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


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Greetings once again from down under where it is officially now Autumn, having just had the hottest summer for twenty years. This is my favourite time of year with bright days and cool breezes. Here on the coast it is perfect.

Western Australia is usually the hottest State; however South Australia and Melbourne are leading at the moment.  Perfect weather for visiting W.A. and Fremantle is always an exciting experience.

This lively port city is thirty minutes to the gateway of Perth, where the Swan River meets the Indian Ocean. Fremantle has something to offer visitors of all ages at any time of the year; it is a wonderful backdrop to unforgettable memories, and a truly magical destination!

Bird Currawong Close up

A pedestrian-friendly city with unique winding streets offers a glimpse of a colonial and Gold Rush past in balance with a modern and vibrant present. Environmentally friendly it is alive with mystique and charm and overflowing with creativity. The locals love to celebrate so there is always a festival, an art show, a new restaurant, a busker, a theatrical performance or something even more surprising in store for you.

On the edge of the Indian Ocean Fremantle has great ocean and river beaches to enjoy and the Ocean sunsets are spectacular! The bustling centrally located, Cappuccino Strip with al fresco dining and coffee round the clock makes Fremantle a social hub.

This is a bustling sea-side city where everyone seems to be happy and in love with life, a truly friendly holiday destination! After sun-down Fremantle transforms into a lively and vibrant nightlife. With a great selection of pubs, clubs, dancing venues, restaurants, bars, late-night markets, cinemas, coffee shops and more there is plenty to enjoy and experience.

There is any amount of accommodation to suit all pockets. Fremantle is a surprising and exciting city.

Easter is a perfect time to visit the Hunter Valley which is only a two hour drive from Sydney and one hour from Shelly Beach. Tour the vineyards and sample local wines at cellar doors, including Tyrrell’s Brokenwood, Briar Ridge, De luliis and McGuigan. Savour wines and local produce at top class restaurants. Learn more about wine at the Hunter Valley Wine School.

Vines in the Valley produce some of the world’s best wines. Australia’s oldest wine region and renowned for its acclaimed Semillon, family owned wineries and innovative young winemakers. With more cellar doors than any other wine region in Australia, there are plenty of tour options. Tours depart from Sydney and will also pick you up from your accommodation in the valley.

You can pamper yourself at a day spa, enjoy a round of golf at a championship-level course such as the Greg Norman-designed The Vintage, or one of many picturesque local courses. Among the vineyards and wineries is the beautiful Hunter Valley Gardens, stroll on the paths and explore the manicured grounds, with ten themed gardens including the children’s favourite storybook garden with Humpty Dumpty and many other well known tales.

This is a popular destination for weddings, with enchanting fragrances and multi coloured gardens including Australia’s finest rose garden. The gardens also include The Italian Grotto, Indian Mosaic, and Oriental Gardens.

For those that like a little adventure Hot Air Ballooning over the picturesque scenery is a must. It is especially magical seeing the landscape dappled in the light of the early morning sun, a photographer’s delight.

When you have had your fill of wine, drop into the Hunter Valley Cheese Factory, here you will find a fantastic selection of handmade cow and goat milk cheese, available to taste and buy. Order a cheese tasting board to try five cheeses, or book a private cheese appreciation class to learn about varieties and the art of wine matching.

There are multi Festivals throughout the year, and music buffs should visit for Jazz in The Vines which hosts all the big names in Jazz, Soul, Blues and Rock.

The Hunter Valley is well worth a visit with plenty of accommodation and much to see and experience.

Here at Shelly Beach all is well with perfect weather for the beach and lots of tourists enjoying the Easter break.  On Monday Princess Pixie the Pomeranian had a huge nasty lump removed from her tummy and is now recovering from the operation.  The Lorikeets, Wattle birds, Currawongs, are flying in for their morning food and the beautiful white Cockatoos are still around.

Cheers.  Patricia.

Broken Back Range

Broken Back Range forms an impressive backdrop to this most picturesque of Australian wine regions.

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.