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Sunday, November 11th, 2018
7:40 am
My Dad and WW1.


Alfred George Weaver WW1
My father, Alfred George Weaver.

Today is the centenary of Armistice Day. The day the 1914-18 World War ceased. There were a few of my Weaver relatives including my father who took part in that terrible conflict with the Australian Army. All of them survived. The photo is of my father Alfred George Weaver taken sometime early in his enlistment. He is the Weaver grandfather to all of my darling wife Jill's and my nine children and great grandfather to our six, soon to be seven grandchildren. In all he spent 3 years and 200 days overseas mainly with the Artillery Corps during WW1 and was discharged at Fremantle on 1 Aug. 1919. However he managed to sign up again with Artillery in 1921 and worked his way through the ranks to become a Warrant Officer II. Dad continued with the Army after WW2 until he took an honourable discharge, also at Fremantle, in 1950. In all he notched up 8 years and 278 days active service for Australia in the two World Wars and served with Artillery for a total of 33 years, 48 days. My dad was born in Australia in 1897 and died aged 88 in 1985. On the centenary of the Armistice I remember him as a sober, gentle man and kind, loving father.

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Wednesday, November 7th, 2018
1:25 pm
Ivy-geraniums provide extra colour on a brick wall.


Jill Weaver and her geranium wall November 2018
Jill and our wall of ivy-geraniums.
My darling wife Jill and I are very pleased with our colourful wall of potted ivy-geraniums which are now in their second year. They catch the morning sunlight and are sheltered from the afternoon sea breeze. They are watered twice a week by a trickle system which comes on only for a couple of minutes.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Sunday, November 4th, 2018
8:38 am
A joyous gathering of families.


Kylie Weaver & her fiancee Jed in our garden 3 November 2018
Kylie & her fiancée Jed in our garden yesterday.

Yesterday was a special one for our youngest daughter Kylie and her fiancée Jed Farquharson. My darling wife Jill and I hosted a combined engagement party and baby shower for the young couple in the precinct of our back garden for about forty guests representing both families. Undoubtedly it was a joyous occasion and our thanks go out to everyone who helped to make it a success. Naturally there was a feast of delicious food and drink contributed to by the family cooks which made catering a breeze. The baby is due to arrive next month just in time for Christmas. He will be our seventh grandchild, and the fourth born to our immediate family this year. My wife Jill took the photo of K&J yesterday.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Thursday, November 1st, 2018
8:36 am
Blooming time is here for a special ivy-geranium.


Ivy geranium &apos;Italia&apos; 1 November 2018
The first flower for our 'Italia'

It's the first day of November and the flowering season for our geraniums is pretty well in full swing. The scarlet-orange flower of the ivy-geranium in the photo taken this morning belongs to a scarce cultivar named 'Italia'. I was given a cutting for it last year by a friend to replace a specimen which had perished in the previous summer. Now the cutting has grown into a healthy plant with several flowers in development. I expect they will also be open for us to enjoy by the middle of this month.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Wednesday, October 31st, 2018
8:17 am
October 2018 is done and dusted.


Dawn in our back garden 31 October 2018
Dawn in our back garden today.

Here we are at the end of October already. The month is pretty well done and dusted. Apparently tonight is Halloween, but you won't find any carved pumpkins or other creepy stuff in our backyard. No siree! Just geraniums and a few other plants to amuse us two oldsters and some ants. I took the photo of a walled section of our backyard a few hours ago at dawn.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Sunday, October 28th, 2018
6:22 am
Geranium sale a success.


Jill ready with cutting donations for the Geranium Society 27 October 2018
Jill ready with cutting donations for the Geranium Society.

It sure has been a busy month for us two oldsters. Yesterday was no different. My darling wife Jill is the chairperson of the Geranium and Pelargonium Society and yesterday oversaw a very successful annual public sale of plants and cuttings hosted by the society. She and I were in our back garden at 6am preparing the cuttings we donated. The actual sale venue was the nearby local Guide Hall. A good crowd of geranium enthusiasts attended to snap up the bargains.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018
9:59 am
Geraniums are our favourite flowers.


