Saturday, October 29, 2011


Ma, what is this stuff that sticks all my feathers together?

Galah chick on left
Crest feathers will turn white later on

Cockatoos and Corellas
enjoying some much-needed rain

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Fox on the run...

I've just found these shots on my camera, taken back in July.
A fox coming so close to the house at 9am in the morning;
it must have been hungry
and knew there'd be left-over doggy bones on the grass.

In great condition
but, on closer inspection,
it had a badly damaged and bleeding front paw.
Seconds later it was gone.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Indomitable Soul...

Although long lives the tortoise wise,
In the end he cannot but die.
The dragon in the mist may rise
But in the dust he too shall lie.
Although the stabled steed is old,
He dreams to run a thousand li.
In life's December heroes bold
Indomitable still will be.
It is not up to Heaven alone
To lengthen or shorten our days.
Let's cultivate our minds and live on
Through long years, if we know the ways.
How happy I feel at this thought!
I croon this poem as I ought.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Spillway gates open after 15 years.....

Image: Allan,

Yesterday the spillway gates at Lake Eildon opened for the first time in 15 years.  The gates operating system has been upgraded since they were last used in 1996 and were being tested with the lake capacity at 99.21%.  

Image: Allan,

A Goulburn-Murray Water spokesman said that 150 megalitres were released, or about the equivalent of 60 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Image: Allan,
They opened each one of the gates separately to about 600 millimetres and then closed them.  It takes about two minutes to open a gate and two minutes to close again.

Top of Spillway, Pondages in distance
Image: Alaine

The water will stay in the holding pondages and will not affect the Goulburn River below Eildon or the communities downstream, which is comforting to know as we live 2 kilometres downstream in the valley!

Pondages - Image: Alaine

View from Mt. Pininger - Image: Alaine

The lake has not been this high for 15 years; shortly after 1996 we went into drought for 13 years and at one time the lake level dropped to 8%, uncovering a lot of the old farms and delivering up treasures lost when the valley was flooded in the 1950s to create the weir for irrigation and recreational activities.  Even at 8%, there was enough water for the houseboats, boating, skiing and fishing.  

From Mt. Pininger - Image: Alaine, this afternoon

The lake being at this capacity augurs well for the coming summer months; a boost to tourism and a welcome change for many businesses that have found it tough during the dry times. True to the old adage; "Just add water"!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

This horrified me!

This month's edition of RoyalAuto (Royal Automobile Club of Victoria's magazine) referred back to this piece in their 'The Radiator' magazine of 1936.

"There has been some controversy whether owners of large dogs are humane when they subject them to risks by carrying them on running boards.  If the dogs are tethered, they may be thrown off by a sudden swerve and strangled.  If they are untethered, they may be dashed on to the roadway, thus suffering injury or constituting a danger to other drivers.

"The illustration herewith from Popular Mechanics (Chicago) shows a simple device. A sack made of canvas is clamped to the running board.  A hole is made large enough for the dog's head to protrude. The hooks should be covered with a rubber to prevent damage to the enamel."

"Bird-dog's Palace" - Ha!

This fella thinks the step-plate is a doggy seat!

At the end of the journey
some exercise on the treadmill!

Or a quiet game of chess!