Vale Rose

We had a beautiful friend Rose, who left us today. She was dry and thoughtful, a Pinot Noir, Australian vintage.

Her life lived full and joyfully like wine

now the last translucent drop faded

 a rose on her sheet on her hospital bed, gently placed

We will remember her life

with her happiness

her sadness





Vale Rose Hayden, Jan 2016


Brisbane River View – The Eagle

out there through the curtains of the 7th floor, through the window… other side of the river .. a tall fluted monument in that park.  Time for a walk.  It’s raining ! Not much.. don’t worry.. down the lift and out by the dawn.. Hotel lobby is quiet at least… slip out the front door in the quiet at 5:30am but its cool warm cool. No cars.  Round past the Breakfast Creek and up the road, down again and under the breakfast creek bridge, across to the Newstead park, past the ancient Cunningham fig crawling root fingers down the slope.  There’s white Jasmine on the bike path with a faint smell of romance from the night before.. A single hidden Kigelia,

KIGELIA TREE [African Origin]
with its weighty pods just waiting to drop.  All the while the Brisbane river snakes past upstream in slow bends and boats so quiet you cannot hear a slithering as the tide comes in.

Finally, up there on the hill in the park, the American Australian monument appears. Placed in memory of WWII, mainly for Kokoda and the battle of the Coral Sea, commemorated with an eagle atop a column among the magpies and butcher birds — perched up in the trees – not sleeping perhaps — just above the signs saying ‘watch out’.  An so the eagle watches out over the Brisbane river and beyond. Standing sentinel like a standing stone, menhir and like something akin to the figures on Easter Island, looking out from the grounds of Newstead House, where the Americans camped during the war.

Brisbane River at Dawn
Brisbane River at Dawn

But enough then, the sun is coming up and like others, it’s time to get to work for the day.

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Cadmium ‘rustless plating’

The Record plane components described metaphorically as ‘Pieces of 8’ in the prior post turn out to comprise most of a 1930’s model 44.

Before WW2, many tools were Cadmium plated rather than Chrome or Nickel plated. This plane seems to be Cadmium plated with a greying green finish under the rust which has started to cover the surface.

Cadmium is a toxic metal and from Webpages looks to require some precautions of trying to clean or polish the surface. Inhalation of Cadmium dust particles is immediately toxic.

“Before I come down with symptoms ranging from bones cracking and or kidney failure I will need to take care in the cleanup process to avoid creation of cadmium dust”

Next issue – a couple of screws loose

The plane ‘skate’ has some bushings with 1/4″ BSF screws required to hold the fence rails in place. 

BSF is a fine Whitworth form of screw thread invented 19th century and is part of the British standard.

I figured the thread by measurement and counting threads per inch at 26 TPI.

The screw must be around 1/2 inch with a 3/8th in head diameter.

Need 2 of these Screws