The Playground in Lakelands Park


Krystal’s birthday coming up on the 5th of April. She turns 21 this year!!

I just looked up what I wrote four years ago on Krystal’s birthday. Here it is:

It features some pictures what the playground in Lakelands Park looked in 2001.

Krystal has been sliding down and Roxy stand beside her.
Krystal has been sliding down and Roxy stands beside her.


And while I am at it, I copy here what the  bush in front of our house looked like in 2000 and I am going to show what it looks like now 17 years later:

This is just a bit of the front of our house in the year 2OOO. I put this photo in to show how small this tree in front of our window was at the time. It looks very huge now and the gardener trims is every so often otherwise there would not be left enough room for the parking spot at the left of the house.
This is just a bit of the front of our house in the year 2000. I put this photo in to show how small this tree in front of our window was at the time. It looks very huge now, and the gardener trims it every so often, otherwise there would not be left enough room for one of the parking spots at the left of the house.


This bush looks so much bigger now, and all the trees behind have grown enormously!

And now back to the playground, what it looks like at present at Eastertime 2018:





Today is Good Friday, the 30th of March 2018. I went for an early walk to the playground in Lakelands Park.

When I arrived back home, I took some Easter pictures:



Some Peter Rabbit Books for the Kids


This is another picture from Lakelands Park in 2001. Ilse, Peter’s sister, was here in Dapto on a visit from Berlin. She is in the picture on the right. Our daughter Monika in the middle with her three daughters: Roxy, Krystal and Natasha on the left. I am between Natasha and Krystal.




Published on Sep 8, 2009

To register for the 2015 course, visit…. PART ONE: THIS LAND IS MY LAND The philosopher John Locke believes that individuals have certain rights so fundamental that no government can ever take them away. These rights—to life, liberty and property—were given to us as human beings in the the state of nature, a time before government and laws were created. According to Locke, our natural rights are governed by the law of nature, known by reason, which says that we can neither give them up nor take them away from anyone else. Sandel wraps up the lecture by raising a question: what happens to our natural rights once we enter society and consent to a system of laws? PART TWO: CONSENTING ADULTS If we all have unalienable rights to life, liberty, and property, how can a government enforce tax laws passed by the representatives of a mere majority? Doesnt that amount to taking some peoples property without their consent? Lockes response is that we give our tacit consent to obey the tax laws passed by a majority when we choose to live in a society. Therefore, taxation is legitimate and compatible with individual rights, as long as it applies to everyone and does not arbitrarily single anyone out.

A hypothetical scenario by Professor Michael Sandel

Published on Sep 4, 2009

PART ONE: THE MORAL SIDE OF MURDER If you had to choose between (1) killing one person to save the lives of five others and (2) doing nothing even though you knew that five people would die right before your eyes if you did nothing—what would you do? What would be the right thing to do? Thats the hypothetical scenario Professor Michael Sandel uses to launch his course on moral reasoning. After the majority of students votes for killing the one person in order to save the lives of five others, Sandel presents three similar moral conundrums—each one artfully designed to make the decision more difficult. As students stand up to defend their conflicting choices, it becomes clear that the assumptions behind our moral reasoning are often contradictory, and the question of what is right and what is wrong is not always black and white.

Monday 26 March, 2018 A Night with Michael Sandel on Q & A

Michael Sandel

Michael Sandel teaches political philosophy at Harvard University. He has been described as “the most relevant living philosopher,” a “rock-star moralist,”(Newsweek) and “currently the most popular professor in the world.”(Die Zeit)

His writings—on justice, ethics, democracy, and markets–have been translated into 27 languages. His legendary course “Justice” is the first Harvard course to be made freely available online and on television. It has been viewed by tens of millions of people around the world, including in China, where Michael was named the “most influential foreign figure of the year.” (China Newsweek)

Michael’s books relate the big questions of political philosophy to the most vexing issues of our time. They include What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets; Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?; The Case against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering; and Democracy’s Discontent: America in Search of a Public Philosophy.

