Sunday, 4 December 2016




MY BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATIONS are coming along nicely, i'll finish them this morning, it's going to be 37 today :0(  
yesterday sue and derek and friend allan came around with their kayak and took me for a trip through the flooded riverbanks, first across to the victorian side where i photographed my house through the trees then back to the nsw side to glide through the redgums that are usually growing on dry land.  truly beautiful

derek and allan took a while to figure out where the car was parked as we paddled through the trees, all the landscape is so
different. eventually we found it then realised the keys were back at my house with sue!  but here she comes, marching down the road, keys in hand :0)

Saturday, 3 December 2016


THE NEW FILTER IS IN- it's nearly as big as the pump!  i'm really hopeful that it'll be a big improvement on the old one.
spent saturday working on botanical illustrations, one going well, the other one, well i hope it improves today.

tasmannia lanceolata - pepperberry

initial work done, now for detail and shading with watercolor and pencil

Friday, 2 December 2016


GRRR  new phone not working well, fuzzy sound, everyone says i'm sounding muffled. so telstra's changed the sim card, today i'll try it out again.
got a big fat new filter for the pump, four years ago i wouldn't have known what this meant but i'm actually excited - i simply couldn't get the old one undone, plastic on plastic screw top - infuriating. this new one looks terrific :0)  and it's self cleaning, sounds like magic.

last night was the opening of graeme drendel's major survey show Silos and Silence, forty years of work.   very dramatic, big galleries double hung with large oils, lots of fabulous skies

left, jake modica - mildura's new deputy mayor and arts and culture person - jake did my black bathroom and he's a terrific guy

                   graeme talking about growing up in ouyen
sonja and maya :0)
graeme's wife wendy, middle, with australian galleries' stuart purves


Tuesday, 29 November 2016


GETTING SORTED - snappy new phone, water working again in the garden. phew.  dark brown water in the taps, but gorgeous weather and a big big river.

Monday, 28 November 2016


WHEN I ARRIVED home on saturday, mimmo and i ended up having dinner at friends sue and derek's home.  mimmo made a traditional italian salad using old hard bread soaked in water, with fresh tomatoes and oregano,  delicious!


MIMMO LEFT YESTERDAY around midday and now i have my lovely house all to myself again, having coffee in bed this morning in this beautiful cup and saucer, a gift from the lovely denise

Sunday, 27 November 2016


is here and i've finally spotted him after hearing him for a month or more


in melbourne after arriving at tulla at midday, a couple of movies in the afternoon, dinner with sunny and luke and a good big sleep.
fantastic mass planting on the median strip in wellington street

down to torquay to stay with gail. we spent the most deliciously relaxing day having a 3 hour hammam at the jan juc racv club, floating in warm water, lying on a heated slab and sauna, lying in a bubbling spa.  how much can a koala bear

brunch with susan and jenny down at the torquay foreshore.  a good catch up time for us sisters :0)
in the evening a dinner for many birthdays at anne and den's, mine belatedly, freddie's (early), deidre and jenny.  lots of presents, talk, great food and drinks, candles, a lovely night seeing my dear friends and family

I did a drive 
past susan and seans, it's looking great all gutted and ready to be done

this lovely shrike thrush is one of a pair madly feeding
babies inside helen's roof, we watched them all evening

FRIDAY a drive to helen and don's, a big country meal waiting :0) and a good evening of scrabble and family time.  always good
the garden is looking wonderful

in the morning, masses of lorikeets were deafening but beautiful

Helen's garden

a day of driving, couldn't wait to see the river. i could see no results of the terrible storm that trashed so many crops in mildura, all the vineyards looked terrific.  and as i approached wentworth, water everywhere.

                   flood levels are almost up to 1990 levels but
                     there's a long way to go before the 1956 height
                     and my house is still above that level