here to email the Fremantlebiz experience to a friend.

RSS feed.

Click here to browse through the collection of free downloadable PDF versions of my many illustrated Rottnest Island essays.

Click here to visit 'dogandcatwatcher', my YouTube website.

Original still photographs are stored online in a cache at my Panoramio  website or my Picasa site.  Most of them have a brief description and a link back to a relevant essay.  Images on Panoramio can usually be enlarged several times by clicking them.

Also since May 2016 at https://www.flickr.com/photos/142242520@N02/albums

I have some free MP3 downloads of natural sounds available online. Click here.

About the writer

Check out each month's subject index on the Calendar Page for all my "common-man" monologues about survival in 21st century Australia – plus a little history occasionally.  An original essay is added most days as part of an undertaking to write at least several million words. Zzzzzzzz!



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Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
8:58 am
Our family mob in March, 2017.


Weaver immediate-family portrait, 6 March 2017
A Weaver 'immediate-family' snap.

When Melanie married our son Ken earlier this month on the fifth of March, besides acquiring Jill and me as her parents in law, she similarly gained plenty of in-law brothers and sisters, plus three Weaver nephews. The iPhone snap is of our entire immediate-family mob, of which the new Mrs Weaver is a very welcome member. Jill and I can affirm what a blessing they all are.

© MMXVII
Paul R. Weaver.

COMMENTS: Because of an ongoing problem with spammers, all comments are now screened and can only be made by friended LiveJournal users. Alternatively, email me direct.


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RSS feed.

Click here to browse through the collection of free downloadable PDF versions of my many illustrated Rottnest Island essays.

Click here to visit 'dogandcatwatcher', my YouTube website.

Original still photographs are stored online in a cache at my Panoramio  website or my Picasa site.  Most of them have a brief description and a link back to a relevant essay.  Images on Panoramio can usually be enlarged several times by clicking them.

Also since May 2016 at https://www.flickr.com/photos/142242520@N02/albums

I have some free MP3 downloads of natural sounds available online. Click here.

About the writer

Check out each month's subject index on the Calendar Page for all my "common-man" monologues about survival in 21st century Australia – plus a little history occasionally.  An original essay is added most days as part of an undertaking to write at least several million words. Zzzzzzzz!



webanalytics

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
8:03 am
Good news Tuesday.


Our rose garden is looking not too bad in mid-March 2017.
Our rose garden is looking not too bad.

Some good news on this Tuesday morning is that the newlyweds returned safely from their Bali honeymoon yesterday. Also that we had more rain come down here overnight to help offset the thirst of our garden. Furthermore we have been noticing an increasing interest in horticulture by certain members of our tribe. Keep up the good work guys and gals. We know who you are and applaud your efforts. Yesterday Jill and I did some snipping here and there in readiness for wheely bin emptying day, which is today. Expired bunches of grapes and rose-hips were amongst the list of essential tasks we dealt with. Our rose garden is looking not too bad at the moment. I took the photo about ten minutes ago.

© MMXVII
Paul R. Weaver.

COMMENTS: Because of an ongoing problem with spammers, all comments are now screened and can only be made by friended LiveJournal users. Alternatively, email me direct.


Click here to email the Fremantlebiz experience to a friend.

RSS feed.

Click here to browse through the collection of free downloadable PDF versions of my many illustrated Rottnest Island essays.

Click here to visit 'dogandcatwatcher', my YouTube website.

Original still photographs are stored online in a cache at my Panoramio  website or my Picasa site.  Most of them have a brief description and a link back to a relevant essay.  Images on Panoramio can usually be enlarged several times by clicking them.

Also since May 2016 at https://www.flickr.com/photos/142242520@N02/albums

I have some free MP3 downloads of natural sounds available online. Click here.

About the writer

Check out each month's subject index on the Calendar Page for all my "common-man" monologues about survival in 21st century Australia – plus a little history occasionally.  An original essay is added most days as part of an undertaking to write at least several million words. Zzzzzzzz!



webanalytics

Monday, March 13th, 2017
8:48 am
We have rain, we have tropical plants.


