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Monday, December 5th, 2016
7:54 am
Bibra & North Lakes revisited.


Weaver family at Bibra Lake, 1985
Flashback: The Weaver family at Bibra Lake in 1985.

I notice in this morning's newspaper that contractors are to start erecting fences along the neck of land between Bibra and North Lakes prior to the commencement of the contentious Roe Highway extension in the new year. Protestors have been outraged for years about the proposal for this development and a last ditch effort to halt it has been scheduled to be heard by the High Court later this month. I've been sort of familiar with the area since I was a teenager. In those days North Lake was a dairy farm and you could see cows grazing from the narrow road where the new highway is planned. The remnant bushland nearby is now infested with countless weeds and toxic plants such as Arum lilies. When Jill and I raised our family we took all our kids on nature study excursions in the vicinity of these lakes. The photo of Jill with our then three sons was taken in 1985. There are numerous observations I've written about this area and other wetlands since for Fremantlebiz. They are easily found using the LiveJournal search function. In my opinion the serious environmental damage to the area has long been done, and the Roe Highway extension will provide an opportunity for a degree of correction, including replanting of native species endemic to the area. There is to be an underpass for wildlife to connect between the environs of the two lakes. Completion is expected in 2020.

© 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.

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, December 4th, 2016
7:30 am
Secret Santa business.


Santa & Tim 1998
Tim and Santa flashback to 1998.

It can be deduced that our fourth son Tim had some important things to discuss when he sat next to Santa in 1998. What was actually mentioned remains a secret between the two, but judging by the look which I caught in both their eyes it was pretty serious stuff. Last Christmas Tim's son Lincoln continued with the Santa tradition when he met the man in the red suit for the first time.

© 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.

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, December 3rd, 2016
8:06 am
Preparing for Christmas 2016.


Santa & some Weaver kids in 1996
Flashback: Santa and some of the Weaver tribe in 1996.

Christmas is coming and there's no time to waste. Jill and I decided a couple of days ago that one of the Woolworth vacuum-sealed supermarket hams with a use-by date in mid-January 2017 was better off occupying space in our spare fridge in readiness those who can make to our place for a family lunch Christmas Day. Similarly, we've also acquired enough pork-rind to provide for the anticipated demand for roasted crackling on the occasion. As for the rest of the menu our guests will have to wait and see. The flashback photo of Santa and some of our nine kids was taken in 1996. I'm guessing that our three oldest sons Luke, Ken and Terry had become non-believers by then. Our youngest daughter Kylie was yet to be born. In the photo L-R are Dale, Tim, Fiona, and Peta, with Glen in the front.

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

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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, December 2nd, 2016
7:34 am
The meaning of Christmas.


Our old Nativity setting is still good in 2016
Our old Nativity setting is still good in 2016.

Even though I wouldn't describe myself or our family as particularly 'religious' there are a couple of welcome traditions which manifest every year in our house as Christmas approaches. One is the Christmas tree which I mentioned in yesterday's post, and today it's the turn of our old Nativity setting. In a world where there is so much human misery, both these sentinels of spirituality still maintain the fundamental reminder that spreading kindness, joy, peace, forgiveness and love can all serve as valid a pathway to human happiness as they ever did.

© 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.

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, December 1st, 2016
6:31 am
Christmas tree passed feline inspection.


Our Christmas tree was inspected by Bubbles and Sally, 1 December 2016
Our Christmas tree was approved by Bubbles and Sally.

Today is the first day of December and therefore the official start of Summer, so of course it's time for millions of Aussie families to appreciate that there's little time left to prepare for Christmas. Never mind what the skeptics think. We are free at last to get our plastic Christmas trees out of the cupboard and erect them in a corner of the lounge room for the cats to explore. There is an interesting legend involving a tabby cat and the baby Jesus. In gratitude for the calming effect the purring moggy had on her baby, Mary traced the letter M on its forehead and the mark exists on all tabbies to this day, including our Sally. See a clearer pic of her face at http://fremantlebiz.livejournal.com/2016/11/16/ Seeing is believing.

© 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.

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, November 30th, 2016
5:32 am
Another triumph for humanity, and this old geezer.


Paul Weaver and his two helpers, 28 November 2016
Me and my two feline helpers.

