Friday, April 03, 2020

Remember when. So far, I am fortunate and aok over lock down yet knowing i am not risk free.
Good policies are introduced. Lately, a government that you would dream of. What's the catch? A decade of the Lib mantra. And tightness on the less wealthy. Oh!
"Make America Great"  what a situation for every sane American shocked by their rediculous president and his misled followers by his insane popularity and the massive pandemic.
Real Estate is rapped about asking tennants to access super as it is illegal to give financial advice. Far too delicate to say what we really think about pressure such as that. Trust the Libs to originally suggest draw down, hardest on low incomes.

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

where visitors gather to view fairy penguins come ashore down at the beach at Phillip island. Will the penguins miss seeing everybody during the lock down?
Early March I was thinking of making designer masks, but i partially locked down ahead of the regulations and wondered about risk of shopping for a sewing machine. Op shops would have them.
National total might be close to 5000 but the rate is lower right now..

what bird is that?

these birds are ?  Shearwaters...mutton birds? Cant say. Bustards? These were on 
Phillip island.
The virus has infected 4000 plus. Right now the rate is slower.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

on day 4 the alfalfa sprouts are sprouted and need about a further 24 hours, yum.
National tally 3600 with dreaded virus.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Australiana....the fatal shore

Every person for themself. We are told we all have needs in an order of priority and our survival is on top. We are threatened so other countries no longer count for much.
We havnt developed enough to see ouselves as a global family.  Outrageous death rates almost unnoticed. Cruise ship tourists sent packing after processing. True, the cruises were a very unreasonable undertaking.

A WHO expert lost all his credibility in praising Trump for his leadership and unique national  approach to Covid 19. What??

National tally 2600

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Unique amenities..the good the bad and the ugly.
Another 4000 unemployed as the shut- down proceeds. 
Will there be lawlessness as thousands lose their jobs?
National disease tally: low 2000ns.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

a touch of homesteading

quick cats seem the vessel of choice.
Quarantine effort: Alfalfa sprouts. Step 1 soak 4 hours.
Nationally the number afflicted is 1887.

Monday, March 23, 2020

winding down

still life.
Lock down ordered yesterday but little change this morning at a large centre.. Sales persons said they dont know if their shop will shut or not.
The PM stated non essential services will close today, he ruled out supermarts, banks, fuel and pharmacies. It would have been easy to be more specific and say, for instance, whether home hardware, large  clothing and variety stores were essential or not and might remain open.
At the same time, we can live with a level of uncertainty, will read between the lines, overall we are on target. There are many ways to skin a cat.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

virus busting

will i or wont i use this! And i dont mean welding. Nation total afflicted: 1123

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Monday, March 16, 2020

meeting my match?

a free space for a photo shoot in the pink, really, the lights focused best when sitting in the opposite direction 

I have lived in times of earthquake, tsunami, the reconciliaton walk, 9/11 and now a pandemic. If I am still around then an asteroid is on my bucket list.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

secret weapon

The end of the line and an uncommon little railway station at the bay.

 We got the US administration with a secret weapon namely our infected minister. He had to be good for something.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

fools paradise?

No obvious concerns over THE virus in this establishment. What is ahead?
 Our services are not on the back foot, we are fortunate that way. I am trialing social distance and isolation to some extent. Stocking up extra food is simply to limit my shopping trips in the event of widespread flu.

keeping in line

ScoMo: whatever was i thinking yesterday? Your benevolence is heavenly

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Mr Morrison talks and talks such as in todays pronouncements which didnt say anything new at all and took ages to cover. Same old lines...treasury success (at whose cost?)...superior to the previous government ad naus... (despite our survival of the GFC)
Mr Frydenberg has totally mastered the art of never answering a question in an interview. Both of them force me to switch off.
The darn surplus we were meant to have.  

Sunday, March 08, 2020


Changes to the club are well done. Difficult to say where the original ends and the updates begin.

social club

An almost historic example on the New South border 

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Imagine Phillip Island Victoria
Natural beauty is found there and a nature reserve is home to little penguins and the thousands of visitors they attract, as well it has a racing circuit for bikes or cars. In between mindless laps one can look towards the vista out to sea and along the blue coast line. Quite a setting!
Strangely, outside of the visitors centre of the GP race course is a fairly incongruous pleasant Japanese inspired garden with zen-like qualities and a small flock of peacocks. A little grove of pine trees is part of it.
A history of motor sport in Australia is presented. Strangly it comprises a small collection of early cars of no special trend as well as a very specialised collection of super bikes of only two Italian makes and probably not well known here at all.  Unusual.

Images and even mild technology needs to be sorted when there are apps and old style blogging at odds with each other and proving they are linked and who I am and downloading fun and games has not produced a working image this time.

Saturday, January 04, 2020

Just another day and is it a glimpse into some country at war.  The road ahead becomes increasingly smoke filled and the sun glows red and the thick smelly air reaches the nose and lungs. the surrounding country side is dessicated.
 Apps report the highway may be closed tomorrow so get well beyond that point but what is further afield?
 "Fires Near Me" and flamed filled triangles crowd the map, semis are in their usual hurry or are they fleeing to beat any delays while they would already know any so called war zones they have traversed to the south where the temperatures are up in the forties for the coming day along with unfavourable  winds.
The Fast food declares  that due to the bushfires they may need to shut up shop unexpectedly and those fifteen year old staff reach home safely as the blackend fields are a sign that fire was near and only the highway stood between it and the village.  Subdued customers roll in for chicken with eleven herbs and spices and ice flurry is an idea to keep ahead of dehydration and one power point is located to recharge other aspects. 
In the know, the fuel service centre has large water tanks, pumps and firefighting equipment as standard.
 Just another day but also a terrific warning to act to prevent climate change.

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

 Ulmus minor var. Cornubiensis  seems to be of the maple tree group and having heard how maple trees have been lost in the UK was curious to see a maple tree in these gardens.
 What's more there must be a connection with maple syrup - didn't expect that. Waffles, ice cream and maple syrup was on a wish list I asked for regarding Christmas dinner. I regret the salted caramel popcorn just a little - caramel all over even with a short cut in the recipe.
I am old enough to recall waffles ice cream and maple syrup were on the menu at Cahills Restaurants in Sydney - a bit of an institution.
On second thoughts there is more to this. The Acer group of trees are maples and of different appearance.  
Our trees and animals are being decimated by fire.  I am glad that we have a great carbon sink in our  lightly forested vast hills and dales 'but that was yesterday' as it all goes up in smoke.