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Monday, February 8th, 2016
7:28 am
Flower power flashback for old geezer.



Paul Weaver (R) at a hippie-themed WA Mini Club Christmas party -1967.

In late 1967 I was freshly home from my role in the Vietnam War, been honorably discharged from the Australian Army and was regrowing my ginger beard when the above photo was taken on 15 December at the hippie-themed Christmas party of the Mini Minor Car Club of Western Australia. (I'd been a member prior to my conscription in 1965.) Just so there's no mistake amongst my children, I'm the bloke wielding the paint brush, wearing blue beads and a wig. It was emailed to me on the weekend by my long time friend and former member of the club John Alford. It and three slides of other members were taken at the event on my Pentax SLR camera trialling a new flashgun I'd recently bought. A few weeks later I was on the high seas bound for England aboard the Achille Lauro.

According to an animated description of the party in a later club newsletter, also received from my friend, a good time was had by all. The report read, "Those who could have perhaps passed for "normal" when they arrived were soon reduced to a mass of colours by a mad, half naked artist type and soon blended in with the rest of the flower children."

For me it is somewhat sobering to realise the photo was taken such a long time ago. Some of us old timers are still reasonably active, but sadly last week there was a funeral for a founding member Graham Purchas, whom with his parents had hosted the party at their Claremont home. Part of Grahams legacy is that half a century later some of us still remember what a great party it was.

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

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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, February 7th, 2016
8:56 am
A new frog in our garden.


From Our garden

Jill likes frogs.

Jill and I visited the local flea market this morning and the only thing that caught my darling wife's attention was a largish terracotta frog. She has long had an interest in fake frogs and we have a few others in our garden to keep the fake gnomes company. We also have real frogs, but that's another story.

Jill knew exactly where her new acquisition was going to reside. Atop the stump of one of our palm trees which we had cut down last year. As you can tell from the photo it was a perfect fit. Good one Jill. Thumbs up.

Today is going to be a hot one. A heatwave lasting several days has been predicted. We've got to hand water our frog-friendly garden before the sun gets too high.

© MMXVI 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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Saturday, February 6th, 2016
7:49 am
Tim Tam excitement in the burbs



New Tim Tams sighted yesterday.

Never mind all the bad things going on around us, the corruption, the crime, climate change. A solution is at hand. Yesterday in our local supermarket I discovered three new flavours of Tim Tams had arrived on the shelves. In Australia chocolate coated Tim Tams are the sweet antithesis of savory Vegemite. Both products symbolise in our minds what is good about our nation, and profits from manufacturing them steadily flow back to shareholders in the USA. They are our morale boosters in these times of adversity. At the same time they are our Achilles heel. Without either product to sustain our cravings we would crumble as a self respecting nation. Widespread panic would set in. Life would be like living in a Mad Max movie.

Being at the height of summer with a heatwave forecast over the next week didn't thwart our desire to buy these chocolate coated biscuits. At least two packets of them because at three bucks a packet they were about a third more expensive than regular Tim Tams. Last night over a cup of coffee I was keen to try the Pina Colada flavour first because Jill and I may be the last people in the western world who have never tried a real pina colada cocktail. They were very nice. We'll probably try the Strawberry Champagne ones tonight.

© MMXVI 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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Friday, February 5th, 2016
9:12 am
A quality image of a social trend.



Dolphin watching at Bunbury, 23 January 2016, by Jill Weaver.

Jill and I love sharing our experiences and photos. Whether or not they are appreciated by others doesn't matter. We'll keep on doing it regardless. The photo above was taken by Jill at Bunbury towards the end of our short southern coastal cruise a couple of weeks ago. I think it is technically outstanding in several respects. Perfect exposure and focus for starters, then there is the excellent composition of the subject, a row of people standing in the water waiting for a glimpse of a dolphin. Jill caught the action at precisely the instant the animal surfaced in front of our blonde haired daughter Kylie. In the distance our ship Astor can be seen tied up at the Bunbury wharf. But what I really like about the composition of this image is the anonymous woman with straw sun-hat in the foreground taking a photo with her phone. When you look closely at the line of people you can see others also pointing their phones at the dolphin. It is this modern social trend which has been captured so eloquently by Jill. Congratulations are in order.

