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April 30th Monday 2018

End of the month, and all was well till very late tonight I went up top of the house and found a water leak. We do not know how long that if had been leaking but I have not been up that far for about two week.


from all the water around I say we have had a leak for sometime...


It's only a split pipe but it's finding in White Cliffs what I need to do the job, no Bunnings out here. I been told you can fix anything in White Cliffs. the plastic ring in the fitting was broken in two, all fixed now I hope I can see it had a split in the black pipe and there were fifteen Kangaroo's around it, so I went to look at what's going on that's when I found the broken pipe the Roo's were there for all that drinking water.


I also notice the water meter is full of water is that normal to have water in the face of the meter ???? ...

That's it as I am so late tonight...

 

 

 

April 29th Sunday 2018

Almost the end of the month and we ask what next it is May on Tuesday what will we do next month I build the store room beside the new kitchen then all the tools in the new kitchen will have a new home. Then I finish the new kitchen inside and that's is this years main project the hallway from the underground and the new kitchen.


This is what I worked on today pulling out the metal I do no need most of it's light iron plate and it will end up in the tip it hard work cutting away the unwanted metal as it is made of 100mm RHS Steel...


Looking across our drive way tonight, look close Sheep on the lower left and Kangaroo on lower right...

Almost the end of April 2018 this time a month ago we were just getting home for the year, been a hard month in a way Carol and I have done a lot this month. Still no rain we have had 25mm so far in 2018 maybe end of this week just a maybe...

Just a bit of fun given to me in White Cliffs... I worked it out the problem is not that I cannot spell, I have Typoglycemia good clean fun...

As I said just a bit of fun.

Tonight we are off to the White Cliffs Sporting Club for a meal as it is Sunday night...

 

Three Dots is heading for 30,000 hits who would have dreamed this crazy site would make 30,000 it gets about 90 to 100+ hits a week.

You all have fun, almost May 2018...

 

 

 

April 28th Friday 2018

Not a good day my Geelong lost the AFL football, that makes it a bad day... We went to the Red Earth Coffee and Opal Shop, they have been doing it up the last few week they did a good job. I was told today it is a bit up market for White Cliffs... Never...


That's not bad as you can see.


The price of Opal here around $200 to $2000.00 make you want to go out the road and look for Opal...


The price in this case is around $200 to $600, it really good Opal.


On the left wall it is all made of stone...


Part of our Coffee Group today we had ten people today you can see more in the glass mirror in the background... We only have Coffee, a lot of the others have breakfast here... For the record, Coffee is $4 mug.

At the underground it is sell $5 mug and The Hotel on Sundays $4.00

We had a quite day, Carol did her Art for the "Art Festival" in July this year, sorry I cannot show it but it is her best art ever... I show you at the Festival...

I need timber to work with so we are taking the trailer into Broken Hill on Wednesday next... We are planning to stay the night at a new place, we were not happy with the old motel last time we went to Broken Hill it was a long way from clean. The old is $115 night the new motel is $125 we will give it a go...

That's it, you all have a great weekend.

 

 

 

April 27th Thursday 2018

What a perfect day in White Cliffs after all the heat this year today was a perfect 24c a blue sky all day then tonight a few clouds in the sky.... All we need now is some rain after all we have had 25mm this year.


Taken at 6:20pm tonight the cloud rolls in this is looking over the town from our place in a way it is not a bad picture...

Still having trouble with the computer, all the trouble is with the USB ports we are still working on the problem but it is sure taking a lot of time...

Work for the dole, in White Cliffs is looking for a computer, Windows 7, 8 or 10 if you can help please send me an email rexdun@outlook.com (note no AU) there are some people in this world who have never used a computer. I am sure we can get an Internet connection going for them...

Carol went to craft today and back doing her art, great news she has sold 16 paintings in 12mth's and her art is now on display in Broken Hill...

I try ed my hand at art in the last two weeks I am still in training.

 

After coffee in the morning I hope to get some work done outside.. I did a few hours the other day then had trouble walking...

 

A big hello to David and Sue in Gippsland...

Enjoy the weekend we will...

 

 

 

April 25th Wednesday & 26th Thursday 2018

(Sorry I am having computer problems... 25th)

Well Scott fix the computer last night, the SD Memory Card that I used in the camera was the problem when I fitted the card into the computer card reader, then after a short time the computer locked up, I could not even turn the computer off... All fixed now...


ANZAC in White Cliffs on Wednesday at 11am


Almost everyone in town marched..


Close to a 100% turn out in White Cliffs.


A big day in town.


Returned Serviceman Kim ran the day in White Cliffs.


In the main street of White Cliffs (as a bit of a side track, they set it up with many flowers on Tuesday afternoon, the local Kangaroo's had eaten all the flowers by dawn Wednesday...)

Nurse Calvin did the singing at the service (what a voice)...


The total White Cliffs school led the town in song.


Return Serviceman


Local Return serviceman on ANZAC day..

I must say a really big thank you to Scott for fixing the computer a good job seen he is in Wangaratta so we have to give Scott the big Hello of the day on Three Dots... It's not easy to fix a computer when you are 1200km's apart.

No, 3Dots last night but it be up by 2pm today, next update be on Friday evening...

 

You all have a happy day.

 

 

 

April 24th Tuesday 2018

I know I got the day of the week wrong yesterday just fixed it and back on track, I hope.


