OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         Today the Sun is out after yesterday’s bleakness, snow in Armidale and heater on in the daytime even here. Today looks like being the last day of our week’s access to the Old British UK newspapers – and its a right fine day for it. Sun is shining. Weather is warmer. Izzy is out on the porch – we think its a porch – with his Mac –  deep in Mr Bawden’s Clarence River stories. I am in the study – well its our bedroom and the study and tv room – I am in it and I am about to re-enter the world of 1815 when Melinda Kendall was born and the world of Trewman’s Exeter Flying Post or Plymouth and Cornish Advertiser and see what we see. I know a lot more about ASSISTED EMIGRATION now. Several of my ancestors were ASSISTED. Might leave all other business alone for they day and dream on. One day Says Iz we will have a place big enough to have a READING ROOM – my old vision of the Booklined walls. Deep lounges says he – club lounges and hewn furniture and no electronics in said room.

Kati B and I are planning LINGUISTICS at UNE next year.  Now for the Morning Paper.



Today then we settle in on the Hill to research. He is out front with boxes of papers. The back door creaks in autumn winds and in the trees out back the tiny birds are in song. Wee wrens I would think but havent seen them today so I am not sure.

Izzy has dug out research he has been doing over many years now and we are sorting and filing and trying to assimilate the details of a life almost lost. We hunt back through the 19th century and scrounge through papers and web sites.

Tonight he will be playing guitar and working out which songs he can play at the IZZY FOREAL BIRTHDAY EXTRAVAGANZA on Sunday April 20th. I shall be videoing him on the John Sebastian Song which is my personal favourite. Our videos consist of the Sony Camera and last for a max of 2 minutes . Thats why the LAST GOODNIGHT was good. Its short. The DYLAN SONG BOOK BAND ones are shockers. Way too long.

They tell me I can get a memory card to extend the life of the recording and take more fotos as well but I keep forgetting to do so. Doesn’t matter really. Contentment lies within a 2 minute video clip on a $187 camera.

Tonight I might begin to TRANSCRIBE some of the Melinda papers. Its cold around the ankles and the weather for settling indoors and perhaps turning on a heater. Kati B’s already been driven to that Down in Kalang. TODAY KATE PASSED HER PROVISIONAL DRIVING TEST AND NOW SHE CAN DRIVE A MANUAL CAR. That means she can now drive her Magna Station Wagon. She learned to drive in Sydney in the middle of the hectic-ness of Camperdown etc and now she’s facing Kalang winding and twisting snake roads. However she is legally able to do so.

Yesterday a parcel arrived in the Letter Box down the Bottom . Iz pulled over the Charade to get it out of the Box which was alright in itself – except that it was his birthday gift which Jai personally has made for him. Luckily it was wrapped thoroughly in bubble wrap and boxed and in addition a large spider ran across it – successfully diverting his attention. DOS says the spider lives there all the time and even when he kills it – back it comes. So he says. The GIFT looks very good. My son-almost-in-law is a craftsman and a thinker and creator and this is an inspired present this one.

DOS brought the mail down today in the Merc. He had trouble reversing back out and thats the first time in 3 years that the ground has been wet enough to cause any problem at all. Its been like it all Summer with the relentless rains.