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  • Nicholson Bridge Walk

    The day stated with my usual getting up as soon as the sun rises up the horizon. The view from my kitchen always give me a sense of how lucky I am. I had a good night sleep and here comes another great day. After breakfast of Uncle Tobys Oats with a mixture of berries, I was ready for my morning ...
  • Covid-19 Blind Date

    Peter and Jane, my sailing friends saw me in Paynesville having a coffee on my own. It was two days after I lost my brother and I was still pretty depressed and sad. We chatted for a while and Jane asked me if I have found a partner yet. “No not yet, no hurry”, I replied. It’s no ...
  • I'm a weak man

    I left Bairnsdale to travel to Seaford for a business transaction in Dandenong. Although I've done this road so many times in the past, it took longer this time. I think the virus has put a distancing of extra kilometres on the road. The extra hours got nothing to do with me getting older.   ...
  • Amazing Person

    In these difficult times, the most vulnerable needs plenty of support. I have been wondering how my sister is coping. She lives by herself and although on a disability care program, only family can give family love. With the curfew of staying at home, travelling to see her was a difficult decisio...
  • I'm scared to go home.

    On Monday 23 March morning, I went to get some shopping done. I was completely shocked that I could not get a parking. That's rare in Bairnsdale. There were people everywhere probably shopping. Although non essantials shops like cafe, restaurants, etc were closed, all big retail shops were open. Eve...
  • Clean Clean Clean

    This morning I took a risk and went for my morning coffee, probably the last one I will have in a cafe from now on. The tables were spaced over a meter apart and I was not breaching the social distancing guideline. During the day, I did lots of cleaning around the house.  In the after...
  • "Moi" Time

    The authorities recommend to stay at home to stop the spreading of the Coronavirus.  It's about time that I clean my office of all the jungle of electronic wires and gadgets that I have accumulated over the years.  Since I was a teenager, I always had a messy room. Nothing changed. But I...
  • It's now so easy.

    On my old Kia, I installed a wiring system for the electric winch of the yacht. I finally wired my new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport to provide a similar facility. Today, I've tried it for the first time. I launched the boat at Paynesville jetty and tried to retrieve it using the electric winch. I'm...
  • Toilet Paper usage my way

    I have probably months of stock of toilet paper. One roll usually last me over a week. No I'm not selling any on the black market.  Of course, I clean my bum after doing no 2. I use a water gun. It not only very hygienic but it does not leave any residue of "you know what" that often toil...
  • Use it or lose it

    Precision Engineering. For the past year, I hardly used my yacht. That's very bad as parts corrode and rust if not lubricated. After a sail, I've designed and installed a small pump which through a valve allows fresh water from the tank to flush the engine. This keeps the engine water passage fr...
  • Metung Farmer's Markey

    A cloudy Saturday was the perfect day to venture to Metung for my morning coffee ritual. After a walk around the market on the foreshore, I needed a coffee and cake. Not good for my weight management program but life is short and rules are meant to be broken.  
  • Naughty Again

    Here I go again adding more calories.  Cake and coffee for afternoon tea at La Sorella, Main St, Mornington with Tony and Elaine. Tony could not resit tasting a piece of my cake.  After coffee and chat, Tony and Elaine walked to Mornington Jetty and later we met where my boat was ...
  • Shower on the go

    When I travel around Australia, there are toilets everywhere but for a good hot shower, I stay in caravan parks.  Now I can have my own hot shower. I often stay in free sites and setting up the portable gas shower is easy.  The hot water unit is mounted on the side of the boat. Th...
  • Getting better at it.

