Out and About Again

The birds in the main cage

Benji and I are still wandering through the Ada Ryan Gardens.  I  am getting some questions about how I took the photographs of the birds in the Aviary  when the bars are so small – was I allowed inside the  unit just to photograph the birds?  The answer is no, I was not and like all other people I took my photograph outside  the cages. However, there is a way of  by-passing the small squares of the cage and producing a decent photograph.  I have to say that the gardens are looking really good, well kept and looked after. However, I did notify the council about the lack of “doggie

Have no idea what these flowers are but I liked them.

bags” in the main dispenser and the fact that I had to drive to the foreshore and get a few bags from there, then drive back again. Council were good and responded quickly and the  dispenser was refilled. Well, it stands to reason that they would because the Gardens are popular but I have to say that there are people who are  not so considerate of others and refuse to clean up after their dogs. Anyway, went down to the gardens with Benji this afternoon and true to their word, the dispenser is all filled up.

It was an interesting afternoon in that I did not realise that there was a free concert on in the foreshore park and the place was packed – lots of children – not the place for a Benji, so we retreated back to the gardens where it was quiet . Summer here just didn’t happen but

Don’t know what this is.

autumn is proving to be really much nicer. The temperatures have been good with just enough  rain to keep things watered and fresh. The only fly is that we have had a State Election and the Socialists won. This means that for the next four years of non-events we will have the Socialists claiming that they were left such a mess by the previous government that they couldn’t keep any of the  promises they made. And in order to fix the mess they left we have to impose new taxes although we said we wouldn’t. Same old, Same old… They have a reputation of continual and reckless spending – some of which our great grand-children will be living with.

Today ( Monday) was shopping day and since Annabell was still not the best, we went shopping in the morning so she could get home and rest. Once all was done and I made lunch I took Benji out for a drive. We drove out to Iron Baron, which used to be a mining settlement.  It was a good 50+ klms from town  and had a good camping ground. I sometimes  went out there and spent the night – usually a Friday night when the  Club was open. Since those days,  the mining operation  ceased, the people moved out. In 2011,  before BHP reopened the mine, the township, school, houses,  sport courts, swimming pool and the Community Club, were all bulldozed –

Once there were houses here

nothing, not even rubble, remains. Everything was dumped in a large pit at the far side on the mine. People who work at the mine are brought in by bus, or drive in their own cars – 55klms from Whyalla, 48 Klms from Iron Knob – another small mining town.  There is a series of  continious hills of various sizes that begin about 40 miles from here and run  for about 50 miles. They are very

With mum a few years ago.

rich in Iron Ore and there are several mines in that area. These are where Andrew heads for when he is on call – most of the time. I have a photograph of my mum somewhere when she was about 17 and ready for tennis,. – probably around 1929/1930

Yesterday was a really nice day for the Iron Baron drive. Today is cool to mild with some rain – not a lot and not really rain, more “drizzle” than actual rain. As long as it stays dry for the drive to Adelaide on Monday coming, I don’t mind too much . We don’t think the visit to Flinders Medical will be anything other than a consultation and an exam and to make arrangements for the next day surgery. At least, that’s what we expect, but you never know…

Peaceful Odds and Ends

Lismore New South Wales

The Eastern States, particularly Queensland and New South Wales  have been suffering the brunt of Mother Nature’s fury and  it is still raining. Dams are now overflowing adding to the already flooded areas. Some places  where the water had receded and clean-up had started, are now flooded again. Once again there is the blame game and  heated discussions on  flood plains and building houses. From what I remember from geography, large tracts of the Australian Landmass  are classified as “Flood Plains”  including this area  where we currently live.           Why don’t we flood? Well, the levy bank, an extensive storm-water drainage system    and the fact that there are no creeks nor rivers in this area all helps. South Australia is the driest State in Australia.

Thus far we have spent much of this week back and forward to hospitals and spent from 9am to 11:15 am in hospital for tests

Still my boy.

and a consultation. To be fair they were not all for Annabell – one was mine. I had to go for a blood test that required fasting – generally not a concern. However, this time: Annabell had to be at the hospital a 9am for an ECG. Anyway let’s go back a few steps.  My  test required fasting, so I  did not eat after 7pm last night (Wednesday) At 7:30 I was at the camera group meeting, returning home around 9pm. I did some work on the computer for a while.  This morning (Thursday) went out with Benji at 6am, made Annabell’s breakfast then brought my dairy up to date. Left home at 8;30 and took her for her test at 9am. The results of the ECG  were taken to Mr. Alam, the Cardiologist. Then it was my turn.  All in we spent about three hours  at the hospital.  I was just a tad hungry having had nothing to eat since last night, so we stopped off at Hungry Jacks (Burger King in the USA) before going home – and yes, we did get something for the boy. He is still looking after his Mum. We go out for our walk in the morning and when we get back, he waits for me to give him his  breakfast treat and that’s the last I see of him. He goes into Annabell’s room and stays, looking after her until such time as she awakes and gets up.

