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Rex Dunombe lay claim to be Australia first computer programmer in modern times 1963 for Macquarie Textiles - Albury NSW, writing in hexadecimal and pin tape.
It was used to work out gearing on textile machines. Maybe there was someone before 1963 but we know of no one programming in business before this date..

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday 31st July 2019

Cannot say I was happen with today and this day started 30th August last year.... That the day the Mercedes Benz crashed in our own driveway...


Crazy stuff, 29th August 2018 you can read it all on Three Dot August 18.... Next day we went to the car and found it had been worked over all the doors open the back open and the car clean all my papers missing rego papers, tools and my bottle of Opal.... All missing on the 30th August 2018....

Well today I went to the car 31st July 2019... and on the bonnet of the Hyundai was the bottle of Opal..


Here it is today, it is the same bottle as we had a crack in ours and this one has the same crack.. The Opal came from around White Cliffs and from inside our own Underground Home... It went missing 11mth's ago today... I feel some of the bigger stones are missing but 90% is still there...

You have to wonder who took it and I guess the same person has all the tools and papers and I guess the person broke the windscreen...

The Opal was not part of any Insurance Claim... After 11mth's it came back, who we do not know....

I must say it is given me the creeps a bit...

 

Have fun...

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 30th July 2019

I worked in the hallway and finished off the lighting 12v lighting that is so now I can start on the kitchen lighting...


The lighting is held up with tape for now once the Gyprock wall in fitted the wire will be hid...

This in the battery power meter 13.87 volt at this time the meter is in the hallway and hooked to the main battery..

On the roof looking North across the town...


Up the back of our land it is very dry we sure need rain...


A form of salt bush is all that is left up here all pictures today are on our land it is a good size area...


Note no grass or weeds on the ground only salt bush and dead trees.. The drought...


Been thinking what can I do up here, love a comment???


I like this picture on top of the house...


Looking to the North East today a lot of land out there.... The picture shows how far up the hill we are that landing was built from rock and dirt from inside the home 100s of ton moved to make the home...

My sister Joi not doing so well in Melbourne Hospital...

As I said all pictures today are taken at home at our place....

 

You all have fun, end of the month tomorrow...

Joi thinking of you all the time...

 

 

 

 

Monday 29th July 2019

Almost no sun today we had cloud cover all day.. My first job today was the car glove box we could not get it open then when we did get it open it would not close... I found a broken lock that we rebuilt using glue, when I can I will get a new lock but for now the White Cliffs version of a lock is working fine...


Went down to the White Cliffs Hospital and took my diabetes test kit with me... It was saying my sugar level was high, no way I felt like it was low, so I took my tester down to the hospital.. Yep it was broken so the hospital gave me a new test kit...

Note the back flag pole no indigenous flag to be seen someone seem to have taken it down....


No flag on the pole a lot of people don't like it...

 


Across the road the White Cliffs School.... I did hear it has 13 kids this year...

 


Back home I worked on the 12v lighting system...


Turn the light on and it's is light day time....

I still have a long way to go with the 12v power system, I did try it tonight and just perfect the LED lights are great...

 

You all have fun...

 

 

 

 

Sunday 28th July 2019

A very hot day in White Cliffs 24c in the shade and 31c in the sun we went to the White Cliffs Hotel for lunch with friends today...

We had a great meal then I came home and worked on the car having trouble with the glove box it would not open now it will not close...


Doug sent some pictures from Queensland, it runs on steam that's a lot of work building that...


This is a engine that I have not seen before, sort of see how it works. Thanks Doug, thanks a lot....

We have given up trying to fix the Freezer it has steel pipes with rust spots...

Had a few things fall apart of late be we will get on top of that in the next few week...

 

A short one today you all have fun...

 

 

 

 

Saturday 27th July 2019

First up was coffee at Red Earth Opal and Coffee shop, great coffee people... A nice place to fill in a morning... Back home in the afternoon I worked on our 12v lighting system... I took the lights I built a few weeks and did a revamp and used the solder iron that Adrian and Dianne sent me thanks it did a perfect job today...


I put the first lights in the storeroom a good place to test it out...


They are all LED lights and when on it is like daylight....


Ian and Pauline sent a picture of their camp on the beach at Port Macquarie, looks good guys, green grass. Have fun and thanks for the picture...


From Susan in Canberra at Sunrise it is a perfect picture.. Must be hard to look out the window and see that in the morning even if it is -5c...


