Thursday, December 24, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
We have just spent a relaxing, enjoyable up at the farm - Bella Vista, with Lindy & GB. It's always nice to get away and even nice to get away and stay with good friends. The British Lass from Scotland (now from France) was visiting her friends at the farm also, and we enjoyed catching up on her life since we first met her about 5 years ago.
There has been a few bushfires filling the air with smoke lately. This hasn't been good for my poor lungs. We are getting pretty desperate for some rain in the South East but there doesn't seem to be anything significant on the way. I guess one of the pluses with the dry weather is that the wildlife come a little closer to find their food and water. Just hope we don't get ducks utilising the pool as the PeeWees leave enough droppings around to clean up.
We had the house spring cleaned last week, gee it's nice to look through clean windows. There was still the remains of the dust storms which passed through here several weeks ago which seemed to have found it's way into every nook and cranny. All gone now and the fly screens have lost their slightly pinkish look.
Today we are both off to the Skin Scan Clinic to have any sun spots frozen off. I'm not particularly looking forward to that as my skin is a perfect example of the effects of our harsh sun on the skin and I usually come out looking like a case of the pox with blisters in all sorts of places. No doubt, better than having them develope further though.
Catch you later.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
The Great Dane - Leaving Sydney 5th July (Bottom photo)
In Auckland ready to depart (top photo) We had an afternoon thunderstorm in Auckland and that was as about as cold as it got on the whole trip.
Monday, June 29, 2009
This is a painting I did about 3 years ago - dawn at Kingscliff NSW.
Only 6 more sleeps and we will be on those very same Pacific high seas . I'm not excited - ha ha. I've zipped up my suitcase - can't fit anymore into it. It's probably just as well that we have to fly to Sydney to get on the ship or I'd probably find ways to fit more in.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
We had a couple of friends for a long lunch yesterday. We haven't seen them for about 9 months and had a lot to catch up on. Today our house sitter arives to get used to the routine with the animals and to learn to manage the pool and the garden and any other little routines one establishes around their home. The sitter will be staying till we return from our cruise mid October. For those of you who follow my blog just click on to my follower, The Great Dane, (That's the fellow in the viking helmet - Secher's Blog) who also happens to be my husband. We will be posting our journey on there whenever possible. We fly to Sydney and embark on the 5th July and we are already packed and excited. We will be heading east across the Pacific with the first port of call in New Zealand. Please feel free to join us in cyberspace.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Abel was a humble soul
As was wife Leah too,
They must have felt a pressing need
To start their life anew.
They packed up all their chattels.
They said their sad goodbyes.
They did not know what lay ahead,
When they broke the family ties.
Their daughter kept a log book
To post to Eleanor.
It tells of many weary days
To bring them to our shore.
Alas! This great new country.
Held trials to overcome.
But they toiled and sweated and battled on
From dawn to setting sun.
They tried the "Rock" and "Mary"
But didn't settle there
They chose a little township
The "Burrum" a treasure rare.
There wasn't gold or diamonds
Or other gems to wear.
It was a bit of blackend rock
To the best of coal compare.
It looked as if the troubled times
Were finally at an end
But some folk, in whom they trusted
Turned out as - not a friend.
Abel to his maker went.
He's suffered, triumphed, stumbled, been down, but rose above.
Leah was there to support him
His one and only love.
He became a local Legend
His children spread afar
Leah's greatest wish
Was to follow Abel's star.
She was buried a child of Isreal
Beside him, her partner brave.
She too had joined her maker
A dedicated Christian slave.
Some of us still walk the streets
Where they placed their well-worn shoe'.
Some of us have left this land
Like them, to start anew.
Some of us have not gone far
A few miles or hours away,
But the memories of our forbears
Are with us to this day.
We are the descended children
Bound by family chains
The blood of Abel and Leah
Is forever in our veins.
Why do I love this part of the world (south east Queensland, Australia)? Our night temperatures get down to about 3 degrees C, enough to know it's winter, but the garden still produces an abundance of brilliant tropical colour. They get very little attention except a bit of water and occasionally the Great Dane tosses a bit of fertiliser at them.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
This is my one and only attempt at a portrait painting.
