musings from the everyday, somedays

Day 7 - Comet and Emerald

Day 7 saw us heading west towards our primary destinations of Longreach and Winton. Our overnight stop about half way was Emerald, but a little before Emerald is the small town of Comet which houses the Dig Tree carved by Ludwig Leichhardt in 1847. The tree was originally at the intersection of the Comet and Nogoa Rivers some seven kilometres north of its current location. Leichhardt’s Dig Tree The Emerald City (Town)

Day 6 - Gladstone and Botanic Gardens

Day 6 was spent in Gladstone - spending time in Spinnaker Park in the morning and the Botanic Gardens in the afternoon. In and around Spinnaker Park From what I can ascertain, this is the site of the original 'Gladstone Pier' The Queensland Alumina Limited alumina refinery Botanic Gardens Brush Turkey 'friend' Oops. Corrected on the other side!

Day 5 - Childers and Gladstone

Day 5 saw us driving from the Sunshine Coast to Gladstone. It was overcast most of the day with frequent rain. We stopped for a morning coffee in Childers (opposite the site of the infamous Backpackers Hostel fire of 2000 when 15 people were killed). After our arrival in Gladstone we stopped near Matthew Flinders bridge (a ‘bascule’ bridge) in Port Park and took some photos in the light drizzle.

Day 4 - Eumundi, Coolum, Noosa Heads

Day 4 began with a trip to the Eumundi Markets followed by a look around Coolum and an afternoon stroll around Noosa Heads. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to do it! Eumundi Markets Coolum (Wilkinson Park Lookout) Noosa Heads Noosa Architecture Classic

Pages read April 2024

And how did April shape up? Poorly. The total was 393 comprising about a third from my daily Bible reading and devotionals with the other two thirds being a couple of short Christian books (Worthy by Sinclair Ferguson, and Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray). May is a holiday month and I have a couple of new books lined up: How to Think, and Breaking Bread with the Dead - both by Alan Jacobs.


For ever and a day (well, for the best part of a few decades) my go-to breakfast has been Weet-Bix. In winter I’ll have the occasional porridge, and in days gone by my summer input may have been Special K or Nutrigrain or Rice Bubbles or Weeties, but Weet-Bix was the norm. Whilst we still have a couple of boxes of Weet-Bix (and All-Bran) in the cupboard (with a best by date of many months in the future) I’ve recently switched to muesli.

Pages read March 2024

During the month of March I tracked the total number of pages I read. This was as a result of a video I saw by Parker Settecase on his youtube channel Park Notes. The specific video was this one where he advocates logging ones reading on a daily basis. I came across the video in February so decided to commence in March. So what was the answer? 512. Not much, but okay for someone who hasn’t felt like reading much since Christmas.

Croquet Mallets

I’ve recently begun playing croquet. This is the formal game on (fairly) smooth lawns with hoops that are only a few millimetres wider than the balls. Our family has had a cheap home croquet set for decades, but that game has thin wire hoops that can be tens of millimetres wider than the balls. Anyway, I started at the beginning of October so it is five and a half elapsed months, but the lawns were closed for around five weeks over Christmas due to a broken watering system so my playing time is closer to four months.

Window Manager Shootout

I’ve been using Window Managers (WM) in Linux for around five years. I first wrote about them back in 2018, and mentioned them often subsequently. In my mind WMs can be categorised into two broad camps, and further subdivisions can be applied. The two broad camps are stacking window managers (where windows for newly-opened apps appear over previous apps), and dynamic tiling window managers where new windows open adjacent to current windows on some predetermined basis.