Queen Charlotte'sCottage with bluebells from "Letters of a Travelling Lady" Taken by Reginald J. Dunkley

Queen Charlotte’sCottage with bluebells from “Letters of a Travelling Lady” Taken by Reginald J. Dunkley

At last the rain has come and the Eastern States are benefiting, even The Darling Downs received a good soaking, nevertheless more is needed to completely break the drought.  However, we want it to stay fine in Sydney for the Royal Easter Show, dubbed Royal by Queen Victoria this popular event is a family favourite when the city meets the country.  A true showcase for produce from the land in spectacular style, whether it is fruit and vegetables or animals of every variety, this is Australia’s largest annual event and lasts for two weeks.

Axe men and women from around the world vie for the title of “World Champion”. There are demonstrations of sheep shearing and fleeces, show- jumping, dog shows, cat shows, poultry and pigeons, piglet playtime, bees and a National honey show. Arts and Crafts, cookery, photography, anything and everything you can possibly think of will be on display.  On top of that there are the show bags bursting with favourite treats and fun.  Sideshows galore loop the loop, and hurdy-gurdy to delight all. With a Grand Parade on Easter Saturday which once seen never forgotten.

This year the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be visiting  the show, no doubt a gift for baby Prince George will be on the cards or perhaps a fleece of wool.  There is great excitement over their forthcoming tour of New Zealand and Australia with ‘Easter Bonnets’ dusted off for the occasion. The ‘Royals’ have been visiting Australia for over a hundred years and their popularity seems to be growing all the time.

Springtime Enchantment from "Letters of a Travelling Lady" taken by Reginald J, Dunkley

Springtime Enchantment from “Letters of a Travelling Lady” taken by Reginald J, Dunkley

The beginning of the Major League Baseball Season commenced in Sydney during March, being played on the hallowed Sydney Cricket Ground. It was the biggest sporting buzz since the Sydney Olympics, and 38,000 excited fans packed the grounds to watch the glamorous guys from The Arizona Diamondbacks and The Los Angeles Dodgers do their stuff.  Looking handsome and performing like film stars, the Dodgers won 7- 5.  Metre-long hot dogs, waffles, and fries were the order of the day, as spectators cheered their favourite team and a good time was had by all.  While here players took advantage to do sightseeing, some climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge; others hiked the Cliffside trail of North Sydney Beaches to
Bondi.

Taronga Zoo was also a favourite posing with kangaroos and koalas.  Friendship and smiling faces with the promise of future visits made the organisers of the event very happy.  No doubt Bradman turned in his grave at the sight of baseball on his beloved S.C.G. nevertheless, fans will be glad to know it was restored back to an iconic pitch for cricket and Aussie Rules Football in no time flat.

Multi talented and extremely likeable Hugh Laurie arrived in Australia for his Blues Tour, travelling with his ‘Copper Bottom Band” they will visit major cities down-under. Whichever hat he is wearing this Actor, Producer, Writer, Musician, Composer, is sure to keep everyone tapping their feet.  His first visit to Oz for thirty years, a keen cricket fan hopefully he will be able to catch a few matches during his long stay here.

Male Fairy Wren at Shelly Beach. Taken by Reginald J. Dunkley

Male Fairy Wren at Shelly Beach. Taken by Reginald J. Dunkley

Wealthy Chinese are buying up homes in Sydney and Melbourne pushing upward the cost and pricing first home buyers out of the market. With money to spend they now own twenty percent of new homes in Sydney and are looking for more investments.  It seems there is plenty of opportunity to do just that, fortunately Australian Real Estate is to be investigated by Parliament.

Gina Rinehart billionaire and Australia’s richest person has signed the deal and secured funding for her Roy Hill Iron Ore Mine in Western Australia Pilbara Region. Previously her family’s cattle station the project will create significant employment for thousands, and a workers village with all mod cons has been constructed. There are plenty of jobs available for skilled tradespeople, and applications are pouring in.

Female Fairy Wren at Shelly Beach. Taken by Reginald J. Dunkley

Female Fairy Wren at Shelly Beach. Taken by Reginald J. Dunkley

Mystery still surrounds the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370, with speculation that deliberate action was taken by somebody on board to divert the aircraft from its scheduled flight path.  Massive searches are being carried out in the Indian Ocean with hopes of finding some definite proof, aircraft, ships and a submarine are scouring the area but at this stage nothing conclusive has been found. Time is running out for the elusive ‘black box’.

These pretty little Wrens live at Shelly Beach; they are very shy and extremely quick darting back and forth close to the ground.  Unfortunately they are not garden visitors preferring to live close to the sea and heath lands; they have a bright song rather like a lark and sing to defend their territories.  We were lucky to sight them, unlike the showy lorikeets who are happy to swing on the line and turn upside down for us to make sure they are noticed.

Female and male Fairy Wren at Shelly Beach. Taken by Reginald  J. Dunkley

Female and male Fairy Wren at Shelly Beach. Taken by Reginald J. Dunkley

If you are looking for something to read over Easter do consider my latest book “Letters of a Travelling Lady”, this is perfect holiday reading with lots of photographs and interesting places to visit, with a dash of romance thrown in. The armchair traveller can accompany Priscilla as she travels through The Cotswolds, Sussex, Suffolk, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Oxford, Cambridge, Wales, Paris and Switzerland. Written in “diary’ form if you cannot visit England here’s the next best thing.  Available on my website, as E-book, Amazon , Xlibris and all good bookshops.  Treat yourself to a box of chocolates, a little tipple, and settle back in the chaise-lounge.  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.