Since moving to Mirboo North almost 10 years ago, one extremely annoying thing that happens around six times a year, every year, is the power being disconnected for ‘essential maintenance’ of lines. I have never been able to find out why this is required to be done so often, even after contacting AUSNET the electricity suppliers. You’d think that after 10 years things would have been fixed such they didn’t need constant attention. The power is always off from around 8:00am until around 5:00pm, with a reprieve arriving sometimes at 3:00pm. It’s incredibly frustrating because other areas of the town usually don’t have their electricity disrupted at the same time as they seem to be on a different line. We happen to be the unlucky ones so that when the power needs to be turned off along the Strzelecki Highway, we have the power turned off as well, even though we’re well away from the highway.
It’s been a pretty ordinary year since our last High Country Cruise in Mar, one that wasn’t really of much note at all due to good tracks being closed. So we were hanging out to do another Cruise before the tracks closed for Winter and especially avoid the Queen’s Birthday weekend. To that end, we decided to make our move the weekend prior and see what we could find. And with the weather being pretty miserable lately, not only very cold but wet as well, I thought maybe we could do things a little differently this time and have a base camp from where we could do day trips. And what better way than to stay in a cabin. To this end, we booked a cabin in Licola, which meant that we didn’t have to get up at sparrow’s fart each morning, we could take our time driving about and have a nice comfortable place to return to each evening. Continue reading
While our rear veranda, a project that started in 2016, is still unfinished and requiring something to fix the woeful floor, our forgotten front veranda became in need of far more urgent attention. After returning from our weekend away and venturing onto the veranda, the floor almost gave way in some spots, clearly informing me that it was time to do something about this hidden mess. I was already aware that some of the joists were partly rotten, but it wasn’t until I removed a number of the floor boards that the true extent of the damage became evident. There was no doubt that this was a bigger task than what I could fix on my own, so I enlisted the aid of a builder who had just completed similar work on my neighbour’s house. I’m very glad that I did.
This year’s Leongatha Show & Shine was, without a doubt, a massive event. I think everyone who enjoys cars and the like and attends these events, either as a competitor, just to show off their vehicle or as a spectator; have been fed up with all the cancellations and closure of events in 2020 due to the virus. One thing is certain, the place was full and it’s great to see the interest in cars, trucks and motorbikes both old and new. As a motor head myself, these events are truly enjoyable and I especially admire the effort and detail that so many go, not just to restore old vehicles but to keep classics going and in pristine condition as possible. The variety this year was huge and I don’t think I did justice to the event.
It’s been over a year since we were last able to do a High Country Cruise, all because of COVID and the endless lockdowns and restrictions throughout Melbourne and/or the state. There is no denying that 2020 was an Annus Horribilis, especially for anyone who has been out of work and/or locked down for extended periods of time. Necessary or not, the lockdown and restrictions have caused much suffering. I have less reason to complain, as being out in a rural area we’ve had greater flexibility of movement overall, but when your friends are locked away in Melbourne, there’s not much that you can really do. Additionally, even though we’ve had more movement flexibility, with just about everything closed on a regular basis you might as well be locked inside your home.
Let me say first off that I’m not a film maker, but I’ve developed a huge interest in film making, video, whatever you want to call it, mainly to record the activities that happen in Gippsland as well as those that I undertake, such as our High Country Cruises. Photography is still one medium that I use, but I’ve increasingly tried to expand that to video. I think I’ve pointed out previously that I was never interested in video in the past and that none of my cameras were really that great for video. All that has changed and things have certainly moved on. I’ve already started to include videos that I’ve posted on YouTube and I thought, in this COVID age and for what it’s worth, to include a section covering YouTube videos that I’ve made about video gear that I use.
Wattlebirds have been a long time feature of our backyard and I think we’ve had pretty much the same family, or pair, around since we moved to our country abode. I’ve always thought of them as somewhat timid, nectar eating, birds that prefer to mind their own business as much as possible. How wrong could I be. Wattlebirds are simply evil, spawn of the devil, in the way they have been behaving this last year. And I don’t think it’s anything to do with the virus we’ve experienced since late last year. We have two families as best as I can tell and both are right royal bastards when it comes to the other birds that live and visit our backyard.
Over the last year, I’ve been giving our backyard birds, those that are meat eaters, a little bit of mince each day just to see how they react. And because we’ve been under COVID lockdown for most of the year, this has become a regular event in the mornings and evenings. The amount of mince that I give them is quite small, no larger than a ping pong ball in size each morning and evening, and this is for four Kookaburras, two Magpies, two Butcher Birds and a Wattlebird, with the occasional Crimson Rosella snaffling a small piece. The birds, naturally, have become quite accustomed to this (though surprisingly quickly) and I now have nearly all of them taking mince from my hand, or when placed very close to me on our veranda balustrade.
People often call today’s television (TV) rubbish, but even rubbish can sometimes be useful, such as recycling for what it’s worth. But the TV that’s presented today is veritable sewerage, at least for us who have to watch it via satellite and especially during these lockdowns. Our TV comes via the north of Australia, Northern Territory and Far North Queensland, as it was the only way to get satellite TV signal. And the reason that we have satellite TV is because we simply can’t get watchable TV via regular means, as we seem to be in a black spot when it come to reception. We still get the regular programs that others get via satellite, but what kills it are the ads that come with the transmissions from the far north.
While still in pause mode, I thought I’d add something along the lines of my page on Backyard Critters that contains videos of the various animals that I’ve come across near and far. To that end, I’ll include a this page on Gippsland covering videos that I’ve taken of the natural events that occur in this region. Again, I’ll simply add to this and re-post as new videos arise.