Near the tip today I took this looking into the sun and a very bright sun it was, so not a great picture...


Doug in Queensland sent Three Dots some picture from last weekend that's Doug train 42211 John Chappell driver, Doug hand built that train a great effort... Hope I have it right next to Doug train a Queensland Rail train.

Hay it's a kids day two kids and five big kids...


You have to love this one an all Australian Story on the tracks, the people would love that...


I say this little dog been doing this for years.

We have a lot of train people on three dots and they always love Doug's pictures thanks...

We have a big group of Kangaroos who hopped into town over the last 24hr's don't eat my tree's and I seen around 100 goats 5km's from town... Just stay 5kms from town Kangaroo's are a pest they poo all over the place goats just eat everything they can get at...

The Anzac Day Service at White Cliffs will be held at the usual time of 11.00am at the Cenotaph.  

Please gather at the Hotel between 10.30 and 10.45am for the March to the Cenotaph.

 

Tomorrow we will be having lunch at the hotel for ANZAC day with the rest of the town all you can eat $20 head, that's fair...

A bit late tonight so that's it, you all have fun...

 

 

 

April 23rd Monday 2018

In White Cliffs were doing ok, still hot I read 36c here today at home. Bernie from Howlong sent us some pictures below, thanks.


Told around the 1930 Dean Street Albury NSW Mum and Dad old home be just in picture near the old flower mill I can see the old church centre.


Bernie sent this in from what I understand Dartmouth Dam (hope I go it right), wow that is a big fish...

The other day I put this picture on Dots of the Park and Wildlife building in White Cliffs. I said If we have a "White Elephant" in White Cliffs this is it, The "Parks and Wildlife" building.


No one works here, it just sits here, never locked I took my camera inside today...


They talk about the Paroo-Darling National Park to the East of White Cliffs.


Some years ago it did have staff, now no one.


There is a lot of reading inside the unlocked building just sitting there.


The back wall inside someone put a lot of work into this.


I like the sign at the top "working together", not so sure about that, they left town.


About the Darling River...


It is saying "You Are Here" the display use's about 15% of the building the other 85% is empty and from what I have seen unused. But it worth a look inside...

I cleaned Carol car today and took it for a drive around town may need to fix a few little things but in general all good.

The big hello today has to go to Bernie in Howlong and thanks for the picture's...

 

Need some timber here so may go into Broken Hill next week.

 

Also planning a trip to see the grandkids in Albury Wodonga in May...

 

 

 

April 22nd Sunday 2018

Sunday and a big weekend in White Cliffs, we went to the Hotel for coffee this morning it was a good...

Then it was back home and get the Carol's Proton going it has been in a shed at Vicki place for the last seven months.

I gave it a wash it was really dirty, I clean it inside tomorrow sometime... Yep POT is back home apart from a very flat battery it's all good... The car near perfect and not worth selling it is a 1999 model Proton it's only left the 50kph zone in White Cliffs once in three years...

 


He still here Carol friend and why would he leave, Shine (his name) gets water and our left over what a life he lives outside... He is about 8" long, how long, about 200mm I think...


And late tonight a nice sun set taken from our place... There is no water in the air I seen some big jets flying over they had no white cloud trail..

I am really late, I go for a drive and take some more picture's around White Cliffs...

 

Have fun...

Read about local Doug Below...

 

One man garden in White Cliffs...

Doug Torpey, our very own Garden Great, to be on the cover of the White Pages.

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April 21st Saturday 2018

A good day a bit warm but that's how it is up here, be nice in winter still 32c outside as I write three dots... We went to the Red Earth Cafe for morning tea today and had a chat with the local people a lot are just returning after being away over the summer.


Joyce is staying with Susan at her place in Yarrawonga and looking at the picture's she having a lot of fun.


That be right a milk shake some place in Yarrawonga, she will want to move in with Susan...


The Gymkhana in White Cliffs today and the Rodeo tomorrow, the pub closed last night after 3am. We stayed home last night. It be on again tonight.


Another business in town Fossickers Den it is a opal shop it was really bad but it been done up inside..


Joe's bottle shop and Opal sale, yep it built of bottles, I do not know how many but as you can see in the picture a lot...

Have not spoken to anyone else today so that's about it.

You all have fun...

 

 

 

April 20th Friday 2018

The weekend is here they say it will a nice weekend around 32c in White Cliffs it be coffee some place in the morning...


If we have a "White Elephant" in White Cliffs this is it, The "Parks and Wildlife" building in White Cliffs, they built it, used it for a short time then left town it is the best building in town and almost not used. When you walk in the front door there is a stuffed wildlife display ( it is never locked) I go in and take some pictures in the next few day.


And here is another one with a gate out back that leads into the hospital this new building was built for the local nurse staff. Not sure why but they all stay in the flat beside the hospital. This building was built by NSW Health but never used... Most of the staff are in there 30s and 40s live on there own and the flat, it has a door into the hospital...


It's is not a building but a busy place the White Cliffs Caravan Park there are 27 vans and motor homes there tonight and more coming. WHITE CLIFFS GYMKHANA AND RODEO is on this weekend and out the road on the edge of town a free camp will be packed. But if you want sleep and power come to the caravan park.

Let me tell you the Pub this Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be one of the wildest places on Earth the locals all stay home...

