G’day from Oz.  How was your week? Mine was all drama new stove top, new microwave, new electric jug. Why does everything electrical expire at the same time and always in threes.

The real drama is happening in South Australia and Victoria, where bushfires are raging caused by lightening strikes.  Many properties have been lost along with lives and people are without their homes in a matter of minutes.  Temperatures are rocketing and it is the hottest for over a century.  In Melbourne the tennis had to be put on hold as the players succumbed to the extreme weather.

One day cricket is still on in Sydney with the Aussies in a two nil series lead. Thrilling stuff the Brits played brilliant and look great in their bright red, but even the luck of the Irish couldn’t pull it off when James Faulkner performed a miracle.  Mitchell Johnson appears a different man with his moustache gone, but it hasn’t affected his strength.  He also raised heaps for charity.  Well done!

Shock horror! It is snake season as a friend found out when she discovered a red belly black snake in her lounge room and had to call for the snakecatcher.com

At the Golden Globe Awards with the beautiful people, Cate Blanchett dressed in a stunning black lace affair was awarded Best Actress.

All bets are being placed for the Oscars with a stream of Aussies in the running with Cate leading the charge. On a light note friendly dolphins have been frolicking with nudist swimmers in Sydney’s Middle Harbour.  By the look of the footage on television they were having a lovely time; it appeared to me as if they were smiling and I’m not surprised, what a sight for them to see.

Just imagine waking up one morning ready to take your dip, only to discover the swimming pool has been taken over by Mama and Papa Duck and their brood.  This happened last year to a friend at Bateau Bay and the Duck family stayed for six weeks.  Mama and Papa Duck still fly in to see her; well they did make good memories as you will see from the photographs.  Enjoy!

Cheers. Patricia.

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About Patricia Newell-Dunkley

I am an artist writer, born in Sussex, Shoreham-on-Sea and educated at Ealing Modern School in London. I studied amongst other subjects English Literature and Art which sowed the seeds for what would become a lifelong passion. It was not until 1970, after moving to Australia, that I began to satisfy my artistic desire when I first started Porcelain on-glaze painting using mineral oxides paint, a style which would become my forte. Within six months I had bought a kiln, and I embarked on an extensive series of courses over the following years in Grounding, Gold and Silver Gilding, Lustres, Raised Paste and Pen work. In 1980 I began to offer my art through a number of major Sydney outlets. Initially the Fine Art Department of the Myers City Store, followed by David Jones, Grace Brothers, The International Airport, Micawbers Antiques, Bourke’s Hilton Hotel, Roseville Gallery and Toowoon Bay Gallery. Over the years my painting styles have expanded to include Oil, Pastel, and Watercolours. I am a member of the Society of Authors and also a member of the Society of Women Writers and Journalists UK. My writing includes articles and poems published in This England, Evergreen, and The Radio ABC Pot Pourri of Poems, as well as short stories. “The Complete Guide to Painting and Decorating Porcelain,” “Wallis the Woman I Love,” a narrative poem, “Letters of a Travelling Lady,” and six romantic novels.