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Hospital events

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We had a CEO forum today where they showed us the new logo for the new hospital building. No longer will we have the 'crawling slug' as some call it but a new design that takes in the fact that not all patients are babies It is a sort of stick cross shape with a circle for a head (Like a child with his arms up )and above surrounded like a shower of coloured leaves to show our link with the park and the new building design. Not a good description but it looks OK. Won't be used until we are in the new Hospital or documents relate to the new Hospital or the next few years. As she said we move in THIS year.
As I walked to work this morning all the scaffold had come down on the link between the old building that is staying (only 5 years old so not old) and the lifts that have been added at the end. I gather from a  comment that the lights are on at night sometimes!! Must drive past.
It was to be 39 degrees today so I had planned to get the bus back to Kensington  and not risk de…

Gallery etc

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Can't work out why the Para style is spaced thus!
I have really got in to the free MYKI card weekend travel for Seniors! The card is valid Saturday and Sunday since Jan 1.
Last night I went by car to North Melbourne station (more frequent trains go there) parked at the door, and got a train 3 minutes later. However I could have walked faster between North Melbourne and Southern Cross. We stopped 3 times and crawled the rest of the time After that the trip to Flinder St. was fine. But a 7min trip took 15.  I stayed on and the train went on to the Loop got off at Parliament then just walked down  Lonsdale St to the ethnic dinner restaurant of Wendy's choice. The Seamstress. The food was superb and a great dining experience. Our philosophy is steeped in Cantonese cuisine, representing the most famous and sought after tastes of China,but our inspiration is modern fusion, the dance of east and west on the palate. Over the years it’s been a garment factory, a brothel and a Buddhi…

Beached !

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I  was going to sail with Deb today and find a 3rd crew member, but our plans were thwarted, so I worked in the tower again. But I did find a 3rd crew Hector Petroni. He was talking to Bernard when I went over to chat & Bernard asked if I knew anyone needing a crew today as Hector was looking. Turns out Hector used to sail in what is now my boat with Bernard and Jason back in late 80's  He's keen to do trapeze (big and strong ) and deb can do main sheet. So we will sail week after next. Next week is Top of the bay always terrible weather, and Hector is sailing with Bernard. The tower was good,  but we were entertained at end of day with the Rescue boat coming in to toss off the buoys (in USA pronounced Booey) and ran aground in the  shallows.  The tide was along way out with about 50m from shore of water only 15cm deep and Mick got caught out.  An ignominious day to have the sailors rescue the boat!!

Australia Day

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The day fell on my Wednesday off so no payment for the public holiday. rats! But I will get Anzac day this year as it is on 'easter' Tuesday.
I have just had about the busiest day i can remember at work on Tuesday so was exhausted, but decided to go down to Aireys Inlet that night and come back Wed night, as I needed to be back to see Bridie. The drive down was good leaving home 630. The final bit of the freeway at Waurn Ponds is not finished yet but getting there. It started raining overnight and was overcast in the morning but cleared by 11am, so after lunch Spencer and I went down to the beach and around the rocks as the tide was out. We had a lovely walk with Spencer enjoying all the rock pools and not requiring rescuing at any point.
On the walk back I liked the look of this gate on to an empty block, all fenced with an access gate to nothing.
The trees are all green and lush looking so every where was a pleasant cool looking walk. Even our street, almost the only paved one i…

Sunnier Sunday

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Today was another perfect day a little warmer than yesterday but lovely!
I spent the morning doing housework! dusting, vacuuming the rugs,clearing clutter off the dining room table from when I wrapped the Xmas presents before I went away. And found the dilly bag of rechargers I had 'lost'. So now my Palm Pilot is functioning again.
After, I met Deb for lunch and we are hoping to sail together in the future. Not next Saturday though.
Next week is Top of the Bay a regatta between 5 clubs that is notorious for its weather. As Deb said the words chill her to her soul! Next week it is scheduled to be sailed at Elwood so we not only have the long race we sail down there and back! So we will try and team up with Maria and see if we can potter at the Club.
I called in to the library to return my Xmas library books and they had music in the Court Yard a 3 piece ensemble called the Stump Jump who were playing folksy stuff a very pleasant interlude.

