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.[…]
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.
Had a bit of a trip out today, initially to Heathcote, and then through to Costerfield. Costerfield is a very small township, but also the site of an operating gold-antimony mine, run by Mandalay Resources.[…]
This week’s Mineral of the Week is a zeolite mineral. Chabazite or gmelinite group species. Photo: Chabazite, Organ Pipes, Sydenham, Victoria. Width 3mm.
Photographed this very group of mineral species today. A polished sample that was analysed. A bit hard to work out which is which visually though!
So I got an email today saying the payment of my tax return fee is now overdue. And no, this was not a scam email. Etax Accountants have paid me my tax refund, and taken[…]
I came across the Mineral Sort Guide, a pocket mineral identifier today. I have had it for some time, but don’t remember where I got it. It was developed by Joseph Forester in the early[…]
I finished going through the broken up pieces collected underground a couple of weeks ago. This was a nice little surprise!
Just needs filling and painting. It is very substantial now…
Out and about today and drove down what is now a no-through road in Wallace, east of Ballarat. We have been on that road before, but not in the last 30+ years. It is the[…]
Recognising that not all people are fans of rocks on their faces, I have created a range of non-mineral face masks. A bit of an eclectic mix 😁 You can find them here… (and mineral[…]
Today I had the pleasure of joining the New South Wales Mineralogical Society micro group Zoom meeting. Noel Kennon gave a presentation on mineral names and some of the challenges that we, as mineral collectors,[…]
Weather permitting, next week will see the start of a bit of landscaping and planting out the front. Old roses and a camellia will be removed, and some bird-attracting native plants installed. We visited the[…]
Had a very pleasant day out today to Mount Franklin, a volcano near Daylesford, Victoria. Part of the Newer Volcanics, Mount Franklin is said to be about 20 million years old. It has a range[…]
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My copy of the Australian Journal of Mineralogy arrived today. I use the term arrived loosely. The good news. One of my photos is on the front cover! The bad news. In spite of the[…]
I have created another six mineral-themed face masks via Redbubble. These are of a variety of minerals from around the world. So far, there are masks containing crocoite (some with other species) from the Adelaide[…]
Given the current situation, and that face masks are becoming more the norm, I have decided to create a series of mineral-themed face masks via Redbubble. Six designs are currently available, all of which feature[…]
This week’s Mineral of the Week is any mineral specimen with zoned crystals… Pale yellow to darker yellow/orange crystals of mimetite, Guatomo Mine (‘Hat Yai’ mimetite locality), Tham Thalu, Bannang Sata District, Yala Province, Thailand.[…]
Garage back wall finished (photos later)… Finally have a place to hang my signs.
Back wall of garage being deconstructed. How will this progress? All will be revealed…
My poor car isn’t used to staying out at night, but while we are fixing the garage wall… The temperature dipped below zero in the early hours, and ice on the windscreen was the result.[…]
Don’t you just love irony. I don’t know what the sign on the door at one of our local supermarket complexes symbolises, other than it is what the door is actually made of. (MDF =[…]