Macrobusiness Sundries: 7-8 May 2022


Leaving Alice Springs I headed into the eastern Macdonnell Ranges to Ross River and Binns Track. Binns Track was rough, wash aways, some bull dust, sand and numerous dry creek crossings. It was all manageable but in the end I decided too remote to be travelling solo. Once at Gemtree, I abandoned plans to continue on Binns Track and headed for the main road. 
On a motorcycle you are dependent on the food and services at the roadhouses enroute. It’s mostly grim. Filthy establishments with ordinary fare. However, there are a few gems such as Devils Marbles Hotel where I again met up with the Russians. 
The last few days I’ve been at Bitter Springs. Love the birdlife in the Tropics. Greater bowerbird, figbirds, various honeyeaters and more observed from the cabin. ‘



Ritualised Forms

Lethbridge Wines, Vineyard and Winery, Late April 2022

These guys make some stonking wines, and the vineyard (just off the road between Geelong and Ballarat) is well worth dropping in to – they do tastings and cellar door sales.  There are other vineyards in Lethbridge, and surrounds (Steiglitz, Maude and Bannockburn) and a load of cheese makers and various types of food growers etc in the region – for those interested in a drive.



Ermington Plumbing

‘Wana Root? Camellia Root that is’





Absolute Beach

‘It’s finally cooling down here so enjoyed swapping boat trailers for my Bullet 1750 ski boat. Thought the boaties might like to see the least safe way to do this. If it’s too late for this week, bin it.

And I finally found a good use for Germaine’s books. My missus was not impressed, and she suggested that I needed to reflect on my misogynist leanings. I told her it was just the right size….’

Geoff McVeigh

‘Sunrise at North Broulee’

‘Coral Fungi on Hill Track Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens’

‘Blue wren, sunrise, North Broulee Beach’

‘Robber Fly and prey on Hill Track Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens’


‘Passing a small group with the 81er.’

‘Why did the Ringtail cross the road. To be cute danger.’


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  1. boomengineeringMEMBER

    My pics from front bike video camera, the critters were a bit of a blurr. One of a pair (too close below to be caught on camera) must have been deafened by my roar to stop as it was following the first to certain death. Lucky for both of us, it heeded the bellow. At North Head reserve after the hill climb.
    Passing pic was on the way home.

    • boomengineeringMEMBER

      A little left of the mid bottom, then expand.
      3 that night, one pair and a loner further up.
      A few Bandicoots up there as well.
      My mate got hit by a owl going up McCarrs, both suffered injuries.

      • boomengineeringMEMBER

        Just saw on TV a first discovery at Cronulla what they think is a relative of the Box Jellyfish. They think it possible that it could be deadly but it’s the same as one I got stung by off the tip of Long Reef about 15 or so years ago which didn’t kill me. It stung behind my knee and much, much, more painful than a Bluebottle. A big blister formed which kept getting bigger until it burst. The scar lasted for years.
        Maybe I should inform whoever is researching it to help them out as obviously a pretty rare occurrence.

      • boomengineeringMEMBER

        Thanks for the interest. On the flat always permanent chainring 81 cluster 11, which dosen”t change when passing. No cadence means no choice.

  2. Hill Billy 55MEMBER

    I mentioned last week that the recorded sales in Queensland via had dropped between 5 and 10% over the previous 3 weeks to into the 1000’s. Today their number is a nice round 996. Since August 2020 there has not been one week so low, let alone 4 in a row.

    Pre COVID the numbers fluctuated around 700’s to low 900’s and in the low periods Feb to August we saw numbers dip down to the 500’s.

    This drop seems now to be permanent, and with interest rates on the up, where will it end? Anecdata from today, inspected a property that had a very good aspect and only 9 viewers in Toowoomba. Properly priced for what had been the going market. Shall be interested to see where it lands.

    • boomengineeringMEMBER

      C3PO, was right, no animals this morn, not even a rabbit. Plenty of drunks, drugged and nutters though, and Uber drivers with no respect for human life, so no more early Sundays. Wife just left in a huff as her coffee just fell off the bench inside the Manly beachside sherlter,.determined to blame someone.
      No Bold and the Beautiful swimmers yet.
      Edit, my poor eyesight just noticed 2 swimming to Queenscliff.


      • boomengineeringMEMBER

        Wife just had an altercation with John Hopoate driving a Volvo erratically , on our way home from the Long Reef pie shop.
        No worries though, as today put in good stead after the good ride up the hill earlier with 81 ring and 5th on cassette.

          • boomengineeringMEMBER

            That and more, but no insertion.
            Hasn’t met her match yet but time will tell when you tread on thin ice.
            BTW quite a few of those Maori & islander types are afraid of women because of fathers leaving the offspring discipline up to the heavy handed mothers.

          • boomengineeringMEMBER

            Yesterday while she was filling up fuel she noticed 3 suspicious youth on a Mob Ph”s then all the power went off half way through her fill. She went to pay and glared at them, they ran off. Minutes later another 3 youths turned up and she told them ” you as well, the cop’s are coming” ( for the previous) they they ran off as well.
            Anyone here elaborate on the ability for ph to cut servo power. My guess is spill fire prevention.

  3. Diogenes the CynicMEMBER

    These are great and a nice to look at on Sunday arvo. We live in a beautiful country even if the available food in the interior is mostly grim.

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