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    Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
    5:48 am
    It's Zygo cactus season


    Our Zygo Cacti are coming into bloom.

    All the above pics were taken on Monday evening just before I went to bed. As many gardeners would recognise they are of Zygo cacti, one of the lowest maintenance, yet most reliable plants in our backyard collection. They regularly come into bloom at this time of year. These ones will be providing Jill and me with plenty of cheerful gardening pleasure over the next few weeks because they still have new flowers developing. The reddish one in the bottom-right frame is flowering for the first time for us. We rescued it in a very battered condition from a local verge throwout last year. The lighter coloured leaves are new. They'll become green with time. There are many varieties of Zygo cactus. Probably hundreds in some private collections, but we are content with the few examples we have. We don't intend to acquire any more thanks. Zygo cactus originally came from Brazil. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schlumbergera

    © MMXV Paul R. Weaver.

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    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, May 26th, 2015
    7:24 am
    Railway action at North Coogee


    Freight train passing the old South Fremantle Power Station.

    The two images above were taken yesterday of a freight train (Locos DC2205 & DC2213) hauling 64 wagon loads of shipping containers at a leisurely 30 kph northwards for export from Fremantle Harbour. Jill counted them. The train was passing the level crossing adjacent to the old South Fremantle Power Station when I took the photos. The derelict facility be seen in the background of the top image. There's a rumour that it's destined for conversion into luxury apartments. Already the locality has had a name change from South Fremantle to the more up market North Coogee. The area used to be one of my familiar teenage haunts in the 1950s because of the fishing opportunities from the nearby Robb's Jetty. It was used to bring ashore shiploads of northwest cattle destined for slaughter at the adjacent meat-works. Nowadays there is pretty well no trace of the jetty or associated industries. We appreciated the friendly wave from the train driver as he passed by.

    © MMXV Paul R. Weaver.

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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.

    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, May 25th, 2015
    8:14 am
    Some local bird pics for World Geek Day


    Riverside avian action.

    Its been a while since we visited Alfred Cove to check out the birdlife. Jill and I spent about an hour there yesterday afternoon. Some of the familiar species we know in summer have long departed for the northern hemisphere to places such as Siberia. So all the birds depicted in the above three photos are non-migratory homebodies which eke out a living here year round. Noticeable yesterday were the substantial numbers of small mullet flipping in the river, so it seems the shags will be well catered for over winter. I've not heard of kookaburras hunting mullet even though they are a species of kingfisher, but they seem to eat most things including snakes, so I wouldn't be surprised. The pink and grey galahs are strictly terrestrial foragers.

    I understand today is World Geek Day. Geeks rule OK! Maybe that is why Cadbury has just released Vegemite flavoured chocolate? I was given a piece last night by our youngest daughter while I was watching West Aussie Daniel Ricciardo not win the Monaco Grand Prix. Hopefully he'll have better luck next time. As for the chocolate, I thought it needed more Vegemite.

    © MMXV Paul R. Weaver.

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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.

    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, May 24th, 2015
    6:46 am
    Excitement versus non-excitement in the burbs


    Gardening excitement.

    It should have been an exciting 73 point victory for WA viewers of Seven network's free-to-air telecast of the game between Freo and North Melbourne last night, except that the telecast was delayed so long that by half time we gave up watching because we'd checked the final result online to confirm Freo had won its eighth game in a row this season. The good thing about the policy of delaying TV coverage of locally played AFL matches is that it encourages freeloading viewers such as us to switch off early and thus avoid the moronic commercials and the patheticly unfocussed excuses for game commentary. ABC Radio coverage is far superior, and is broadcast live as it happens.

    However, much more exciting in my humble opinion, was doing some gardening during the afternoon with my darling wife Jill, which was when the above set of photos were taken. We've had rain overnight, which if you'll pardon the cliche, is good for the garden.

    © MMXV Paul R. Weaver.

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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.

    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, May 23rd, 2015
    4:03 am
    Good luck to West Aussie Daniel Ricciardo at the Monaco Grand Prix


    Monaco GP flashback to 1968.

    The above photo is one I took during preparations for the 1968 F1 Monaco Grand Prix. I was a single backpacker freshly out of the Vietnam war in those days and managed to see the actual race as well. Graham Hill took out the trophy.

