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Thursday, June 6th, 2019
8:29 am
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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Paul R. Weaver.

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Friday, May 31st, 2019
8:35 am
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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Paul R. Weaver.

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Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019
2:01 pm
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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Paul R. Weaver.

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Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
8:23 am
Celebrating a birthday.


Today being 1 May it's my birthday; in fact it's my 74th birthday. I don't actually find the experience very exhilarating, but there's nothing I can I can do about it. Leastways it's better than not having one at all. A lot of people I've known in the past no longer have birthdays to celebrate. I anticipate the day being low-key. I thought maybe I'll have pizza for lunch. Maybe some KFC. My darling wife Jill says no to both of these:)

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Friday, April 26th, 2019
9:32 am
Me and conscription last century.


Yesterday 25 April was Anzac Day to commemorate the contribution of Australian and New Zealand military veterans to historical strategic campaigns and wars. Last century my birth date was drawn in a conscription lottery and I found myself in the first conscript-draft from Western Australia. My two year enlistment began in mid-1965. Then following some specialised training, in mid 1966 I was offered the option to volunteer to complete 12 months service in S. Vietnam with a Signals unit attached to what was known as the 1st Task Force.  The trip to the war zone was aboard the converted aircraft carrier HMAS Sydney. After my year in Vietnam, in addition there was three years compulsory reserve status which followed which was unpaid. I subsequently resumed a 'normal' life, had a few adventures then married a wonderful woman and together we raised nine equally wonderful children. This week came the exciting news that we are expecting our ninth grandchild.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Wednesday, April 17th, 2019
9:20 am
A Fremantlebiz memo to the future.


Today is the 16th anniversary of the blog Fremantlebiz, which I originally started on the 17th of April 2004. Since then all our nine children have grown up and produced seven grandchildren, with at least two more on the way. We have been truly blessed. We two oldsters have continued to grow older too. My darling wife Jill is a sprightly 65 and I will be 74 in a couple of weeks time. However my interest in maintaining the blog has lessened this year. My engagement with Parkinson's has meant that daily entries are a thing of the past. I now do about two short entries a month. In addition the primary reason for this demise are that family orientated interests outweigh everything else. Furthermore, the photo archives I established at Google and Flikr have become inaccessible and the Apple software on my ageing iMac is becoming increasingly redundant. The sobering lesson is that all such technology is an unreliable medium for preserving such stories for future generations. Luckily since inception I've ensured that all my blog entries have monthly been filed, indexed and converted to PDF, and I have created printouts of every one since the outset. That's something I guess. It would be nice to think that with so many descendants the literary effort might have a chance of survival. So I will for the time being continue as at present.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Monday, April 8th, 2019
8:30 am
Fun in April 2019.


Last Saturday Jill and I attended a costume party to celebrate the thirtieth birthday of our twins Fiona and Dale. There were many zany family and friends present, all quite a bit younger than me. The catering was terrific and the company convivial. Many thanks to our eldest daughter's in-laws for being such gracious hosts.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Thursday, March 28th, 2019
8:48 am
March marches on.


The end of March is fast approaching and this is only the second blog entry for this month. As autumn progresses the nights are getting cooler and our two sleeping cats on the end of our bed are getting heavier. Grand parenting duties keep us busy during the waking hours.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Thursday, March 21st, 2019
8:12 am
Back from the south coast.


Our dusty laundry is getting a going over from the washing machine following nearly a week of exploring some of our favourite haunts along the south coast of of our state. I am having trouble posting images from Flikr and am unsure if there is a solution.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Thursday, February 28th, 2019
7:45 am
The end of February 2019.


Jill Weaver and grandson Levi 18 Feb 2019
Jill and our grandson Levi.

Here it is the end of February already and so be it. We've just about had enough of this summer. I took the photo of my darling wife Jill with our youngest grandchild Levi a couple of weeks ago. The 18th of the month to be precise. He's growing fast.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Sunday, February 24th, 2019
8:12 am
A family day at a friend's farm.


A family day at a friend's farm 23 Feb 2019
We spent a day at a farm.

Jill and I visited a friend's farm in the wheatbelt near York yesterday with our eldest son Luke and his two children Jasper and Zoe. We all enjoyed our visit and meeting the two friendly farm horses whose names I've forgotten.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Friday, February 15th, 2019
7:20 am
A special Valentine family pic for 2019.


Jill Weaver with 7 grandchildren and their mothers 14 Feb 2019
Jill with our seven grandchildren and their mothers.

Yesterday was Valentines Day and with lots of love in the air I had the rare opportunity to take the above photo of all seven of our grandchildren and their mothers with my darling wife Jill at the same time.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Sunday, February 3rd, 2019
7:44 am
Wedded bliss for 46 years


Paul and Jill Weaver kiss at wedding - 1973
Sealed with a kiss.