I seen some 64gig USB Memory sticks for sale in China $5 a unreal price so I sent off $10 for two (thinking that the last I see of it) well today they came in the post (about 3wk's).... One word "Perfect"...

 

A big hello to my daughter Susan in Yarrawonga who this weekend is looking after my granddaughter Joyce...

 

 

You all have a good weekend...

 

 

April 19th Thursday 2018

Went for that drive with the camera today around town and thanks for all the comments on the last two days yes there is a lot to see.


The White Cliffs Solar Power Station is no longer used and is called the first Solar Station in the World to run a town, it was built back in the 70s..


The solar cells used super heated water from the tanks above the water turned a Turbine that produce power and ran White Cliffs, it worked... Then in the late 1990 we got Solar Cells that are used by many homes today and over night the White Cliffs power station was out of date...


Remember that steel frame I got last week and I am going to build a bathroom inside. The Turbine for the old power station came from Israel in that frame... It's a small World...


The White Cliffs Sporting Club it use to be mud on a wet day now we have a new seal road, we are talking about building a new front on the club... it is well used every weekend. If you call it a good side it facing the local oval. This was built as a back...

This weekend the:

WHITE CLIFFS GYMKHANA AND RODEO
DATE: April 21st-22nd 2018
For further information:
Phone: Chris Cattlin 0408195168

The Rodeo has been on in White Cliffs for well over a 100yr's

I am told Joyce is going to Yarrawonga to say with Susan this weekend, send me some pictures at the weekend...

It was 32c here today, and it will be the same for the next five days... No rain our drinking water tank has around 900lt's left that's only used for coffee and cooking...

You all have a good day...

 

 

 

April 18th Wednesday 2018

Another warm day in White Cliffs and I took the camera and went around town... Heaps to see in White Cliffs.


The old White Cliffs school around 150yr's old is getting a new roof, seems they are sick of fixing the old one..


The White Cliffs Hospital (I was there today just a diabetes check up (all is good)...


The white Cliffs Hall in the main street (next event the Music Festival)...


Our Fire Station here in White Cliffs... The doors are closed that's a good day...


A nice building when you look at it the "Old Police Station" yes we did have police once, but he had nothing to do so he left town, there is NO police in White Cliffs today... There is a bit more to the story a local family lived here till mid last year... They won $20,000,000 in Lotto, they left the house that day in their old car and never returned the home is now for rent as far as I know.. $20 million they call it the lucky home.

The White Cliffs General Store and Post Office the local meeting place...

Went and seen Cree this after who is running the Art Festival in July this year as part of the festival (it's my job to put a display about old White Cliffs.) so that's my project for the year... I have been planning it for the last ten months...

I even have a picture of the first car to come to White Cliffs a 1901 a "Tarrant"... Now you know why we spent so much time in Broken Hill at the end of our trip this year... If you have any old picture's of White Cliffs please contact me, please, please....

A big hello to Troy and Kylie in Thurgoona NSW (just out of Albury)...

 

Have fun we will...

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April 17th Tuesday 2018

I went for a drive today to the local tip and took some local picture while I was out...


As I said first stop was the White Cliffs Tip, this is the general hole, they have a section for metal, rubber, bricks and rock, oil and cars. The good news is it is a FREE tip and you can go as many times as you like.


Joe's Stubby House is made from 5000 beer stubby bottles, it is now a Opal Shop and open seven days a week. It's old but worth a look...


Across the road from the Stubby House the White Cliffs Hotel Motel... It is a great outback pub...


The White Cliffs Art House was started by Carol and Shirley (Shirley passed away last year in car crash north of White Cliffs) the art house opens almost every day and is still run by local people in the main street.


Next to the art house is the White Cliffs Public School it has two teachers and 13 kids this year...


Across from the school you will fine the "Old Post Office" it is now a private home (the post office is now at the general store) it's really well kept, they did a lot of work on the building last year.. This is the old White Cliffs Post Office it is near 150yr's old and has been rebuilt by National Trust it will now be a private home and it is almost finished.

I take some more pictures tomorrow around town.

You all have fun and hello to Sue n David in Gippsland, who read Three Dots....

 

 

 

April 16th Monday 2018

New week in White Cliffs 29c today but quite warm in the sun, I worked on reshaping me big metal frame that will be used for a Bathroom / Laundry... I get as much done as I can then I need to buy cement sheet for walls...

Bill sent me a set of pictures taken in Queensland today, great stuff.


Cotton Tree Bay, good way to spend a day off work Bill.

 


This be one nice place to live right on the water.

 


Bernie (howlong) maybe a nice place to go fishing... (I bet there's a coffee shop somewhere near by...

 


No reason not to be fit living in a area like this you could walk every day...

 


Somewhere for the kids on Cotton Bay...

 


Nice pictures Bill wonder how many people live in an area like this, and I wonder how much it would cost.

 


Are, the coffee shop and Ray White to buy a local unit.

Thanks Bill, you sure live in a nice part of Australia that's the type of place we all dream of, have a lotto ticket tonight you never know...

We have a new nurse today, he been here before he likes it here I am told...

 

Tomorrow another day and I plan to do some more work on the steel frame...

you all have a good time...

 

 

 

April 15th Sunday 2018

Coffee was at the White Cliffs Hotel this morning at 10am we had 13 people there a nice lot of people, One of our local nursing staff moves on tomorrow morning and a male nurse we had before returns.