    The famous event is on again tomorrow our time and one of the major competitors is an affable 25 year old Perth-born man named Daniel Ricciardo. So far he's the only Western Australian to become an F1 driver. It's a sport that requires not only skill, but the type of financial sponsorship that would make the eyes of most wannabes' eyes water. According to Daniel's Wikipedia entry his first F1 race was in 2011 and tomorrow's will be his 75th. Of these events he's won three, all them in the 2014 season with Infiniti Red Bull Racing. He's still with the same team in 2015. Daniel is yet to win a Monaco Grand Prix. Hopefully he will do okay tomorrow. He has a personal web page with Tweets at http://www.danielricciardo.com We'll be watching the race live on free-to-air ONE from 7.40 pm Sunday evening Fremantle time.

    © MMXV Paul R. Weaver.

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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.

    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, May 22nd, 2015
    6:56 am
    Mad Max: Fury Road


    Us two freeloaders & Max.

    Truth be known, there's only one star deserving of the name Mad Max these days and that's our faithful feline in the above right photo. However seeing as Jill and I had been the recipients of a couple of free tickets to see the new movie Mad Max: Fury Road we felt it our duty yesterday to watch the cinematic blockbuster and determine how it stacked up against its forbears. It was/is of course an action movie. A post-apocalyptic action movie, unlike These Final Hours directed by our good neighbour Zac, which was a pre-apocalyptic movie.

    Thankfully, in MM:FR there were no gratuitous cigarettes, no profanities, and no sordid lewdness, but there was plenty of action. Indeed, there was so much action and loud sound effects the movie may qualify for a Guinness record of some sort. When I eventually emerged from the theatre after 90 minutes I felt a bit like a stunned mullet.

    SPOILER ALERT FOR WUSES! In a nutshell, the story involved a group of nubile women wearing chastity belts outside their clothing. They were led by stronger more heroic woman intolerant of any such nonsense from men. She'd sourced a pair of bolt cutters to remove the chastity belts. Escape from the evil clutches of the bizarre society that had entrapped the women seemed like a good idea at the time, but things quickly went pear shaped. Mad Max was also trying to escape, and by good luck and favourable script writing ended up in cahoots with the women. Hot on their heels were many outraged evil doers driving fantastic post-apocalyptic hot rods, but Max and the girls met up with a tribe of older more cunning biker women who contributed their bravery and motorbikes to the escaping group. Eventually they turned back and engaged their pursuers. It was their only hope. In the nick of time the head was ripped off the scary leader of the evil doers. Everyone including the mob in the bizarre society began to relax. Soon afterwards the credits rolled. I can say if it's action you desire in a movie then this 'wholesome' one has heaps. Apparently enough action footage was shot to ensure a sequel, so stay tuned.

    © MMXV Paul R. Weaver.

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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.

    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, May 21st, 2015
    6:39 am
    Baby flashback for number three


    Jill & Terry in 1981.

    I can't say enough how much my wife Jill and I love our nine children, their partners and now two our first two beautiful grandchildren. We've been seeing the two newest members of our burgeoning family at least twice a week since they were born and I'm pleased to report they and their parents are doing just fine.

    Since the births plenty of photos of the two newbies have been taken by various family members and ourselves for sharing on various forms of 'social media.' It's a term that didn't exist when Jill and I had our children. The closest we came was to have an announcement inserted under 'Births' in the classified-ads section of The West Australian newspaper. We did that with all our kids when they were born, but this newspaper trend appears to have almost fizzled out in 2015. I'm sure that social media is the reason. Nowadays everyone can share their congratulations and photos with ease, and it's free. Furthermore, SM provides an excuse for the older generations like us to dig out some of their now historical baby pics. Fortunately I photographed all of our nine kiddy-winks in the arms of their beautiful mother, and some of these have been put up for comparison with the two new grandkids. But the pic above is a 1981 flashback of our number three son Terry. He was pretty cute baby too, as I'm sure his beautiful fiancee Melissa would agree.

    © MMXV Paul R. Weaver.

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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.

    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, May 20th, 2015
    7:18 am
    Some snapshots from a Sunday drive


    Sightings from the passenger seat.

    Whenever I'm a passenger in a car I usually like to have a camera handy just in case something curious or amusing is spotted. And so it was last Sunday when Jill and I were heading home from the poultry auction at Gidgegannup. The four images above were one-off snaps I grabbed while strapped into the passenger seat. I tend to still retain an economic mentality from the days of film when taking photos. So what you see is what I got with a single shot expended on each subject

    The horse-persons were practicing horsy things on the muddy Gidgegannup show ground as we left. Some people like gnomes in their front garden, but as can be deduced in the second photo the owners of the Yarradale Stud preferred a fenced-in fake lion and giraffe. No rhinos or elephants were sighted; which was a bit of a disappointment. The statue of a young man waving an Australian flag was above a business near a Great Eastern Highway intersection east of Midland Junction. The green sign on the left indicates the way to Kalgoorlie. Beyond Kalgoorlie the highway continues for thousands of kilometers to the eastern states on the other side of the continent. The train photo was taken while we were stopped at traffic lights near Guildford. As you probably know, I always like taking photos of trains, but this also was a oncer.

