Thursday, September 17, 2015

yep, remain alive

WOW. This week has been interesting, politically. We have a new "Prime Minister".
Malcolm Turnbull has replaced Anthony John Abbott as leader of the current majority members in the current Parliament.

What will it mean? Dunno yet. Wait and see - but there are 'polls' (surveys?) around that the general mood is "relief". Yep, me too - though can only hold cautious optimism.

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Monday, August 24, 2015

NBN connection - update

Um. Promises promises - deliverance - NIL.

Yep, bloke turned up on "booked", "promised" day, today.

"um", e sez - "too wet. yer'll hafta re book".
(and yes, rang the 'Service provider' - acquainted them with the problem - fortunately they speak and comprehend the language (annoyed, frustrated: verging on angry) "Aussie" - so ............ hafta wait a bit
... again   --- (settle - breathe deep... David, 'tis not the end of the world).

Friday, August 21, 2015

Second childhood ... ?

Yer, well, in my case it may well be closer to 'third' childhood - if one calculates from age 24 ... heh.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Brief update - recent personal news

Today i purchased a Yamaha XT250 trail bike.

Why? there are many places in the forests and National  Parks  around here where i cannot take my (albeit relatively ancient 4WD motor vehicle).
Have also recently become interested in the 'wombat' survey currently being conducted by somebody within the University of Western Sydney.

Sort of fascinates me. Have to have a "project" to latch onto. Have, of course, noticed, seen, quite a few Wombats in this area. Mostly dead by the roadside .....
but they are alive, hidden in the National Parks.

My problem at this point is - if i find 'live' burrows and 'live' wombats in this area (believe me, they remain - "in the wild") ..... should i make their location "public"?

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Paranoia ... ?

ummmm - at this point have been attempting to send emails to my "friends'. The message on my screen tells me
"connection reset. Please try again "

Um .....

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Almost breaking news

Have booked my connection to the "fixed wireless" version of the NBN (National Broadband Network).

Will not happen until the end of this month. Will be interested to see whether "promises are fulfulled" -

And what it will mean for this blog.

Pecking order

Yer, i know - am not the best with trying to explain things with words.

So, short story, have, recently been 'snowed in' - real snow, stuff that falls from the sky. A recent "cold snap" - according to the radio forecasters.

What does that mean to where i live? Um; satellite TV dish is snowed in. "Internet" satellite dish is snowed in. There is no "mobile phone" access at the best of times.

Um. Thinks. Already have a reliable, but relatively ancient 4WD motor vehicle. Have at least one person in the locality with a modern 4WD who seems to pass by on a regular basis (and who calls in every Tuesday for a "cuppa" tea - and the sort of "unspoken" and "unofficial" understanding that if he turns up on my doorstep and finds a dead body he, and another friend - and the local 'community' may well "unofficially" choose the "Zorba the Greek" option. In other words, anything portable, useful; and untraceable "will find a good home" .... heh. What they will do with the dead body is under discussion.

However; am not dead yet.

O, meant to write about how myself and the birds ( avians) around here organise themselves under the options of limited food supply.
Yer, am a 'softie'. Went out and raked a patch in the snow. Spread "wildbird" seed.

The first to arrive were the Currawongs. Bigbodied; long, sharp beaks. Apparently omnivorous. Eat everything and threaten attack to anything smaller than them. (and yes, am bigger than them, and it sort of amuses me to "frighten" them). Next to arrive are the Magpies - same size as the Currawongs - also omnivorous - but have a different variation on the simple coloration of "black and white". Have also learned to vocalise a  "chortle".

Next come the "King Parrots" - seed eaters. Vermilion breasts. Next come the Bluecheeked, multi-hued rosellas.

Hiding in the background are the very shy females of the "Satin bowerbird". And yes, apparently only eat fruit and vegetables.

I did, and have - put "half an apple", several apples, quite a few 'tomatos', loaves of bread - out for them ..... but gee,
guess what - the Currawongs can steal and fly away with slices of bread, halves of apple and a whole tomato.