Next weekend we will need nursing staff:

WHITE CLIFFS GYMKHANA AND RODEO
DATE: April 21st-22nd 2018
For further information:
Phone: Chris Cattlin 0408195168

The Rodeo has been on in White Cliffs for well over a 100yr's not our thing but a lot of people go and the pub will be busy next weekend.


The White Cliffs Solar Power Station taken from home today the sun hits the cells and lights up our place they are made of small glass mirrors..


The story today was dust, as you can see in the picture above it kept away from our place but a lot of people are talking about the dust.


You can see the dust in the air and a bit of dust is coming from the golf course... Yep that's it, not a blade of grass they play every Sunday...


Top of our place to the West the dry summer did not help the trees, there still going on the roof of home..


I call it my Silver Tree, It's up top of home and as you can see the Goats have given it a hard time near the bottom.. It's taken 25yr's to grow that tree.


Up top on the East Side the trees are still going. The green tree is a English White Cedar tree the wild life do not eat the cedar trees for some reason...

All picture's today are taken on the $15 camera I got for the Auction Sale about 10 days ago...

 

The weather a bit cooler this week so I try work outside and get a bit done.

 

Hello to Scott in Wangaratta hope you have a great week.

 

Have Fun this week...

 

 

 

April 14th Saturday 2018

This is not a good day for the World: Trump unleashes Syria barrage in response to 'evil' chemical attack
The US, UK and France have launched "precision strikes" on targets linked to chemical weapons in Syria in response to the alleged poison gas attack which killed dozens of people in the Syrian town of Douma.

Anything I say after that is so small it's almost not worth talking about...

 


This morning we seen the reopening of Red Earth Coffee and Opal shop in White Cliffs it has been closed for some months having a refix, we had coffee there today and the shop looks great.



It sure lifted the class of retailing in White Cliffs...



How good is this for a place the size of White Cliffs...

 


Tony your worth your weight in gold, some my call it junk you just wait and see... That is RHS steel 100mm square and 6mm thick that is one strong square.. I don't know how much you pay for that steel but it be in the 100s A lady said take it Free...

 


That green line is the junk a new bathroom and laundry for Carol and I this will be off the new kitchen that I am working on now...

 

Where did it come from this tag is on one wall Israel, in years passed I say part of the old solar power station.

 

I was told today Rock People (see yesterday) are big in the USA and it is a big sport over there.

I am late so that's it for the today.

Have Fun...

 

 

 

April 13th Friday 2018 (no not Friday the 13th )

We went out to a birthday for a 89yr old last, great night and thank you... We are planning to stay home, well maybe just coffee this weekend out five nights in the last seven a bit much... And my sugar level is up just a bit.


All over White Cliffs over a 100 of them, we call them "Rock People".


Opps' one fell over and a little one still standing.


I was told it has to do with Mental Health and it takes your mind off your problems, if it works so be it. I must say I am not into Rock People yet...


More Rock People on the left of the road. The pole on the right, look to the right above a tree on the hill that's our place...

They say rain tonight, I am not so sure you never know maybe the rock people will bring the rain. Tell me do you have rock people where you live???

Cannot say I am happy with the cricket (we cannot get Foxtel here)...

Lot of wind and dust around the area today got to 35c today....

Built a medical box today, I have tablets for Diabetes and Carol has some so I made a new stand to keep them all in one place.

That's it the Auction site that was done for a auction in Albury this weekend just past 2000 hit's not bad...

This week at Big-W they have printers on sale a HP 2131 Desk jet for $19 and ink replacement about $38 that's not a bad printer for home...

 

Have fun this weekend....

 

Hello to my daughter Susan in Yarrawonga..

 

 

 

April 12th Thursday 2018 (just fixed the day)

Picked up the order from Woolworth's Supermarket at 8:30am and we were on the road by 9:15am heading for home we came back on the dirt road it is 258km trip that way and it took right on 2hrs 29min's in the 110kph zone all the way.


All you can say about the outback around here "It's Dead"... Back on the White Cliffs Road...


Bush trees and Salt Bush, no grass..


The trees are starting to fall over as you can see in this picture, 25mm of rain this year in White Cliffs around here nil...


It's 50kms from any where and sitting in a tree 10ft from the ground (what is it) ????????? comments welcome.

 

Emu around 40 of them beside the road...


The only water for 100km's a creek 10km's south of White Cliffs... Chinamans' Creek. The water about 2" deep and 150 long that's it. Kangaroo having a drink.

Taken from the roadway into the sun...

Back home the Mercedes Benz has a hard life out here that's for sure on the dirt section today I sat on 80kph and on the sealed road 110kph... Good trip back home...

Tonight we are going a birthday party at the White Cliffs Hotel....

I am looking forward to staying home over the weekend and doing a bit of work, they are talking min 20c at the weekend...

 

You all have fun...

 

 

 

April 11th Wednesday 2018

In Broken Hill tonight and shopped till we dropped that was today very busy day here, Flying Doctor Base, Chemist to pay our bill. They post to White Cliffs what we need and we pay each month, 38c today they say it will cool down on Friday, may even rain.


As I said last week I got a new come used camera at auction $15 the pictures taken today are all of that camera. as we left home at 6:30am this morning the kangaroo's where ready to move in. This picture taken at the top of our drive way in White Cliffs.


From the car we took the short cut towards Broken Hill it cuts off 31km's each way.


