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Sunday, May 20th, 2018
9:42 am
A message for the stars.


Paul and Jill Weaver on NASA&apos;s Carnarvon Tracking Antenna
Paul and Jill Weaver on NASA's Carnarvon Tracking Antenna, 15 May 2018.

Never mind yesterday's lovey-dovey royal wedding, almost a week has gone past since Jill and I returned from our trip to places afar and I still have some selfies to get through. If you look carefully at the photo of the redundant tracking antenna which is located on the outskirts of Carnarvon you can see us two lovebirds waving from the first level of the structure which was used by NASA to communicate with the Apollo Moon landings last century. Thanks to our co-traveler Elizabeth for sending us the image.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Saturday, May 19th, 2018
7:57 am
Windsor and I.


Jill & Paul Weaver on the Upper Gascoyne River 7 May 2018
Jill & Paul Weaver on the Upper Gascoyne River, 7 May 2018.

There's no shortage of people who will go ga-ga today over the royal wedding in Windsor of Prince Harry and Meghan Markal. But more exciting was our visit to the upper reaches of the Gascoyne River here in Western Australia a bit over a week ago. You can tell from the photo how excited Jill and I were that the river was not in flood. I am a bit familiar with Windsor. After my Vietnam service with the Australian Army, in the late 1960s I worked for a while as a driver for an international camping-tour company called New Frontier and I took busloads of backpackers through Scandinavia, Europe and North Africa. The owner of the company lived in a large house in Windsor rented from the Queen. In the winter off-season I lived rent-free in a basement storeroom which was located in the main street of the town. True story.

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Friday, May 18th, 2018
7:33 am
A visit to Payne's Find.


Paul & Jill at Payne&apos;s Find gold battery 6 May 2018
Paul and Jill found no gold at PF.

Payne's Find is the name of a place a good day's NW drive inland from the big city. It's where a geezer discovered some gold in the olden days and presumably got rich. While en-route to Mount Augustus located further along the trail in early May we called in for an ice-cream break at a roadside servo and to visit a small mining museum on a back-block adjacent to the redundant gold-ore crusher (battery) which can be seen behind us in the above photo. We found the museum had a sign on the door saying closed until September. I think it was also there when we visited the same place in 2016. Thanks to our driver Greg for taking the pic on our camera.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Thursday, May 17th, 2018
8:24 am
Too many selfies are not enough.


Jill and Paul Weaver with termite nest near Exmouth 10 May 2018
Selfie time with some termites.

As a couple, our advice when traveling is to take plenty of selfies, and being a couple this often means entrusting the camera to someone else to take it for us. In this case it was by one of our touristic companions Elizabeth. The huge termite nest was one of many thousands visible last week from the coastal road between Exmouth and Coral Bay. The trick for a good selfie of this type taken in the Australian bushland is not to blink or swallow a fly until you have heard the sound of the camera being triggered.

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Wednesday, May 16th, 2018
9:35 am
A second Mount Augustus sunset photo opportunity.


Paul & Jill Weaver sunset at Mt Augustus 8 May 2018
Paul, Jill and the big rock in 2018.

We recently spent two nights of a week long north-west tour at Mt Augustus. The photo above of us senior adventurers was taken on our camera by Greg our driver on the second evening during a champagne and nibbles sunset with the north-west end of the biggest rock in the world in the background. Here's the link to a similar photo of us which was taken on a chilly 29 August 2016: http://fremantlebiz.livejournal.com/2016/09/01/ I can say that Jill and I enjoyed both visitations very much.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Tuesday, May 15th, 2018
7:13 am
A short trip to the hinterland.


Jill & Paul Weaver at Mt Augustus 8 May 2018
Us two oldsters last week at Mount Augustus.

Jill and I are back home after a week long break from civilisation. One of the the highlights of the trip was a revisit to Mount Augustus (Burringurrah) located in the semi-desert environs of Western Australia 465km north-east of coastal Carnarvon. We were last there in August 2016. The photo of us two oldsters on the south-west side was taken with our camera by a fellow traveler while we were perched upon a comfortable rock on 8 May 2018.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Sunday, May 6th, 2018
3:38 am
Another grandchild turns three.


Jill & Paul Weaver with 3 year old grandson Jasper
Jill & Paul Weaver with 3 year old grandson Jasper.