    © MMXV Paul R. Weaver.

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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.

    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, May 19th, 2015
    7:34 am
    Aviation action at Perth Airport


    Plane-watcher's paradise.

    When Jill and I were heading home from the poultry auction at Gidgegannup on Sunday we called in to Guildford's Perth Airport. The purpose was to check out a new public viewing hillock specially created for aircraft enthusiasts to watch and of course photograph the silver birds of the sky landing and taking off; except that not many planes these days are silver - they're mostly painted to enhance the names of the dozens of international and domestic carriers which include Perth on their schedules.

    I love watching aircraft in action. One of the regular thrills for me as a very young child was the be taken on a Sunday afternoon drive to watch the flimsy Chipmunks and Tiger Moths flying from a patch of grass at Maylands. And occasionally we would visit the main passenger airport at nearby Guildford to gawk at propellor-driven piston-engined aircraft such as MacRobertson Miller DC3s and BOAC Lockheed Constellations with their distinctive trio of vertical tail fins.

    How times have changed. Jets have long replaced pistons, and there is a vast range of different types of huge aircraft constantly coming and going. Some, such as the once famous Boing 747 in my top left photo are now becoming scarce as they are superseded by newer, more efficient models. So to cut a long story short, our verdict on the new public plane watcher's knoll is that it is a great innovation. A perfect place to spend an exciting few hours. Entry is free. Daylight hours only. Nothing special is required for exciting pics. All mine we taken with a common 18-55mm lens. More info is at http://www.perthairport.com.au/AboutUs/PublicViewingArea.aspx

    © MMXV Paul R. Weaver.

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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.

    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, May 18th, 2015
    7:37 am
    A poultry auction at Gidgegannup


    Jill & others checked out some chook action yesterday.

    A lot of rain fell over the weekend, and plenty more has been coming down this Monday morning. The wet weather yesterday didn't prevent Jill and me making our way to Gidgegannup, a small town perched atop the Darling Escarpment beyond the metropolitan area. If the traffic is flowing freely it's about a one hour drive north-east of Fremantle. The purpose of our journey was to attend a pure-bred poultry pencil-auction in the Gidgegannup show-ground poultry shed. Even though we had no intention of buying, we were curious to learn first-hand how these rural community events worked. The procedure is relatively simple. There is a card with the name of the seller, the variety and a starting price affixed on each display cage and interested buyers are able to add the price they are willing to pay. Cash is always king. With chickens several lots comprised a rooster and two hens, which is a traditional way for disseminating breeding stock between enthusiasts. After an hour, the highest bid, if any, wins. At this pencil-auction there were about fifty cages of various exotic chook and duck varieties on offer, and at least as many interested potential buyers while we were there. Because we weren't buying we didn't hang about until the close-off time, but I did take a few photos. Community based poultry auctions occur at several rural locations around the state each year.

    © MMXV Paul R. Weaver.

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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.

    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, May 17th, 2015
    7:24 am
    My wife is a clever possum


    Another triumph for womankind

    My wife Jill is very clever with furniture restoration. It's in her genes. This week she did a brilliant job of recovering the Jarrah-wood foot stool shown in the picture. It was inherited from her dad. The old covering had worn out and developed a hole. The new covering with a chook pattern is made from a piece of manufactured tapestry we bought at Spotlight last month. Because of the cube shape Jill had to cut and sew together five pieces of fabric. She has also started work on recovering another stool inherited from my mother with the left over fabric. That stool only requires a single piece. It's made from Banksia, which is another Western Australian wood.

    Today is a bit wet and stormy. It will be perfect for lighting our lounge fire and watching the football on TV with our feet up on the newly recovered stool this afternoon. We'll take turns. LOL.

    © MMXV 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.

    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, May 16th, 2015
    7:55 am
    Political insult aimed at cats


    We were not amused.

