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Thursday, July 19th, 2018
8:38 am
Children and the importance of a loving family.


Ruth Weaver and grandson Luke Weaver Dec 1978
My mother Ruth Weaver and her first grandson Luke Weaver, December 1978.

The weather has been chilly all week and it's still coolish this Thursday morning. My darling wife Jill has been vacuuming the house in readiness for a visit by some of our grandchildren and their mums. Last night we watched a live telecast from Thailand of the twelve boys and their young leader who had been rescued from a flooded cave a couple of weeks ago. They appeared to have recovered from their traumatic ordeal and a stay in hospital very well. There will be a lot of Thai parents and grandparents very pleased to have them safely back in their family homes today. The importance of a loving family can't be over emphasized. The picture is of my late mother Ruth Weaver and her first grandchild who is Jill's and my eldest child Luke. It was taken in December 1978.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Tuesday, July 17th, 2018
8:03 am
Life is more than a box of chocolates.


Paul & Jill Weaver&apos;s baby photos
Paul & Jill Weaver's baby photos.

I've posted the above assemblage of baby pics featuring Jill, myself and our nine children a few previous times. Now that we have six grandchildren with another due in December, I thought it timely to share it yet again. It's tempting to make comparisons, but the truth is that we all possess unique identities which have largely been shaped by our personal experiences and behavioral choices we've made throughout our lives. All in all, I think we've all done pretty well.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Sunday, July 15th, 2018
9:30 am
Fun and games computerwise.


A gamer&apos;s chair turned up in our lounge overnight 15 July 2018
A gamer's chair turned up in our lounge room.

It was wet and wild last night – 11mm of rain fell in our backyard. The black and orange chair in the photo aroused the curiosity of our cat Bubbles when she and I awoke this morning. There was a note in the kitchen that read, "Don't wake me up please, got home at 5:30am." Our youngest son Glen has long been a computer gamer and spent most of yesterday and last night pitting his skills with a bunch of other like-minded nerdophiles at a competition hosted at one of the state's leading universities. I think that the chair was a prize. Congratulations are in order.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Friday, July 13th, 2018
7:56 am
Pie time at grand-parenting central.


Paul  Weaver enjoying meat pies with three grandsons, Lincoln, Jasper & Tate 12 July 2018
Enjoying meat pies with three grandsons.

There's no secret that I like meat pies, and three of my grandsons Lincoln, Jasper and Tate did too when we had some for lunch at our place yesterday. I made sure that the pies were at the perfect eating temperature - 120 degrees F - not too hot and not too cool - just right. Good enough for Goldilocks. Our other grandchildren are not yet old enough for meat pies.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Wednesday, July 11th, 2018
9:42 am
Good caving news from Thailand.


Blackwall Reach cliffs, June 2013
There are caves at our local Blackwall Reach.

Overnight came the good news that the twelve lost boys and their coach have all been rescued from the flooded cave complex in Thailand. Australian caving experts played a role in their recovery. During the two week saga I several times thought of my own teenage adventures in the nearby caves at Blackwall Reach on the Swan River near Fremantle. They are nowhere near the size of the one in Thailand and thankfully I and my friends never came to any harm during our somewhat amateurish explorations. I took the photo in June 2013.



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Paul R. Weaver.

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Monday, July 9th, 2018
8:59 am
Bad news weekend waterwise.


A dry Gascoyne River can quickly flood 7 May 2018
The danger from sudden floods is ever-present in Australia.

Waterwise, much of the weekend just past has been spent thinking about the misfortune of others. The group of twelve teenagers and their adult leader trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand has been dominant, and this morning we've learned that the first four have been successfully rescued, with the hope that others will follow later today. Not so lucky and also in Thailand, were several dozen foreign tourists who perished when their small offshore boat capsized. Then elsewhere, this time from Japan came the terrible news that unprecedented flooding as a result of over 500mm of rain in a 24 hour period has caused many more drownings and the reported evacuation of millions of people. That's right, millions of people. Our thoughts this morning are for the survivors of all these catastrophes. The photo is of the deceptively dry Gascoyne River which we visited in early May this year. It can quickly transform into a raging torrent after rain hundreds of kilometers away.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Saturday, July 7th, 2018
8:58 am
A visit from some birdies.


White cockatoos eating leaves on one of our olive trees
White cockatoos muttering atop one of our olive trees.