There was a third helper absent from the photo when I undertook to repair a set of solar powered flashing Christmas lights which had ceased functioning since last year. My son Ken had made an invaluable contribution to the success of the job by managing to undo a stubborn final screw on the control box. Then he did a quick swipe with a soldering iron to bring the lights back to life before he had to buzz off. Our two helper cats purred their approval. They're quite fond of flashing Christmas lights. These ones were the blue icicle type intended to create the illusion of being in Santa's icy castle within our backyard. Another triumph for humanity, and this old geezer.

© 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.

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, November 29th, 2016
9:18 am
A view of our mulberry trap.


Part of our back garden adjacent to the shadehouse, 27 Nov 2016
Part of our back garden adjacent to the shade-house.

The small courtyard adjacent to our back yard shade-house used to be where years ago Jill and I enjoyed a hot spa in the early mornings, but we eventually gave the spa to one of our sons in favour of the birdbath which can be seen in the photo taken at dusk two evenings ago. The area is enclosed by a gated low wall which has turned out to be a perfect trap for a weeping mulberry tree to drop its fruit into. At this time of the year they need to be swept up about once a week. The shadehouse in the background has its entrance on the far side. It our exotica department. Carnivorous plants, ferns and the like. Only my wife knows for sure what's in there.

© 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.

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, November 28th, 2016
7:12 am
Summer is almost with us.


Geraniums flowering on our back verandah at dusk, 27 November 2016
Geraniums flowering on our back verandah at dusk yesterday.

In a couple of days our southern hemisphere Spring will have made way for Summer. Already the best times to enjoy doing some gardening are in the early mornings and evenings. These are also the best times to take some photos because the light is subdued and shadow free. So just because I could, I nipped out into our garden at 7pm last night to take the above pic of some of the back verandah geraniums growing like crazy adjacent to our kitchen door. Currently some of them are watered by hand every few days, but we are about to connect each of the ones in flower pots to a trickle irrigation system which automatically comes on twice a week for seven minutes.

© 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.

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, November 27th, 2016
10:09 am
My father was Father Christmas.


Alfred G Weaver Stewart & Lloyds Leighton Father Christmas 1960s
My Dad wearing a red suit in the 1950s.

The photo above is of my late father Alfred George Weaver playing the role of Father Christmas at Stewart & Lloyds (Leighton) Christmas Picnic circa mid to late 1950s. Dad worked with them as a storeman after serving with the Australian Army in WW1 & WW2 and receiving his honourable discharge in 1950. You can see some of the workers' old cars in the background. S&L later became Tubemakers. The company maintained a reputation for looking after its ex-servicemen and even after Dad retired a representative would call on him every year to deliver a Christmas hamper. The kind gesture was extended to my mother after Dad passed away. I think I was in my early teens when I took the photo with Dad's camera.

© 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.

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, November 26th, 2016
9:06 am
The thought-police are loose.


Santa Claus and Weavers, Christmas1988
Flashback to Christmas 1988: L-R Ken, Terry and Luke spoke to Santa.

Late this week the loony thought-police have been getting space in the Australian media. The mayor of Fremantle has announced that Australia Day (26 January) will no longer be celebrated in the port city, apparently because it offends certain minorities. Instead there will be a hegemoniously patronising affair organised two days later. Meanwhile some academic in the east has claimed that Santa Claus is psychologically damaging for children. Choke! Splutter! That one hit a raw nerve. As I said in a Fremantlebiz posting only a few days ago, "Jill and I have always enjoyed playing along with with this harmless Christmas tradition." http://fremantlebiz.livejournal.com/2016/11/19/ I promised more such images and so here is another photo of some of our children with Santa Claus (Father Christmas). This one was taken in 1988. There's still more to come.

© 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.

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, November 25th, 2016
7:15 am
Fish & chips were pretty good during Tasmanian odyssey.


Neighbours Sharleen & Mel Sowden departed on odyssey, 1 September 2016
Flashback: Sharleen & Mel departed with Miss Darcy on 1 September.

Accompanied by their sausage dog Miss Darcy, our good neighbours Sharleen & Mel Sowden departed these parts in their Toyota Coaster camper-bus on 1 September 2016 for an exciting odyssey which took in the island state of Tasmania and many places in between. Some 10,000 km later the trio returned home safely yesterday. Their faithful old diesel engined camper-bus never missed a beat and used only about a litre of engine oil during the entire journey, which I'm sure will impress those of us with an interest in mechanical subjects. My wife Jill kept an eye on things for them here while they were away, and regular contact was maintained on Facebook. I learned that the Fish & Chips and meat pies were pretty good in Tassie. However, they experienced plenty of rain while they were away, and were pretty pleased to get back home to some of our abundant urban sunshine yesterday. Welcome back from your latest adventure S & M.

