Bird Lorikeet eating pear

Bird Lorikeet eating pear

 

Patricia Newell-Dunkley –  Photographs by Reginald J. Dunkley

Thousands of cricket fans flooded Federation Square to celebrate Australia’s World Cup victory, beating New Zealand by seven wickets at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.  The 2015 Cricket World Cup was the 11th jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand with this final match of the tournament.  With  Mitchell Starc receiving World Cup Man-of-the-series honour, and Michael Clarke bowing out of one-day cricket on a high with a top score of seventy four.

First held in 1823 The Sydney Royal Easter Show is Australia’s largest event attracting 900,000 people each year.  It is a celebration of Australian culture, from our rural traditions to our modern day lifestyles, providing unique experiences for everyone.  Each year the country and city join together to enjoy agricultural competitions, animal experiences, it is a glorious State Fair. No day is complete without a trip to the Show bag Pavilion filled with treats, toys, and tonnes of fun with adults enjoying this nostalgic trip down memory lane.  During the fourteen days of the Easter show, thousands of dogs, cats and kittens, birds, horses, cattle, are on display.  With the Arts and Craft which have been continuously a special feature since 1869.  Any blue ribbon received from the Sydney Royal Easter Show is a prize item indeed, and one to be treasured.   This year the District Exhibit displays will all commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Anzac Gallipoli landing by recognising men and women in the artworks.  A trip to the Sydney Royal Easter Show is unforgettable.

Bird Kookaburra feeding

Bird Kookaburra feeding

Prince Harry agreed that redheads rule as he met with the crowd of well wishers at the Australian War Museum. The Prince was full of smiles as he posed for photos offering pleasantries, and enduring endless requests for selfies. Resplendent in his white tropical dress uniform of the British Army, he looked very dashing. Dubbed as the People’s Prince he is extremely popular, shaking hands and high-fiving with ever eager gatherings. The Easter Monday visit was his only public engagement during his time in Australia, which he will spend training with the elite special forces, the SAS, in Perth and at bases in Darwin and Sydney. After personally delivering a letter from The Queen to Air Chief Marshal Binskin, which details Australia and United Kingdom ties and stresses the importance of the relationship as the centenary of the battle of Gallipoli approaches. The Prince paused at the Pool of Reflection a symbol of the service and sacrifice of more than 100,000 Australian soldiers, before laying a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. During his stay he will travel to Gallipoli to represent the Royal family at the Anzac Day Dawn service along with his father Prince Charles.

A group of twelve veterans are kayaking across Bass Strait in an adventure rehab activity designed to help the participants overcome obstacles on the trip that will assist them in their regular lives. The excursion is being run by Mates for Mates charity, which supports injured and ill ex-defence personnel.

Bird female wren

Bird female wren

There is a swag of entertainers heading down under starting with Ricky Martin in April/May touring Townsville, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth, the Grammy winning global superstar heads the list.  Following him is Alice Cooper with the Motley Crue in May, and this will be their last-ever world tour. Our own John Farnham and Olivia Newton John will be at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne in April spanning five decades of their hits on ‘The Two Strong Hearts Tour”.  Rod Stewart is bringing “The Hits” to Oz and New Zealand in September. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all times and still wowing them in the aisles. Taylor Swift arrives in November/December, the Singer-Songwriter moved to Tennessee at age 14 to pursue a career in country music and has a huge following. AC/DC are bringing the ‘Rock or Bust’ Tour in November, returning to where it all started forty years ago. Robbie Williams has confirmed he is brining ‘Let Me Entertain You Tour’ at the end of the year. While the funniest and sexiest show around is being seen in Sydney with Craig Dougall McLachlan. ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ is on for a limited time in April and June.  Craig is very special as he is a local lad who grew up at Shelly Beach; I have known him since birth and watched his career with great interest.   Good luck to all.

Here at Shelly Beach the birds have been very busy with the lorikeets sharing the garden with a beautiful kookaburra, the melodic butcher bird, six yellow crested wattle birds, two tiny fairy wrens.  Pixie watches them all from a distance as they fly in for their breakfast, lunch, and tea.  The surfers are enjoying rough seas, and once again it is school holidays. My website www.patriciasartworld is well patronised especially in the USA.  With ‘Letters of a Travelling Lady, Wallis the Woman I Love, The Complete Guide to Painting and Decorating Porcelain’ available from Amazon and all leading bookshops.

Cheers.  Patricia.

 

Bird male wren

Bird male wren

 

 

 

 

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.