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December 14, 2017

Australian Diary ;part 4.

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 4:39 pm

Thursday December 14.
No sun this morning, no blue skies, but clouds and a few rain drops.
Still warm around 34 dgr. C. A good rest day after the long day’s of good soaring.
Enjoyed my tea with Nicole and Richard and their French friend. Caught up with several people in town.
Amazed to see how quickly they built the new extension of the Super market. I could not count how many are working and in between “it’s business as usual.” Registers moved from right to left and huge freezers have been installed.
Still there and now 86 years old ….Keith. He was the one who was the president of the Chamber of Commerce in 1986/1987 when we were here with 50 pilots from all Nationalities to practice for the Benalla worlds.
He organized a boat trip on the Murray, a party at somebodies house on the river and EVERYBODY enjoyed it. I remember Tapio pretty “over-refreshed”, so were a few more!
Good old times!!!

Temora;
A scorcher yesterday, so I was anxious to see the results!!
Club; the 4 hour AAT was NOT won by Bernie but by local “hero” Tom Gilbert in the DG 100. Good on him;421 km. in time 3.58.
Bernie did well however with 442.90 km. in time 4.08 in his PIK 20.
standard; Don [Woodward] from Benalla flew during the 4.30 AAT a distance of 597 km. at the dot!!! The Trotters were runners up.
15 m; a 4.30 AAT as well with as winner ….who else than Butch; 606.45 km. in time 4.35. 4 Days and 4000 points!!!!!!
18 m; No not Bruce this time during the 5 hour AAT, but Adam who flies the ASG 29 from Butch[whilst Butch flies his Ventus] and a great 742 km. was the best distance for the day!!!Flown in 5.03. Bruce was runner up  with 730 km. in in 5.04.
Open; same 2 toppers!

Bruce wrote again:”What an interesting day! The trough line was almost over the top of us today, and the forecast was for strong lift to 13,000 feet. Originally there was supposed to be strong winds, then a revised forecast said much lighter, and the reality was somewhere in between. Initially we had to wait for the temperature to rise enough to get things going, when the lift popped through from about 6k to 10k. Then the first leg had some areas that were going well, and some that hadn’t started, so it was a delicate balance to keep traveling quickly. After that it was a challenge to figure out where the lift was under the cloud, and how to manage the overdevelopment. We had some very strong climbs, big sink, and fast glides. What a day!
Adam Woolley managed a day win – Great flight Adam, in challenging conditions. Look out! He might be on a roll.”

Courtesy Bruce.

Great results and after 4 day’s luckily a front passed by so today NO flying!! But for sure it is not over yet!!They continue till the 16th. And the temperatures will go up again till over 40 in the beginning of next week!

Other great flights;
A 1000 for Matthew Scutter flying from Gawler in the Discus 2.
As said the weather here was good. Joergen and Brigitte flew in their Arcus from Tocumwal up to the NW passing Mildura  and back ,an out and return from 964 km. Good on them!!!
Anton from Austria flew over 600 km. in the LS 4 and Terry in the Janus CT  RG a distance of nearly 600 km.!!!!
AND congratulations……“Gold c and one Diamond in one Flight for Kenda” !!!!!
Corowa owner Francesco flew a 750 triangle and flew 807 in total in his ASG 32MI, whilst longtime guest there, Jos from the Netherlands flew 846 km in the ASH 31/21m.
Benalla had a nice flight in an SZD 55;618 km.[500 FAI triangle]

Tomorrow I will have no time to write, most probably on Saturday neither, so just a short story today with the latest to keep you informed.

CU on my b

December 13, 2017

Australian Diary ;part 3.

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 12:45 pm

Wednesday…..December 13;

—–A bloody hot day forecasted up to 40 dgr. C. So I am not doing a lot. Tonight a movie ” Fly Away”  in the golf club with dinner there first. Dundee comes along!!!

—–TEMORA;
Day 3  yesterday ,was a good one and looking back at it, it showed in club class that Bernie is unstoppable. He flew 444 km. with a speed of 108 km./h.3 Days in a row he wins and is on 3000 points. The runner up has nearly 500 points less.
For st.class the 511 km. was flown best by the Trotters [ both LS 8] with a speed of 130 km./h.
Same distance for 15 m with….you expected it already BUTCH on spot 1. Also for him 3 days and 3000 points. His speed 131 km./hy. [Ventus]
18 m. ….sorry it’s getting boring but Bruce won and also for him 3000 points in 3 days. Great speed over 584 km.;140.26 km.h.
Lumpy, here from Toc is a great runner up!!!
Open  same score but Terry in his Ventus 2cxT on spot 3 there with 132 km./h.

