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Tuesday 11th August 2020

White Cliffs:

Weather wise it been a shocking day in White Cliffs we had no rain but very cold with a cold wind we had around 13c most of the day.


This was today in White Cliffs but looking at the weather it was much the same for everyone in the east of Australia...


I took some pictures around our place a lot of green bush and after all the green it is fresh and a live....


Makes a nice picture up on the hill above home, really nice now it is green...

I I planted this tree in 1995 (25yrs ago) it was about 100mm high at the time... You can also see the top of the Underground Home air shaft that comes from the second bedroom below 28ft Underground... Hops the red flower are every where...


On the hill (no mans land) and the end of our land to the East (more rocks)...

It took all morning to plan next week medical trip to Griffith as I said yesterday ( the staff needed at Broken Hill Hospital come from Adelaide, and due to Covid-19 they cannot come to Broken Hill right now...) So we are off to Griffith and it is a long drive 698km's each way, 1400km's return .... It took all morning to plan the 4nights away... All booked now and we head off on Monday...

It's hard getting old. Must say a really big hello to Joi and Peter in Melbourne, apart from Covid-19 (they do not have Covid) Peter has been very sick (we think about you every day Pete...)

Hope you like the pictures around home I took today it is really starting to green up after all the rain we had at the weekend...

You all have fun...

 

 

 

 

Monday 10th August 2020

Yass A day after the rain and the damage is high. The leaning tree of Yass has so far survived. Yass what a bad weekend from Ian and Pauline, the Yass river...


Over the years I have seen people swim across this river, not today the day after big rain...


Not the day to walk along the river that's for sure... Thanks Ian and Pauline...


The big tank at the back of the White Cliffs hall there are a number of tanks on the other side of the hall...


The SES radio tower in White Cliffs..


The building is own by Parks and Wildlife but is seeing very little use...


The White Cliffs General Store the only shop in town... the price of goods is well up there fuel 171.9 lt ...


The Solar power station in White Cliffs, no longer in use but was the first place on earth to draw power from the sun...

We had a much better day today 18c and a blue sky they say rain Friday (well maybe) the weather man got it right last weekend)....

Covid-19... Yep we had some scans in Broken Hill (not covid) well after three month's they now say they cannot do them, Now we are told to travel to Griffith NSW and have them done there... Seems the staff needed at Broken Hill Hospital come from Adelaide, and due to Covid-19 they cannot come to Broken Hill right now...

So next week we are off to Griffith... Then home by the end of the week...

That's Monday more tomorrow... You all have fun...

 

 

 

Sunday 9th August 2020

Still not a great day but we have had no rain so far today we had 1/2mm over night , tank full remember last year we were looking for water this year we we all full up, that's really good news...


We were at 12c when I took this picture looking to the West and it was really cold... We sure had a lot of rain this year that's for sure...

A lot of mud around town this section always seems to get dirty, the main tank in town is full so we have water to the end of next year...


The caravan park is half full today a lot of people from Sydney in town away from Covid-19 we just need it to heat up a bit...


The dirt road up the hill to our place is a really big mess, it be dry by Wednesday but need a grader real soon...

All the roads are all two wheel drive stuff but my car will need a big car wash that is for sure... It has been very cold and wet the last five day and talking to family it the same down south. And the pictures Ian and Pauline sent us yesterday from Yass NSW it really wet there...

You all have fun time to do some weeding while the ground is soft...

 

 

 

Saturday 8th August 2020

White Cliffs felt colder than cold today we had 9.9c at home and in 4mth's it be 40c here I try remember this day in the summer time...

Ian and Pauline had a heap of rain in Yass New South Wales as you will see below:


Look at that over the top we flow...


In town the road over the river is a wash in Yass today...


I think the road is closed looking at this...

Ian and Pauline thanks for sending the pictures...

White Cliffs on what you would say the coldest day in a long time I was thinking about and planning summer working on how to block the heat out of the underground home... That was my day, I need to do a lot more planning for summer..

We ended up having 22mm of rain at our place from 4pm Friday to 4pm last night....

A lot of very cold wind today this will dry the ground out and get rid of the mud (we hope) it was not the rain it was how cold it got at the end of last week... We did not drive the car's today just sat it out at home...

You all have fun this weekend...

 

 

 

Friday 7th August 2020

It is still cold here 10c right now mid afternoon and it just started to rain as I type this.... Hope we get a fine weekend here but just have to wait and see...


I walked over to read the rain gauge and as you see from my foot steps light mud covers the front yard...


You do not often see this in White Cliffs a water puddles... I feel we will have a big flower spring right across the outback this year..


After 19mm of rain (and it just started to rain again) looking over town the big birds are getting an updraft of air, the wind is now from the North and hitting the hill and lifting the birds high in the air...


The Jacaranda tree loved the rain... This tree is a story on it's own.. I try tell it as I see it, first the Jacaranda was planted in 2015 and I had a wire around it the wildlife just ripped the wire away to eat the Jacaranda tree and after three years it was around 20" high... And badly eaten...

Then along came some support in the way of a special tree, (wish I new more about trees) this tree grows wild around here and has a very heavy scent coming from it's leaves, the wildlife does not touch this tree, never...

Maybe it nature but the Jacaranda has grown to seven feet this year with the other tree keeping the wildlife away if you look at the picture above you will notice the two trees... If you have any comments please sent them to Three Dots..

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Well that's today tomorrow another day, and it is still raining right now... You all have fun...

 

 

 

Thursday 6th August 2020

Revealed: where NSW is holidaying now
NSW people are staying in NSW...
Trips to the outback of the state (taking in mining towns including Broken Hill, Minindee, Silverton, White Cliffs and Bourke) have also been rising, with most caravan parks full or near full...

.. And as 6:45pm tonight 0.6mm of rain we will just have to wait for that 20 to 40mm of rain.... We had our coldest day in White Cliffs 10c today and it is really cold we had to turn the heater on in the underground home...

..Crazy this was at 5:35pm tonight on the East Coast of Australia, The government are not even trying with Covid-19 this is a screen dump of planes on Flight Radar 24 tonight (they are just flying Covid-19 Australia) someone needs to show this to government...)...

From Bernie in Howlong NSW..

