Anyway, as I was saying …

Golly, is that the date? Must try harder.
It’s hard to think of things to write about, but becoming an Aged Pensioner qualifies, I suppose. Yes, it all happened, and I was going to say it went smoothly, but Centrelink failed to return my original documents once again. I even include a stamped self addressed A4 envelope when I send them, but it does no good. I’ll just have to try again.

Oh yeah, nearly forgot. The Bali villa is now open for rental and advertised on the web. Thanks to Ian and Naomi, who’ve put in an enormous amount of work.
The Balinese managers’ website is
and the Perth website is
Have a look. 
For the benefit of my interstate and overseas readers, if any, the heat goes on. The eastern states people (ABC News website) are saying it’s been such a cool and wet summer over there that they’re in danger of disbelieving Global Warming, but we can’t forget over here in the west.
Last year here was the hottest on record, the winter was the warmest, and now we’ve broken the record since records started (1877) for the highest number of heatwaves in a row. A heatwave is defined here as more than three days of maxima over 35C, and we’ve had eight this summer. It’s not too bad now, 29C today, but I’ve still turned the aircon on for a while. It feels hot. And this is autumn!
The Stirling City Council have announced that they want to do their bit for the environment by trashing 45 mature trees at the north end of our Charles Riley Reserve. These are beautiful decades old peppermints and tuarts that are the only shade for the area, used by many picnickers, school sports people walkers and dog walkers, including me.
Why? The sporting people want the practice oval enlarged and yet another sports pavillion built, at a total cost of $5 million! (There are already two pavillions on this ground, one for football and cricket and an enormous one on the east side for athletics that seems to be quiescent most of the time.
All these trees will be cut down!
Under the council’s plans, every tree within the grassed area above will be uprooted and trashed! I took this shot in 2004, so the trees are bigger now, and they are used by magpies, crows, galahs, rosellas, black cockatoos, sulphur crested cockatoos, wattle birds, silvereyes, doves, peewits, mudlarks, kookaburras and other birds I’ve missed.
The new pavillion is to be built about where the pine tree is in this shot. Oh, and dog walking is to be banned from the grassed area and restricted to an area behind those trees to the left!
It just fries my brain that this could even be considered. The council say new trees will be planted. Yeah, sure – for future generations. They’ll take 20-30 years to grow enough to give shade. This area is used by school sporting people and people like me, but footballers have the councillors’ ears, so they’ll probably win. There’s a strong protest being mounted, but I don’t hold much hope.  Gloom.

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