I returned home to prune the Banksia Rose…

Sunny Saturday

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A beautiful day spent looking out on the bay while I did race monitoring and results at PMYC. I still haven't organised a regular crew so not sailing much lately. The day dawned very still and by end of day it was still a light breeze 8-10 knots Just right for me!!
We launched the New Rescue boat today an Assassin, but tamely called Port 3. The yellow colour makes it easy to spot. In the boat is a new volunteer (dropping the buoys) who is a Surgical Fellow specializing in trauma, at RCH. Not an area I have a lot to do with on a day to day basis so don't know him. Excellent first aid person to have!!
We had 30 lasers out today small boats with 6 numbers on the sail.  Calling the places as they come in is a nightmare if they are close. Fortunately by the end of a long race they were only 2-3 at the same time so we had time to call write and do the time!

 Tonight I am off to the Czech Club in North Melbourne to see Julia Messenger Quartet, Internationally and critically acclaimed s…

Northerly wind

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It has been a warm day with a strong northerly wind blowing till about 5pm when it shifted to a southerly. The front wire door is doing it's job and letting int he breeze to cool the house!
 I had no private patients booked today though did do a home visit last night in Camberwell. An 18month old who did not eat and has been force fed since 10months. Surprise surprise he refused everything. It was actually dad's frustration that had him stop a week ago, and in the past week the boy has started to explore food. Nibbled on a chicken nugget happily for quite a while, and drinking some milk in a straw cup, when I was there. Parents are happy to wait and see how his interest picks up.
Two other mothers rang with updates and they are doing well.
I then used my Office works gift card to buy something to be a workbook for the Seminar I am planning on March 11th. I had thought of doing ring binding but the costs are not worth it, but found some plastic folder with a corner piece to kee…

Thursday

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I had Yacht club committee meeting last night, and on the drive home I attempted unsuccessfully to take a photo of the city from a moving / pausing car on the freeway! There was a full moon and the view of that with the city lights on buildings was lovely.
However I did get a picture of the sky over Station Pier and West Gate Bridge. With Newport Power Station Chimney as well!

Back at Work

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I started back at work on Monday and as expected faced a barrage of referrals. Lots of 'thank god you're here!" made me feel good. (but no comic routine needed (Aussie TV) ). We have had a few babies in with hard to diagnose things. Not the same symptoms just sickish babies 9-11 weeks old who  are a bit of a mystery. Had a few parents down affected by the Northern Victoria floods, in that they couldn't drive and baby came by air ambulance or they can't get home yet.  It is not as bad as Queensland in terms of area but some towns completely cut off, Kerang today, and rivers still at peak flood levels.
The next few days were just as busy  I had a family with twins. One had been very sick and was not starting to feed again so i had been up to see them 2-3 times a day so that kept breaking into any thing else i was asked about. Managed to meet all demands so that was good.  But really tired at end of day and sleep haunted by nightmares each night Never really remember t…

Exhibition 1

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The rain has stopped and it's a sunny day so i decided to look at the first of my Exhibition goals.
I made use of my new MYKI free weekend travel card and went by train. I went to park behind the station and took the first, not second Road and ended up at the rear of the station, but there were 7-8 free parks there right at the door. So my lucky day.
I decided to go to the Ian Potter Gallery at Fed Square just opposite the station and see the Exhibition called The naked face Self portraits
The portraits were all from the existing collections, and displayed in themes exploring the potential for self-portraits to re-evaluate identity. They were set in different themes of self examination, self identity and self expression  or the artist’s sense of self through identification with symbolic myth and narrative. Yet depicting the self can also be a way of camouflaging or protecting the self. Works by Clemente, Close and Sherman show how a self-portrait can act as a mask, asserting a sur…

