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Thursday, May 5th, 2016
9:05 am
Fallen fruit.


Cricket resting on a falllen orange 3 May 2016
A cricket resting on a fallen orange.

As the weather cools the local insects are being sighted less. I noticed this cricket resting upon a fallen orange near our letter box two days ago. I don't think crickets are known for eating oranges. I suspect this one was simply attracted to the yellowish colour. In the past I've noticed other insect species such as moths and March flies resting on the yellow lid of our recycling wheely bin. As for why there was a fallen orange is the result of recent rains. The tree suddenly has the opportunity to take up extra water which makes the fruit so heavy that they let go. The same thing happened to a mandarin tree in our back yard.

© MMXVI 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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Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
9:17 am
A visit to Yanchep.



Jill in Crystal Cave yesterday.

Jill and I traveled to Yanchep at the northern extremity of the metropolitan area yesterday to collect a pleasing quantity of oil extracted from the olives picked by our son Ken and us last week from the two trees here at home. Now the oil must settle and clarify over the next few weeks. While we were in the Yanchep area we visited the Yanchep National Park and were just in time to catch an informative afternoon tour of Crystal Cave by a Nyungar Aboriginal Park Ranger. There are hundreds of caves in the Yanchep limestone, but only a few are open to the public. Crystal Cave has been receiving touristic visitors for over a century. The water table in the entire park is much lower than when I visited the place as a youngster in the 1950s. Water is now pumped into plastic lined ponds in the floors of the cave to maintain humidity and provide survival support for several cave-creature species. Encouragingly, we noticed that there was still some natural water seepage activity taking place in the overhead stalactite formations. After our cave visit we enjoyed a lakeside picnic lunch which Jill had prepared. Sandwiches, quiche and potato crisps. There was much less water in the lake than I remember, but still plenty of friendly birds and kangaroos.

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

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

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

About the writer

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



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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
7:59 am
Family flashback to 1994.



Our tribe in the naughty nineties.

I was rummaging about in a drawer of old photos yesterday when I came across this gem of our family in 1994. There are three faces missing. Firstly my wife Jill because she was behind the camera taking the photo; and our two youngest children Glen and Kylie who were yet to be born. In the center of the image is my mother Ruth Weaver (nee Norris). She was born at Geraldton in 1912 and sadly passed away in 1995, the year after this photo was taken. My mum adored her grandchildren and they felt the same about her. If she were still with us today I am certain she would be thrilled by all nine of them, their partners and especially her two great-grand children Lincoln and Jasper. So too are Jill and I. We need to organise an up-to-date family-group photo.

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

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

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

About the writer

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



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Monday, May 2nd, 2016
9:37 am
Joseph Richard Norris, a teacher ancestor.



Joseph Richard Norris 1849 - 1915.

A couple of days ago on 30 April I posted a photo and short bio of one of my teacher ancestors, a great grandmother on my mother's side, Julia Florence Norris, nee Marshal (1852 -1927). She and her husband Joseph Richard Norris were both pioneering nineteenth century teachers at Mackay, Queensland. Today's photo is of Joseph, whom conversely is my great grandfather. As the number of generations increase so does the number of 'greats'. Therefore Julia and Joseph are great, great, great grandparents to young Lincoln and Jasper whom were featured sitting on my own grandfatherly lap in yesterday's photo. Of course a comprehensive genealogical chart will show many other great etc couples from different family lines existed for them at the distant generational level.

Joseph Norris was born in Sydney on 21 November 1849, he taught for 48 years and died aged 65 at Mackay, Queensland on 25 April 1915. He and Julia were married on 26 January 1872 and produced 12 children, four of whom died in childhood.

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

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

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

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

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

About the writer

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



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Sunday, May 1st, 2016
10:00 am
A happy birthday for me.



The three Taureans.

