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  1. Ruminations from My Verandah #46: Oh what a year it was . . . it really was such a year!

    "Ruminate - to think deeply about something" (Oxford Dictionary)

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ID:	33631 Oh what a year it was . . . it really was such a year!

    Hi, I'm Rob Greaves.


    This is the forty-sixth posting in this on-going, if not somewhat ad-hoc column, called "Ruminations From My Verandah" and it's the last for 2016.

    The sun is beaming down, the wine is a nice chilled 10 degrees C and I am feeling very mellow. For the umpteenth time this year the Kookaburra’s are singing loud and heartily. My pond is gurgling as the water runs down the rocks and the cicadas rise and fall in a never-ending opera of the bush.

    It is hard to accept for a frozen moment in time, as I sit here,
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  2. Ruminations From My Veranda #45: Finding Freo - and the human spirit!

    Finding Freo - and the human spirit!

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    This is the very first Rumination that I have written in the years I have been publishing this ad-hoc column that doesn't have my picture at the top!

    Ruminations really is about what is going through my head as I sit on my verandah, generally enjoying a wine or sometimes a beer, and usually I don't research or check facts I just let the thoughts and feelings flow along with the wine.

    Certainly in Melbourne this afternoon the weather is balmy and it is a superb spring afternoon, the verandah is bathed in sunshine, birds are singing and it is a fine arvo for a vino and all should be right with the world.

    But it
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  3. Ruminations From My Veranda #44: Spring has sprung

    Ruminations From My Veranda #44: Spring Has Sprung - of boids, grass and coffee!

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ID:	31572 The spring is sprung, the grass is riz.I wonder where the boidie is.
    They say the boidie’s on the wing.
    But that’s absoid. The wing is on the bird.

    And so Ogden Nash introduced us to not just Spring, but an unforgettable piece of nonsense poetry! Here we are, it's Spring and in Melbourne we are celebrating the second consecutive fine day!

    Hey, for Melbourne not to have all 4 seasons in a day is amazing, but to get to warm sunny days in a row in early September is not just amazing it's delightful.

    Oh yes, that grass has certainly grown and I have had the old brush-cutter
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  4. Ruminations From My Veranda #43: Here we go, yet again!

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ID:	27883 Here we go, yet again - Bring on the election, it might be critical but I'm over it already!

    Here we are moving into late March and this is my first rumination for 2016, but number 43 in the ongoing, but ad-hoc, ruminations/ramblings/thoughts from my Veranda!

    I'm not drinking anything special today, in fact it's an almost finished bottle of J.P. Chenet Chardonnay. Unassuming, not all that challenging but at the same time fresh to the mouth and delightful on the tongue, it makes the perfect quaffing white on a warm autumn afternoon.

    I really should be talking about the live music shows I plan to see in the next moth, as I am looking forward to seeing and hearing the Animals
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  5. Ruminations From My Veranda #42: Is it my insanity or the worlds?

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ID:	26800 Is it my insanity or the worlds? - I am, you are, we are crazy!

    I am having a moment where i am beginning to doubt either the sanity of most of the world, or my own.

    Yer right, I'm sane and most of the world is crazy! How likely is that?

    This is number 42 in my on-going but ad hoc column - Rumination's from My Verandah!

    I sip on a cold glass of McGuigan's Black label Chardonnay and fight the temptation to close my macbook up, and just enjoy the sun, the sounds of the running water at our ponds, and the birds. Hey! even Bodi & Lenni out the back warning all and sundry not to look into the property, all somehow melds nicely.

    But, no!
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  6. Ruminations From My Verandah #40: Beautiful Bali - Beautiful People, Beautiful Scenery, Beautiful Food, and a Beautiful Brain Massage

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ID:	25040 Beautiful Bali: Beautiful People, Beautiful Scenery, Beautiful Food, and a Beautiful Brain Massage - Yes, beauty IS in the eye, stomach and heart of the beholder!

    This is number 40 in my on-going but ad hoc column - Rumination's from My Verandah!

    June and I escaped the cold, the rain and the gloom of both the Australian political situation and the unfolding "dynamic" and somewhat chaotic financial system, for a small respite in a country that some love, and others love to hate!

    Sadly, that holiday is over and here I sit on the verandah back in cold Melbourne with a glass of red and many fond memories over which to ruminate on.

    Australian's have been going to ...
  7. Ruminations From My Veranda #38: Racism - Is it about race, is it about perceptions, is it more?

    Racism - Is it about race, is it about perceptions, is it about more? - Am I a racist in fact?

    Hi, I'm Rob Greaves.

    This is the thirty eighth posting in this ongoing, if not somewhat ad-hoc column called "Ruminations From My Veranda".


    I am sitting in the sun on my verandah, after being banished inside for a long time by one of the coldest winters for a long time. It's really, really nice to be out here with the sun streaming through the cafe blinds that keep the wind off me. Today they aren't really necessary as there is no wind. Just sun and the birds. Oh, and the sound of chomping as Lenni, one of my two German ...
  8. Ruminations From My Veranda #38: The Good, The Bad and The Indifferent

    The Good, The Bad and The Indifferent - I have a little of each!

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ID:	23761Hi, I'm Rob Greaves.

    This is the thirty eighth posting in this ongoing, if not somewhat ad-hoc column called "Ruminations From My Veranda".

