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Friday, January 20th, 2017
9:04 am
Bibra Lake update.


Bibra Lake from the NW corner, 19 Januuary 2017
Save the Bibra Lake stick.

Environmental passions have raged for the past couple of weeks as contractors under guard of many police commenced clearing a swathe of native woodland for a section of the Roe Highway, which will ultimately replace an existing road and a high voltage power line reserve running between Bibra and North Lakes. Yesterday morning reportedly 41 people were arrested where the native bushland was being cleared as part of 'Roe 8' about a kilometer north of the lakes. I think I understand some of the emotions involved, but the power-politics of the protestors are complex with multiple agendas. Frankly, I still mourn for the destroyed millions of acres of bushland I remember from when I was a child in the 1950s. But I also believe that like other freeway systems already existing in the metropolitan area, the benefits from a completed Roe Highway will outweigh the negatives and ultimately prove to be beneficial to the safety of the majority of the urban population. I took the above photo of a stick in the NW corner of Bibra Lake yesterday afternoon. I have been photographing this same stick for several years as a reference point for my observations of environmental changes to the lake. I am a friend of the stick. In a way it has become sacred for me. The new Roe Highway will pass very close to the north west corner of the lake. Temporary fencing is already in place. Will it be enough to protect the stick. I hope some some well meaning person doesn't grab it to use as a weapon. I say, "Save the stick!"

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Paul R. Weaver.

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

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

About the writer

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



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Thursday, January 19th, 2017
7:07 am
My Mother's birthday.


Paul Weaver&quot;s mother, Ruth Hetty Norris (1912–1995)
My mother Ruth Hetty Norris (1912–1995).

Yesterday was my mother's birthday. She was born 105 years ago in Geraldton and died aged 83 at an Applecross nursing home in 1995. I remember she used to mention in a good-natured manner that people rarely remembered her birthday because it was so close to Christmas. I thought of this last week when her great-grandson Tate was born. Times have changed and with so many relatives there's not much chance of that happening with him. My mother was alive to welcome eight of our children as their adoring Grandma. She missed meeting our youngest daughter who was born in 1998, but would have been equally delighted with her too. She would have also been absolutely thrilled if she could have met her three great-grandchildren. The photo of my Mother Ruth as a young girl was possibly taken in Fremantle after the conclusion of WW1. It was inherited from her mother Constance Norris, nee Wright (1887–1955)

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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.

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, January 18th, 2017
7:50 am
Free Shingles vaccination for oldsters.


Paul Weaver (center-left) at Puckapunyal Arny training 1965
Paul Weaver (center-left) training with the Australian Army at Puckapunyal in 1965.

I'm unsure when or if I've actually had Chicken pox as a child, but Jill says I must have otherwise I would have caught it from her when she caught it when she was 20 and working as a receptionist in a local doctor's surgery. I remember when I was 20 a few years earlier and getting into my basic training at Puckapunyal with the Army (see photo) when suddenly my entire platoon was quarantined for a couple of days because several men had developed a rash which a doctor suspected to be Chicken pox. Apparently it was a false alarm and normal training soon continued. Anyway, the general assumption for my generation is that it was a very common childhood disease which few children escaped. If you get Chicken pox at any age the virus can remain latent in the nerves of you body and manifest in later years as a temporary but very painful condition called Shingles. The federal government has recently introduced a free Shingles vaccination campaign for Australians aged between 70 and 79. Yesterday I visited my GP and received my vaccination for the dreaded condition. Hopefully I'm now fully protected.

© MMXVII 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.

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, January 17th, 2017
6:55 am
More baby business.


Tim and baby Tate Weaver on day six
Tim and Tate – the two Ts.

Our third grandson Tate is one week old today. Time sure does fly. I had the privilege of taking this photo with him and his dad Tim when Jill and I visited their home yesterday afternoon. Young Tate has grown since I last saw him. That's to be expected. He was born as a Capricorn. According to my ten seconds of internet research, "Capricorn men are determined and ambitious people, who want to get to the top to get the rewards. One of the best Capricorn traits is the fact that he is an extremely down-to-earth person. The man born under the Capricorn astrology sign prefers reality above outrageous dreams." Elvis Presley was a Capricorn. Thank you very much. :)

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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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Monday, January 16th, 2017
7:11 am
Another US Presidential inauguration looms.


Our puss Sally climbed up our screen door during a Trump TV doco.
Our puss Sally climbed up our screen door during a Trump TV doco.