Bruce’s Gliding Tale;
Even better today, though still not totally straightforward. I was the very first to launch, and it was slightly frantic getting everything ready in time. The task was originally 670km, but that was reduced to 580km, which was a shame as the day was long enough to do the bigger task. Straight off tow I climbed strongly to more than 8,000 feet. It was around two hours before I started the task, although this was not entirely planned! There was a change of airmass during the waiting period, and it dried out and the wind swung around to the south. All the cumulus receded, and the climbs vanished, so once again my planned start time came and went with me grovelling about down in the weeds. Finally I got high enough to go, but the first part of the flight was challenging in this difficult air, and it was a long haul out to the north east to the cumulus before I got up and running. I was happy with how I managed the flight, with no low points or lost time. The air was not so friendly today, with strong climbs but poor glides in between, so it was difficult to stay up nice and high for very long, and I found I had to take a lot of climbs to keep up in the best height band. We got over 10,000 feet up north, and the forecast looks to be better again for tomorrow. 750km maybe?
Photo is of a nice fat cu waiting to be used😎”

As shared by Bruce.

 

For today , day 4, huge tasks!!!As said it’s hot here too and all pilots have been launched for I presume nice long distances. Pretty blue here but you “see”  the heat and also some high cirrus.
Temora has the next news  written  by Bob;
Another bright sunny day, hot before the expected change tomorrow. Big day predicted with big tasks to the north west. 
Big wings get 5 hour AAT that might even fit a 750 if the weather really supported it.
Standard / 15 get a 4:30 AAT and Clubbies inside them on 4:00.
First gliders in the air at 11:45, and last gate expected open at about 13:15

Keep an eye on the B[enalla]-C[orowa] -T[ocumwal]- triangle as well tonight, I expect LONG flights. www.soaringspot.com

Narromine had them yesterday. Gerrit nearly flew 1000 km. in his Quintus with a speed of 125 km./h.

 

—–Worcester had according to some who know most probably the longest flight ever.
As Sven mentioned;“I believe this is the biggest distance yet out of Worcester!!!
A ridge-running-double- yo-yo- out and return from 1. 237 km. with a speed of 152.9 km./h. in an ARCUS T by 2 German pilots.

Walking through the HEAT is nearly impossible. So I shot a few pictures in the hangar and from the extension on the hangar. Home now,…. TOO HOT!!!

        

Lot’s of MM in this hangar; The Piper Apache, the trailer and the glider.
Colin works on the yearly inspection of the BLANIK.

AND the extension of the hangar with a huge comfortable cool house and view on a pond.

        

CU soon. Tomorrow coffee/tea with Nicole, Friday lunch with some friends, Saturday birthday with breakfast at the Paviljon, lunch with friends from Melbourne and dinner in the evening with other friends.
Cheers Ritz

December 12, 2017

Australian diary ;part 2.

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 4:54 pm

It’s Monday morning now December 11;

—–Was 2 days/nights in a row in bed for 12 hours, so that should help me to get over the jet lag a bit quicker than normal. Just left Holland in time, as it snowed there and even a few centimeters up to 24 I heard, at places.
This morning I woke up early as I got an app from the Dutch railway to tell me that trains would have a winter-schedule. So I turned around and slept on !!

Holland as seen by Joke Termaat.

Some pictures first.
1. Great clouds on the way “home’ from my train on Saturday.
2. Beer with the “guy’s”/ glider pilots George, Scott and Colin.
3. Nice sunset yesterday here in Toc.[picture by George]
4. And with Ingo, both not on our best on this picture from Bruce.
5. Jamie in the office.
6. Georges hangar,… in the past David’s hangar.

       

    

Just said hello to Milan Petcovic who is flying his DG 101 ELAN today.

And made some more pictures ,specially for Brutus from the BB area at Sportavia, the Kees-Dennis tree and the South site of the WW2 hangar. It feels still weird and SAD that we owned that for over 10 years and now we are neighbors ?????!!!!!

