Friday, 30 September 2016


THE BIRDS are tough, they're out there rain, wind, cold, makes no difference.


Thursday, 29 September 2016


HORRIBLE HIGH WINDS today  -  i'd be happy to stay in my pjs all day but i have an airbnb guest coming.  i hope the weather improves for his weekend of flying remote control planes  :0(    that's probably a daggy term to use in this day of drones.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016


SUNSHINE OUTSIDE, beautiful sunset last night.
from the loungeroom window

Tuesday, 27 September 2016


Another quiet day


I'VE BEEN HAVING A MINI HOLIDAY in the hidy hole of my loungeroom.  having a cold is permission to stop - very nice sometimes.  this morning i'm feeling more human, i might get dressed :0)
my super luxury hooded dressing gown has been getting a good workout the last couple of days, even out to the copper to see what goodies were in there.  nothing too exciting except these wonderful leaves from latrobe uni carpark.
I'll change the water today and try some more.
these leaves were large green gumleaves but the new leaves were soft and deep red, they printed really dark. must get some more. i love the way the sofe pastel checks of the blanket almost disappear, just a hint of subtle colour
pretty sure this is box, i'm so awful at keeping records :0\    more patience required

Monday, 26 September 2016


COUCH DAY - head cold, Pride and Prejudice, getting tangled in wool trying continental knitting.  a little bit of progress.

little groover
and his mum :0)

-the aftermath of my
disaster the other
day - rang martin,
font of all printmaking
knowledge and got
step by step instructions
on making sugarlift. it's 
smooth and glossy. 
also liquid hardground,
all ingredients from
bunnings :0)  what
would we do without
that big B

just realised i didn't post about my disaster, trying to make sugarlift to make a print with.  involved heating sugar and water till it's a syrup consistency.   I got sidetracked didn't, lighting the fire in the lounge.  

finally looked up and the whole house had a white smoky ceiling and the kitchen had disappeared in a cloud.  and the saucepan ...  

it was going in the bin but i've decided to keep it as a studio decoration :0)   turns
out it didn't need to go on the stove at all.

Sunday, 25 September 2016


SUNNY and luke are in osaka after travelling from tokyo up to sapporo.
                      this is the lovely man who runs Westwood
                        bakery in osaka, great sourdough and
                        western style breads, a family business with
                        his wife and sons

 mara's becoming
a real little character
cal in the middle of Giracha, getting taller by the day :0)

Saturday, 24 September 2016


A MAGNIFICENT WARM SUNNY DAY -  a walk for the paper, negotiating soft muddy ground across the golf course, it's saturated everywhere here.  Everything's growing like mad :0)

the river is so high, with water surging over the lock and currents really racing.

pelican and cormorant at lock 10

    lots of interesting patterns left by the rains

I stopped on the footpath on the way back from my walk, absorbed in adjusting the radio on my phone.  when i looked down these two maggies were at my feet, looking up expectantly.  then they both sang me a little song - how gorgeous

I ended the day at friend
di's, watching the warm sun go down over the river from her deck.
the ornamental grapevines are just coming into leaf on her long pergolas

exhibition opening at the visitors centre last night, broken hill artist robyn taylor.  our makers group went along to support her

locals rod and malcolm, and me with dee, a wonderful jeweller and member of the makers

Thursday, 22 September 2016


PRETTY SPECIAL this morning to have my hot chocolate served with my name written across it in a flourish :0)

thank you Tamina

and tonight - a champers on the back deck with anne watching the slow sunset behind the trees over the fence, a lovely mild evening after a few cold windy days of rain and greyness

Wednesday, 21 September 2016


FRIENDS DEB AND GRAEME from geelong were my airbnb guests this weekend - lovely to catch up.


a little late but here's the full moon this month, great to have my new camera and to once again have a functional zoom lens

Sunday, 18 September 2016



IT'S BEEN BUSY - hence no posts since tuesday.

WEDNESDAY, Janeen arrived from adelaide at 6pm and we had dinner at the pub, and a leisurely thursday of scrabble and food before driving up to pooncarie for friday school sessions with school of the air kids and palinyewah school

dinner at the pooncarie pub thursday night

POONCARIE OUTREACH SCHOOL - no longer an operating school but every fortnight distance students come in and get together - this friday they had janeen and i doing separate sessions, a tennis coach and the local fire brigade with their truck.  also a great bbq lunch out in the yard.  it's a great place
lots of great hats there, cute kids too 

ah yes, 
the beloved
cats - these 
are by littlies
3-5 yo,
gorgeous :0)

we were finished by 1
- three groups each.
time for a stroll around
 the cemetery in warm
sunshine and a drive home
 to collapse on the couch
 - a good trip and
 lovely people

     we stayed at the port pitstop cottage - advertised spectacularly on
     the road outside pooncarie  -  about 15 ft off the ground

a bit of local colour,
bra and boots 
trees on the side
of the road

and at the end of the day a well deserved champers

Saturday morning
- bye to janeen then
home to get the
room ready for
airbnb guests
tomorrow  -  feeling
pretty tired but
had to go back into
mildura for a drawing
class at the arts
good friends in this class - a nice afternoon and a drive home surrounded
by spectacular skies, rain expected and it sure did arrive

new vines about to go in here - reminds me of arlington cemetery