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Friday, July 29th, 2016
7:32 am
Pokemon family flashback to 1986.


Jill, Terry, Ken & Luke Weaver in early 1986
Jill, Terry, Ken & Luke Weaver in early 1986.

The above photo was taken in our backyard thirty years ago when Jill and I had only our three sons Luke, Ken and Terry. If I'm not mistaken that could be a first generation Pokamon toy called 'Pikachu' that Ken is holding. The tabby cat that Jill was holding was a young cutie called Suzie.

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

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

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

About the writer

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



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Thursday, July 28th, 2016
8:06 am
Our rose garden is ready for spring.


Jill about to prune the last of our roses for 2016
Jill about to prune the the last of our roses yesterday.

We commenced pruning our roses last week but had to stop because we ran out of room for the green waste in our wheelie bin. We had two bushes to finish the job yesterday. Jill is officially the chief rose pruner these days. My role tends to be more menial, the one of picking up the prunings and cutting them to a smaller size to fit in the bin. Anyway the job is now done - it only took about 20 minutes. That might sound a long time for pruning two rose bushes, but we inspect each pruning closely in order to rescue any beneficial insects such as ladybirds so they can safely continue their work elsewhere. We were just in time. The bushes we pruned a week ago have already produced vigorous new shoots. We could be in for an early spring.

© 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, July 27th, 2016
5:48 am
Two cats are warmer than one.


Our cats are just good friends this winter
Our moggies are just good friends.

No, you're not looking at a two headed cat. It just that last night was so cold that our two moggies decided for a while that Sally could lie on top to maximise sharing of body warmth. Sort of like humans call 'spooning.' Needless to say, Bubbles soon got jack of the crushing arrangement and moved to somewhere else more agreeable, as comfort seeking cats tend to do.

© 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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Tuesday, July 26th, 2016
8:25 am
Number nine turns eighteen.


Happy 18th birthday to our Kylie
Happy 18th birthday to our Kylie today.

Eighteen years ago today I wrote the following entry in my diary: "26 July 1998: Kylie was born this morning at Woodside Hospital in East Fremantle. She is a beautiful little girl. What more can I say at this moment. Dad Sunday. I added an appendage three days later on the 29th. “Brought Kylie and Jill home the following day, no complications.” Plus I mentioned a notice I'd placed in births section of The West Australian which read, “Weaver, Jill and Paul. A daughter, Kylie Rose on 26th July. Number nine.”

I can say without hesitation that the youngest addition to our brood was immediately embraced by her eight siblings. My beautiful wife Jill and I had the philosophy that we always had room for one more. Every single one of our kids was special, and we felt blessed every time another one arrived. We have absolutely no regrets about any of them. We did OK.

So today our Kylie is officially 18 years old - old enough to vote, or drink Champagne if she wishes. Congratulations darling, you have made your family proud. Happy birthday.

© 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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Monday, July 25th, 2016
10:24 am
A memorable family gathering.


A preliminary birthday tea, 24 July 2016
Part of last night's birthday tea.

We had a gathering of our large family in our home last night to mark the countdown to our youngest child Kylie's eighteenth birthday, which officially falls tomorrow - a work day if you get my drift. We are still fond of maintaining old fashioned family values on such occasions and that includes preparing as much home cooked food as possible for our guests to consume. All the delicious food in the photo is just part of what my wife Jill and daughter Kylie cooked up for 21 people including our two grandchildren last night. Of course there was a birthday cake afterwards accompanied by an enthusiastic singing of 'Happy birthday.' There was an extra flurry of excitement during the evening when our son and daughter-in-law Tim and Claire announced that they were expecting their second baby in January 2017. So it's definately a case of congratulations all round folks.

© 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, July 24th, 2016
8:25 am
Russian balloonist sighted over Fremantle.


We had a splendid view of Fedor Konyukhov&quot;s balloon passing over Fremantle on 23 July 2016.
Fidor dared; and won.

In my entry of 20 July I wrote of the amazing balloon flight by Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov around planet Earth: "Soon he'll be crossing the Indian Ocean and if all goes well, might even pass over Freo. Hopefully, he'll have a safe landing in the general vicinity of where he took off from York last week." (Correction, I should have written Northam.) http://fremantlebiz.livejournal.com/2016/07/20/

I'm pleased to report that yesterday Jill and I were thrilled to be on Fremantle's Monument Hill to watch his approach towards Freo bang on target. I took the main photo above at 11:36 am, which was about when he was crossing the coast slightly north of the port. You can see from the Google Earth based tracking map that he continued towards the town of Northam, from where he'd departed eleven and a half days previously. Astonishing accuracy! New record established! Then came the difficult part, making a safe landing. This happened a considerable distance further on after some hard bounces in the late afternoon near a place in the north eastern wheat-belt called Bonnie Rock. Congratulations to Fedor Konyukhov, his family and his team. What an extraordinary adventure they've shared.

© 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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Saturday, July 23rd, 2016
9:29 am
Our sons can fix plenty.


Our cats playing in the mulberry tree
The mulberry tree has dropped all its leaves for winter.

