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I am reposting this from the tiny country of Brunei, of all places. My good wife was asked to look into things legislative and financial. Always eager to tag along, yours truly is living in a hotel/resort very much like Versailles at the moment. Hence the pics that don’t seem very wintry. The roads are good and the petrol is inexpensive. Taxis are few. Enjoy this post from 2008.

Down Under

The architecture of Melbourne is to be found in buildings which are, quite literally, all over the map.  I have mentioned before that this city is spread out, but it only sinks in when you see the suburbs light up one by one on an illuminated map which reveals them according to the dates each was founded.  The map is to be found at the ultra modern Melbourne Museum, right next door to one of the city’s architectural showpieces, the Royal Exhibition Building, 1879-1880.

Melbourne was founded in 1835 without the approval of the British administration of London or Sydney.  Free settlers from Tasmania stumbled upon the grazing lands along the Yarra River and set up a small, pastoral settlement producing wool.  The settlement grew slowly for the first sixteen years.  In 1837, the government in Sydney accepted the inevitable and sent surveyors over to establish a grid of streets. …

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For reasons which elude me but may be hinted at in this post, I never was invited back to join the group on any subsequent winter camping expedition.  Maybe it was the snoring, maybe it was clambering across Alan in the middle of the night, or the fact that my stove didn’t work or the fact that I didn’t bring any food….  I could go on.   Never mind.  Any time my crazy Aussie friends wish to experience some real winter, all they have to do is come to see us in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, the Great White North.

Down Under

You might think that a seven-hour drive and three hour ski in gale-force winds would go a long way toward ensuring that our home away from home was less than crowded. That we would, in effect, have the place pretty much to ourselves. Such was not the case. We weren’t even the first to arrive for the long weekend. Three other snow campers caught up with us at the dam and made it to the hut before we arrived.

Then there was Basil, a dusky antechinus. He/She seemed to be a regular at Edmondson’s hut and was entirely blase about human intruders. We heard the next morning that that Basil had curled up inside the hearth of the fireplace with a fire going. It sounded almost suicidal, but none of us was an expert.

According to Wikepedia, the Dusky Antechinus is active at many times of the day. It mostly…

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