Just a happy snap taken today here at home...


Looking up the hill this time with a great blue sky... The home is underground in the side of the hill...


The red ground of the outback and the Afghan Hops here at home are starting to come out...


Looking up on the roof the new solar cell (thanks Kylie and Troy) and the dish is for television...

 

Tomorrow we are going to the White Cliffs Hotel for lunch I am being setup for my 70th birthday... It has to end soon...

 

Have fun hope you like the pictures....

 

 

 

 

Friday 26th July 2019
I got back into the hard work today, I had to clime a ladder once, but did wait till the old lady got home from craft. I have been told no ladders after 60, that's ok I am 70 now...

The tyres you asked about.. check below...

AT tyres $150ea from Broken Hill...


They look good and are quite on the road, Remember it was not a matter of choose they where the only tyres in Broken Hill at the time that fitted our SUV... And they seem ok so far...


And today's big job well it was a big job for me... I put the 160 watt Solar Cell on the roof to charge the new battery.


The back of the Solar Cell it is bolted to the roof, when we leave in November I can remove the cell from the roof...


The new battery 135Amp Hour AGM Glass (The new Solar on the roof charges this battery, and fees the lighting in the new hallway, kitchen, and will also feed the Underground Home...) This is in no way hooked to the Power Grid it is a very basic stand alone system...


Where did you come from, you better head south for the summer it's to hot here...



We were going down town to check the mail box and came across this lot... Wild Bush Turkey there is a group of about 50 in town and they sure make a noise...

I think there is another name for them "What you think Christmas Dinner"...

 

Hello to Sue and David and thank you for the email, everyone have fun this weekend...

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 25th July 2019


I did not expect this, Bernie (Howlong) is a fire cracker on a computer that's for sure Yep 70 today great stuff Bernie and thank you...

The day started off bad our freezer failed big time that put us in a panic we filled it with food from Broken Hill last night.. The ice box is full and full of ice...

I had so many calls today heaps of them all day, what can I say other than a big "Thank You" ... We will get Three Dots back on track tomorrow....

 

I just read an email asking about AT Tyres I put on the car in Broken Hill this week you as about the price $150ea seems that is cheap... I take some pictures tomorrow and put on Three Dots, the price was right... Two tyres $300

 

 

Please read below from Far West Local Health...

Q Fever
Far West Local Health District (LHD) is warning people to get vaccinated and take other steps to guard against Q fever, as drought and high winds may increase the risk of the disease spreading. Health Protection Manager, Ms Priscilla Stanley, said so far this year there have been no confirmed cases of Q fever in the Far West LHD area. In 2018, there were four confirmed cases of the disease in the area. “Q fever is a serious bacterial infection caused by inhaling dust particles contaminated by infected animal secretions that does not just affect farmers or people who deal with livestock,” said (LMs Stanley. “The infection is carried by cattle, goats, sheep and other domesticated and wild animals, so people who work on the land are most at risk. “However, the bacteria can easily be carried on farm tools or work clothes and brought into the family home.” Ms Stanley said across Australia there has been an increase in Q fever cases over the past several years and the emergence of the disease in groups who do not regularly work on farms or abattoirs, such as Aboriginal people, itinerant workers and contractors. Q fever symptoms often appear like severe flu, with high fevers and chills, sweating, severe headaches, muscle and joint pains and extreme fatigue. Chronic lethargy can remain for months after treatment. Ms Stanley said a single dose vaccine is recommended for people who work in high risk occupations and anyone over 15 years who has the potential to be exposed to Q fever. “Q fever occasionally affects children, and as the vaccine is not recommended for those aged under 15, it is very important parents know how to protect children from Q fever,” said Ms Stanley. The following steps can protect against Q fever:

• washing hands and arms thoroughly in soapy water after any contact with animals

• wearing a properly fitting mask when handling or disposing of animal products or when mowing or gardening in areas with livestock or native animal droppings

• wearing protective clothing and thick gloves when working with high risk animals or animal products

• removing and washing dirty clothing, coveralls, boots and equipment in outdoor wash areas to prevent exposing other household residents

• washing animal urine, faeces, blood and other body fluids from equipment and surfaces and properly disposing of animal tissues including birth by-products.

