Monday, March 29, 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

To the global climate warming sceptics out there!

I think you would agree that following three examples indicate that in the SW of Western Australia, temperatures have been rising.  The long term linear trend is a bit misleading in that it suggests that temperatures have been rising for a long time.  That is incorrect.  If you look at them all you will see that the major increase occurred from 1970.

Now that trend might not alarm you, but you will have to admit that the trend needs to go down rapidly to get back to pre-1970 levels. 

As a sceptic are you going to say that the trend does not exist.  Maybe the measurements that the BOM have in their data bases have all been doctored in one great conspiracy. 

Are you going to say that in 30 years time maybe it will come back to pre-1970 levels.  We don’t know of course. If it does, we can at least say that for the next 20 years things are going to be about the same before we get to cooler and wetter conditions in the SW.

Now there is apparently some fairly basic atmospheric physics that can calculate the greenhouse effect that the increase in CO2 levels produces, and, I am told that these calculations suggest that the temperature increases in the SW are in the correct order of magnitude.  There are also some fairly basic calculations that can attribute a major proportion of the recorded CO2 increase to the increased usage of carbon being burnt by anthropomorphs.

OK, it might be some weird coincidence that the temperature trends from Leeuwin, Naturaliste and Katanning are in parallel with the CO2 trend from Moana Loa.

Some sceptics appear to suggest that this increase is a natural, geological phenomenon and nothing to be alarmed about and that the climate will revert back to an interglacial going into a glacial period sometime in the next few thousand years.  Sceptics refer to the European warm and cold patches in the medieval period and the Little Ice Age, as evidence of natural climate variability.  The cause(s) of this variability is not fully understood, with theories of changes in the earth’s magnetism and changes in solar activity among the postulates.  As we do not yet know the causes of those events, we cannot as yet find those causes in the present global warming.  That these events caused global warming (as opposed to local events over a global scale that averaged out) is also open to debate.

It would thus be very good if the sceptics could come up with a cause for the trends as shown in the graphs. If there is no relationship between anthropomorphic activity and global warming, then we should see a disjunct soon.  CO2 is predicted to continue to rise with the increased burning of carbon by India and China not the least.  But temperatures should start to fall soon, if it is a short term cycle.

I’ve got charts for the rainfall of these areas, and there is a one to one correspondence in the temperature trends and the rainfall trends. 

Finally, the SW of WA is just a small part of the globe.  What a funny coincidence that everywhere else that you look, there are similar trends.  Where increased temperatures increase humidity, then of course there will be an increase in rainfall, or as in parts of Antarctica, increased snow fall.  Where increased temperatures increase aridity, as in the SW, then this is what we see here.

So I look forward to some solid geological data from the sceptics that proves that this is a short term, natural trend that will quickly revert back to pre-1970 levels in the next 10-20 years.  Good luck!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

will send our friends and loved ones to come

Delightful 'home away from home'. Many thanks for your hospitality. We hope to come back someday and will send our friends and loved ones to come, visit and enjoy. Jim & Dorothy, Sydney, NSW, 18/3/2010.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Very peaceful and Relaxing

Lovely property. Very peaceful and Relaxing. Very friendly Service, will be recommending to friends and family. Regards, Debbie & Martin. Perth, WA, 17 03 2010.

Monday, March 15, 2010

A beautiful property and welcoming hospitality!

A beautiful property and welcoming hospitality! So comfortable in all respects. Our two nights here have been a luxurious escape from many nights camping in our tent, as we travel Perth and the S.W. corner of WA. We will be very happy to recommend your haven to fellow travelers. Big thankyou. Best ever stay. Geoffrey and Maureen, Valentine, near Newcastle, NSW, 16/3/2010.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Accommodation with Wow! Factor

Accommodation with Wow! Factor. Made our trip to Margaret River very memorable. Very comfortable and a pleasure to have stayed here. One night was not enough. I will certainly be recommending Loaring Place. I hope that one day we can return. Karen & Alan, Essex, England, 9.3.2010.

