Thursday, 15 October 2020


FLOWERS ARE BUSTIN' OUT ALL OVER - it's lovely to wander around the garden on these warm evenings and just see all the flowers blooming. 

but first - the most gorgeous bloom of all

irises are coming out at last


Monday, 12 October 2020


Very nice to see that The Peasant Prince has made Reading Australia's TOP TWENTY list of books used by teachers this year. Copyright Australia says 'Every year we dive into the Reading Australia website analytics to figure out which books teachers have been loving. In the last twelve months, teachers have been reaching for the classics as well as exploring a few newer titles.'
Thanks teachers, The Peasant Prince is 13 years old this year. Only available in paperback but you can still order a signed hardback copy from my website


 I HAD AN XRAY - my foot is healing but not there yet, so i'll take it carefully for a few more weeks.  my hip was pretty sore last night so i'm staying with feet up today - sick of it though.  there's so much to do outside.

i've been sewing for etta, latest outfit is very breezy for hot weather. i think i've come to the end of sewing for a while.  maybe i'll head out to the studio tomorrow.  today it's working on romeo and juliet in bed.

MY PARCEL ARRIVED in tokyo, i'm thrilled to see how well mara's dress fits and suits her so well too.   cal's soccer gear fitted too, i'm trying to get the little vid sayaka sent to upload here.

latest etta pic, how cheeky!

Thursday, 8 October 2020


 THE BUNGALOW IS GONE!!  sam and justin arrived about a week ago with the front end loader and a huge long trailer and literally pushed over the container part of the bungalow, loaded it up and took it away.  It had bucketed down the night before so the huge tyretreads left a very decorative pattern around the circular garden.

They returned about four days later and annihilated the two room bungalow which was riddled with white ant damage, i'm hoping they don't decide to dine on the house now.  plenty of tasty trees out there to eat!

I had a rummage thru the rubble when they'd taken a trailer load away, old newspapers and lino from the 50's and 70's.   the birds moved right in for a good stickybeak   😄

Now i have a whole lot of new space to play with, i'm thinking i'll just extend the turning circle of the drive to include the garden that's been left behind, i'll join it in the middle and put a pathway through it, it will lead from the back door to the studio door.    i'll let it sit for a while and decide.    good old handyman bob called in - he's going to take the tin shed and use it, and he'll moved the clothesline for me so there'll be a nice space to plant out.

what else,
lots of sewing for etta, we've had two stinking hot mid 30s days with hot dusty wind and brown skies, horrible so good for staying near the cooler and sewing.

Now it's wintery after lots of rain, still pretty windy so also good for sewing.  i can wear my new jumper again, thought it was time to put it away for next winter but no . . . spring is so unpredictable.

Friday, 2 October 2020


MISSING DORIS -  it was the 12th anniversary of mum's death on the 26th and i had a couple of days slump as usual,  the first day i just lay on the couch and watched whatever, not even any knitting done. but the second day i stayed in bed till mid afternoon, leafing through my journal of that time, lots of photos of all us sisters together at jenny's, flowers everywhere, friends calling in etc.   i phoned some friends, sent photos from the journal to others reminiscing on various things we all did in the latter part of the year.  nice times spent with sunny at gail's house,  staying with vicki over melbourne cup.   i did eventually get up and do some sewing and cooking but all in all a very self-pampering day.

jenny and helen at the piano

THE BIG PICK-ME-UP  :0)  sunny looks so happy here

i've started some summer sewing for
etta, bonnets first, next some dresses

a few nights ago it rained heavily all night - 10mm and everything's fresh, tropical smelling and soft underfoot. as a result skies have been amazing both morning and evening

they never cease 
to amaze me with
their ferocious
and relentless
attacks on even
the biggest
predatory birds. 
Here annoying the bejeezus out of the
whistling kite :0)

PROGRESS!  Sam and Justin arrived a couple of days ago with the front end loader, half the bungalow is now gone and they'll be back to do the rest soon.   Much thinking to be done about landscaping

before  the container was knocked down

AFTER - space to see through to the open land next door.  can't wait to see the result of the second visit

Friday, 25 September 2020


 ETTA CONTINUES TO AMAZE -  little petal one minute, noisy menace (sunny's word not mine :0) the next.   I still haven't seen her since she was ten days old - bloody Covid restrictions.   i'm happy to see the numbers down from 700 about six weeks ago to 12 yesterday so who knows, the borders may open before too long.

Latest photos say it all  :0)   gorgeousness with attitude 

i just want to stroke those little cheeks