Goal 11 Clear clutter

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While getting things together to go to Balwyn for some Private practice today, I realised that the stuff for my business was a 'clutter item" nothing together and often can't find something.
So the goal was to create a business workspace and clear the clutter. (and it's not in Celia's room!!)
 The Imac is on a  small work table so not really room there for more and it needs to stay in the dining room as that is where the phone jack is. But as you can see I have been utilising the dresser top as a filing table

 I use my laptop case to carry and keep things but this is not actually a practical 'desk'. It is still humid so I got very hot moving things but the end result is very pleasing.
Note the coffee mug a gift from Kate & Nick with Mitroshka dolls like on my Business cards!
The red box now holds my Feeding Issues Booklet that I wrote.

I realise as I write this (on the Imac not the laptop) that I could move the wireless printer in there, so it is ou…

Queensland rain

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It dawned on 4 of us at the same time that where Eric and Char live, Esk, is inland from Brisbane and are probably affected by the flood.
So Bridie, Celia Tony and I (and this morning Andrew range me to ask what was happening) all contacted him.
The previous reports I had heard once I got home, I was unclear where it was all happening.
 In fact 75% of Queensland has been declared a disaster area. As a news commentator in England said "the size of France and Germany together!! and only 200,000 people!" Not sure that he got the figure right. I think teh 200,000 was atown.




The property is fairly big and has a creek at the edge of it.
Rick said that a local had built, with Council approval, a dam on the creek.
On Tuesday that burst, and they had a flash flood that swept up to the house and under it, then receded in about 30minutes. Taking all their fences, irrigation and all the plants he had put in in the last 6 months.
The street of Esk is knee deep but receding.
Esk is near th…

Pom Pom Down..almost

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Not sure if it was a coincidence, but Spencer came pushing at me about 830 and I presumed he had run out of water.
Not really likely as it has been raining all day (yesterday too) and there is water collecting everywhere. But when I went out a big branch of the Pom Pom tree had come down right over my rose at the edge of the verandah. It was OK at 630pm.
I think the weight of water in the dead blossoms that are still on the tree, just weighed it down. It has been hanging low the last week.
 I wanted to get it off the rose, but I couldn't get at the spot the bough had broken and peeled back the bark on the trunk. But I got the saw out and cut 3-4 branches to clear the rose (hardy thing will survive!) and cut  a few more.
Then while I was already hot and sweaty  I decided I would clear a bit of the leaves in the gutter at the wall back of the toilet, where water was rushing down from the gutter.
No mishaps except this was all done in the rain.
It has been warm and muggy all day (Thursd…

11 Goals for 2011

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For my stay in Japan I had planned 60 Days of Celebration. 30 before and 30 after my 60th birthday. I started  my daily blog with a fact of something I loved about Japan.  I did not finish this as I came home only 7 days after my birthday. But Celia has the idea to do something similar.  She is planning on things in the 60's before her 60th birthday in 2012.
In similar vein I thought I would plan 11 groups of things to do in 2011
So I have come up with 11 actions (looked up Action verbs on google!)
Decided on:-
READ 11 Non fiction books

VISIT 11 ART EXHIBITIONS 


CREATE 11 CRAFT ITEMS

 WRITE 11 LETTERS BY HAND!

PLANT 11 NEW VEGETABLES OR HERBS IN THE NEW GARDEN 

FIND 11 NEW PLACES IN MELBOURNE

MAKE 11 DISHES I HAVE NOT ATTEMPTED BEFORE  A LA JULIA & JULIA
WALK in 11 PARKS IN MELBOURNE

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歩く LEARN 11 NEW JAPANESE VERBS


COLLECT 11 GLASS CANDLE HOLDERS


CLEAR 11 ITEMS OF CLUTTER
The challenge will be to record it and to keep up! That's at least 1 of each group each month. Will keep me …