Showing posts from February, 2009

Maddy's stuff.

Although we have not settled the house yet, we have taken some items that we can use and want for keepsakes,or things we just love.
Because I needed to get some plants from the garden to prevent them dying in the heat, among them I brought home the begonia from the back step. Imagine my delight when I found the Bowl it is in was Mum's!!. Maddy had obviously kept it and was using it.

We also added the aboriginal print we gave her from Titjikala to our wall of paintings, this complements the lovely rug that was in the hall, I have it now at the foot of my reading chair where I can appreciate it on a daily basis!

A mad weekend

This is a late entry as the web last night just went on a go slow. so I gave up!
As part of Kate’s 10th birthday celebration I went to see “Wicked” with her family on Sunday. This was part of a weekend that I spent rushing from one place to the next!!
· Friday night Orientation for Thang
· a.m.Sat Shopping
· Afternoon, Yacht club and a little touring, looking for a Tennis club.
· 6.30 Dinner at Southgate (leaving Thang organised at home)
· Saw the MTC Play "Poor Boy" with Guy Pierce and music of Tim Finn (Fantastic) in the new Sumner theatre
· Sunday a.m. leave home 1030 to the city; Park and walk up to Fed square to show Thang the Tourist Centre to get maps etc and for him to find his way around
· Early lunch at Pancake Parlour (Kate drawing in the present I gave her)
· 1pm Wicked (Kate buying the Program)
· 345 finished (thought it would be earlier and planned to meet Thang on Bridge at 330.
· Rushed down and got to him 3.55
· Home by 4.20
· Left 430 to WLT
· Play Life X 3 Well done!

Waiting for ....

I left work early today as I needed to be home by 2.45 to meet Tat Thang Nguyen who was arriving to Homestay with me. By 4pm I was getting worried as he had not arrived I rang the numbers at Victoria University who were organising the airport pick up, but was only able to leave a message at the two numbers I had. I also left a message for my friend Deb (who was involved in the arrangements.) By 5.30 I decided he had changed arrival date and no-one told me
Then about 5:45 a car pulled up and it was Deb. The pick up had not happened and so he rang the service who said they were on the way (an hour late) but still another 45 mins later had still not arrived so he rang Deb who happened to be free and was in the area so she collected him and brought him here. He knew I was at work, and was going to ring me if no-one had come by 5pm. Se we had a hash over the poor organising over a glass of wine. Deb was pleased that I had left messages and emails as they would not know what had happened to…

Cranes,birds dogs and bikes

My healthy longer walk to work was stymied this week as they are filming at the warehouse building and trucks took up all the spots. But this week am back at the longer walk again, though there are still considerable more cars than there were.
The creek has been at low tide for some reason, (the moon?) and there are all these treasures hidden below. The bike looks as if it was just dumped so someone missed it I guess. The birds are looking their usual drooping posture while drying off in the sun.
The hospital building is progressing I didn't really see these cranes before, and I was trying to imagine how the driver gets up to his little cabin. A long climb!!
Opposite the hospital is a small cafe , the only one for blocks as we are at the edge of a Park and housing. These two dogs are owned by the owner /chef. They lie outside all day taking little walks around but never stray and this is right next to busy Flemington road. The little one will often sit on the shop step and look hope…

Weekend activity

This stunning visual (lol) is the closest I could get to the moon, on Friday night! There is a practical explanation for it. Astronomers explain it is because light is made up of all colours, but as it passes through dust and smoke they are scattered. Red makes it through because it has the longest wavelength. The fact that it can be explained does not make it any less beautiful. The sun the next morning was similar scarlet through the cloud. The city smelt of smoke all day and the city was almost invisible from smoke haze A southerly breeze has blown it away from the city, but it is still smoky in in all the fire areas.
I went sailing yesterday first time in over 12 months I crewed with Bernard and Jason as Amber was away having an Op on her eye. For this fair-weather sailor it was perfect, a light breeze that gradually built during the day. It was the Club Championships and we came 1st, 5th and 7th so a deteriorating performance! But very enjoyable; balmy water, cool breeze and once …

More work

The scale of the devastation and loss from the bushfires is incomprehensible. Whole families dying, and many people still missing. A Paediatrican here is still waiting on news of her husband who was at Kinglake at the weekend; a dietitian who worked here part time several years ago has died with her husband and daughter. A friend of Maddy’s lost her home near Castlemaine, but is alive. Everyone is touched in some way. Many stories of true heroism and amazing luck as well as enormous grief. I wonder if many people who stayed to protect their homes really had the resources to do so. The speed of the fires seems to be the basis for the huge loss at Kinglake (35 dead) I’m not sure how I would cope faced with a wall of flames, and roaring wind.