Yesterday morning my wife Jill and I along with several other family members attended a birthday party for our three year old grandson Jasper. Our daughter Peta baked him a delicious bright blue cake for the occasion. It's his and his dad's favorite colour. He's become a little boy blue. Appropriately too Jasper was wearing his first pair of blue jeans when his Auntie Melissa took this photo of him and us two oldsters using Grandma Jill's iPhone.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Saturday, May 5th, 2018
7:44 am
Cat tests my birthday present.


Rodney checked out my birthday present
Rodney gave my new ottoman the thumbs up.

My daring wife Jill presented me with a grey ottoman for my birthday last week. I and our cat Rodney like it very much. Thanks Jill. Several of our other family members have cats too. Very recently a good looking moggie named Tolouse has taken up residence with F&E while D&A have just met a cat named Maria. Well done humans, house cats are good for the soul.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Friday, May 4th, 2018
7:21 am
Cats R Us.


Rodney was in his comfort zone 3 May 2018
Rodney was in his comfort zone last night.

When Jill and I watch TV in the evenings sometimes our sleeping cats are more amusing than what's on the screen. This was the case last night with our tabby cat Rodney. He decided to occupy the place where I normally sit. Naturally I wouldn't dream of disturbing him. He often sleeps on his back with his tail fluffed up like a Numbat's.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Thursday, May 3rd, 2018
7:11 am
Our cat discovered the benefits of insulation.


Rodney discovered our &apos;chiller&apos; bag on a cold day
Rodney discovered our 'chiller' bag worked for him on a cold day.

When we do a trip to a supermarket we usually take our insulated 'chiller' bag to bring home refrigerated items such as frozen meat pies, Chicko Rolls and milk. Yesterday afternoon turned out to be pretty cool and our tabby cat Rodney figured out that insulation works both ways when it comes to temperature control. He wasn't very pleased when he was told to find somewhere else.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018
8:21 am
A hap, hap, happy birthday.


Happy birthday Grandad Weaver 1 May 2018
A happy birthday greeting for Grandad Weaver.

Thanks to all the well wishers who sent me birthday greetings yesterday. They were much appreciated. I received my annual flu vaccine from the GP in the morning and our dog Millie had her yearly vaccinations and checkup in the afternoon from the Vet. I hope to report similarly on both these matters in a year's time. In between these happenings Jill and I went for a meat pie each from a small bakery at Rivervale which won last year's award for the 'Best meat pie in Australia.' All I can say about our eating experience yesterday is that they were okay, but we still have exceedingly fond memories of the outstanding meat pies we sampled last year from rural bakeries at York, Narrogin and Walpole. The artistic illustration is a gift I received yesterday from my grandsons Lincoln and Tate. Nice work guys.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Tuesday, May 1st, 2018
7:50 am
73 years young today.


Paul Richard Weaver was born 1 May 1945.
Paul Richard Weaver was born on 1 May 1945.

In case anyone didn't remember, today is my birthday. That makes me 73 and not out. I think the baby photo of me above is the earliest one of me. Yes it's true folks, I know it's hard to believe that I was once a baby too. A seven pounder no less. I guess I must have been a few weeks old when it was taken. Someone has shoved a rattle in my hand to shake. Nowadays I have nine 'babies' of my own and soon the number of my grandchildren will rise from five to six. Who would have guessed such genetic proliferation from looking at the photo. As a special birthday treat this morning Jill, my darling wife and the mother of my babies is taking me to see our GP to receive my annual flu shot. She had hers yesterday.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Monday, April 30th, 2018
7:18 am
It's a wrap for April.


We were visited by the brown butterfly in April 2018
We were visited by this brown butterfly in April 2018.

Well here we are at the end of April already. Time marches on, which means none of us are getting any younger. I pulled a muscle in my lower back a week or so ago and thankfully the resultant stiffness has gradually been getting better. When I watched the Western Derby between Fremantle and the Weagles on TV yesterday I sympathised with all the injured players who will be expected to bounce back and be ready for more football action by next weekend. Sadly for Freo they also lost the game to their arch rivals. So with that it is onward to the 31 days of May and whatever excitement they hold. Maybe some more butterflies?

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Sunday, April 29th, 2018
9:39 am
A 3rd birthday party for a grandson.


Lincoln Weaver and his parents celebrated his third birthday with cake
Lincoln Weaver and his parents celebrated his third birthday with a cake .

