Pelican at The Entrance taken by Reginald J. Dunkley

Pelican at The Entrance taken by Reginald J. Dunkley

Winter has arrived down under and folks are now hibernating, not that the sun isn’t shining it is, however once the temperature drops it’s time to get out all the old movies and sit round the television eating marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate, reflecting on how long it will be before summer arrives.  This of course is not the case for the surfers at Shelly Beach; these hardy sports are out there riding the waves in their rubber, and watching the whales and dolphins go by as they head up north to warmer waters.

Billionaire James Packer and Channel Nine boss David Gyngell put on a display of fisticuffs in a very public brawl at Bondi.  Long time friends the two tycoons clashed over hot words regarding being spied on. It must be said that neither were very good at the art of boxing, and have been the source of much amusement making international headlines and attracting Police attention.  Both fined to the tune of $500.00 for “Offensive Behaviour”.

Pelican at The Entrance flying in for afternoon tea taken by Reginald J. Dunkley

Pelican at The Entrance flying in for afternoon tea taken by Reginald J. Dunkley

Melbourne put on “The Dog Lovers Show”.  The world first event of its kind celebrating self proclaimed “Best Friends”.  In excess of 20,000 dog lovers from around Victoria attended and were entertained and educated with a range of interactive opportunities, including a Puppy School, Breed Showcase and Rescue Dog Adoption Zone, plus demonstrations and a Dog Art Portrait Competition.  The venue was packed full of doggy love and visitors left with greater respect and understanding for the “Pooch” in their life.  A show in Sydney will be held in November.

Two times Series winner Courtney Hancock triumphed in the 2013-14 Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series claiming the Bronze Medal with victory going to Maddy Dunn First and Harriet Brown Second.  This entails a 46km ocean swim, surf ski, paddle board and beach run, making it a gruelling 4.5 hour endurance test.

Pelicans low flying at The Entrance Beach. Taken by Reginald J. Dunkley

Pelicans low flying at The Entrance Beach. Taken by Reginald J. Dunkley

Three Australian men crowned the champions of the “Big Wave” surfing in Australian waters for 2013/14. Tasmanians James and Tyler Hollmer Cross rode two of the biggest waves ever to be seen in Aussie waters, with Tyler narrowly beating his brother.  Other winners were Laurie Towner and Jeff ‘Camel’ Goulden.   The sea was a sight to behold for those lucky enough to be there.

How would you like to own a red diamond?  Rio Tinto Australia unveiled the largest red diamond gem ever found in their Argyle mine in Western Australia a 1.56 carat gem.  A million tons of ore is moved to get one tender quality diamond.  This find is literally ‘one in a million’ as red diamonds are extraordinary rare and may never be seen again.  The highest bidder wins.

Pelican skidding on water at The Entrance taken by Reginald J. Dunkley

Pelican skidding on water at The Entrance taken by Reginald J. Dunkley

For those lucky people visiting Adelaide in South Australia, a trip to Wilpena Pound should be included. This natural amphitheatre of mountains is located in the heart of the beautiful Flinders Ranges National Park.  It is extremely popular for bushwalking, with a visitor centre, and campground not far off the main road. You will see some of the most spectacular scenery of South Australia made famous by paintings of Sir Hans Heyson.  It is world renowned for impressive fossil remains, mountain scenery, peaceful gorges, and a huge array of wild life and flora, to say nothing of the magnificent River Red Gum trees. This is one of earth’s oldest landscapes 800 million years old, with incredible beauty and a history to match.

Everyone is talking about the 2014 Budget which the Government has just released.  Pension Age has been risen to seventy years, the price of petrol increased, University Fees not subsidised, Medicare altered, the list goes on and on. The best thing to come out of the budget was the cartoons, the artists had a ball.  Front pages were brilliant – cigars – square jaws – big ears – top hats – pin stripes – everything you would expect from a Liberal Government.  The next four years are going to be difficult for a lot of people; however, we still have lovely weather and beautiful scenery especially here on the Central Coast of N.S.W. as you will see from the photographs.

Pelican at The Entrance resting. Taken by Reginald J. Dunkley

Pelican at The Entrance resting. Taken by Reginald J. Dunkley

Pelican feeding is the most popular tourist attraction on the Central Coast and operates 365 days a year come rain or shine.  This event started by accident in the 1970’s when staff from a local fish and chip would throw out scraps at The Entrance Beach.  It became such a ritual that whenever the staff was late the pelicans would cross the road and come up to the shop to be fed.  The Entrance has now been internationally recognised as “The Pelican capital of Australia” Every day at exactly 3.30 pm barrel loads of fish are distributed to Pelicans who fly in and wait for their feed.  It is a wonderful sight and brings great pleasure to all concerned.  There is an entertaining and educated commentary about the Pelicans, Bird and Marine Life, the occasion is sponsored by local businessmen.

Meanwhile the garden birds are doing well, although suddenly we have a cat lurking now and again. The birds quickly spot the intruder and let me know, Lorikeets can make a lot of noise when they want to.  Good for them!

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.