WA Day 2019: Taking a break in Busselton

For WA Day 2019 I am still down at Bussleton. My niece, sister, and I were sitting out in the shaded sun on the north side of our unit. I was sipping on a very nice instant coffee. Then we had this butcherbird come and land on the little garden right next to us.

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Now, I would suspect that there are not too many Perth city folk that have seen an actual butcherbird (which may, or may, be supposed to be written as two words: viz, butcher bird). For those not attuned to decoding between magpies, mudlarks, and butcherbirds it can be a little confusing. A butcherbird is somewhat the same size as a mudlark, but perhaps a little shorter and a little pudgier.

Unlike mudlarks and magpies—which will eat things other than meat if they need too—butcherbirds are pretty much pure carnivores. No veg or cereal for them.

Where I hail from, up on the edge of the wheat growing belt inland from Geraldton, we often saw butcherbirds having a meal tearing apart a small field mouse or a wee lizard in the fork of a tree. But I have rarely spotted a butcherbird in suburbia. Even when I was living in bushy and bird friendly Kalamunda.

Apparently the Australian housing market is ticking upwards

Anyone reading the financial news in Australia over the last week—since the Liberal coalition won the Fedral elections—could not have helped noticing all the various articles about how it has ‘saved’ the property market and prices are ticking back upwards. In the Weekend Australian Business section there are headlines like “The buyers are back” and “Election sparks ‘mini-boom’ as buyers return to housing market”.

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Auction clearance rates have jumped up by 10 percent in the one week.

Now, I am trying to sell a house so I would love it if this was true. However, something tells me that the general decline in property prices is not over. I can see why the Liberal’s winning the election might help the property market. But I think it would only probably be enough to slow down the rate of falls. And maybe, at the very best, stop the general fall of the market. But I honestly do not think property prices will start to go back up again for at least two years.

Even if the Reserve Bank were to drop the cash rate to banks by 50 basis points (half of a percent), I still don’t think it would see the housing market start climbing back up. I think any reduction in housing payments that might flow through to borrowers from a drop in the cash rate would be put towards reducing other debt—especially credit card debt. Assuming that a drop in rates even freed up any funds for these borrowers.

Down at Busso for the WA Day long weekend

I have done something I would normally never do. I have come down to Busselton for the 2019 WA Day long weekend. I generally don’t travel at those times because the traffic is typically horrid on the highways and byways anywhere down south over public holiday breaks.

But my Guillian Barre afflicted niece, who is not allowed to drive, wanted to break down at Busso. So here we are. I have taken a couple of extra days off work—the Friday before and the Tuesday after—in order to make the break a bit longer and so as to avoid some of the previously mentioned traffic. Although I suspect that at least half of the other holidaying people also take a couple of extra days—so it probably does not help me in avoiding traffic.

My wife, who died as an outcome of motor neuron disease back in August 2018, used to love coming to Busselton. I have not been down to Busso since she passed.

We would drive around the surrounds of Busselton, going as far down as Margret River, looking for interesting things to photograph and different places to have coffee. One of her favourite coffe places was the Lavender Cafe on Caves Road.

For some reason, and I don’t really know why, Busselton does have this air of relaxation about it. It might have something to do with the five bottles of Yellow Champagne we consumed yesterday afternoon and evening.

I kind of recently 'discovered' Reddit

Like most people who use the Internet I have known about the existence of Reddit for some time. If you are a regular user of the Internet it would be hard not to know about Reddit. And over the years I have done the occasional visit to Reddit. But I never really ‘got into it’.

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Over the last few weeks I have become more interested in Reddit. I now have an account, and I have joined a number of sub-Reddit groups—as they call them.

Being somewhat interested in photography I have joined the /Photocritique, /Pics, and /SonyAlpha sub-Reddits.

The picture of the Cosplay girl at right is from the /Pics sub-Reddit.

Reddit is apparently sometimes referred to as the “front door of the Internet”, and I can see why. There seem to be thousands of sub-Reddits and the Reddit groups are very active.

I have only joined eight sub-Reddits, including /WorldNews and /Technology, but even keeping up with these is almost impossible due to the number of articles that get posted into these groups.

I will post other related articles as I find out more about using Reddit .