As it was then.The credit for this photo is to  ABC Rural, Central Victoria. The date and location unspecified. Photographer not named but accredited in absentia. Scene could be a small country town like Clunes, Creswick, Maldon, Daylesford or the like. Perhaps even Maryborough or outer Castlemaine. Typical small town rural central Victoria. I still breathe much of that past air. A classic photo herewith that I will place  on my Computer, opening Homepage to help obliterate all the superficial shit on this  Coronavirus brainwash indoctrination.

 

A cold day you all have fun....

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 5th August 2020

From Donna: Sunbury ...


Today SNOW in Sunbury Victoria, it sure made the homes look good, great and it is nice to see every few years..

The flowers will like the fact that all that snow turns to water, it be nice to see, Thanks Donna...

 

 

White Cliffs (no snow here, I was told they had snow back in the 1970s:

A quite day today after such a big day in Broken Hill yesterday we went to the Post Office in town then a drive to take some pictures... (Out near the airport)....
From the airport looking up the hill towards home that is Smith's Hill in the background....


Gee it is really dry but the weather man has made a call of 20 to 40mm tomorrow we will just have to wait and see...


A dirt crossing across the creek in White Cliffs people do not use this crossing much, I did today but keep away when it rains, right now there are a lot of weeds in the creek as you can see....

 

From Bernie in Howlong:

Last week when you said you had strong cold winds in White Cliffs on 25 July 2020, here are some pics from ABC website of the big wily-wily that was photographed at Mundi Mundi station in the Silverton [Broken Hill] region. John Dyson was the photographer.

The best wily-wily I have seen was at White Cliffs, one hot summer's afternoon in the early 1980's. I just happened to be staying with Joe Curovic at his Stubby Bottle Opal shop where a wily appeared about 2 pm, virtually "out of nowhere". It hit the caravan park and picked up a 12 x 12 foot heavy canvas Marquee tent, poles guy ropes and all, and took the tent still looking normal and filled with air, flying and spinning up some 400 feet altitude in my estimation. The tent hovered directly above the caravan park for about a full minute and there were shoes, sox, clothes and other articles flying out of the airborne tent. A pair of ladies underpants were found in front of the hospital. The wily-wily abated and the tent dropped to open ground near the post office. I wish I were quick enough then to grab my camera from the car but things happened so fast.. Wily-wily's have many names: The most common being "dust devils" and another odd colloquial name, "cockeyed bob".

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Thanks Bernie great stuff and love the pictures...

 

Well that's Three Dots for Wednesday you all have fun....

 

 

 

Tuesday 4th August 2020

When you drive to Broken Hill and back home it is always a very big day, very big... 600km's return we will sleep tonight that is for sure....


Broken Hill today the Woolworth's shopping plaza....


The main street of Broken Hill around midday....


Still in the main street of town today we headed home...


The Broken Hill Post Office it is very old and nice building...


Some time ago we got diverted around here seems someone with a caravan drove off the main highway to Sydney at night looking for a camping spot and over the bank into the dry creek they went... If you drive off the road here drive really slow...

As I said we had a really big day.... Our biggest shop today just over $1000.00 two reason we are planning to stay home away from Covid-19 for the next 6 to 8wk's so it works out around $120 a week meat veg the lot that's about normal for two people...

 

You all have fun this week, we are being told big rain on the way....

 

 

 

Monday 3rd August 2020

Not a good internet in many parts of Australia we had the net up most of the day but off at times... I think Telstra should say what happen did they get hacked or did they have a problem... Australia should have a better system than they have now they need to move towards a off set system, what they have now is a sitting duck for hackers...


The flowers are coming out across the outback if we get rain this weekend as they are saying it may well be a flower year it is a sight people should see...


A small number of flowers came out over the past week when they come out they cover large areas...


I think it will be a flower year in the outback of Australia...

We had a warm 21c in the shade today and they are talking rain at the end of the week...

Broken Hill tomorrow we are doing a food run 600km's return, I can say I like the return in one day but staying in a motel is out of the question right now, why you do not know who stayed in the room the night before (did they have Covid-19).... So in and out on the same day....

In the month of July the website had 484 hits, some people look every day others once week, just good fun.. The old site in the USA will close in a few days ..
All information you see on Three Dots is stored in Canberra Australia..
Covid-19 we all know is a massive problem worldwide 2020 will go down in history as the year we lost over a million people.
We have lost so much around the world on the internet 1000s of sites have closed down this year due to Covid-19...
We will all go on.. Rex.

You all have fun...

 

 

Sunday 2nd August 2020

Most of Australia has had no Internet all day in Sunday, what a mess in Australia ...

Talk tomorrow..

 

Saturday 1st August 2020

We are having great weather in White Cliffs 21c blue sky just great weather....


Ian sent this picture from Yass and as he said the Ruby must go on, fog and unable to see the post.. (good picture it is hard in the fog with a camera..)


From Adrian in Albury a trip to the NSW side of the Hume Dam, Bowna Water's that the boat ramp... (that is a really good picture, great stuff)


Our first visitor for the year 21c and out came a Stumpy that is the first wildlife in months...


I swap the front tyres on the big car today and they are heavy, this works great our 12v electric car jack and rattle gun to remove the nuts and refit them.. This set is worth every penny you pay for it.. Turned a hard job and made it easy.. We found this on eBay about a year ago... (one point start you car for extra power..)


All packs up into a neat box....

We had Marg over for coffee late today and a chat... That was good, we had nothing planned it just happen...

You all have fun this month...

 

 

 

Friday 31st July 2020

End of the month and August tomorrow morning, took the Hyundai for a drive today to keep up the battery it has been sitting sill this week...


At the school today nice yellow flowers out I know August is still winter but it will get a lot warmer here this month...


Inside the school ground the 15 or so kids at the school have a lot to play with...


You have seen Smiths Hill where we live, and Turley Hill this is called "The Blocks" it backs on to the White Cliffs Opal mines... 80,000 holes...


Gymkhana will it happen this year in White Cliffs (maybe not) ...

