June 30 already! It is been a different month for us with me changing to working 0.7, and preparing to move off the farm to a suburban block. I have added the usual bunch of cloudy watery pics with a couple of ring-ins taken by others.
Driving in the country in Australia, especially at night, and more so in Winter, is a challenge due to our lovely furry friends jumping in front of us without warning. This photograph is doctored but is a timely reminder for all of us to slow down a bit and keep our eyes peeled.
Last week Jo and went to see a special viewing of movie called Brothers’ Nest. Shane Jacobson attended the screening with an introduction and post movie Q&A session. I enjoyed the movie very much. It could be classified as a black comedy. For Australians it is nothing like Kenny. It’s distribution may be limited to Australia. Jo and I are in this photo but we cannot be resolved.
Thanks again Su for running changing seasons. See her blog here.
Late again. May started warm and ended quite cold. The fire is chugging along quite nicely and days are short. And at the end of May I got the dreaded Manflu.
It has been a month of car breakdowns. I have a bad habit of holding on to cars for too long and yes, they breakdown spectacularly. I’m out of pocket over 2 K and this car is running nicely one minute then all of a sudden, no transmission. On the freeway, thankfully out of the burbs. I just managed to get the car off the road, rang roadside assist and waited in the cold on the other side of the armco railing for a tow, because every monster truck that went by would wobble the car. That’s cars.
What a great day I had with the sampling team on Port Phillip Bay. The Bay was lumpy but we managed to finish all 6 sites, replicates and blanks. And we did all of this in 9 hrs.
Later in May our team headed down to Lake Wellington, the westernmost lake of the Gippsland Lakes, to investigate more sampling sites and to be involved in a media event. Lake Wellington is a large shallow brackish lake. It is partially surrounded by farmland and an RAAF air base. The LaTrobe River empties into it. I had initially requested to be not interviewed but I gave in and accepted it in the end. I was zero prepared. My colleague did not skip a beat but I bumbled my way through my bit. Thankfully, the editing skills of the journalist made me sound like a professional.
Now I’m 60 I’m grabbing every opportunity I have to make my life more interesting. I have not always done this; I don’t regret it because you can’t turn back time. There are also many very valid reasons why I have lived my life as I have to date; not a topic for these pages as I would bore you to tears.
I’ll add some photos below for Su’s changing seasons .
Looking west from Mt Macedon
Looking south-west from Macedon
Melbourne through the haze from Mt Macedon
Me sampling at Lake Reeve taken by Chris Garland
Lake Reeve at Loch Sport taken by Chris Garland
Sampling at Lake Wellington taken by ABC journalist
April for me has been mixed, with some highs and some lows. I know people like a good read, but I live my life with Jo and the dogs, play music, take photos and measure things. I wish I could enjoy writing but I just make a hash of it most of the time. Here is some photos from April 2018. Still warm here, even today on May 1. Colder nights and mornings. The beach is all (mostly) packed up, with our caravan still in a suburban driveway waiting to be brought home by a suitable vehicle. Thanks again Su for you inspiration and changing seasons initiative.
