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General Discussion / Weather
« on: July 29, 2011, 05:44:52 AM »
We have had some terrible weather here in WA.  How are you Frank?  Did you suffer any damage? I believe Rockingham was badly hit.  The rain of course is wonderful.  There was a stupid American news reporter saying that Perth could be the first city 'abandoned' because of climate change.  She really needed to be here this week.  It's pouring again as I type, but 5 minutes ago it was bright sunshine.  Brenda - How's Victoria doing?

General Discussion / Mallory
« on: April 13, 2011, 05:55:28 AM »
I looked up Mallory on Google Street View, very specky now that it's Haberdashers Askes.  What a shame the name Mallory was dropped.  It went with all the other names on the estate.  Mallory being the writer of the Knights of the Rountable.
I never went to Mallory - after my time (most things are these days).  But our house backed onto it, and I do remember the building and the mess it made. I don't remember the balloon - before my time (yippee).

General Discussion / Easter
« on: April 01, 2010, 08:31:34 AM »
I hope everyone has a pleasant Easter break.  The sun is still shining here, winter doesn't seem to be in any hurry.  We had a terrific storm last week that did a lot of damage.  Luckily we suffered no damage at all.
I went for a walk around campus today, the lake is as dry as a bone, the ducks have wandered up to the pond where the water is topped up.  There were cockatoos squabbling over pine nuts, ravens calling "Pat, Pat", and Maggies warbling.  Not a cloud to be seen.  Very strange for this time of the year.
The Jacarandas are beginning to flower.  My Irises never stopped.  The weather is behaving very strangely.

General Discussion / Merry Christmas!
« on: December 18, 2009, 03:40:37 AM »
I have just seen the terrible weather in the UK on the Daily Mail website.  There seems to be snow just about everywhere.  I guess the children will be happy, but I don't know so much for the 'older' members.  Personally I am just happy to be here with the temperature a pleasant 34deg.  Although I know some other parts of this vast country are experiencing dreadful hot coniditons, no doubt our turn will come.

So I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy, healthy New Year!  Please take care, don't drink and drive and keep warm!


PS - Be careful what you wish for - you may just get it!

General Discussion / Swine Flu
« on: September 05, 2009, 10:03:42 AM »
We have been hit with the dreaded virus.  My daughter and son-on-law had it about a month ago, and it pretty much knocked them out.  Then Pete got it and he was just immobilised for the first week, and this week he is beginning to come good.  Still pretty bad though.  I got it last weekend, but not so bad, and was able to function all week, but I think it has hit me today because I feel rotten.  I wouldn't wish this on anyone.  My son has labelled us "The Plague House", and they have all been told to stay away.  We have deferred Fathers Day for a week just to make sure.

General Discussion / Grove Park
« on: June 12, 2009, 09:24:47 AM »
I've just been looking at Grove Park on Google streetview.
The shop fronts look so tatty.  I remember Clarks the Bakers, The Co-op and the Off Licence, they all looked smart and clean.  The shops there now all look like Asian tak aways, in fact I think one of them is!

I love Western Australia - but the majority of the people are living in the dark ages (sorry for the pun).  We had a vote for daylight saving after a 3 year trial, and yesterday it was defeated, mainly I fear by the old folks who are retired and the clock means nothing much to them.  We have retired friends who didn't even change their clocks during the summer. 
My son would come home from work, Lynley would have the picnic ready and they would take the kids (aged 4 and 6) to the beach for an hour.  But the oldies have put the lid on that.  Sorry Frank if you voted NO,  I recall as a kid going to bed at the same time in the summer as winter, and yes I went to bed because Mum or Dad told me to. I would lie and listen to Mum and Dad in the garden talking to the neighbours, or Dad mowing the lawn, it was a comforting feeling, and then went to sleep.  We had no idea about daylight saving, we just knew that in the summer the evenings were longer, and we had more time for playing.  The curtains didn't fade, the cows didn't get stressed (obviously British cows are more placid than WA cows), and regardless of what anyone says there isn't more sunshine, it's only in a different part of the day.

General Discussion / Memories for our Kids/Grand Kids
« on: March 31, 2009, 05:48:36 AM »
Some time ago I started to put all my memories, and happenings down on paper (well in the computer actually).  I then started to put them into order, and pad them out, so that in effect it became a sort of "Life Story" for someone who wasn't famous.
At the end of last year, my grandson had to do a project on someone, so he chose me - and then proceeded to ask all about my life when I was a smallie.  Ha Ha I said, I've got it all written down, and he was able to glean information from that. 
It then occured to me how different our childhood was to theirs, games we played, and things we did to amuse ourselves (Like upsetting the people in the Grove Park Chippy so that they called the Police).
So now as I remember bits and pieces - and you guys are such a help - I write it down.