    With the national and state economies in decline, politicians are keen to blame everyone except themselves. Yesterday in front of a bunch of normally malleable media on a Friday, the Western Australian state premier attempted to inject attention to a stereotypic cat into his argument that things were bad, but not as bad as they seemed. Perth Now reported, "WA has fallen into its first deficit in 15 years but (Liberal) Premier Colin Barnett says, "our state economy is not going to curl up in the corner like a flea-ridden moggy. Tighten your belts, it’s going to be a bit of a rough ride for the next 12 months, but I assure you we’ve probably reached the bottom of the trough… Everyone wants to sometimes get up and kick the moggy in the corner, well it’s not going to happen that way I assure you… We need to do some financial corrections, we’ll sell assets."

    I discussed this metaphor strewn, feline-phobic utterance with our tabby boss-cat Mad Max and as you can see with his expression in the top photo, he was not amused. He reckoned the only trough that politicians respected was the one that provided their salary and perks increases. He added that when politicians of any species start using metaphors in profusion it's a sure sign they probably don't have much of a clue about what they are talking about.

    © MMXV Paul R. Weaver.

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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.

    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, May 15th, 2015
    6:46 am
    Oldsters besotted by babies


    Lincoln & Jasper snoozing.

    Jill and I visited our beautiful new grandsons Lincoln & Jasper in their respective homes on Wednesday and Thursday this week. They were being cradled in the arms of their Grandmother Jill when I took the above photos of them. You could say both babies were engaged in a blissful snoozathon. That's Lincoln on the left and the slightly younger Jasper on the right. Of course my wife is well experienced with cradling babies seeing as we had nine beautiful ones of our own. We oldsters felt especially blessed with them, and now its happened all over again with the arrival of the two newbies. Besotted is a word that comes to mind. Enamored is another. We two certainly couldn't be more pleased at the moment, unless we suddenly hear news that other members of our tribe have also decided on a similar family development.

    © MMXV 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.

    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, May 14th, 2015
    6:02 am
    Secrets of our garden


    Glimpses of our garden.

    Hard to believe it's mid-May already and the weather has still mostly been warm and sunny. Some rain is expected here on the weekend. Meanwhile here are a few pics taken this week of some secluded sections of our back garden. The clump of creamish flowers in the top photo belong to bulbs of the African species Haemanthus albiflos. They quietly developed from a single specimen we acquired maybe more than twenty years ago. The stone wall at bottom-left is one Jill and I built from scrap limestone early this century. Not sure of the actual year. The green cherub ceramic dangling perilously from it was mysteriously broken several years ago. Maybe by a falling palm frond. The more recent terracotta Macau is safe enough because it has a glob of Silastic underneath. The pic at bottom-right is of a shady section behind our barbecue. No one goes beyond the low stone wall into this mini-jungle, not even our cats. Something mysterious could be living in there quite undisturbed.

    © MMXV Paul R. Weaver.

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    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.

    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, May 13th, 2015
    7:20 am
    Max the cat plants his arse on Picasso


    But is it art?

    Did you seen in the news yesterday that someone with US$$179,365,000 smackeroos to spare acquired a 1955 daubing by the long dead Spanish artist Pablo Picasso at a New York auction? The news prompted me to check our only book on Señor P to see if the rude cubist painting titled 'Les Femmes D'Alger' was represented. It wasn't, but there were photos of several other paintings of one of his compliant female associates which suggested his preparation for the big effort. The first edition of the profusely illustrated retrospective Goodbye Picasso by David Douglas Duncan (1974) has been with Jill and me since before we had any children. Much as we enjoy occasionally looking through the represented works of Picasso, I reckon US$179,365,000 is an obscene amount of money to pay for an original; even more so when converted to Australian dollars as AUD$224,778,419. Some people obviously have too much money.

    © MMXV Paul R. Weaver.

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    Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
    6:34 am
    In praise of selfies


    One good selfie deserves another.

    I heard a news story yesterday that many youngsters are spending as much as five hours a week creating selfies of themselves to post on social media. Reading between the lines, could this mean that the Abbott government is about to inflict a bizarre new tax on such activity during tonight's sonorous announcement of the federal budget? Not wishing to be so penalised I figured I had better post above pics of us two before the possible tax arrives, although technically the images aren't selfies because Jill and I took them of each other a few days ago. Why do we do it you might ask? Well because we can. Unlike some pusillanimous individuals I could name, we two urbanites have never been shy about taking and posting images of ourselves online. And furthermore we applaud others who do the same, including the youngsters who spend five hours a week at it. I reckon there should be an International Day for the Selfie if there isn't one already. Of course there is nothing new about recording one's likeness for posterity. It has been going on for thousands of years before the 19th century invention of photography. Portraits of any kind are a vital record of our humanity. They are a proof of our existence. They are a reflection of our souls.

