Sunday, 23 July 2017


stacked up high on top of the last trailer load sam brought me. this time we all went out into their land while sam sawed up some fallen trees. we all stacked it in the trailer and unloaded here at home, as a result today my back is a bit cactus :0\
So wonderful to have such a stockpile, i'm sitting in front of a blazing fire and the house is warm

Saturday, 22 July 2017


great to have
DEBORAH KLEIN out for dinner during her residency. it's such an opportunity to meet wonderful artists when they come to work at the art vault.


we photographed each other using the flas from a distance which gives these pics a somewhat strange atmosphere


I'VE BEEN UP RIVER  -  sam and di invited me to their house near lock 9, right on the murray on around 800 acres of land

it was nice to see
my current airbnb
guest john enjoying
the riverbank,
practising his
guitar in the
morning before
i left

after doing a photo shoot with marg in the morning, i headed out to di's to re-photograph some of her dad's beautiful old letters from WWll era.
photographing marg whyte for an exhibition of 'women of the river' that is being
put together.  nothing to do with me, i'm just taking a pic of marg for them

Came home and packed for an overnighter at Lucerne Day, a corrugated iron clad home that sam and di moved from it's original position on the land,  raised it onto a second storey level and added a wide deck that looks on to the murray.

it's such a relaxing place, you can feel the rest of the world slip away as you arrive.

and we came home with a tray full of redgum that sam sawed up for me   -  so kind :0)    it was a lovely night - felt more like a full weekend, no wifi, no phone and no telly
sam sawing up fallen trees - there's enough wood lying on the ground to keep us all going for decades

Thursday, 20 July 2017


THE SMELL of pure gum turps is wafting through the lounge  room - i've finally picked up the brushes again.  It's 6.30 and  can hear my airbnb guests stirring.  they're here for a week, my longest yet.
i just got up to put a log on the fire and the moon is peeping out at me through the trees.

YESTERDAY WAS SO WINTRY - the cormorants were all sitting bleakly on the fallen trees, i wanted to knit them all jumpers
i did manage to sneak up on them in the cold, then they spotted me

Tuesday, 18 July 2017


richard lambe's metal lamp

pics from 
the makers 

dee craig (below) - silver pendant with synthetic ivory

signing books
Glenis Beaumont (behind) is great at including the public in community weaving projects 
tiny detail of beautiful mosaic by Brigitte Grant

FINALLY, a rest

THE WEEKEND OF THE MAKERS is over, finally i have a chance to finish unpacking from my wonderful 3 weeks in torquay. airbnb guests are installed so yesterday was taken up with preparations for that and now i need to get back into my work.
this is at the bottom of my riverbank - rather hitchcockian  :0|

it's wonderful and extremely distracting to be back amongst the birds, there's an explosion of numbers here.  simply hundreds of cormorants, seagulls and pelicans.

Sunday, 16 July 2017


DING DONG the bus has gone!!    at last, a breathing space out the  front  :0)  


ON THE WAY HOME tonight - there have been absolutely masses of birds on the river,  hundreds of cormorants, mobs of pelicans and now the seagulls and terns have arrived


HAD DINNER after the makers day with sue and derek,  and gathered two big bags of old pomegranates to try out on our dyeing weekend.

this large plantation is just being left to fall and the
owner gave me permission to pick some


I HAVEN'T HAD TIME to unpack properly yet, we had our Makers weekend event at the town hall saturday and sunday, a disappointing turnout of artists but after a lowkey saturday today was buzzy and full of chatty people. I've sold two etchings and a few books and showed lots of people my swan lake book. it's getting an enthusiastic response :0)

marg - always a mass of colour :0)

Thursday, 13 July 2017


TWO DAYS ON THE ROAD, a few pics of amazing clouds over torquay before i left.

Very sad to say goodbye to gail's gorgeous light bright music room/studio.  I got a good start on the book and loved spending more leisurely time with friends than on previous trips.

just past meredith
on the way to
the grampians,
tuesday, sunny
skies and beautiful
warm sun

FABULOUS SKIES past Ballarat  - Lake Burrumbeet

    arriving at Lake
Lonsdale to the
traditional welcome
of a champagne
cocktail.  thank 
you don :0)

also a beautiful almost full moon

in my room at helen's -
dear old ted who's
been in the family
for about 60 years

I wake up to these two pictures on the wall in front of me,
by helen leach and terry denton

HOME IN WENTY - yesterday afternoon, it's so balmy here
traditional dog in ute :0)