Sunday, 17 February 2019


THE WEATHER HAS COOLED and it's so good to just go for walks, do things around the house and be comfortable.

i've had coffees down at the new riverboat cafe friday saturday and sunday, also lunch yesterday with friend rob and on friday with fran and mike on their way to renmark.
I've blocked out march on my airbnb diary so i'm feeling freed up and ready to head off on a week road trip down to melbourne, gippsland and mornington peninsula visiting friends.

              swallows on the deck of the Barka view riverboat cafe

my resident kanga,
lovely but not so
popular when he
eats my grapevines

Welcome visitor - Roger and son, trimmed all my trees' dead branches, chopped down dead ones, sawed up smaller branches on
a huge half a box tree that fell down. everything looks so much
 on the way back from mildura - lake hawthorn

 on my own riverbank

the wrens are getting adventurous

sue and i had a leisurely wine on friday night, a gorgeous cool
breeze and pelicans on the river

these greedy buggars
hovered overhead
eyeing off our
dry bickies and cheese

yesterday was the Blessing of the Rivers, a non political gathering of people to ask for care and integrity and commitment from those making decisions about the future of the rivers and the murray darling basin.  i took photos for the local paper

 people poured 
water from far 
away back into
the darling in a
symbolic gesture.
shane howard
even had water
from ireland.

friend cynthia and her granddaughter bridget

Shane Howard and local muso Chris Rogers

back at the
riverboat cafe
this morning
with Di

    with Captain John Egge

Wednesday, 13 February 2019


TODAY IS GOING TO BE 23 - i actually pulled the doona up this morning, it's yummy.  the back porch is almost done, all new paint and curtains washed and looking like new, it feels like preparing a new canvas - i wonder what i'll do when i get into the studio  😶  printmaking?  painting?  maybe both???
in the meantime it's good to be fixing the house, lots more touching up and more trims to paint, maybe a new colour round the kitchen window.   just thinking and typing here

pics from the last few days

 peach melba at sue and
derek's dinner, saturday night.
beautiful food and hospitality
with fine company :0)

     most pics taken by jenny bowler, right.

below - my accommodation for the night,
a great little cottage surrounded
by beautiful gardens

across the road from sue and derek's - large
pomegranate plantations - they're looking so beautiful

the wrens are everywhere, if i can't see them i can hear them all around the house, on the verandah, under the deck, in the
garden   -  little sweeties

these creepy
buggars were
outside the
back door a couple
of days ago, about
6" long - i think
the male might be
history by now,
must go and see
if they're still

handsome visitor yesterday,  a lovely red kangaroo, the colours don't show well here, but he has lovely soft red on his head and shoulders and his ears are lavender grey

He heard me tapping on the window and took two big bounds behind this bush, very comical

Saturday, 9 February 2019


I'M JUST NOT INSPIRED to do creative work - it's annoying as i have the time, just in a bit of a funk.  Although without cooling in the new studio yet i can't really work out there till the weather cools down.   I think i'll do some painting of walls in the house, things are looking a bit tired here and there.
It is actually cooler the last couple of days, just divine after the 40+ days we've had.
I'm hoping to bust out in a flurry of creativity soon -  waiting waiting
this lovely white faced hero was down at the island car park

    love this shot

Monday, 4 February 2019


THIS WEEK Di finally received her portrait, sam couldn't stand the wait any longer and borrowed it back from the framer :0)   the little book she's holding is filled with photos following the paintings progress from stretching the linen to finished

 A SURPRISE - a courier arrived with a box and it was my book, about a month earlier than i'd expected.  it's being released in bookshops on the 18th of this month.  i'm happy with it

these tiny ants were actually carrying this moth wing along, for what purpose i can't imagine
lovely to have the bee eaters chirruping around again

MORNING WALK across the golfcourse, past the duck pond down to the Wentworth riverboat on the wharf where a cafe has just
opened on friday to sunday.  a lovely place to sit and have a coffee

just ordered this bag with a Kate Hudson design for sayaka (i dont' think she reads
this blog :0\     love Kate's work
 morning walk i always stop and have a chat with coco on the way there and back

yesterday was really hot, 41deg so the birdbaths were busy again.   i had airbnb guests from scotland arriving so i was busy all
morning.   i'm really sick of the relentless hot weather, it feels warm
this morning again, it'll be 38 i think, cooler tomorrow.

 I love this photo of a kookaburra, i took a few and the colours are just so gentle

  last night on the river, a lovely sunset after a too hot day