    © MMXV Paul R. Weaver.

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    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, May 11th, 2015
    4:03 am
    How we spent Mother's Day in 2015


    Sharleen, Mel and Miss Darcy hit the trail.

    Mother's Day yesterday was pretty busy for Jill and myself. In the first instance we farewelled our good neighbours Mel and Sharleen who were departing on another longish 'grey nomad' expedition in their camper bus to the warmer northern latitudes of our fair land for some well deserved R&R. This time they have an extra adventurer with them in the form of a young sausage dog named Miss Darcy. It's anticipated the pooch will be very useful for eating leftovers and fending off attacks by any wild dingos and crocodiles encountered during the trip. We'll be enjoying the intrepid trio's adventures on FaceBook and checking their snail-mail while they are away. We expect they'll return when the worst of Freo's winter weather has passed.

    With M&S safely dispatched, Jill began receiving well-wishers bearing nice gifts and plates of delicious food for a Mother's Day lunch they'd organised amongst themselves in our back garden. Thanks everyone, it was a great success and very much enjoyed.

    Quite reasonably, the two couples who recently had babies couldn't attend so we visited them during the afternoon. Our new grandsons are doing very well, but both sets of parents are showing distinct signs of sleep deprivation.

    © MMXV Paul R. Weaver.

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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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    Sunday, May 10th, 2015
    6:14 am
    A happy Mother's Day


    Our beautiful mothers and their sons.

    Hereabouts Mother's Day is the second Sunday in May. So within our immediate family, besides my wife Jill, today there are our two new mothers Claire and Crystal to honour since they recently gave birth their their sons Lincoln and Jasper. That's Crystal taken yesterday with Jasper at bottom-left. The photo above them at top-left is of Jill holding our eldest son and Jasper's father Luke. That was taken in 1978. At bottom-right is Claire holding Lincoln last week, and above that image is one taken in 1986 of Jill holding our fourth son Tim, whom is the father of Lincoln. Got it all kids? Good, don't forget. So for all three of these beautiful mothers, thank you for allowing me to take your photos, and may you each have a very happy Mother's Day with your children today. :)

    © MMXV Paul R. Weaver.

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    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, May 9th, 2015
    4:49 am
    Welcome to another new member of our family tribe



    As will have been deduced from our notice above, Jill and I have some more happy baby news. It's the second time in less than two weeks. Last night our eldest son Luke and his darling Crystal became the proud parents of their first child and our second grandchild, Jasper Eric Weaver.

    So then, it's lots of congratulations to L & C, and a warm, loving welcome to your beautiful new baby boy Jasper; the most recent member of our burgeoning family tribe. JilI and I are absolutely delighted with the news. We feel so blessed with his arrival, which coincidentally has been just in time for Mother's Day tomorrow.

    We two oldsters learned in advance early yesterday morning that he was going to be a Friday baby. We eventually had a phone call from Luke about 9pm last night confirming that Jasper and Crystal were both doing okay. It's all been very exciting.

    © MMXV Paul R. Weaver.

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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.

    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, May 8th, 2015
    7:01 am
    My childhood home sweet home


    My happy childhood home and geraniums.

    The above house at 3 Galloway Street, Attadale was home sweet home for me throughout my childhood. My eldest children would recognise it because they visited their grandparents there many times when they were young. The house doesn't exist anymore. It was sold after the death of my mother in 1995 and eventually replaced with a two story dwelling a few years ago.

    The photos were amongst a batch of slides Jill and I digitised a couple of days ago. They were probably taken in the late nineteen sixties. I recognised my parent's tortoiseshell cat which was named 'Nutsy.' My parents always enjoyed gardening, and you can see from the splendid porch display that they were into geraniums well before Jill and I acquired the fascination.

    I have many happy memories of my childhood living in that humble house. My parents were always loving, kind and totally supportive of me and my endeavours. If they were with us today they would be equally thrilled by Jill's and my nine children; plus by the arrival of our first grandchild last week and the impending arrival of a second very, very soon. As a reminder for all our kids of what their Weaver grandparents (and great grandparents for the newbies) looked like here's a link to a pic I put online last month: http://fremantlebiz.livejournal.com/2015/04/08

    © MMXV Paul R. Weaver.

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

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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.

    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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