Updated 12th July. Lake Esmond is like an extended front yard for us. We live right on its edge and go for regular walks around it. Up until the early 1970s, it was the site[…]
Hi there. My name is Steve, and I am a husband, father and grandfather. My youngest granddaughter refers to me as Dad Dad, hence the title… 2020 will be my last year of full-time work.[…]
I was up early this morning for an early Zoom call. The Russell Society session started at 5am my time. I was up just after 4am, wide awake. So what was the bonus? Well, we[…]
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…over at MeWe, the new Mineral of the Week is wulfenite! Header photo is wulfenite from the Jianshan Mine, Ruoqiang Co., Xinjiang, China.
Looking for a mineral-themed calendar for the year following the year we all want to forget? I have mini wall calendars (16 x 21 cm) available for AU$18.00 plus postage.
This week’s Mineral of the Week is hematite…
I am finding that I am not getting the best, sharpest results with some specimens using my newer super macro lens. So, at least for some specimens, such as this saleeite, I am reverting back[…]
Now that I have some (ahem!) spare time, I decided that I would pull up the weed mat around the front of the house, and deal with any wayward weeds that dared appear. What I[…]
…in all things 😁 Can you see what I see? A Genie released from its lamp?
This week’s Mineral of the Week over on MeWe is prehnite. A poll has been set up to choose the next one. Photo details: Prehnite with epidote, Gneiss quarries, Arvigo, Calanca Valley, Misox, Grischun, Switzerland.[…]
Edit: There was a label. But it was one label for half a dozen specimens. At least I know the locality now. Waitekauri, Hauraki District, Waikato Region, North Island, New Zealand. A specimen that I[…]
Two Zoom sessions today, both international! The first was the fortnightly Micromount Club Zoom meeting (number eleven!) with Steve Rust presenting the Minerals of the Frongoch mine, Wales). An excellent talk, even if there were[…]
Another package arrived today. Sent from the US in early July, it took only a couple of weeks to reach Australia shores. Not bad. But then the tracking said it had departed Perth (Western Australia)[…]
A package arrived today with three new species for my collection. One of them is lavoisierite, named after French chemist, Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier. Unironically, the lavoisierite chemical formula contains quite a bit of oxygen. Lavoisier was[…]
Abe Simpson visited our local supermarket. Can you guess which one he is?
This week’s Mineral of the Week is chalcopyrite. Photo: Chalcopyrite, Clara Mine, Rankach valley, Oberwolfach, Wolfach, Black Forest, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Width of view 3mm.
Been capturing details of specimens in boxes, but not necessarily cataloguing and photographing. Took time out tonight to photograph this one though. Funny thing is, it was a small piece that came off a larger[…]
Enjoying a bit of sunshine before a storm that’s on its way hits us. Appropriately listening to Sound Storm radio. Nice spot to do a bit of cataloging.
All but one anyway. They were old and haggard and rotting near the bases. So out they came. Planting natives in a couple of weeks. Decided to work on it this morning as it is[…]
This weekend marks six months since I stopped work in the year to remember to not forget to remember to forget. Oh, and here is a recent visitor…
This week’s Mineral of the Week (MotW) only at MeWe, is cerussite. “Chrome Cerussite” from the Magnet Mine, near Waratah, Tasmania. Width of view is 2.5mm.
So we screwed down all of the flooring before laying new carpet, but there was still an annoying noise in one spot in our bedroom. A camera was put up through one of our kitchen[…]
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With the number of active cases creeping up in Ballarat (another four yesterday), the arrival of my new abstract design masks with today’s courier was timely!
Getting quite a few people interested and posting on MeWe already. This after a few short days. This is a particularly nice ulrichite from Lake Boga. This one of a number of photos in the[…]
Had an unknown cause Blue Screen of Death twice in the last three days. Doesn’t seem to be a problem after it has restarted. Possibly due (apparently) to a hardware or driver issue. Uninstalled the[…]
This week’s Mineral of the Week (MotW) is rhodochrosite and in a new home. Now on MeWe.
Given the issues I have had with Facebook recently, I have set up some mineral-related groups on a good FB alternative, MeWe. No ads. Very strong on privacy. Pretty flexible from what I can see.[…]
I feel so single-celled today… I’m sure there should be one called Alan. Today’s Farside comics…
The lockdown starts in a few hours. Spring will be here in four weeks. Lockdown scheduled to run for the next six weeks from midnight tonight. Hunkering down…
A few snow flurries this morning (see video below). And hail around lunchtime (see photos below video). Oh, and our water heater packed up. It’s only been in about 20 months. Fortunately it only needed[…]
And not from Broken Hill! Marshite is a rare copper iodide mineral, originally found at Broken Hill. There is one other locality in Australia where it has been found, and that is the Poona mine,[…]
Victoria has gone one further than declaring a State of Emergency (that we have had for a few months already). Today the government declared a State of Disaster. This is serious. Emergency measures have been[…]
Apparently, July is normally the coldest month of the year here. But the July just gone was warmer than usual. Not so you would notice. The average top temperature was 10.8 degrees. The long term[…]
We were hoping to be able to check out an area today. But when we got there… Not all lost though. We did find a few small specimens along the side of the track we[…]
The Covid numbers in Victoria are still not good, half way through lockdown number two. The whole of metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire are in lockdown. We are hearing that the virus is still spreading,[…]
Been cataloguing some of my elements sub-collection today. I have added the following (left to right, top to bottom): Erbium, Yttrium, Hafnium, Dysprosium, and Ytterbium Gadolinium, Samarium, Holmium, Lutetium, and Scandium You can click on[…]
Coots are cute. But wait until you hear them squawk! This group of coots was just a small part of what was in the neighbourhood near Lake Wendouree, Ballarat, today…
Photographed and catalogued tonight… Adamite from the Ojuela Mine, Mexico, fluoresces a bright green colour. This is caused by the presence of (UO2)2+ (Uranyl ion) as impurities.