General Discussion / Mrs Smiffy update?
« on: March 25, 2009, 12:41:53 AM »
Hi Smiffy

How is Mrs Smiffy these days?  Hope she is well.

General Discussion / Google Street View
« on: March 20, 2009, 04:09:31 AM »
I have just realised that Downham is now on Google StreetView,  I can see my house, and my next door neighbour is just standing in the porch.

General Discussion / It's Raining!
« on: February 25, 2009, 05:47:06 AM »
Today it is raining, and lots of it too.  Unfortunately, we had decided to go to Araluen Botanical Gardens, but thats OK, fine weather is predicted for tomorrow.  Our UK friends go back on Friday evening, they are not looking forward to that, it would appear to be very cold up there.

General Discussion / New Members
« on: November 07, 2008, 06:13:27 AM »
I've noticed from time to time new members appear.  I wish they would introduce themselves, we may get a different outlook on Downham, and maybe some of them are younger, and we get a different perspective altogether.

General Discussion / Old Age - how it creeps up - This is me!!!
« on: September 26, 2008, 09:13:53 AM »
Recently, A woman was diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D. - Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.
This is how it manifests:
I decide to water my flower tubs.
As I turn on the hose I look over at my car and decide it needs washing.
I go to get the car keys from the porch and then notice mail on the porch table.
I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.
I lay my car keys on the table, put the junk mail in the bin under the table, and notice that the bin is full.
So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the rubbish first.
 But then I think, I can run down to the post-box when I take out the rubbish, I may as well pay the bills first. I take my cheque book off the table, and see that there is only 1 cheque left.
My extra cheques are in the computer desk, so I go inside the house to my desk where I find the can of Coke I'd been drinking.     
I'm going to look for my cheques, but first I need to push the Coke aside so that I don't accidentally knock it over.   
The Coke is getting warm, and I decide to put it in the fridge to keep it cold.
As I head toward the kitchen with the Coke, a vase of flowers on the window ledge catches my eye - they need water.
I put the Coke on the window ledge and discover my reading glasses that I've been searching for all morning. I decide I better put them back on my computer desk, but first I'm going to water the flowers.
I set the glasses back down on the window ledge, fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote. Someone has left it on 
the kitchen table.
I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, I'll be looking for  the remote, but I won't remember that it's on the kitchen table, so I  decide to put it back in the living room where it belongs,  but first I'll water the flowers.
I pour some water in the flowers, but some spills on the floor.   
So, I set the remote back on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill.
Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.
At the end of the day:
 -The tubs aren't watered;
 -The car isn't washed;
 -The bills aren't paid;
 -There is a warm can of Coke sitting on the window ledge
 -The flowers don't have enough water;
 -There is still only 1 cheque in my cheque book;
 -I can't find the remote;
 -I can't find my glasses;
 -I have absolutely NO idea what I did with the car keys.  Then, when I try to work out why nothing got done today, I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all damn day, and I'm really tired.
I realise this is a serious problem, and I'll try to get some help for it, but first I'll check my e-mail
Do me a favour. Forward this message to everyone you know, because I don't remember who the hell I've sent it to.

General Discussion / Everyone's gone missing again!!!!!
« on: September 04, 2008, 12:30:13 PM »
Hey people.
What have you been doing this "summer".
Smiffy, Bel, Brenda, Iris, Snowdrop, Dickie, Christine and anyone else I've missed.

Have you got over your euphoria of winning more medals than us at the Olympics?  I suppose the Queen will have to give them all honours.  If we did that everyone would have an honour.

Have you had holidays?  Where do the brits go nowdays? We haven't been yet, Pete wants to go to Bali - Why you ask?  That's what I'd like to know also.  But he moans that he doesn't get a choice, so I will have to grin and bear it.
So I have to start looking for a place thats quiet and 11 star. For those in the UK, Bali is like Benidorm!!!!!!!!
We are well, my miracle dog is still running around like a puppy - costing me a fortune in pills and injections - but what the heck!
Looking forward to summer. The heat, the flies, the bush fires, hoping the tanks hold out.  Oh Bliss.
We here in the west have an election this weekend.  We have a federal government and state governments - what a waste of money. 

General Discussion / Where is Winter?
« on: June 04, 2008, 05:43:37 AM »
I really don't know what is happening in other parts of the globe, but here in "the west" the weather is very strange to say the least.  On Saturday we had thunderstorms torrential rain for 24 hours. 44mm of rain recorded.  Sunday and Monday (Public holiday here) we had bright sunshine, not a cloud to be seen, and temperatures of 24deg+.  What's it like in 'the east' Brenda?  And is the weather behaving normally in Canada and the UK? Smiffy?

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