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Sunday, August 30th, 2015
8:50 am
A red geranium on a brick wall


From Our garden

We like the glazed terracotta wall pot.

I'm hopeful that by Christmas this geranium collecting some morning sunlight will be much larger with many more flowers. In the meantime what we see is what we get. We'd like to have more wall pots too, but finding nice terracotta ones, either glazed or unglazed in this part of the world has become a challenge. In the garden centers they seem to be getting overtaken by plastic ones. The one in the photo is of course glazed terracotta. Some readers will have seen the same image a couple of days ago when I posted it on the Spanish Facebook site, Geranios.

© MMXV Paul R. Weaver.

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About the writer

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



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Saturday, August 29th, 2015
8:16 am
We like babies



Jasper and Lincoln yesterday

Our two grandsons Jasper and Lincoln are our first grandchildren; they have been the family stars of 2015. Both are now over 16 weeks old with Lincoln on the right being the eldest by two weeks. It goes without saying that Jill and I adore both of them, as indeed do all their aunties and uncles. I took the two pics when we saw them yesterday. Lincoln was in a happy mood like his cousin, but became somewhat analytical every time he noticed the camera. Sleep-wise both sets of parents have been doing as well as could be expected. We are so proud of them too. Well done to everyone.

© MMXV Paul R. Weaver.

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

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

About the writer

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



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Friday, August 28th, 2015
7:58 am
Late winter glimpses from the Attadale shoreline.


From Swan River

Golden Wattles are Australia's floral emblem.

I took the three pics above when I was walking along the southern shoreline of the Swan River at Attadale last Wednesday. They are perhaps an example of beauty and the beast; the beast being the outline of the Perth CBD in the background and the beauty being everything else, including the ancillary images of the three black cockatoos doing a flypast and a Willy Wagtail eyeing me off. The sky was overcast at the time and this is reflected in the overall tone of the photographs.

© MMXV 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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Thursday, August 27th, 2015
7:59 am
Early Spring at Alfred Cove


From Nature study

Spring is springing.

Jill dropped me off at nearby Alfred Cove yesterday afternoon for a couple hours while she went shopping with one of our daughters. I certainly could feel that the blanket of Spring was in the air in that part of the world. The birds were a great indicator that they were warming up for some post-winter action. Within minutes of my arrival I had seen two sets of brand new ducklings which were discovering the arts of foraging with their parents. Busy too in an adjacent thicket was the Willy Wagtail depicted in the bottom-left image and the Red-wattle Bird tasting the nectar of a Grevillea close by. I guess that soon there'll be migratory species arriving from distant places such as Siberia in the northern hemisphere.

© MMXV Paul R. Weaver.

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

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

About the writer

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



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Wednesday, August 26th, 2015
8:20 am
The Moon eclipsed by a bread & butter pudding.



The Moon, captured in daylight.

With secateurs in hand yesterday afternoon I was wandering about our back garden which was still basking in some late afternoon sunshine filtering through a very clear blue sky when I noticed the Moon at 'Ten o'clock high' to the east of us. I tend not to pay much attention to the Moon in daylight, but yesterday it's features were so conspicuously clear I swapped the geranium snippers for a camera. As I was on my way back through our kitchen with my Nikon and a 200mm lens I mentioned my intention to my dear wife who was preparing a bread & butter pudding. "Come and look at the splendid Moon!" I excitedly invited. Jill followed out of politeness as far as our back verandah, but not to where I was further down in the garden. I think she muttered something like, "Very nice dear." as she returned to the kitchen. I later learned that she thought I'd been talking about the sun, which was still clearly visible in the north west. Regretfully, I forgot to take a photo of the bread & butter pudding we later scoffed down together. However, it was a perfect culinary eclipse which was totally delicious.

© MMXV Paul R. Weaver.

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

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

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

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

About the writer

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



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Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
6:45 am
Ivy-geraniums blooming in our garden.



A selection of winter flowers.

Jill and I enjoy our geraniums throughout the year. I took the above pictures yesterday as they were basking in the late afternoon winter-sunshine which was trickling into our back garden. They mostly represent different varieties of trailing ivy-geraniums. In the wings there were at least as many other different ones with flowers, but either the light wasn't quite right or they were looking a bit ratty after the heavy rain last week. The ivy-geranium plants themselves love winter rain and they'll all be presenting plenty more new blooms during the next couple of weeks. Exciting too are some of the new varieties appearing in the commercial garden centers, just in time for Spring which is only a few days away.

© MMXV Paul R. Weaver.

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

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

About the writer

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



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Monday, August 24th, 2015
7:13 am
Train travel is a possible cure for Mondayitis.