Jill started pruning our roses yesterday morning. Our olive trees had been pruned 'Tuscan style' a couple of weeks ago, however a small flock of white cockatoos took up station in the top of one in the late afternoon and began chewing the leaves while muttering amongst themselves.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Friday, July 6th, 2018
9:27 am
No more free plastic bags.


No more plastic bags for us from the supermarket July 2018
We no longer bring our groceries home in plastic bags.

By a law introduced by the state Labor party, supermarkets in Western Australia stopped supplying free single use plastic bags this month on 1 July. Shoppers are now supposed to supply their own bags or buy new, theoretically reusable and longer lasting plastic bags for their groceries. Reportedly the scheme has generated huge windfall profits of many millions of dollars for the major retailers. Jill and I have been prepared for the change for several months. My wife sourced a stash of good old-fashioned cotton string bags online which inadverantly probably benefitted some foreign economy, but choice in such matters has long gone out the window. The photo of some string bags being used by us was taken yesterday.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Thursday, July 5th, 2018
8:15 am
A wet and wild week.


Paul Weaver with grand-daughter Charlotte 1 July 2018
Grand-daughter Charlotte and me in our Freo football beanies.

We've been having a wet and wild first week of July. It was a cold, dark and stormy night again last night. In daylight this morning it's more of the same. The cats and dog can't quite make up their minds whether they want to go outside or spend the day inside sleeping. The dog won't be taken for a walk today. Jill has lit the lounge fire to take the chill out of our house. The photo is of me and grand-daughter Charlotte in our Freo football beanies. It was taken last Sunday, 1 July 2018.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018
8:14 am
We keep our eyes open for cool stuff for our grand-kids.


Baby Charlotte discovered cool stash of Matchbox toys 1 July 2018
Charlotte will have to wait for her Matchbox toys.

Our grand-daughter Charlotte is still too young for Matchbox toys, but I've no doubt that like her older cousins who are now three years old, she will one day in the future appreciate that grandma and grandpa Weaver are a source of such durable and stimulating playtime pleasures. The ones in the photo are some of the 65th Anniversary series of more than a hundred different models coming out this year. They are being dribbled out a few at a time to a world-wide market and while inexpensive, are quickly snapped up by collectors. We have others in our stash, all of which are intended to eventually be distributed to our grand-kids.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Monday, July 2nd, 2018
8:15 am
Music to the ears.


Grandma Jill Weaver gave grand-daughter Charlotte a piano lesson 1 July 2018
Grandma Jill Weaver gave Charlotte a piano lesson yesterday.

For a few hours yesterday afternoon Jill and I enjoyed looking after our beautiful grand-daughter Charlotte while her parents were watching the Fremantle Dockers lose yet another game of footy. While they were away my darling wife gave Charlotte a piano lesson. We reckon our grand-daughter shows musical promise even though she's not yet one year old.


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Paul R. Weaver.

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Sunday, July 1st, 2018
7:52 am
The first of July is cool and cloudy.


White cockatoos eating olives on our driveway 11 June 2018
Cockatoos like olives.

It's a cool and cloudy Sunday morning here for the first day of July 2018. The cats are still curled up on our bed. From tomorrow the forecast is for lots of rain which will continue for the rest of the week. The photo of white cockatoos on our driveway snacking on a few surplus olives was taken last month by my wife Jill. Crows and magpies also eat olives. There are still a few left on the ground for the birds to forage.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Saturday, June 30th, 2018
8:24 am
We love our grandchildren.


Flashbacks: Jill & Paul Weaver&apos;s six grandchildren as newborns
Flashbacks: Jill & Paul Weaver's six grandchildren as newborns.

Here it is, the end of June 2018 already. The month was significant for the birth of our sixth grandchild Ethan last Saturday. My darling wife Jill, grandparent with me to all six babies compiled the above assemblage of family photos taken when they were all newborns. We feel very honoured to be so blessed and are looking forward to yet another family addition in December.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Thursday, June 28th, 2018
7:41 am
Reading the dog.


Millie gives a hard stare when she wants something 28 June 2018
Millie gives a hard stare when she wants something.

