The Seawall

Most mornings during early November while I made quick visits to the garden to water before the heat hit, I heard the rumbling of large boulders being dumped onto our local beach.

They are building a seawall. Just before Christmas it looked like they had got about half way and packed up most of the site and machinery for the Christmas break. The wall of sea grass disappeared. A brand new wall lined the beach just a metre or so in front of the old wall that is there still.


A strip of washed up sea grass still hung around and fashioned itself back into the wrack closer to the Cove, but today when we walked down for an early morning dip most of the sea grass has been washed away.


Further Reading:

City of Albany Information Sheet

The West Australian

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Summer Rain


After the ‘heat wave’ of the last couple of weeks we received a reprieve today with some decent rainfall. Though not particularly heavy, I am hoping it is enough to allow rain to penetrate a little further into the sand and soil than my watering has managed to do.

The birds are noisy as night approaches and I have a bit of time to quickly write a post instead of watering the garden and nurturing the saplings.

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1st January 2020



Some thoughts . . .

It has been said that in the before time, our nation was not covered so much by eucalypts. As in, they were not the dominant tree species that we have today in Australia. But they have thrived with clearing and the reduction of fire events. In some ways, they have made fires – when they do occur – much worse.

In our cities, the leafy inner suburbs with their quarter acre blocks have been carved up and subdivided. Built on to accommodate our increasing population. Paved to make for low maintenance lifestyles and convenience of living. Our soil and plants are replaced by concrete, paving, bricks and artificial turf. We wonder why our cities are so hot.

In other places like the UK it leads to water drainage issues. The infrastructure is not capable of dealing with increasingly larger volumes of water that stubbornly refuses to soak or penetrate into concrete, paving, bricks and artificial turf.

We are changeable beings and we readily modify our environments. We crave convenience, often to our long-term detriment, which also includes, early death.

We suffer noisily from our affluenza while watching nations burn, flood or dry out.

And so creeps in a new year and with it a new decade. Both inventions of the human mind. May we turn to face some truths and have the courage and humility to take the action that is required.

I am filled with gratitude and a quiet optimism. Not because I can’t stand the medias merciless coverage of issues and simply wish to be defiant. Not because of many things which I quietly rebel against in my own life. I rarely follow the media, but the Big Stuff will find you anyway.

I embrace a quiet optimism beyond these issues because in the cool of the evening there is a cricket singing peacefully.

All the best to you for the New Year and the New Decade.


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More Dahlias

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This past week the mauve dahlias are out and making a scene at the back door. They are being grown in our container gardens amongst vegetables. They certainly add a nice bit of colour to the garden.

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And here is a picture from the top of Castle Rock looking towards the Stirling Ranges this morning. There was a fire starting which you don’t really get to see in this picture, but it grew throughout the day. Australia is dotted with fires this summer.

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Boxing Day

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Merry Christmas to you if you should be reading this. I hope it was a pleasant one.

Our local bike shop was recently inundated with boxes given that they were taking delivery of extra bikes to be given as gifts over Christmas. I took a hot half hour out of my busy schedule to pack the back of the ute with flattened cardboard boxes and other assorted bits of cardboard.

Upon clearing the corridor of the bike shop and the back door area and giving them a little more breathing space, I gleefully drove home. I was very excited with being able to help them out and clear space whilst adding to my current stockpile of resources, ready for the garden make-over in late summer and early autumn.

This cardboard will be put to good use building up the soil and smothering weeds where required.

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Prescribed Burns

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This is the map for the southern half of Western Australia for Saturday the 21st of December 2019 – from the Emergency website. These are all prescribed burns except for one on Mount Melville here in town which was reported and monitored.

Some of these markers actually indicate several fires in the general location. So it makes some sense given that there was a smoky haze cast over Albany with the easterly breeze today.

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Mrs PP has created something of a Christmas tradition in the household.

It’s like an Advent Calendar of sorts, only it’s a collection of 25 books with Christmas themes and stories. They are wrapped – with recycled paper from last year if its still good – and put under the Christmas Tree. The Little Fellas take it in turns to open one a day and read the stories or have them read to them.

This year for some reason we have run short, so Mrs PP thought she would do a few Christmas Challenges for the Little Fellas to round out the remaining days with some activity and positive actions. Todays challenge was to take the small bucket that was supplied and fill it with rubbish from the park and the beach.

In the afternoon we put our bathers on and wandered through the park to the beach picking up bits of rubbish here and there. Amazed at what we found. Some of the items included in the picture above include:

  •  an ice-cream cone holder with a dropped ice-cream which wasn’t there when we returned from the beach.
  • a small babies bottle
  •  a barely eaten lollypop
  •  a crushed Christmas bauble
  •  a childrens thong/ flip-flop
  •  a paper crown from a Christmas cracker
  •  a pair of sandy socks
  •  several cigarette butts
  •  several deflated balloons
  •  lots of food wrappers or parts of wrappers
  •  a plastic drink bottle
  •  a plastic bucket handle
  •  a washed up buoy with barnacles from the beach
  •  straws
  •  plastic lollypop sticks

It took less than ten minutes to walk to the beach with each of us picking up bits of rubbish to aid in the challenge. We could have filled probably another bucket and a half. That is including those small things like bottle tops, paper and wrappers.

We enjoyed our swim and returned home to put the rubbish in our bin which rarely ever gets full. We think the Little Fellas took something of a lesson from the challenge. They began to see rubbish in all sorts of places (sadly) and were amazed to find a babies bottle.



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