Location: Manning Valley
Date: December 2009
22 December 2009. Yes, I know, I've been terribly slack this
month. But today, I received via email a bunch of pics from my young friend
Albert in Denmark. He's out on the farm with his mother's horses.
The pics were taken after a blizzard and I thought it was such a contrast
to Christmas in Oz, where it's all sunshine, beaches and Speedos, that
I would post them here just to share them with you.
It's the first time I've seen Albert close up. He looks a bit like a
younger version of Chief Sitting Bull hehe. He was born in Columbia, adopted
and raised in Denmark. So he's a ridgy didge South American Indian, just
like the Incas and Aztecs. I think that's pretty cool, actually. Very cool,
in fact. But culturally, Albert is much different from his original ancestors.
For one thing, not too many Indians had a grand piano in their tee-pee.
Albert has one in his bedroom. What's more, he plays it like a maestro.
Click here for
the photo album.
15 December 2009. Well, I've been a bit lazy this month in terms
of getting out and about with the camera, but at least I have this set
of pics to post. A plumber arrived early this morning at our house in Taree
to replace our broken toilet with a new one. It even has a twin flush...
one for pee and the other for poo. I think it was Prince Charles who once
commented on the waste involved in using a gallon of water to flush a pint.
Meanwhile, yesterday a bloke with truck and trailer arrived with a porta
loo. I expected something pretty basic, a box with a tin can inside. But
no, it's pretty sophisticated with a flush mechanism, vanity bench and
basin. And even a small mirror on the inside of the door.
As to the plumber, I was amazed that he took only a bit over an hour
to remove the old loo and replace it with the new one. I figured it would
take at least half a day. The problem is, of course, the cement takes 24
hours to set properly, hence the rented thunderbox in the backyard. Click
here for the photo album.
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