The wind (2)

Well, I don’t what it is, but we’ve had another big branch fall from a local tree in our area.  Last time, it was a tree in the railway reserve;   this time, it was a branch from one of the plane trees in the street.

Sure, it was a bit breezy for a while, but there didn’t seem to be any particularly strong gusts.   Perhaps these things “just happen”.    Anyway, it took the Council a while to get around to cleaning up what after all is their problem.  Fortunately, there didn’t seem to be any damage, apart from the inconvenience of the blocked footpath.


The wind

We had some strong winds a few days ago, with the result that a tree in the railway reserve was blown over, across the walkway and into the adjoining property.  Although someone (the Council?) trimmed the most dangerous parts off, it was mostly still there a couple of days after the event.


I was taking a photo of the collection of supermarket trolleys in the carpark.  Nothing unusual, because they’re always there, cluttering things up.  But someone spotted me, and informed me that he’d often complained to the Council about the trolleys that seem to clutter up our streets.

And yes, in the past, I’ve tried to report “abandoned” trolleys on Trolley Tracker, but it’s an exercise in futility.   The trolleys around here have trolley locks, but presumably it’s possible to lever the coin out?  Or else just plug the trolley into one that’s already there?

Is the only answer to insert devices on them so that the wheels lock if taken beyond a certain point?

And in the Sunday newspoer, it was reported that down Mentone way, there’s a lady who takes it on herself to return the trolleys!


We were upset to see that a small street tree had been cut down.   But what’s that?  There’s a sign attached to the stump.   To cut a long story short, it seems that a thief had cut through the tree trunk in order to steal a bicycle that had been chained to it.  The sign on the tree was from the irate owner of the bike.

Apparently the theft had occurred within the space of 10 minutes or so, and since the tree was cleanly cut, the thief had come prepared with some sort of saw.   Perhaps they had arrived by car?

In hindsight, it may not have been the best idea to chain a bike to a small tree, especially when  a steel parking sign was almost next to it.  But bike theft is  unacceptable, and it’s even more outrageous that someone would chop a tree down to do it.

Garage door

The garage door was clunking and was erratic in adhering to the “limits”, that is it sometimes banged against the stop  when going up or down, instead of at the programmed point.

The service guy told us that the mechanism that sets the limits was worn and couldn’t be repaired so the only option was to get a complete new motor.   Somewhat reluctantly, we agreed to this and in due course the brand new motor arrived and was installed.  Needless to say, technology has moved on, so we also got a new chain mechanism.   However, the results are great:  everything is much quieter and smoother.

As he was leaving the technician offered me a word of advice:   the mechanism needs to be serviced every year or so.    The reason for the wear in the old motor was because the various components, such as the door springs as well as the operating chain, had got out of alignment, thus putting extra stress on the control mechanism.

Lesson learned:   devices such as this need to have a little loving care now and then!


Well, lots of rain was forecast, and  we got some, but the forecasts primed us for a lot more.     I wasn’t at home for all the time, but it seems to me that, although there were a couple of heavy showers, these were quite short, and  from this report, it seems there was about 66mm in the city.    Apparently this is a lot for this time of year, but it didn’t really seem to amount to some form of a crisis (even though heavier falls were recorded elsewhere).

So, I really wonder why the SES found it necessary to text me with messages about floods.   These text messages can  now be directed at phones in particular locations, so I was left wondering how I “qualified” to receive them!

Some high rivers in the north-east

On a somewhat related note, in the lead-up to the predicted rainy conditions, I glanced at the Bureau of Meteorology’s weather radar map from time to time.   The technology that enables radar to detect rainfall is obviously interesting, although I don’t understand how it works.


However, I’m not convinced of its accuracy.  On several occasions, heavy rain was shown to be falling where I was, but looking out the window, all that could be seen was light drizzle.