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

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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.

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, February 4th, 2016
9:27 am
Elizabeth Quay 'open'.



Snow job prevails at Elizabeth Quay.

Thanks to everyone who sent kind wishes to Jill and me following my arty entry in Fremantlebiz yesterday. To celebrate our 43rd wedding anniversary we caught a bus to the Perth CBD to check out the recently flooded homage to the Queen of Australia (and Britain.) The grand opening was held last Friday afternoon to allow as many state government spin doctors and associated admirers of the project to celebrate the 'near completion' of the 440 million dollar dig-athon. (In the past the figure cited was much higher.) Disappointingly, no member of the Royal family attended.

To our surprise, yesterday there was quite a bit of evidence that a snow job might have taken place. Perhaps the politicians had become overly impatient. Behind screened fencing running parallel with the east and west boundaries of the project were numerous temporary structures still in use by the contractors. Yesterday it was obvious many workers were still on the job. The image above points to the north. The Swan River was behind the camera. The water in the rectangular quay was still very murky. Tidal flushing may be problematic. The public ferries transiting to and from South Perth have a new berthing facility in the quay. Worryingly, the skipper of the one we caught chatted on his cell phone for the entire journey.

I first wrote about this project on Friday, June 1st, 2012 at http://fremantlebiz.livejournal.com/771505.html Other mentions have been at
http://fremantlebiz.livejournal.com/2013/10/11/ and http://fremantlebiz.livejournal.com/2015/11/10/

© MMXVI 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.

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, February 3rd, 2016
8:06 am
Australian Gothic.



Forty three years of wedded bliss.

You may be familiar with the 1930s painting known as American Gothic by the artist Grant Wood of an older man with pitchfork alongside a younger woman. On the verandah of the building behind them are geraniums and sansevieria, both plant species which feature in parts of our own garden. The iconic depiction was in Iowa, where thankfully presidential hopeful Donald Trump was rejected as a Republican candidate yesterday. Read more about the art work at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Gothic

The deliberately posed photo which I have named 'Australian Gothic' was taken late yesterday afternoon to mark the 43rd wedding anniversary for Jill and me today. Thank you Jill and Sally the cat for the cooperation. We had some laughs doing a few takes with the remote trigger and juggling moggies to catch the just right expressions.

Our long marriage has been, and still is blessed lots of laughter, and of course our nine beautiful children. Thank you darling for marrying me all those years ago. May there be many more anniversaries.

© MMXVI 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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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016
8:13 am
Fads, phobias and fusspots.


From What we eat

Meat and three veg rejected by fusspots.

Jill and I have tended to be omnivores during our 42 years of marriage. Rarely complaining about food, and eating leftovers from our home-cooked meals has always been a way of life for us two. Not so for many of our nine children, especially as they entered their teen years and began getting cashed up from part-time employment at local food-flogging operations like KFC, Hungry Jacks, Red's Fish & Chips, Jesters Pies, Wok in a Box and Bakers Delight. My theory is those experiences was where the rot set in with negative attitudes to the simple but nutritious fare Jill and I have insisted on serving up right through to the present. None of the three adult children living under our roof work in the food industry nowadays, but they all have full time, well paid jobs and regularly reject what we offer. An example is the photo of the plate of food Jill prepared last week. Of course we realise it wasn't 'Master Chef' stuff, but I'm sure there are billions of people in the world who would have eaten it given the opportunity. Coincidentally another of our children who long ago left home was recalling nostalgically to us yesterday how he used to dread our attempts to cook Chinese style. He confessed he used to slip his portions into the rubbish bin whenever he got the chance. He thinks we didn't notice.

Notice: No children were harmed during the writing of this entry.