White Cliffs Gymkhana and Rodeo Club

The White Cliffs gymkhana and rodeo is one of the last remaining bush events in the Western Division of NSW. The gymkhana has been held annually for more than 100 years. It is one of the few continuing successful weekend, outback events.Each year our family orientated weekend attracts young and old alike. People travel from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and everywhere in-between to enjoy what the weekend has to offer. Gymkhana events are held on Saturday and Sunday mornings for both adults and children. The main attraction, the Rodeo, is held Saturday afternoon followed by a twilight tug 'o' war and a live band. Novelty events are held Sunday for anyone who wants to 'have a go'. The cross cut saw competition would have to be one of the highlights. Money raised over the weekend goes towards local charities and organisations such as the State Emergency Service, Rural Fire Service, the local hospital, White Cliffs Public School and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. We proudly support these services on which we depend enormously. Money is also reserved for maintenance and upgrades of our facilities for all to enjoy.The committee is made up of volunteers from White Cliffs and surrounding stations. It is because of their time, effort and commitment that we can bring you this great family weekend, fun for 'Bushies' and 'City Slickers' alike. Come along and see for yourself what White Cliffs gymkhana and rodeo has to offer!The Gymkhana & Rodeo is held on the last weekend of the NSW school holidays in April.  You will find more information at www.whitecliffsgymkhanarodeo.com

Contacts
Phone: 08 80916882

Well that's July you all have a great weekend and see you all next month....

 

 

 

Thursday 30th July 2020

It has been a really fast week for me, but the weekend is almost here... Sorry about last night and the very slow internet but well out of my control.. It was all good this morning...


Rob Tour Bus parked at Joe's Opal Shop... The bus been running around White Cliffs for over a year now...


This building is own and run by Parks and Wildlife, and is not used that much... They need to do more with it...


This is a home in town Bert has done a lot of work on the home and is now up "for sale" about 150m from the Shop and the pub right in town...


We have had good light rain this year and they say more on the way, will it be a flower year I have only seen it once before that is when the whole outback is covered in flowers.. Maybe, then again maybe not...


Been working on water in the kitchen I got this far and now out of fittings I be in Broken Hill soon, maybe that is.... And try get what I need...

They saying next Wednesday rain 10 to 20mm of rain and that's 80% we will just have to wait and see...

You all have fun this week...

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 29th July 2020

Having trouble with the local internet tonight it is really slow to the point it is almost not working, I try to sent up a picture but that did not work so I try a text only version if I ring Telstra they will reset it in an hour or two and it maybe a bit better....

Out the back of the new kitchen I had a lot of power leads laying around so I fix them and put them in place today they are all neat and tidy now...

Will leave it at that and try upload to the net bit of a mess tonight, tomorrow I hope will be better...

Have fun (I sure had fun tonight, haha..)

 

 

Tuesday 28th July 2020


To remove this is crazy, you cannot erase history...


Taken from home looking up the hill and note how the hill is falling away... (Not a bad picture)


If you look close you see the drain hose from the old kitchen and the bathroom sink, shower (yellow arrow) this is some 40m from the house. The water run out and the Afghan Hops grow like crazy under the drain pipe...


That's the top of our place and the hops growing in an old mine shaft, talk about grow wild...


There be a 100 plots of hops growing here on our land...

Blue sky all day in White Cliffs and the last I looked it was 19c so a very nice day just to do almost nothing today so that was our day...

You all have fun this week...

 

 

 

 

Monday 27th July 2020

A cool Monday morning in White Cliffs it look like rain but nothing so far today no a drop... The water tank is full from the weekend rain 6.5mm I have to find another tank for home 1000lt maybe 3000lt I go have a look....


I took this from the front door at home the old Solar Power Station....


Lot of cloud and a dark sky from home looking down town across the top of the Hotel at the Hall in the main street..


Again from the front door at home the fire station behind it a White Cliffs winter home, a lot live in Victoria and never came up this year, guess Covid-19... Nice people live here I ask about the bus what it doing (maybe it will be a new room)...

From Bernie:

Rexie: Just gotta love maps! I found these two odd ones interesting, and relative to your pics of Chinaman's Creek. The left hand map in my composite shows Chinaman's Creek depicted in yellow. Some records state it runs for about 26 kilometers southward from around Barclay's Bunker in the North, and then flows into the Bunker Creek about 15 km's east of Tarella. In reality, Chinamans Creek, realistically could be said to be more like 60 kilometers in length since several of it's little upper branches start off as wee creeklets just below Mootwingie Aboriginal National Park. I explored that upper reach of Chinaman's Creek in my VW beetle in the Mid 1970's before Mootwingie became an established Reseve. You should take the back road [short cut] from White Cliffs to Broken Hill via Fowlers Gap. But spend a few days caravan camping early summer in the Nuntherungie Ranges which are on the way. This really is spectacular, but gentle outback scenery. You will go bezerk with your camera!

Bernie I looked at this on the big screen for over an hour and seen a lot I did not know, Thanks


They say the 124 degrees must have been an error and will be erased.. That should not be able to happen it was recorded and is part of history if a 100yr's later a person with no facts can just rub it out we can no longer trust history...

 

You all have fun...

 

 

 

Sunday 26th July 2020

Mount Coolum all taken in the last few min's show the sun, From Bill in Queensland...

Queensland Sunshine Coast, Bill you get a 10 / 10 for the pictures just spot on and Thank You...

The last word on birthday:

From Bernie in Howlong: Happy Birthday Rex. A great job done. I like the way you have put some 500  little solar lights in the sky above the dugout to brighten up Smith's Hill. You certainly don't need any extra fireworks. Thanks Bernie..


Carol gave me a nice 18v battery drill (Black and Decker) for my birthday (came from Kogan online shopping)... (the last word)..

Well that was a big weekend and so many people sent text and mail thank you heaps....

We start another week, you all have fun.....

 

 

 

Saturday 25th July 2020

If I know it is your birthday I put it on Three Dots, well today it is mine, haha you can all put up with it...

This old guy looks about 71yrs old, gee he getting old and looks it.. We went to the General Store for lunch and I must say a thank you, the store picked up our bill today really nice of them, thanks...


The road was really bad from last night rain we had 6.5mm in the rain gauge at home it is mud on the road, I put the Hyundai into 4wd, not that I needed to, been about two years and just need to know it would work and it did 100%...


Looking the other way from home the road on the flat down there turn to mud....