For our train passenger pleasure.

Does Mondayitis exist amongst train passengers? Well I have two friends who go to work on a train pretty well every day and I never heard a complaint from either. One is a journalist and the other a lawyer. They travel of different lines and have never met, but they both share a common liking for strong coffee and cakes.

I think it must be an exhilarating experience them to go to work, do lots of interesting things, and then at the end of the day go home on a train. So much better than in a bus or car. The trains surge past all the road traffic with such ease and generate a deserved sense of commuter superiority. I'm sure most car drivers are quite envious when the get passed by a train. If there weren't glass widows some train passengers might be tempted to deliver encouraging insults such as, "Eat my shorts!" So in a sense Jill's photo above is tribute to everyone who commutes by train on this crisp Monday morning. May hot coffee and freshly baked cakes be yours to enjoy after you arrive at work.

© MMXV Paul R. Weaver.

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

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

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

About the writer

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



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Sunday, August 23rd, 2015
7:10 am
The return of the Grey Nomads

Darcy visited crocodile country.

Our good neighbors Mel, Sharleen and their sausage dog Darcy returned safely from a lengthy round-the-continent tour in their Coaster bus yesterday afternoon. I wrote on 11 May about their departure at http://fremantlebiz.livejournal.com/2015/05/11/ We know they had a good time during their adventure because we enjoyed almost daily updates and photos via FaceBook. We figured they might soon head back west a few weeks ago when there was snow in tropical Queensland. While they've been away we've been keeping an eye on their house, mail and weeds. Their Coaster bus was reliable as ever, and they only had one puncture while the trio were away. Welcome home folks.

© MMXV Paul R. Weaver.

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

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

About the writer

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



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Saturday, August 22nd, 2015
8:56 am
Am I a worry-wart?
I don't think I'm a a serious worry-wart, but in these turbulent times and with so many adventurous people in our family the thought of things going wrong sometimes crosses my mind when I lie quietly in bed. For example our 20 year old son Glen who is a third year electrical apprentice came home from work as usual yesterday afternoon and revealed he had received an electric shock on a major rewiring job in an old building. His supervising boss immediately arranged for him to have a medical checkup which thankfully he passed. The incident has been formally reported and he's gone back to work today for some weekend overtime.

Then last night Melissa, the fiancé of another of our sons, flew to South Korea with a team of work colleagues for an inspection of a significant joint-engineering project. This is Mel's second such trip there. She also has much other travelling experience. Unfortunately yesterday there was news of belligerent threats for an 'all out war' between the North and South Koreans. There has already been an exchange of artillery fire by both sides across the border. Anger and hostility seems to be prevailing. Furthermore, in the background are some 28 thousand US troops in South Korea for annual military exercises. All this is a bit worrying.


Sally has no worries in August 2015.

© MMXV Paul R. Weaver.

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

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

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

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

About the writer

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



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Friday, August 21st, 2015
6:45 am
Domestic archaeology.
From Our garden

Terracotta snails & geraniums.

My darling wife Jill is quite fond of the few garden ornaments which we have collected over the 40 or so years of living where we do, so she was very pleased to discover the terracotta snails above when she was doing some digging a few weeks ago. How they became accidentally buried and then forgotten is one of life's mysteries, but such rediscoveries have happened before. Old toys, spoons and pieces of Lego are just a few items that come to mind. We tend regard ourselves as domestic archaeologists when digging. After being washed the snails were in perfect condition and of course there was no question of them being disposed of. By mutual consent we decided to place them between two new geraniums in a small section accommodating a climbing rose at the front of our house. We agree that we made the right choice. So it seems do the snails and geraniums.

© MMXV Paul R. Weaver.

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RSS feed.

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

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

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

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

About the writer

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



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Thursday, August 20th, 2015
8:11 am
Fair suck of the sauce bottle mate.
We have had much rain fall here with heavy intermittent showers throughout the night. Our morning newspaper was half soaked when I collected it from the driveway. Not that is anything to complain about when so much of the news it contains is about the vile behaviour of the human species both locally and overseas. Plus we have a prime minister who seems to be becoming more paranoid by the day about his own political survival. The daily utterances from him and his stooges that they are doing a good job is wearing a bit thin. If the Liberals don't choose someone else less bonkers to lead their party soon I'll be very much surprised. The present incumbent has been sucking the proverbial sauce bottle for long enough.

