This is how it used to be. Bon Voyage from Sydney. Taken by Reginald J. Dunkley.

This is how it used to be. Bon Voyage from Sydney. Taken by Reginald J. Dunkley.

Summer is officially over but it is still very warm and rather humid.  Unfortunately the drought in the bush has not yet been broken, however, the cattle are being fed and the farmers are feeling happier knowing they now have the support of the nation.

The biggest ship to visit Oz, the Queen Mary 2 was far too big to fit under Sydney Harbour Bridge when she sailed in on a whirlwind visit as part of her second circumnavigation of Oz. This gracious lady was a spectacular sight berthed at the upgraded overseas passenger terminal alongside The Sydney Opera House.  Brightly lit up at night with glorious reflections she was a fairytale picture.   She will return on March 14th.

Magpie popping in for a visit. Taken by Reginald J. Dunkley

Magpie popping in for a visit. Taken by Reginald J. Dunkley

Qantas the Flying Kangaroo is in big trouble and will be axing 5000 jobs over the next five years.  Wage freezes- cuts to the fleets- selling aircraft – leasing out airports.  Whatever it takes to get the airline out of the red and flourishing once again is the big plan.

“A quarter million dollar diamond down the hatch”. A British backpacker is accused of swallowing a rare pink diamond from a Cairns Jewellery Store.  Tests have been taken but not yet found; meanwhile Detectives are keeping a close eye on his movements. Pink diamonds from the Argyle mine in Western Australia are worth twenty times the usual value of the equivalent white diamonds. It would seem that diamonds are still a girl’s best friend especially pink ones.

Australian Cardinal Pell, the Archbishop of Sydney, has been chosen by Pope Francis to head off to Rome for the position of new Finance Ministry created to oversee the Holy See’s Economical Affairs.

Once again the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras weekend in Sydney proved a great success, as thousands from around the world joined in the fun. Each year this over the top extravaganza leaves onlookers gasping at the spectacular and sometimes outrageous costumes. Ten thousand participants all eager to strut their stuff on one hundred and fourteen colourful floats, the show is absolutely fabulous.

Pink and grey Gallah flew in. Taken by Reginald J. Dunkley

Pink and grey Gallah flew in. Taken by Reginald J. Dunkley

After much speculation three Aussie golden girls walked away with four Oscars at the 57th Awards for 2014. Cate Blanchett, Beverley Dunn, and Catherine Martin all three glamorous and sprinkled with star dust accepted the honour with frank delight.
There was drama at the cricket as South Africa beat Australia by 231 runs and took the second test to level the series.  Even more drama as the Aussies pulled off a stunning victory on the final day at Cape Town claiming the third series victory and the trophy.

A two-tonne teenage elephant seal, three and a half metres long, kept an audience fascinated at Sorrento Beach in Western Australia, as he covered himself with sand, closed his eyes and rested in the sunshine.  Exhausted after hunting in deep waters, and with his belly full of food he needed to sleep before heading back to sub-Antarctic Islands and doing it all again. Good luck and safe travelling Mr. Seal.

Little Wattle Bird in the garden. Taken by Reginald J. Dunkley

Little Wattle Bird in the garden. Taken by Reginald J. Dunkley

The word has got around and the birds in the garden have been very busy visiting and bringing their friends. This week we had two Yellow Wattle birds and two Little Wattle birds, a Pink and Grey Galah popped in, a perky Pee Wee, and happily the Butcher bird has become a regular serenading us every morning.  The colourful Lorikeets still have the numbers arriving in a flock and always at the same time.  Nature is wondrous. We are fortunate indeed to have our feathered friends.

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.