It's overcast and lightly drizzling in Fremantle this Saturday morning. The photo of our two cats Sally and Bubbles playing in our backyard mulberry tree was taken yesterday during a sunny break. During the afternoon the sounds of hammering and various power tools was coming from our place. Three of our tradesman sons combined their ancillary skills to carry out a complex repair to some water-damaged structural timber framework in our backyard studio before they knocked off for the weekend. They did a terrific job, well beyond the capabilities and courage of us oldsters. There's still another small section to do, which we are confident will successfully be attacked during their spare time next week. Thanks men, you are all very clever possums who constantly make your mother and me proud.

© 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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Friday, July 22nd, 2016
10:06 am
The Russian balloonist.


Fedor Konyukhov&quot;s balloon flight 22 July 2016
The adventure continues.

A few days ago I mentioned the round-the-world balloon flight by Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov. He launched his sophisticated balloon last week at York, a small town a little over an hour's drive east of us in Fremantle. Yesterday he had passed South Africa and was in the Great Southern Ocean heading towards the winter darkness of Antarctica at more than 200 kilometres per hour. His situation wasn't appearing very good. Indeed, when I looked at the tracking map last night at https://my.yb.tl/RRTW2016 it seemed to me that he might be doomed. However, this morning the balloon, while still a very long way south, has turned and is once again heading in the general direction of Australia. Whether Fedor makes a safe landing as planned or misses our island continent completely, still seems akin to a flip of a coin. Either way he's very brave. His current status is: 55° 52.60S, 093° 28.08E / Course: 44° @ 221.6 km/h. -30°C at 8050m above sea level.

© 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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Thursday, July 21st, 2016
7:52 am
Every dog can look more beautiful with flowers.


Geraniums suited our Millie yesterday.
Nice geraniums, there's a good dog.

We've had plenty of rain here overnight and it's still pouring down at dawn this morning. There's five millimeters reading on our automated rain gauge since midday yesterday. The happy snap is of our cocker spaniel Millie wearing a doggie fascinator made from geraniums currently flowering in our garden. Our talented-florist daughter Kylie created it yesterday. Every dog can look more beautiful with flowers.

© 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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Wednesday, July 20th, 2016
8:33 am
Fedor Konyukhov's amazing balloon flight.


Fedor Konyukhov&quot;s balloon flight 2330 UTC - 19 July 2016
Wishing good luck for this brave Russian.

Every morning for the past few days I've been checking the track of an amazing balloon flight by Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov around planet Earth. He launched his sophisticated balloon last week at York, a small town a little over an hour's drive east of us in Fremantle. Yesterday he was crossing South America. Today he's half way across the South Atlantic Ocean and heading in the general direction of South Africa. Soon he'll be crossing the Indian Ocean and if all goes well, might even pass over Freo. Hopefully, he'll have a safe landing in the general vicinity of where he took off from York last week. Meanwhile, here's the link for watching his progress: https://my.yb.tl/RRTW2016

© 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, July 19th, 2016
6:43 am
Winter time is citrus time.


Citrus fruit from our garden, 18 July 2016
We have plenty of choice in July.

There are eleven different types of citrus tree in our front and back gardens. All but two soft-skinned varieties of mandarin are represented in the bowl of fruit I picked late yesterday afternoon for the photo. The missing mandarins finished last month. So in the July offering above is a hard-skinned mandarin, two varieties of orange, two of lemon, two of lime, a grapefruit and a cumquat. Our favorites are the lemons and limes. We use them regularly with drinks and cooking. This season the oranges have been sweet when eaten straight off the tree. Maybe we should also make some marmalade jam.

© 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, July 18th, 2016
9:01 am
The Pokémon Go craze continues to expand.


The Pokomon Go craze continues with our family
It's "All systems are Go" for Pikachu, Jill & Peta.

Apparently it's much the same in other parts of the world as the mania for discovering Pokémon Go thingys spreads into its second week. I can say that I personally know several plumbers, teachers, an electrician, a lawyer, a florist, a draftsperson and a grandma amongst my Facebook friends who have been captivated by the zany craze. The proof for the last two persons is in the photo above. There are levels of skill and luck to be earned through participation. One of our plumber sons has passed level 14, whatever that means. As far as I can figure, I am the only person in our family who hasn't joined in. The screen on my old iPhone is small and just logging in with my pudgy fingers to make an occasional phone call is effort enough.

© 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, July 17th, 2016
9:25 am
Reading to children is still a pleasure.


Grandma Jill and Auntie Peta show Jasper a new book in July 2016
Grandma Jill and Auntie Peta show Jasper a new book.

During the past year and a bit its been a thrill to watch our two grandsons develop. Both are walking well and starting to use words to express themselves. I'm pleased to report that real books with paper pages and coloured illustrations are still on the agenda in this modern age. When they visit our house the two boys are usually read a story from Jill's still-burgeoning collection. My wife has much experience in this, having read to all of our nine kids when they were young. Of course both our grandsons get stories read to them in their own homes, but we have no shortage of volunteer readers here. Our three daughters, Fiona, Peta and Kylie are by definition their Aunties, and there is nothing they enjoy more than reading to their two nephews.