'Tis an overcast morning to commence my 71st birthday today. My darling wife Jill took the above photo of me with my two grandsons Lincoln and Jasper yesterday at a sort of high tea birthday party hosted for Lincoln by his parents Claire and Tim. Lincoln's the one depicted with two slices of watermelon; a situation which his slightly younger cousin was about to rectify. We were all born close to each other and significantly, all three of us are Taureans

"Powerful and reliable, Taurus is the first when it comes to harvesting the fruits of his labor. They love everything that is good and beautiful, and they are often surrounded by material pleasures. People born under the Taurus sign are very sensual and tactile. Touch is extremely important for them, both in business and in romance. Stable and conservative, Taurus is among the most reliable signs of the zodiac." http://www.astrology-zodiac-signs.com/zodiac-signs/taurus/

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

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RSS feed.

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

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

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

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

About the writer

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



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Saturday, April 30th, 2016
10:13 am
Julia Norris, a teacher ancestor.


Julia Florence Norris, nee Marshal (1852 -1927)
Julia Florence Norris, nee Marshal (1852 -1927).

This photo should be of interest to our daughter Fiona and daughter-in-law Claire because both are teachers. It is of one of the teacher ancestors of our tribe; my great grandmother on my mother's side, Julia Florence Norris, nee Marshal (1852 -1927). She and her husband Joseph Richard Norris were pioneering teachers at Mackay, Queensland. Julia was born on 20 August 1852 and died 12 September 1927. Before her marriage to Joseph Richard she was a teacher at the Brisbane Girls Normal School. The only means of traveling to Mackay from Brisbane following her marriage to JRN in 1872 was by sailing ship, taking three weeks for the journey. The bride was seasick all the way. Julia died in Mackay in 1927 and has been remembered as a "gracious and kindly lady".

The photo has been used to test a newly created Flickr image-cache at https://www.flickr.com/photos/142242520@N02/ The future of Google's Picasa resource at https://picasaweb.google.com/113778863209036171174 has become uncertain.

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

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

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

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

About the writer

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



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Friday, April 29th, 2016
10:08 am
My job as a meat pie tester.



Lincoln and his grandfather, Paul the pie tester.

One of the first jobs my father Alfred G. Weaver had when he was a youngster was working in a Maylands lolly factory where he made liquorice all-sorts. This was a few years prior to his participation in WW1. The red brick building which resembled a small castle still exists, but has long since been used for other purposes. However, my dad acquired what was to be a life-long fondness for liquorice all-sorts.

Jill and I drove past the old lolly factory on Wednesday. I had received the nod from the nearby Mrs Macs pie factory to become a meat pie tester. I have never worked for a pie factory before, but I have had a life-long fondness for meat pies. The job seemed simple enough. All I had to do was collect and take home three new varieties they wanted me to try, send back a completed questionnaire for each and upon receipt they would provide me a with cheque for $40. It sounds like a dream job right? However, the problem as I soon realised, was that I was handicapped by my biassed opinion that all meat pies are good even though some might be slightly better than others. So yesterday lunchtime with Jill doing the paperwork I gave it my best shot. My wife had to keep reminding me that "Mmmmmm! Nice! and Not bad!" were hardly the sort of serious pie testing comments required. I think I eventually managed to say something sensible. With the hard work over Jill and I visited our one year old grandson Lincoln to wish him happy birthday. I expect that one day he'll recall that his almost 71 year old grandfather was briefly a meat pie tester.

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

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

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

About the writer

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



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Thursday, April 28th, 2016
9:06 am
The olive harvest.



Our son Ken with the 2016 crop.

Our number two plumber son Ken is blessed with a great curiosity about all manner of things, and one of them has been olives and how to process them into oil. This year he's had his eyes on the bumper crop which has been developing on the two trees Jill and I planted on our street verge maybe about ten years ago, maybe longer. There's a place which will crush and press the oil from the fruit for a fee, however advance bookings are essential and timing of the harvest depends on the coloration of the fruit - just as they are beginning to turn from green to purplish/black. Yesterday was the big day. The weather had been cold and wet in the early morning, but it fined up to be perfect for the stripping of the trees by Ken, his apprentice Nathan, Jill and myself. We harvested five tubs of olives, which weighed 120kg and are expected to produce about 20 litres of beautiful extra-virgin olive oil. Ken delivered them for onward processing late yesterday afternoon. The oil will be ready for pick-up in a few days, but then must rest for several weeks in order to clarify before being consumed.