It was a warm and windy summer's day when Jill and I were married in Perth all those years ago in 1973. We never guessed that forty-six years on we would be the proud parents of nine beautiful children and seven grandchildren. I can confidently say that neither of us have had any regrets about sharing our lives together. We have been truly blessed. Thank you for everything my darling wife. I love you.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Thursday, January 31st, 2019
8:24 am
Summer relaxation.


Paul Weaver with cats 30 January 2019
Paul relaxing with Bubbles and Rodney.

Wow, talk about summer relaxation. It's the end of January already and this is only the third entry for the blog this month. The photo of me with our two cats Rodney and Bubbles was taken last night by my darling wife Jill. I should have smiled more. The weather here in the Fremantle area is going the be fine and hot today. We need to water some of our ivy geraniums and a few tomato bushes before the sun gets too high.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Monday, January 21st, 2019
8:42 am
Still on deck.


Grandpa Paul & Tate January 2019

It has been a while since I posted an entry to Fremantlebiz. The beginning of this month in fact. The main excuse is slackness. I warned in an entry late last year that I would be posting less and less. The other excuse is that I am getting old and starting to feel it. I am sleeping in more while in the past I used to do most of my writing in the early mornings before anyone else in our household was awake. Anyway, the photo of me with my grandson Tate was taken at a second birthday party thrown by his parents for him yesterday. He's one of seven grandchildren which take priority over activities such as blogging.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Thursday, January 3rd, 2019
8:06 am
New Horizons continues to amaze.


It's amazing to me that I first wrote about the adventures of the NASA spacecraft New Horizons in a 20 January 2016 blog entry 'Seeing is believing - the Pluto mission launched.' - https://fremantlebiz.livejournal.com/167564.htm - It took nine years to reach Pluto and beam back a wealth of scientific data and astonishingly clear images of the dwarf planet in a 15 July 2015 entry at: https://fremantlebiz.livejournal.com/1063579.html - Now thirteen years later it has done a close pass of a Kuiper Belt object named Ultima Thule and as with Pluto is sending back clear images of what appears to be a couple of conjoined icy spheres. But the some four billion miles adventure is not over for New Horizons. Over the next few years further exploration involving close passes of other Kuiper Belt objects at even greater distances is proposed. We are truly living in a 'golden age' of space exploration. As I wrote on 5 August 2005, I am reminded of when I actually saw the first Russian Sputnik in 1957 with my parents from the front lawn of their house in Attadale. My dad was even able to briefly pick up its beeping on a portable AM radio, which was almost miraculous considering the speed it was moving and the rapid doppler shift. In later years when I was an active radio ham I managed a radio contact with the shuttle Challenger, and I have the QSL confirmation card to prove it.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Monday, December 31st, 2018
11:08 am
One more sleep to 2019.


Jill Weaver gave Millie a new year's eve haircut 31 Dec 2018
Jill gave Millie a haircut on New Year's Eve.

Here we are on New Year's Ever 2018. Tomorrow will be 2019. The photo is of my darling wife Jill giving our old dog Millie a summer haircut a few moments ago. We wish everyone we know a safe and happy new year.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Thursday, December 27th, 2018
8:54 am
Christmas 2018 done and dusted.


Weaver grandchildren December 2018
Jill & Paul Weaver's grandchildren, December 2018.

It's two days since Christmas and my darling wife Jill and I have been very busy for several days helping our largish family wherever and whenever we can. Most of our family members enjoyed a bi-family Christmas lunch generously hosted by our son Tim and his wife Claire last Tuesday. Jill baked up a delicious vegetarian pie as a contribution. All of our seven grandchildren were there and rather naturally were the focus of attention. There were many presents for the kids, which included a trampoline, drum kit, tricycle, scooters and my personal favourite, some Matchbox Cars. The adults did okay too. Jill and I handed out nine snake-bite first-aid kits to each of our nine children which we hope they will never have to use. The photos are of Jill and I in the top row, followed by our seven grand-children underneath.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Friday, December 14th, 2018
9:06 am
Meeting our seventh grandchild.


Paul & Jill Weaver with grandson Levi 13 Dec 2018
Paul & Jill Weaver with new grandson Levi.

My darling wife Jill and I met our seventh grandson Levi for the first time yesterday afternoon. He's the first baby for our youngest daughter Kylie and her partner Jed. Like his six cousins Levi is a beautiful baby and is the fourth grandchild we've welcomed into our burgeoning family in 2018. It's all very exciting. Thanks to Jed for taking the photo of us two oldsters and Levi on my camera.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Thursday, December 13th, 2018
11:19 am
The arrival of grandchild number seven.


First baby of Kylie & Jed
Welcome to young Levi.

Exciting news today for our large family. It's congratulations for our youngest daughter Kylie and her partner Jed on the birth of their first baby Levi early this morning. Mother and son are both doing well. My darling wife Jill and I welcome the arrival of our seventh grandchild and look forward to meeting him soon.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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