© 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.

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, November 24th, 2016
6:27 am
I don't enjoy wearing suits.


Paul Richard Weaver BA Hons 1 graduate ECU 1992
Suit flashback: Paul Richard Weaver, BA Hons 1 graduate, ECU 1992.

I don't wear a suit very often. Leastways not if I can avoid it. The pressure to do so usually comes from weddings and funerals. I can say that the best thing I like about wearing suits is when I take then off and my darling wife Jill puts them back in the wardrobe. I have no doubt I was born to be a shorts and tee shirt kind of man. Two other occasions I wore a suit under sufferance were associated with my Edith Cowan University achievements. The first which can be seen in the above photo was in 1992 when I received a BA with first class honours. Six years later in 1998 when I was awarded my PhD I had put on some weight and needed to upsize. You can see the outcome at http://fremantlebiz.livejournal.com/2016/03/29/ Suits seem so last century to me.

© 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.

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, November 23rd, 2016
6:53 am
Being prepared passed its use-by date.


Our pantry shelves this morning, 23 November 2016
Our pantry shelves this morning.

Over the years we've always maintained a small stash of food intended to see us through an emergency such as a huge meteor suddenly returning Earthly civilisation to the stone age. We reckoned that a couple of dozen assorted packets of dried pasta and a 10kg bag of rice might have come in handy, even though rice and pasta were not regular items on our domestic menu. Same thing with the single cartons of King Oscar sardines, John West smoked oysters, Australian canned salmon and Harvest brand Beef and Vegetable Stew. All these things were intended to save the family from a fate worse than death should Armageddon commence. But we did this so long ago, most of the stuff had 'use by' dates which were over ten years old when we started disposal of it this year. Jill and I never did like pasta very much anyway. Certainly not as much as the moths which had gotten into it. The last of the canned stuff was dispatched to landfill on Tuesday, and the old bag of rice seems destined for the same fate next week. Seeing as all of our kids have grown up and now live in their own homes, we don't intend to replace the cartons of stuff which we'd stockpiled. From now on our emergency rations will be confined to a few weeks worth of supermarket specials we actually like to eat.

© 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.

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, November 22nd, 2016
7:58 am
Garden bliss interrupted by Fukushima quake.


Our Christmas liliums are blooming - 22 November 2016
Our Christmas liliums were blooming this morning.

Christmas is a little over a month away and to remind us the clump of white liliums near our letterbox has presented us with its annual perfumed display. I took the above photo this morning when I went out to collect the daily newspaper from our driveway at about 5:35am. Since then I've seen confused reports on electronic media that a massive earthquake occurred soon after offshore from Fukushima in northern Japan. Apparently this has had serious implications for the ongoing efforts to make safe the wrecked remains of the Fukushima power plant which have been polluting the Pacific Ocean since March, 2011. I first wrote about that major nuclear disaster on 12 March, 2011 at http://fremantlebiz.livejournal.com/2011/03/12/ The Fremantlebiz search option at the top of this page can bring up other of my related entries since.

© 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.

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, November 21st, 2016
6:34 am
Feline action in the early morning.


Our black cat Bubbles - 21 November 2016
Bubbles slept through the excitement.

There nothing quite as startling as being woken by a cat fight inside your house at 5am. Leastways not for us two oldsters. My wife was first on the scene and discovered our youngest moggy Sally shaping up for some feline action with a furry stranger lurking in our garden outside a glass window. It seemed one or the other of the yowling animals might have been preparing to hurl themselves through the glass. Meanwhile our dog Milly, who likes nothing better than to break up a cat fight started yapping loudly and running excitedly in circles. I made the mistake of letting the pooch out. The stranger broke cover and took off in a northerly direction. Milly caught the scent and headed southwards. It took me ten minutes to get her back. A half hour later all is calm, but Sally is still staring through the window in case the furry stranger returns. Our other moggy Bubbles slept through all the excitement.

© 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.

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, November 20th, 2016
6:30 am
Every home needs a garden.


