Bird Lorikeet hand feeding

Patricia Newell-Dunkley – Photographs by Reginald J. Dunkley

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Greetings from down under where the weather is warming up in readiness for a very hot Christmas.

How many places in the world can you swim with wild dolphins and seals? Not many, but Victoria’s Queenscliff is one of them. People travel from all over the world to experience this phenomenon of nature. It is the ultimate way to explore Port Phillip Bay, and swim alongside playful dolphins and seals. You can also take a cruise and watch as these frisky friendly mammals frolic alongside your craft.

Stand on the shore of the Bay and get a glimpse of dolphins that you will not see any where else, including bottlenose dolphins.  You will also get to spend time with the Bay’s colony of Australian fur seals, which loll around the location known as Chinaman’s Hat and are happy to share their watery world.

From September to May “The Bay” is home to over 120 resident bottlenose dolphins, plus 40 common dolphins that swim freely within our waters, together with fur seals. The underwater marine parks are filled with colourful fish and weedy sea dragons. It is a photographer’s paradise.

The seaside resort of Queenscliff is located just inside the entrance to Port Phillip, Victoria, on the Bellarine Peninsula. It is surrounded on three sides by water giving the town large stretches of coastline, sandy beaches, rocky outcrops, cliffs and historical peers.

water lily natures design

This beautiful location was first settled in the 1850s and many of the historic shop fronts and buildings from that era still stand, including the ornate “Vue Grand Hotel” and are well worth a visit.

There are many attractions in the state of Victoria, Australia, including the Penguin Parade which attracts more than half-a-million visitors annually to see the little penguins, the worlds smallest and probably cutest of their kind.

The main penguin complex includes amphitheatres that hold up to 3,800 spectators who come to see the little fellas just after sunset. As they waddle from the sea to their land-based nests.

Penguin numbers swell after breeding in summer, with as many as 32,000 arriving on a given night, but they are in residence year round. There is strictly no photography or videoing, but the visual is lasting and you will not forget it.

Perhaps the most iconic sight and enduring image for visitors to the state of Victoria, Australia, is the Great Ocean Road and the Twelve Apostles providing a fitting climax to the journey.

Jutting out from the ocean in spectacular fashion, these rocky stacks stand as if they have been abandoned to the ocean by the retreating headland. Today only seven “Apostles” can be seen from a network of viewing platforms connected around the cliff tops. There is a pedestrian access to the viewing platforms from the car park at the visitor centre – via a tunnel beneath The Great Ocean Road.

a splash of colour from the garden

The best time to visit is sunset, when with binoculars you can also see the little penguins returning ashore.

Here at Shelly Beach the garden is a riot of colour with, pink and white oleanders in full bloom, multi coloured hydrangeas, and exquisite blue plumbago, pure white November lilies, and random bright orange nasturtiums trailing around.  It is a flourishing time before the hot sun exhausts them.

Princess Pixie the Pomeranian is still looking for the frill neck lizard that usually appears at this time.  The Lorikeets are flying in earlier than usual and there is a pair of Kookaburras residing in the back tree.     The surf is high at Shelly Beach with the Christmas tides on the way, and the holiday makers are gearing up to arrive very soon.  The shops are very busy with people filling their baskets to overflow.

Tuggerah lakes Art Society to which I belong are having an exhibition of Fab Fakes reproductions of masterpieces that are over 70 years old and there is some magnificent work available. This will be our tenth exhibition and is always very popular.

Cheers.  Patricia.


a pretty hydrangea in the garden


About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.