          

 

—–In between Temora ,about 2.5 hour from here to the NE, had it’s first day from the NSW State comps, and it was quite a good one. Not for all , as Bruce wrote in his tale:
What a strange day it was. It began with the age-old mistake of leaving the drain plugs out when I was filling my ASG 29 with water, which results in a cockpit full of water! Wet parachute, wet sheepskin liner, wet everything! You can see the results in the photo 🙄 So we have to pull the wings off to put the plugs back in, then tape it all up and start again. Launch happens into another blue sky, noticeably stronger than yesterday, but no higher and still full of challenges. I climbed easily enough, the crowd left at about 1350, and I decided to wait another 10 minutes… but I fell down and could not, for the life of me, find a bloody thermal to get up again to start! Eventually I left at 1422, feeling very lonely. Great run to the first turn, but missed a climb going in, and I could see we had some distance to do over irrigation and the river. Sure enough, I was down in the weeds, turned back a couple of km to fall onto a little ridge to survive, and successfully knocked about 10kph off my speed. The rest of the flight went OK, finally catching some gliders on the way home, the first ones I had seen all day. Closer to home the day switched off a bit, and I was fortunate to make it back reasonably well.
Surprised to see after all of that that I had a good result. It tried hard to turn to rubbish a few times today, but I escaped the jaws of defeat by a whisker.’

The more lucky ones did well looking at the results on www.soaringspot.com
Bernie Sizer won the club class [3.30 AAT] with 320 km. in time 3.29 in his PIK 20B. Not so long ago Bernie hired the ES [ASW 15] from Dundee, now he owns this glider and performs really well in it. So well deserved 1000 points.
In Standard the 6 pilots had a 3.15 AAT which was won by Scott Lennon [LS 8] from Temora;358 km. in 3.35.
John/Butch won the 15 m. class [3.15 AAT] flying 383 km in 3.24 in Ventus 2.
18 m; 336.57 km. were flown fast by,…..Bruce who after the mishap still won the day in his ASG 29; 121 km./h. He really went for it as Adam who was runner up “only”  had a speed of 112 km./h. Tocumwal-Lumpy Paterson was 3d.
Open class;Bruce won in the combined class as well, but best was Guido Dalla Rosa Prati in the Nimbus 3DM.
Not a good day for my mate Paul as he outlanded in his ASH 25 after 344 km.

Day 2 , is a real good one with for club a 4 hour AAT….Standard /15 m. 474.60 km….. 18 m/open 514.24 km.
Bernie is in the winning mood as day 2 was his too. 423 km. in in 354…good!!
Local pilot Tom Gilbert was runner up in the G 100 with 882 points.
Standard pilot Don Woodward in the ASW 24e, had his 1000 points and the Trotter’s followed.
The 15m. 1000 points were for Butch, so he is in winning mood as well.
In this class, 18 m. Bruce also won again nearly 10 km. slower than his mate Adam.
open; same first 2.
Bruce mentioned about the day “Much better day today. The forecast improved with a rise in the maximum temperature, and at the best we saw climbs of 9 knots to about 8,500 feet. ”

—–At the Pan American Championships flown at Chaves, the pilots continued whilst I was traveling to Melbourne.
They have had till now ONE real good day with 404 in 15 m and 360 in standard. Some days had a 2 hour AAT and lot’s of out landings ,…..on other day’s they cancelled.
They continue till the 15th.
After 6 days it will be between Martin Bossart with 2689 points and Damian with 2646 in 15 m. class and in standard class scores are close so EVERYTHING/ANYTHING  is possible!!!
They flew again on the 11th and Martin and Damian were the 2 best, so no changes in the top as Martin had 2 points more than Damian over this 2.30 AAT
Standard had the same task and the scores showed 4 finishers and 8 “out-landers”.As the number 1 and 2 out-landed, the overal scores are lead by the winner of the day; Claudio Schmidt from Brasil.
And here is team USA again, they are good with their PR.

12/10 Captain’s blog on a “no fly day”: Asado

The word simply means “roast.” But there is so much more to the Argentine tradition of Asado than can be contained in a one-word translation.

A proper asado consists of cuts of beef or sausage flame-roasted on an iron rack, arranged vertically at just the right distance from an open fire. The racks are stuck into the ground and tilted at a slight angle so that the meat is cooked uniformly. When the chef determines that the cooking is complete, the racks are quickly stripped and the meat is handed, still sizzling, through a window into a hangar full of hungry glider pilots.

