Happily for us we had a surprise visit from my Dad. so I dragged him dawn to Grace's grave and he took these photos after much prodding from me.
Xmas can be a quite rotten time for some people, everything is shut thanks to a colonial age government, and there's no sport played, so for a few men with no family who never have the wish to cook it's not a time for cheer.
Using my eyes I couldn't see anything that was causing such a flurry of activity but when I grabbed the piccies off the card just now it seems to me the problem was a power line dropping. Maybe if we'd lost power it would have been more obvious but we lose power very rarely, far less often even than we get flooding.
BTW I wouldn't fancy the ride in that maroon car, it seems to be following the current fashion for minimal sidewall on tyres, the thing that aids comfort, and in this case perhaps handling too.
I visited with my Dad Fred but I was so depressed by the nursing home she had moved to that I only took one photo and left. I certainly hope I can avoid these death farms as I age.
When I saw a huge expensive (and probably double normal price due to the way the system works) TV with the an awful picture made worse by not setting the correct aspect ratio (fat heads) I just knew that nobody cares about the cattle in here any more than to give them whatever simple things needed to sustain life, their meals and pills, and hopefully they're far enough from the ambulance for them to be deceased before they arrive.
We seem to pour money into social issues here in a manner like sweeping dirt under a carpet.
I was right, the new pads are identical to the original pads but are a much prettier blue. What is odd is that the original don't have the screamer tang that the catalogue indicates.
Anyway if budget is important consider this as an alternative, the Bendix catalogue lists the replacement as a DB1748 but I ordered DB1725 which is listed for a Holden Barina TK 2005-2009, or as it really is before a different badge is slapped upon it, a Daewoo Kalos. These pads are far more readily available and less than half the price.
Anyway I hope the new pretty blue Protex pads I installed are nice and gentle on the rotors, harsh performance pads are pointless for gentle drivers like me, we have no need for repeated fade-free operation, that's for the racetrack as our roads are far too heavily policed to bother with spirited driving nowadays.
I heard a stone hit the other day but didn't see any damage until now, the impact appears to be in the far right of this photo, beneath the resting place of the wiper.
It's times like this that living here has its negatives, if I was in crowded Brisbane a replacement would only cost about $200 and be a simple matter to organise, but for Jimmy who's rather allergic to using a telephone the task in very stressful. For some odd reason businesses here tend to be phone only, they don't even tend to have an email address.
A while back I saw windscreens cost about $20 each from China but they're not something a mere person can order, and plenty of windscreen companies sure take advantage of that.
Shortly after snapping this shot I had a big whoopsie and the poor camera took yet another tumble bouncing a fair distance along the roof but without sustaining extra damage.
After becoming aware of how slippery the roof was I carried on in a much more cautious manner and actually found it quite a difficult job, and it was very difficult for me to drag my body away from the edge after finishing.
I think this shall serve as a future trigger point for our lights to be put up.
We had traffic control outside today, a surprise to me was they were giving the road a fresh seal. It was still in pretty good nick, having only seen 11 years of service and floods since the previous job.
The crew seemed to know their job pretty well and I have to praise their productivity.
First a layer of tar.
Then spray on a layer of rocks, the method looks a bit odd but works very well.
Then road rollers settle the surface by going up and back a few times.
A splash of paint to indicate where to paint.
Today's job is done.
On the 27th June 2003 this crew did a lovely smooth asphalt job, we can only hope the new job lasts as well.
Now I just have to hope Daisy doesn't break a windscreen.
As usual my mounting method is rough and simple.
To use up some time I cobbled a few bits together to make a three coloured LED lamp for it, I just grabbed a 470 Ohm resistor that was handy and series connected them, 11 mA current flow seemed like a good number so I kept it.
The end result though is nicer yet still retains my groanworthy finish and touch.
My Nana is posing with her British Empire Medal here, they don't give them here any more but I have to think she merited this lowest of the Queen's medals which coincidentally is also the highest non-bravery award a common citizen could attain.
I also think today marks the 111th anniversary of Mollie's Mother's death, an event that drove a wedge into her relationship with her Father.
This drum and pipe band led the parade and thankfully they were pretty good, in tune with crisp drums.
I had some battery drama with my camera which really curtailed my fun. Either a charger problem or an extra camera problem after that tumble that broke the screen, it has rattled me a bit as I even took two spares but had to ration severely my shot taking.
I used the pegs as wedges to enable me to get the sealant under the joint.
Fingers crossed again.
Olivia planted some capsicums the other week, one sadly died but the others seem to be thriving, this one has a flower and checking the photo it appears the green ants will spread some pollen about. We're both looking forward to seeing results.
Happily the law was changed a few years ago to allow mere mortals to fit their own shower heads, this was due to pork barreling a few years ago when green initiative taxpayer money was used to hand out water saving heads to homeowners, who if they followed the law then would have had to call in a plumber and very possibly need a 2nd mortgage to pay for having it fitted, so the law was relaxed and we can now fit shower heads as well as tap washers, but not the whole tap, that would require a plumber.
Australians imagine we live in a free country but we must be about 200th on the list of freedoms.
Pity I can't test it yet due to wet cement.