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[…]
This week’s Mineral of the Week is gypsum!
Tiling is underway in the laundry. The original plan was to bring number 1 son, Evan, over from Tasmania to do this. But, given the current circumstances, this was not possible.
Planning to do a side by side with Gracie and H for Hannah… Here is the Gracie side… Caran d’Ache pencils.
Been having a bit of a cleanup. Things were just piling up. Now my art space is a lot clearer. Expect some artwork soon!
I think I have made a good choice. The results are looking good! Axinite-(Fe), Actinolite, Glandon Pass, Maurienne valley, Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. Width 18mm . Stack of 100 images.
a couple of new flexible LED lamps today for photography purposes. The new super macro lens needs more light than I was getting from the ring light attached to the front of the camera. These[…]
Yesterday was the shortest day of the year here in Australia. So today is a little bit longer. Although you wouldn’t know it. It has been a dark and dreary afternoon. So what to do?[…]
I thought I would share another mineral found the other day from the Prince Regent mines area, less than a kilometre from home. This is one of a number of specimens of arsenopyrite. A geological[…]
Gracie has been learning about the interesting (and painful-looking) results you can get with the iPhone camera Pano option! In this photo, she gained an extra foot, and Hannah nearly disappeared 😁
Just when we thought we were getting on top of the renovations, strong winds caused another part of our pergola has fallen down. The timber is rotten in places, and although we had planned to[…]
Spent a pleasant half day today collecting minerals with good friend, Toby Billing. And the best part, it was less than 1 kilometre from home! We spent a bit of time looking around the mullock[…]
After a struggle with FedEx, I finally received my new super macro lens today. It will take a little while to get used to it, particularly with regards to lighting, but so far so good.[…]
…is now available…
Saw this specimen in Warrnambool the other day. If this was the average “going rate”, the west coast of Tasmania would be the richest part of Australia!
This week’s Mineral of the Week is linarite! Bring on the Blues!
(I’m a poet and I know it) We had a day out in Warrnambool today. A nice but cool day, and not as cold as Ballarat! But… a bit high on the patented “whiffometer” scale.[…]
When you pay a premium for a service, even under the current circumstances, you expect to get some value for your money. Fedex are not my favourite people at the moment. I got a text[…]
Late afternoon/early evening just outside Ballarat. A meeting with the driver of a Road Train from South Australia. What could this be? What else? Rocks! Zahn Gotch, a friend and fellow mineral collector, was driving[…]
Went for a short drive today from Ballarat down to Meredith (☕ stop!), then west towards Mount Mercer before heading back through Buninyong and back to home. The Yarrowee River runs south from Ballarat, and[…]
Yep. Took three coats! You’d think that both being dark colours, that they would both have the same issues. But no. The dark grey in GG’s room was fine. The blue in HG’s room, not[…]
Painted a feature wall for No. 1 Granddaughter today while the girls were having a sleepover. Looks really good. No. 2 Granddaughter’s feature wall to be finished tomorrow. May need three coats on that one![…]
The mineral collecting world has lost another nice guy, Keith Hayes. So this week, in his memory, any mineral that is linked in some way to Keith. I know that I have purchased a few[…]
Went out collecting today with good friend Toby Billing. We went up to Mount Cole just outside Raglan, about 66km west north west of Ballarat. Mount Cole is granite country. The granite at this spot[…]
Three Zoom sessions in a 24 hour period. I went to bed earlier than usual and got up around 12.30am my time for the first one at 1am. This was the first of a planned[…]
Ballarista, my local coffee shop for the last 18 months or so, closed back in March due to the impacts of the Corona Virus. Unfortunately, it is not going to reopen. RIP Ballarista. And thanks[…]
We went for a bit of a drive today, stopping off in the Central Victorian goldfield towns of Maryborough, Dunolly, Maldon, and Newstead. Maryborough in particular has a mix of architecture, some Victorian era, some[…]
Today is generally considered the first day of Winter here in the southern hemisphere (although there is some conjecture as to whether it should be the Winter Solstice around the 21st June). And today started[…]