On 21 January 2009 I wrote about watching the inauguration of US President Obama on TV. 'A big day for the USA' is online at http://fremantlebiz.livejournal.com/455233.html Eight years later his time is up and in a few days time his replacement, one Donald Trump will be inaugurated with a similar ceremony. Strange as it may seem to us outsiders, he has been judged by a country with a population of more than 325 million peoples to be the person most desirable to lead them 'back to greatness.' That's provided his already alarming rhetoric doesn't result in something truly catastrophic for Planet Earth. Perhaps it was some sort of omen that our cat Sally climbed up the inside of the screen door in our TV lounge last night while we were watching a news-documentary about Mr Trump. We've never seen her do this before.

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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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Sunday, January 15th, 2017
9:19 am
More baby talk.


Paul holding Tim 24 Sept 1986 Cosmo Newbery
Paul holding Tim Weaver, 24 September 1986

I came across an earlier photo than the one I posted yesterday of me holding our son Tim when he was a baby. Last week he became the proud father of the second of his and Claire's two sons. The photo of me holding Tim was taken by my darling wife Jill in September 1986 when he was one day old. Now he's 30. I'm sure T&C are as proud of their baby photos as we are of ours.

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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.

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, January 14th, 2017
8:26 am
Babies grow up fast.


Paul and Tim Weaver - March 1987
Tim had become an armful for me by March 1987.

Our son Tim and daughter-in-law Claire took their new son Tate home yesterday. I don't suppose they got much sleep last night. But, as most parents might appreciate, there is a light at the end of the tunnel and parental sleeplessness soon becomes a faded memory. Well sort of. Jill got much less sleep than me with all our babies. The above photo of Tim and me was taken by Jill in March 1987 when he was getting on for five months old and becoming a bit of a wriggly armful. Jill tells me that he and our other eight children were all walking by about twelve months old. Looking back, they sure seemed to grow up fast.

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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.

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, January 13th, 2017
7:52 am
A Friday contemplation of family.


Ivy geraniums to contemplate in our garden on a Friday morning.
Ivy geraniums to contemplate in our garden on a Friday morning.

What an exciting week it has been. The highlight for our largish family has been the birth of Tate to our number four son Tim and our daughter-in-law Claire. Of course he doesn't appreciate it yet but young Tate has inherited a great swarm of adoring aunties, uncles and two sets of doting grandparents. More relatives than he'll be able to count of his tiny toes and fingers. They're all good people. I was wandering around our backyard early this morning checking out some of our geraniums and thinking about the deeper meaning of family. How blessed we all are to be a part of 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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Thursday, January 12th, 2017
7:03 am
Meeting our new grandson.


Jill and Paul Weaver met their grandson Taate on 11 January 2017
Jill and I love babies.

Jill and I felt blessed yesterday when we met our new grandson Tate for the first time. Our experience was enhanced by watching the happy interaction from his older brother Lincoln who turns two in a few months time. We expect the two boys will become firm friends as brothers do. Our son Tim took the terrific photo of us two oldsters sitting with his and Claire's son Tate. Weather-wise, yesterday was warmish in the mid 30s. This morning it's coolish and raining. As both the babies develop they'll learn that besides family, oldsters talk a lot about the weather.

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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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Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
5:28 am
Grandson number three has arrived.


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Congratulations are in order.

My wife Jill took an exciting phone call from our number four son Tim early last evening saying that his beautiful wife, our daughter-in-law Claire had just given birth to their second son, Tate Timothy. It has ended months of speculation amongst other members of our burgeoning family about whether the baby was going to be a boy or a girl. I suspect there were some tricks being played by T &C to encourage them. For example, several weeks ago there was a report of a new pink blanket being sighted in their house. And last week apparently our son 'accidentally' used the word "daughter" during a telephone conversation with someone. Thankfully Jill and I remained unconvinced by these rumors and didn't commit to pink or blue. But now we know it's definitely blue and everyone can relax. Ha ha. Young Tate is our third grandson.

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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.

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, January 10th, 2017
9:11 am
On the business of giving.


2011 flashback: Jill and Paul Weaver with our nine generous offspring
2011 flashback: Jill and me with our nine generous offspring.