Our shadehouse plants provide an illusion of tropical Bali
Our shadehouse plants provide us with an illusion of tropical Bali.

We had another thunderstorm visit us yesterday afternoon and overnight dump 9mm of rain into our backyard. There's still a bit of drizzle coming down this morning. The garden is really starting to cheer up now that summer is history. It's now over a week since the wedding of our son Ken and daughter-in-law Melanie. My suit has been dry-cleaned and now hangs ready for the next such family occasion. The couple flew to Bali for a honeymoon and it's been raining there too. Jill and I have our own version of Bali growing in our backyard shadehouse. I took the photo about ten minutes ago.

© MMXVII
Paul R. Weaver.

COMMENTS: Because of an ongoing problem with spammers, all comments are now screened and can only be made by friended LiveJournal users. Alternatively, email me direct.


Click here to email the Fremantlebiz experience to a friend.

RSS feed.

Click here to browse through the collection of free downloadable PDF versions of my many illustrated Rottnest Island essays.

Click here to visit 'dogandcatwatcher', my YouTube website.

Original still photographs are stored online in a cache at my Panoramio  website or my Picasa site.  Most of them have a brief description and a link back to a relevant essay.  Images on Panoramio can usually be enlarged several times by clicking them.

Also since May 2016 at https://www.flickr.com/photos/142242520@N02/albums

I have some free MP3 downloads of natural sounds available online. Click here.

About the writer

Check out each month's subject index on the Calendar Page for all my "common-man" monologues about survival in 21st century Australia – plus a little history occasionally.  An original essay is added most days as part of an undertaking to write at least several million words. Zzzzzzzz!



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Sunday, March 12th, 2017
7:38 am
Voting is a relatively civilised business in West Oz.


Jill and Kylie voted in the State election, 11 March 2017
Jill and Kylie voted in the State election yesterday.

Voting is compulsory in Australia from the age of 18 and so yesterday was the first opportunity for our youngest daughter Kylie to exercise her democratic right with the West Australian state election. Jill and I walked with her to one of the several polling booths near where we live. There were more temporary political signs out front trying to woo our votes than I've noticed with previous elections. By law they have to be kept a certain distance from the actual registration area inside the main building. Representatives of the political candidates politely hand out how-to-vote leaflets as you go to join a queue inside. As you can see it is a quiet, civilised business. The polls stay open all day and counting of the votes takes place immediately after they close. The results came through quickly last night with an overwhelming swing to Labor, so for better or worse the citizenry will have a new state government to contend with for the next four years. You can read more about our system at https://www.elections.wa.gov.au/elections/state

© MMXVII
Paul R. Weaver.

COMMENTS: Because of an ongoing problem with spammers, all comments are now screened and can only be made by friended LiveJournal users. Alternatively, email me direct.


Click here to email the Fremantlebiz experience to a friend.

RSS feed.

Click here to browse through the collection of free downloadable PDF versions of my many illustrated Rottnest Island essays.

Click here to visit 'dogandcatwatcher', my YouTube website.

Original still photographs are stored online in a cache at my Panoramio  website or my Picasa site.  Most of them have a brief description and a link back to a relevant essay.  Images on Panoramio can usually be enlarged several times by clicking them.

Also since May 2016 at https://www.flickr.com/photos/142242520@N02/albums

I have some free MP3 downloads of natural sounds available online. Click here.

About the writer

Check out each month's subject index on the Calendar Page for all my "common-man" monologues about survival in 21st century Australia – plus a little history occasionally.  An original essay is added most days as part of an undertaking to write at least several million words. Zzzzzzzz!



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Saturday, March 11th, 2017
8:20 am
An autumn swim story.


Jasper enjoyed a swim with Grandad Weaver yesterday, 10 March 2017
Jasper enjoyed a dip with his Grandad yesterday.

It's a bit coolish this autumn election day morning, but yesterday was hot enough for our grandson Jasper to join me for a refreshing swim in our backyard pool. He showed me how he could kick his feet and make a pretty good splash. He'll be two years old next month. I reckon that by next summer he might be able to swim like a tadpole. During his visit we scoffed some Aussie meat pies and chips for lunch. Grandma Jill took the photo.