A tree-rose in our garden, 20 November 2016
A tree-rose at our place.

It's common knowledge in our family that Jill and I enjoy gardening. It has been that way since we became married some 43 years ago. Sometimes we made mistakes, like when we planted over a dozen cocos palms which ended up growing so large and dangerous they could be seen from space. One of the best decisions we made was when we had them all cut down a couple of years ago. Since then the plants in the rest of our garden have never looked back. This includes the pink tree-rose in the above photo taken this morning. It hasn't put up such a magnificent display for several years. The tree-rose could have been with us for about three decades or longer. I think we moved it once or twice. Neither Jill nor I can remember exactly when. But then successful gardening is a constant process of evolution. It would be impossible for us to tally an accurate list of our gardening experiments during our marriage. The important thing is that we are still enjoying some of them, like this delightful tree-rose.

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Saturday, November 19th, 2016
8:01 am
It's time to think about the Santa business.


The Weavers visit to Santa, Christmas 1991
Flashback: The Weavers visited Santa at Christmas, 1991.

When I was a youngster in the early 1950s the bearded man in the red suit was known as Father Christmas. Nowadays he's known in these parts simply as Santa. Jill and I have always enjoyed playing along with with this harmless Christmas tradition. To prove we did our parental duty we have several photos of our kids visiting the old geezer to determine if they had been naughty or nice in the preceding year. Of course we knew they had always been nice, even though you may be able to discern from the above photo taken in 1991 that some stress was being experienced in our family during that particular visit. With Christmas now less than five weeks away, I'm pretty sure there will be a few more Santa flashbacks appearing.

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Friday, November 18th, 2016
6:50 am
'HMAS Sydney (II) in Peace and War' book launched.


Historian Wes Olson with HMAS Sydney (II) in Peace and War - 15 November 2016
My portrait of Wes Olson with his latest work.

Tomorrow will mark the 75th anniversary of Australia's greatest naval disaster which occurred on 19 November 1941 some 250 kilometers off the West Australian coast in a battle between HMAS Sydney II and the disguised German raider HSK Kormoran. The Australian warship's entire crew of 645 men perished during the engagement, but 318 of the 399 Germans survived to become POW's in Australia. From the outset the incident became shrouded in secrecy and controversial speculation by many people which persisted for decades following the war. The location of the two wrecks only occurred in 2008.

This week my historian friend Wes Olson, who had an involvement with the 2008 discoveries, launched an important body of work resulting from his many other years of research on both warships. Titled HMAS Sydney (II) in Peace and War, the 610 page hard-cover, dust-jacketed book is richly illustrated with many never previously published maps and photographs. The author can be contacted through his Facebook site about how to obtain a signed copy. https://www.facebook.com/Wes-Olson-135976669844517/?fref=ts Wes's latest work is a followup to his highly respected, Bitter Victory: the death of HMAS Sydney, published in 2000.

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Thursday, November 17th, 2016
9:11 am
'Tis the serious cricket season in Oz.


Tim the teenage cricketer & sister Fiona in March 2002
Flashback: Our cricketer son Tim and his fan-sister Peta in the summer of 2002.

Anyone with a slight interest in Australian sport will be aware that there is turmoil in Australian cricket at the top level because of poor performance against South Africa. Heads have been rolling. I was reminded that three of our children Tim, Dale and Fiona played local-team cricket almost as seriously on Saturday mornings during their teenage years. In the above pic Tim was playing for East Fremantle in the summer of 2002 with his number one fan-sister Peta fussing over him. Tim was quite a good player in his time with a talent for the somewhat dangerous role of wicket keeping. He eventually was distracted by other sporting activities.

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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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Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
6:49 am
A dog and cat report.


Sally has been naughty.
Sally has been naughty.

Earlier this year our cocker spaniel Milly had several teeth removed and yesterday our vet gave her a free follow-up health check. I'm pleased to report that our pooch got the thumbs up health wise. Also, because we'd heard a rumour that some pet micro-chips had been failing our vet ran his gadget over Milly and confirmed hers was okay. Another thumbs up. Last night we watched 'The secret life of cats' on TV. Our young tabby cat Sally must have been inspired because after Jill and I had gone to bed she escaped outside when another member of our family came home. The first search proved futile, but Jill had better luck with the second about a half hour later. My wife gave Sally a good talking to, and told her she had been a naughty cat.

© 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.

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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