The NSW Government is investing around $1 million to help protect farmers and other people in rural areas who work with animals from Q fever. The NSW Government is working with the NSW Farmers’ Association, the NSW Country Women’s Association, SafeWork NSW, and other primary industry stakeholders to develop and disseminate the Q fever education campaign. In 2018 NSW Health launched an online learning module to help GPs diagnose Q fever and vaccinate susceptible people. In the first 12 months over 400 GPs enrolled in the course. For more information on Q fever, go to the NSW Health website.

 

Thanks for the calls people You All Have Fun...

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 24th July 2019

Back home in White Cliffs we got up the back tyre was flat in fact it was very flat, you could not believe this day. We had to be at the hospital by 8:30am with our car that was not going to happen... So we call a taxi for the lady that took here to the hospital on time.. (we know nothing till next week)...

The owners of the motel pumped my flat up and I went to the tyre shop... The Hyundai tyre size is not a common size but they found me a pair around town, with little choice I said fit them big tread AT tyres called Hero ($150ea) yep there new to me to... All good now...


Driving into the sun most of the way home and sitting on 100kph for the 300km's on the way home...


Something you may not know it the sizes of some outback stations this one around 150km's long don't know how wide all with no stock just to dry making it hard to make a living...


After leaving Wilcannia and on the road to White Cliffs we did find so black animals, they be hard to see at night...


Get off the road you lot, this went on for five to six minutes they did not care about the car.. Picture taken into the sun...

The house next door, the last owner passed away around four to five years ago well today a small group seem to move in guess we will meet them soon...

We have food again, went to Cole's and Woolworths in Broken Hill so we can eat again....

 

Have fun we are back and I turn 70 tomorrow gee getting old...

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 23rd July 2019

We are in Broken Hill and in the Motel after a big day that's no problem, the car a problem we went out for a meal and did no get far before we hit something on the road like a old time bridge spike in the rear tyre. Easy fit a spare tyre ar not so easy it is under the car on a chain and it will not come down... So I called NRMA as I am a member and we cannot get the spare down.

After adding some goo the tyre pumped up and still has the spike in the tyre... A job for the tyre man tomorrow here in Broken Hill...

It has to be fixed before we leave Broken Hill... The good news is it happen to the rear wheel and a tyre that needed replacing anyway, just bad timing...

I just had two new tyres fitted to the front about three months ago...

Sorry no pictures I make up for it tomorrow....

 

You have fun (we sure did today) as we are waiting for the Pizza Man...

 

 

 

 

Monday 22nd July 2019

Well that was a big day on the rake and the shovel, I did a bit more on the kitchen then I worked in the craft room off the new kitchen. Then it was back up on the roof sealing the roof just need to let the "No More Gap" dry, over the next few day then I get back up there and finish the job...


The front door all working and the dead lock working, I look on ebay for a handel, over the next few day... Then it's a paint job...


We moved, well more to the point Tony moved the metal frame late today to it's new home beside the caravan...


The small metal shed, the home for the caravan then the metal frame... It will be my new tool workshop it is 2m wide and 2m high and 4.7m long. We will put a saw tooth roof on it so it will be higher at the back than the front. We will add a cement floor, door and Window... It will look good...

I then got the rake and shovel out and gave the area a big cleanup, when we return from Broken Hill I clean up around the small metal shed...

In the morning we head to Broken Hill a medical trip that is required... I will not get that much in Broken Hill just the small things to get things done in the kitchen....

Bill in Queensland gave me a call today it was good to hear from you today thanks for the chat...

We go to Broken Hill on Tuesday and return home Wednesday well that's the plan...

 

You all have fun and thanks for the call Bill...

 

 

 

 

Sunday 21st July 2019

And it is Susan in Canberra Birthday, Happy Birthday girl hope you had a great day...

If you cannot spell that's ok read this, good fun...


Sunset tonight here in White Cliffs NSW..


Then a few minutes late it was all driffrent.

We had lunch out today at the White Cliffs Hotel a nice meal just to big, it was a real monster of a meal... Back home I watched the AFL Football on my phone my team Geelong, well that's all I say... Did you watch North Melbourne game last night they were robbed in the last 5min's of the game... Shocking day...

Tomorrow Monday we have visitors morning and afternoon, Broken Hill Tuesday and Wednesday then back working on the kitchen Thursday... I just been told your not working Thursday it's your 70th...

 

You all have fun this week....

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 20th July 2019

I have next Tuesday and Wednesday off next week we need to make a medical trip into Broken Hill, so I worked all day today another big job...