© MMXVII
Paul R. Weaver.

COMMENTS: Because of an ongoing problem with spammers, all comments are now screened and can only be made by friended LiveJournal users. Alternatively, email me direct.


Click here to email the Fremantlebiz experience to a friend.

RSS feed.

Click here to browse through the collection of free downloadable PDF versions of my many illustrated Rottnest Island essays.

Click here to visit 'dogandcatwatcher', my YouTube website.

Original still photographs are stored online in a cache at my Panoramio  website or my Picasa site.  Most of them have a brief description and a link back to a relevant essay.  Images on Panoramio can usually be enlarged several times by clicking them.

Also since May 2016 at https://www.flickr.com/photos/142242520@N02/albums

I have some free MP3 downloads of natural sounds available online. Click here.

About the writer

Check out each month's subject index on the Calendar Page for all my "common-man" monologues about survival in 21st century Australia – plus a little history occasionally.  An original essay is added most days as part of an undertaking to write at least several million words. Zzzzzzzz!



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Friday, March 10th, 2017
10:48 am
Tomorrow is election day.


Our Easter lilies are starting to bloom - 9 March 2017
Our Easter lilies are starting to bloom.

On the way home from the Spud Shed early this morning Jill and I drove past where the clearing of some urban bushland has been done to make way for the Stock Road interchange for the Roe 8 Highway. Despite the efforts of militant protestors and saboteurs a few weeks ago the contractors have done a very tidy job. Swathes of remnant bushland have been left on either side of the route. The clearing is pretty well compete and ready for the construction phase. Unfortunately the Labor Party's leader of the state opposition promised the dissidents that he will immediately cancel the Roe 8 project if his party wins the state election tomorrow. Never mind that plenty of jobs will be lost. Jill and I have long tended towards Labor, but no longer - we have long been in favour of Roe 8. If it is cancelled we predict that future generations will be amazed at the way this significant opportunity to improve the suburban traffic system was abandoned. The Labor election campaign has been reminiscent of the one recently run by Donald Trump in the USA. It's apparent that plenty of the rash ideas which have been presented haven't been thought through clearly or properly costed. Unverifiable claims and falsities have abounded. Furthermore, Labor's leader is overly fond of reminding his followers that because he used to be a naval officer he is well equipped for the top job. Pardon me while I snigger. Something else he has promised to do is to put a group of retired naval cronies on the state government payroll so that they can roam the planet on junkets trying to persuade foreign navies to visit the state for ship maintenance and R&R. Sigh! Easter is coming.

© MMXVII
Paul R. Weaver.

COMMENTS: Because of an ongoing problem with spammers, all comments are now screened and can only be made by friended LiveJournal users. Alternatively, email me direct.


Click here to email the Fremantlebiz experience to a friend.

RSS feed.

Click here to browse through the collection of free downloadable PDF versions of my many illustrated Rottnest Island essays.

Click here to visit 'dogandcatwatcher', my YouTube website.

Original still photographs are stored online in a cache at my Panoramio  website or my Picasa site.  Most of them have a brief description and a link back to a relevant essay.  Images on Panoramio can usually be enlarged several times by clicking them.

Also since May 2016 at https://www.flickr.com/photos/142242520@N02/albums

I have some free MP3 downloads of natural sounds available online. Click here.

About the writer

Check out each month's subject index on the Calendar Page for all my "common-man" monologues about survival in 21st century Australia – plus a little history occasionally.  An original essay is added most days as part of an undertaking to write at least several million words. Zzzzzzzz!



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Thursday, March 9th, 2017
9:27 am
Thanks for the memories.


Jill and Paul Weaver met grandson Jasper and his mum on the dance floor - 7 March 2017
We met grandson Jasper and his mum on the dance floor at last Sunday's wedding.