    It's been a while since I've sat on the verandah with a glass of wine, and given that it's pretty cold out here, I may not be out here now except for the fact that I have no electricity. So what else can a poor boy do? The sun is frantically trying to find a way to get through the clouds and at times is succeeds but it has no warmth in it. The solstice has just come and gone and I guess as that heralds a gradual return to more daylight, we might reasonably expect a gradual ...
  9. Ruminations From My Veranda #37: If 6 were 9

    If 6 were 9 - Hey I made 69 years of age!

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ID:	23145 Hi, I'm Rob Greaves.

    This is the thirty seventh posting in this on-going, if not somewhat ad-hoc column called "Ruminations From My Veranda".


    In my last rumination I was basking in the warmth of the easter sun, but today I'm not basking and there sure as hell isn't any sun! It is bloody freezing, but for some bizarre reason i believe if I'm going to post a Rumination From My veranda, then I damn well need to be on the veranda! I have "Vandella", the cafe gas heater on, and the top of my head and my face are glowing from the heat, but my hands and feet are freezing. Not only that, my drink of choice - oh be still my beating heart ...
  10. Ruminations From My Veranda #35: It's the Cusp of Easter, And.....

    It's the Cusp of Easter - and . . . .

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ID:	21943 Hi, I'm Rob Greaves.

    This is the thirty fifth posting in this on-going, if not somewhat ad-hoc column called "Ruminations From My Veranda".


    I'm drinking an interesting French wine that was given as a gift. Chemin des Papes - Cotes Du Rhone is a wine from the Rhone region of France. It is quite a delicious red a dry fruity taste with a touch of spice. It is going down very well with some flat bread and jalapeno and hommus.

    It's an amazing warmish afternoon as I sit on the verandah, given the rain of the day and the predilection of cold winds in these parts of the hills this time of the year, the almost non-existent breeze ...
  11. Ruminations from My Veranda in Bali (#35): The Veranda is smaller but the view is great

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ID:	21328 The veranda is smaller, but the view is great!


    Hi, I'm Rob Greaves.

    This is the thirty fifth posting and the first for 2015, in this on-going, if not somewhat ad-hoc column called "Ruminations From My Veranda". The big difference is, I'm in Bali!


    So my veranda in Belgrave is 4,432 Kms away and as I look out upon the view in front of me I can appreciate not only the distance but the connotations of that distance. Oh, the other thing I am doing in this rumination, is too add some pics, after all I am in another country!

    Not for me the lush redlines from the Yarra or Hunter regions, or the crisp magnificent whites from West Australia, it's Bintang, Bintang
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  12. Ruminations From My Veranda #34: It's a New Year, but why am I sad?

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ID:	20858 It's a New Year - But Why Am I So Sad?

    Hi, I'm Rob Greaves.

    This is the thirty fourth posting and the first for 2015, in this on-going, if not somewhat ad-hoc column called "Ruminations From My Veranda".


    Accompanying me on this rumination is a very fine bottle of New Zealand Chardonnay and it's a bottle of Stoneleigh 2012.

    Now I was stunned at the incredible flavor and that it actually sent me to the Stoneleigh website to find out more. First off I had to input my location and age to be allowed into the site, ostensibly to prove I was of drinking age. P-l-e-a-s-e! Don't treat us like fools. there is no legal ban on anyone of any age looking at a website
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  13. Ruminations From My Veranda #33: Christmas Thoughts and Taunts!

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ID:	20458 Christmas Thoughts and Taunts - Am I Simply Getting Too Mellow With Age?

    Hi, I'm Rob Greaves.

    This is the thirty third posting and final one for 2014, in this on-going, if not somewhat ad-hoc column called "Ruminations From My Veranda".

    Politics and weather seem to always dominate most conversations, and yup! I'm going to speak on both, and more!

    Firstly my drink today is extremely modest, in fact it was a one (large) glass bottle. My oldest son is going overseas to get married and I sure will speak more on that later, but in his desire to start to clean up the downstairs of my house, where he lives
    and in the knowledge that this job will take every part ...
  14. Ruminations From My Veranda #32: Public Servants and Pollies

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    Public Servants and Pollies! - A pox on their houses!

    Hi, I'm Rob Greaves.

    This is the thirty second posting in this on-going, if not somewhat ad-hoc column called "Ruminations From My Veranda".

    I don't know why, but I am constantly amazed that given the amount of time I sit on my wonderful and oh so private veranda, glass in hand, that I don't Ruminate more often. It's actually been 8 weeks since I last sat down and "unloaded" - but things have been boiling up inside me and this afternoon despite it being a gentle and almost quiet afternoon (they have been doing major roadworks down the way, and traffic has been almost non-existent), the time has arrived to
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  15. Ruminations From My Veranda #30: Something For Nothing



    Something For Nothing! -
    Is that what we all want?


    Hi, I'm Rob Greaves.

    This is the thirty first posting in this on-going, if not somewhat ad-hoc column called "Ruminations From My Veranda".

    Firstly I must say, my god! What a beautiful afternoon in Melbourne. It's been a long time since I sat on the veranda in a T-shirt and felt warm. Roll on summer!

    Now, as is my way and my want, I need to pay due respect to the glass of red that accompanies my wandering mind as I contemplate and deliberate over my thoughts. The accompanying red for this column is a 2010 cab sav from a Victorian
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