My biggest problem where the roof of the new kitchen runs into the hallway a big problem to fix. I can fill the bottom in easy but I have to stop rain water coming in and the only place to do that is on the roof and that is where I worked today after lunch...


The same view late today from the roof and I need another day to finish it... I need gap filer and some flashing to fill any gaps... If you see a hole it will be fixed and we need gap filler...


The roof will be painted in the end (What you are looking at here in the new hallway roof and note there is no hole in the roof anymore..)


Our fuel station here in White Cliffs Diesel, Unleaded 191.9 and Premium 193.9 most people fill at the BP in Wilcannia 155.9 it's on the way to Broken HIll...


If you have a fuel card iOR have a self service pump for diesel only...


The White Cliffs General Store... It only has a very basic stock of good...

I hear we are going out for lunch at the Hotel tomorrow so the lady of the house tells me... This morning we went to Red Earth Opal and Coffee shop for a coffee we had a good size group there today...

 

Scott had trouble with his car but worked it out on his own and will order parts on Monday morning in Wangaratta...

Well that it for Saturday, you all have fun...

 

 

 

 

Friday 19th July 2019

Weekend is here and we have a full weekend ahead in White Cliffs, this is a very social place to live we went out last night to the pub with friends...


I had a hot butt working on the kitchen today see the Solar Power Station below home as seen in the picture... What happens is the sun hit the Solar Dish and reflex towards home and it gets hot really hot if your are in the way...


Took this picture of the dish today after the Sun moved on it last about 6 min's, then the sun moves on. That's life...


I worked on the front door of the kitchen today that's a hard job, not hard job it just takes a lot of time I fitted a "Dead Lock" to the door so we are at lockup all doors now have locks fitted and working... I have to say I hate working on doors they are not easy for a computer man...

The lady of the house said she paint the door next week inside and out....

How did you go in $110,000,000 Powerball, well we won $10 it pay for next week...

Coffee tomorrow and then we have time to work on the kitchen in the afternoon...

 

Have fun this weekend... Hello to Adrian and Dianne in Albury...

 

 

 

 

Thursday 18th July 2019
Did not have a good night with my diabetes last night, up walking around quite a bit... I am 70yrs old next week and I got diabetes the day I turn 40yrs...


Did a bit more on that wall I will tile the floor here for a wood heater should look good when glossed up...

I Finish it then give it a really big clean up...

Been putting trim around the floor... Need more filler then doing a lot of sanding...


It still very much a work site but getting there as you can see that's one big kitchen... The Art room at the other end..


Looking the other way all part of the kitchen...


Did a lot trimming around the roof just need a heap of filler, then a big wash and paint...


Tomorrow job finish off the front door do a bit of plain-ing then fit a new dead bolt, the lock tonight a good size rock... then we give it a big seal up to keep out water and anything else that my walk past...

Tonight we have been invited out in White Cliffs for a meal... When we get the kitchen going we will have a big payback dinner....

The kitchen getting there that was the big job this year and if all goes well it will look magic...

 

Have fun all...

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 17th July 2019

The weather was really kind today great blue sky all day almost no wind just great...

Work in the kitchen all day, did a bit more on some rock walls just trying to get it ready to paint. Did the round of two Opal shop taking some pictures it is not easy to take a picture of an Opal in fact it is very hard...


Not bad but not great .... I mean the pictures the Opal are fantastic. These are White Cliffs Opal....


Next shop, a lot better but still not great, the trouble here is the glass in front...


Sunset just a short time ago it is always a good picture to take in White Cliffs the sunsets here are really good...

As I said worked in the kitchen almost all day, apart from a trip to the tip to empty the trailer... A quite day in town...


From the "Royal Flying Doctor Service"

 

That's it for today, Thursday tomorrow and the big power ball $110 million that's a lot of money....

Have fun the rest of the week...

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 16th July 2019

The last of Kylie and Susan pictures from the weekend below great stuff from Gundagai NSW half way to Canberra well Joyce had fun...


I seen it as a kid with my mother and father and it is still there I am glade they have removed the fence...


Joyce had a big weekend she went to Canberra on Friday afternoon and back home on Sunday afternoon the girls Susan and Kylie met in Gundagai and Joyce swap cars...


Good reading at the Dog on the Tuckerbox...

 


As I said yesterday I stop next time and have a look...


