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Started by Steve, April 14, 2007, 10:39:40

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MeltingMan

  Safari works again (on my big computer). Have the operating system reinstalled and at 1:13 pm downloaded the new version (13.0!). Coincidence? 😜
Au lieu de chercher Dieu dans les œuvres, nous
nous cherchons nous-mêmes. Notre paresse est
telle que nous préférons de basses impressions
aisées, qui nous diminuent, aux grandioses qui
exigent de l'effort.

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Ulrich

... possibly an impeachment is on the way for Mr Trump.  :beaming-face
And Boris J is probably on his last legs too. Makes me a bit more hopeful for the world of politics...
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SueC

Happy today because I finally finished digging and prepping my dedicated rhubarb bed.  Three half days!!! I was thinking, is that price worth eternal rhubarb self-sufficiency?  Most of the first two sessions was just removing the African runner grass mats...  :1f62d:  Then digging fairly wide, deep trenches to loosen the soil and incorporate manure etc...  :-D  and putting wood chips on the sections between the growing trenches.  Tomorrow I transplant my seedlings from the greenhouse that are ready to go out, as well as two older crowns that will benefit being moved from their previous spot.  No photos of that yet, but here's a shot of our food garden.



People often ask if we have giant spiders when they see this photo.   :rofl   We have to put nets over our fruit trees in Australia because otherwise the parrots and cockatoos and a whole bunch of other birds will eat all the fruit and leave nothing for you!  So we net and after harvesting leave some smaller fruit on for the birds.

And some of what comes out of the garden:



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SueC

...once again, happy because of the wonderful mountains around here.  OK, if you're from anywhere with "real" mountains you might laugh, but the landscape here is so scintillating and this is from last Sunday!









If any mountaineering Cure fans come West, we'd love to show you around!  :)
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Ulrich

Quote from: SueC on September 30, 2019, 16:24:34...once again, happy because of the wonderful mountains around here.  OK, if you're from anywhere with "real" mountains you might laugh...

Don't worry, you'd laugh at what we call "mountains" here.  :lol:
Pic is from a nice little walk I took yesterday, the 3 "hills" in the background are what we call the three "Kaiserberge":


P.S.: And I'm happy to look back on that nice Sunday walk.
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word_on_a_wing

I can join in too!!
This is a lookout walking distance from my house, always makes me happy to sit up there. The mountains are called the Dandenong Ranges

Pic
"Where the flesh meets the spirit world,
Where the traffic is thin..."

SueC

It's so nice to see where other people live! :)

@Ulrich, most of the land around where we live is flat too - it's so ancient, most of it has been eroded down.  We have two mountain ranges - the Stirlings, which is what the photos above are of - there was crust movement to raise that lot up a looooong time ago - it's metamorphic rock, formed from sedimentary rock in the first place.  We also have an even lower, very eroded range called the Porongurups, made from igneous rock - that granite range is over 1 billion years old and used to be islands in a sea when sea levels were higher - we're due to visit those again sometime before Christmas and will post a photo or two then.  And all along the coast there's little granite monadnocks, rising up out of the flat land much like your Kaiserberge - have you got walk tracks on those?  The view off those would surely be great?

That's a nice early autumn shot of yours - the crops are harvested - nice colours and some room to breathe - not like the spreading suburbia on the rural-urban fringes in Western Australia.

@word_on_a_wing, that looks like a lovely spot you are in!  Are there good walking tracks on the Dandenongs?
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Ulrich

Quote from: SueC on October 01, 2019, 01:34:53most of the land around where we live is flat too

It's (relatively) flat where I live (on a high plain, but there is a steep climb where it ends/starts), you can see a bit of it on the photo to the right side.

You can choose the language on this touris website (translation is a bit lost at times):
https://www.schwaebischealb.de/alb-entdecken
(mind you, there's some place mentioned even I haven't visited yet!)

Better English is found here:
https://www.tourism-bw.com/destinations/regions/swabian-alb

Quote from: SueC on October 01, 2019, 01:34:53all along the coast there's little granite monadnocks, rising up out of the flat land much like your Kaiserberge - have you got walk tracks on those?  The view off those would surely be great?

Yes, I have been to one (there is a castle and a church on it), one other has nothing on it (but I think you can get on it) and the other has ruins of a castle (but when I go there I need to call/text my mate first, who lives nearby, last time I tried he wasn't available)...
Maybe I'll post more pics if and when I find time.
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word_on_a_wing

Quote from: SueC on October 01, 2019, 01:34:53@word_on_a_wing, that looks like a lovely spot you are in!  Are there good walking tracks on the Dandenongs?