© MMXVI 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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Monday, February 1st, 2016
8:55 am
Weekend weather report.



Grandson Jasper with grandad Paul.

Jill took the above pic of our grandson Jasper with me in our backyard pool during a pretty hot afternoon last Friday. His arms and legs were all going at once in the water and after about five minutes of splishing and splashing I was ready to hand him back to his proud dad, our eldest son Luke. Jasper is now about eight months old. He and I enjoyed his first swim in our pool very much.

Following Friday, we had a wet and windy weekend here in Freo. It was wet all right with 7mm of rain on Saturday and windy with air movement at 20kph on Sunday, all according to the automated, but somewhat sheltered weather station in our backyard. I'm sure the wind speed was much higher in the treetops because some of the local birds were flying backwards. Anyway we are grateful for the rain, and I can see there is still a residual pool of water today on our front driveway where our morning newspaper usually lands.

Yesterday in answer to a world-wide recall Jill visited the Apple Store at Garden City to swap over the two power adapter/chargers for our iPads. The changeover was simple and without any hassles. The same device was provided with other Apple products too. Check yours at this link: http://www.apple.com/support/ac-wallplug-adapter/

© MMXVI 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.

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, January 31st, 2016
9:19 am
Back to reality after our southern cruise.


From Astor cruise, Jan 2016

Apart from the initial rough weather we enjoyed our cruise.

It was Sunday morning a week ago that our six night cruise on Astor to the south coast and back ended at Fremantle. Apart from the mal de mer experienced by Jill and Kylie during the first couple of days our experience wasn't too bad. I'm certainly still missing the delicious and unlimited Danish pastries and coffee at breakfast. One thing I can emphasise about the ship was the abundance of irresistible food served up for breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. There was barely a break, and always more than enough to eat. They also did supper, but we were never awake that late to try it. Our bedroom scales indicated I'd stacked on a kilogram while we were away.

We consistently found the crew polite, friendly and obliging. Nothing was too much trouble for any of them. The entertainment provided was excellent as well. I think you can tell from the photo taken on the final day by our daughter Kylie that Jill and I enjoyed our southern cruise. We'd also hiked around Esperance, Albany and Bunbury and been rewarded with seeing many new and interesting things. For the past week we've been home readjusting to urban reality.

© MMXVI 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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Saturday, January 30th, 2016
9:01 am
Bunbury; touristic gateway to the southwest.



Some touristic views of Bunbury.

Last Saturday we were roaming around posing as tourists at Bunbury, it being the final visitation during our six night voyage from Fremantle to the South coast and back. Bunbury is no more than a couple of hours drive south of Freo, but the Astor's captain cleverly ensured the final stage from Bunbury to our home port lasted all night. The top-left image shows the ship being reversed into it's berth last Saturday to ensure an easy getaway in the dark. The top-right image shows the snug fit.

We had our hiking shoes on when we disembarked and walked to where a bunch of wild dolphins on a regular basis attract tame tourists snared by a nearby marinarium with the prospect of a closeup ogle. No one knows why the dolphins do it. That's our blond daughter Kylie in the centre-left image being checked out by a curious cetacean. The next two images relate to a biologically famous estuarine mangrove swamp nearby. Famous because the mangroves are well south of their normal zone. They provide a nursery for some two hundred marine species. The final pic was of Bunbury's Koombana Bay taken from the front of the Astor in the late afternoon. The thunderstorm seen developing in the background was well north of Fremantle.

© MMXVI 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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Friday, January 29th, 2016
7:28 am
Cruising westward along the south coast.



Jill checked out the south coast last Friday.

This time last week our cruise ship Astor was en-route between Albany and Bunbury. As you can see from the lower photo we travelled quite close to the coast, but it was difficult to figure out what part of it we were looking at most of the time. Apart from some small settlements most of this part of the continent is pretty thinly populated. The binoculars Jill was using are about 60 years old. I inherited them from my Dad.

© MMXVI 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.

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, January 28th, 2016
8:13 am
Revisiting some Albany nature.