A lot of dust, red dust out the back sorry about the bugs on the windscreen but that's normal out here. By the way Broken Hill ULP fuel is $1.549 a lt...

A big day for Carol a Art Gallery in Broken took three of her art works they be put on display in the next day or two. Some of Australia best art is on display in the same room.


The Broken Hill Art Gallery today, Carol art will be on display in the next 48hr's, she took in three pieces and they took all three to put on sale...


Last night at the White Cliffs Hotel we took Karl out for his birthday from left Bill, Belinda, Carol, Vicki and yep me Rex, seated Karl the old man turns 86yr's.

We get back tomorrow and we been asked out to another party for a 89yr old... The social life in White Cliffs never stop..

 

That's it for tonight....

 

 

 

April 10th Tuesday 2018

I am not going to say it is really hot, but it is.... The Flying doctor service sent us some pictures..


I love this one it is a top picture a really good outback picture...

We are going into Broken Hill tomorrow morning about 7am stay on night and home Thursday afternoon, need to buy some food and a few other things, I try do Three Dots from Broken Hill tomorrow night.

Bill sent me some more pictures great stuff from his trip...


I know you like old buildings this also in Amersfoort so close to the church , buildings often close together in those old cities


This is called a BAK FIETS  in Holland  bak is a tub  fiets is bike lots of good bread also was sold using these bikes.


The best coffee and tea in Amersfoort  so was being used to attract customers to coffee shop...


So this is where I was born above Alvaro , when I was saw this I looked up at the window and saw that it was being used as a baby’s room from the decorations I could see hanging  thru window –  baby bed must have been near the window... Thanks Bill, always good to see another part of the World...

 


Who this I had to look three times, Doug in Queensland, now you look like a train driver (that's what Carol said) you look good with all the fur... Well done... Thanks for the picture...

Bill, Doug will walk into the shop one day, and you say who that...

Out tonight at a birthday party for Karl a good friend in White Cliffs (ex Albury, Howlong) Karl 86yr's old... we are having a meal at the hotel tonight...

 

You all have a good week, as I say we will...

 

 

 

April 9th Monday 2018

Carol was back at her art again today painting Emu's to take to Broken Hill this (Wednesday we need food) the last shop was 15 days ago in Broken Hill on the way home from our summer walk about...


This tells the story of our day in White Cliffs HOT as you can see it was 36c in the shade and 47c in the sun, but a very dry heat, as long as you kept out of the shade it was ok...


The outback you can grow anything just add water, I had the picture above on Three Dots about ten days ago. Add water everyday and below the same tree today.


The other side of the tree today (like I said just add water) the goat's eat it... When they come around now I hunt them away. It is a Jacaranda Tree...


Here the downside of a really hot summer two dead trees in the rock garden and one looking sick. Top temperature in White Cliffs over the summer was 52c in the shade... I clean it all up when it cools down.

Jacaranda Tree, if you know and details that may help grow them please email me I am trying to grow some shoots and plant more trees, like what do you feed them and so on.

 

Thanks for the feed back on the Fred Hollow's story yesterday, as a point of interest yesterday was one of our biggest days on three dots...

 

More tomorrow night...

 

 

 

April 8th Sunday 2018

Well it is Sunday and we went to the White Cliffs Hotel for coffee, great they made the big welcome and did that bit extra to welcome us...

Below I found this on the ABC Website from the 1990s I use to support Fred Hollow's for years, now I support the Royal Flying Doctor Service, they look after us so we look after them.

 

Fred Hollows 'miracle boy' making the most of his sight.
Worth Reading.

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Remember this picture...

Read more on the ABC Website Click_Here

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One more story from the ABC Website worth reading. Channel Country floodwaters expected to rise in Birdsville before draining into Lake Eyre.

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Back home we cleaned up inside it is just to hot to work outside 47c in the sun early afternoon. I see it was some thing like 8c last night in Wangaratta Victoria.

Bill thanks for the picture's I put them on dots in the next few days.

 

Out tonight at the White Cliffs Sporting club for a meal and chat with the locals...

 

Tomorrow a new week, have fun...

 

 

April 7th Saturday 2018

I did a lot of planning on the new kitchen today just to hot outside in the sun to work. This year I will put in a new kitchen and laundry off the new kitchen... All part of the grand plan...

Susan sent some pictures taken when Kylie, Troy, Joyce and Susan went done on the Murray River at Horseshoe Lagoon.


I hope that I have this right Horseshoe Lagoon is to the West of Albury CBD comes off the Murray and does a "U" shape then back into the Murray...


Joyce (my granddaughter) having fun at Horseshoe Lagoon.


The walk way around the area, you walk to the East (right) back into Albury.


Kylie, Troy, Joyce and Susan with the camera...


Joyce in the playground well I think it's a play ground.

Thanks Susan, who now living and working in Yarrawonga Victoria, about 1km from the Murray River, thanks for the pictures Susan.

Coffee tomorrow morning at the "White Cliffs Hotel" we are all moving away from the Underground Motel after years of coffee, the price of food has near double over night. A meal and drinks last time we went for two $35.00 now it will cost $75.00 so meals are now at the hotel...

More tomorrow, have fun...

 

 

April 6th Friday 2018

A bit of a mix tonight, First Karl...