© 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, July 16th, 2016
7:34 am
For the victims at Nice.


A gnome keeps watch on our garden.
A beautiful geranium in our garden yesterday morning.

Shortly after I posted yesterday's entry in this diary I became aware of the murderous Islamist attack at Nice on the coast of south-eastern France. It claimed the lives of more than 80 innocent victims and has brought immeasurable grief and distress to at least as many families; not to mention the trauma which has been experienced by the injured, the witnesses and the various emergency service and medical personnel who became involved. The horrible incident has dominated my thoughts during the past 24 hours.

© 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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Friday, July 15th, 2016
8:20 am
July update from the constant gardeners.


Our wall garden features ivy-geraniums
Our wall garden currently features ivy-geraniums.

Here we are at mid-July already. I took the above photo beneath an overcast winter sky this morning. Apparently plenty of rain is coming, just in time for the weekend. The plants in the blue flower pots on the wall are ivy geraniums. They currently are only showing a few open blooms, but we can tell from the vigorous growth that our wall will be a mass of colour by spring, which officially starts at the end of next month. As summer then approaches we expect that the blue pots will become barely visible. Leastways, that's the plan. Gardening at our place has always been a constantly evolving process.

© 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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Thursday, July 14th, 2016
9:00 am
Camping flashback to 1981


Paul, Luke & Ken caught marron in 1981
Paul, Luke & Ken caught some marron in 1981.

In days past Jill and I did a number of camping trips into wilderness areas which were much more devoid of other people and associated environmental pressures than they are now. In the freshwater rivers of the southwest of the state in 1981 it was still a reasonable expectation for our still small family to easily find somewhere reasonably quiet and catch a few marron (Cherax tenuimanus) to cook on a campfire. However the truth is that we all tended to prefer grilling a few lamb chops to eat, rather than the beautiful freshwater crayfish. Jill took the photo in December 1981 when our third son Terry was a couple of months old. You can see the blue baby-bouncer near the chair. :)

© 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, July 13th, 2016
9:27 am
Reading about Socrates.


Paul Weaver reads about Socrates
Attempting to know thyself is a start.

This week I've started reading up on the ancient-Greek philosopher Socrates. He died in 399BC aged about 71, coincidentally the same age as myself. So far I've learned neither of us feared death, even though in our younger years we'd both experienced active military service. We'd also both realised early in life the importance of maintaining moral virtues to protect our own mental heath and spirituality. There were also other things in common. We and our fathers had all dabbled with stonemasonry. I like that bit. Furthermore, Socrates and I each grew full beards and preferred to go bare footed whenever possible. Unfortunately we were both considered to have grown uglier as we aged. Unlike me, Socrates wasn't a writer, his wisdom is dependent on the veracity of secondary sources such as Plato, Xenophon and Wikipedia, all of which I intend to delve into for a while. I also own a weighty copy of the 800 page Oxford history of the classical world.

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Tuesday, July 12th, 2016
8:19 am
Pokemon Go is all the go in Freo.


Millie about to be surprised by augmented reality
Millie didn't get a surprise yesterday.

Most of our family including my wife Jill have been captivated this week by the Pokemon Go craze. Apparently the little critters are to be found almost anywhere if you have the free software installed on your mobile phone. The one in the photo was caught sneaking up on our dog Millie yesterday. She didn't know it was there because of course dogs don't carry mobile phones.

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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, July 11th, 2016
10:16 am
More Madeleines please.


Madeleines, 10 July 2016
They were delicious.

Jill and I have long had a taste for French cooking, and so it is something of a surprise to us that we've only recently discovered Madeleines. Apparently they are as popular in France as Bastille Day, which apparently is when a lot of French people eat them. The first Bastille Day was 14 July 1789. Someone famous said, "Let them eat cake." and the revolting French peasantry have been doing so ever since. No one can say I don't know my French history. Jill baked up the plate of Madeleines in the above photo for morning tea (and coffee) yesterday. There were none left over. Bastille Day is this coming Thursday. Maybe Jill will cook up another batch of butter-rich Madeleines to celebrate.

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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, July 10th, 2016
7:00 am
Cold weather flashback


Paul Weaver & hailstones, Attadale c 1953
Hailstones were much appreciated during my childhood.

It was pretty cold in the Freo area yesterday. Around noon the temperature had dropped to eight degrees C on our automated backyard weather station. This was accompanied by a hailstorm Jill and I had driven through on the way home from a shopping expedition. Luckily the hailstones were small and did no damage to our car. We spent the rest of the day indoors eating Jill's home baked raisin-scones and trying to keep warm.

The flashback picture is of me as a youngster enjoying the aftermath of a hailstorm which passed over my parent's house in Attadale, possibly about 1953. It was taken by my mother on a 'Brownie' box camera. It was the closest thing to snow I'd ever seen in these parts. I'd been longing for snow ever since I'd seen a design for a home-made sled in the American Popular Mechanics magazine, but neither a sled nor real snow ever materialised beyond my childhood wishes. Nevertheless, it can be deduced from the skid marks in the photo that I was grateful for what had been received.

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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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