There has been some important football news since the near-win in the Derby last Sunday. One of the Weagles has been suspended for two games after being found guilty of biting a Freo player's arm during the game. The guilty verdict and suspension caused outrage amongst the Weagles supporters and merriment amongst the Freo mob. The reckoning is that no matter how tasty a player might appear, eating anyone is beyond the rules, especially without tomato sauce. On that last point I discovered yesterday a huge stack of Fountain Tomato Sauce in our local supermarket with specific AFL club labeling. It has the potential to enable Weagle carnivores to make the tasting of players from any team in the league much more palatable without feeling guilty. Naturally I purchased a bottle with the Freo Dockers label purely for illustrative purposes.


Fremantle Dockers tomato sauce.

© MMXV Paul R. Weaver.

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

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

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

About the writer

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



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Wednesday, August 19th, 2015
8:04 am
A Vietnam flashback to 1966
From Puckapunyal to Vietnam - Australian Army flashbacks during 1965, 1966 & 1967

Vietnamese flowerpots in 1966.

Yesterday was Vietnam Veterans Day, but I confess it had slipped my mind until I heard a mention on the car radio while Jill and I were on our way to the Spud Shed to buy vegetables for our paleo diet. It's been 49 years since I went to Vietnam as a conscript with the Australian Army. Next year will mark half a century. It'll probably seem like it too. I had a look through some of my Vietnam photos this morning and found the one above of a pottery shop which was taken in 1966. I searched for the address on Google Earth but unsurprisingly nothing came up. Much has changed in Vietnam since I was there.

My personal war experience was punctuated by spare time observations of many of the type of things which still interest me today. Besides beautiful flower pots, I also took photos of animals, insects, plants and gardens, scenery, historic buildings, tasty food and Vietnamese people going about their daily business.

Lest we forget that Vietnam Veterans Day is also a time for remembering that some 500 Australian service personnel perished during that war and 2,629 were wounded. Furthermore, many others have been haunted by traumatic experiences through to the present.

© MMXV Paul R. Weaver.

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RSS feed.

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

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

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

About the writer

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



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Tuesday, August 18th, 2015
8:02 am
Observing tragedies on the TV

For the victims.

I just flicked through some of the TV news stations at 6am this morning and the big story is a terrorist explosion which occurred early last evening in Bangkok, Thailand. The familiar theme with over and over replay of images was well under way: The actual explosion captured on a dashcam, people running away, countless police and military on the scene, and studio commentators speculating on which terrorist organisation was responsible. Importantly for Australian media too will be whether or not any Australians were amongst the victims. It has already been established that a popular Australian rock star on holiday in the Asian city is safe.

Elsewhere, in China the authorities and civil population are still reeling from an immense and terrible chemical explosion which occurred 12 August in the port city of Tianjin. Sadly, both traumatic events will create a legacy of enduring heartache and pain for many survivors. Sadly, these type of major tragic events unfolding on our TV seem to becoming increasingly common.

© MMXV Paul R. Weaver.

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


Click here to email the Fremantlebiz experience to a friend.

RSS feed.

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

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

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

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

About the writer

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



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Monday, August 17th, 2015
7:37 am
Derby daze & a new cat
Well the rain is drizzling down this morning as if to further dampen the spirits of Fremantle football fans who watched the Dockers experience a near-win in the Derby against the Weagles yesterday afternoon. Nevertheless, Freo still remains the top team on the AFL ladder. I recall a conversation on the day before with a family member whom is a long-time Freo member and very knowledgeable about the game and its strategic twists and turns. I was surprised when he told me it would be advantageous for Freo if they lost the Derby because this would in a convoluted way ensure the Weagles had more difficult opponents to overcome than Freo in the semi-finals. So if this is true it seems yesterday's loss was actually a type of tacit win for Fremantle.

Behind every cloud is a silver lining. While we were watching the game on TV yesterday our daughter Peta and partner Luke were busy adopting a silver coloured moggie from the Cat Haven. Her name is Amidala, one which will have some significance for Star Wars fans. She a very pretty young cat which will undoubtedly contribute to making P&L's brand new house into a home. Congratulations Amidala on your choice of parents.


Amidala was welcomed by P&L yesterday.

© MMXV Paul R. Weaver.

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


Click here to email the Fremantlebiz experience to a friend.

RSS feed.

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

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

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

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

About the writer

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



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Sunday, August 16th, 2015
6:58 am
Spring is springing fast.
From Our garden

We like to spend up at garden centres.

One of the things we like to do almost every week is check out the local garden centres for bargains, and especially any new introductions in the geranium and succulent displays. Now that Spring is fast approaching we have to be on our toes or miss out. We've learned over time that if we see something we really like then to buy it, because there's a good chance of missing out otherwise. The above pics were taken at different places on Friday just past, but I confess we'd visited other nurseries on a couple of days earlier in the week. As you can see we bought a nice orangish and white striped ivy geranium we didn't have in our collection. That took care of almost ten bucks, but what the heck. And we considered the 40 litre bags of premium potting mix were a bit of a bargain at three for $20. All in all we spent about a hundred bucks last week on garden stuff. Shocking!

