Tuesday, 31 October 2017


WHAT A SURPRISE!   this huge frilly poppy suddenly appeared in the garden, one of many seeds i scattered a couple of years ago


THESE FUNNY LITTLE FELLAS were really having a good look through the window today, left, right, craning to see more - very funny

a miner will show up every time!

Sunday, 29 October 2017


THE THING I LOVE ABOUT LIVING HERE  now that i'm established and can water the garden without fear of becoming destitute :0)  due to the cost of running the pump -  the thing i love is just wandering around looking at what's growing, the river with light on it at different times of the day, getting up early to make coffee and being drawn out onto the front lawn to look at the sky lighting up over the lock while the pied butcher bird sings its beautiful song.
being surrounded by nature is a balm, and after sharing it with seven friends last weekend, this weekend i've loved just being here and watching rain flooding the garden.  summer's coming, but right now everything's divine.

big sploshy drops

that's one big puddle in the background, my circular drive :0)   and a beautiful new iris i haven't seen before

i don't know what this is but it looks like a salvia of some kind

a sydney facebook friend asked 'can you have too many scarves' to which i answered NO!

Friday, 27 October 2017


EVERYTHING'S LOOKING GORGEOUS and smelling even better after all that rain.  the corellas are getting amorous - thousands of them making a hell of a racket


EVERYONE LEFT after the illustrators' weekend and i was left to do a whole lot of bookkeeping - two days of getting lost and confused in columns of figures and bags of receipts.   sigh
yesterday was a delicious day of bucketloads of rain, crackling rolling thunder and a very happy garden.  cool too so i got out into the studio and did another print for the book :0)   a satisfying day

Monday, 23 October 2017


A BEAUTIFULLY VIVID SUNSET as we were coming back from the island



HOW LOVELY to spend the weekend with a group of illustrators i hardly ever see - Gabrielle Wang, Jude Rossell, Ann James, Kerry Argent, Elise Hurst, Felicity Marshall and Anne Ryan.  Jude camped on the front lawn, Gab and Elise stayed in the house and the others all went to the Two Rivers Motel - a good location backing on to Thegoa Lagoon, complete with kangaroos and emus.
we had two bbq teas at home, a pub meal on saturday night, spent time relaxing, talking and critiquing each others current or new projects.   we slept in, walked on the island, played games and generally enjoyed being together. it was a great weekend.

     sunday brekky at artback cafe

then a wander
along the street

Later a walk on the island at sundown

Saturday, 21 October 2017


EVERYTHING'S STILL, the birds are singing and it's a clear blue sky, looks set for a lovely weekend. we're doing an eco-dyeing workshop