    Practice makes perfect. My ukulele class went very well this afternoon. I start to get the hang of it. I have bought a tuner and now I can set the strings to the correct notes, GCEA I take my instrument with me on my boat where I can practice anytime I want. I'm on my next adventure journey, ...
  • We need men

    One of the student from my square dancing class suggested that I go along to a singing group in the Bairnsdale hub complex as they are short of men. I do fit into this category of species on planet earth. I am a man. Yes I am. I can sing. Well I think I can. So I went along. The women, about ...
  • BGC

    Today the weather is miserable with showers. I needed a Bloody Good Coffee and I found it at Lakes Entrance   The flat white was actually flat with just a thin layer of creamy froth on top.
  • Ukulele

    My first lesson went very well. Although I knew how to tune the instrument, I pretended that I was new and Mary helped me with an electronic tuner. I must get my own gadget soon.
  • Back to school

    The holidays are over. No rest for the wicked. Square Dancing Class. What is Square Dancing: Click here Last year Square Dancing at Marlo.    
  • My BBQ needs a good use.

    There are so many promotions going on at the moment to promote Gippsland for tourist revival post bush fires. However, some roads are still closed. Anyone thinking of visiting the area, don't forget to drop in and say hello. I have plenty of space to stay over. My BBQ is new and needs a good use...
  • Very Naughty

    I've been very naughty. Before I went on holiday in December 2019, my doctor told me that I was not allowed alcohol and cakes with my coffee for one year. "You told me all blood test results were positive", I questioned her prescription. Yes, but this is to ensure that your health stays like tha...
  • New Hobby

    As a guitar player, I though that playing the Ukulele should be a breeze. Not so. The chords are different but with a bit of practice, I should be able to master the instrument quickly.   I got my certificate in Pianoforte from the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music in 1962. ...
  • Decisions Decisions

    I got up at dawn as usual and the temperature inside was 21°C while outside it was 9°C. A hot cup of tea and microwaved 90 minutes oats was all I needed for breakfast.  From Seaspray, which way will I turn, left or right. Right takes me back home and left is the route to Melbourne ...
  • Fibreglass Repair (WIP)

    Owning a boat is for me a great joy. Going sailing on the lakes is a feeling of being completely free of lifes' traumas. But the maintenance can be very demanding. A few months ago, I hit the jetty at Hastings and the damage is clearly visible. Although the crack was above the water level, it ha...
  • Special Dinner

    Out of the blue, Robert, Kay and I had dinner at the Village Green Although we met before in Clubs and Dancing Parties, this is our first social evening together for over 30 years. The stories shared were treasurable.
  • Bravo

    Security First I designed and built all electronics and accessories on my yacht, trailer and car towing requirements. There are two main factors that I considered on the design: weight and strength. Because, it a yacht, extra unnecessary weight can affect the towing capacity and sailing perfo...
  • I needed a treat.

    The TCM (Towing Command Module) on the left is effectively a simple design. It mainly consists of three relays. 1. Small relay that activates when the ignition switch is turned on. This also completely isolate my system from the car electrics so as not to void any warranty. 2. Heavy duty relay f...
  • Wires replace Wife

    While at Rosedale, the temperature dropped to below 3°C during the night. There is a saying that when you live alone after you had a partner, the worse time to cope with is the evening. It's hard and you miss the happy moment of having a meal with great conversation and then go to bed together. ...
  • Living Alone.

    I've fed the dog, the cat, the buggies, the fish in the tank and I have mowed the grass, weed the garden, trim the roses, made the bed, done the dishes, vacuum the carpet, mop the floor, clean the toilets and showers, fix the leaking tap, clean the windows, wash the cloth, iron my shirts, dust the f...
  • A new adventure

    I'm away for the long weekend on a new adventure full of surprises. Destination Unknown.
  • Mornnington

    I got up early this morning and went for a walk on Mornington Pier. Then I had coffee with Peter and Doug at The Sober Mule.   A visit to Mornington Wednesday market reminded me of the time I lived there. I did not buy anything.  
  • Birthday

    My morning coffee was in Edithvale. Thereafter, I picked up my sister Brigitte and we had take away lunch on the beach and went for a drive around Williamstown. We had a great time together celebration her 57 year old birthday..    Later I drove her back to her place and then park...
  • My luggage is packed

    My luggage has two compartments, one is packed for winter in Auckland and the other has cloth for summer in ..Oops. TBA I'm on my way to spend a couple of days in Melbourne before heading to NZ. I had a doctor's appointment at 9:00am and the result was disappointed but what I expected. My PSA ha...
  • I hate salt water