Jill Weaver amongst the geraniums on our back verandah October 2018
Jill amongst some of our geraniums.

The spring days are getting longer as my wife Jill and I continue to be busy with odd-jobs in our back garden. Our many geraniums never fail to please us as they require minimal care. The photo is of Jill standing on our back verandah amongst some of them.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Friday, October 19th, 2018
8:14 am
A happy birthday to our eldest son.


Luke Weaver and his two children Zoe and Jasper October 2018
Our eldest son Luke and his two children Zoe and Jasper last week.

It's 40th birthday greetings today for our son Luke, the eldest of our nine children. That's him in the photo with his two children baby Zoe and Jasper in the photo taken by their mother Crystal when the family were doing some bushwalking on the southwest coast of our state last week. Naturally we are very proud of them all. Hap - hap - happy birthday to Luke.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Tuesday, October 16th, 2018
7:54 am
Terracotta troughs for our ivy geraniums.


A section of Jill and Paul Weaver&apos;s back garden 9 October 2018
Another section of our spring garden.

We successfully grow a lot of ivy geraniums in terracotta troughs atop limestone walls my wife Jill and I have built in our backyard garden from scrap limestone. This spring looks like being the best flowering season ever for them. Winter rains seem to have a secret ingredient which makes geraniums thrive, Most of the troughs are also watered for a minute or two twice a week during the summer months by a tube trickle irrigation system we have installed out of sight behind the walls. We also grow ivy geraniums in pots hung on the face of walls, and as feature plants in the ground. Many of these are also watered with the economical trickle system.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Thursday, October 11th, 2018
7:19 am
Spring gardening rewards increase by the day.


Jill Weaver overseeing the backyard garden 9 October 2018
Jill overseeing the backyard garden this week.

My darling wife Jill and I have been enjoying our numerous geraniums this week. As spring progresses so do the blooms continue to emerge on the dozens of varieties. The photo is of Jill surveying a colourful section of the garden from our back verandah. Every day brings a new floral surprise.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Monday, October 8th, 2018
7:11 am
The colours of life.


Our grandson Ethan enjoyed our geraniums with his mum 7 October 2018
Our grandson Ethan enjoyed our geraniums with his mum yesterday.

As grandparents Jill and I are always pleased when our grandchildren show an interest in the beautiful colours of the many geraniums scattered throughout our garden. Yesterday it was baby Ethan's turn assisted by his mum, our eldest daughter Fiona. Ethan was born in late June this year.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Sunday, October 7th, 2018
7:54 am
Technology is making our live's easy.


Paul and Jill Weaver watercolour 22 Sept 2018
Paul and Jill are loving this spring's technology.

This morning heralds a beautiful spring day. Much of our garden is looking 'blooming marvelous'. This past week our lives have been simplified by the purchase of a robotic Zodiac MS6 swimming pool cleaner. Our son Ken helped us fine tune it. Happy days. We should have bought one years ago. Two of our our other sons Tim and Glen also installed an automatic opener on our garage roller door. Perfect. We're very pleased with that as well. Thanks very much guys. Both devices have made our lives much easier. Thanks too to our daughter-in-law Melissa for the original photo taken last month which I used to sketch-render the above version.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Thursday, October 4th, 2018
7:32 am
'Tis pretty well the season to be jolly.


Paul Weaver and Santas at Myer&apos;s 3 Oct 2018
Checking the beards on Santas at Myer's yesterday.

Jill and I were at the Myer department store, Garden City yesterday when my darling wife (aka Mrs Claus) took the above photo of me checking the beards on the faux Santas to make sure they were of the correct regulation length. They all passed with flying colours. Therefore I can safely state that the silly season has pretty well now commenced.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Monday, October 1st, 2018
4:04 pm
Memories are made from delicious food.


Paul Weaver tucking into fish &apos;n chips 22 September 2018
I like fish and chips.

Last month our son Terry and his wife Melissa took us to lunch about an hours drive north of Fremantle. I had fish & chips as can be seen in the photo. Beautiful memories are generated by such food, although these days I prefer to eat with my fingers rather than a knife and fork.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Sunday, September 30th, 2018
9:00 am
September 2018 is done and dusted.