The 6.5mm last night will help the outback it be nice to see it green in spring but we will just have to wait and see...


Not a bad picture I like it, taken from home it shows the sunset and our drive way down the hill I like this picture...


The same sunset with a lot of zoom on the camera made for a nice picture... The sunsets have been ok of late like this one...

Thank you all for the phone calls and email's it is nice to know people remember you from the old days...

Tomorrow another day, and life will be back to normal. Water tank is over the top with 6.5mm around 450lt's added to the tank that had room for 100lt's so a lot went out the overflow....

Big hello to Peter in Melbourne who had a big operation yesterday 12hrs that's a big rebuild we were thinking about you...

You all have fun....

 

 

 

Friday 24th July 2020

Would this happen anywhere else, as I said the other day a well know local is moving on today and the town met up in his front yard at 8:45am for a town farewell... Bill and Jenny moving South and we have loss another great person...


Note the town people stay a 1.5m gap apart they did the right thing, (people in Melbourne take note, do the right thing)...


Suns is up the town people in one place we all had a chat...


Bill and Jenny (what is going on outside ) come out to find a heap of people in their yard...


They were given gifts from the town for there new home in VIC on the SA border... Bill (ex police officer) and Jenny..

From SPACE..

WASHINGTON — A new National Space Council report argues that the exploration and development of space must be an integrated effort that involves not just NASA but other government agencies, as well as international and commercial partners.

The report, “A New Era for Deep Space Exploration and Development,” released July 23 by the White House, is intended to outline how various government agencies will play a role in implementing national space policies, including a human return to the moon and eventual human missions to Mars.

“Although NASA is, and will remain, the primary United States Government entity for civil space exploration efforts, other departments and agencies have increasingly important roles to play in space,” the report states.

READ MORE CLICK HERE

 

From Doug in Queensland:


As you said Doug a bird looking for a feed, a ship out to sea from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, thanks for the picture, as I said before you live in a nice area....

Did a little bit of work today and a special day for me tomorrow...

So you all have fun over the weekend...

 

 

 

Thursday 23th July 2020

They saying rain on Friday night and Saturday even Thunder Storm's well we will have to wait and see it was 90% yesterday and now 50% and maybe nil you never know...

Apart from i nee to polish the roof I been asked about the Solar Cell on the roof...


Our old Proton Satria year 1999 and still going very strong I am slowly given it a big birthday, just a backup car in the outback ...


Hops on the roof of home they are everywhere right now....


It is a hard life being a tree in White Cliffs really hard they need rain really bad maybe this weekend you know our luck..


Also on the hill above home this very small plant around 2" (50mm) high but looks nice an Australian Wild Flower...


The one site Smith Hill caravan park is ready (it has a great view of the Outback and facing East you will get a great sunrise every day...

All good here I need to do some work on the cars early next week I may even service the trailer soon....

So you all have a great day and have fun...

 

 

 

Wednesday 22nd July 2020

You seen pictures taken at Chinamans Creek yesterday and thank you for all the comments, we get it right once in a while...

Bernie work over the picture below and made it even better..

Thanks Bernie... (we seem to have lost some size)

Here one from me I just found on the camera and it maybe even a better one after all I took around 60 pictures.


I like that one, same creek yesterday...

The road out of town to the west (dry weather only) it is a short cut to Broken Hill but being dirt a good part of the way it may be a lot slower...

A lot of dirt but you can cross to the Silver City Highway and then Tibooburra far North west of NSW then dirt to Queensland it be a great trip but you need a strong 4wd for that trip....

Talking about 4WD there is a big group of 4WD in town for the night from NSW (you may be safer here than Sydney town)...


My last picture today is showing a bit of a problem this is right on the edge of town the Salt Bush that was green three months ago in now very dry a ready to burn and there are 100s of km's of salt bush...

It may end up a big problem...

You all have fun this week...

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 21st July 2020

Very late today had a visitor to look after... Went to take the small Proton for a drive, and 'burr' flat battery so I had to jump start the car .... I took it for a big drive, some 35km's around town then out of town to the South just to give it a run...


Ended up at "Chinamans Creek" about 12km's from home and left the little car running and took some picture's for "Three Dots" ...


This make a nice print on the wall I send it off some place...


I took two pictures almost the same and liked both so I put both on Dot's


Then again I like this one even more (just went out to get a good picture)...

When I got home I test the car and all was good, we are told maybe rain by the weekend....

 

You all have fun.... Sorry I am so late...

 

 

 

Monday 20th July 2020

Covid-19 it is time to wear a mask we all need to wear a mask... Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth says it would be "contentious for even the most strident advocate" to suggest that bringing in a mandatory face mask ruling earlier on could have prevented the current levels of transmission in Victoria. The only way in White Cliffs to get one and Carol has started making mask to wear...

Picture from Bernie... Bernie I think we should move on to 2021 this year is a virus... Ant Norton does not have a fix for it...

PS: Don't forget to wear your facemask's. This one I believe minimizes all viruses.

 

From Bernie in Howlong:

Well, we're not into lock down yet in Howlong, but it's still important not to just stalemate. Experimenting in the kitchen I find a wonderful pastime. Remember Vitol as a kid your father, together with his good friends would enjoy a few nips. Whenever there was a salubrious occasion, no expense was shared in those 1960's on low wages, but when only the best would do, out came the bottle of Polmos Cherry Brandy. It's $69 a 700 ml bottle today if you can get it, but near half that price if you make your own.

You can pick up a basic brandy for $30 and jared Morello cherries, $4. The only other ingredient is some honey where "voila!" you have created the finest cherry liqueur brandy. My photo here shows using Divas Vodka. It's only 22% Alcohol but at $13.99 for a 700 ml bottle at IGA Howlong, good value for an evening tipple. That vodka makes a super Bloody Mary if all the right condiments are included. The 600 ml glass is mandatory.

Another "lucky find". Long discontinued, but can now get ample in a Wodonga store at $2 per 50 ml bottle, the original and best Hoyt's Ouzo base ...a genuine 70% A/V. Each 50 ml makes a double Ouzo in a 260 ml beer glass. The same for making a Pernod [just add the orange juice and ice]. This afternoon's project is making home made Campari using the el- inexpensivo Cinzano Vermouth. $15 a 1 litre bottle on special today IGA. I have the herbs and recipe.