    My trailer yacht is one of my greatest passion. But anything marine need continuance maintenance due to the harsh environment of salt water. I have not been sailing for quite a while and from time to time, I run the engine at home to keep the parts lubricated. Fresh water also clear the salt in the ...
  • Toilet Leaking

    Before I went on holidays to Phuket, the toilet in my en suite was leaking. I closed the tap at the wall to save water. I was talking to my neighbour and he recommended a plumber. For curiosity's sake, after I returned from overseas, I decided to call him. OMG, I can't believe the price they ch...
  • My car as a musical instrument.

    While touring around Mallacoota, I constantly scratched my head as I just could not work out where that musical note sound was coming from. Further tests proved that it was definitely not mechanical or electrical but most likely wind related. Back at the camp, I was talking to Peter about it and we...
  • Singing Car

    Just unbelievable. While driving from Cann River to Mallacoota, a strange whistling noise came from the engine. It sounded like someone was playing a flute. At first, I shook my head in disbelief. What the hell was that? I stopped the car, looked under the bonnet and all was normal. Started the eng...
  • Boys Chat

    Morning coffee at Degani, Mt Eliza with Peter and Doug   
  • J’aime bricoler

    When I was in my early 20’s, I was a DIY fanatic.     I hand-made many record players. The electronics circuits were my own design and the plastic were mounded on an electric heater bar which I built myself.  The speakers were my own designed. When I moved from Auckl...
  • Coffee at Mr Frank's Cafe

    Morning coffee with cousin Alain at Mr Franks. Cafe in Frankston  
  • Handsome Me !!!!!

    After having lunch with my sister Brigitte, I spent a few hours at Chadstone Shopping Centre. I have not been there for a while and I'm amazed how large the complex has become. While walking around, this lady stopped me trying to sell me facial cream. She was very convincing but I'm not easily fool...
  • Mauritian Lunch

    I had lunch with Faizal at the Mauritian Food place in Dandenong.   Great food     We talked a lot about Mauritius.    
  • Coffee in Morni

    I had morning coffee with Peter and wife Kathline in Mornington. Later Peter and I had lunch in Mt Eliza.
  • My new TicWatch Pro

    The result of my visit to Japan Electronic Gadgets City in Tokyo. I bought it online and it has arrived. I love it.   Layered display technology. TicWatch Pro's Layered Display technology extends battery life to 2-30 days on a single charge. Two screens, two modes, and the control to tak...
  • Morning Coffee

    The barrister at Degani Boxhill South made the perfect flat white just the way I like it.
  • Leaving Home again

    Two luggage are packed, one for overseas (warm) and one for travelling to Melbourne (cold) for a few days before heading to Japan on Thursday. I'm going the long route to Melbourne. No rush. I'm retired and I have plenty of time to enjoy the journey.        
  • Morning Coffee

    The Bakery Cafe in Metung makes great coffee      
  • Square Dancing

    I went back to my square dancing class last night at Paynesville. This is what I'm learning;  Click here
  • Coffee at Metung

    Easter Saturday morning coffee was at Metung.  
  • Party Time

    Afternoon tea at Angie's place.
  • A well deserved morning coffee

    I left home at 7:00am to Paynesville. Raising the mast on my own was quite a challenge. Ten years ago, it took me less than one hour to fully ring the boat with the help of my then crew member. Over the last years, the time was getting longer. Now on my own, it took me 3 hours but I only did the ma...
  • I'm jealous.

