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Monday, February 27th, 2017
9:00 am
Lingering memories of Rottnest.


Weavers at West End of Rottnest, 20 April 2007
Flashback: Weavers at Rotto's Cape Vlamingh in 2007.

Rottnest Island is only a short ferry ride from Fremantle and Jill and I have both been going there for holidays since we were children. But some of the best visits have been after we were married and had our own children to share the experiences with. Always obligatory was riding our bikes to the western end of the island. I took the above photo at the west end's Cape Vlamingh on 20 April, 2007. Left to right are Jill, Kylie, Fiona, Glen and Peta.

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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 26th, 2017
8:22 am
We all like steam trains.


Ken on an old train at Leonora - December 1986
Ken inspected an old steam locomotive at Leonora - December 1986.

Who doesn't like pictures of steam trains? The one above had long passed its use-by date when we briefly visited the inland gold mining town of Leonora in December 1986. We simply had to take photo of our second eldest son Ken undertaking an inspection of it. After all, the defunct locomotive had his name boldly emblazoned on the side. I wonder if it is still where we left it over thirty years ago. The many rivets holding it together suggest to me it was pretty old. No sign of any electric arc welding anywhere. There's a good opportunity for our son to do some online historical research about it.

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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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Saturday, February 25th, 2017
8:27 am
A good day for Rottnest.


Jill riding past Rotto main lighthouse, 18 April 2007
Island flashback: Jill coasting past the main lighthouse, 18 April 2007.

It's going to be a hot day today - over a hundred degrees Fahrenheit in the old measurement. A perfect morning to swim amongst the sea wasps to Rottnest Island. All the competitors in the annual race will be well on their way by now since the ordeal started at sunrise. People do the swim because they can. I'll be content to have a quick dip with Jill in our backyard pool. The flashback pic is from a set taken when we were at Rottnest in mid-April 2007. My wife is speeding down a familiar hill with the island's main lighthouse in the background.

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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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Friday, February 24th, 2017
8:44 am
Genetic survival in the habitable-zone.


Paul & Jill Weaver&apos;s baby photos
Avoid large sharks and rogue meteorites in the biological race to the future.

Maybe you noticed the news yesterday that a group of possibly Earth-like planets have been discovered orbiting a small star 'near' us. Using current technology it would only take a spaceship 700,000 years to reach them. Figure out how many generations of Humans that would involve waiting for a return signal signifying a successful mission. I think I can safely predict that it's not going to happen folks. Like never. The message I receive is that Earth is all we get to survive as biological organisms in the planetary habitable-zone business. Procreate or perish. I've no doubt all Humans are descended from common ancestors which existed beyond 700,000 years ago. Even the weird ones. We are all related. At least 8,750 generations were involved, and further back a lot more. Speaking as an old fossil myself, I like to think that in that same span of time into the future it's also quite possible that those of us who manage to produce children will also have biological descendants. But in order for that to happen the avoidance of catastrophic events through the many generations is essential, especially those involving large sharks and rogue meteorites.

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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, February 23rd, 2017
7:56 am
Fleas are us.


Evidence that a rat has been feasting on our grapes.
Evidence of a rat feast.

It's been a while since we treated our pets for fleas, but the need arose this week. Our two cats and dog started scratching, as did I because fleas like me more than anyone else in the family. We've figured their arrival has coincided with the ripening of our grapes and figs which in turn have attracted some nocturnal fruit-loving rats. The evidence can be seen in the photo. The fleas on the two moggies have been fixed up with some feline Frontline we had, but we need to get a similar canine product for our dog this morning. We've also placed some rat bait where the dog won't get to it first. Fingers crossed.

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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, February 22nd, 2017
8:47 am
Things which cheese me off.


Bubbles has no political opinions
Bubbles has no political opinions.

We had a light shower of rain early yesterday and the fine weather for the rest of the day. This morning it's overcast and the forecast claims there is a zero chance of rain. Go figure that out. As usual this morning's newspaper is loaded up with tragedies, crime and politics. I no longer read beyond the headlines of most of these type of reports. In addition my Facebook page has become loaded up with advertisements because 'friends' have clicked 'like' on one of them and this contributes to the algorithm which assumes I will be grateful to be included for the same message. Then there's the robotic political telephone polls. Normally we hang up on them immediately, but out of curiosity last night I let one through. I quickly figured out which party was behind it – the one that has a limp-biscuit for a leader. "Bring back the birch!" I say.

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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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Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
9:32 am
A refreshing few moments with a cat.


I was lying on the grass with Sally
I was lying on the grass with Sally.

There is a lot to be said for being owned by a cat, and even more for being owned by two. If you've been kind to them they'll let you talk to them about absolutely nothing. This photo was taken late yesterday on the small strip of grass in our front garden. Our tabby cat Sally appeared very relaxed and seemingly thinking about not much complicated. It was such a good idea at the time that I decided to join her. We lay near each other not talking about anything for about ten minutes. It was sufficiently refreshing to simply share the cool greenness of the grass until she decided enough of our non-conversation was enough and left me to go somewhere else.