Gotta keep the mind occupied. Cheers, Prost, Salut or Na Zdrowie. I will have a few sips for you all.

I took a picture yesterday of Graham who owned the White Cliffs hotel for many years Bernie did some work on the picture as below. I make sure he gets print....


Thanks all...

 

Scott in Wangaratta


Picture of Bright VIC (the tower on the hill stopped working and needed to be repaired at midnight it's very cold up here in Winter. The best part is the trip home to Wangaratta with the heater on.)

You all have fun this week....

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 19th July 2020

I sat out the morning at home and went out for lunch, we had a big local group for Bill and Jenny send off from White Cliffs, they are moving on after 15yrs in town...


Bill, thinking about the next chapter in his life...


Graham and wife Maxina at today lunch...


Nurse Belinda she will not be happy with this picture, but it has been a windy day


Marg and Vicki, Jenny hiding back of Marg...


Graham sold the White Cliffs Hotel about two years ago and came along to Bill and Jenny send off today...


A group picture of locals today at the send off..


Old Bill has a good face to take a picture of... Bill "The keeper of the key" we always went away in the summer but Bill always had a key to our place, Will miss you around town Rex n Carol..

Great day you have fun in Victoria ...

 

 

 

 

Saturday 18th July 2020

From Ian and Bernie, Thanks Guys...


Looks like VW are in the news today (VW Food Van from Ian, who is staying in Yass New South Wales)...

Bernie sent this a VW motor home, small but good for a week away...

 

MOGO ZOO (On the East Coast)


Mogo Zoo
Joyce (granddaughter) had feeding time at the Zoo, The girls are at Susan Place in Canberra and went to the East Coast today for a trip...


The big swimming pool ...



Joyce (9) will always remember her trips to Canberra, Tomorrow they return to Albury...

Want more on the Zoo - Click Here

Question:
I live oversea and read 'Three Dots' I am planning on a trip to Australia in 2023 for a year and make a list of place to visit found on Three Dot's Thanks for all the hard work you put in.

Thank you can you tell us where you are from...

 

You all have a great weekend... And thank you Susan for the picture's.....

 

 

 

 

Friday 17th July 2020

Really late tonight having trouble with the Internet (just slow tonight) ... The caravan park is almost empty in the last two day they all left town...


Maybe five left in the park you have to wonder where they went??? it is not Queensland .... As most were Victorian


Joyce my granddaughter is staying with Susan in Canberra (school holidays) today they went shopping for plants to dress up Susan Unit...


They look good heavy to take up to the third floor ...


Joyce sitting on Lake Burley Griffin Canberra.. Due to Covid-19 I have not seen Joyce this year... Our last visit was Christmas visit to Thurgoona...

Had a talk to Frank in White Cliffs on the phone, nice guy a ex-builder who helps me out from time to time....

We as I said very late you all have fun....

 

 

 

 

Thursday 16th July 2020

Great day just a slight cold wind, we had a blue sky all day and they are talking 3c in White Cliffs over night a very cold night ahead....

Went out to the creek to the east of town looking for a water picture but no water to be seen...


The creek this afternoon not a drop of water to be seen, we are getting rain at odd times.. great rain but not enough to stay around...


Looking the other way and much the same story as before... 24hrs after rain it soak away in the ground...


With a lot of zoom that's our place (White House to the left of center ) the house on the left side a really big home, has not been used for five or more years (maybe the odd day) it just sits empty ...

I try get some better picture's tomorrow, it you can help with so pictures please email at rexdun@outlook.com I love some pictures and a few words to put with the picture's....

You all have fun Friday tomorrow....

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 15th July (Happy Birthday Tony)

Hello, Mr Doug in Queensland and as you said the "wheel is back" in town near the beach the people of Queensland will like a ride this year...

And in White Cliffs:

This is looking at next door to the East of our place... They had a rock slide that fell into our place... It's been a problem for years...


The same area they have had a lot of rock slide, next door....

Not a lot I can do just point it out here on Three Dots no one lives in the underground home next door....

You all have fun this week....

 

 

 

Tuesday 14th July 2020

We sat it out at home all day today did some work in the new kitchen just easy light work, had trouble with my diabetes running very high 17.5 I try get it down....

Walked outside and took some pictures on the hill above home... (as below)


Above home (solar you see belongs to next door) the red hops are every where on the hill...


On the block next door to home today....


On the hill above home that's a nice tree but look at the size of the rocks on the hill, just hope they stay up there. In the years to come the rain will wash the dirt away under the rocks and they will roll down the hill.


To me it looks untidy in a way it is a number of White Cedar trees at our place they just twist up into a big tree over the years....

It was 17c today and nice in the sun but wind was a bit cold 5c tonight ... Been told it is getting hard to get food in Broken Hill I did try ring Woolworth's three times but they do not answer their phone. That's not good...

Not sure what we be doing this summer for the last seven years we went away in the caravan but this is not a normal year is it...

You all have fun...

 

 

 

Monday 13th July 2020


From Bernie in Howlong 823mm rain we had 0.8mm last night.

G'day Rex. Sorry to hear that White Cliffs again has had no rain in the last 3 months. A phenomenal drop though over Mt. Hotham of 823 mm or 32 inches in 24 hours. I thought this might have been a misprint, but checking several BOM website's this unusually high reading is reconfirmed and highlighted so there's no error. But there was not a boo in the Press or Media. [I suppose Covid -19 makes more topical news]. Interestingly, one rain record that stands for a similar time period is 864 mm falling in 14 hours over the Duck Creek Opal Fields, inland southern Queensland. That was in January 1970 ][The better known Quilpie Opal Fields are 92 km from Duck Creek].

Had a great set of pictures sent to last night from Queensland, Shelly Wills... Shelly is daughter of Bill in Queensland a long time reader of Three Dots...


That' a good picture...

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Nice colour in this picture

 


That a picture I like RexD

Thanks Shelly a set of pictures really nice... Makes me want to visit Queensland, it is sure a nice state ...

 

White Cliffs:


Stayed inside today so I took this picture looking out the new kitchen Window...

 

Well that's Monday a good day to stay at home.... Mumu...

You all have fun....