Yesterday Grandma Jill and I attended the third birthday of our eldest grandchild Lincoln. Amongst the other guests was a traveling menagerie of gentle farmyard animals which included a piglet, rabbits, a young goat or kid, some chickens and a couple of lambs. Jill's photo is of our grandson and his parents contemplating the birthday cake. Tim and Claire ensured the party was a great success by providing a copious quantity of other food for the human guests as well. It's certainly fair to say that a good time was had by all.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Friday, April 27th, 2018
8:29 am
A walkabout with the grandkids.


Granma Jill with her grandchildren and their mothers 26 April 2018
Grandma Jill went for walk with her grandchildren and their mothers yesterday.

Yesterday all of our grandchildren and their mothers came to our place for morning tea. This was followed by a walk together to a nearby park while I stayed at home. In the photo my wife Jill is wearing a hat.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Thursday, April 26th, 2018
8:54 am
Rotto flashback to eight years ago.


Jill Weaver Rottnest 17 April 2010
Jill Weaver at Rottnest, April 2010.

Every Anzac Day I thank my beautiful wife Jill for marrying me. I love her unreservedly. Yesterday I was sorting though an old folder of photos and came across this one of her. It was taken in April eight years ago at Rottnest Island. My motto is that a man can never take too many photos of his wife.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Wednesday, April 25th, 2018
7:57 am
Remembering my father on Anzac Day 2018.


Alfred George Weaver front left WW1 aboard Kaiser Hind 1919
Alfred George Weaver (front left) returned from WW1 aboard the Kaiser Hind in mid-1919.

Today is ANZAC Day, a Remembrance occasion for those men and women whom one way or another found themselves in a uniform serving the needs of our nation in various wars. My father Alfred George Weaver survived as an Australian veteran of WW1 (918) and WW2 (WP946). Much of his service in the first conflict was as a 'Driver' of horse-drawn gun carriages with the Australian Field Artillery Brigade. However after putting his hand up he also served for a short period as an aircraft rigger. The photo of him sitting front-left is with a group of Australian and New Zealand airmen was taken on the mid-1919 trip back to Australia aboard the troop ship Kaiser I Hind. On his lower-right sleeve are the three stripes awarded for each completed year of war service in that conflict. For WW1 he spent a total of 3 years and 200 days overseas. The Great War of 1914-18 concluded with an armistice on the 11th of November 1918, so this year marks the centenary of the end of "the war to end all wars." 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. He ultimately retired from the Army in 1950 and went into civilian life. My father never dwelled on wartime matters, nor was he in any way traumatised by them. I remember him as a kind, loving man. I was with him when he died peacefully aged 88 on 16 April 1985.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
8:55 am
Royal baby news.


A Rottnest Quokka 3 April 2017
A Rottnest Quokka flashback to 3 April 2017.

Exciting news this morning comes from Britain that Prince William and his wife Kate have become the proud parents of their third child, a son who may be named Prince Cuthbert of Rottnest Island. On the other hand he may not. Anyway, the reporting staff at our morning newspaper The West Australian have gone into a swoon with several pages devoted to the royals. Here's a tip for W & K and their kids. Any celebrity who comes here and visits nearby Rottnest Island to get photographed with a Quokka gets treated like royalty and doesn't have to pay for anything.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Monday, April 23rd, 2018
8:10 am
Mother and child images.


Crystal & Zoe 19 April 2018
Crystal and Zoe had their portrait taken last week.

It's a wet Monday morning here in paradise. Our garden has had a good soaking over the weekend. The photo is a portrait I took last week of our grand-daughter Zoe and her Mum Crystal. It's alway a pleasure for me to capture mother and child images like this.

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Paul R. Weaver.

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Sunday, April 22nd, 2018
8:06 am
More Grand-parenting business.


Paul Weaver with grandsons Lincoln and Tate 21 April 2018
Grandpa Paul sitting with grandsons Lincoln and Tate yesterday.

It was rain and thunder for most of last night. There's been a lull since 7.30am but more stormy weather is expected later on. When I was very little my Mum used to explain that thunder was the sound of God moving his furniture. There was no thunder yesterday morning when Jill and I baby-sat our two grandsons Lincoln and Tate. My darling wife Jill took the photo of me practicing some sitting with them.

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