Combine that with wine and folk dancing, and you have “Argentina Night” at the 2nd PAGC.

     

 

—– The first 38 pilots on the OLC flew a 1000-PLUS last Sunday !!! Even over 1.300 km.
Veronica showed ARCUS pilots flying 1.315 km !! Alexander flew from Pokweni 1.369 km. in the EB 29 and Wilfried[ Grosskinsky],
1.363 km in the EB 28 [1000 triangle] from Bitterwasser.
It’s a great season over there.

Tuesday December 12;

Another hot day,… blue skies at 12.30…. and launches are in progress over my head here. At 13.00 it was 29 dgr. C and the “real feel” was 33.
At 4 we had 32 and a “real feel” of 35. I felt it, whilst cleaning ,sweat poured from my face!!!
Yesterday evening I caught up  on the road, with Andrea and Anton, long time friends from Tocumwal and flying with Eddie at Sportaviation. They really looked well and are having fun!

Between all those African 1000 km.-flights it was good to see a wave-one from Omarama, this time in a Discus 2B by a very enthusiastic German Pilot. The first again after Keith [Essex] flew one on November 9.

Now people found out our reason to be here, they send us the most lovely words on FB and Bas from Holland who was with Dennis in 1988 shared a great picture with Alain Potiers who was an instructor at Sportavia that season ,Bas and our Dennis.

Thanks Bas.

Today club at Temora has a 4 hour AAT, standard and 15 m…..511 km, 18 m./open 584 km. so another hot and good day.

Results etc tomorrow.

CU Ritz

December 10, 2017

Australian Diary part 1!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 5:18 pm

Hello dear diary-fans.
Here we go messages from Down Under.

Leaving Holland….Schiphol Airport.
picture courtesy Indya.

——-Arrival on Saturday December 9 in the early morning.
Here I am sitting in a SUBWAY on Spencerstreet in Melbourne ,as anything a bit more fancy, is still closed at 7 AM.

Had an easy trip from more than 6.30 hours from Amsterdam to Abu Dhabi and a bit over 13 hours to Melbourne. On the ticket was written 16 hours and I had no clue how I was going to survive that, but I did ……as the “only” 13 hours -plus announced by the captain , made me straight away happy.

Also the dream liner with enough good space to sit and breeze was nice. So different to the earlier AIRBUS, where you could not eat with fork and knife otherwise the neighbor had a blue eye. And bending over ,to grab your bag, nearly choked you.

Time flies when you have fun, so over the 2 flights I looked at the 8 episodes of the BRANDNEW series of Victoria  part 2. So 8 hours of pure pleasure.
We had some delay after we arrived. The lady sitting behind me ,in her late thirties, came back from the toilet and fainted on my side.She looked dead!!! Panic, stewardesses running around and tried to get her “back” with waving paper over her till one of them came rushing with a green oxigyne bottle. After 10 minutes the lady moved her eyes and hands again but was still laler than pale.

Could not reach from here anybody at home, but my mobile was smart enough to straight away show me the correct Australian time.

Went with the red double deck SKYBUS to Spencerstreet Station [Southern Cross] . The bus can take 90 passengers and their luggage,…BUT….at 6 in the morning I was the ONLY one.
Waiting  for the 9.12 VLINE train. All in all it kept me busy from home to home about 28 hours
.”

Sunday afternoon;
During my first night ,I slept like a rose from 7.30 PM till 7.30 AM.
After dinner and the first bubbles the evening before in Barooga, Sunday was a day to clean and design the interior of the room for Inge, Rodger, Indya and Dexie.
First of course some shopping . Good to see that the town has changed and looks good.
Colin dropped in, so did Scott Percival who flies the Nationals in Waikirie. He brought a few beers which was lovely. Ingo and Bruce dropped in as well after soaring and towing.
Gliders left around 2 PM. I noticed some nice clouds then, but now at 3 it is blue!
Just a nice day.