This enduring image is to be developed as a poster and sold for the CFA
Work has been busy (what’s new!) but with lots of good resolution of problems as well as lots of non-eaters. They seem to come out of the woodwork!!
I am planning to do a consulta…

The aftermath...ongoing

We were grateful for the cool change that came through at 530 as predicted, but the change of wind turned on to Kinglake, where several people have died and many homes destroyed
At Wandong a resident and former CFA firefighter, Brian Harper, said he watched the fire crest a hill and travel 1½ kilometres in just five minutes. "There were 60 to 70-foot flames, taking the tops of trees. We were praying for Elvis (the firefighting helicopter) to come, and thankfully it arrived in time." Late last night, Wandong remained cut off, with more than 50 cars parked at roadblocks as anxious locals tried to find out if they had lost their homes. And this is only one town. Kilmore is on fire and residents and tourists are stranded in Yarra Glen, north-east of Melbourne, after fires cut roads going in and out of town.What is incomprehensible is that some fires are thought to have been deliberately lit. This one on the foreshore at Back Rock among them.
I was out briefly in cool clothes Imagin…

Hottest day on Record

TO escape the heat today, was 32 at 8.30am , I planned to spend the day at the National gallery. They obviously don't want you to linger too long as it ended up too cold to stay!! But it did get me through a few hours. Wind gusts of up to 82kmh have been reported at the Airport, where it was a sweltering 46.8 degrees at 3. pm. I presume they cancelled the Sailing event Top of The Bay!! Currently 46.4.
I took my book (The Time We Have Taken) to read between looking at the different exhibits. One was about the Bugatti Family, who I know is associated with cars. However, the Bugatti family encompasses three generations and four individuals: Carlo Bugatti, his sons Ettore and Rembrandt, and Ettore's son Gianoberto (Jean). This exhibition showed the furniture, sculpture and cars of this family. Drawn from private collections, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the furniture now in the collection of the NGV, including the last chair from Carlo Bugatti's 'Snail Room' …

6 Interesting Things

Although you have said 6 I have only seen people put 5!
Here goes.
1. I can remember the plot of almost every book I have read
2. I am not so good at hearing song lyrics correctly.
3. I can sail a yacht and shoot a bow and arrow.
4. I am a good fast cook
5. I can speak Japanese
and 6. I can see why you run out Let me think............
I have worked in Outback Australia with the Australain Inland Mission

Frustrating Day

The day was quiet and orderly in most ways except for an underlying issue that had me muttering dire retribution. I have a lot of patients who are being fed by nasogastric tubes and they are on what is called the HEN program (Home Enteral Nutrition) funded by the Government to the Hospital that inserts the tube. A family of 4 mth old twins who are both on tube feeding (ex prems and vomiting etc as neonates) have come to my attention from local Maternal & Child Health Nurse, as one was coming in to RCH for an Op. The tubes were put in by the Maternity Neonatal Hospital, so they are the HEN provider. However they discharged the babies to another hospital (That has a Children's ward) nearer their home and they say they are not able to provide tubes tape etc (true) but expect the family to travel back to the Maternity Hosp who say they do not treat babies after neonatal period (12 weeks). Talk about Bureaucracy gone amok! Well after this admission the father saw that we used pumps …

The other end

Celia was right about the industrial look to my walk to work. When I do a shorter trip I park near the trees, but for the longer walk I park opposite a used car yard, & a fish wholesale freezer centre, and the entrance to Western Transport Truck Depot. Today there were about 20 cars parked (usually 3) and so I ended up at the end, (or the beginning, i.e further to walk), so maybe more have got the walking and free parking idea???
I walk under 3 railway bridges of decreasing height, the area is famous for trucks stuck who do the first one and don’t realise the low warning refers to the third one out of sight in pic.!
I then walk past an electric sub station that on a sunny morning, causes a weird flashing light as the sun comes through the vertical bars in a strobe effect. At the corner I turn and face the railway crossing but have a pedestrian gate to use, then I am at the trees again.
Last week as I was driving home near the crossing, it is single lane over the tracks, but cars oft…


It doesn’t take long for one’s environment to change. The lovely peppercorn trees lining Arden street oval were under the chain saw today!! Not sure what they are building.
The heat has gone but we are having some humidity the last few days; so muggy but bearable at 29-31. But the heat has brought about changes as well. I’m sure it is not early autumn leaf fall but rather conservation of heat stressed trees; less leaves less water needed. My car has leaves all over it in the morning from the Pittosporum (not usually a shedder) and the park this morning was a sea of yellow and green leaves.
Spotted a black swan on the Moonee Ponds Creek. Japanese for Swan is translated as “white bird” (shirotori) so rather hard to describe a black white bird! The Overpass follows the track of the train line and the creek so is a very mixed sort of view.
This group of men attracted my interest, as one guy seemed to be selling from his van. Guess what? The Rabbit-Oh! He had boxes of Western Farmland Rabbit…