I’m feeling Hot Hot Hot!


It’s the weekend, and with the cyclones bashing the coast late this week, we are being followed up with a heat wave.  No joke, its absolutely freaking HOT!  Got in my car to go down to the local golf club and the inside of my car was like a sauna.  The steering wheel had me driving with my finger tips, and my seat belt????  Okay, that was pure torture to try and put on.  It’s now 37 degrees Celsius, but if you ask me it feels more like 45!

So now I am back and in my air conditioned room, with a cold beer…(yes, nothing is better than a cold beer), and back at writing again.  Too hot to do anything else.


Might go down the local pool later.  Yeah.



Tree fossil with opal growth rings – GeoPicture of the week.


This is a part of an opalized tree, and the rings you see are actually tree rings; or at least they were.

This is an very rare sample: opal can be fairly common in petrified wood, but this is a fire opal, which makes it so much more valuable. Fire opals are transparent to translucent opals with warm body colors of yellow, orange, orange-yellow or red – basically, it often has pretty colors.

So how did this magnificent opalized tree came to be? Initially, water filled the cracks and empty spaces of the source fossil, and the silica content in the water hardened and turned into opal or chalcedony.

The above tree fossil is from Queensland, Australia; it measures 25x22x5mm and weighs 23.5 ct.

No need to drink and drive, when you can stay at a Mate’s Motel.

One of the best road safety ad campaigns that I have ever seen the Queensland government do is being promoted on television and also with a new website.  Many of us have or go to Christmas parties or other festive events at our friends and relatives places and drinking is sure to happen.  To avoid people getting behind the wheel, the “Mate’s Motel” ad shows us how making your home into a motel for your mates, is a responsible and good way of keeping people off the road after a few drinks.


The website features many clever ideas, from what to serve your guests for breaky, to what to name your motel.  It even has a designated driver spin wheel for those that may want to drive people home.


So, if you are hosting a party, why not check out the website.