I turned 60 in March. This cake was baked by a colleague pictured below on the boat. Thanks Chris
Lucy and Chris
Sunset viewing at Rosebud
Gippsland Lakes land-based sampling
The swinging udders
Winery in the Mt Macedon Region
As I approach the end of my wonderful 4 weeks off work I realise I have done a lot of things but I have not reconnected with blogging. I’m so glad that Su has kept the changing seasons going because I can continue to drop in here at least once a month. It’s been an eventful month with spending some time down at the beach, home and a few days in the mountains. Here’s some snaps
The Lady Nelson (Replica)
Friends relaxing on the beach
Cruising – not my cup of tea
Girls having a ball on the Ovens River
Our little teardrop, Button
Brunch at Bright
Girls getting dunked
Our little mountain over the warter
Rosebud at night
Rosebud at night
Home at night
Home at night
It’s such a mad month for me. I am so looking forward to March. Friday is my last work day for 4 weeks. One small problem; I’m working Saturday! Duh how did that happen. Oh well, big relax on Saturday night and some extra time at the end of my leave. Here’s some pics of my February. Added for Su’s Changing Seasons
View from Red Rock at dawn
Rosebud Sunset No @@##$
Handstanding great niece
Rosebud clouds 2
Drinks on the beach
The Upper Yarra River at Warburton
Starvation Creek Res
Sunset at home
It’s the holiday season in Australia and it’s been a hot one. I may add some words later but here is some pics from the month. Added for Su’s new changing seasons
New Holland Honey-eater and agapanthus
Adele and her flare
My day flare
The fire crew at Lakes Entrance
It’s been a while since I’ve blogged anything but on the changing seasons. Here’s a bunch of photos specially chosen for the Serene theme. Apologies as some have been previously published.
A frantic month of ‘Where did that go?’ I had some leave, did some burning, visited Tasmania.
Took the dogs for a run down the Altona dog beach. They had a ball.
Since the nasty grass fire of February 2014, we have had many piles of dead cypress trees awaiting burning. Last weekend was coolish with favourable light SW winds. Perfect pyro weather. This was 3 of the 8 piles we burnt. There are just as many, if not more, dead trees to burn next Winter.
Jo had a bit of fun in the bobcat.
Last week I flitted down to Hobart for 24 hours. Too short. I love that place.
And thanks to Ruth at RuthsArc I was able check out some wonderful new sculptures. The weather and light was not the best.
I’ve added these for Max’s Changing seasons.
A big part of blogging is not only posting, but reading, and commenting on, all of my favourite blogs. I apologise for not finding time for this. Work has been more hectic than ever and I admit to being a little addicted to Words with friends. I leave for work in the dark and get home the dark. It’s cold, I light the fire, we eat, we socialise, we watch the telly, we obsess with the internet.
Last week I travelled to Lakes Entrance for a course and managed to capture some pre-dawn photographs. It has been cold but very dry in Victoria this Winter. Some parts of Victoria need rain badly. I will add some of these pics for Max’s changing seasons.
Like every temperate zone region, April is a time of change here in Southern Victoria. Unlike many of my blogging friends, our world is cooling down and the daylight hours are approaching 11 hrs.
April is a time when we are winding up our beach camping. Instead of swimming and spending evenings on the beach, we gather around in coats, play music and sometimes drink too much.
April is popular time for international acts to visit Australia. This is related to the Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival at Easter. Many acts add the capital cities to this. We saw Jethro Tull, Patti Smith, and as a duo, Billy Bragg and Joe Henry. All of these concerts had their excellence, with maybe Jethro Tull lagging a little. Having said that, Ian Anderson still is an extraordinary flautist and performer. I’m not sure what you pay in America or Europe for these acts but I am minus 350 bucks after these concerts. I am so lucky I can afford to pay it. I do hanker for the days when a concert ticket was the same cost as an LP. $5. As a kid I went to all the concerts.
Today is Anzac Day, a holiday commemorating the debacle at Gallipoli in 1915. A reposted a photo of my father in uniform on facebook. That is all I could do.
Later on I’ll tune in to the traditional footy match. I have a strong suspicion that my team will lose. That’s OK. It’s just big money making venture these days and I have childhood based allegiance I cannot shake.
Here’s some pics. May will be harder than April. Oh apologies for the sunsets – I like them. Added for Max
Looking towards Sorrento on a blustery day
Heading for our last site on Port Phillip Bay
Sunrise early April Rosebud
Looking NE from Arthur’s Seat
Reflections Port Phillip Bay
Enjoying our friends’ company at the beach.
Tee shirts one week
Coats the next
Yes, more sunsets
After the Jethro Tull concert on Southbank
Before the Patti Smith Concert. I was primed!
The venue just before the Billy Bragg and Joe Henry concert