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Wednesday, 17 July 2019 Dereel Images for 17 July 2019
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More signs of spring
Topic: gardening, opinion Link here

It should still be deepest winter, but more flowers are coming out. The “Uncle Max” Hibiscus is now flowering about as much as I have ever seen it;


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There are also a large number of buds on their way. Why now? Maybe a reaction to fertilizer? This photo also shows the Epazote at front right: the two that got the fertilizer are growing much better than the other two.

Roll on springtime.


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Another NBN outage!
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More mail from Aussie Broadband today:

NBNCo has let us know that they are planning network maintenance in your area, and that your service at <strong>29 STONES RD, DEREEL VIC</strong> will be affected.<br>

The details are:
  - Start date and time: Fri 2nd August 2019 00:00 AEST
  - End date and time: Fri 2nd August 2019 06:00 AEST
  - Window: 6.0 hours

OK, nothing new that we have an outage. But isn't this in the middle of the behemoth 9 day outage that I grumbled about last week (not the first time this month)? Yes, indeed:

 
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Still, I suppose it must be difficult to schedule an outage during periods of normal service when there are so few of them.


BN services are now available
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It has proven to be a good idea to put a permanent answering service on my main phone line. The number of spam calls has dropped to 8 in the last billing period, and of course nobody left a message to be called back.

Until today. Then I got a voicemail message:

BN services are now available in your locality. So, for uninterrupted service, press 1 to speak to a technician.

BN? A robocall that doesn't recognize an answering service message when it hears one, and thus doesn't wait for the beep.

But more to the point: what is right about this call? There were four of them, all faking different caller numbers: 0355677048, 0359406341, 0350468074 and 0353938766. Apart from the legality of this faking, why do they bother? And yes, it's correct that we have National Broadband Network coverage the majority of the time, but that's been the case for nearly 6 years now. And of course the promise "for uninterrupted service” is just plain ludicrous.

I wonder what company is behind it. Clearly one to avoid. Would you trust a company that shotgun spams and can't recognize an answering service?


Garden flowers in mid-winter
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It's mid-winter (close to a month after the solstice), time for the monthly garden photos.

Somehow we don't seem to be doing very well. While walking the dogs down Westons Road, we saw these beds in the property that we looked at but didn't buy seven years ago:


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In particular, that Hardenbergia violacea in the second image looks very different from ours:


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Why? It looks as if the ones in Westons Road aren't watered at all.

Somehow there's nothing very unexpected this month. It's mid-winter, of course, which helps. But despite the milder-than-usual weather, the things that normally do well in winter, like the roses and the tomatoes, look anything but happy this year:


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Still, they're looking better than the Hibiscus and Hardenbergia violacea (above) that had been looking bad for a while:


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I still don't know why they died.

The Petunias that struggled through the summer are now struggling through the winter:


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And the first yellow Narcissus (plant) are now flowering:


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And the succulent bed continues to improve:


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And that's about the lot. Not a very inspiring collection this month.


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