Our cocker spaniel Millie is a ten year old dog that knows what she wants and she often gets it with a hard stare. The photo above which I took with my iPad last night is the "I don't care if you are using the iPad or watching TV because I want to go outside right now" kind of stare. No matter how hard I try to ignore it, she knows that I will eventually give in. Then charging though the doorway like a released greyhound while loudly barking it only takes her a couple of minutes to do outside what nature demands of her. Then she comes back to the closed glass door and starts staring at me again while pathetically whimpering to be let in. Again she knows that I or Jill will eventually give in.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Wednesday, June 27th, 2018
7:57 am
Rain is supposed to make your hair curly.


Paul Weaver with his grandson Ethan 23 June 2018
Grandpa Paul eye-to-eye with grandson Ethan.

Wow, we had over 31mm of rain last night and more is expected today. I can say with confidence that rain never made my hair curly. Amazingly there was a scheduled power outage for several hours last night for the replacement of at least three nearby high voltage power poles. The line crews don't stop work for such weather and completed their tasks on time. On the ground yesterday there was a team of National Broadband Network technicians busy with the optical infrastructure in the new cable pits in our street. Wet weather doesn't seem to slow them down either. The photo is of me with my new grandson Ethan Telfer taken last Saturday, 23 June 2018. Jill and I visited him and his parents yesterday afternoon and they are all doing just fine. I find myself wondering what sort of new technology will confront Ethan in twenty years time?

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Tuesday, June 26th, 2018
7:43 am
Dogs are like people.


Paul Weaver got a cuddle from Willow 25 June 2018
Paul got a cuddle from Willow yesterday.

We have a lot of dogs spread amongst our family members. Their personalities are as diverse and interesting as that of their owners. Yesterday Jill and I visited Willow who had made the mistake of chewing up and eating a tennis ball and then regurgitating it. She's a Labradoodle. She was feeling much better when we saw her and cuddled up to me for a while. I like Willow. She has a gentle personality.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Sunday, June 24th, 2018
9:14 am
Number six grandson has arrived.


Paul and Jill Weaver with grandson Ethan 23 June 2018
Paul and Jill Weaver with their new grandson Ethan.

Jill and I had an inkling on Friday that the first son of our eldest daughter Fiona and son-in-law Elliott was on the way. Confirmation eventually came via SMS that Ethan Daniel Telfer was born early yesterday morning. Congratulations F & E. It was of course exciting news for us two oldsters because young Ethan is our sixth grandchild. We got to meet him personally at the maternity hospital late yesterday morning. The photo was taken by his mum on my wife's iPhone. Naturally Fiona and Elliott are thrilled with their beautiful offspring and are now on a fast learning curve involving baby care and maintenance.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Friday, June 22nd, 2018
8:44 am
Grandparents R Us.


Jill Weaver with her grandaughters Zoe and Charlotte 21 June 2018
Jill with our grand-daughters Zoe and Charlotte yesterday.

We always love it when our children and grandchildren visit us. Our two grand-daughters Zoe and Charlotte were here with their mums yesterday. The infants were communicating with each-other via the miracle of baby noises and eye contact. Both can now roll over and are making appropriate efforts to become mobile. We're expecting plenty more action in this department by Christmas.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Thursday, June 21st, 2018
7:42 am
Old geezer gets shock proposition.


Paul and a NASA astronaut at Carnarvon, May 11 2018
Me too. Do I look like a stripper?

Jill and I went to a salubrious restaurant for lunch yesterday with a like minded group of other people. The cocktails were popular but my wife and I only drank water. Between the main course and dessert a woman from our group approached and urged me to stand on the table with her and do a strip dance. I had to politely explain that I was a 'goody-goody' and that meant I didn't do those sort of things. I think she was disappointed. The photo of me was taken last month. I don't think I look like a male stripper.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Wednesday, June 20th, 2018
7:38 am
Inclement weather.


In 2018 Jill pruned our grape vines in mid June
Jill is the pruning boss.

The past few days have been inclement. That is to say a bit cold and wet. It appears that today will be similar. At 7am it's very misty. Yesterday Jill and I went on a joint mission to buy a new electric kettle. The old one had sprung a leak and was less that two years old. We ended up buying the same model again because it still looked the best for our purpose. We also called into the local OfficeWorks with the intention of getting some photos printed, but some "genius" has ordered that the entire store be reorganized and the net result has been chaotic situation which may take a very long time to get working properly again. We did our photo processing elsewhere. Earlier this week before the wet weather arrived Jill and I finished pruning our grape vines. The photo is of my darling wife atop a step ladder. She is now the chief pruner. I organise the cleanup on the ground.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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