Jill gave Milly a haircut in September 2018
Jill gave Millie a haircut during September.

Here we are already on the last day of September. Yesterday was the day for the AFL Grand Final in Melbourne and a few people we know may be hung-over because their favorite team the West Coast Eagles won the Premiership. My advice to them this morning is to drink water and seek out a vanilla slice. The photo is of my darling wife Jill shearing our cocker spaniel Millie during the week. Our old dog is now ready for action during the coming long hot summer. With that it's a wrap for September 2018.



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Paul R. Weaver.

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Thursday, September 27th, 2018
7:05 am
Digital-age renders scholarly paper-age redundant.


Paul Weavers ECU theses have been digitised
Bound hard-copy dissertations are now unloved by my alma mater.

A couple of weeks ago I had a tip-off from an esteemed academic colleague Dr Neville Green that my alma mater Edith Cowan University was keen to where possible, return it's collection of theses and dissertations to the original authors because the digitisation-age had rendered the paper-age redundant. Apparently more serious disposal options for the bound versions were impending. I was given the phone number of an ECU librarian who undertook to mail me the bound copies of my 158 page 1991 1st Class Honours dissertation, An Ethnohistorical Study of the Swan-Canning Fishery in Western Australia: 1697-1837 and my 306 page 1997 PhD thesis, Maritime resource exploitation in southwest Australia prior to 1901. They arrived here yesterday morning in reasonably good condition. There were actually two bound copies of the 1991 Hons. dissertation because the University had declared it to be exempla all those years ago and had unusually undertaken to have extra copies bound and placed in various campus libraries. The digitised version of it can now be freely downloaded at http://ro.ecu.edu.au/theses_hons/248 The PhD digital version for my doctorate can also be had at http://ro.ecu.edu.au/theses/915

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Sunday, September 23rd, 2018
6:27 am
Hooray for free lunches.


Charlotte, Terry, Jill & Paul Weaver @ AQWA 22 Sept 2018
Charlotte, Terry, Jill & Paul Weaver @ AQWA 22 Sept 2018.

Thanks to our grand-daughter Charlotte, son Terry and his wife Melissa for yesterday taking Jill and me on an outing to meet the fishes at the fabulous marine 'AQWA' facility located on the coast about an hours drive north of Fremantle. We also enjoyed the delicious lunch they shouted us at a nearby waterside eatery overlooking the Hillarys marina. I had fish & chips. Melissa took the photo of us at AQWA.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Thursday, September 20th, 2018
8:22 am
A train pose.


Peta, Jill, Paul & Jasper Weaver 16 September 2018
Peta, Jill, Paul & Jasper Weaver 16 September 2018.

Everyone loves steam trains, so here's a photo of our daughter Peta and grandson Jasper posing in front of one with me and Jill last Sunday near Dwellingup, which is in the southwest forest about an hour and a half's driver southward from Fremantle. It was a perfect spring day for a railway picnic.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Monday, September 17th, 2018
8:59 am
Steam train picnic.


Grandma Jill and Jasper Weaver met a steam train 16 September 2018
Jasper met a steam train yesterday.

Yesterday Jill and I rode on the Hotham Valley Railway at Dwellingup as picnic guests of our grandchildren Jasper and Zoe and their parents Luke and Crystal. Jasper likes trains, but this was the first time he had been up close and personal with a real steam locomotive. They are wonderfully noisy devices which tend to blow their whistle without notice. My photo captured Jasper covering his ears in the company of Grandma Jill.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Friday, September 14th, 2018
7:11 am
Playtime for grandparents.


Paul Weaver with grand-daughter Zoe 13 September 2018
Paul Weaver with grand-daughter Zoe.

Our grandchildren are growing fast. Young Zoe was born in February this year and is now sitting up. I have no doubt she'll soon be crawling. She's a very alert baby and I'm sure will prove herself to be highly intelligent. This is not to say our other grandchildren are any different. They are all intelligent. The picture by my wife Jill of me with Zoe was taken yesterday when she and her older brother Jasper visited us two oldsters with their mum.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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