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[…]
It wasn’t possible to celebrate with a cake on my birthday, but this was only a few days later 😁 Not a bad effort by Laura. The girls enjoyed it too. My lack of a[…]
This week’s Mineral of the Week is fluorite… Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
As some of you will know, I have been attending the weekly Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences (AIGS) Zoom sessions. They are now intending to keep them coming for a few more months. Next week’s[…]
A great AIGS talk tonight by Dr Claudio Milisenda on tourmalines. And next week – Peter Lyckberg on pegmatites! Looking forward to that one! Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
I was right. My photo was used in the “Luminescence of Gems“, presented by Dr. Emmanuel Fritsch. To recap, as reported in my earlier post, at one point in the presentation, I recognised a photo[…]
I got to go out collecting today. A nice birthday present 😁 It was a lovely late Autumn day with plenty of sunshine after a cool start (there was a bit of a frost). We[…]
I found out today that Joan Lamond passed away in March, almost reaching 100. Joan was a keen mineral collector, and particularly with respect to micromounts, and also gypsum. I was the lucky recipient of[…]
I attended a Zoom presentation tonight by Angus Miller of Geowalks. Angus has arranged a number of Lockdown Lecture sessions on various aspects of Scottish geology. Geowalks is also on Facebook. Tonight’s presentation was called[…]
Given the focus on pyrite over the last few days (The Micromount Club Zoom meeting) and the interest generated, pyrite is this week’s Mineral of the Week! Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
Last night, I joined a Zoom session organised by the Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences (AIGS), Thailand. These sessions have been running weekly for quite a few weeks now (I think this was number 7).[…]
It exists! Really! A package from Canada arrived today. Posted March 3rd! And yes, rocks. 😁 Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
We had new carpet laid about two months ago. And for the most part were happy with it. However there was one area, a join, that we were not happy with. So we went on[…]
I have created mineralcollective24x7.workplace.com as a new spot for mineral-related Facebook-like posts, forums, groups, etc. Looks like Facebook have created something good here. A number of groups have already been set up, including: General Chat[…]
The Penguin Parade on Phillip Island is a world-renowned tourist attraction. Unfortunately, like many other things at the moment, it is closed to the public. However, there is a Facebook Live Feed on tonight (and[…]
From the Ballarat Courier Newspaper – “Fossickers, prospectors welcomed back into forests”… Under the new eased COVID-19 restrictions here in Victoria, fossicking is once again allowed. Along with golf, fishing, and other recreational activities. Of[…]
David Jason would be proud. Second day in a row where the temperature has been just below zero degrees C. Winter is on the way! There was a bit of frost, and the dog bowl[…]
Today, we went for a bit of a hike in accordance with the easing of restrictions in Victoria. One of the places we visited was the Union Mine area at the base of Mt Greenock,[…]
Today was the first day here in Victoria where some restrictions have been eased. I dropped my car off to be serviced at 8am (it was a wee bit overdue) and went for a walk[…]
…is now published. This month, in this 50 page full-colour issue, we have the first in a short series of the story of Broken Hill, a report on the 2020 Scottish mineral, fossil and jewellery[…]
Ever tried taking a photo with your phone of a small fast-moving bird? It is impossible! This was an attempt this morning, and the bird in question is a wren. The result is just a[…]
Are these symbols the work of some long lost civilisation? Or a product of our modern isolationist world? They are in fact, symbols left in the path around Lake Esmond, by a certain six year[…]
A bit of a strange Mother’s Day this year, given the current pandemic. No catching up with family face to face. My gift today was painting the inside of our linen closet. Not much I[…]
This week’s Mineral of the Week is any mineral where the Type Locality is in Mexico. The posts don’t have to be Mexican minerals, but originally found and described from Mexico. There are 89 species[…]
My music taste is varied and perhaps a little eclectic. I quite like the sound from Christine and the Queens. This video from Glastonbury 2019… Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
This rubbish bin won’t hold much anymore! It’s been slightly singed! Oh. And the Lake Esmond post has been updated. Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
Updated 4th 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[…]
A package arrived from the US today. It had been sitting somewhere in a transit depot for weeks with no movement. No updates to tracking history. But it just arrived out of the blue today![…]
A stunning South African rhodochrosite specimen… A few internal rainbows too. Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
Today is Star Wars Day 😜 Reality Check by Dave Whamond for May 04, 2020. Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
I have put together a topic and author index for the Monthly Mineral Chronicles. This will be maintained and updated as new editions are published. I will expand on it in the near future to[…]
This week’s Mineral of the Week is opal. Any opal can be added. Precious opal. Hyalite opal. Jelly opal. Opalised wood. etc Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
Not sure if the local bakery put in the wrong ingredients, or just made up too much, or something else. But there sure is a lot of dough in these bins! Maybe they were trying[…]
This Chinese native copper specimen is starting to alter to crystals of dark red cuprite. Going over to the dark side. Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
I am not normally a fan of cup cakes but I could exterminate one or two of these 😁😁 Brought to you by Dr Who: The Official Cookbook. Where are the jelly babies??? Dalektable! Hah![…]
Repair. Verb. Restore (something damaged, faulty, or worn) to a good condition. Nature produces some fantastic mineral specimens. We usually only get to see them after they have been extracted from the Earth. And sometimes,[…]
A neat specimen of pyrite after marcasite from Canada catalogued today… Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
Added a couple of wulfenite specimens to my catalogue today, from very different parts of the planet. One from Arizona, the other from China… Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.