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The Good Earth

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The van has always, well since we got it, had a bit of a problem with rough idling. Various mechanics have noted it. The people at Burwin Volkswagen said that there were wild fluctuations in the injector pressure and suspected that it might be the bearings in the bearings of the fuel . . . → Read More: The Good Earth

Monbulk Car and Bike show

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The first I knew of it was when signs appears at he bus stop advising that the bus stop would be shut and the busses run down Menin road.

Then I went looking and found a page on Facebook. It was not something of great . . . → Read More: Monbulk Car and Bike show

Kallista Kinda BBQ

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Kirsten put me down for a session 13:00 to 15:00 at the Bayswater Bunnings for the Kallista Kindergarten BBQ fundraiser.

Luckily she noticed I was trying to go on Saturday rather than Sunday.

I arrived a little late as Krysta decided to come just as I was about to . . . → Read More: Kallista Kinda BBQ

Inclement Weather

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Another week if really inclement weather. A series of cold fronts rushed through bringing the cold straight from the great southern ocean. We had a couple of blackouts.

Here is a view of one front passing through from the floor I work on.

After the last . . . → Read More: Inclement Weather

Blackout take 2

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Our second big blackout of the winter and the first overnight one.

Another set of fierce cold fronts moved through with more dire warnings from the BOM of damaging winds.

Kirsten was the first to know of this blackout. One of the dancers was from Monbulk College and said . . . → Read More: Blackout take 2

Return to Broadmeadows station

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Kirsten, Krysta and Teresa came back on the XPT. I drove to Broadmeadows Station and caught the train into the city. Surprisingly this only took an extra 40 minutes.

I immediately felt at home. The diversity of peoples on the train was refreshing. Though the train was a bit over crowded.

. . . → Read More: Return to Broadmeadows station

Broadmeadows station

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The girls traveled up to Sydney on the XPT. We spent the night before double checking the details. Kirsten had been told that there was regional rail track works and the trip from Southern Cross to Broadmeadows would be by bus and therefore we had to be at southern cross 40 minutes earlier . . . → Read More: Broadmeadows station

A day of near disasters and much frustration

The bad weather started on Monday. It was late July before the first proper winter storm hit. It continued into Tuesday.

I had taken the day off. Kirsten had to go to the Supreme Court. Krysta had a dance exam.

In the morning Kirsten headed out in the car . . . → Read More: A day of near disasters and much frustration

Recording Session

One advantage of the girls going to singing lessons is that get a short recording session in the studio where they learn.

50th birthdays and House Warming

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I didn’t end up having a party for my 50th mostly because I was in the middle of moving from Marrickville to Kalorama and it was just too hard.

We talked then of having a party when I was 51 and Kirsten 49 as it would be a be century. But . . . → Read More: 50th birthdays and House Warming