© MMXV Paul R. Weaver.

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RSS feed.

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

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

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

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

About the writer

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



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Saturday, August 15th, 2015
9:20 am
Remembering the end of WW2.
As I recall 15 August used to be called VJ Day by my parents to commemorate the victory over Japan in 1945, but the Australian War Memorial dismissively claims it was always officially VP Day for Victory in the Pacific. I never heard of it being called VP day until I was in my 40s. Whatever! I was almost three months old in 1945, so I can't remember, but I'm pleased now that I was on the winning side at that time. I do remember my mother telling me years later that we were still in the King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women when the end of the war was announced that some nurses abandoned their duties to celebrate. Apparently patients became pretty concerned they might not return.


I was there when WW2 ended in 1945.

During WW2 my father served with the Australian Army and Jill's with the British. My mother served as a volunteer with VAD in Fremantle Hospital and Jill's English mother who spoke German fluently appropriately assisted the British war effort. I've also met a few Australians who survived brutality by the Japanese military as POWs.

Seventy years have elapsed since the end of that war. It was a great pleasure for us a few years ago when our family hosted two Japanese exchange students in our home; and one of our sons is looking forward to visiting Japan later this year.

© MMXV Paul R. Weaver.

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


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RSS feed.

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

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

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

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

About the writer

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



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Friday, August 14th, 2015
7:04 am
Flashback to my first car.
From Paul R. Weaver personal pics

I was pretty proud of my first car & surfboard in 1962.

Yesterday I mentioned that I got my driver's license when I turned 17 in 1962. In that same year I also acquired my first car, a second hand British Standard 8 with sliding windows and a two-tone paint job of light-puce and green. I guess you can tell I thought the old Standard was pretty cool, especially with my wooden Cordingly surfboard strapped on the roof rack. The following year I traded it in for a brand new Mini 850, which also had sliding windows, but was of course much more desirable.

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Thursday, August 13th, 2015
7:17 am
Freeway freedom.
From On the road

Kwinana Freeway's southern approach to The Narrows Bridge.

Like the kids of today I got my driver's license when I turned 17; it must have been 1962. There were far fewer people and cars in those days. The original bridge and Kwinana Freeway opened in 1959. Since then there have been several expansions and upgrades. A second Narrows traffic bridge was added in 2001 and the railway in 2005. The freeway is still a work in progress with extra traffic lanes being added further south. According to Wikipedia it's 72 kilometres long, but it feeds into a complex network of dual carriage-ways which extend the possibility for unimpeded commuting well beyond that figure. Unimpeded that is except when there is a traffic jam. Nevertheless, the amount of traffic flowing back and forth is astonishing. I believe in 2015 that what is represented in Jill's photo taken of Tuesday morning could pretty well be similar for most of the day and night. Who are all these people and what do they all do? For me it is a great unanswerable mystery.

© MMXV Paul R. Weaver.

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



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Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
8:21 am
A train crossing the Narrows Bridge
From On the road

Morning commuters in transit.

Jill and I dropped off our youngest daughter Kylie at the state's Parliament House early yesterday morning for some TAFE floristry coursework before visiting the adjacent Kings Park to check out some of the views. The one above is of the Narrows Bridge which facilitates transit of commuters to the Perth CBD and suburbs north and south of the Swan River. I couldn't resist waiting for a train to cross over before taking the photo. The tall buildings in the background are in the suburb of South Perth. The noise rising from the freeway traffic was very loud.

© MMXV Paul R. Weaver.

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

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

About the writer

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



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Tuesday, August 11th, 2015
6:21 am
I spied a 'Bird-dropping' spider
From Nature study

'Bird-dropping' spider (Celaenia excavata).

It has been a few years since we've seen a 'Bird-dropping' spider in our garden. I spied the one above 'snoozing' on a leaf of one of our Ivy-geraniums yesterday afternoon. You can see how it resembles a bird-dropping with its legs neatly tucked in. Jill and I each took similar successive pics with the same camera and lens, but the large one above of hers won in the final selection. the small pic at bottom right was mine using a flash. The pic at bottom right is of a cluster of 'Bird-dropping' spider egg capsules which I photographed in May. I didn't know what they were at the time. They were only a few metres from where the adult spider was yesterday.

© MMXV Paul R. Weaver.

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

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

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

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

About the writer

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



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