Friday, 23 July 2021


DAY 24 - in the past weeks i improved enough to drive a little bit locally   Flew down to melb and travelled with sunny, luke and etta to our family weekend in the grampians.   it was great, the house was big modern and just perfect.

my travel buddy in the back seat :0)

i've never seen so many kangas in town - sometimes 30 or more grazing and lounging on the oval and around our house every day

i'll try to get some pics on here from my phone (success as you can see)) - i left the camera behind accidentally and my laptop's damaged and i can't access my photo library. i've just managed to redamage my shoulder by simply turning to switch on a lamp with my good arm so i'm typing left handed.

COVID appeared in mildura a couple of days back throwing all my medical appointments out the window so i spent all day on the phone yesterday trying to reschedule and arrange transport.   not a good couple of days.   Wondering if i'll need more surgery :o(   Well at least my hip post op appointment showed my new joint is all good    i'm really itching to get a decent walk in or have a bath!

lockdown at midnight was announced as i arrived at the airport to travel home, i got back in the nick of time - today (july 23) SA, Queensland and Vic are all in lockdown.

                    so good to see this window seat view again

AFTER HALLS GAP i had three days in torquay, staying with me mates anne, gail and jenny in turn.   anne, gail and i had our annual birthday lunch at Jack Rabbit winery on the bellarine peninsula.  we had a great table by the open fire.   beautiful views which will be on my drive to geelong if i can move to indented head.

                                    love the jack rabbit logo

HAD A GREAT MEAL at the Boatshed on lake wendouree on a windy choppy day on the way back from halls gap

Thursday, 1 July 2021


IT'S BEEN FOUR DAYS since susan flew home    i've managed to keep the fire going thanks to susan sorting and moving all the small logs outside the loungeroom door.   thank god for streaming services too, i've been able to knit without putting weight on my right arm but i'm in a sling most of the time.   

Started walking again yesterday,  i have to remind myself that physio for my hip needs to continue.   And i'm off painkillers - YAY!  

Yesterday friend Sam delivered a trailer load of wood split into small pieces, and i'm  off to see the doc tomorrow thanks to Di getting me a quick appointment  - people here are so kind.   couldn't get to see my own GP until july 22.    Health services up here are really stretched.   

meanwhile life on the riverbank goes on - wonderful as ever.

this powerful fella has been  around all night every night  the lawn is littered with a trail of evidence!

the wonderful darter

it's wonderful to watch the egret and its 
efficient and persistent fishing skills

another gorgeous evening on the river

Monday, 28 June 2021


IT'S A BEAUTIFUL FOGGY MORNING on the confluence as i begin my time alone.   no plans to do anything but eat, drink, pop pills and rest.   a little knitting only if it feels ok

Sunday, 27 June 2021


 JUST AS I WAS GETTING BACK INTO WALKING i fell in the kitchen and broke my collarbone!!!   looks like the blood thinning meds i had post hip op caused me to faint and fall hard on my right shoulder.  so i ended up in emergency and  came home in a sling    Next day i had a lovely afternoon tea here with sonja, di fogwell and nicky dickson who are residents at the art vault. 


I felt fine but the fracture clinic called and decided i needed a plate in my shoulder.   now i'm laid up, i'll have to start all over again.

hospital chic

Dear susan flew up for the week and has been so busy helping me all week,  cooking, cleaning, watering and making me a lovely fresh bed  on my return from day surgery.  she's just flown home so i'm home alone   :0{   i'll have to be careful with my arm.


   the fabulous darter

beautiful full moon

Friday, 18 June 2021


ETTA IS ONE!!   i can't believe it's a year since i waited on the couch - unable to do anything after receiving a text that sunny and luke were off to the hospital and would be out of touch for a while.   It was all day and well into the night and i was so rung out by the time luke texted to say etta had arrived, it took me days to get back to normal.

Of course Sunny was the one having a difficult and exhausting time, but boy - it's been a year of wonder watching Etta grow into a funny, gorgeous and obviously going-to-be-musical little girl.  what a treasure for us all to cherish :0)

Having a new baby to care for in Covid times adds stress to the normal responsibilities of parenthood -  sunny and luke have been wonderful parents

RECENT PICS FROM SAYAKA - I don't get many of her because she's obviously the main family photographer

Rene starring in a magazine
again :0)  Looking just a little
bit straight

Rene in his favourite shirt,  great print