Koala eating gum leaves

Koala eating gum leaves


Patricia Newell-Dunkley – Photographs by Reginald J. Dunkley.

Greetings from down under and all good wishes for the Festive Season and as this is my last Snippets for the year I will tell you a little about where I live on the Central Coast of N.S. W. A region lying on the Pacific Ocean north of Sydney, starting from the Hawkesbury River and stretching all the way to the southern end of Lake Macquarie in the north. It encompasses an alluring mix of bays and beaches, inlets and lakes and lush hinterland, with a delightful variety of villages along the way.

It is home to a number of picturesque beaches and resorts, including Norah Head, The Entrance, Toowoon Bay, Shelly Beach, Blue Lagoon Bateau Bay, Forresters Beach, Terrigal, Avoca, Ettalong Beach and Woy Woy. All of which have great charm of their own, and favourites to those that live close to them. Surfing at all of the beaches is a popular pastime, both summer and winter alike. I live at Shelly Beach a major surf beach and it takes me ten minutes to walk to the beach from where I live, a pathway through Tuggerah Lakes Golf course and down the hill takes me to the golden sand and surf. If you feel energetic you can walk to Bateau Bay and beautiful Blue Lagoon along the beach, and if you really want to stretch yourself walk along the beach in the opposite direction to The Entrance. One of the Central Coast most popular attractions is the daily Pelican Feeding at 3.30pm at The Entrance. It features an informative commentary and the spectacular sight of the Pelicans being hand fed.

Oil Painting of Christmas Bells and Wren by Patricia Newell Dunkley

Oil Painting of Christmas Bells and Wren by Patricia Newell Dunkley

It is very easy to make the most of Coastal lifestyle, whether it is fish and chips on the water’s edge, or fine dining at one of the many restaurants or clubs of which there is abundance. Five magnificent golf clubs scattered around with the finest here at Shelly Beach overlooking the Ocean. Bowling Clubs and Recreational Clubs abound as well as Football Clubs, Tennis Clubs, Sailing Clubs, everything for a healthy outdoor life. Then of course there are theatres, musical societies, and movies, a Regional Art Gallery, and many art societies two Universities, and major shopping centres.

An abundance of natural beauty with bushland walks Brisbane Waters National Park, Mooney Mooney nature walk and many others.   Australian Reptile Park, and weekend markets galore specialising in quirky souvenirs, and special gifts.   For those interested in wild flowers a day at Mt. Penang Parklands, feed the ducks or tour the gardens. Kyak or canoe in the regions gentle waterways. There is always plenty to do on the Central Coast, and it is only an hour and a half drive on the motor way to the heart of Sydney.

Sir Elton John and his band are in Australia as part of his international “All The Hits Tour” on this his 17th trip to Oz. This ever popular piano virtuoso took Adelaide fans down the Yellow Brick Road of his 47-year career, with swing-along dancing, and a healthy dose of ballads. The touching ‘Candle in the Wind’ was clearly a favourite and a beautiful reminder of the late Princess Diana.

While in Sydney Sir Elton John was spotted hopping on board super yacht Quantum enjoying a cruise along the Sydney Harbour. Elton will be the last performer to grace the stage at the Hordern Pavilion before it is demolished. The colourful star announced that in the future he will be cutting his touring to spend more time with his sons Elijah and Zachary.

Here at Shelly Beach the birds are still being hand fed and the latest visitor in the garden is a very large lizard. I shall have to be careful where I walk and make sure that Pixie the Pomeranian behaves and leaves him alone to sun himself. If the weather stays warm many families will be spending Christmas Day at the beach or the park and having a barbecue. However, there are still those who follow the traditional roast turkey and all the trimmings, while others favour seafood with fish, lobster, prawns, being the centrepiece. A steamed Christmas fruit pudding is still a favourite with brandy sauce and custard, while for some a huge Pavlova full of cream and fruit is the choice of the day.

My books “Letters of a Travelling Lady, Wallis the Woman I Love, and The Complete Guide to Painting and Decorating Porcelain” are on my website www.patriciasartworld.com

I wish you all a Joyful Season.

Cheers. Patricia.

Lorikeets having breakfast.

Lorikeets having breakfast.



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.