Sunday, 29 November 2015


LUKE in a rare serious moment, working hard
 at the coffee machine
ANNIE'S MARKET DAY was a real hit today - a perfect sunny day with a light breeze, people just kept coming through, no big rushes, no lulls, just a  steady trade all day.  

Home for a nap and then off to glenis and brian's for a housewarming party.  well more of a shed warming at this stage - they've renovated the interior of the old blacksmith shop which was Wentworth Motos when i moved here. so there's a magnificent big garage with lovely wooden exposed beams and gables.  Glenis has a lovely little shop that sells her weaving and there are beautiful big looms operating in there.  Now they'll be starting to build their house on the back facing onto the old wentworth wharf, it's going to be wonderful.  the night was great, lots of people, beautiful pork on the spit, a perfect balmy night.

looking across the river, moonrise behind a floodlit tree across
the darling river at the back (or front) of glenis and brian's


AFTER A FULL MOON setting friday morning we had a beautiful sunset 
in the evening, seen from the silver city highway after life drawing at the art vault

Saturday, 28 November 2015


ANNIE'S MARKET DAY today, clothes to iron, car to pack.  I was too tired last night after life drawing in at the Art Vault till 8.

roll up roll up  get your books for 
christmas today!

Friday, 27 November 2015


JANET'S LARGE LINOCUT and my monoprint have left the building - the Art Vault Print Prize show has come down, i picked up the work and if Janet's had been 1mm bigger i couldn't have squeezed it in the back door 

sonja, andrew and i managed
wriggle it in diagonally but getting it out on my own was quite a challenge.


Fasciation (or cresting) is a relatively rare condition of abnormal growth in vascular plants in which the apical meristem (growing tip), which normally is concentrated around a single point and produces approximately cylindrical tissue, instead becomes elongated perpendicularly to the direction of growth, thus, producing flattened, ribbon-like, crested, or elaborately contorted tissue.[1] Fasciation may also cause plant parts to increase in weight and volume in some instances.[2] The phenomenon may occur in the stemrootfruit, or flower head.

THESE WEIRD mutations are occurring along a stretch of the silver city highway, heaps of them twisting and curling along the side of the road


I SPENT SOME NICE TIME adding some artwork to the wall in my bedroom and the hallway, never enough wall space

Thursday, 26 November 2015


LAST NIGHT was a strange very windy night as a cool change followed a 39 deg day.   late in the evening the wind changed and i thought i could see a dust storm coming up the river.  It turned out to be smoke from the horrific SA bushfires that have been raging for two days.  The smoky air turned the moon red.  I had a night of  disturbing dreams

Today Art Vault resident Nic Plowman came over to wenty to draw with steve. he offered to come and help me move some heavy things in the print studio - it was great to have him here, he did some things i just couldn't manage and we got the bar fridge and microwave set up in the spare room

here's the sartorial nic sporting one of anne's crochet neckpieces,
not shown to advantage here, price tag still on :0\   

Wednesday, 25 November 2015


I'VE SPENT the past few days playing - decorating a mask for Isobelle's huge launch of The Red Queen, the last book in the Obernewtyn series - 1000+ pages!
I cut up a red and black beaded cardigan ($2.50 at the op shop), cut the intricately pleated straps of a red taffeta cocktail dress ($5) and began.  I spread everything out on the kitchen bench and just added bits, played, glued, hunted through my bead boxes and gradually put it all together.  such fun :0)

Sunday, 22 November 2015


    Rene's kombi reno has come along nicely,  cool canvas cover and woodstained packrack


down by the river these two beautiful birds came and sat on the fallen trees, later identified as white faced herons.


AFTER THE HEAT of the week and a couple of really sleepless nights, my big big 9 1/2 sleep last night led to a cool breezy morning and perfect sunny afternoon.
i had sonja, and art vault residents nic plowman from melbourne and arone meeks from cairns over for dinner and we spent most of the evening out on the riverbank watching the sun go down, a superb warm still night.

Thursday, 19 November 2015


IT WAS 44 today according to the bureau of meteorology- i just bunkered down, drew the curtains, put on the cooler and did my bookkeeping   :0(     still going, another day i think.

went in to see Mockingjay and had a drink with sonja afterwards.   not an unpleasant day, hot but still and dry heat.  a little cooler tomorrow

Lovely skies and
a variety of birds
at the lock on the
way home, grass
parrots, galahs
cormorants, pelicans
and of course, noisy


IT WAS 42 today, i stayed in and did the bookkeeping :0(   Arone Meeks and Nic Plowman had work opening at the Art Vault so i drove in, had a drink with Sheridan (our ABC morning presenter) and we headed up to the opening.  I came home early and put the foot up.

wentworth artist clair bates, friend tina and friend

 amazing skies on the way home, there must be some fire somewhere, the sun was quite red