Pam's scones are too much

What a wonderful property and visit. The welcome was warm and amazingly in 5 minutes we had a cup of tea, the internet and lay of the land. Dirk's advice on excursions and restaurants was excellent. Pam's scones are too much. Thanks. Louise & Will, Sydney, 7-3-2010.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Fabulous Scones!

Thank you for a very comfortable and enjoyable stay - Fabulous scones! and ports much appreciated. Fiona and John, Ewhurst Green, East Sussux, 1-3.2.10.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

fantastic few days

Date of Stay: December, 2009

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Ah... The serenity

Ah...the serenity of your lovely home. The wind whispering and the cicadas calling. We will return. Thanks so much for a relaxing evening and gourmet brekkie! Sue & Jim, Georgia, USA, 23/1/10.

Friday, January 22, 2010

lovely little hide-away

TravellingQuoll Perth
TirpAdvisor.com, Jan 10, 2010 | Trip type: Couples
This lovely little place has obviously had a lot of thought put into it. The bed was super comfortable and beautifully presented, although reasonably cramped, which was a shame, and the bathroom was well appointed and roomy. The common space is a lovely airy room with comfy couches, an excellent sound system and looking over the tiniest bit of lawn straight into the bush. I really really wish I'd decided to have the cooked breakfast - other guests had it and it looked amazing, but the selection otherwise was good. Oh, and the DVD collection needs updating!

  • My ratings for this hotel
    • 4 of 5 starsValue
    • 5 of 5 starsRooms
    • 5 of 5 starsLocation
    • 5 of 5 starsCleanliness
    • 5 of 5 starsService
  • Date of stay June 2009
  • Visit was for Leisure
  • Traveled with With Spouse/Partner

A wonderfully different retreat

PominOz44 UK
TripAdvisor.com Jan 22, 2010 | Trip type: Couples New
We stayed here after a hard camper van trip from Darwin to Perth and the contrast couldn't have been more heavenly. The house is a little way out of Margaret River but as others have said this adds to the charm. The rooms are comfortable, the linen luxury grade, and the guest lounge is a lovely place especially on a sunny day. Dirk is happy to leave you alone or to talk about his bit of forest and to map out suggestions for whole days of sightseeing if you want.

We got a good rate on Hotelclub.

·                                 Date of stay November 2009
·                                 Visit was for Leisure
·                                 Traveled with With Spouse/Partner
My ratings for this hotel
  • 5 of 5 starsValue
  • 5 of 5 starsRooms
  • 5 of 5 starsLocation
  • 5 of 5 starsCleanliness

  • 5 of 5 starsService

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A puzzle at the table

Such a delightful place. Thanks for your warmth and hospitality. See you on our next visit - a puzzle at the table in the grand room in winter sounds wonderful!. Cathy and Brian, Mullaloo, WA, 10/01/2010

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Wild Flora Sneak Preview

Artist Margaret Packam-Leavesley from Loaring Place in Margaret River, gave us a sneak preview of her cow today. Her cow will join all the others in the magnificent Cow Parade later this year. Wild Flora has been sensitively painted with some of the more spectacular native flowers that grow wild on the Wildflower Ridge. All the blocks of land around Loaring Place form the southern end of the Wildflower Ridge, so named because of the diverse wildflowers found on the ridge.

Travellers going through the domestic airport will soon be able to admire all the flowers painted on the cow by Margaret.

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Meekadarabee Falls, Ellensbrook Homestead

There is a 30 minute walk to two grottos along the Ellenbrook River at the Ellenbrook Homestead.  The bush is absolutely beautiful and the grottos quite enchanting.

Beginning of the walk with the homestead in the background.

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Ellenbrook Homestead mulberries

The old Ellenbrook Homestead (1840) has a huge mulberry tree in its gorgeous grounds that was full of luscious fruit, but reminders were left on fingers and clothes.

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Saskia in Margaret River

Casey, Dirk and Saskia (27/12/09)

Kangaroos on the lawn

A kangaroo family dropped by this morning for a feed and a drink. Their joey was in the bushes to the right and was too shy to come out. The big male had quite a long drink. They would really like to get to the grape vines but I have bird wire all around them now so they are protected. We have 4 bird baths around the house that are used all the time by the fly catchers and honey eaters that are in the forest.

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