 

 


Sunday 12th July 2020 (at 9am today rain nil)

 

From Bernie in Howlong

Ray Payne OAM
Veteranweb Network

It’s a mess out there now. Hard to discern between what’s a real threat and what is just simple panic and hysteria. For a small amount of perspective at this moment, imagine you were born in 1900.
On your 14th birthday, World War I starts and ends on your 18th birthday. 22 million people perish in that war. Later in the year, a Spanish Flu epidemic hits the planet and runs until your 20th birthday. 50 million people die from it in those two years. Yes, 50 million.
On your 29th birthday, the Great Depression begins. Unemployment hits 25%, the World GDP drops 27%. That runs until you are 33. The country nearly collapses along with the world economy.
When you turn 39, World War II starts. You aren’t even over the hill yet. And don’t try to catch your breath. On your 41st birthday, the United States is fully pulled into WWII. Between your 39th and 45th birthday, 75 million people perish in the war

Smallpox was epidemic until you were in your 40’s, as it killed 300 million people during your lifetime.
At 50, the Korean War starts. 5 million perish. From your birth, until you are 55 you dealt with the fear of Polio epidemics each summer.

You experience friends and family contracting polio and being paralyzed and/or die.
At 55 the Vietnam War begins and doesn't’t end for 20 years. 4 million people perish in that conflict.

During the Cold War, you lived each day with the fear of nuclear annihilation. On your 62nd birthday, you have the Cuban Missile Crisis, a tipping point in the Cold War. Life on our planet, as we know it, almost ended. When you turn 75, the Vietnam War finally ends.

Think of everyone on the planet born in 1900. How did they endure all of that? When you were a kid in 1985 and didn't’t think your 85-year-old grandparent understood how hard school was. And how mean that kid in your class was. Yet they survived through everything listed above. Perspective is an amazing art. Refined and enlightening as time goes on. Let’s try and keep things in perspective.

Your parents and/or grandparents were called to endure all of the above – you are called to stay home and sit on your couch!!!

Ray Payne OAM
Veteranweb Network
raypayne@veteranweb.asn.au
www.veteranweb.asn.au


The Veteranweb Network providing information to Australian veterans, ex-service, and service personnel. Reaching more than 13,060 readers daily and growing.
All service and ex-service personnel can subscribe to the Veteranweb Network cost-free, simply provide your service number and unit. Information is provided via email from various reliable sources. Veteranweb is an information service, while it is not a forum you are welcome to contribute.

Also from Bernie in Howlong

A good story from Howlong Click Here..

 

We had friends over this afternoon for coffee and that was good I enjoyed that...

The weather was not good, being so cold 13c in White Cliffs Today almost no sun, just a bad day...

 

Hope tomorrow is better... You all have fun...

 

 

 

 

Saturday 11th July 2020 (rain 6.5mm to 9am this morning)

We were unable to see anything this morning the town was covered with a blanket of White Fog. Fog is rear in White Cliffs you see it one or two times a year... maybe more this year...


They all rush out of town around 10am today most going to Queensland...


Even the back of the caravan is full people are camping all over town...


Then the next lot come to town at one point it looked like a train coming to town caravans all in a line... A lot are Victoria people and they cannot get into Queensland so they stop in White Cliffs...


Outside the White Cliffs Hotel note the VIC number plates, the local people are staying away...


Sunset and not a bad one to see after the rain last night and a heavy fog..

Running late, so you all have fun this weekend...

They tell Broken Hill is packed and so is White Cliffs....

 

 

 

 

Friday 10th July 2020

Two words some up the day in White Cliffs WET and COLD all day in town, the lady of the house went to craft in town with the local ladies I try to do some work outside then around late morning the rain came and at 4:30pm today we had 6mm in the new rain gauge, yep the first rain in three months...


I leave it there till around 9am tomorrow... we may get some more over night... The good news is 6mm put 420 lts in the rain water tank and it is coming out the over flow right now ... (tank size is 1000 lts)


You can see the rain on the car windscreen and over town... The yard just turns to mud I went down town to check the mail and on the dirt roads just mud... By tomorrow night it will be dry and hard...


Looking towards Queensland mid afternoon today and it does look like good rain in Queensland...

I try do some work over the weekend, hope we get a dry weekend it does look that way it the weather man is right...

All good here staying home and staying safe ...

You all have fun...

 

 

 

Thursday 9th July 2020

Thursday and Power Ball tonight 80 million... Wow that is big money, yep we have a ticket...

Cobb Highway and Silver City Highway sealing and upgrade program

The NSW Government is providing $145 million to seal and upgrade the remaining of the Cobb and Silver City highways in far western NSW. Transport for NSW is delivering this program of work over the next five years and once complete, freight access, travel times and safety will be improved for all road users.


The NSW Government announced it will invest $145 million to seal and upgrade the remaining kilometers of the Cobb and Silver City Highways. This brings the total investment in the highways to $195 million since 2011. Around 113.5 kilometers of highway has already been sealed between 2011 and mid-2019.


The Cobb Highway runs from Moama, on the Victorian border, to the Barrier Highway, near Wilcannia, via Ivanhoe and Hay. It is 571 kilometers long, with 70 kilometers of unsealed surface remaining.


The Silver City Highway connects Buronga, on the Victorian border with the Queensland border via Broken Hill and Tibooburra. It is 683 kilometers long, and is now fully sealed and open to Tibooburra.


The Cobb still being worked on but around 70km's left and it be open all the way to Melbourne... Why the Cobb Highway be so good...

White Cliffs to Albury via Broken Hill Mildura 1100 km's (2 night stop over)...
White Cliffs to Albury via Cobar Griffith (Kidman Way) 942 km's (1 night stop over)...
White Cliffs to Albury via Hay (Cobb Highway) 787 km's (9hr's drive in one day 70kms dirt road)...

The Cobb and Silver City highways provide a north – south connection between north-western Victoria and north-western NSW. They are the only roads in the NSW State Highway network that were not sealed. Unsealed highways in this part of NSW can easily flood and remain closed for weeks after periods of considerable rain. Highway closures currently impact the road up to 12 times per .year, directly affecting local residents and businesses, essential services and interstate road users.
Once the remaining sections of the Cobb Highway are sealed, families and businesses will have long-term access to safer and more reliable roads in western NSW.

