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[…]
…is now out…
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 =[…]
For reasons known only to the people that did it, the back wall of our garage is, well, dodgy. There is a decent girder that runs across, but the timber frame isn’t connected to it![…]
Today I was fortunate to be able to visit, and go underground in, a couple of gold mines in the Central Goldfields region of Victoria. One is predominantly slate and the other sandstone. Both have[…]
A bit of colour this week at Mineral of the Week. Any blue mineral that begins with the letter “L”. A few options: Langite, Lavendulan, Linarite… I am sure there are plenty more!
I watched an episode of Absolute History today focussed on farming, lace making and copper and tin mining in Devon and Cornwall in the Edwardian period, the first decade of the 1900s. An interesting show,[…]
(An aside: reporter on tonight’s news said magpies nest between August and September. Between? So no baby magpies then!) Had to drop my car in for a check this morning so I went for a[…]
Bryan Swoboda (BlueCap Productions) has been making many of his videos available for free as a result of the pandemic. The latest one made available is the 2015 What’s Hot in Tucson. It is across[…]
Today, we drove down to Hamilton in western Victoria, to catch up with friends Chris Ah Yee and Jan Krause, as well as drop into Hamilton town centre where I picked up a couple of[…]
A couple of nights in a row where the temperature has dipped below zero. Frost and fog have greeted us in the mornings. Tonight is going to be much warmer. 2 degrees above zero!
I put together a set of shelves and a set of drawers this weekend, to use inside wardrobes. Yes, they were only flat packs, but as some of you know, that sort of activity just[…]