It is of one of my four sons, when he was 10 years old, from his school photo. I started it in about 1987, the year after he was killed in a car accident when he was nearly 18 years of age. Each time I have come across it, I've told myself that I must finish it but it always felt a little painful to attempt to do so. Well, today I did it. Although it's no masterpiece I'm pretty happy with the result.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
A new painting I have started.
Lying on the sugar can mulch in the sun is the place to be on a cold winters morning if you are a cat or a dog. The "Puschka" the cat likes the vege garden and the "Couch" the dog has chosen the rose garden with the ornimental duck for company. The cat about, 16 years old has never welcomed the dog about 5 years old and the only contact it has ever made with the dog is a swipe across the nose if he got too close. The two gardens are seperated by a fence, mainly so the dog doesn't dig in the vege garden and that suits the cat to have his own private garden. The cat, a Devon Rex is the strangest natured cat we have ever had in our lives. He has never liked being nursed but will park himself on any lap that appeals to him when he chooses. He can drive you up the wall with his talking. He will starve himself rather than eat anything that doesn't appeal to him at the time, though that may have been his favourite food last week. We do have a foolproof test to see if he is on his last leg of not. If he hasn't eaten for a few days and is almost skin and bones then we buy expensive whitting fillets, fresh (and only fresh not frozen) from our local supplier and if he goes berserk and eats up to 4 fillets at once then we know he's likely to be around for a while yet. It usually gets his appetite going again. He likes to open cupboard doors and is pretty good at it. If there's room he will occuply it too, until he is found or pops out for a snack. I think the Rex (Royal) part of his breed has gone to his head. But we love him. Enough about the cat.
Couch on the other hand has a good bark to keep strangers away from the gate but he is the gentlest and lovable animal and gets on really well with kids. Even kids who have been afraid of dogs up to date take to him. The sugar can mulch on the garden must be nice an warm to lay on as the Great Dane only laid it around the roses a few days ago and this is the first time the dog has chosen to lay there. It's also nice and close to the gate so if he can get away with it he can spot and bark at any other four legged animal who goes past. He sort of makes up for the difficult nature of the cat. He's not a million dollar dog but a three thousand dollar dog, yes. He took a liking to Bauple nuts (Macadamias) from a tree we had growing - would crack the shell and eat the kernal. However, a couple slipped down uncraked at different times, caused a major blockage of his intestines, 1.5 meters o which had to be removed as if was going gangreous and he would have died a painful death. The tree has been removed. He would love to be a lap dog but unfortunately at 28 kg + that's not an option and he has to settle for his head on your lap and receive the necessary pats.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
The Great Dane and I drove across to Dockside today to see the "Dawn Princess" across the river in dry dock going through a referbish. It leaves for a short cruise around NZ in 5 days time. I guess that will be a test to make sure all the repairs and updates are up to scratch for the long round the world voyage. We took a look at what they are doing on board on the web at the stage it was at 2 days ago and it's hard to believe it will be ready in 5 days time. It looks like a major refit on the computer and should look like new when it takes to sea.
Friday, June 12, 2009
A little pelican painting I did which now lives in Malaysia.
The weather here in SE Queensland has suddenly turned from mild Autumn days to cold winter days with temperatures down aroun the 3 degrees C. Being a coastal subtropical climate, that's cold. Even the Great Dane got his winter woolies out.
I've packed my suitcase for our upcoming cruise and think I might just be able to take all of what I had selected as my initial choice. May need a little refining after I weigh it as we have to travel by air to Sydney to embark and thus restricted by airline limits for luggage.
I enjoyed my usual game of cards yesterday, did a little shopping today and watered my plants.
I'm somewhat amazed that this "Swine Flu" had been officially called a pandemic. If it is as mild as indicated and people get flu symtoms and don't go to their doctor because they don't really feel ill enough then no matter what they call it, it is going to circulate.
Looks like another cold night tonight with the dusk sky almost colourless with a tinge of pink.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Recently at my Great neices 1st birthday I couldn't help thinking how much she looked like someone I had seen in the family before. I started thinking "who could it be" do into my genealogy archives and found the picture I was looking for. The picture is of my mother as a baby, probably not much younger than little April. What do you think?