A really old friend who lives in White Cliffs Karl (topless) with another local Bert, we went to see Karl today for his 86th Birthday (he was using a six foot ladder) fixing a water pipe. Bert fixed the pipe I fix his shade cloth, Happy Birthday old man.


Art in Rome... Well done Bill, no pictures of Emu...


Spanish Step in Rome A lot of art is sold here, no Emu Bill (nice art)


Spanish Step in Rome. Thanks Bill, adds a bit of class to three dots...


It needs a big clean up which I did tonight and it cost $15 at a sale here in White Cliffs today, I gave it a work out today, perfect.... 16meg and fitted with a 24-300mm lens... lot of stuff at the sale, a lot of very old stuff. This be about 2yr's old... Fuji Camera...

 

Still hot 41c in the sun, and it's going to get hotter next week...

 

Thanks Bill, I have some picture's sent to dots by Susan...

You all have fun...


 

 

April 5th Thursday 2018

I'm late, yes talking and I am very late, we went out for morning tea this morning put on at the hospital, really good thanks for asking.

Carol painted a Emu with Sunglasses and today sold it, she wrapped it pay for the next lot of paint, she sold 15 painting last year and this year number 1...


Junk, yes it is to the owner and it's now mine, look at all that steel frame 100mm x 100mm RHS remember what it looks like I have big plans for this junk...

Portofino Italy from Bill in Queensland as he said one of his favorite pictures..

 


On the way up the Spanish steps...

 

Portofino Italy love the colour of the building, Bill I love the water way.....

We both sat down and did a lot of planning on the new kitchen and the area around the kitchen, It is going to look great in a few months. We are planning a trip to Broken Hill next week I need some timber to start the kitchen Hall way I have to use a special timber (white ant proof) in White Cliffs...

I started my printer today, it is stuff I have a look in Broken Hill next week.

 

I am late so that's it for tonight...

 

 

 

April 4th Wednesday 2018

Here we go Wednesday, up early to beat the heat and did some work outside by 9am it was getting quite warm then after lunch at home it was 36c in the shade and 43c in the sun just to hot to do any work outside.

Went to the doctor today about my diabetes test in Broken Hill ten days ago, I passed but they did a tablet change again. Not happy they seem to be guessing a bit...

Talking about doctors Aub in Albury is home after a heart...

Bill in Queensland went to Mooloolaba over the Easter Break and sent "Three Dots" some pictures...


Well done Bill a coffee shop on the beach, I come up one day and have a cupper...


Mooloolaba has some good weather and looks good have not been there for years.


When is the best time to visit Queensland (I think it's in the winter)..


I love sitting next to the beach with the waves rolling in.

We may go that way in 2019, this year is the year of the kitchen over the next four month's we are going to finish what we started.

We are moving our coffee at the weekend to the White Cliffs Hotel, seem the Underground Motel needs a bit more profit and lifted food prices by up to 80%... for locals. So the locals are going somewhere else... I do not eat toastie buy the price went up from $4 to $7 overnight...

So at the weekend it off to the White Cliffs Hotel and they say we can use the room out back.

Hope you read the story on White Cliffs last night, and thanks for all the comments it was well written.

I have to say a big hello to Bill and thanks for those pictures...

 

 

 

April 3rd Tuesday 2018

The new flags at the White Cliffs Hospital... A lot of people are a bit upset in White Cliffs...


Some people say the red,black and yellow flag should be on the pole near the street, other people say it should not be there... The Australian flag has been moved to the front pole near the street to keep some people happy.

The staff at the White Cliffs hospital who were told to put the two flags up on the new flag poles have been told by a few locals what they think.

 

Aussie town have written a story about White Cliffs... Have a read.

There are four significant opal mining settlements in Australia. Coober Pedy (popular with backpackers and tourists because of its closeness to the Stuart Highway), Andamooka (still like the Wild West), Lightning Ridge (quite sophisticated and suburban) and White Cliffs, which seems to have just the right balance between wildness and civilisation.

Of course to outsiders all opal mining towns, where miners dig endless holes looking for seams of opal-bearing rocks, possess a certain level of craziness. 'The largest unfenced loony bin (not true) in Australia,' is how one person in Broken Hill described the town.

To the objective observer White Cliffs is really a single purpose town. Miners started coming here (the local Aborigines found it far too hot for permanent settlement and occasionally visited the place as they travelled to and from the Darling River) in the 1880s and, apart from its minor function as a service centre for the surrounding properties, it remains a town driven by opals.

The summer temperatures, typically over 40°C, forced the miners underground. The 100 million year old sandstone conglomerate in which the opal seams were buried carried two advantages.
It was remarkably stable (no one has ever died from a mine collapse in White Cliffs) and it was relatively easy to dig. 
By around 1900 miners were burrowing into the hills in an attempt to find opals and escape from the heat. The real way to see White Cliffs is from the air. It appears like a strange moonscape with an estimated 80,000 disused diggings.

Surprisingly, the town has many attractions apart from opals and opal mining. There is the fascinating experiment known as the "solar dish concentrator power plant" (a precursor to solar panels); the wonderful Bill O'Reilly Oval with not a blade of grass; the unusual underground accommodation; the amazing night skies sparkling with billions of stars and far removed from any urban pollution; and the various shops where opals are sold by the people who mined them. Beyond that it is an unruly town with dusty, unsealed roads; houses and dugouts hastily constructed by miners.