This week has started off pretty busy, we stayed in all day yesterday waiting for a couple of parcels to be delivered. One was tossed on our front verandah sometime mid-afternoon for us to accidentally discover. The other was delivered in exchange for a signature at about 5:30pm last night. It contained some new underpants for me. Someone had generously given me a fifty buck gift voucher for Bond's products for my birthday last May. At my age I tend to find gift vouchers are not as easy to use as people think. Similarly with store-bought clothing like shirts and hats, invariably I get given items which are the wrong size and have to be exchanged. Also I become embarrassed when it's obvious a lot of money has been spent on me for any gifts. A Lotto ticket worth about five bucks is plenty enough. Preferably not one already drawn. And here's a tip for those in our overly generous family who still want to insist on a big spend-up on me gift-wise. I enjoy an occasional tipple of Bailey's Irish Cream in the 750 ml bottles, and that doesn't mean a whole carton of the stuff.

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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, January 9th, 2017
8:02 am
Fish have rights too.


Birds on the Swan River, 7 January 2017
Birds relaxing on the Mullet River.

The horoscope in this morning's local newspaper for us folk who born under Taurus says "Your still need to be extra careful about what you post online." So this morning hopefully everyone who reads my daily utterances will enjoy the photo of birds relaxing on the edge of the Swan River taken when Jill and I went for a walk on the weekend. However, the thought crossed my mind why wasn't this estuarine waterway named the Pelican or Seagull River? Personally I favour renaming it the Mullet River because fish have rights too. There were lots of young Mullet flipping in the shallows when I took the photo on Saturday. Mullet rule, OK!

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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, January 8th, 2017
6:05 am
A stroll by the Swan River.


Jill and I went for a walk along the Attadale shoreline, 7 January 2017
Jill and I went for a riverside walk yesterday.

For a Saturday afternoon, yesterday's was pretty quiet when Jill and I went for a walk along the riverside shoreline at Attadale yesterday. Considering the weather was perfect, we saw less than two dozen people who had a similar idea. My wife and I always reminisce to each other on these walks about the childhood years we both spent in Attadale when much of it was still unspoiled bushland and ephemeral wetlands. The Perth cityscape behind Jill in the photo is huge now compared to what it was like when we were kids, and what's more, large developments are still taking place. Saturday afternoons have long meant yacht racing on the river itself and yesterday was no different. Jill and I were familiar with that activity in the early years of our marriage. Before we started having children we successively built and raced three classes of yacht.

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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, January 7th, 2017
8:09 am
Optimism rules, OK!


Our summer grapes are ripening in January 2017
Our summer Sultanas are ripening in January 2017.

There are many awful things which happen in this world every day. I tend not to write about most of them because of a current of optimism which prevails for both Jill and myself. Whenever possible I try to write about good things rather than bad. For example the bunches of grapes in the photo above are different to the 'Ladyfinger' variety which I wrote about yesterday. These ones are Sultanas and are on the end of a single vine growing about 9 meters away. We hang our laundry along a side path beneath. Last year we didn't enjoy a single bunch from the same vine. This summer our optimism has prevailed, at least as far as our Ladyfinger and Sultana grapes are concerned.

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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.

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, January 6th, 2017
6:53 am
We are constant gardeners.


Jill used her secateurs provide some more sunlight to our &quot;Lady finger&quot; grapes yesterday
Jill used her secateurs provide some more sunlight to our 'Lady finger' grapes yesterday.

As our children are aware, Jill and I are constant gardeners. Yesterday we were busy trimming quite a few plants to pile on our front verge for a green-waste collection next week. One of the things which came to my wife's dexterous attention was the 'Lady finger' grape vine on our side fence. The variety doesn't usually provide us with a lot of grapes, but this summer there are more bunches developing than we are used to. They are one of our favourite types of grape to nibble straight off the vine. As they plumpen up to become firm and sweet, we oldsters tend to not advertise the news of their exact locations amongst the foliage about when they are ready to eat. But they become even better when the foliage is thinned out to let more sunlight in. So as you might appreciate, judicious trimming of leaves becomes a sort of 'Catch 22' situation.

© MMXVII Paul R. Weaver.

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


Click here to email the Fremantlebiz experience to a friend.

RSS feed.

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

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

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

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

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

About the writer

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



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Thursday, January 5th, 2017
8:19 am
Backyard pool antics.


Paul Weaver with girlfriend Sally poolside, 5 January 2017
Old geezer caught by wife with girlfriend Sally poolside.

