Saturday, November 02, 2019

Zooming in

Been very busy with car pick up Wednesday, Mother Day Thursday, shopping Friday, out Friday night for dinner. Should be a quieter (and wet weekend) with only a trip to Aldi to buy rashies on special on Saturday.  Of course there has been a lot of car and associated phone tech time taken.

A little Motherism from Thursday: I was so cold this last winter I don't think I will complain about the heat at all this year. It's so nice being warm. Arrive at her home to pick up some things, Andrew, can you turn the cooling on. Arrive back at ABI's Brother where she lives, Andrew, can you turn the cooling on and your brother has it set too warm. Turn it lower please.

So not much time to post, but I don't think I showed you these photos.

Driving from here to the tv towers on Mount Dandenong is 50 km, say 31 miles. It's a fairly direct route with only some twisting and turning as you climb the mountain and I would estimate that to be less than 5 km extra, so say Mount Dandenong tv towers are 45 km away. I was pretty impressed by the zoom on my new camera.


Unrelated, retired blogger Ann O'Dyne but fervent Twitterer identified the first distant tower to go up at Box Hill. There is now a forest of them growing. The closer tower just seemed to appear one day. Of course that can't happen but maybe it was finished and exposed when we were overseas. I am not sure where it is. I can identify the water storage tower in Surrey Hills. Perhaps the highrise building is in Burwood and part of Deakin University.


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  1. I am dreading the heat (we had a temperature range of 22C yesterday) and am with your mother.
    Your new camera does indeed have an excellent zoom.

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    1. EC, I am going to try to be a tough man this year and not let the heat worry me.

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  2. Sending Weekend Vibes - Be Well & Zoom On

    Cheers

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    1. Always well Padre. Zooming on.

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  3. Luverly - just luverly - but wasn't the overnight cool change luverly also. If a bit windy (and wet)

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    1. Cathy, we had a nice drop of rain here. I expect you had more.

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  4. Currently Jack is always cold and I am always hot! Since I am well past menopause, I'm thinking that Jack keeping the thermostat up is simply killing me.
    We're just entering our cold (winter) months. Just today I noticed that the leaves are gone from the trees. And this is the weekend we fall back an hour with our time.
    Darkness will be upon us soon. By Christmas we will have darkness from 3:30 PM until 8 AM!

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    1. Maribeth, that is hard, both things. Too hot inside during the cold and such short days. The worst we have is darkness from 5pm to 7am.

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  5. It has really started to cool off here.

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    1. Travel, stored you nuts for winter?

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  6. It's a lot of fun having a big zoom range Andrew, think about it 😉 Happy weekend to you both, enjoy the cooler weather, still raining in Perth, not complaining one bit 💙

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    1. Grace, the good zoom did make me think of other uses that mountaintops.

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  7. Has one of our favourite bloggers, Ann O'Dyne, really retired? What a shame... she was hilarious.

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    1. Hels, she is/was great and I am privileged by having met her a couple of times.

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  8. Your new camera has a good range, great photo of the distant towers. We are still hoping for a break in the weather but so happy the westerly has dispersed most of the smoke.

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    1. Cheryl, I did hear Sydney was smothered in smoke. I didn't know how widespread it was.

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  9. It was 20C here today, November 1st. Climate change deniers, hello? this weird warm wind blowing too. Disturbing. I was so hot. I know, I feel the heat so am with Mother.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. Whoa WWW, that surely is very warm for you at this time of the year. Nothing to do with climate change of course.

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  10. Box Hill. Surrey Hills. It all sounds like near to where I was born back in the UK.

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    1. Cro, while we do have some Aboriginal place names, most are from the UK as you would expect. But the demographics can be very different. Our Camberwell is very different to London's Camberwell. I expect the same with Surrey Hills, and then Sydney has its suburb Surry Hills.

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  11. Port Pirie was a veritable forest of towers when I was growing up there. everyone needed one to get their TV antenna as high as possible or you didn't get reception so far from Adelaide.

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    1. River, I had forgotten about those high tv antennas. WE had one on the farm to receive Melbourne tv.

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  12. How much zoom does your camera have?

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  13. Nice zoom indeed, always good to have one, excellent for many things.
    Rained a bit today and early this morning, it's clearing the air.

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    1. Margaret, I am happy with it. I am sure you can do with some rain in your town.

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  14. We have a roller coaster weather, one day 17° next day 3° I never know how to dress the day before and our heating goes also up and down. Not at all normal at this time of the year. I see you love to drive with your new car, the photo zoom is surprising !

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    1. Wow Gattina, that is a huge change of weather. Our weather here has always been very changeable. We look from the balcony to how people are dressed on the street below.

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  15. I love the zoom feature on cameras. Looks like you are getting some great pics with your new camera.
    Enjoy the weekend.

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    1. Reasonably happy with the camera, Sandra.

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  16. Andrew, I wonder if your new camera has a video shooting facility. I was quite surprised how good my stills camera video is. And much better than the one on my mobile phone.

    Talking about up and down weather and seasons. Here in the U.K we seemed to have jumped from the very last day of Summer and straight into Christmas and Winter.

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    1. Dee, they all have I think since my first in 2004. We've done the opposite, straight into summer.

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  17. I'm not looking forward to the heat of summer. It comes around all too quickly for my liking.

    Yesterday we had some lovely rain here, and just a couple of minutes ago a light shower went over. I hope all those areas that need it so badly receive rain. I love rain and never complain about it.

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    1. Lee, while we enjoy the rain, we are not directly dependant on it for our income. We feel for those who are and I hope they receive some good falls soon.

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    2. We're all dependent on rain, Andrew...just keep check on the prices of fruit, vegetables, meat and other items in the supermarket. The lack of rain is reflected on our cost of living...in all areas.

      Our food has to come from somewhere...and hopefully, not from overseas...imported from Asia!

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    3. Lee, I guess the difference is we have to pull out belts in a bit whereas some farmers virtually or actually walk away. With the exception of rice, I don't want imported Asian food other than proper Asian food that hasn't been traditionally made here. Even so, I think much of that is made here now.

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  18. That does look to be an excellent zoom on your camera.

    I am glad to be out of the heat of the summer. Although ours is never as bad as yours, we don't have central air conditioning in most private homes. We make do with window units and fans, but it's getting hotter every summer. This year we went straight from summer temperatures to fairly cold. It feels like we didn't really have autumn at all.

    Your mother sounds a bit like my own :)

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    1. Jenny, as I may have said before, we were astonished at how warm it was in BC, Alberta and Toronto.

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  19. Nicely zoomed photos. Heat sounds nice about now.

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    1. Strayer, yes, it doesn't really worry you as much as some of us. I am trying to learn to embrace the heat otherwise on hot days I will just sit at home.

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