Thursday, February 27, 2014

Storm clouds seem to gather at the end of the school day.  Right on cue.  3pm.  Recently, shoes off,  we went walking homewards in the rain towards the end of a sudden cloudburst and it was pleasant.

Monday, February 24, 2014

West end pub, Newcastle. Time to go west and north south and east!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Top is first dairy factory and lastly is Nambucca River Co Op at Taylors Arm which closed in 1959 and is still barely standing. Macksville area.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Factory on north side of the river Macksville area 1912.
Before multi-national dairy. Local cooperatives have had their day.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

More of yesterdays watermelon and fundraising in front of the supermart.  It's been said before we don't have to run raffles to fund the latest military equipment or ''jobs for the boys'' in London or Washington.  Things that really count are dependent on charity.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Make a donation and guess the weight.  In support of Macksville Hospital. The estimates were from 20 up to 40+ kg. A Macksville farmer would have more idea than most.

   A good watermelon growing season? Sunny days a must.  John Kerry, a US heavyweight, has just raised the international problem of climate change, strangely, during his visit to Indonesia.  He spoke strongly about the truth of the science of climate change.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Somewhere in Newcastle.  But today we have rain falling. Snow or jolly English people gently rowing on the languid Thames with green lawns and homes beside the peaceful waters are images that have another side to them, sad to say.
Any climate change is a global concern. The good with the bad, the rich with the poor.   

Thursday, February 13, 2014

 Great to check safety on trucks but some hugh loads are seen whizzzing along the highways like the north coast yesterday.  Lollypop man on a stinking hot day, we could have detoured into Nambucca instead of this had we known.

Monday, February 10, 2014

This Australian industry could go a long way.  Forget about canning fruit.  Industrious workers are making tents, campers, caravans and motorhomes of all shape, size and price and were on exhibition over the weekend. The above Trooper seems to be a sturdy rig for off road conditions.
It is in our interests to protect the environment to support tourism and caravaning industry.
As our roads become first grade we are instead taking to bush bashing.  What will be preserved in the great outdoors after terrible drought, heatwaves and dangerous bushfires are our lot. Can we afford outdoor past times with this level of consumption?  Who knows?
If one was to pay $200,000 plus for a caravan type vehicle would they really want to take to the great outdoors and battle the elements.  The motel industry misses out business from the self-contained customers in motorhomes etc. One could travel round Australia in a comfortable car at good speed with good fuel economy and stay in Motels, go anywhere free of towing anything, for less than the cost of a hugh caravan.
Just saying. Since the 1960s, Winnebago Motorhomes have been available and made locally. However, it's strange but they had no connection with Winnebago USA. Fittings etc may have been imported and used. Then it was declared that the name Winnebago should not be used here so more recently the name Avida has been adopted by the manufacturers.
On the road again, below, packing up after the show.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

The fashion in media is total absorption in Federal Government. Sadly, it deflects attention from what really matters in State and Local government.        And Federal matters cast a shadow of doom by anti-scientific, anti-intellectual, anti-sustainability, anti-humane, anti-union, revisionist, pragmatic,  driven by economics alone ideology.  Any trivial statement from an MP on matters outside his expertise is a non-event yet grabs the power.
        Hugh resources go into a federal government apparatus.  Do we really need three levels of governement.  They are totally out of proportion. 
And I will get a life. Cheers.

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Escape the heatwave. Uncrowded, wide, ancient, flat as super bowl, golden, silicious, gritty, clammy, squashy, barraging, cooling beach.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

While it is never to late to learn, another lifetime is a good idea, firstly for me to learn how to live and secondly to learn to write English prose.
A review in the Newcastle paper, The Herald, gave us the key to the use of adjectives.  A revelation. A suggestion for the word order of adjectives is there and word order is significant in English. No expert told me about the use of adjectives which usually stumps me.
  Goodness, recently it took me hours to recall the name  behind Universal Grammar namely Noam Chomsky who presents counter intuitive theories of language learning. Very mysterious.
Opinion-size-age-shape-colour-origin-material-purpose-noun... so there.
The Elements of Eloquence How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase by Mark Forsyth. Icon Press