Crash go the banks

Well, what interesting times we live in.  I find it scary enough watching trees fall, but watching banks fall has a kind of horrific fascination all of its own!  Kim has been studying economics intently over the last couple of years and gives us a daily update on the state of the world’s economies.  Kim has lots of opinions about economics so if you want to chat to him about it – feel free.  He has been predicting the events as they have been happening, like the failure of AIG and Washington Mutual and the rise in fuel prices, and is not overly pleased to see his predictions being fulfilled.

It is interesting to see the media playing down the dramatic events as they happen, but we don’t for a minute believe that the trouble in the States will not affect us over here.  I guess those with funds in Bankwest will already realise that anyway, since the Bank of Scotland has failed and they owned Bankwest at the time.  Certainly the world could become a different place to what we are used to.  Kim’s advice to all of you with excess funds in banks or shares (I don’t know that experience myself) is to buy yourselves some gold instead.  It’s actually very easy in WA as you can go to the Perth Mint and purchase gold by the ounce (or more or less).  You can take it home or store it at the mint and it may well be a good idea to have a little put aside for if things go really bad.

We are pleased to have Kim back home again.  He was sorry that he couldn’t get down to Albany, but enjoyed catching up with family and a couple of good friends while in Perth.  He got back home late Tuesday and is quickly settling back in.  He found our new iPhone quite invaluable while he was away.  It could record his dad talking, point out the nearest ATM or fuel station etc and give directions to get there, play music, be a digital bible or other book (Kim has Matthew Henry’s Commentary on there now), browse the web, send and receive emails and still managed to be a phone.

Lambs are really rather cute but sad to say our sweet little Tavi did not make it.  😦  After some research (where would we be without the internet) and some advice from our neighbour we determined that she had pneumonia.  Despite our best efforts she was not strong enough to pull through, but we enjoyed having her while we did, and losing Pop helped us to keep things in perspective when she died.

Lydia’s chicks have continued to grow, and grow and grow.  They have now graduated to a large dome during the day but still return to their small one in the evenings as it is protected by an electric fence.

The light ones are starting to look a lot a lot like Light Sussex but with some extra markings.

Both our lakes have filled up a bit this week.  They were fuller last year but only had water in for about a week, and that was earlier in the year than this.  This is the one we have dubbed “The Great Lake”, it is south of our garden area.

You can just see the blue of a dome in the background.

This is the “Lesser Great Lake” on the other side of the driveway, which is actually deeper.  You should hear the croaking of the frogs!!!

I’ve been busy planting out a bunch of seedlings in the gardens this week.  I only have frost hardy plants out so far and we’ll see how they go this time.  I do have tomatoes, cucumber and capsicum seedlings coming up in the greenhouse, and I planted some corn into pots just the other day.  I also have some potatoes coming up in the gardens now, though most of my seed spuds are still awaiting planting.

We still have snow on the mountains, just a bit, but I expect it wont last much longer.  The snow stayed on the mountains all winter this year, unlike last year when it just made the occasional appearance.

We had a lovely visit from Ken and Helen Joyce from Albany this week.  It was wonderful to catch up with them and hear some news of Albany and of the folk from the Baptist church there.  Caleb is heading off to Perth in a week for Judson and Cath’s wedding.  It will be a quick visit on a tight budget but at least he is getting there!


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