Monday and today (Tuesday) have been relatively quiet. Tomorrow (Wednesday) we head back to the hospital for an EEG and that’s us clear until next Monday when we head off to drive the 477 klms. to Adelaide and her appointment at Flinders on Tuesday. In better times we could have left Tuesday morning and still be in time for the appointment on Tuesday afternoon, but watching the news on Monday night and the traffic backed up for  nearly 10 klms.at Port Wakefield because of the roadworks, Monday is the safer bet.

Much of the flooding  in the Eastern States has started to recede but it is still raining.  Certainly not as bad as it was to create the flooding in the first place, but still rain. We

Outside of town. Not much to see.

here in South Australia have had no rain worth talking about although, as a State.  we are still recovering and repairing the damage caused  by our rainstorms a few months ago.  This weekend is the weekend of the State Election, so we have letterboxes full of election   stuff, much of which is taken from the letterbox directly to the recycle bin.

The weather here has been in the mid 30s for much of the last  few days. I still take Benji out and we still go to the Ada Ryan Gardens. As I said before the trees are large and thus the  shade is good for a walk even on the hottest days and there is a dog  watering place as well as a water fountain. The council has provided and maintains the free  barbecues, so at times it can be a

Another pot plant

popular place for a fun family outing.  Once in dim dark days beyond recall, we held Sunday School picnics and outings there – we had games, adventure puzzles, food and drink for adults and children, things that the children had to go and find – and always an adult or two went along with them so they were not alone. They were great, fun filled days. Sadly they are now gone and we have no children at all in the church and,  as I said before, we are in decline. and I  think we only have a few more years before we will close altogether. Annabell was the last Secretary of the Women’s Association, which we had to close  due to lack of ladies to take up office positions.

The family still comer for dinner on a Sunday evening. Thus I have my work cut out. Annabell assists ( changed days she assists me instead of me assisting her) and we get through the evening. Connor (Grandson) can be a bit of a pain at times but that’s what children do As I said, I have not poisoned anyone  – yet…


Gardens, Birds and an Ark.

This Meeting is now in Session!

It’s not that I don’t want to write, the  problem is that I have been doing nothing to write about. Well, that’s not really true as you can imagine, but I rather suspect that  you really don’t want  continual posts discussing the health and well-being of Annabell. I have not been going anywhere – except to hospitals and doctor clinics, –  so I have not a lot to write about.  I have kept up my  daily walks with Benji and they are going well. We are still covering  around 33-37 miles (50 – 60 klms) per week. I have made  what turned out to be a major change in  the  walking system – i.e. the position of the Fitbit.

After  the attack on Benji  in Easter 2021, followed by his operation,  I was using the stroller, I complained to my son that  I was annoyed because using the stroller meant that my arm was not moving so the Fitbit did not register steps. My son  suggested that I strap the thing around my ankle. I was a bit sceptical , but I tried it and it worked. However as soon as I came back home and put the stroller away, I changed back to my wrist  and I never really investigated it. About a couple of weeks ago I decided to investigate the results of having it on my ankle and found that in a week I had increased my steps and my distance overall.  I went from 87,000 steps per week on the wrist to 106,000 steps per week on the ankle. But then, there have been a number of doctor and hospital visits this last week and that built up the steps, so it’s not all due to the change of the Fitbit.

Benji at the Gardens
Ada Ryan Gardens








There have been serious floods in New South Wales and in Queensland. We have friends in Lismore – which was badly hit. The MacDonald’s own a vehicle workshop and garage and with the impending flood they cleared out the workshop and the office. However, there were two cars that could not be moved, so, they got them onto the car lift and raised it to full. They had predicted a 12 metre flood but what they got was 15 metres. It’s still raining and flooding because the  ground is so  waterlogged the rain has nowhere to go. There was some flooding in Adelaide, but nothing on the scale of inter-state. There is more rain predicted this weekend and parts of Sydney are on alert. Concern has been expressed with respect to the flooding and the fact that a good percentage of the houses in parts of Australia and built of what  once was and is starting to be again – a flood-plain. Annabell agreed about not building on a floodplain until I pointed out that this is where are and that is why there is a large levy-bank running the entire length of the town. In fact, when we had the heavy rain for a few days a month or so ago, the water was backed up behind the levy bank and children ( mostly teenagers)  were  using surf boards to play around in the water.

Summer – such as it was – has ended and we are now into Autumn (Fall)   and here we are in day  5  already. Out of all of this there is a sort of silver lining. The  continual rain has filled all the dams and the water catchment area are over-flowing which means that if after this we go into drought  (probably) we will have more than

This cheeky pose is still my favourite.

enough water stored up to cope better than we did last time, so we can keep the restrictions down to a minimum.

Update on Annabell: She is  reasonably well at the moment. She still gets  very tired and  mornings are not the best time of the day. It is  three months today since she had the seizure and we still don’t know what caused it. All the tests thus far are fairly good but her doctors are still doing tests to try and find out the cause. In  two weeks we head back down to Adelaide for consults at Flinders Medical. She has complaining that her computer is playing up so I will use the time down

A life on the Ocean Wave

there in Adelaide to see about a new computer for her. The current one I think  we got from Noah when he had finished navigating the Ark.