Wednesday, 29 March 2017


SPENT THE DAY PRONE - bombed out after a very busy week of getting everything ready for sunday, then three lovely days with sunny.

just enough energy to photograph the eastern sky at sunset

Tuesday, 28 March 2017


WE HAD A LAZY START to the day, a very sleepless night, overnight low was in the mid twenties.

On the way to the airport in the afternoon we visited the Inland Botanical Gardens, i hadn't been before and was surprised at the large scale and variety of plants.  

specially the 'wow' tree, which was a bit of an anti climax visually but supposed to be 2400 years old!  that can't be right??!!

mystery plant, no label. very
attractive long weeping
branches of berries


SUNNY AND I were so busy having a lazy evening i completely forgot about making the banners for open day so we spent a half hour before bed madly ripping up bright coloured sheets i've been collecting.
Up early to play around with tying them on bamboo and i was pretty pleased with the result.
it was hot - too hot, humid as well but people still came. i was as busy as last year, over fifty people through as i unwrapped eco dyed scarves throughout the day.  

After a run, Sunny chilled out and read and slept and we ended a satisfying day with scrabble, prosecco and a visit from sue and derek.  the breeze had started up and the evening was nice.

 unwrapping silk scarves
and hanging them out
to dance on the clothesline

    ah, the end of a hot day

Saturday, 25 March 2017


UP EARLY, a bit of gardening and tidying, off to the airport to pick up sunny - a beautiful sunny breezy morning.
a nice chat to anne about her new house while waiting.  then off to the op shops for the morning, sunny and i both got some good things. lunch outside with a cool beer, home to read on the banana lounges with a G&T, we both made dinner, fish and salad with potatoes, a movie - then i suddenly remembered we'd forgotten to put the banners together for tomorrow's open day -  EEEK!!
so i grabbed all the large bright coloured sheets and doonas i've been buying at op shops and we've ripped them to shreds.
in the morning amazing things will happen  :0+

Friday, 24 March 2017


WHAT A DAY  i got up and just went for it - tidied up the yard, raked, swept, weeded, transplanted, moved pots, cleaned all the studio, all glass surfaces gleaming (stay away frogs!)  mended curtains, hung fabrics, rearranged artworks -
so at the end of the day i rewarded myself with a couple of large g&ts, smoked salmon and a tiny rack of lamb, then a bath - slept like a log  :0)

today, the back room - i want it to look more gallery like for the open studios day, more rehanging and cleaning. then to rip up lots of coloured fabric i've been collecting from op shops, and hang and tie it to the bamboo poles i'm putting out the front on the road as a banner.  hope there's a bit of a breeze.  also hope a few people come, although if they don't all the more time with sunny :0)


LAST  SUNDAY  was the now annual 'walk wentworth sing', organised to be the weekend before our open studios because we were hoping the Mildura/Wentworth arts festival would go ahead.

 but ARTS MILDURA has been in a funk and the festival didn't happen. the day of song was a big success nevertheless - the town hall was packed at the end of an afternoon of different choirs and the combined adult and schoolkids did a few big numbers - a lovely end to the weekend.

Thursday, 23 March 2017


WE'VE HAD GORGEOUS SKIES - the weather has bought cloud over and the light is beautiful


BIG YARD AND STUDIO CLEAN TODAY, maybe a fossey's visit but i'll probably be pooped. Pleased to hear from steve that they'll be open over easter, i can take everyone in for a paddle of gin tasters :0)

I drove in to the art vault opening last night, graeme peebles show.   i was a week early wasn't i  :0(  so i took photos on the way home - there are masses and masses of corellas around, flocks of 1000's in the sky and on the ground

Wednesday, 22 March 2017


I MUST GET UP SOON - so much to do before the weekend, i have to get my current illustration well underway, it'll be a monoprint.

also have to fill the copper and boil up all the silk scarves i'm preparing for our open studios, i'll unwrap one every hour on the day.
these hands belong to melbourne friend rachel who
called in for a visit. i asked her to do one of the
scarves and it's interesting to see her completely 
different take on it, she's created a pattern

ready to go, i've done a couple more and now i have silk soaking in an alum mix. i'll do those this morning and get the copper going later today :0)

i've been looking at swan lake's cover, we're sorting out the fine details of the type. also been in touch with li cunxin for a quote for the cover - which he's done :0)  I'm pleased about that
getting media stuff ready for the dromkeen exhibition - done.  gotta tidy up the studio, back yard and back porch/gallery space.

i have a meeting at council today as Makers chairman, an opening to go to tonight, Graeme Peebles is doing a residency.  eek. i'm feeling a bit under the pump.  sunny's coming saturday but her room's all ready :0) 


and getting cheekier
by the day

Monday, 20 March 2017


I WAS FEELING ASHAMED that my kitchen windows are so foggy with accumulated grime.  finally got out there and really cleaned them - so nice to have a clear view.
Today i realise why they were so dirty, little froggie feet have been leaving layers of prints.   now i can see on the clean window the neat little marks they make



Sunday, 19 March 2017


I BOUGHT A NEW panasonic pvr to play the tv through wifi now that my telstra Tbox is no longer useable.  i spent a lot of last night setting it up and hooking up to the wifi, then trying to figure out the record and tv channels etc.   Got it to a stage where i could hook in to netflix and went to bed feeling a sense of achievement.  but this morning i couldn't get any tv guide and the channels were saying 'no signal'.  sinking heart.
then i discovered the problem, the tv cable had fallen out of the wall :0)   so i think after more experimenting this morning i'm all set for catchup tv, apple tv, netflix and normal telly.  

Here's my new arrival, a young grey butcherbird

and a ringneck parrot, also recent arrivals

Saturday, 18 March 2017


dont bother reading this, i'm just thinking out loud

MY TELSTRA DEALINGS - perhaps we're drawing to a close, i've just posted off a four page description of the month by month dealings, telstra has requested a report of my complaint, as if they don't have a blow by blow description in their phone files already  - i'm sure nothing will come of it but i've had $200 taken off my last bill (they're still charging me for internet that's being provided now by iinet).  they had also added on $6 for the illuminated display on my landline (i don't have an illuminated display) and $6 for messagebank, just popped onto my bill as a special surprise.   they are UNBELIEVABLE.

On to nice things - the place is busting out all over with birds, a new arrival, the young grey butcherbird.  The lake halfway to Mildura is covered with swans and the beautiful crested pigeons have been doing their sunbathing ballet under the sprinklers.  no people photos, it's been a week at home getting things done - storyboard has gone off to harper collins, rough has gone to catholic diocese and now i'd better get my bookkeeping up to date :0(

the swans are amazing - so many.  before all the rain last year this lake had evaporated to a pretty foul smelling salty expanse, now it's just bursting with life.

next week is open studios day and sunny's coming up for the weekend :0)   YAY     i'll do some silk dying in the copper and unwrap it all on the day,  large scarves.