A Virtual Photoshoot

Unidentified Fir BedBroken tiles

During a morning interlude between the rains, Jackie continued her work on the Unidentified Fir bed. Plants, including more than fifty spring bulbs were put in place; more broken tiles were dug out; and choked shrubs were freed from a rampant vinca. I did some clearing up.

I then made a virtual trip to Fremantle in Western Australia where I photographed my grandchildren. This is how it came about. At first I had been on the phone to Sam on his hands-free while he drove home. When he arrived there Malachi and Orlaith launched themselves into the car and both began shrieking at a million decibels.

Orlaith and DerrickOrlaith

Once in the house Orlaith entertained me for a while and mentioned that if we were on Skype she could show me her owl. This prompted Sam to introduce me to the joys of Facebook VideoCall. He talked me through the process, and I conversed with both children before Malachi read us all a bedtime story.

Malachi and DerrickMalachi, Sam and DerrickMalachi, Derrick, and Orlaith's Owl


Mal was keen to show me the pictures in his book. Orlaith hampered this somewhat by thrusting the owl into the foreground.

I have been having trouble e-mailing Ray Salinger some of the photographs taken on 19th September. They have been timed out in transmission. I therefore printed some for him this afternoon.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s delicious sausage casserole, creamy mashed potatoes, and crisp carrots and cabbage. I drank Louis de Camponac cabernet sauvignon 2014, and Jackie drank Hoegaarden.


  1. You made beautiful children and grandchildren Derrick – I love seeing pictures of your brood! Skype is my friend and how I keep in touch with friends around the country and the world. It has taken the sting out of separation!

  2. When I was the age of your Australian grandchildren, my task was to wind up the gramophone at a party! It’s easy to forget not just the progress of technology but the extraordinary adaptability of each generation to the new. An amazing posting, Derrick!

  3. Mal is an amazing reader for a 6 year old. He’s on to the second last Harry Potter book at the moment. As I recall it was Dick and Dora in grade 1 when I was going to school. Greta pics Derrick.

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