A red rose for my Valentine. Taken by Reginald J. Dunkley

A red rose for my Valentine. Taken by Reginald J. Dunkley

How quickly the month of January zipped by, not long before Valentine’s Day so don’t forget those lovely flowers guys. The weather at Shelly Beach is glorious not too hot and a gentle sea breeze, with school back in progress the beach is relatively empty, lucky us.

The Boss is back Bruce Springsteen has started his tour in Western Australia. The “Rock ‘N’ Roll Royalty” is knocking them cold with his new recording ‘High Hopes’. Ever since ‘Born to Run’ was released this star has been the real deal, he will be touring all states.

Australian Schapelle Corby after nine years in jail for carrying drugs into Bali is finally being released. This saga has been in the headlines from day one and looks like continuing to do so, with the release of a movie this weekend.  It is one story that appears to have a huge following with much speculation.

Surfing sensation Sally Fitzgibbons has her eyes on the world title hanging ten.  Starting her career at age 14 by winning an ASP Pro Junior event, she has headed up the ladder in eight short years.  Watch this space.

Feeding the Magpies at Shelly Beach.  Taken by P.Dunkley

Feeding the Magpies at Shelly Beach. Taken by P.Dunkley

If you fancy a nice long romantic train trip hop onto The Ghan which has recently celebrated its 80th birthday. Adelaide – Alice Springs – Darwin.  3,000 kilometres from Adelaide to Darwin with whistle stops at Alice Springs and Katherine. This transcontinental train attracts about 60,000 people each year.  Traverse the heart of Australia and discover the red centre.  Explore Alice Springs, and in the tropical Top End witness the splendour of Katherine Gorge in the Nitmiluk National Park, enjoy the gorgeous colours and fiery sunsets of the outback and feel the true spirit of the country. If you wish you can break your journey and explore Uluru, Kata Tjuta, and Kings Canyon, sights never to be forgotten. Travel in luxury on this wonderful train which derives its name from early pioneers, and proudly carries an emblem of an Afghan on a camel in recognition of opening up the interior of Australia.

All eyes are on the Winter Olympic Games after a breath-taking Opening Ceremony.  Good luck to the Aussies.

Lone fisherman at Shelly Beach by Reginald J. Dunkley

Lone fisherman at Shelly Beach by Reginald J. Dunkley

The Lorikeets are still coming for their morning feast, and today I had a cheeky little black-backed Butcher Bird, these little fellas have the most incredible birdsong considered by many to be one of our best songsters, with its series of rollicking warbling notes and loud whistles. What a wonderful way to start the day.

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.