His BBC series “The Public Philosopher” explores the philosophical ideas lying behind the headlines with audiences around the world, including a discussion of violence against women, recorded in India, and a debate about democracy in Britain’s Parliament. In Brazil, he recently led a debate on corruption and the ethics of everyday life that reached an audience of 19 million on Globo TV. On NHK, Japan’s national television network, he led a discussion with students from China, Japan, and South Korea on history and moral responsibility.

Michael has been a pioneer in the use of new technology to promote global public discourse. In a new BBC series, “The Global Philosopher” Michael leads video-linked discussions with participants from over 30 countries on issues such as immigration and climate change.

Michael has been a visiting professor at the Sorbonne, delivered the Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Oxford, and given the Kellogg Lecture on Jurisprudence at the U.S. Library of Congress. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he received his doctorate from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Michael’s lecture tours have taken him across five continents and packed such venues as St. Paul’s Cathedral (London), the Sydney Opera House (Australia), and an outdoor stadium in Seoul (S. Korea), where 14,000 people came to hear him speak.

Published on Sep 28, 2017

“The rise of right wing populism represents the failure of liberal and progressive politics,” says Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel. He joins The Agenda to diagnose the failure of liberal politics, the decline of civic life, and what liberals need to know in the age of anger and populism.


Palm Sunday, March 2018

Above is a link to a post I wrote about the Palm Sunday of March 2013. Reading this post once more I do remember the way this day had been celebrated. Yesterday was Palm Sunday again. As is usual for me these days, I missed out on going to church. It seems, that unless one is a church goer, Palm Sunday does not hold any significance, except maybe that one is reminded that the next Sunday is going to be Easter Sunday. Easter time is of course a good time for meeting family. This is something to be looking forward to!

It turned out that yesterday was a somewhat special Sunday for us, because we had a chance to meet old friends again. We met Tilde and Klaus for lunch at the Illawarra Yacht Club. We stayed together for about four hours. We were able to do quite a bit of catching up with them. With a lot of talking about our lives, time passed quickly. We promised each other that we would meet again as soon as possible.

We were sitting next to the windows looking out onto the Lake Illawarra where quite a few boats were to be seen yesterday.




Sunshine after the Rain

Soon after I did hang out the  washing, the sun came out and I got ready for a ‘little’ walk. I  took my walking stick along, walking along  the footpath through Lakelands Park. Before  I was back home I had taken 28 pictures. Now, I cannot resist selecting some of the pictures to insert in this post!

First, about this sad left-over of our bougainvilleas:

This is what it looked like yesterday morning.

In the afternoon, while the rain had stopped for a bit, Peter cut  a bit more off this bush. This is what it looked like this morning:


Peter says he has to dig the whole thing out now! He insists he’ll do it slowly so it won’t cause him to feel exhausted. Oh yes, with his heart condition, he better take  it easy. But maybe it is just as well that he is trying to stay a little bit active.


How can that many tomatoes grow in the wilderness of our garden?



The footpath towards Lakelands Park leads along here:

In some places the lantana is growing immensely, overtaking the Australian bush.



My favourite seat
Another seat a bit further on

Rain, Rain, Rain

For the past couple of days and nights it has been raining constantly with only a few short breaks. This morning was such a break. I managed to go for a little walk even though my right knee started aching as soon as I lifted it up a bit during walking. Bravely as I was I had decided I would walk today without the help of my walking stick. I had left the walking stick at home. If I did not need it walking around at home, why would I need it to walk   outside? This is what I thought. Anyhow I took this picture of a street  sign hidden in a plant. Then I ventured back home. There were still a lot of clouds, but no rain. I did not feel too bad. I actually took a few more pictures around our house. Everything was still rather wet  of course.







This is the last bit of our bougainvilleas


View from our computer room