Jill and I like Dog Rock.

It seems longer than last Thursday morning since we were hiking on a bushland back-trail to reach the top of Mount Clarence in Albany during our short Astor cruise along the southern coast of Western Australia. Our youngest daughter Kylie gets the credit for taking the two pics of Jill and me posing alongside Dog Rock and at the summit. Albany is one of our favourite destinations, and bushland climbs have become obligatory for us oldsters. We were keen to pass some of our knowledge on to our daughter. That's her with Jill in the lower-left image.

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

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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.

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, January 27th, 2016
8:06 am
Esperance provided a burger cure for mal de mer.



K & J were prepared for some touristic action at Esperance.

Last Wednesday morning after a second dark and stormy night on the Astor, Kylie, Jill and I were eager to get ashore at Esperance on the southern coast. Unfortunately there was a very long delay after the ship berthed because of inadequate transport arrangements from the wharf to the town centre. Anyway we eventually made it, but because K & J had skipped breakfast they discovered they had a craving to visit the local Dome franchise and order some tasty hamburgers and icy cold drinks. Afterwards I was keen to visit a very long and historic jetty we could see at the eastern end of town, but a prudent enquiry revealed that public access had been terminated just before Christmas. So it appears yet another outstanding tourist attraction in this state will be allowed to deteriorate to the point it will need to be demolished at a cost of millions. With a thunder storm shaping up, by 1:30pm we decided to catch the compulsory bus back to the ship where lunch was still being served. We believed we were ready for the rough overnight trip westward to Albany. Apparently not so for about fourteen other passengers whom were sick of being sea-sick and decided to terminate their cruise at Esperance.

© MMXVI 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.

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, January 26th, 2016
7:48 am
Girt by the Southern Ocean.



Girt by The Great Southern Ocean a week ago.

Here it is already, Australia Day. The day we all celebrate our good fortune to be citizens of the land that is "girt by sea." Jill, Kylie and myself are slowly regaining our land legs since our memorable two night voyage to the south coast port of Esperance in gale-force conditions aboard the cruise ship Astor last week. Last Tuesday afternoon I was reminded that two thirds of the planet are covered by water when I took the above picture of a chunk of it from the stern as the wind was attempting to peel away my eyelids. Unfortunately Jill and Kylie were busy in their bunks down below with the awfulness of mal de mer. They still had one more night of suffering to go before experiencing the calming effect of Esperance Harbour.

So then, to all our friends and relatives, we wish for you to have an enjoyable and safe Australia Day today. Remember, Easter is coming.

© MMXVI 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.

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, January 25th, 2016
8:20 am
Southern Ocean cruising.



The cruise started calmly enough.

Last Monday evening of the 18th Jill and I with our youngest daughter Kylie departed Fremantle on a short cruise aboard the Astor to Esperance on the south coast and then visited all ports in between on the way back. So that is the main explanation for the absence of Fremantlebiz entries since. The secondary explanation is that shortly after the above photo was taken as we were leaving Freo a cheery announcement on the ship's PA system warned it was time to take the sea sickness tablets because we were heading into rough weather. They weren't joking. It was extremely rough all the way to Esperance. So rough over the two nights that Jill and Kylie plus many of the crew were severely afflicted with mal de mer - and haven't stopped remembering the awful experience since. We heard that at least 14 passengers decided they'd had enough of cruising and departed the ship with their baggage upon reaching this first port of call. Personally I didn't throw up, but I was certainly feeling a bit seedy by the time we reached Esperance. We all improved substantially when we eventually got ashore there and ate hamburgers at the local Dome. The return voyage between Esperance and Albany was rough too, and certainly wasn't a particularly enjoyable experience. But as you will read in the coming days, we didn't let the unseasonal gale force weather ruin our cruise entirely. Noticeably, now that we've been safely home for 24 hours, we are still swaying as if we were still at sea.