Some other news!
—–interesting to see that Keith [Essex] a Minden pilot, moved from Omarama, where he had some great wave flights, to Kiripotib to taste the sunny site of soaring.
You expect long flights from Keith ,so between December 4 and 9 ,he had 1 rest-day and  he flew 4x 1000- plus and 1x a 1.255,86 km. when he got the Namibian soaring weather in the “fingers”.Several 1000 triangles.
He flies an ARCUS M.
—–The B-C-T triangle had good weather with beautiful clouds and flights between 416 km. and 720.
—–NSW State Championships are this year in Temora a great area for soaring and more to the NE of us here in Toc. Luckily it’s drying out at the moment, and that goes VERY quick  here,  as they also had a lot of rain.
Day 1 is now ;
5 classes and 59 pilots. 10 In club, 7 in standard, 9 in 15 m. class, 14 in 18 m. and 19 in open.
Bob McCormack wrote;Good Blue day by Temora standards.  Expecting 6000ft with light northerly winds.
Task s to North East – North West.
– Open / 18 – 360 km racing task,
– Standard / 15 – 3:15 AAT,
– Club – 3:30 AAT
Bruce keeps his blog again and you find it on;

Taylor’s Gliding Page

More news next time. No pictures yet.
Cheers Ritz

December 6, 2017

Last blog from Dutch soil in 2017 !!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 6:52 pm

—–Winter has started and we could feel it here in Holland with minus 2 in the night and 4 dgr. C during the day. Time to long for hotter spots.
Down under they started their meteorological summer and what a pleasure I can go there tomorrow. My joints and “bones” will be overly- happy. They get stiff in the “cold” climate. I hear my Scandinavian mates laugh loud about this ,as minus 2 is still rather warm for them.
The last day of spring showed a max of 700 km. down under and from Bitterwasser,Wolfgang, still there , flew 1.242.87 km. [1000 triangle] in the ARCUS M with a speed of 146 km./h. . A day with 40 x 1000 km-plus in Namibia and South Africa.
I counted 25 from Bitterwasser only!!!
From Douglas, Laurens flew a new SA record over 600 km out and return with a speed of 169.48 km./h. that is 36 km.faster than the old one, which was 133 km./h.! One climb up to 5.113 m. MSL [4.004 AGL] and another one up to 4.988.
Great flight in his JS 3 TJ!!

The first day of summer was relatively seen  good down under, with still 525 km.  BUT,… in an LS 6 from Warkworth and 762 [750 triangle] from W Australia Cunderdin . I know there was rain in the ” B-C-T-triangle” in the Southern part of Australia.
AND even worse snow in Tasmania and that does n’t happen often in early summer.
Namibia and South Africa showed flights up to just over 900 km. on this first day of the meteorological summer.

Today it is just good again in the B-C-T- triangle, with an LS 4 flight by long-long time guest at Toc. Anton from Austria from 536 km.[500 km.FAI triangle] and flights over 500 up to 600 from Benalla and Corowa.
Anton topped the 6 December OLC list for Australia. Good on him. but,..a few minutes later Chris Davison, also flying from Toc. also a long time visitor, flew a  750 TRIANGLE [TOTAL 775 km.] in the JS 1C.
Great to see all those old friends again in the weekend!!!

—–Lot’s of female pilots in Narromine. It’s WOMEN COACHING WEEK. Even after a lot of rain, up to 35 mm. in ONE hour last Sunday,  it’s good soaring over there with 3.5 AAT  yesterday. Jenny T and Jenny G, Louise, Ailsa, Lisa, Catherine, Jo,  Akemi , they are all there, flying single seaters. Matt Cage , Butch and Terry Cubley belong to the coaching team in their gliders. Special guest GE DALE, who flies, the Duo Discus, this time with Louise. Today with Jenny G. and the weather there was still a bit grey and low but improving.

—–1.200 km. was not enough for Alexander last week, so he flew in his majestic EB 29 1.318 km. from Pokweni with a nice speed of 151 km./h. Another FAI triangle. Good on him !!!
Just a bit faster but just not  an FAI triangle [985km.]  for young Simon Schroeder from Germany who flew in a Ventus 2CM/18m from Bitterwasser;157.8 km./h. over 1.239 km.!!!
A total of 6 x over 1.200 km. that day!!

And yesterday was such a Bitterwasser-HAMMER-day again with another 1.347,12 km [1000 FAI triangle] with a speed of 149 km./h. in an ARCUS M.
By the way Bitterwasser had over 100 x a 1000 km.-plus in November, so in 4 weeks.
Looking at the OLC for this season Bitterwasser had till now 85 pilots making 415 flights , which means 329.447,84 km. PFFFFFfffffffff…..

“F L Y !
Kalahari desert has so many different shapes and colors. Come to Bitterwasser and see for yourself

As shared by Bitterwasser Lodge and Flying Center.By the way “Bitterwasser has reached its peak. The lodge is fully booked.”

