Wednesday, January 8, 2014

January 8 Things dug up are better than things that come out in the wash!

I have been out slashing and murdering grass and weeds with the whipper snipper....ahhh, the satisfaction of the mass kill!
Mind you, it's not a very economical machine; 10 mins of battery followed by 4 hours of recharging but it's the only one 'everyone' feels safe with me using.
For some reason the spouse won't let me near the electric one that doubles as a hedge trimmer and chain saw, and could take down a small tree.
No idea why they won't let me use it...

Went for a 2nd bike ride yesterday, just another shortish one but the adrenaline is starting to get me UP! and DOING THINGS!
Like slashing the crap out of the weeds and 'lawn' (which is more a pocket handkerchief sized grouping of grassy weeds that run amok everytime our backs are turned).

Today in 1998 the Herald-Sun (fishwrapper of Melbourne) reported on the strange, unidentified creature that had washed up on the coast of Tassie.
No, I wasn't in the area!

This day in 2003 saw EIGHTY SEVEN yes, 87 fires started by lightning in the north-east of Victoria; 8 of these fires joined up and formed the largest fire front since Victoria's 1851 Black Thursday fires.
Burning for an incredible 59 days before it was able to be contained the bushfire burnt over 1.3 million hectares, 41 homes and over 9,000 livestock, with thousands of kilometres of fencing also being destroyed.

1799 Saw Bass and Flinders bobbing about in the Tom Thumb in and around Tassie and assorted islands, proving that the umbilical cord that once connected Tassie to the mainland was long gone; today they made a return visit to the Furneaux Islands for a cuppa tea on their journey back to Port Jackson.

Mawson on this day in 1912 was doin' his explorer thang in the Antarctic when he and his peeps landed at Cape Denison in Commonwealth Bay.

Today in 1966 The Canberra Times published an article detailing the struggles of Japanese war brides gaining entry into Australia and how Mrs Nobuko"Cherry" Parker was the first to do so in 1952.

The town of Wilson, in South Oz, at 8pm on this day in 1887 was rocked by an earthquake that was reported thus,
'They heard a sound as of a mighty rushing wind, with throbbing and trembling of the earth which sometimes lifted up a couple of inches. Every house shook for more than a minute. People ran out into the streets, some wondering if the end had come. Others expected the earth to open up and swallow them. Our new Post and Telegraph Office suffered most, some of the plaster of the ceiling fell and small cracks are apparent in the walls'.

17 year old Jimmie Larcombe in Larkinville near Kalgoorlie had better luck in 1931 than the Wilson post office; while prospecting with his father he found the largest nugget Westralia has yet given up and the largest found in the 20th century.
Weighing in at a modest 1,136 ounces or 32.2kg the Golden Eagle was found less than half a metre under the soil.


  1. At a guess the Golden Eagle weighed nearly half as much as its finder, and was immeasurably more valuable - to some.

  2. "slashing and murdering grass and weeds..."
    Sounds like fun, maybe if you dug out the weeds, you'd unearth another Golden Eagle?

  3. A deadly hedgetrimmer with slashing blades/whirling cords? What could possibly go wrong?? Tragically, half a metre underground is still a helluva long way to dig without earthmoving equipment ... which is probably why I haven't found a large-ish nugget yet!! Happy New Year!