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No effort has been made to stay within the bounds of the truth in this blog as it has always been the view of the management that the truth should never be allowed to stand in the way of a good story.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Sunday, February 09, 2014
During my last conversation with her Merle told me that she had had enough and was just waiting to die, while this surprised me at the time I now see that having made peace with those of us she cared most about she simply shut down her resistance and allowed the inevitable to happen.
We are hoping for one last miracle, that is that her funeral can be arranged for Tuesday 11th February so that I can attend before my surgery booked for Thursday 13th February, to those who may not know about this, its the reversal of my colonoscopy after my encounter with bowel cancer last year.
To any of you who followed her blog and/or facebook please know that you enriched her life with the joy she got from her "internet friends" we had many discussions about how deeply we both felt about those "friends" we had never met and in most cases never expected to meet.
The world is a much better place because Merle spent time in it, not enough time , but then I guess that always applies.
Thank you for the pleasure you gave to Merle.
Rest In Peace.
Friday, January 17, 2014
In her familiar "Racing Mode" she had a huge stride, much longer than normal which wasthe secret of her racing success. There is a lovely lake in the background of this shot which is a summer wonderland for the town and its visitors.
Loved this vine clad "Water Tower" which supplies the towns water from the "Header Tank"
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Hey its getting to be a lot like Christmas... Poem time
Roses are red
If I write a poem
I'll send it to you.
But no the juices weren't flowing
For a poem this year I'll need a tutor.
As Christmas time draws near
My mind is blank as slime
This year ain't gonna rhyme.
Nah... getting worse
This year you get a letter, I'm already feeling better... stop it.
Well friends what a year its been for this little black duck, I took a road trip to Victoria in January where I did all my normal visits with Friends and Family, both Marcus and Vicki are now living in the Geelong area now so, as will be explained later in this letter, there is some pressure being applied for me to once again take out residency status in Victoria.
Enough of that lets get back to me, me, me, I learned that when you are sick and feeling down the whole world revolves around you (in your mind that is) having always enjoyed good health this was one of the many lessons I was to learn during the year, along with a whole new language with words I had never heard before, much less used, words like Colonoscopy, stoma's, chemotherapy, radiation, cat-scans and a host of others that either described what was going to happen to me. or the person who was to perform it, pretty scary stuff at times, because we live in the kind of world we do health providers are obliged to tell you of all the possible pit falls in what they are proposing to do to you usually ending with "and of course you might die", this got to be one of the highlights of my sessions with them.
me into ICU, the second bad experience was that for the next three nights I had
dreadful nightmares, I don't normally dream at all and these were lulus.
surprise when your life suffers a major upheaval that you tend to withdraw into yourself, in my case there was never any "Why Me" attitude and as I said I pretty much just went for my walk in the park.
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous New Year, my love to you all.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
From a humble background as a stockman, Sidney Kidman (1857-1935) went on to own, control, or have a financial interest in more pastoral land than anyone else in modern history. He was known in Australia and throughout the world as "The Cattle King."
Kidman station fetches $7.5m
ADELAIDE-based cattle company S. Kidman & Co announced the $7.5 million sale of its smallest property, Sandringham station, in the Channel Country north of Birdsville.
Anna Creek Station.
RANDALL Crozier stands in the barren cattle paddock, frowning at the drought-bleached desert sand.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
The photos that follow are to show the progress on the conversion of the Maffia Staff Car (MSC) from an 8 seater People Mover to a 3 seater Camper.
I'm starting to get keen to try it out but until my medical procedures are done I'll probably just dream about it.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
The Overland Telegraph Station at Alice Springs NT, this is very close to the centre of Australia so it was a very important link when it came to connecting Australia to the rest of the world.
The Eucla Telegraph Station in WA has not fared well, it is being engulfed by the sand dunes and will in time probably be buried completely
There endeth the Australian History lesson for today.
Monday, September 02, 2013
There is now a cavernous space on the left hand side for a bed and a 40 litre portable fridge,
this leaves access to the rear between the two sets up front and one set behind the driver, I would have liked to have left the 2 seat unit in but it would have cut of that access so we decided against it.
Along the other side there will be room for all the other STUFF that our modern world demands we take with us... clothes, computer, cooking gear, chair, solar panel, if I decide to go that way, and of course there will be storage under the bed as well.
All in all its shaping up pretty much as I hoped it would.