Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Yeah, I know. But...


Yeah, yeah, I know. I have been mislead by the scientists who should know better. I should not have tried to apply logic to God's great plan. I should fall to the feet of Tom and Bartek and Avus and all those wise people who say we innocents are being hoodwinked by the climate change chorus.

But you can't avoid one fact...

This has been the driest start to the year here since records started to be kept.

I keep plugging away, pointing out the succession of new records being achieved here in Melbourne, as I can't help feeling, despite the wise and venerable panel of worthy gentlemen telling me otherwise, that if we keep hitting the dusty end of the superlative spectrum over and over again then, perhaps, something is really happening.


Thursday, 25 June 2009

Hliza in hospital...

Many of you know Hliza from her wandering the world of blogs commenting and from her own delightful blog.

I have heard today that she is in hospital after a car accident.

The last post her sister put on Facebook 3 hrs ago said "waiting for my sis at operation room.she's ok,with some injuries. My mind cant stop thinking abt her kids."

Her sister's blog is here


Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Ambushed by the obvious...


The saxophone was invented and patented over 160 years ago.

The various sources differ on the exact date but it was patented somewhere late June, 1846.

And you know what?

I had never occurred to me that the saxophone was invented by a Mr Sax.

Obvious when you know.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Some Rural Thoughts


Always drink upstream from the herd.

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

Words that soak into your ears are whispered...not yelled.

Meanness don't jes' happen overnight.

Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.

Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.

It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge.

You cannot unsay a cruel word.

Every path has a few puddles.

When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

The best sermons are lived, not preached.

Most of the stuff people worry about ain't never gonna happen anyway.

Don't judge folks by their relatives...

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time.

Don't interfere with somethin' that ain't bothering you none.

Timing has a lot to do with the success of a rain dance.

If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.

Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every morning.

Good judgment comes from experience.. and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in.

Sunday, 21 June 2009


Nothing very exciting happening as far as this blog is concerned.

Found a few posts for the other blogs (they are all pretty tame this week, have a look) but what to say here?

Life is going along OK, work is fine, the garden is dormant (well, it IS the winter solstice here), Martin's birthday this week, I have a new car (Honda Civic Hybrid), met up with a lady I hadn't seen for 30 years yesterday, various bugs about the place but no piglet flu, pasta is cooking for dinner.

That's it.

Hugs to the lot of you.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Opportunists Rule!


I tend not to read spam, so I may be late noticing this.

I have been getting Viagra stuff for ages (how did they know?) but is it just in this Swine Flu infected era that the purveyors of fine pharmaceuticals have added Tamiflu to their range?

Monday, 8 June 2009

Bit of a dabble...


It the Queen's birthday.

Well, no, it's not really but it is the day we commoners are given off to celebrate the event.

So, as it's raining outside I started revisiting the painting I started back in April.

Still some work to do but it's moving along.

This is was the original looked like when first blocked out:

I am continuing with the three segments separately so they will be slightly different from each other but still part of a whole.

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Happy as.


Dear readers, I have neglected you so.

I am sorry. And I am happy.

My creative efforts have been directed at work of late. Not quite two months since I started and it has been fun. I feel I can make a difference, the staff appreciate me and the management support me.

And I get paid to do it.

What more can I ask?

And what am I doing? I am Laboratory Director at a laboratory in Melbourne, part of the Silliker group of laboratories. Silliker originated in the US but is now owned by the French firm, Merieux. Its principal focus is food testing.

When I can I will blog. Promise.