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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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Monday, February 20th, 2017
7:48 am
Rottnest Island flashback to 1986.


Ken and Paul Weaver Rottnest salt lake, Easter 1986
Ken and Paul took a dip in a Rottnest salt lake, Easter 1986.

At one time or another all our nine children have enjoyed the experience of adventurous family holidays on Rottnest Island with us parents. The above photo was take at Easter 1986 of me and our number two son Ken testing our buoyancy in one of the hyper-saline lakes on the island. All our kids have conducted similar flotation experiments at different occasions when they were young. I also remember doing it with a group when I first visited the island on a week long camp with the YMCA in the early to mid 1950s. However, I accidentally swallowed a mouthful of brine and spent a couple of hours under observation with the island's nurse. Times and attitudes have since changed and for valid environmental reasons swimming in the lakes is now discouraged.

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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, February 19th, 2017
7:56 am
Keep Calm and Carry On.


A potted geranium in our back garden, 16 February 2017
A potted geranium in our backyard.

I guess like a lot of people I've been noticing the increasingly erratic behaviour of the new US president since he was inaugurated on 20 January, 2017. It seems that every day since he has exhibited alarming mannerisms which may be symptomatic that all is not going well neurologically inside his bonce. Hopefully the condition will soon advance sufficiently for him to forget how to launch a nuclear attack upon those he perceives as enemies. Meantime to ease the worry I've put up a 'nice' picture of a potted (not potty) geranium in our backyard. As they say, "Keep Calm and Carry On."

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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, February 18th, 2017
9:06 am
Our cat Bubbles is wise with age.


Bubbles enjoying the sunset last night
Bubbles enjoyed the sunset last night.

From memory our black cat Bubbles is about fifteen years old. She has a very sweet personality and often talks to me in cat language, not necessarily because she's hungry, but because she simply likes me. She usually accompanies me when I take out my laundry and takes considerable interest as I peg it on the clothes line. Jill and I had been on our back verandah enjoying a sundowner over some fried squid and chips last night when we noticed our moggy keeping watch over us from a nearby hand railing. Jill gets the credit for the photo. I'm sure our Bubbles is very wise with her age. Our younger cat Sally was nearby and is still learning. Soon after we all went inside for the night and watched TV together.

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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, February 17th, 2017
7:43 am
A coolish Friday for summer.


Sally knows where she likes to nap.
Sally knows where she likes to nap.

It's a cool Friday morning in this part of the southern hemisphere near Fremantle. The wind is bringing the message that it's even cooler in the Great Southern Ocean, which is where it's coming from. When I went to collect the morning newspaper from our front driveway the dawn bleakness reminded me that autumn is closer than we think. Even our two cats Sally and Bubbles have come back inside the house to do what they know best. Snooze. I read somewhere that domestic cats spend about 17 hours a day snoozing. The picture above is of Sally practicing the nobel art on our back verandah a few weeks ago. Zzzzzz!

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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, February 16th, 2017
8:01 am
What, me worry!


Our geraniums are doing just fine this morning - 16 February, 2017
Our geraniums are doing just fine this morning.

I just did a quick skim through the daily newspaper which was delivered to our driveway this morning. I don't know why I bother. Its full of depressing articles I no longer have the patience or desire to digest. It seems that everything and everyone connected with civilisation as we know it is struggling to survive. This includes the declining global and domestic economies, raging global and domestic politics, erosion of our social priorities, the decline of racial tolerance, the rise of superbugs, the impact of global warming, the threat of terrorists and assassins, the proliferation of drug dealers and addicts, overflowing prisons and the risk of total obliteration of the human species by either a rogue asteroid or a thermonuclear war between mentally unstable belligerents in the northern hemisphere. The list of threats we currently face in the second decade of the twenty first century could be worse. Thankfully, our geraniums are doing just fine this morning.

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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, February 15th, 2017
7:29 am
Why I enjoy photography.


Jill maintained the pose despite the efforts of Millie
Jill maintained her composure despite Millie's attention.

The photo of Jill I used for my Vallentine's Day tribute was one of a set of ten I took of my wife wearing a new dress last weekend. She hadn't seen any of the results of the sitting until the image I selected of her appeared yesterday. The photo above is one of the several others that were interrupted by our dog Millie; that is until she was kindly persuaded to buzz off. There is nothing I enjoy more than photographing Jill. She is usually patient with my directions and the results are invariably pleasing, unless she blinks. Thank you my darling for being such a cooperative model. I look forward to another photographic session with you very soon.

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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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Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
7:18 am
A Valentine poem for my wife.


My beautiful wife Jill has been my only Valentine
My beautiful wife Jill is the love of my life.

A love poem.

I love fish & chips,
I love bacon,
I love lamb chops, just the way you cook 'em,
I also love it when you make mince-meat pies,
But most of all I love you Jill – my one and only Valentine.