Taken from home where did they come from about the size of a car motor and about that weight made of iron stone, you have to wonder how they got here in the first place. This must have been a wile place millions of years ago, as far as we know the closest blast site is 25km's away. How much power does it take to toss a car motor 25km's they are near our home...


When we returned I said this was a dead tree and I showed it on Three Dots about 6wks ago... Look at it now fill of life...


Been having big cleanup the last two weeks and we have another load ready to go to the trip...

 

 

7pm better get today on the net...

Have Fun...

 

 

 

 

Monday 15th July 2019

Ian and Pauline sent some pictures to Three Dots yesterday... See photos: Trip on the "Settlement Point Ferry" across and back. Also photo of a fisherman out in what I thought was deep water.


Settlement Point ferry across and back...


Fisherman out in what I thought was deep, then he walked across... Ian that a good picture...


Pauline on the Settlement Point ferry... I got to keep us out of trouble, Ian the other picture was good this is perfect, that should do it... They are just out of Port Macquarie NSW and it looks good... Thanks guys for the pictures...

 

Kylie at the dog on the tucker box:


Gundagai, NSW Sunday...


Kylie was saying how good the area looked and it has all been done up...


Next time we drive that way we will pull over and have a look...

Thanks Kylie and there is more to the story I put on Three Dots tomorrow night....

 

Been told Joyce is back home after a weekend in Canberra and as we know a trip to the zoo...

 

As for White Cliffs we worked in the kitchen today just need some gap filler... Adrian rang and said he sent me a solder iron in the mail today I sure need it... Thanks for that I sure have a lot of work for it...

 

It's almost 7pm and I am late again, thanks for all the pictures people ....

You all have fun...

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 14th July 2019

Carol and I did coffee at the White Cliffs Hotel this morning it was a small group but all nice people... My granddaughter Joyce went to Canberra for the weekend and stayed with Susan and did she have fun... They sent us a heap of pictures and so did my daughter Kylie, great stuff I put the up on Three Dots starting tomorrow it's worth reading...


Susan I hate snake, taken at the Canberra Zoo...


On the Hippo have a rest by the look of it, good picture...


Bet that was hard to get on taken at Canberra Zoo...


Great picture, looks like you had fun Joyce...


The poor fish looks like it is having a hard time...

This has sure been a Joyce day thanks Susan for the pictures (I hear Joyce wants to live at your place) hahaha...

Us poor people in White Cliffs had a big day cleaning up out the back, back... I show you the back back this week it's a real mans cave and I mean a cave...

 

Running late so I up load to the net you all have fun this week...

Ian and Pauline sent me some pictures I put them up tomorrow it you travel the NSW east coast you should see them...

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 13th July 2019

We did the coffee thing at Red Earth Opal and Coffee this morning we had a good group there today... I am told tomorrow it at the White Cliffs Hotel at 10am...


While at Red Earth we had a Ford Model "T" turn up after being driven to White Cliffs from Parkes NSW that a big trip for an old car and proves one thing "They don't build them like they used to" ...

All good here and I have been asked about that camera used to take yesterdays moon shot... Two people emailed us at Three Dots today...

Thank you people the camera is a Canon SX430is small in size but it sure has a lot of power. As for the cost no it is not $1000s it cost $280 the last time I looked we paid $299 for ours mid last year... I take around 30 pictures a day many are on Three Dots... If it has a down fall it does not like low light at times... But the zoom power is unreal I can read a number plate easy at 1 km... The picture of the moon yesterday was taken at about 50% zoom... Any more question just email me...

Joyce, my granddaughter is in Canberra for the weekend with my daughter Susan...

 

You all have fun...

 

 

 

 

Friday 12th July 2019

Carol went to craft today with the ladies of White Cliffs and seem to have fun... I stayed home and worked on my own design for a lighting bar. Almost finished, at the end of last year my soldering iron failed I tossed it in the bin... Over the summer holiday I went to a well knowen hardware shop and got a new one, which I unpacked today guess what it is dead and will not heat up... Next time I go to "Cheap as Chips"


I used the new store room come light workshop as a test area today a bit of a test and see job, that took me most of today... The lights came from eBay at a $1 each a few weeks ago they are all 12 volt and are run by a battery the battery is charged by a solar cell on the roof of the new kitchen.. (that the bit I am working on now.) right now you can see the wires when I have a solder Iron that works I will solder the wire and push into the 40mm PVC tube..