And this one by Hubi [Hubertus Huvermann ,great young guy/photographer and “artist” ,who I met in Finland]
I thought Australia had a lot of red nothing but look at this THE KALAHARI DESERT from above.

As shared by Hubi

——the 2d PAN AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS:
started last Monday on December 4 and continue till December 15 with first an official training between November 30 – December 2 They  will be held in Argentina at Gonzales Chaves. The USA participates with Rick Sheppe as TC;
In 15m Class (only ASW 20 sailplanes):Phil Gaisford,Robin Clark,Juan Mandelbaum,Fernando Silva
Standard Class (only Jantar sailplanes):Ryszard Krolikowski,Al Simmons
The contest website is: http://www.pgc2017.org/index.html

31 Pilots in total from Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Germany , Spain , Uruguay ,Canada and the USA.
Scores on www.soaringspot .com
Last Friday was the first practice day and looking at the skies a not too bad one, with 2 and 2.30 AAT’s.

As shared by the Canadian Soaring Team.

After there was some drizzle, and more rain, so the practice day’s were over without too much practice. Sunday evening was the opening ceremony and  “Monday morning it gets real.”

As shared by Rick.

US soaring teams shares a blog and this is what they wrote about the opening;
The Opening Ceremony was held on time “this afternoon at 7 PM,” in the words of the Director of the Championships. It was quite chilly, so instead of marching with our flags around the town square, it was decided that we would march into the town sports center from just outside the front door. It was much warmer indoors.

After welcoming speeches by the mayor, the president of the Otto Ballod Club, and the president of the Argentine Gliding Federation, the Championships were officially declared open by Angel Casado of FAI. After that we were entertained by the local dance troupe.”

Angel, from Spain, is the president of the jury.

Here is part of Rick’s report from the first day;
Captain’s report 1st Competition Day”Enthusiasm was high at breakfast this morning, the first sunny morning in several days. In fact, it was sunny all day long, and those of us stuck on the ground at Chaves thought the weatherman got it wrong when he predicted 3/8 cumulus in the task area. But it turned out he was right on the money, as the pilots reported good cloud streets on the first leg of the 2.5 hour Assigned Area Tasks (the two classes got essentially the same Task).”

And both classes were gridded together so not too difficult to find each other after the start.
In 15 m. class ALL 16 pilots fly an ASW 20 and day 1 was for Damian [Goldenzweig] ;280 km. in 2.34.
Alvaro who flies HC was 9th.
In standard class  only Standard Jantar’s and Gonzalo [Riera] won the day ;250 km. in time 2.33.
All 31 pilots finished.

On Contest Day 2 Rick wrote:
This morning at Briefing, our meteorologist told us that the conditions would be good to very good, and then he corrected himself and said “very very good.” The only hazard was the possibility of cirrus encroaching from the northwest. In fact, that didn’t happen, and the conditions were indeed very very good.”
He was right, it turned out a good day with 404 km. for 15 m. and the number 2 from day 1 was now the best; Martin Bossart with a speed of 110 km./h. Alvaro was runner up and Damian 3.
In standard class 360.94 km. was set and Frederico Buscema won with a speed of 106.07 km./h.
A total of 2 out-landings.

——Do you remember I wrote about Julio Poch a colleague from my daughter. On his last flight before retirement the Argentinian-Dutch captain was arrested in Spain and spend 8 years in detention on remand in an Argentinian prison. Reason; he might have  thrown people against the Vileda system out of planes…alive.
This week proof that he did so was not found and he is free!!!He always stated he was innocent!!!
When he indeed has NOT done it ,8 years in prison for something you not did is a disaster. Only he knows what happened in the past.
Pleased he is free now and can return to Holland. BUT,….one day later they announced,he can stay in Holland TILL it starts again.The public prosecutor was not happy and they want to see him back……..Merry Christmas. … poor Julio and family….

AND…to finish this 2017 blog from Holland a fabulous picture from Geoff from NZ.

CU from Australia.
Try to write EVERY Wednesday, but when interesting things happen it might be more.
Depending on internet and time available.

Cheers Ritz

Here some pictures from Melbourne/Toc from a few years ago[2013].

     

Spencerstreet Station…….     Red oleander in full bloom……….The MIGHTY MURRAY RIVER, the border of Victoria and NSW.

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