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

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

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

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

About the writer

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



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Wednesday, April 27th, 2016
8:53 am
Weather report for pets.



Millie has grown her winter coat.

'Tis a bit coolish this morning. I know because my darling wife Jill has mentioned it at least a half dozen times already, and it's only 8am. Correction, I just heard her again saying to our cats, "Oh it's cold." They'll probably take her word for it and go back to bed. Wooses. According to our digital weather station it's actually 11 degrees C outside and 20 inside at the moment. My bare feet told me the ground was still wet from the rain which fell overnight. Not sure how much because the digital weather station resets itself at midnight. Our eight year old cocker spaniel Millie has grown a thick winter coat, but she also likes to stay inside when the temperature drops.

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

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RSS feed.

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

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

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

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

About the writer

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



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Tuesday, April 26th, 2016
9:40 am
A busy morning in Freo.



The mandarin tree is loaded with ripe fruit.

This morning the weather is wet and stormy. The power lines in our street are howling in protest. I've just collected a couple of dozen mandarins which had fallen from the tree in our back garden overnight. They've gone into our wheely bin which will be emptied later this morning. There are plenty more fruit on the tree. Our two cats were observed nearby playing games with a dead rat. That's also gone into the wheely bin. Now I'm waiting for our recently repaired washing machine to finish a load of my personal laundry so I can hang it out. It's unlikely to dry today unless there's a break in the weather of a few hours. Meanwhile, one of our grandsons will be keeping us oldsters company for a while this morning. Such are the sort of things which keep us busy in suburbia.

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

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

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

About the writer

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



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Monday, April 25th, 2016
9:52 am
Anzac Day 2016.



Jill and Paul were at the Footy yesterday.

Today is ANZAC Day. A day set aside primarily for remembrance of Australian and New Zealand service personnel who lost their lives in war. Not all wars mind you. In Australia's case it's only the ones which occurred since Federation in 1901.

Jill and I attended an ANZAC commemorative service yesterday, prior to the start of what turned out to be a decisive loss for the Fremantle Football Club, otherwise known as the Fremantle Dockers. They are now the bottom team on the AFL ladder. The only way for them to go is up, and according to the media that doesn't seem likely for a while yet. I felt very sorry for the players when the game ended. There were debilitating injuries and many of them looked depressed. My impression of the Freo fans was that they were by and large sympathetic. Jill and I certainly were. In the tradition of the ANZAC spirit we will always be proud of Freo, whether it be in victory or defeat.

Thanks to our son Tim for lending us his season tickets yesterday. Thanks also to my darling wife Jill for cooking me a delicious bacon and egg breakfast with all the trimmings on this wet ANZAC Day morning.

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

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

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

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

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

About the writer

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



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Sunday, April 24th, 2016
10:37 am
The Custard-apple tree bore fruit.



Our custard-apples were disappointing.

Our custard-apple tree must be at least ten years old, but the truth is I can't remember planting it or where it came from. I do know that it never bore any fruit, apparently because the flowers were not receptive to pollen until after lunch time. Our efforts to collect and apply it later with a fine camel-hair brush failed. Then this year our son Ken read that a vigorous pruning might help, and indeed that seems to have done the trick because at least a dozen fruit spontaneously developed to maturity and dropped off after the heavy rain last week. We were keen to taste them. None of us had eaten a custard-apple before. Somehow I'd been fooled by the name. I imagined they were going to taste like a vanilla slice. Instead they tasted like slightly sweetened soap, and the flesh was punctuated by far more large seeds than a slice of old fashioned water melon. So it's a thumbs down for this species as far as we are concerned. All the people who've told us we were in for a treat must have been abject liars.