We have a light switch at the door to the room and painted "Blue" blue I am told means 12 volt as read on the Internet...

 

As we look out the end of our landing down at the "V" in the road a camper van parked for the night may a week...

 


Did wind up the zoom on the camera that's about a $150,000 plus motor home think it reading Jayco Conquest parked there is a free camp about 1 km from the caravan park...


A lot of wind today in town but as you can see a nice blue sky that the moon around 4pm today...


Wind up the camera zoom a little and took the moon, nice picture I have to get out a Tri-Pod I have one some place...

The weekend is here and all is well (sort of) and we are planning a coffee weekend... you all have fun we will this weekend...

I finish the solar cell on the roof... Over the weekend maybe Monday...

 

Hello to Susan and Joyce you have fun in Canberra over the weekend...

 

 

 

 

Thursday 11th July 2019

Well we are starting to run out of timber to work on the new kitchen on the 23rd July we are going into Broken Hill for a medical appointment I get some of what I need then... So we started sorting put boxes that we have out back that took most of today... Some of the boxes have been sitting there for years 2013 when we moved here...

Doug sent some pictures taken from where he lives...


HMAS Adelaide heading to sea passing Caloundra Queensland....


HMAS Adelaide leads two other warships out of Brisbane.

It's all happening here today the big one USS Ronald Reagan, Nuclear powered aircraft carrier .


Look with Zoom. US Navy submarine in distance Queensland police close to shore. y this week...

RAN, USN, NZN, JMSDF (Japan) have all had ships in Brisbane this week. China also had a spy ship 200n miles off the coast limit... All here for a a joint exercise near Shoal water


USS Ronald Reagan heading North... Cheers Doug...

In White Cliffs the car rally stayed on the Sports Club oval last night there was a lot of people and they sure made some noise till midnight then they had a sleep... Leaving town around 9am this morning...

One more day then we have the weekend off...

Are you on Instagram we are REXWDUN you find us let me know...

 

Have Fun..

 

 

 

Wednesday 10th July 2019

Power off all day in White Cliffs while they repaired the power line. It went of at 8am to 4:25pm today... At 10:30am the local phone cell went flat and we lot all phone service in and out of White Cliffs. Just like the old days no internet no phone it was like the old days... "We talked to each other" ha...

.... It is very hard in a underground home without power and lighting.. The first picture in my computer desk, next the guest bedroom I do not think there is anyone in there...


The art lady had a hand held LED light from Cheap as Chips in Broken Hill it did a great job...


There was a very cold wind from the North West today outside 9c at the time of taking this picture as you can see it is still 23c underground...


Carol craft room at the end of the new kitchen, was the home junk room so today we cleaned it out and moved most of the junk to the tip, The craft room needs a lot of trimming, floor lever and Gyprock when in Broken Hill sometime..

The other end of the say room, Carol craft room...

Should be good....

 

In White Cliffs tonight:

Road Boss Rally entrants driven to make a difference from Cowra to Caloundra Bondi Rescue crew swaps beach for bulldust on Mt Hope-White Cliffs backroads

Around 170 adventure seekers driving 70 cars and support vehicles yesterday hit the long, hard backroads from Cowra to the Sunshine Coast on the first leg of the 2019 Road Boss Rally. Today they are travelling from Mt Hope to White Cliffs.

The rally is travelling from central NSW across the remote west into outback Queensland, the Burke and Wills Dig Tree then north to the finish line at Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast on July 18. The iconic 10-day 4,250km rally is a major fundraiser for GIVIT and last year it raised $250,000 for the national online charity.             

This year – swapping the beach for bulldust – will be three members of TV’s popular Bondi Rescue – Corey, Reidy and Whippet, aboard their ute the Bondi Beast. An accompanying film production team will produce a documentary of the Bondi crew’s adventures during the rally.

Along the rally route, the Road Boss Rally and GIVIT will deliver requested and vital donations to drought-affected communities, while spreading a welcome financial boost to remote towns.

The crew spent their first night (July 9) in Mt Hope that is close to the hearts of the RBR and GIVIT after a donation early this year of an air-conditioned “school house” for a local family whose home-schooled children needed a dedicated space to study. Rally members and GIVIT worked together to convert a shipping container to a suitable space that the children now adore. The fully-furnished “school house’’ was transported from Queensland to the Mt Hope site by the RBR and GIVIT.