 

In White Cliffs...

The Flying Doctor was in town today...

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It is a fantastic service for the people of the outback, great people...


Turleys Hill from the Airport today...


Camping out on the Opal fields may save money but sure a hard way to live...


Setup a tent city out on the Opal Field a caravan or two and a lot of canvas...

 

That's Thursday you all have fun....

 


 

Wednesday 8th July 2020

Most of you will know by now I have a love of camera's and over the years I have always owned on. Over night on Twitter I read about the camera on Mar's Curiosity ... Read on below...

From Twitter and NASA

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover occasionally stops to stargaze. Recently, it captured a shot of Earth and Venus in the Red Planet's night sky.

Curiosity aimed its Mast Camera, or Mastcam, at the heavens about 75 minutes after sunset on June 5, 2020, the 2,784th Martian day, or sol, of the mission. A two-image twilight panorama reveals Earth in one frame and Venus in the other. Both planets appear as mere pinpoints of light, owing to a combination of distance and dust in the air; they would normally look like very bright stars.

The brief photo session was partly to gauge the twilight brightness: During this time of year on Mars, there's more dust in the air to reflect sunlight, making it particularly bright, said Mastcam co-investigator Mark Lemmon of the Space Science Institute

 

From Lavington NSW...

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has told people to avoid travel to and from border communities, flagging further restrictions could be placed on border towns as well as the rest of NSW as Victoria's corona virus caseload increases.
The changes to NSW's corona virus restrictions as a whole, to be announced on Thursday morning, "would not be anything major", Mr Berejiklian said on Wednesday, "but we are considering tweaking some health orders in NSW to ensure additional safety in relation to some types of gatherings".
Furthermore, the Premier said the government was considering making hotel quarantine mandatory for NSW residents returning from Victoria, which residents would have to pay for themselves.
"We understand that, due to financial hardship or other reasons, people have made arrangements to get back to their family or get back to their place of work. We understand that. But that tolerance pretty much finishes once there's been sufficient time for people to make those adjustments."
It came as Ms Berejiklian said the probability of COVID-19 spreading from Victoria to NSW was "extremely high" and as she pleaded with people in border communities not to travel to other parts of NSW.
NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said eight new COVID cases had been identified in the past 24 hours, seven of whom were returned travelers. The eighth case is a woman in her 30s in south-west Sydney.
Dr Chant said further investigations were under way to determine whether her infection was recent or a historical one. Close contacts of the woman, including some health staff at Liverpool Hospital, were in isolation.
Dr Chant said a Victorian teenager and his family were also isolating in Merimbula, on the NSW South Coast, after the boy was informed by Victorian health authorities that a negative corona virus test he received was, in fact, incorrect.
"The child and his family were not from a hotspot in Melbourne," Dr Chant said.
She said the only contact the family had since arriving in NSW on July 4 was visiting the Tathra Hotel. The hotel had kept a list of the 80 patrons present at the time of the child's visit and they are being contacted.
Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews announced on Wednesday that his state had recorded 134 new cases of corona virus in the past day. Of those cases, only 11 were connected to contained outbreaks while the source of infection for 123 remained under investigation.
Ms Berejiklian said border communities were "on notice" and the government would consider implementing a second border checkpoint north of Albury or tightening the permit system if current border controls proved too high-risk.
"If we find that the bubble we have created on the border doesn't work and we feel it's too high-risk, we will definitely need to take further action," she said.
"Do not travel to other parts of NSW unless you absolutely have to.
"If you are an Albury resident, we do not recommend you travel to other parts of NSW, and if we feel in the next few days - or as early as tomorrow - that we need to further protect the community, we will consider what we do, north of Albury."
One option that might be considered in coming days was to stop movement altogether between border communities such as Albury-Wodonga, Ms Berejiklian said.
Police have processed more than 50,000 permits since the Victorian-NSW border closed at midnight on Tuesday, the Premier said. The government was monitoring the situation every few hours and was prepared to restrict movement around the border further if necessary, she added.
"Whilst we have allowed these permits, whilst we have allowed a degree of flexibility, do not assume this will continue," Ms Berejiklian said
The Premier also renewed the government's warning to businesses that they must abide by public health orders or risk a fine of up to $55,000.
"We will be stepping up compliance in relation to businesses across the state," Ms Berejiklian said, noting that only 10 per cent of the state's businesses had registered as "COVID Safe".
"[We are] concerned with the lack of compliance in NSW in some hospitality venues in particular cafes and restaurants, basic things like sharing a salt and pepper shaker."
After borders closed at midnight on Tuesday, vehicles were backed up for several kilometers at border crossings in Victoria on Wednesday morning, as police and Defence Force officers enforced permits at checkpoints across the 1000-kilometre border.
In guidelines published on its website, Service NSW said adults and children entering NSW from the south would need an entry permit unless they were "an emergency or law enforcement services worker" or "entering NSW to avoid injury or escape a risk of harm".
with Mary Ward

 

White Cliffs:

What I did all day today... The new "linen press"


Have to still fit the room out inside and plaster the walls the new Linen Press was the job of the day... The door on the right side of picture is the back door...


Looking from the new kitchen up the hall way the Laundry and the Linen Press.... I need to fit it out inside and by then I be out of timber and Gyprock to work with,,,,

That's Wednesday you all have fun this week...

 

 

 

Tuesday 7th July 2020

Covid-19 Melbourne in "Lock Down" and the Victoria and New South Wales, South Australian border in lock down .. It has not happen for over 100 years closing the border that is...

From White Cliffs:


Looking up the hill from our back door, I may have to go up and push some rocks back away from the edge..


From the back door looking to the East this afternoon...


What a great picture from the Canon Camera this is way above our home and I took it with a big zoom with today's blue sky looking South the camera pointing up about 45 degree, Afghan Hops there are 100s around home right now ...


Another picture with a lot of zoom on the camera today the is around 100m from the camera this afternoon... What sort of bird is it ???...


Inside the new kitchen today 17c with no heating or cooling (this is inside) and the weather man is saying rain at the weekend we will just have to wait and see...

We are staying home with so many people around town a lot from Victoria, Home the safe place to be we feel...

