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Towards the End of November 2017

22 Nov

We had quite a bit of rain. Our old wine stock did get some new leaves that seem to be wandering off. I like the look of the fresh green leaves.

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This ‘White Princess’ plant did bend over in the rain. Maybe we should try to lift the stems up a bit by inserting some stakes?

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I am glad this Jasmine plant is coming back to life again!

 

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This stuff is growing well after all that rain. Quite amazing!

We enjoy all this growth. But we are not proper gardeners. Everything grows sort of ‘wild’ in our backyard. From time to time we do a little bit of planting or a bit of cleaning up. But most of the things in our backyard just seem to grow on their own, especially  after a bit of rain.

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I believe these yellow flowers are some snow peas flowers. So far the snow peas seeds I planted a long time ago, never developed properly. Just now, I looked up a few hints how to grow snow peas in pots. This makes me want to try again. Maybe I’ll have better luck next time if I observe some of the rules!? Here is one of the videos I had a look at. Usually I skip the ads, But on this video, the ads in the beginning were actually quite beautiful to have a look at! After the ads comes up a bit about growing peas in containers::

 

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The wild strawberries come up in lots of places. Occasionally we pick some and eat them. They are not very tasty. But maybe they are full of vitamins? We also have strawberries growing in our ‘garden bed’. We had already harvested quite a few of these strawberries.DSCN3500.JPG

It looks like some more strawberries may be coming!

 

I think it was last year when we planted two plants: One Loganberry and one Raspberry!

These plants never seemed to grow. I few months ago I noticed these plants were still a bit there. I cleared the surroundings and gave them some worm juice (diluted with water!). And now – since we had recently quite a bit of rain – they do grow a lot all of a sudden. I wonder whether we are going to be lucky and get some fruit of them eventually.

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This is actually our lemon balm which grows plentiful too after all that rain. It grows close to the berry ‘bushes’, and we have to watch it that it does not spread too close to those berry bushes!

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We have some very strong looking tomato plants. Perhaps some of the leaves need to be discarded?

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And this is my very own chilly plant for Peter does not like hot chilly.

 

My Ancestry

20 Nov

Having just had a little bit of sweet red wine with lunch today, I felt a pit tipsy.

Peter said, he read two interesting blogs today from Polish people, one written in English the other one in German. I cheered him, I said, after all I am half Polish, aren’t I? Well, Peter pointed out, I might actually be more Russian for when my father was born in Lodz in 1904, the place was Russian.

But you see, my father was actually German by descent, and as far as we know, he never gave up his claim on German citizenship. When later on in life he moved to Germany, he had no problems at all being recognized as a German for he was definitely totally German by descent.

So does that mean I am neither Russian nor Polish even though my father was born in a Russian place which later became Polish again,  and then during WW II was occupied by Germans? All this is very confusing, isn’t it?

I am an Australian citizen now, have been for some time. However, Peter said, I probably could not be a member of the Australian parliament. How so? I had to renounce my German citizenship, didn’t I? Any German embassy could vouch for it, that I am not allowed to carry a German passport anymore. I had to hand in my German passport as soon as I acquired Australian citizenship. So doesn’t that make me eligible for the Australian parliament? I bet it does!!  🙂  🙂

By the way my mother is from Leipzig, Saxony, Germany, same as her father (my grandfather), whereas her mother (my grandmother) comes from Bavaria. Seems to be a straightforward German ancestry on my mother’s side.

Lots of Rain in Dapto on Saturday, 18th November 2017

18 Nov

Peter went outside to save some of our strawberries:

 

 

While I ‘m at it I’ll insert some more of our recent pictures. First here are some pictures that Peter took the other day when we went for a little walk in the morning:

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Peter took this picture of a Jacaranda Tree in Figtree, a Wollongong Suburb.

Only last Wednesday Peter went to see his ophthalmologist in Figtree. His eye pressure turned out to have somewhat deteriorated, and she prescribed him some stronger eye-drops.