Other items provided by the RBR and GIVIT to members of the local community include toys and $500 worth of fuel vouchers to the Cobar Mobile Children’s Service that offers early education play-based support to isolated children. GIVIT has actively supported the CWA branches in the area, providing several whitegoods including two fridges, a washing machine and aircon unit for local  families affected by the drought.

Dubbed “the Road Boss” for fearlessly taking participants where most rally organisers wouldn’t dare go, founder and organiser Jamie Lawson said the rally would travel across some of the most challenging backroads across outback NSW and Queensland to the Sunshine Coast.

The cars have just started coming into town as I type this... They are eating at the White Cliffs Sporting Club and camping on the oval outside the club...

 

Thanks, we had a drifferent day with no power...

 

Have Fun..

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 9th July 2019

Not a good day in town and tomorrow we have no power from 8am to 4pm so life be quite tomorrow. After they turn the power off we will have a loss of phone cell about three hours later. So my guess is now power and no phone tomorrow...

Will get the gas BBQ out for lunch...

Worked today in the kitchen and tomorrow Carol and I are going to have a big cleanup to make room for sanding and then we paint...

Having a meal out tonight with friends at the White Cliffs Pub...

 

I just had a brown out so I turn things off here...

 

Tomorrow another day...

 

Have Fun all...

 

 

 

 

Monday 8th July 2019


The weather man said up to 10mm of rain over the weekend, yep you guessed it right, nothing not a drop of rain. We did have a light fog in town this morning but no rain.. The damp air played up with one of the doors to the underground it did swell up and was really hard to open...


So I took the door off and planned off around 5mm off the back of the door...


All back together and it is perfect, to tell the truth I hate working on door.. This is the inside 23c on the other side last night it was 8c... A normal door but they twist in winter... All fixed now...


In the new kitchen we are getting there day by day... Tomorrow it is more sanding and more work on the rock wall.


Outside it does look like rain but no rain maybe later in the day... The Proton needs a new battery I look in Broken Hill for a new one...


Looking above the underground home..


Above the Underground home to the East made a good picture today... No blue sky to be seen today with a top of 17c...

Thanks for the comments on the Sunset, on three dots yesterday... Three Dots now has over a 100 readers a week and some visit 4 or 5 times a week... 38861 hits on the counter as of late afternoon...

All good looking for a better day tomorrow maybe some sun shine...

Hello to Faye in Wangaratta....

 

 

 

Sunday 7th July 2019

After coffee we went for a drive to the West Field Opal mining area and met up with good friends who live next to there Opal mine...


What you see here is a working "Self Tipper" you dig the rock then load it in a bucket and the self tipper drops the rock on top of the ground...


Looking from the top down the 30ft shaft you clime down the ladder and mine for maybe four hours at a time looking for Opal...

 


I did a zoom with the camera do the 30ft it shows bottom they will now did sideways a long drive and later they will dig deeper may 60 to 80ft in the years to come...


On top a few of the 80,000 hole out on the Opal fields here beside White Cliffs all looking for a big Opal...


Some people dig the same shaft for 30yrs it they are finding Opal...


Taken only 10 min's ago tonight Sunset here in White Cliffs take from home you never get sick of the view...

 

You all have fun, we did over the weekend...

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 6th July 2019

They are saying rain tonight and tomorrow, um we will wait and see... Went to Red Earth Opal and Coffee shop today it was really good the women out numbered the men 10 to 1... After coffee I took the camera for a walk around the back blocks of White Cliffs...


What you find with a big zoom lens... heaps of odd and ends...


Been there as long as I can remember, a lot for quality machines I am told...


It's old but lots of really old quality parts, "stuff"... The back blocks are good to walk around...


Outside Red Earth Opal and Coffee Shop..


You can do a underground Opal mine tour at 3pm most days...


Have you ever used an underground toilet you can here at the Opal shop...


Inside the Opal Shop today really nice Opal this is about 1% of what is there...


A bit more Opal for sale, it is a really nice Opal shop and well worth a visit...

What you find when you take a camera for a walk around The Blocks that's what they call this part of town. It was just good fun. Thanks Ron for the invite to go up top and see more I take you up on that offer...

Tonight it is cold, well I feel cold and they say rain tonight and tomorrow we will just wait and see...

 

Thanks Ron and Sue in White Cliffs you have a good weekend and have fun....

 

 

 

 

Friday 5th July 2019

Some day's it just never happens as planned and today was one of those day. I was working on the rock wall in the new kitchen and had been working around two hours and crash it fell over and I lost the top 50% of the wall in a really big way...


