Friday, 24 March 2017


WHAT A DAY  i got up and just went for it - tidied up the yard, raked, swept, weeded, transplanted, moved pots, cleaned all the studio, all glass surfaces gleaming (stay away frogs!)  mended curtains, hung fabrics, rearranged artworks -
so at the end of the day i rewarded myself with a couple of large g&ts, smoked salmon and a tiny rack of lamb, then a bath - slept like a log  :0)

today, the back room - i want it to look more gallery like for the open studios day, more rehanging and cleaning. then to rip up lots of coloured fabric i've been collecting from op shops, and hang and tie it to the bamboo poles i'm putting out the front on the road as a banner.  hope there's a bit of a breeze.  also hope a few people come, although if they don't all the more time with sunny :0)


LAST  SUNDAY  was the now annual 'walk wentworth sing', organised to be the weekend before our open studios because we were hoping the Mildura/Wentworth arts festival would go ahead.

 but ARTS MILDURA has been in a funk and the festival didn't happen. the day of song was a big success nevertheless - the town hall was packed at the end of an afternoon of different choirs and the combined adult and schoolkids did a few big numbers - a lovely end to the weekend.

Thursday, 23 March 2017


WE'VE HAD GORGEOUS SKIES - the weather has bought cloud over and the light is beautiful


BIG YARD AND STUDIO CLEAN TODAY, maybe a fossey's visit but i'll probably be pooped. Pleased to hear from steve that they'll be open over easter, i can take everyone in for a paddle of gin tasters :0)

I drove in to the art vault opening last night, graeme peebles show.   i was a week early wasn't i  :0(  so i took photos on the way home - there are masses and masses of corellas around, flocks of 1000's in the sky and on the ground

Wednesday, 22 March 2017


I MUST GET UP SOON - so much to do before the weekend, i have to get my current illustration well underway, it'll be a monoprint.

also have to fill the copper and boil up all the silk scarves i'm preparing for our open studios, i'll unwrap one every hour on the day.
these hands belong to melbourne friend rachel who
called in for a visit. i asked her to do one of the
scarves and it's interesting to see her completely 
different take on it, she's created a pattern

ready to go, i've done a couple more and now i have silk soaking in an alum mix. i'll do those this morning and get the copper going later today :0)

i've been looking at swan lake's cover, we're sorting out the fine details of the type. also been in touch with li cunxin for a quote for the cover - which he's done :0)  I'm pleased about that
getting media stuff ready for the dromkeen exhibition - done.  gotta tidy up the studio, back yard and back porch/gallery space.

i have a meeting at council today as Makers chairman, an opening to go to tonight, Graeme Peebles is doing a residency.  eek. i'm feeling a bit under the pump.  sunny's coming saturday but her room's all ready :0) 


and getting cheekier
by the day

Monday, 20 March 2017


I WAS FEELING ASHAMED that my kitchen windows are so foggy with accumulated grime.  finally got out there and really cleaned them - so nice to have a clear view.
Today i realise why they were so dirty, little froggie feet have been leaving layers of prints.   now i can see on the clean window the neat little marks they make



Sunday, 19 March 2017


I BOUGHT A NEW panasonic pvr to play the tv through wifi now that my telstra Tbox is no longer useable.  i spent a lot of last night setting it up and hooking up to the wifi, then trying to figure out the record and tv channels etc.   Got it to a stage where i could hook in to netflix and went to bed feeling a sense of achievement.  but this morning i couldn't get any tv guide and the channels were saying 'no signal'.  sinking heart.
then i discovered the problem, the tv cable had fallen out of the wall :0)   so i think after more experimenting this morning i'm all set for catchup tv, apple tv, netflix and normal telly.  

Here's my new arrival, a young grey butcherbird

and a ringneck parrot, also recent arrivals

Saturday, 18 March 2017


dont bother reading this, i'm just thinking out loud

MY TELSTRA DEALINGS - perhaps we're drawing to a close, i've just posted off a four page description of the month by month dealings, telstra has requested a report of my complaint, as if they don't have a blow by blow description in their phone files already  - i'm sure nothing will come of it but i've had $200 taken off my last bill (they're still charging me for internet that's being provided now by iinet).  they had also added on $6 for the illuminated display on my landline (i don't have an illuminated display) and $6 for messagebank, just popped onto my bill as a special surprise.   they are UNBELIEVABLE.

On to nice things - the place is busting out all over with birds, a new arrival, the young grey butcherbird.  The lake halfway to Mildura is covered with swans and the beautiful crested pigeons have been doing their sunbathing ballet under the sprinklers.  no people photos, it's been a week at home getting things done - storyboard has gone off to harper collins, rough has gone to catholic diocese and now i'd better get my bookkeeping up to date :0(

the swans are amazing - so many.  before all the rain last year this lake had evaporated to a pretty foul smelling salty expanse, now it's just bursting with life.

next week is open studios day and sunny's coming up for the weekend :0)   YAY     i'll do some silk dying in the copper and unwrap it all on the day,  large scarves. 

Tuesday, 14 March 2017


I JUMPED OUT OF BED early today and headed off in the cool of the morning as the sun came up.  Very pretty

this is the pretty little lake on the golf course


A BEAUTIFUL MOON after a gorgeous day -  30 deg and breezy after about a week of 35+   Autumn is here though, and 35 isn't feeling too bad, cool nights and beautiful mornings.

I'll be happy for the 20's to arrive though, i've got two new pairs of boots that have been sitting in the cupboard for about three months, wanna wear them.

Sunday, 12 March 2017


THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS to walk down to artback and home again, various roads, lanes in between them all, the golf course, the footy oval.  today i walked back down a laneway lined in corrugated iron


was hoping for rain seeing these clouds come across but it looks like it's not going to happen.  it hasn't really rained since christmas.