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I had some Chai and a slice of lovely warm banana bread at the Gossips Coffee Lounge while I was waiting for Peter to return from his appointment. The Gossips Coffee Lounge is in the Figtree Grove Shopping Centre. They have a huge Fruit and Vegetable Shop where a lot of produce is offered at reasonable prices. Before we drove home, we used the opportunity to buy some fresh things.

https://figtreegrove.com.au/centre-info/about-us

Last Tuesday Peter saw hiss oncologist in Wollongong. Peter is doing well, but for a little infection that was detected in his urine she prescribed for him precautionary some antibiotics. But he was allowed to continue with his BCG treatment in Wollongong Hospital. It was his fourth treatment in this series. Everything went well. So this was then last Thursday. He parked in the Hospital Carpark in a special area that is set aside for cancer patients. The parking is free for him.

At the hospital  I stayed with Peter only for a couple of hours. Then I caught a bus in front of the hospital. This bus took me to Ribbonwood Centre in Dapto where I always have on a Thursday at 12,30 with about a dozen other seniors a ‘slow movement exercise class’. After the class I waited for Peter at the centre. He arrived after his treatment a bit after 2 o’clock to pick me up. It is always good to be back home after an outing like this.

Last Thursday I had taken a sandwich with me for lunch. I always take some water with me too. The other Thursday I bought at the Hospital Coffee Shop some lunch: A Gourmet Salad! It was very much to my liking:

 

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Peter had to be at the Cancer Care Centre of Wollongong Hospital by 9,30 in the morning. We arrived early and I had a cup of tea in the waiting room. Peter was of course not allowed to have any drink before his treatment.

The other day a nice tea lady gave me a delicious biscuit. I took a picture of the wrapping to remember the brand name for I want to try and buy it somewhere. It tasted so very nice.!

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From 2 pm to nearly 5 pm I played Scrabble and Rummy with my lady friends. (Same as always on a Friday.)  I was back home by 5 pm. Then from around 6 pm to 11 pm we had constant thunder and lightning. Sometimes it came very, very close! Peter and I gave TV a miss last night and just spent some time with playing Rummy with our Rummy tiles. Peter won this time. This made him very happy!

It rained through the night and most of the morning. Very good rain for the garden!

 

 

My November Diary continued

17 Nov

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Above are some previous pictures of the jacaranda tree in out neighbourhood. It is the only one close by and has not got very many blooms left. However I noticed this week wonderfully flowering trees in different towns of the Illawarra. At this time of the year they all seem to be still in full bloom and look very lovely. Unfortunately I never had my camera with me whenever I came near some of these beautiful flowering jacarandas.

The other day I went with Peter for a little walk near our house. It was early morning.  Looking up into the sky we could still see the moon. Peter tried to take a picture of it, alas with not much success.

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Peter took this picture of me. It was a beautiful morning for a bit of a walk.

My Diary nearly halfway through November 2017

14 Nov

.https://auntyuta.com/2017/11/14/burning-for-over-100-years-jharkhands-underground-fire-affects-5-lakh-500000-people/

I just published the above post and talked to Peter about it. He says I should say in my own words what I feel about it. It is good advice for I have some rather passionate feelings about it,especially since Peter pointed out to me how the ADANI company is presumably involved in all these dealings. How so?

As far as I know, quite a significant number of Indian power stations are still operated with coal. When I looked under “coal” in THE HINDU, I noticed this article from November 01, 2017:

http://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/coal-stocks-start-building-up-at-power-plants-says-secretary/article19962323.ece

I understand that the Indian Government wants to see to it that a sufficient power supply is guaranteed.

I have not found out yet, whether at present Australia does export coal to India. But I found in THE HINDU a recent article that Australia wants to export ADANI coal to China:

http://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/australia-notified-china-of-adani-coal-mine-approvals-in-letter/article19924918.ece

I found the following article from June 2016:

http://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/Adani-may-abandon-Australian-coal-mine-project/article14386236.ece?gclid=CjwKCAiAoqXQBRA8EiwAIIOWspXkDxMbToHeWP8UR58tDj8l57SCxod9TMG3TmZwB637N5I_UjGcnhoCKpEQAvD_BwE

“Adani may abandon Australian coal mine project
PTI MELBOURNE, JUNE 05, 2016 12:56 IST
UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 16, 2016 10:50 IST
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In this June 23, 2015 photo, Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani speaks with Australia’s Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb at the Australia India CEO Forum in New Delhi.
Gautam Adani tells “The Australian” that the project was yet to receive the green light after six years of environmental assessments and court battles.