What a mess I will attack it with a wire brush tomorrow sometime I rebuilt the wall in the afternoon but now face a big cleanup job...


Carol been busy with her art she has been ask but a number of people to display her art...


The art is better than my picture...


Yep a Carol Emu now on-sale in a local Opal shop...


The Emu family, she has sold ever Emu picture...

Well Carol art look better than my rock wall, as for the rocks I just walk outside the house and pick then up off the ground most are Iron Stone and you will trouble cutting them...

And if you drop one on your finger it will hurt, I know... Did it today...

 

Have a great weekend... Sam have fun this weekend...

Coffee in the morning at the Opal Shop....

 

 

 

 

Thursday 4th July 2019

Worked in the new kitchen all day and we got a lot done, worked on the built-in units... It was a really good day 22c in the shade a really good day in town...


Have a lot of sanding to do in the next few day the table you see was built around 1860 about the same year as they found Opal in White Cliffs...


The left side will be a breakfast bar in the new kitchen... The right side is for television, radio, DVD player and a phone charging station...


Another view of the same area also note the old table...


Pikey (who lives next door) was out in the garden today with the family pet..


Great picture an ex-opal miner and retired builder... good picture just the right light late today...

 


What can you say a 50kph speed limit in town and this person tops a 100 plus to day on a dirt road around to the Underground Motel...

Carol got back into her art over the last few days all looking good... I take some pictures of her art over the next few day for Three Dots...

Thanks to Pikey for the picture's you have a great day...

 

Tomorrow it's back to work for me... Have fun...

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 3rd July 2019

Picked up Carol car today from Vicki place she been baby sitting the Proton the las nine months in on of her sheds we put it there last November...


It sure needed a wash today it seen a number of big dust storms over the nine months... I hooked up a set of jumpers from my power pack and it started with in 3sec... Pot is back home..


From Ian and Pauline, Dawson River Taree NSW thanks for the picture looks like a nice spot to stay...


Nice blue sky today in fact it was a really nice day... if you look hard you will see a very small plane...

 


I started the wall in the kitchen it be a slow job a bit each day...

Rocking a wall is a slow job you put to much up the wall falls over. you need to wait for the cement to dry...

The Proton looks like it has a flat battery or more to the point a stuffed battery...

A really big thank you to Vicki for letting us park the car in her shed...

 

Have fun people and the big hello tonight has to go to Vicki in White Cliffs...

 

 

 

Tuesday 2nd July 2019

A full day in the new kitchen about 9:30am to 4:30pm that's a big day for this old man... but we got a lot done today used a lot of Nuts, bolts, nails and screws it's built to last a 100yr's ....


This is the area I have worked in all day, you have to remember this room started life as a cool room in Hay NSW and was sold at auction...

 


Why use MDF board, "I had it" yes we had seven sheets 2400x1200 (or 8ft x 4ft) so we used it...

 


Part of today's work a wood frame that will be filled with White Cliffs Rock I start on the bit tomorrow a rock wall on the side of the timber frame, why we need heading and will have a wood heater on this side...

 


It will take a lot of paint and I hope to be painting this time next week...

 


Around the corner where you see the light is a new glass door "The front door" of the house...

It is starting to come together at last it is a big kitchen, the white door you see opens into Carol craft room the plan this year was to finish the kitchen (at last)...

Carol will be going back to Broken Hill for more tests towards the end of July... We will not be going to Albury Wodonga this month as planned...

I have to order parts for the SUV we can still drive it but do need to fit a new Idler Arm to the left side.... I can buy one on eBay...

You all have fun this week and if you live down south try keep warm...

Big hello to Ian and Pauline have fun...

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 1st July 2019

I have had a noise in the front of the car, today was taken up looking for the problem, I found it and sent pictures to people that can help... This took me all day...

Had a lot of question about the lighting I put on Three Dots last night...


You seen this picture last night on Three Dots....

A number want to know how we are going to get free lighting.... Well it sort of free you put a solar cell on the roof of the kitchen. The solar cell charges a battery a 12 volt battery we then run the 12 volt inside to the LED lighting for use at night...

The power from the sun cost nothing at all, it is in no way hooked to the mains power the cost is the solar cell and a battery... they last around six years...

Any more questions just email me...

Have fun hope tomorrow is a better day...