Koala eating gum leaves

Koala eating gum leaves

Patricia Newell-Dunkley, photographs by Reginald J. Dunkley.

Greetings from down under where most of the states are experiencing arctic weather conditions. Thick snow blanket ted parts of Southern Queensland in the state’s most significant snowfall in thirty years, turning it into a winter wonder-land. Locals and tourists alike made the most of the rare event, frolicking in the snow making snowmen, and board riding especially the children with some never having seen snow before. Meanwhile significant falls were settling in The Blue Mountains leaving it picture perfect at Leura, Katoomba, Medlow Bath and Blackheath. While at Kosciuszko National Park, Thredbo, and Perisher, school holiday makers were making the most of the impressive snowfalls with snowboarders and skiers enjoying the heavy falls. Most areas celebrated with Christmas in July.

USS Blue Ridge the command ship of U. S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet was in Sydney for joint military training exercises with Australia. The Prime Minister Tony Abbott toured the operational vessel while it was visiting. The USS Blue Ridge is in Australia for the sixth Biennial Talisman Sabre exercises that run for two weeks and involve 30,000 personnel. Apart from the threat from “drop” bears, flying foxes, great white sharks, and poisonous snakes and spiders, the 1100 sailors were ready to hit the town on the eve of US Independence Day and enjoy their stay.

A Madonna Lily from the garden Taken by Reginald J. Dunkley

A Madonna Lily from the garden Taken by Reginald J. Dunkley

A million dollar fishing competion is being held in the Northern Territory and anglers are invited to travel there with their families. The event will see 76 Barramundi fish tagged ad released across fishing locations in the ‘Top End’. One of the fish will be carrying a million dollar prize tag and the remaining 75 $10,000 cash prize tags. The Northern Territory has some of the best fishing in the world and interstate visitors come every year for the experience. Whilst there you could visit Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National Park, take a Katherine Gorge Cruise, enjoy a Darwin sunset dinner cruise aboard a traditional ketch, participate in the Jumping Crocodile Cruise on the Adelaide River, visit Tiwi Island from Darwin, or tour Alice Springs via Uluru Ayers Rock. The fishing competition will run from October 1st 2015 to February 29th 2016. This is a golden opportunity to discover and explore the ‘Top End’ enjoy the sunshine and make money while you pursue your favourite pastime of fishing.

Water Dragon at Marylynne's river home. Taken by Reginald J. Dunkley

Water Dragon at Marylynne’s river home. Taken by Reginald J. Dunkley

Oprah Winfrey is returning to Australia for a multi-city arena tour this December and will also visit New Zealand for the first time. An evening with

Oprah in which Winfrey promises to share her personal story, and teachings will kick off at Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Auckland.

Three-time World champion Australian surfer Mick Fanning, 34, came face to face with a huge killer white shark while surfing in the final heat of the J-Bay Open in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa. With great aplomb Fanning punched the shark startling the creature and wrestled with it before going under, spectators watched to see the outcome and were overjoyed when Fanning re-emerged and was able to swim ashore, being picked up by a rescue boat. The final was cancelled and the two surfers Fanning and Julian Wilson shared the prize money and the world title.

Viva Surfers Paradise paid tribute to the world’s greatest music legends with ten days of free classic entertainment presented by Hotel Grand Chancellor. Appearing was Elvis, Roy Orbison, The Beatles, Johnny Cash and more great tribute artists plus Rock’n’Roll dance classes, vintage stalls, a Gospel Service, Classic Cars, and ever popular ultimate Elvis tribute artist competition, when the best artist is sent to compete in Memphis, Tennessee. Wedding vows are renewed at a group renewal of vows ceremony. Each year this event grows in popularity and 2015 was no exception, already plans are being made for 2016 with world famous Chris Conner and Bill Cherry booked. Surfers Paradise is just that a haven of the Gold Coast City of Queensland. The beach is a golden stretch of soft sand and has been voted as one of the best beaches in the world. When the sun goes down the night life begins with a string of night-clubs and bars where you can let your hair down and dance the night away.

Lorikeet in the garden eating breakfast. Taken by Reginald J. Dunkley

Lorikeet in the garden eating breakfast. Taken by Reginald J. Dunkley

Closer to home on the Central Coast of N.S.W. is the Australian Reptile Park at Somersby. This award winning park is the hands on zoo and boasts loads of animal interaction and exciting wildlife shows. You can have a close encounter with scaly and furry animals during ‘Snappy Hour’, including a walk with Hugo the giant Galapagos Tortoise. Watch Elvis, N.S.W.’s crankiest crocodile being fed, see alligators feeding from the banks of their ‘Gator Lagoon. Have a photo with a snugly python, cute Tasmanian Devil, gorgeous Wombat or a cuddly Koala, or have fun with the Kangaroos and Emus.

Here at Shelly Beach the surfers are still battling the waves, as the dolphin and whales are spotted heading toward Queensland. Spring flowers are appearing in the garden with bright red poinsettias blazing the way and white Calla Lillies. The birds are feeding well with more lorikeets arriving daily. Princess Pixie the Pomeranian is pleasantly plump and celebrating her tenth birthday this month. ‘The Complete Guide to Painting and Decorating Porcelain, Wallis the Woman I Love, and Letters of a Travelling Lady’ are available on Amazon and www.patriciasartworld.com.     Cheers Patricia.

Poinsettia in the garden taken by Reginald J.Dunkley

Poinsettia in the garden taken by Reginald J.Dunkley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.