Wednesday, 21 February 2018


THE DARTER'S baby is now a full sized teenager and there are     birds everywhere

 look at this gorgeous thing :0)
i guess this darter is about six weeks old

rainbow eater


Tuesday, 20 February 2018


DRAWING DRAWING - roughs for the last spread in my book - getting to the finishing off stages :0)


ALWAYS BEAUTIFUL - and a reward at the end of a very warm day

Monday, 19 February 2018


an artist's impression

I'M HORRIFIED at this proposed project - the RSL is applying for  $1million in funding to paint ten silos. the first painted silo was impressive, but more and more have been painted and the quality of the images is getting lower with each one.  i realised small communities may benefit from these although i've seen no effort to do so.  a coffee caravan at Brim (site of the first one) could be a good idea but really, i think most people just drive through and take a pic on the way. i'm not sure the towns are capitalising on the silos.
this is the only silo that works in my humble opinion
- near the tiny township of Brim

and the fact that the RSL wants the 10 new images to be commemorating our war efforts is awful.  
the untouched silos are a powerful reminder of our agricultural heritage and set amongst the wheatfields as they are, they reflect the light against the blue sky and create a wonderful avenue of majestic structures along the highways.


NIGHT ONE:  can't sleep so i get up and pad through to the kitchen, step on a wet patch of rug and realise that it's been damp two days in a row.  not a spillage - i then see water trickling down the wall and drips all along the cornice - the new cornice and wall that replaced the damaged soaked wall 6 months ago.   the leak in the ceiling has returned.   my fault - i should've been nagging steve the plumber to come back and do the proper job we'd agreed to.
so i went up the ladder at 2a.m. to shine the torch around, and threw a stack of towels under the leak.  i could've climbed right into the roof cavity but had visions of not being able to drop back down onto the ladder - headlines  'senior trapped in ceiling for five days!'  hmmm.  i decided to leave it and ring the plumber in the morning.
steve arrived, got up and had a look and said  'looks like i'm gonna get wet' and went out to change his shoes.   and this is what he was wearing when he returned
Steve did a temporary fix (sunday and he had a family do) and for some reason i had another completely sleepless night last night.  partly due to the fact that i'm having airbnb problems and their 'help' people insist on texting in the middle of the night. now i'm on the couch feeling like a zombie but long story short - the plumber's been, fixed the problem and also fixed my broken aircon ducting in the ceiling at the same time.  :0)   i'm taking it easy today.

it's been pretty warm, in the 30's, but still and calm. but yesterday evening a wild duststorm swept up the river, i ended up with a branch in the front yard and dust everywhere, but a light rain came and settled everything and cooled down the house.  it's a lovely
cool breezy morning, i might just go back to sleep 

this is the downside of life in the mallee - dust storms.  luckily they don't happen often and are usually brief, heralding the arrival of a cool change

Saturday, 17 February 2018


I'M EXCITED to have a family of bee eaters here.  for the last two days i've heard the 
'brrr brrr' sound of their song as they flit and glide on their saffron wings, dipping and flying between the trees.

Friday, 16 February 2018


OK - kids have come and gone, now to find where i put everything that was on floor level :0)
Had a walk this morning hoping to find the little flock of rainbow bee-eaters i saw yesterday when my battery was flat.  they weren't there,  off to the hairdresser then met bruce the builder at home so he could get measurements.   sigh, i feel like things are slowly grinding into action.  he's going to order the doors for me.  i have so much more confidence in his advice that i did with the former builder.   the EX builder :0)

had lunch in mildura yesterday with donnie and di, then popped in next door to see the exhibition of two of the 'makers' group, dorothy and terri.  i took a whole heap of photos so they could send one to the sunraysia daily

vicki mentioned that she'd like some champers glasses of the shape modelled on marie antoinette's breast :0)   i suggested hollow stems too, and that i'd keep an eye out in the op shops.  and here they are - from the big mildura salvos, czech bohemia glass still with the labels on, a set of six for $6      she's chuffed and i'm quietly proud

Thursday, 15 February 2018


RENE, SAYAKA and the kids left yesterday after a busy couple of days.  they discovered the lego, although i think sunny and rene were more involved, i'm sure they remembered every piece.
Cal climbed a tree at the lock, something he wouldn't do in the parks in osaka, it's disapproved of.  we visited the sandhills which they both loved after initial suspicion. we had a barbie at home, went to the pub the next night. they played in the wading pools in the yard and had a late night bath with squeezy bath animals that lit up inside when they hit the water  I had time to catch up with rene and rene and sunny together.  it was a great two days and three nights.

rene, sayaka
and the kids
at torquay
before they
came here

in my
 yard, the
pool was a
and the
was perfect

cal discovered the joys of running through the sprinkler

checking out the rellies


I dropped sunny at the airport early, a 6.30 flight. the moon was 
just rising, beautiful

car loaded up ready to leave yesterday morning.