That's Tuesday so you all have fun...

 

 

 

Monday 6th July 2020

Covid-19 and tonight they are going to close the Victoria and New South Wales border at midnight, if you are born in 2020 you will be know as a Covid Kid ....

Went down to the Post Office and picked up some mail and it is unreal how many caravan are out on the street tonight they are setting up camp in the street, just crazy ...


I took this picture in town this afternoon ...

Look at the motor bikes at the pub the town is packed the caravan park is full...


More bikes pulling up at the pub as we turn the corner...


Out of town we headed for home that's Smiths Hill in front ...

Our driveway, bit bumpy but a lot better than it was...

I am told the NSW, Qld border will open next week and if you have a "Victoria" car you need to show proof that you have been in NSW for 14 days or they will not let you into Qld... So we hang out in White Cliffs for two weeks they are saying...

I did some water proofing up top of the house this morning and fixed a drain pipe that had come apart...

Had to put a new memory card in the camera last night, it been there from day one that I got the camera and filled at 9999 pictures. I new it was near full and got a new replacement in Broken Hill last week, so all good now...

The Flying Doctor Service has mad two trips to White Cliffs today one around 8am with a heart problem and another person after lunch the plane came and picked up another person, I guess with so many people in town the hospital and the Flying Doctor will be kept busy...

Old Bill is moving South a good friend and know as the "Keeper Of The Keys" Bill gave me back our keys, he was a person we all trusted and was a Policeman for over 30yrs... After the Police Force he moved with his wife Jenny to White Cliffs .... Time to move he told us back to Victoria where Jenny comes from ...

That's today Monday you all have fun...

And just for the record in the month of June 2020 the "Three Dots" website had 576 hits about 19 a day it will slow down now the football back on this month...

 

 

 

 

Sunday 5th July 2020

From Bernie in Howlong:

Good friend Russell Mason... Lavington Compleat Angler owner, fisherman extraordinaire, gentleman and a most respected [ for his honesty] fishing reporter took this photograph looking down the Dartmouth Dam boat ramp, last days of June 2020. Thought you might like the Picture... Second picture is Justin Lane with 2 whopper Murray cray's this 1st week July. They are from Lake Mulwala.

Thanks Bernie.... Great pictures...

 

From White Cliffs:

We had a very busy day it was our turn to put on coffee this week and we had great fun... I did not take people today I gave them a rest from the camera....


Some of the food we put on today ready to eat///


The Coffee and Tea is ready in the new kitchen, we all had a great day ....


We ended up seating 8 people around the table, having a round table good when it comes to a group having a chat..


Our place was like a car yard this afternoon with more parked on the other side of the yard...


It did look like rain all day but nothing in the gauge, the first day in weeks that we have not had a blue sky I was hoping to see the full moon tonight but I cannot see anything...

 

There are some nice people in White Cliffs we had a great group here today...

 

 

 

Saturday 4th July 2020

This weekend kicks off a stellar month of night sky watching, with a lovely full Moon lining up with Jupiter and Saturn.
The best time to see this line up will be about three or four hours after sunset on Sunday (5 July), says amateur astronomer Ian Musgrave.
And you get another chance on Monday night (6 July), when the Moon will be slightly less full and appear beneath the planets in the line up instead of on top.
But if you want to see the full Moon at its best, have a look at sunset itself.
This is when it will appear at its largest and most colourful, as it rises above the horizon.
From ABC Website

Big week ahead in the sky and it looks like we can get some good pictures this week. Today we had a big clean up of the new kitchen, we have coffee at our place tomorrow afternoon...


Turleys Hill from area near the caravan park...


This is the overflow area at the White Cliffs Caravan Park this afternoon (that truck is a mobile home)...


The park is full from what we can see, the shop was packed as was the pub today. We are having a small group of local people at our place tomorrow afternoon...

There must be over fifty caravans and motor home camped out on the Opal fields, a lot of caravans are from Victoria...

That's our day here and looking forward to tomorrow afternoon....

You all have fun...

 

 

 

Friday 3rd July 2020

I am late, very late tonight had to pack up what we had outside a number of locals rang us someone is stealing what they can find outside underground homes in the area, a number of people have lost tools today so the last hour I have been packing up in the dark ...

What have I been doing well it been a big day for me I have been fitting Gyprock on the walls in the hallway...


The door at the end leads into the new kitchen, the door on the left is the hot water service...


Taken from the back door looking inside around to the right is the new kitchen, the door that you see at the end leads into the underground home...


From the underground looking at the backdoor that leads into the front yard...


This is taken from the new kitchen on the left we have the new laundry and next to that the new linen press...

I just remember I need to go lock the small metal shed... There would be around 1000 people here in town I seen two cars driving around at 4am this morning "fast" we may need a policeman if this keeps up...

You all have a good weekend...

 

 

 

Thursday 2nd July 2020

Well back to work today cleaning up the kitchen we have coffee at our place this Sunday afternoon a number of locals are coming...

More pictures from Broken Hill yesterday:

Another old pub in the main street as I said yesterday a number of the old pub are now private homes..

Broken Hill has a very wide main street this is the East end of town and the way home for us....


Another old pub in the street I read someplace it had over 100 pubs in the early 1900s

All good here after a big sleep and we did not do a lot today. Weather was good 20c blue sky the perfect day...


Bernie your playing tricks again (all in good fun) Had to remove the News Paper name sorry...

 

 

You all have fun this month...

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 1st July 2020

Well July is here month 7 of the year and it is almost Christmas time... Today we hit the road to Broken Hill at 6:45am and first stop today was Wilcannia and a fuel stop, unleaded is $1.199 and we refilled on the way home... Next was a coffee at Little Topar 70kms east of Broken Hill... A 600km drive return to White Cliffs...


The road into Broken Hill 300kms and one corner..


In Broken Hill today Carol had the camera..


The main street of Broken Hill Argent Street it run East West almost all old buildings...


This lady looking at the car but almost walked into the back door..


A lot of Hotels in Broken Hill a lot of them are now family homes...


Radio Station ABC Broken Hill... On the left side... This is the road to home 200km's turn left 100km's to home the speed limit on the open road is 110kph ...

It was a big day...

I rest tomorrow.... you all have fun....