© 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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Monday, February 13th, 2017
7:21 am
Our sweet and juicy grapes are ready to eat.


It&apos;s time to start eating our grapes - 13 February 2017
Fruits of our vines.

The sky is overcast again this morning an Jill has just let me know that there may be a few showers later in the day. Yesterday was dryish so we delivered a large bunch of seedless sultana grapes to our grandson Lincoln and his parents. Their new baby son Tate is growing nicely but will have to wait a while before he's old enough to try grapes. So for any of our other adult children and their loved ones the word is that the first of this summer's sweet and juicy pesticide-free grapes are ready to harvest from our vines and we welcome visitations to pick a large bunch. I definitely don't want to hear any stories that someone bought grapes from a supermarket.

© 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, February 12th, 2017
4:24 am
A sunbeam provided something extra special.


Jill Weaver hand stitching an orange veil in morning sunlight, February 2017
Jill hand stitching an orange veil in morning sunlight.

I've been itching to put up this photo of my wife sewing under a sunbeam streaming through a window since I took it a couple of weeks ago at the end of January, but I was obliged to wait until now because the orange veil she was working on was secretly being prepared for our future daughter-in-law Melanie's Hen's event yesterday. Veils have had significance for women since the dawning of civilisation. The purpose of the veil under such circumstances as yesterday was to signify to everyone else present the special status of the woman who wore it. Orange just happened to be Melanie's favourite colour. I think the sunbeam cast a perfect light upon it as it was being made.

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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, February 11th, 2017
10:31 am
Still plenty of wet stuff around.


An orange geranium in our garden
An orange geranium in our backyard this morning.

Well, we have only had 20mm of rain fall in our backyard overnight and it seems positively dry compared to 80mm Thursday. The local rivers have started flooding. Some friends of our family who have a farm inland from Perth have reported that a creek on their property has started flowing for the first time in 20 years. Today has been scheduled for a bridal shower or hen's event for our future daughter-in-law Melanie. A flock of 'hens' including my wife and three daughters have just departed for a rendezvous with others to undertake some secret women's business which will include lunch at a salubrious vineyard in the upper-Swan River region. The women all had to wear something orange, which is Mel's favourite colour.

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Friday, February 10th, 2017
8:34 am
A big wet, and it's still summer.


Jill took Millie for a mid-summer walk in the rain this morming.
Jill took Millie for a mid-summer walk in the rain yesterday morning.

It's Friday at last. Yesterday in what used to be called 'The State of Excitement' we experienced the coldest February day ever officially recorded with a max of 17.3 degrees C. It rained for much of yesterday, then last night the heavens really opened up. Our automated backyard rain gauge which resets at noon each day had received 73mm of aqua-pura by 8am this morning and the wet stuff is still coming down. I won't be surprised if 80mm has registered over the 24 hours by noon today. Thankfully we haven't experienced any flooding at our place. Tapping the side of our rainwater tank it sounds like it's full as a goog. All this and it's still officially summer. The inclement weather will of course be good for our garden. Already the geraniums are looking very refreshed. I can safely say that both our cats and dog have curled up inside the house for the rest of the day. The pic of Jill with our puddle loving dog was taken in the rain yesterday.

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Thursday, February 9th, 2017
9:05 am
Democracy in action Western Australia style.


The next state election is on Saturday, 11 March 2017
The election is on 11 March.

On 8:30 am Thursday morning here in the Freo area it's cool with plenty of rain coming down. Campaigning is well underway for a state election on 11 March. There are more monkeys than bananas with some of the ideas which candidates have projected to the voters so far. Labor lost me a while back when their obsequious leader publicly vowed to cancel the long-planned Roe 8 highway extension in support of a small but ardent minority of protestors. The state Liberals on the other hand have vowed to complete the Roe 8 infrastructure, and to emphasize the point much of the route which runs between Bibra and North Lakes has already been cleared in readiness for the main road works to commence.
Wikipedia has an informative page explaining the 2017 state election at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Australian_state_election,_2017 For anyone not registered to vote in the democratic process they should know that the electoral rolls close off today. The next few weeks are going to be pretty interesting. Zzzzzz!

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Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
8:29 am
Some Chinese inspired excitement for our family.


Two of our sons performed with a new Chinese dragon, 7 February 2017
Glen and Dale performed with a Chinese dragon last night.

Last night Jill and I attended the nearby southern studio of the Chinese Kung Fu and Tai Chi Academy to watch our adult sons Dale, Glen and their long-time friend Gene demonstrate, along with other members of the organisation, some of the various traditional skills which are taught. The noisy evening started with some very impressive Lion dancing which was followed by routines with flashing sabres, bamboo sticks and other Chinese martial arts weaponry. The final act featured very complex choreography with the recently imported long dragon which is featured in my photo above. Our two sons were among those holding the sticks aloft to put it through its spectacular black-light contortions. Jill, I and other members of our family enjoyed watching all the performers during the evening. We were proud of our sons. The applause was well deserved.

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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

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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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