One of the great things about family weddings these days is that almost everyone carries a digital camera or cellphone capable of taking some really good photos and then posts them up by the dozens on social media streams such as FaceBook. My wife Jill has been downloading some which have been of particular interest such as the one of us dancing together at Ken and Melanie's wedding a few days ago. I'm unsure of who actually took it, but as the song goes, thanks for the memory. A reminder that the pics appearing in this blog are now easily downloaded for a cache at https://www.flickr.com/photos/142242520@N02/albums Free subscription to a Flickr account makes it easy.

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Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
8:17 am
International Women's Day, 2017.


Jill and Paul Weaver - 7 March 2017
A snap of us two oldsters taken last Sunday.

Today is International Women's Day. Happy IWD to all the women in our immediate and extended families. The one in the photo is of course my perfect wife Jill, the mother of our nine children. I hope I don't incur the wrath of the feminists by saying she looks more glamorous than ever at 63. (I'm 71.) The photo of us two oldsters was taken at wedding of our son Ken and his bride Melanie last Sunday. Credit goes to the photographer Melissa, who married our son Terry last December.

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Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
9:04 am
Weddings can be exhausting.


Father Paul with son Ken minutes before the wedding - 5 March. 2017
Father and son before the wedding.

I think my number two son Ken looked a little nervous when this photo of us two was taken just minutes before he was due to to be married to Melanie on Sunday. We spent a few quiet moments together with his groomsmen in a quiet lounge area nearby waiting for the clock to tick over. Thanks to the pro-photographer who was covering the event for taking the pic for me with my very cheap pocket camera. It's now Tuesday and the entire affair is but a memory to be cherished. I don't know about anyone else, but I still feel tired. Maybe it's because I'm getting old.

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Monday, March 6th, 2017
9:43 am
Another joyous family wedding.


Ken and Melanie Weaver were married on 5 March, 2017
The new Mr and Mrs Weaver made a beautiful couple last night.

My darling wife Jill and I had the great pleasure yesterday afternoon to attend the wedding of our number two son Ken the plumber and the beautiful love of his life, Melanie the lawyer. 'Twas a big affair for which the planning by the couple has been going of for many months. Two of our daughters, Fiona and Kylie were bridesmaids and one of our sons Dale was a groomsman. Kylie, a florist, also contributed all the flowers and bouquets. Our entire family including our three grandsons were amongst the many guests. The ongoing reception took place at the glamorous Crown Casino complex. Being the father of the groom I was called on to say a few suitable words, which can be read below. The food and wine were excellent, the music pumped, and the dancing was still going on at 11:30pm when we two oldsters pulled the pin to come home, lest we turned into pumpkins. Undoubtedly, the wedding was a splendid success. I took the photo with a miniature pocket camera.
Ken and Melanie's wedding speech.
by Dr Paul Weaver.
Sunday, 5 March, 2017.

It is with great pleasure that I stand here today to welcome Melanie into our large family. Besides becoming a Mrs Weaver through today's marriage to Jill's and my son Ken, she has officially become our daughter-in-law, plus the sister-in-law to our other eight children. Welcome Melanie, but then as you well know you have been a welcome visitor to our home for a few years now. All of us Weavers have warmly interacted with Melanie and her family on many occasions since we first met her about November 2013. I know Melanie's parents Phil and Sheila Watters are as pleased with their new son-in-law as my darling wife of 44 years and myself are with Mel. So, to the beautiful couple, now a Mr and Mrs Weaver, we offer them our well deserved compliments. On this day you have affirmed a true and loving commitment to each other; and we expect you will have a fulfilling and enduring marriage together. Congratulations!

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Original still photographs are stored online in a cache at my Panoramio  website or my Picasa site.  Most of them have a brief description and a link back to a relevant essay.  Images on Panoramio can usually be enlarged several times by clicking them.

Also since May 2016 at https://www.flickr.com/photos/142242520@N02/albums

I have some free MP3 downloads of natural sounds available online. Click here.

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Check out each month's subject index on the Calendar Page for all my "common-man" monologues about survival in 21st century Australia – plus a little history occasionally.  An original essay is added most days as part of an undertaking to write at least several million words. Zzzzzzzz!



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