Thursday, 17 October 2019


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, after a night at gail's and a cosy catchup with the gang in torquay sunny drove me to the airport on Friday night for a midnight flight.  A super typhoon was forecast for Saturday afternoon in Tokyo so i wasn't sure i'd even be going but i decided to front up at the airport and see what was happening - a nice chance to spend time with sunny over a champers :0)   the flight left on time and arrived safely 

After a pretty tense drive home to rene's with cal in the car with us, through driving rain and drenched highways we arrived safely.  it was pretty hairy on saturday having emergency evacuation jingles coming in on our phones all day. we were all ready to go but after a lot of checking on the web sayaka and rene decided we were way out of the danger area.  it really just rained and rained here, the wind wasn't even too bad although we think we got a mini earth tremor in the middle of it all. the floor kind of wobbled under us for a second or two.

SUNDAY - blue skies and a light breeze, we joined half of tokyo and went to ikea for the day, after dark i thought we'd head home but no, two more shopping experiences to go.  i was bushed when we got home but it was all fun and i had a favorite experience, buying stuff in a japanese hardware store

IKEA was nuts - just jam packed but perfectly organised,
the flow of people never stopped :0)

             MONDAY - an unexpected (or forgotten) public
             holiday so we had a day with the kids
a lovely old local shrine and cemetery on the way to lunch

we went to one of 
the conveyor belt 
sushi bars,  a hot
water tap for green
tea on the table,
booths, a special
drawer for
chopsticks and 
great food :0)
rene requested that i cook kedgeree
and show him
how to make it.
an old family
favorite now passed on
to another
generation :0)

 MARA what a little treasure - she's funny, creative, loves to sing and dance (very seriously :-)   she's ambidextrous and draws in an interesting way, i'll be really interested to see how she develops as she grows up

CAL - a dynamo, on the go from morning to midnight, living at a pace that's almost too fast for him to keep up with himself, funny little fella
Not many good photos of cal, he pulls faces every time 
the camera is around,  i'll have to catch him unawares.

MORNINGS here i've walked with rene and the kids to school then down to his office where i either work on my laptop while he gets a couple of hours done, or go down to the beautiful park around the corner.  Tall tall old pines and lacy maples, a tranquil pool and winding paths leading in all directions.
rene's office is in a really great building, very elegant design
with attention to detail, stair rails etc all very attractive.   in a
quiet street set back on a large block right next to the park

i'll be doing
a little 8x8
portrait of
rene when
i get home
so i'm doing
and taking
a few pics

WEDNESDAY I had a lovely walk this morning after we dropped the kids off, through the lovely green park and along the canal.  it's a quiet suburb here, residential with narrow streets and little traffic. a good place to be with little kids.  the school is great, modern, open and progressive, big open spaces and a relaxed attitude, a bit like a montessori atmosphere

GOT BACK to the office and Jamel dropped in, what a lovely guy. he ended up coming to a bike fair with us,  Rene and Sayaka hoped to catch up with past contacts in the bike industry and they sure did, they were on the go the whole time we were there, i just wandered around, photographed them and drew people who were sitting near me.  lots of food supplied too.

    Loved this beautiful big mosaic art piece on the wall

the discerning man

one of the snacks
available -
green tea
Kit Kats  :-O

like a
red eiffel
the lads in front of favorite cars
 I LOVE the strange use of english in bewildering ways - here's a classic example

 another favorite - new manholes to discover

i got up to make a cuppa yesterday and came back to my bed in the loungeroom to find this :0)

Wednesday, 9 October 2019


WE HAD a few hot days last week, in the 30's.   but the last couple of days have been cool and pleasant, perfect for pottering around tidying outside, watering, sorting out packing for japan, buying presents for everyone.  i'm pretty well done, just need to actually pack today and drive down to torquay tomorrow.

i've been enjoying the
studio and new fans

the kingfishers and bee eaters have returned this week for the summer and i can hear their 'chip chip chip' and brrrrr-ing all day, it's rare to see them close enough for a pic but the kingfisher was perched outside the studio yesterday.

I'VE BEEN SPENDING TIME going thru a USB stick of 1000's of photos from the pubs we went to in the late 60's.  Friend Frank gave it to me after getting negs of a photographer friend who'd died.  it's amazing to see people i remember from 50 years ago!!  and ron and i are in there, twice so far.
the knomes of obelia -
a band in geelong in
the 60's, i saw them
at queenscliff hotel
club called
Cucumber Castle :0)

friends of my brother-in-law don.  lead singer colin donnelly sadly died not long after this
CAN'T WAIT to see these guys on Saturday in Tokyo

garden pics 

in curlwaa,
i love the way
 the goats have eaten
 all the lower leaves
 and left this 
dripping cascade 
of oranges

LAKE HAWTHORN on the way to mildura this week