Yeah if you drive up into the mountains there are plenty of different forest walks. I've lived in the foothills of these mountains for 34 years of my life (wow!) I feel like they are dear friends watching over me. This view is from a lake about 10min drive from the foot of the mountains. I walk to this spot and around the lake at least once a week... many times while listening to The Cure, especially Disintegration (which feels a beautiful fit with the expansiveness of the scenery). 🙂
"Where the flesh meets the spirit world,
Where the traffic is thin..."

MeltingMan

Peter Handke receives the Nobel Prize for Literature. 👏🏻
Au lieu de chercher Dieu dans les œuvres, nous
nous cherchons nous-mêmes. Notre paresse est
telle que nous préférons de basses impressions
aisées, qui nous diminuent, aux grandioses qui
exigent de l'effort.

Comment on devient artiste, esthétique. p. 235

SueC

Did you see the Guardian article, @MeltingMan?

I'm hoping Alex Zverev will trash Roger Federer tonight - they're playing as we speak.  I always go for the underdog.  Oooh yeah!  He just got his first break against him!   :smth023   I will be very happy if he pulls this off.

I'm happy today because I managed to catch two swarms of bees yesterday.  One really big one, which will make honey for us by Christmas.  And a small one, which may not survive, but I'm giving it a chance anyway.  We've got three existing hives, but last year we took no honey for the first time in eight years of having bees, because we were in such drought that the eucalypts didn't flower.  The honey they managed to make was needed for their own survival (we won't switch it with sugar, we only take truly excess honey and in a normal summer that's buckets and buckets of honey).  This year, the eucalypts are flowering early, so we should get a lot of honey.

It wasn't much fun shifting one of the boxes after nightfall, because my clothes snagged on the lid and it came off, and angry bees came out, and I had to put the lid back on quickly in the dark, which unfortunately squashed a lot of bees on the rim of the box, which upset the hive even more.  I carried the box very carefully after they'd had time to calm down.  I was so relieved when the box was in its spot.  You have to move the box to where you want it the same night you catch a swarm, because they take their orientation flights the first morning and reset their GPS then.  Anyway, very happy to see the bees going in and out of that box today, commencing normal business.
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MeltingMan

Quote from: SueCDid you see the Guardian article,?

No not yet. I will make up for it. Only one newspaper in this country has mentioned it at all, otherwise I would not have heard about it. For example, I do not know Mrs. Tokarczuk, which is understandable in the Nobel Prize itself, but Handke is (almost) ignored by the print media. 😕
Au lieu de chercher Dieu dans les œuvres, nous
nous cherchons nous-mêmes. Notre paresse est
telle que nous préférons de basses impressions
aisées, qui nous diminuent, aux grandioses qui
exigent de l'effort.

Comment on devient artiste, esthétique. p. 235

Ulrich

Quote from: MeltingMan on October 11, 2019, 15:05:23Handke is (almost) ignored by the print media. 😕

How do you have an overview of the German print media? You've obviously not read the "Schwaebische Zeitung", huh?  :winking_tongue
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MeltingMan

Every morning I read the headline(s) in Bild, Neue Westfälische and Westfalenblatt. Only the Westfalenblatt mentions him today on the front page. Of course, I do not read the Schwäbische Zeitung. But thanks anyway! 😉
Au lieu de chercher Dieu dans les œuvres, nous
nous cherchons nous-mêmes. Notre paresse est
telle que nous préférons de basses impressions
aisées, qui nous diminuent, aux grandioses qui
exigent de l'effort.

Comment on devient artiste, esthétique. p. 235

SueC

:rofl  You people!  Funnily enough, I've not read the "Schwaebische Zeitung" today either.  My bad! :)

Zverev did win, hee hee ha ha ho ho.  :smth023

And not only that, none of the "Big 3" are in the Shanghai Masters semi-finals at all!   :yum:   I get quite tired of the same old same old winning big tennis titles for what seems like forever while my hair gets grey.  They've got enough money and titles, and it's time for it to be other people's turn.  (This is not a concept I apply to bands, by the way.  Music is cooperative, not competitive.  The kind of music I like, anyway.)

Excellent fact:  The Shanghai semis have the youngest cohort of any Masters event since 1999!  21, 22, 23, 23.  It's an all-next generation contest.   :smth023
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