Today has more or less been one of those ordinary days in the year except of course that it was the Great Danes birthday. He's catching up to me but I will always be a couple of years ahead. I cooked him an omelett filled with bacon, mushrooms, onion and tomatoe. I use yogurt and parmisen cheese instead of milk in the omelett - gives it a nice flavour. It was served with toast and finished off with some of Lindy's Melon, Lemon and Ginger jam on toast.
I did a couple of loads of washing and managed to get most of it dry. Then to the computer and read a few blogs. As usual, in between the cat insisted on survice, firstly for some dries outside on his bench then some best quality mince. He must have worked up a thirst but rather than drink from his bowl of clean water he seems to prefer licking the drips left around the laundry trough. The Great Dane feeds the hound in the morning. Later in the morning when I was at a loose end the Great Dane suggested I could gurney (high pressure hose machine) the path along the back of the house which becomes rather green and mouldy as a result of the array of his orchids and the lack of sunlight under the shade cloth. Changed my shoes and went too it. I don't really mind doing it except I get a little wet and my shoulder is now telling me that I either should do more of that sort of thing or none of it at all.
The Great Dane then cooked me a healthy hamburger for lunch. He makes the best hamburgers around. Then it was time for a "Nana" nap. When I woke the man in the kitchen was wrestling with a pie melon from Lindy at the farm. I did the de-seeding for him. He's now in the process of making some Melon, Lemon and Lime Jam and some pie melon chutney. I'm sure they will both be delicious.
Now, it's just about time for sundowners on the patio.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
You may have already guessed that I like sunsets and storm clouds and all the better if they are together. Water also seems to be an eliment in almost all of my paintings and photographs. Must be some meaning there........ The above photographs are taken at some of my favourite spots along the East Coast of Australia. The first one is at Hervey Bay and the second one is of Nobbies in Newcastle. The next two are at the Sunshine Coast and the last two were taken at Burrum Heads where I spent every school holiday as a child. When you know a place as long as I have known Burrum Heads, origionally called Traviston or more affectionatly as Travey, you realise how much mother nature changes the world. The foreshore would be hardly recognised if my grandparents were to come back to this earth. The place still retains it's villiage type atmosphere but the black sand dunes where I once played, that led from the front row of houses to the beach and the trees and brush are no longer there. That's now where the beach is. The chanel keeps encroaching closer and closer to the front houses with rock retaining walls now, to protect them from erosion. The creek where my father once went mud crabbing with a long steel rod with a bend on the end to pull out the crabs is now a small sandy creek with houses along it. The mangroves are gone. The sand banks which seemed to go out for ever when the tide was out just don't seem to go near as far any more. The rocks out along that sand bar produced an abundance of oysters for those who liked them. Not something that I have ever been really fond of except if they are "Oysters Kilpatrick". I saw little evidence of those rocks last time I was there.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Not quite finished Townsville park painting and not quite happy. I feel it's a bit too "chocolate boxy" and lacks life. I've hit a bit of a stalemate with it. Actually though it looks better in the photograph than in reality. I'll have to do something with that branch on the left too as it leads your eye out of the painting. Might leave this one for a while and start something new.
The light is not much good for painting today as it's raining cats and dogs in the part of the country with reports of flooding and roads cut. Our pool has been running over for the last 24 hours into the drains and out onto the street. "Couch" the dog and "Puschka" the cat are not happy as they both like the outdoors and laying in the sun.
Monday, May 18, 2009
While I'm spending time getting used to these bloggy things, the ironing is not getting done, only part of my garden was watered and my studio is a mess as is my desk. But never mind, it looks like it's about to rain soon. That takes care of the garden. I finished a very small (20 x 25 cm)attempt at an abstract painting. I think I'll stick to landscapes. The ironing and tidying can wait can't it? M
Saturday, May 16, 2009
The picnic party was delightful. We also caught up with other family and friends. Left about 3.30 and had a good run home to feed our dog and cat. Feeling a little weary and time for dinner. M