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Patricia Newell-Dunkley – Photographs Reginald J.Dunkley

Greetings from down under where flood warnings are still in place to the North and South of Adelaide, including South Australia’s premier wine districts. While thousands remain without power after twin tornadoes knocked out three transmission towers, as strong winds lashed the state. South Australia towns of Virginia and Port Wakefield are under threat as the Gawler and Wakefield Rivers burst their banks, with more rain on the way. It has been the biggest storm South Australia has seen in fifty years, with seventy three millimetres of rain recorded within 36 hours in catchment areas.

Continuing our Pacific Island tours Norfolk Island is a Pine-studded speck adrift in the South Pacific Ocean- 1600 kilometres northeast of Sydney and 1000 kilo-metres Northwest of Auckland. It is the largest of a cluster of three islands emerging from the Underwater Norfolk Ridge, which stretches from New Zealand to New Caledonia.

Polynesians were in Norfolk 800 years before it was first seen by Captain Cook in 1774. After Queen Victoria handed the island over to the descendants of the mutineers from the HMS Bounty who had outgrown their adopted Pitcairn Island. The service town of Burnt Pine is the centre of the Island, near the airport, while Norfolk Island National Park encompasses the Hillier Northern part of the Island.

flatbed-007The Park offers bushwalking, with awesome views from Mt. Pitt and Mt. Bates and there is a lovely sheltered beach at Emily Bay in the South, from where glass bottom boats depart to view the coral below. Snorkelling around Kingston is very popular and you can hire gear in Burnt Pine, there are also snorkelling, diving, and fishing trips organised

Kingston was built by convicts and is Norfolk’s star attraction having many historic buildings which have been restored, with the best along Quality Row, as well as four small but interesting museums. Bounty Folk Museum is full of convict-era and Bounty Souvenirs. Fletcher’s mutiny cyclorama is a 360 degree panoramic painting depicting the Bounty Mutiny and Norfolk Island history.

There is plenty of accommodation but it must be booked in advance, package deals are popular for this fascinating and colourful island which offers endless layers of history and culture, a myriad of sights with food bursting with flavour. Friendly local people and a sub –tropical climate, Norfolk Island is the perfect holiday choice for visitors of all ages. www.gonorfolkisland.com

flatbed-002Here at Shelly Beach all is well with beautiful birds flying into the garden, today we had a Sulphur Crested White Cockatoo together with a Pink and Grey Galah, together with the Lorikeets and usual birds. White Cockatoos are quite common in this area and often invade the Golf Course in a flock for any seed which might be around. Summer is coming and so are the birds. Princess Pixie the Pomeranian is still looking for the garden lizard, I hope she doesn’t find a snake.

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

Cheers. Patricia.