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

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Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
8:00 am
Taking a break.
On Monday evening of the 18th Jill and I with our youngest daughter Kylie departed Fremantle on a short cruise aboard the Astor to Esperance on the south coast and then visited all ports in between on the way back. So that is the main explanation for the absence of Fremantlebiz entries since. Entries recommence on 25 January, 2016.
Monday, January 18th, 2016
4:52 am
A flea market report for January.



Bubbles contemplated yesterday's treasures.

With the Christmas closure of the local flea-market now well and truly over, the January restart has enabled the acquisition of other people's junk for as little expenditure as possible. In the photo above, our jet-black cat Bubbles is posing with a ceramic platter replete with a fish design which cost two dollars, and a string of glass beads which set me back a further fifty cents. If either item survives for the next few hundred years I feel sure they will appreciate considerably. I don't believe cats actually recognise fish designs. It turned out Bubbles was far more interested in the beads.

© MMXVI 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, January 17th, 2016
9:32 am
The owl and the pussycat Sally.



Just good friends.

When it was very hot on Friday our young tabby cat Sally spent much of the day snoozing in the shade next to a metal owl on our back verandah. Cats usually don't linger in the same place for very long, but Sally was there again yesterday. The owl doesn't seem to say very much, which may be the reason for the friendship. Hands up who remembers this poem:
The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
O lovely Pussy! O Pussy my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
You are,
You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!

© MMXVI 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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Saturday, January 16th, 2016
8:37 am
Another family-wedding coming



Flashback: Ken & Melanie, Christmas Day 2013.

Our number two son Ken popped the big question to Melanie last night and for good measure slipped a beautiful engagement ring on her finger. Thankfully she said yes. Jill and I are delighted that she'll become our daughter-in-law. The beautiful couple haven't announced a wedding date as of yet, but hopefully it'll be soon.

Jill and knew there was a serious love spark between Ken and Melanie at our house on Christmas Day 2013. You can tell that from the above photo I took on the occasion. I recorded in my genealogical notes soon afterwards: "Melanie Watters, a lawyer and our Ken met though an online dating service on 28 November 2013. They found they shared much in common and declared on Facebook 13 January 2014 that they were in a relationship. She is a pleasant young woman who has been quickly accepted and befriended by our entire family."

We know that Melanie's parents Phil and Sheila will be as pleased for their lovely daughter as we are for our son.

Congratulations!


© MMXVI 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, January 15th, 2016
6:22 am
Writer's flashback to 1997




Before I started writing my weblog Fremantlebiz in 2004 I used to amuse myself by writing letters to urbane newspapers. It became a sort of addiction because I discovered that usually they were published. Whether or not anyone actually appreciated my missives was an entirely different affair, especially if they countered matters of protest:

11 March, 1997
Letters to the Editor
Fremantle Community Newspaper

Dear Sir/Madam,

As a long-time resident who lives directly under the flight path of outbound light-aircraft I feel obliged to say they are not a problem for me and my family, none of whom are aviators. Indeed we actually enjoy watching them pass over us as we work or play in the garden, and the occasional shadow provides us with a simple thrill.

Until recently we used to have a few incoming jumbos passing overhead, and really enjoyed
watching them too. Could we have them back please, and a bit lower this time. On the point of noises, I love to hear the train horns in the early morning, and sometimes the sounds of a ship can be heard from the wharf. The rumble of distant firework displays are another simple pleasure, as is the sound of the Speedway on Friday nights. What a pity we lost the Richmond Park Trotting Raceway.

I would also like to say that I actually like the smell of horse manure, and the sheep ships at Fremantle wharf. Similarly I like the smell of brewing hops from the Matilda Bay Brewery, as I do the smell of fish and chips and hamburgers wafting across from the local eateries.

Such sounds and smells are part of life, so don’t change them on our account.

Now if I did not like any of these things to the point they drove me to distraction, as is apparently the case with some of your other correspondents, I would move to the country; but then there would be those noisy tractors harvesting wheat at all hours of the night.

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

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Click here to email the Fremantlebiz experience to a friend.

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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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