Location
White Cliffs is located 1,041 km north-west of Sydney via Dubbo and Wilcannia. It is 93 km north of Willcannia and 122m above sea level. It has an annual rainfall of just 234mm.

Origin of Name
White Cliffs is another example of the bleeding obvious. It was named around 1890 as a simple description of the white shale which the miners were having to dig through in their search for opals. There's never been a suggestion that it had anything to do with England's White Cliffs of Dover.

Things to See and Do
Exploring the Town
Like most opal mining towns, White Cliffs doesn't have neat sealed roads, (we are getting more sealed roads every year of late,) curb and guttering or even street names - with the amusing exception of Struggle Street. The best, in fact the only, way to explore the town is to download the excellent Mud Map (top of this website) which identifies all the main attractions - accommodation, shops selling opals, the main mining areas, the cemetery and the tour company. Once you have studied the map it is very easy to find your way around.

Heritage Trail
There are a dozen durable information signs at key points which enhance an appreciation of the town's history. A free Heritage Trail pamphlet is available from most of the businesses in town. Make sure you visit:

Bill O'Reilly Oval
The great cricketer Bill 'Tiger' O'Reilly was born in White Cliffs in 1905. At the time his father was the first teacher to be employed in the town. O'Reilly is recognised as one of the game's greatest spin bowlers and after the infamous 1938 Ashes Tour of England he was described as "emphatically one of the greatest bowlers of all time". The town has honoured him with the Bill O'Reilly Oval (turn right at the pub) but, being White Cliffs, it is nothing but hard red dirt. It is a typical outback, desert cricket pitch.

St Mary's Anglican Church
St Mary's Anglican Church in Church Street is a typical small and simple stone building which is notable as one of the few solid, above ground, structures in the town.

White Cliffs Solar Power Station
The Institute of Engineers Australia have put a plaque beside the unique White Cliffs Solar Power Station which reads: "Australian National University engineers designed and built this station in 1981 with $1.9 million from the NSW Government. Fourteen tracking parabolic dishes of 5 metres diameter concentrated the sun onto thermal absorbers to heat water. The resulting steam powered an engine and generator. The electricity was sold to the local community making this arguably the world's first commercial solar power station. In 1997 the station was converted to a photovoltaic system producing 50 KW. It ceased generating in January 2005."

White Cliffs was justifiably proud that it was the first town to utilise solar power to provide a small part of the town's electricity needs. The 14 parabolic dish collectors followed the sun and collected the energy which was converted by a newly installed photovoltaic cell. In 1999 the 3000 mirrors were resurfaced and the station capacity rose to 70 KW. There is a series of very detailed signs beside the dishes. Some of the particularly interesting information includes "Each year the sun provides 17,000 times more energy than world demand ... Solar Systems' technology concentrates sunlight by 500 times ... By 2006 there were 40 such dishes across Australia powering remote communities including Hermannsburg, Yuendumu and Lakamanu."

"The 14 m wide solar dish tracks the sun from sunrise until sunset, optimising orientation every few seconds for maximum power output. Each dish tracks on two axes and is capable of operating independently. 112 highly reflective, curved mirrors concentrate sunlight by 500 times to a focal point at the receiver ... 500 times concentration is intense enough to melt steel."

Post Office
The White Cliffs Post Office is one of those amusing idiosyncrasies - a building which does not make a great deal of sense. It was completed on 25 March 1900 at a time when, because of the intense summer heat, everyone in town was building shelters underground. Instead of underground the Post Office was built above ground ... and of corrugated iron. (the old post office is still in place but not used, the post office is at the general store.)

Pioneer Children's Cemetery
The Pioneer Children's Cemetery (1890-92) is a reminder of the harshness of the desert conditions. Although the cemetery only operated for a short time there are five graves of children who died from typhoid and other diseases which were the inevitable byproducts of the heat and the impossibility of maintaining proper sanitary standards in a primitive mining town. The graves of the children are thought to be those of the Richardson family. Alfred Richardson was one of the kangaroo shooting party which first discovered opals at White Cliffs.

Historic Dugouts - The Blocks
As early as 1894 miners, realising the summer temperatures were unbearable, started living underground. Near the Pioneer Cemetery some of the town's first historic dugouts are located in the walls of the hill near the Red Earth Opal Cafe. These "residences" are remnants of the original underground houses and are known as 'The Blocks".

Opalised Fossils
While visiting the shops and galleries ask to inspect some opalised fossils. During the Cretaceous period the area was under the sea and consequently fossils of Plesiosaurs, Ichthyosaurs, Crinoids, Belemnites, Brachiopods and Gastropods have all been found in the area.

White Cliffs Pineapples
White Cliffs is famous for its "pineapples" - not the fruit but rather a pseudomorph of Glauberite or Ikaite crystal clusters which is replaced by pure opal. These opalised pineapples have only ever been found in White Cliffs and are available for sale in the local galleries and shops.

Fossicking at White Cliffs
Under the Mining Act of 1992 everyone has the right to fossick anywhere on the White Cliffs Reserve and no licence is required. However many miners have registered claims and those registered claims, which are easily identified, need to be respected. They are 50 m x 50 m in size with a wooden or steel post at each corner. On the north-east post is a board which contains the details of the claim holder. There is a vast amount of unregistered ground on the town's Historic Mining Reserve.