Bogged by a six-year delay, Adani may pull out from the proposed $21.5 billion rail and mine project in Australia amid a series of legal challenges from environmental groups against the Indian energy giant’s plans to build one of the world’s largest coal mines.

Stating that he was “disappointed”, the company’s founder and chairman Gautam Adani told The Australian newspaper that the “pit to plug” project was yet to receive the green light after six years of environmental assessments and court battles.

“You can’t continue just holding. I have been really disappointed that things have got too delayed,” Mr. Adani said.

Mr. Adani said he hoped the court challenges to Australia’s largest proposed coalmine would be finalised in early 2017.

However, with one court case yet to be heard in the Federal Court, and at least two groups threatening High Court action, Mr. Adani warned he could not wait indefinitely.

Mr. Adani said that he was already scouting alternatives to feed his power stations in India.

Confirming he had met Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull in December 2015 to seek to deliver greater certainty on such projects, Mr. Adani said, “We were suggesting how to bring in the certainty of the timing.

“We were asking how we get certainty of the time schedules… that is the most important for us in committing all of our resources.”

“It’s just covering up the real fact that what is damaging the reef is an increase in the temperature of the seas through climate change,” he said.

Another new Federal Court challenge to the mining lease for Carmichael, issued by the Palaszczuk Labour government, will be heard this year.

Mr. Adani said he originally believed the approvals process would take two to three years and that he has already spent $3 billion buying the tenements and the Abbot Point port lease.

The company is still exploring the financing issue of the project.

Mr. Adani said if there were no more unexpected delays, he had confidence that the project would get financing and “still be competitive” against other alternative sources of coal in India and Indonesia.

Adani Australia chief executive Jeyakumar Janakaraj said the co-ordinated campaign by anti-coal activists to block the mine had damaged Australia’s international reputation.

He said the business community in India had expressed concern about future investment in Australia. “I think it has already turned off a lot of switches. I am not saying it is going to be permanent, but there has been damage.”

Mr. Turnbull’s office did not comment on Saturday about Mr. Adani’s call for greater certainty to the approvals process. But the government has argued that all commonwealth approvals are in place and there are no remaining federal obstacles to the project proceeding.

Adani’s coal mines plan in Australia has been hampered time and again. A federal court in August 2015 had revoked the original approval due to environmental concerns.

In October 2015, the project got a new lease of life after the Australian government gave its re-approval.

Australia’s Queensland State government in April 2016 gave Adani permission to mine coal reserves estimated at 11 billion tonnes and to build roads, workshops, power lines and pipelines associated with the mine.

Environmentalists are fighting the approvals, saying the project will jeopardise the State’s future and destroy national treasures like the Great Barrier Reef.

 

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Uta’s Diary

8 Nov
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The alternative to having grass everywhere

Just returned from a little walk after having taken the above picture. I wanted to take another picture of a beautifully flowering jacaranda tree. But I took it from too far away and had to drastically crop the pic to make the tree more visible. Next time I’ll walk up closer to the tree to take another photo.

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Here now is a link to an interesting post about Sydney’s jacaranda trees:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-28/where-to-see-jacaranda-trees-in-sydney/9084172

The best spots to admire Sydney’s purple sea of jacaranda trees

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A Headline in the Aim (Australian Independent Media) Network

7 Nov

The Turnbull Solution: “MPs must make a declaration that the declaration that they made wasn’t an untrue declaration!”

https://theaimn.com/turnbull-solution-mps-must-make-declaration-declaration-made-wasnt-untrue-declaration/

This headline really caught my attention. I read it with some kind  of   amusement. Our  lives are filled more  and more with some kind of declaration or another. Do I remember my mother’s maiden name? Luckily I do. and this is the truth.