Another year

Both barrels

Here we are, at Xmas again and soon to see the clock turn over to another year. It’s been a good year for me, mainly due to my wonderful partner. We’ve been through some turbulent times, learning to live with each other at this late stage in our lives, but I’m glad to say that we’re stronger than ever.

She’s with me now for the summer and we’re planning our Xmas festivities, frankly, the first time I’ve had a partner for this. We’re expecting a couple of good friends for the evening too, so V is happy planning what she’ll cook, enjoying being in a good, well functioning kitchen as well. Some of my appliances, pots, pans and utensils are getting their first serious workout and new ones seem to be appearing, sometimes over my protests. And we’re thanking Buddha for the dishwasher! It’s so good, never having to wash up, and getting sparkling clean dishes and glassware. Miele.

I had been promising V that our summers are hot, but she noticed the coolness of the first couple of weeks of December and had to really rug up at night. But after a few days of 36C, 38C and 41C it’s becoming much more to her liking. She’s loving it now, although wishing the ocean could be warmer. We haven’t had an ocean swim yet, but we will soon. It’s frustrating here: I’m only 1.3km from the beach, but it’s so hard to get to, down 75 steps or more. When you reach the beach, it’s a fairly strong surf with lots of undertows so I dare not go in.

We did find a water exercise pool nearby and availed ourselves of the free introductory session. Phew, it was led by a large fit lady and we both felt we’d had a workout by the end. We’re determined to find a good pool for aqua-robics – it may be at Joondalup. One thing is certain, it’s good to have a companion to push me along. I provide the transport but she gives the shove.

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I’ve finally decided solar power is worth going for, so I’ve committed. I’ve paid the deposit for a 6.6kW system from a firm called Infinite Energy. I was impressed by their professional presentation, both on their web site and by their representative. I had another couple of firms making approaches but I was put off by their high pressure sales tactics from the very beginning.

By paying and signing now, I qualify for this year’s federal government rebate. I expect installation will be mid next month. I wish I could afford a battery, but they are far too expensive. Even so, my daytime aircon, dishwasher and washing machine will be sun-powered in a few weeks. I don’t need aircon very often, but it sure bumps up the power bills from Synergy and I’m a bit reluctant to use it. Now I won’t need to worry, in summer anyway. I’ll still have to pay for winter nights on reverse cycle.

One surprise was that this house has 3-phase power connected. I didn’t realise. In theory, I could run very high power machinery in the workshop, but I don’t think it will be needed. I wonder why it was installed when the house was built.

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I’m loving the feel of driving the Honda MDX. It weighs a full 2,000kg, two tonnes, so it’s a heavy car and the economy gauge shows 14.4l/100km, but that’s not much above the Magna’s 12.5l/100km. Both are much better on long country drives. But the Honda’s weight makes it feel smooth and stable and the leather seats are nice on the bum. Unfortunately I’ve got another warning light on, the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA). I don’t know what’s wrong, but as long as I drive conservatively, I don’t think it matters at the moment.

The Verada’s roof lining velour covering has almost completely come adrift except at the edges, sagging down. I’ve been wondering how to get it out. it seems to be a Mitsubishi characteristic fault, going by the web forum. Amazingly, I found a Facebook ad last night from a guy who fixes this very thing, roof linings. Shazzam! I’ve sent a message and I’m awaiting a call back. PS: he’s replied and wants a photo. OK.

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Holy smoke, I only discovered Facebook’s Marketplace a few weeks ago, but it’s like a crack addiction. I can hardly tear myself away at times. So many desirable cars! At affordable prices. I can’t help thinking that if you bought a few and had a good workshop to fix ’em up, you could have some great drives and make a bit of money when re-selling them. I wish.

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I’ve recently started watching the Outlander series on Netflix. I’ve known about this for quite a few years but never got into it.

Wow, I should have started years ago. What a great series! It’s crazy: by touching some stones on a hilltop, an English woman is magically transported back 200 years, from 1945 to 1745 Scotland.

Despite the silly idea, the story, the acting and the production are just superb. I’ve learnt some things about the Scots that I didn’t know. There are around 60 one hour episodes, so being only up to episode 11, no doubt I’ll learn some more. Recommended.

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So then, it’s a very Merry Christmas to all my readers, and Best Wishes for the New Year 2019.

and Best Wishes for the New Year 2019.

What a change in my life in the past three years! All my wishes have come true for me, adding to my long held belief that I’ve lived a charmed life. I’ve always felt that I’m lucky, that the dice always fall my way in the long run, although they take their time sometimes.

But now, in the final years, I’ve been happily retired for nearly 20 years, I’m living in the best house I’ve ever known, finances are not a worry and at long long last I have a companion in life. We are so alike it’s uncanny. I’m finding I no longer think some of the old unpleasant thoughts. We’re busy planning trips to satisfy visa requirements, and also to see the country. It’s fun.

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3 comments on “Another year

  1. Martin Pot says:

    I had the roof lining in my TJ Magna wagon replaced by this guy late last year: https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/canning-vale/mechanics-garages/roof-lining-repairs-to-all-makes-and-models-/1203748350

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