Saturday, 1 May 2021


 I ARRIVED IN GEELONG on April 27 and had a nice easy night with susan and sean, martinis and too much wine 😳  and a beautiful meal of salmon.   A good trip down through the Mallee and the essential stop at Birchip bakery for vanilla slices and beestings. 

Susan and i had a lovely long walk around Corio Bay and through the botanical gardens which are looking lush and really beautiful.

Friday i had appointments at the hostpital and Saturday i was admitted at 8.30.  Had my hip replacement around 1.00  and arrived in my room to find flowers from susan already there

My room is large and airy with huge windows and a view to the horizon, very comfy and staff here at the Epworth are all wonderful, not one person (and i've seen scores) has been anything but really friendly and helpful.

I was up and walking with help that day, next day with an elbow crutch and today with a walking stick and without.   It's been an incredible result so far, i'm really happy.

I'm being discharged tomorrow and will have a week at Gail's.  The Anns are heading up to my place today with Lee Burgemeestre and it's going to be a lovely warm weekend for them

Wednesday, 21 April 2021


 WOW, my last entry was April 8!!

I've been a bit crook, still NQR after picking up a bug in melbourne in March.  Covid negative but still i have a dry throat and a bit of sinus. don't know why but it's only a week till my  op so i'm sitting in the sun today soaking up some goodness.

Photos from Sunny and Luke's weekend 

up at Mt Beauty.  Etta wasn't too keen on the portacot at first :0)    Sunny rode up Mt Beauty, what an achievement!

A LOCAL TRAGEDY -  a fire broke out on murray/darling island, cause unknown.   it's burnt quite a lot but i don't see much damage from my end.    i'm hoping the huge old trees aren't destroyed

ON THE 15th Susan and Sean and Jenny and Freddie arrived, one year after their original planned visit which was a victim of covid.

This big fella was at the gate on the
day they arrived but he'd nicked 
off by the time they got here

i gave the firepit a reno before they arrived, nice to have a better area to sit now

We had dinners at home, barbies, scrabble, went to the markets in mildura and merbein, had lunch out at trentham and generally just had four days of downtime together.   it was wonderful to have them all up here at last

hope they get back here before i leave

Beautiful visitors yesterday and today, a yellow rosella (one of a family of five) and a rare visit from the Mallee ringneck,  gorgeous things

Thursday, 8 April 2021


EASTER - and Sunny, Luke and Etta came for four days - how wonderful to spend so much time with them and to watch Etta and her development even since i saw her a couple of weeks ago, crawling and trying to stand, she's halfway there :0)    What a lovable little girl she is, we visited Perry Sandhills, a day in mildura, saw the Sturt desert peas at the Inland Botanical Gardens, slept a lot in the heat of the day.  Sunday was 35, unusually hot for autumn here.

friends came to the rescue with baby

bath, pusher, bed and highchair :0)


perry sandhills


BATH TIME :O)    adorable

LAST NIGHT   I lit a fire and sue and derek and I ate chipolata sausages and had a cool white on the riverbank in perfect autumn weather, slightly hazy and warm and gorgeous.  lots of different birds down on the fallen trees



Tuesday, 30 March 2021


AFTER I ARRIVED HOME from the south, i got sick - picked up from Etta no doubt because she's coming home from daycare with bugs and wogs as all kids do when they start kinder, daycare etc.  so i had to have a covid test and self isolate for three days waiting for the result, negative thank goodness.  if i'd been positive it would have been a tracking nightmare to trace where i'd been over the past two weeks.  all over the Bellarine Peninsula, Torquay, Geelong and Melbourne, the Grampians and a stay in Wedderburn on the way home.   Eating in pubs and restaurants every day and visiting big op shops everywhere.  Yikes!

good old bob borrowed this nifty little machine from sue and derek and spread the whole large truckload of soil i bought. i now have large new garden areas to plant and i've bought a lot of eremophilas and transplanted a lot of things i already had in pots.  

Walking back yesterday from the newsagent - first time since i've gotten over my yucky cold,  the two lovely black swans at the lock were going through an extreme preening exercise.  They would vigorously run their beaks through the feathers on their backs and wings then duck dive, coming up to stretch and beat their wings in a circular movement, propelling themselves through the water before going through the whole procedure again.

FINISHED! Etta's footie beanie

THE GREAT EGRET has returned to fish from the fallen trees on my riverbank, it's there morning and night but always very hard to photograph, i've managed to creep up on it twice this week


Poetry in motion

we've had beautiful moons for days now

more visits from the echidna, he hides from
me by putting his head under the chair :0)

DOGS IN UTES  one of the things i love
about living here

SPRINKLERS AND BIRDBATHS the perfect combination for birds to have fun

I've been working a lot in this central garden, installing a new birdbath that's already really popular

at the end of a long day in the garden, a glass of aperol spritz is divine!

    sunrise this morning