Quite understandable if I’d slipped from your memories.

I usually take a break over the Christmas period.Not a sabbatical, in the strict sense, but I gave myself and others around me a rest. Well, you’ve had your break!

The thing is (and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this!) as the time slides by, the re-boot becomes harder. Or I just get lazier!

But, here I am  and, having actually turned the crank, I guess I should now be witty. Or pithy.Or wise. Maybe I’ll just bung up a few photos and see  where that takes me…

Beginning with the header… I found a folder of old scans on The Man’s computer, probably loaded there when mine was in for service. Among them was this rough sketch of a barn owl barn owl_0002

I think I may have snapped a photo of the owl, years ago (remember the days of 35mm film that came on rolls? Yeah, that long ago!) and decided to sketch it.

Some of the Facebook Folk recently nagged  each other to post images from nature. I thought it would be good camera practice and something I could manage while being on phone duty…


Can you guess? OK, some of you live in Arctic zones so you’ll, perhaps, be struggling.Baby bananas!

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Cestrum nocturnum a night-blooming jasmine/jessamine. And it belongs in the same family as the spud. I have several planted along the back boundary, where the scent can waft in through bedroom windows. And, in my very early garden ventures, had one beside the entry steps.Oops! Had to rip that sucker out because the leaves stink. Deliciously sweet/spicy scent at night, but the leaves are foetid.  And, being a solanum, probably poisonous!


Aeschynanthus radicans  sometimes called “lipstick plant.” The stems can reach quite a length ( 1 m is common) so I have some difficulty finding places to hang the baskets. This one was hanging from a branch of the mango, but it picked a fight with some ferns and frangipani growing up. So I moved it to the bearers below the deck. Fine.Then it grew even longer and scraped the pebbles.So now it’s hanging beneath the pergola, but I think the wisteria and petrea’s combined take-over might be blocking too much light. Serious pruning needed. Hefty help needed! Apply in person.

Fed up yet? No? Lucky people – I have more!


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A lovely crinoline stinkhorn! One of several smelly things we have.Sometimes in abundance! Though,personally, I think the piles of dog turds around the street are worse.


Lichens on a palm stem.

And a cutie to finish.Because I’m really quite nice. Sometimes.


How many bird nests have you seen with interior lighting? A pair of Sunbirds incorporated a string of fairy lights in their nest next door. And, yes, checks fledged from here.


Oh! I think the owl was one we had in rehab,so that would have been 20 or more years ago.

I’d like to say “normal service has resumed”…but that might be stretching it. I’ll try.



It’s that time of year when some of us race around, buying gifts for others (and sometimes for ourselves. ahem.) and cooking mountains of food and draping our homes in glittery tinsel and prickly holly swags.

Of course, those of us anywhere south of Cancer must factor in the likelihood of storms…so we tend toward the more practical.

With fans whirring and all windows open most dangling things very quickly land on the floor. So the token “Christmassy decor” is what you see on the header. There are some strings of small gold (yes, of course 24k!) bells wound around curtain poles and some more swinging from  the pole finials.

And there will not be mountains of food or we’d end up with a mountain of moi.And moi is struggling already with her mountain. But there will be a prawn supper for 2 members of the menage. One of us is allergic and one of us thinks prawns are “kaka.”

Very low-key. But we have some flowers!

Top l to r.Frangipani, Hibiscus, Cassia

Bottom.Left. Antiginon;  

Right.Tree,Picea glauca; Rose, “Abraham Darby” and daft bit of whimsy because Sporran likes fevvers.

I wish all of you happiness and love and the courage to meet challenges.And perhaps, even if you’ve been a wee bit naughty, a little something extra in your stocking.

Merry Christmas to all!



I’ve thought and reflected quite a bit since my first wander through this exhibition. And I’ve contacted two of the artists whose work, in particular, gave me pause for thought. Thank you, Glenda Orr and Emma Lindsay for your permission. So far, I have not found a website for Liz Mahood or been able to contact her, but here is a link to  Liz’s work for this exhibition and a link to the Gallery 

There are, of course, other pieces in this grouping that I can’t show you here;they involve complex audio accompaniment. But here is one view of “Coalface” which, to me, was really scary.Not only the mining of the “black gold” but its shipping, so fraught with danger! IMG_4659

But,as when I look,really look, at another person’s impression of things my neurons fire. I do need to get back to ink!


In a display case “A Cabinet For Curiosities” is a key to some of the artifacts and techniques used. Of interest to me was Glenda Orr’s accidental use in photography of the small magnifying lenses she uses when etching. I also have one such loupe and am now moved to keep it with my camera, rather than the ‘phone book.(why are ‘phone books in such impossibly small fonts!Maybe it’s just the old eyes…) 



And Orr has used sap, sometimes diluted, in her gridded paintings “Sky Map.”


She shows her test strip here:




Liz Mahood’s piece looks far less innocuous when seen alongside her poem/statement.



And Emma Lindsay’s plea for the Black-throated Finch is dark and stark.



Time doesn’t allow me to post more, but if any Australians have this travelling exhibition coming to a gallery near you…it’s well worth seeing.