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

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

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

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

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

About the writer

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



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Saturday, April 23rd, 2016
10:46 am
Sally the tabby cat awakens from a snooze.



Zzzzzzzzzz!

Our tabby cat Sally is an expert at taking cat-naps. Nothing will disturb her after she has decided to do some zedding; which is several times a day. They last about ten minutes. These pictures were taken last night during the ad breaks on TV. Not much more I can add to this story, except another Zzzzzzzzzz!

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

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

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

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

About the writer

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



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Friday, April 22nd, 2016
9:08 am
Our black and white feathered friends.



Magpies visited our back verandah this week.

Our house is located in the territory of a tribe of about 20 magpies. They are amongst our favourite native birds because they are social creatures. They possess so many attributes we admire. They can be brave, defensive, bold, resourceful and playful. Their parenting skills surpass that of many humans, and their flying abilities are superb. They also have a melodious repertoire which is possibly better described as an avian language. On Wednesday afternoon about a half dozen males and females visited our back veranda. They were checking out the dog bowl for leftovers. They left behind some pellets of indigestible matter, as is the regurgitative habit of so many omnivorous birds.

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

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

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

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

About the writer

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



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Thursday, April 21st, 2016
8:33 am
A week without a washing machine.



My parent's original 1950s cement wash troughs are now used as a frog refuge in our garden.

I wrote last month on 3 March about our new latest model Fisher & Paykel WA7060E1 WashSmart Eco washing machine. It worked okay until last week when for no apparent reason it died. We tried all the trouble shooting options several times with no result. Of course it was still under warranty so we rang their service number. That was a week ago. We were told the earliest a service technician could check it out was today. Jill had a confirmation message yesterday that it will be some time this afternoon. We are keeping our fingers crossed that some specialised part doesn't have to be obtained.

Bye and large Jill and I have managed pretty well through the week. We are gratified that certain other people in our family have learned their outer work clothing can be worn more than once rather than have a clean change every day until they run out. When I was very young in the early 1950s my parents didn't have a washing machine at all. The laundry had a brick enclosed copper tub with a fire beneath for heating the water and a couple of cement wash troughs for scrubbing, soaking and rinsing clothes by hand. Those same troughs now serve as a frog refuge in our back garden. Nor did my parents have a fridge in those days. Also in their laundry was an upright ice chest for holding a large block of ice which was delivered by an iceman once a week.

© 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.

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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, April 20th, 2016
9:04 am
First bikes are a rite of passage.



Paul Weaver and his first bike.

All our nine children received new bicycles during their childhoods. Jill and I are sure it was as exciting for them and it was for me when I went through my rite of passage to wheeled freedom. Sadly, my wife never had her own bike until after we were married. During her childhood she had to be content with pinching those of her two older brothers.

The above photo of me was taken in front of my parents' Attadale house in about late 1954 or early 1955. My Mum had tried to preserve as much native vegetation on the block as possible when the post-WW2 house had been built. My first bike was a 24 inch Swansea. They were a famous Fremantle-built brand at the time. Mine had back pedal brakes and as I recall was painted red, white and blue. I was very proud of it. Note the bare feet. That was standard issue during my entire time at primary school. I was wearing the kitchen colander to give the impression I was a speedster.

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

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



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Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
11:11 am
Meat pies caused parental flashback.



My parents Ruth & Alfred Weaver, Attadale 1965.

Yesterday was a disgraceful day in Australian politics. By their brazen, manipulative, self-serving behaviour, the current Liberal-led government signalled that it's time for some other brand of politics to lead the country. This is okay by me because I've seen enough of them on TV to appreciate the necessity for a change. Bring on the election I say. Time to chuck em out and press the restart button. That's the way it is with Australian politics.