History
Prior to the arrival of Europeans the local Wandjiwalgu Aborigines had been moving through the area for around 40,000 years. It is a comment on the heat and unpleasantness of the desert that they never used White Cliffs as a reliable or permanent settlement.

As early as 1884 it was known that there were opals in the White Cliffs area but there was little interest. It wasn't until 1889 that miners began to recognise the potential of the field. It is now recognised that White Cliffs was the first commercial opal field in Australia.

* There was a severe drought in 1889 and the Momba Pastoral Company hired four kangaroo shooters to reduce the numbers so the sheep would have something left to eat. The shooters found some opals and, suspecting they were valuable, sent samples to Adelaide for valuation by a geologist named Tullie Cornthwaite Wollaston.

Wollaston was impressed. He later wrote: "I at once made a trip to the spot. There were two tents and a bough shed, and the party of kangaroo shooters who had found the stones were, on my arrival, discussing the advisability of pitching them in the nearest pot-hole and continuing their search for the merry marsupial. I was asked to make an offer for the parcel, and I named £140, prepared to spring £10, but my bid was promptly snapped. That was the first purchase of White Cliffs opals, and it started the field." Wollaston saw the value and he subsequently promoted the mining site by selling White Cliffs opals in Europe and the USA.

In March, 1890 the first opal mining lease was taken out in the area.

By 1890 a small settlement had come into existence. From March 1890-1893 the town was patrolled by police from Wilcannia.

In 1892 William Johnstone arrived and established the first store and hotel.

By 1893 news of lucrative finds drew miners to the area. The increase in population led to the development of the town's infrastructure. In that year a police constable was sent to White Cliffs. He set up in a tent on Kerara Road.

By around 1894, miners started converting their old shafts into homes. The hills were sandstone and consequently the dugouts were in no danger of collapsing.

By 1897 there were around 1000 people living in White Cliffs.

A police station opened in early 1898. The police remained in White Cliffs until 1947 after which it returned to being controlled from Wilcannia.

By 1900 the town's population had risen to around 5,000 in the winter months.

In 1902 opals worth £140,000 were extracted from the mines around the town.

It has been estimated that by 1915, with miners heading off to war, the town's population was reduced to around 30 people.

Today the permanent population of White Cliffs is 150 and this doubles in winter when gem seekers come from the south. There are around 140 underground residences.

As recently as 1976 the opalised remains of a plesiosaur, which was nearly 2 metres long and is believed to be around 100 million years old, were discovered.

In 1987 the production of opals from the White Cliffs fields was estimated to be $150 million.

Visitor Information
White Cliffs Outback Store & Visitor Information, tel: (08) 8091 6611 and Paroo-Darling National Park Visitor Centre, tel: (08) 8083 7900.

 

Thanks for the input.

 

Bill and Susan sent me some pictures that I put on 3Dots in the next day or two...

Have a good day...

 

 

 

April 2nd Monday 2018 (easter monday)

What happens in White Cliffs on Easter Monday, almost nothing the day started last night we went to the White Cliffs Sporting Club for a meal and a chat...


Not to many local people this group was for Melbourne staying at the caravan park.


This group came in from Sydney by there own light plane, they stayed at the underground motel last night and left here around 8am this morning Sunday.

Belinda and Tony came over for the afternoon to our place, we had a good time.

Carol started back on her art, she doing another Emu painting, she sells them as fast as she paints them. Carol Emu's have glasses and the girls have their hair done up.

I washed the outside of the rain water tank down this morning and made a trip to the White Cliffs Tip with the trailer on. I start fill it up again tomorrow, having a clean up..

 

Went to the shop it is time to pay for my Post Box $38 a year, have to go back tomorrow it cannot be processed on a public holiday...

It's still hot inside the Underground Home 28c dropping to 25c at night it was 37c outside in the sun... We came home to early in March...

Muffy my older sister has a new phone handset "It's good" a lot better that the old one...

 

Been moving things around inside the Underground Home it should be back in order tomorrow...

 

 

April 1st Sunday 2018 (end of daylight saving)

Hot day, 36c there's not a lot you can do in that heat (44c in the Sun) so we worked at the sat out the day inside well I did Carol started back at art today. She is working on another Emu for Broken Hill.

Went to the Underground Motel this morning we had a big group there for morning tea, problem they have new managers that started last week (not a new owner just a new manager's) I say in there 70s... and the food was shocking the coffee not great. So it looks like we will move to the White Cliffs Hotel for coffee next weekend.

Went around our home today fixing any water drips and leaks, great job on such a hot day. We are looking good now not a drip anywhere.


He still here, you can almost hear him, "Not you lot again" he walks around the yard and likes the water out on the sink we are using. The local kids pick them up I am happy to let him walk around.

Looking along the road into town, we have a good dirt road to town the reason is the man that drives the grader lives two doors from us.


At the front of our landing looking over the edge, the long road goes' to town the other two are not used... Don't drive off the landing it's about 35ft to the bottom (11m)... It's sure dry not a blade of grass just Salt Brush and a few plant that want to eat you.

 

 

Muffy back home and have a new phone (a lot better than the old one) great stuff.

Our oldest brother Aub had heart trouble last night and now in Albury Base Hospital. Of late it never seems to stop, medical problems.

A bit cooler the rest of the week in town but no rain on the weather map.

Need to clean out the car and caravan, that may happen this week...

 

 

 

Have fun...

 

 

 

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