    Wow, what a couple! It's just amazing. Age is just a number.    Dancing like you are still young He is 94 and she is 91 Will I be able to do this when I'm 90? I can dream.
  • Square Dancing

    I started learning Square Dancing a couple of months ago. They did not tell me that's what I will eventually have to learn.    Square Dancing video of what I will have to learn soon. OMG
  • The Wooden Squirrel

    Morning Coffee was at the Wooden Squirrel in Main Street Bairnsdale. First time there.   It's a miserable rainy day, so I decided to have a hot chocolate instead of coffee.
  • Quotes, quotes and quotes

    THE BEST POSITIVE QUOTES (extracted from the World Wide Web) Miracles happen to those who believe in them. Bernhard Berenson With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. Eleanor Roosevelt Positive anything is better than negative nothing. Elbert Hubbard Do what you do properly and compl...
  • Peter and Katheline

    I had the pleasure to have dinner with my good friends Peter and Katheline from Mornington visiting Bairnsdale. We enjoyed a great evening at the Lantern Tavern on main street.
  • Rock and Roll

    It's two years since I started to learn the Rock and Roll My next challenge. I can do this with the right partner, I think Rock and Rock Dance Show
  • How disappointing!

    I had another busy day installing a rear camera cable system on the Pajero.  I was so pleased when I saw an image on the dashboard display unit.   View from the rear camera The rear camera is mounted under the solar panel.     The existing cable was installed a few ...
  • Getting Old!

    My body is sore all over. I’m getting too old for work, work, and work. I need to start playing! It took me all day to remove the old bearings and seals from the four axles. I then installed new USA made parts. For the first time, I’m using Loctite 641 to stop the bearing body fro...
  • Morning Coffee

    Very cold in Bairnsdale today. Morning coffee was at Jax Bakery Cafe in Eastwood. The flat white was made to perfection. Flat without froth just as I like it.
  • Call me selfish

    My wings were clipped so that I could no longer fly. I had balls and chain around my legs. I was locked in a cage. I was depressed, stressed, sad and cried a lot. I lost my self-esteemed. I ended up at the bottom of the cliff. But rather than blaming others and feeling sorry for myself, I learned...
  • Solo Travel

    Solo travel is so unfair having to pay for an imaginary person to share accommodation with. But sharing a room with a stranger is a risk that I'm not prepared to take. At the moment, I have no choice but pay the bloody single supplement cost.  It's now or never. I ain't gonna live foreve...
  • Joke of the day

    Fishing or Sex?   Four married guys go fishing. After an hour, the following conversation took place. First guy: "You have no idea what I had to do to be able to come out fishing this weekend. I had to promise my wife that I will paint every room in the house next weekend." Second guy: "T...
  • 2019 Classes

    I have developed a passion for learning.  The classes that I am attending this year at U3A. Bairnsdale are: Singing Drama and Theatre Genealogy Writing a story Arts  
  • Academic class

        I can't help it, I need to learn to survive. To be amongst brilliant academic colleagues gave me so much motivation and confidence to write the autobiography of Louis Sylvio Belcourt.  
  • Sunday drive to Sale

    Having morning brunch at Portside Food restaurant in Port of Sale. Instead of coffee which I am not allowed to have for a few extra weeks, hot chocolate, marshmallow and crepe added to the joy of relaxing.
  • I went to see Instant Family

    I went to the movie yesterday 6:35 pm session to see  INSTANT FAMILY Genre: Family adoption crisis comedyRating: PG 118’ mild themes, coarse language, drug references and violenceCast: Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Octavia Spencer, Isabela MonerDirector: Sean Anders Based on a true story ...
  • Autobiography

    Today I start writing the Autobiography of Louis Sylvio Belcourt I have gone back to University to update my knowledge on the pros and cons of writing the autobiography U3A class   My very complicated past, full of colourful adventures as well as dark times is a challenge that will test my ...
  • Never too old to learn

    I've gone back to University to stimulate my brain.    Today I started on the first course about: Have you a autobiography, memoir or family history that you wish to undertake or complete. Do you want to explore short story writing?  This is an opportunity to focus on writin...
  • Boats everywhere

    I'm in Paynesville moored at the jetty and there are boats everywhere. Everyone is here. Lunch on board was microwave cooked (Mango Coconut Chicken Curry) as I did not feel like cooking myself a four courses meal.   Photo Album    
  • Morning Coffee at Metung

    My daily coffee intake was at Metung. I was very impressed with the flat white and the owner commented "I like to make coffee the old fashion way", flat with no froth.