Wednesday, October 22, 2014


I have had tadpoles for ages, and enjoyed frogs croaking from the yard of the church across the road. Patience, solar lights and lots of building rock piles around the pond have been rewarded in bucket loads. Not only have I had frogs singing at night but also in the day time, and today there are two "rafts" of frothy frog eggs floating in the pond!

I will have 2 generations of frogs in the pond at once. Guess Indie swimming in the pond did no harm after all. Best guess is a striped marsh frog or burrowing frog. I would like to see the frogs, at present all I have to go by is sound and egg raft.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Kandos is a gift that keeps on giving.

After an enormous weekend of Centenary celebrations (Working on the iPad I have not figured out how to get it to insert a link here, sigh) everyone was in the mood to chill. The blue tongue has been back to Margots a couple of times now, and even in spring I can see that the old plastic box will become Indy's favourite spot in the coming warm months.

The iris are wonderful and new colours are now appearing,

And a little gem has appeared in the backyard hidden in a quiet patch of shrubs.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

And an ENORMOUS weekend

The Governor and Mrs Hurley came to Kandos yesterday! Yes it was a very big deal!

His Excellency General The Honerable David Hurley ACT DSC (retired) and Mrs Hurley attended the Kandos Industrial Museum and His Excellency opened the renovated museum. It was his first official engagement since his appointment. The Vice Regals were so gracious and interested in everyone presented to them, which was all the volunteers. (Yep even me). My role was to explain the accessioning process, which apparently I did okay.

Whether because it was their first official engagement, or they are genuinely interested, they were gracious and did not rush through, taking time to view the significant items and listen as each of us waffled on about our roles. They blew out their timetable but did not seem phased not rushing. Very exciting indeed.

For the centenary weekend M's home is open for viewing and Mrs Hurley said she had been told she must visit if they find time. Will let you know :)

Ben is here for the weekend with Jenna, she's been around for so long she's one of his best friends/worst enemies (a little like a pesky sister).

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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

A BIG day

Every day is a big day these days. Taking "ownership" of my new home, gradually fine tuning where best suits my things and realising how much I no longer need around me (yellow boxes of kitchen junk I have not needed to unpack yet). It can be very liberating to just let go and live more simply.

This morning I have sat with the pets, read my favourite blogs and commented on one, then trimmed the edges and funny weedy patches of the back lawn. Now here I am writing and I still have a busy day ahead of me. Museum prep today, at least till lunch time, then back home to finish getting the house ready for guests. Lovely to have such different priorities these days.

Figs,bee flowers, lilac and funny pink star mossy ground cover. Yay for gardening surprises.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014


There'll be more too!

Life post the Brennan Street Wine Bar

Hi, look, it's the Dunn Street Beer Garden.
This is Mr Jinx enjoyings his new home. In case you missed it, I now live in the central west of NSW, in a great little town called Kandos. Once known for its cement (often known as the town that built the Sydney).

Despite the closure of the cement works in 2011, the town is growing slowly as a destination for contemporary artists from around Australia and the world, with festivals such as Cementa and this week artists arriving for another event and camping at Dunn's Swamp.

It's all happening here!

Thursday, September 12, 2013


Coming up in the next couple of months:
1. Spring retreat, Kandos, 21/22 September 2013,
2. Phantom of the Opera Sutherland 28 September 2013,
2.A. A murder is announced, Thursday 3 October 2013,
3. Running of the sheep, Boorowa, 5/6/7 October 2013,
4. ?Scrap booking at Hotel Blue Katoomba,12/13 October 2013,
5. Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival (not sure if I can go to this one) 26/27 October 2013,
6. Rylstone Street Feast 2 November 2013,
7. Kandos Garden Festival,9/10 November 2013
8. Seekers rescheduled concert 15 November 2013 (tickets transfer across)
9. Bach Concert at the Opera House 16 December 2013

I think I am vaguely busy!

Monday, April 08, 2013

Life goes on

I am in the process of tidying up the house in order to put it on the market and close a chapter of my life. Of course, Geoff has been gone more than 7 years now (17/2/2006), so it is time to move on, but what with the offspring still residing in the home we all shared, it seemed too soon yet to finish. Geffo moved into his mums when he moved out, (not for long he said and she said), "I'll get my own place, and build a new life", which have proved to be famous last words. He is still at his mums, having some sort of "relationship" with a lady, (after his overseas flings), and no closer to renting his own place. He constantly whinges about having to contribute to a house he does not live in, although he only just covers half the mortgage payment and some of the health cover for himself. There is no longer any contribution to the rates, insurance or maintenance costs. He just loves to have a whinge. There are still three of his children living at home, so I can't see what the problem is, but anyway he's had enough of it. So we are all moving out. I have been looking at housing in the blue mountains, since it's one of those places I have always wanted to live. Unfortunately I am not quite in a position to put down a deposit, and this has seen me miss three very nice places so far (one of which went $25K under the asking price). To cap it all off one of the Sydney Sunday papers ran an ed. that the Blue Mountains were the way to go for cheap housing, thanks for that stupid paper. Now I will have to fight off the gen Y's when they all run to the mountains and drive up the prices. Kandos is looking better and better, all I really need is a job (like so many kids/adults in the country), what do you think my chances are?