The geese are not getting fat.



The first day of summer is in a few days come December and I thought I had better put a few words on the blog to signal I am still here. But the days of daily entries are well and truly over. Typing has become a chore and I don't see any change in the near or distant future. It is only a few weeks to Christmas and the geese are not getting fat.
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What, me worry?



According to the weather boffins the September just past was the warmest on record for this neck of the woods since records began. Can't say I noticed it, but I have noticed that our olive trees have so much blossom that we will surely have a record crop of olives in the coming summer of 2020. Of more concern is the political turmoil on so many fronts around the world. Even in Australia we have our share of political galloots. I find myself waking at 3am and thinking about the latest worrisome things domestically and internationally. Plus there seems to be an urban crime wave which shows little sign of diminishment. Are we heading for a dystopian way of life curable only by extreme prejudice. When I have my first cup of tea just before the break of dawn I treat myself to the enjoyment of dunking two Milk Arrowroot biscuits. This was something I learned from my mother at a very early age, maybe before I was four or five years old. It's a practice I still highly recommend.

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    Birds at dawn.
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Spring has sprung.



Being the 18th of September we are well into spring here on the west coast of Australia. This morning it's warm and sunny. A perfect day to walk to the local shopping centre and buy a crisp freshly baked loaf of bread to go with a salad lunch in a few hours time. The native birds are plentiful hereabouts and are busy with their spring activities such as nesting and raising babies. The early mornings are heavily perfumed by the flowering of our citrus trees. Our olive trees are also flowering and it appears we will be having a record crop of olives towards the end of summer next year. Our grape vines are also shooting, as are our mulberry, pomegranate and macadamia trees. It's all happening in this neck of this neck of the woods.

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Winter chills



Here I am in late August writing the first entry for the month on Fremantlebiz. The weather has been very cold for us Sandgropers and I have only recently gotten over a cold that started its course about five or six weeks ago. So I have not felt inclined to do any writing. Today is a bright sunny day outside, but like an icebox inside the house. I've had enough of winter, roll on spring and summer.

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How I missed hearing the man on the Moon.



Today is the actual 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing of humans on the Moon. There has been a lot of documentaries on TV in the past few days to ensure that nobody forgets the great adventure by humanity. None of my nine children had been born in 1969. I was still a single young man enjoying my mid- 20s. I'd completed my Australian military national service in South Vietnam two years earlier in 1967. Then, after resuming my pre-nasho employment as a technician with the Long Line Section of the PMG for six months I became bored and caught a passenger ship to England. I should add that prior to my PMG job I had been working as a cinema projectionist until 1964. (My military service was in 1965 to 1967.) But back in the PMG position in 1967 I had a brief encounter with NASA's Project Mercury helping to build some racks of equipment for use in an emergency back-up land-line system should the primary systems fail. Project Mercury was a series of manned orbits to test concepts prior to Apollo. By the time Apollo 11 landed I was working as a solo driver/tour guide for a London based company called New Frontier. The specialty was camping tours of Europe, North Africa and Scandinavia. On 21July 1969 I was running a tour into the Arctic via Norway and on that momentous occasion we were camping alongside the very high walls of a Norwegian fiord which acted as a barrier to radio communication. So the long and short of it is that while we knew that the landing was scheduled, frustratingly on that date we heard nothing. It was not until a couple of days later that I saw a Norwegian newspaper confirming what we had missed. I still have a copy of it squirreled away somewhere.

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Dreaded lurgies.



The autumn and winter of 2019 has been punctuated by numerous bouts of illness amongst various families in our clan. Several of our adult children and young grandchildren have been afflicted by an assortment of communicable maladies which seem to spread like wildfire causing degrees of anxiety and misery. Hardly a week doesn't pass without my wife receiving some sort of familial information on symptoms of the latest concern. As far as we are aware everyone, young and old, including us two grandparents have had their flu vaccine, but there are plenty of other 'dreaded lurgies' which are circulating in the main population. Reportedly, the emergency departments of local hospitals are crowded to the extent that they are near on perpetual crisis mode dealing with potentially serious ailments. There have been at least 37 deaths from the flu in Western Australia so far this season. Pneumonia victims are apparently many more. On our own domestic front we take all the precautions we can think of. We tacitly discourage visits from those stricken whom are potentially at risk of infecting other members of the family, including us two oldsters.

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Dark and stormy weather.



Its been a dark and stormy night here on the southwest coast of Oz. We've had so much rain that our swimming pool has been filled to the brim and our automatic pool cleaner is threatening to climb out of the water and start chasing our two cats Bubbles and Rodney. The day is going to be cold. The wind has blown some fruit form our citrus trees to the ground. Our deciduous mulberry trees had been shedding their leaves as winter takes a hold. A maximum of 17 degrees C has been forecast for today. My darling wife has lit the wood fire in our lounge room to warm up the house.

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Winter time is grapevine pruning time.



After several weeks of fine weather, today we are preparing for some stormy days in the immediate future. Plenty of rain is forecast for tonight. During the fine weather this week Jill and I have been pruning our grape vines. That job has about a days work left before it is complete. We'll finish it off next week.

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Winter is nigh.



Today marks the end of May 2019 and with it the end of Autumn. Winter officially begins tomorrow. Already the sky is overcast. The weekend is a long one, there being a public holiday on Monday to celebrate WA Day. The political agenda is to find things that people can enjoy doing that won't offend anyone.

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Fremantlebiz is still active.



I'm still active on Fremantlebiz, but for the time being the entries are minimal each month. I have cancelled the email address for contacting me direct because it was being bombarded with spam.

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