I'm thinking about starting my own political party called "Meat pie eaters of Australia." This is because yesterday when Jill and I were at The Spud Shed stocking on the necessities of life, we bought a new brand (for us) of culinary delights called 'Grannie's Pies' at less than four dollars for six. They were absolutely delicious, and I was a bit sorry that when my lovely wife placed last night's dinner before me received only one instead of two. They were well named because the reminded me of the meat pies my mother used to make.

The photo above of my Mum and Dad was taken by me in 1965. It coincided with my conscription for the Vietnam war by a Liberal-led government. Lest we forget.

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

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



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Monday, April 18th, 2016
9:53 am
Wreckers in the burbs.



Old memories demolished.

It's a damp Monday morning here in the Fremantle area and Dockers fans are still reeling from yet another defeat yesterday - the fourth in a row since the start of the season. Not much I can say except to wish the players better luck in the next game. It seems they'll be needing it.

At the end of our suburban street a demolition team got stuck into a Mazda car dealership on Friday and did an expert job of making the place unrecognisable. Eventually a new building with the same purpose will be built on the site. There used to be a Mobil service station on the site when I was a teenager. It was operated by a German/Australian spear-fisherman named Rudy Kruizer. It became the informal headquarters for the Fremantle Intrepid Sea Hunters (FISH) club of which I was a member. The last piece of the original Mobil structure is now amongst the rubble.

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

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



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Sunday, April 17th, 2016
6:43 am
Twelve years on and still counting for Fremantlebiz.



Fremantlebiz Paul watching TV with grandson Jasper.

It seems a long time back to this date in 2004 when I put up the introductory page of my internet diary (blog) I named Fremantlebiz - Paul's letter from Australia. The subject title twelve years ago was 'Family picnic with the sharks':
My name is Paul and I am the father of nine kids, aged 6 through to 25. We live near Fremantle in Western Australia. Fremantle is a small port - a small quiet port which is the gateway for thousands of imported Japanese vehicles and the point of departure for thousands of live sheep for a short ocean cruise to mainly Muslim countries in the northwest Indian Ocean. Some people complain about the smell of sheep poo, but I actually quite like it. So does my garden. The school holidays are on and it is the task of my wife and I to entertain our young kids in as entertaining and as inexpensive way possible. Yesterday we went on a picnic to Woodman's Point south of Fremantle. Unfortunately the authorities have put in sealed roads along the Point this year and the increased pressure on the environment is noticeable - more cars, more people and more dogs. Still to get to the end of the point you have to walk about a kilometer along a beach and that deters most people. The Point has changed since were were there about a year ago. This has been from storm damage last winter. It may be a symptom of changing climate, and will be interesting to see if the damage is worse in 12 months time. The kids did a bit of swimming, but stayed mindful to not get into the deep water. There have been a few hammerhead and white pointer sharks sighted near Fremantle (Freo) in recent weeks. There is a small seal colony at the nearby offshore Carnac Island and the big sharks are reputed to enjoy snacking on them if they get the chance. © 2004 P. Weaver. http://fremantlebiz.livejournal.com/2004/04/17/
Twelve years on there have been many changes in this neck of the woods. Most importantly all our children have become successful adults, and our two grandsons, Lincoln and Jasper are almost a year old. The photo of me watching TV with Jasper was taken by my wife Jill two days ago. As Fremantlebiz commences its thirteenth year I view the image as clear evidence that the biological clock waits for no one.

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

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

About the writer

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



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Saturday, April 16th, 2016
9:47 am
Great cooks are great



Our Ken is a great cook.

At one time or another all our kids have dabbled in the kitchen and based on my experience it is an unwise father who dares to criticise such efforts. Some of them have yet to move on from chocolate brownies, while some have aspired to greater things. One of the later is our number two plumber son Ken, seen in the above photo taken last month by his fiancee Melanie. Hardly a week goes by without Ken cooking up some fantastic culinary delight for her. I know this through the photographic evidence which appears on Facebook. No gastronomic achievement seems to be out of his reach. He has come a very long way from the potato fritters I showed him how to make when he was little.

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

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RSS feed.

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

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

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

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

About the writer

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



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