Our backyard wireless thermometer reached 42 degrees C on the swelter register yesterday. Too hot to get into our swimming pool because the surface water under the pool blanket becomes more suited to cooking crustaceans. Even so I had to roll back the blanket a little to add a 25kg bag of salt. The salinity was down because a few days ago Jill had flushed the main filter and topped the pool up with fresh water from our rainwater tank. This morning conditions were much more pleasant. This old crustacean was photographed at 7am by his wife when taking a dip au naturel with one of his girlfriends poolside.

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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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Wednesday, January 4th, 2017
6:59 am
Spare a thought for our furry friends in hot weather.


45 degrees C was a pretty hot day for Bubbles & Sally yesterday
45 degrees C was a pretty hot day for Bubbles & Sally yesterday.

We knew it was going to be a hot day yesterday, and it was. In mid-afternoon the temperature on our backyard wireless-thermometer reached 45 degrees C, which equated to 113 in Fahrenheit. It will be another hot day today. At 6am I already have the ceiling fan above me switched on. Most rooms in our house have ceiling fans. Our TV lounge has a reverse-cycle air conditioner, but we use it sparingly and only if we are watching TV. Last night we turned it on for about half an hour and then reverted to the ceiling fan. We try to use as little electricity as possible. We keep tabs on all our animals in such weather. Several bowls of water are available at strategic locations. We encourage them to come inside the house in extreme conditions such as yesterday. The two cats and the dog all appreciate the ceiling fans as much as we do.

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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.

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, January 3rd, 2017
7:17 am
Showing plants who is boss.


Jill nipped the flowers of our Beaucarnea recurvata yesterday
Jill nipped the flower buds off our Beaucarnea recurvata yesterday.

When we planted this specimen about thirty years ago we never appreciated it would grow as tall as it did. It was at about the same time we planted all the Cocos palms which we had cut down a couple of years ago. The Beaucarnea recurvata or 'pony tail plant' which is a native of Mexico is safe for the time being, especially since we bought the extendible Fiskar lopper last year. It has been perfect for chopping off even the highest mess-making flower buds which result in countless seeds and drunken bees for our bare feet to discover through summer. It was a warmish day yesterday when Jill and I were showing the plant just who is boss around here. Fortunately we finished the job before the temperature rose to just over 100 degrees F.

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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, January 2nd, 2017
8:29 am
We are what we eat.


My breakfast this morning, 2 January 2017
My breakfast this morning.

If it's true that we are what we eat then I'm happy to admit that a goodly portion of me is made from my daily morning breakfast of various cereals, fresh and canned fruit, plain yoghurt and chilled milk. Note that I said cereals, because in the bowl is an assortment of samplings from several varieties available from our pantry. Awaiting my decadent eating pleasure in the arrangement this morning was a mix of Kellogg's sultana bran, some raw oats, a shake of 'Be Natural's' cashew, almond, hazelnut & coconut mixture, a handful of Kellogg's All Bran and a couple of tea spoons of Psyllium husks. Added to all this was half a fresh pear diced with the skin on, some Australian SPC canned peaches and a spoonful of plain yoghurt. The final touch is always the topping up with chilled fresh milk. Mmmmmmm, delicious!

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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.


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RSS feed.

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

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

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

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

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

About the writer

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



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Sunday, January 1st, 2017
6:38 am
First day of the new year.


Millie, Sally and Bubbles are ready to face 2017.
Millie, Sally and Bubbles are ready to face 2017.

Jill and I didn't overly celebrate New Year's Eve last night. As the sun was setting on our back verandah we each enjoyed a single glass of Semillon with salad and chips, garnished with some meat on a stick. Then we watched two streamed episodes of the dramatised life of Queen Elizabeth II in the outstanding Netflix production titled The Crown. According to Wikipedia, "The first season, comprising 10 one-hour episodes, was released in its entirety on 4 November 2016. The Crown traces the life of Queen Elizabeth II from her wedding in 1947 to the present day. It is expected to span 60 episodes over six seasons, the first season depicting events up to 1955..." We'll be watching episode 10 tonight. Apparently this first series cost £100 million British pounds to make, and the second series is already in production. By 9pm last night we were both tucked in bed when Jill took 'Happy New Year' phone calls from our son Terry and daughter Kylie who were both three hours ahead of us on the other side of the continent. So it's HNY this morning to all our children and their loved ones; and of course to the real Queen, whom is now 90, but looks younger.

© 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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