Patricia Newell-Dunkley Photographs Reginald J. Dunkley.

Greetings from down-under where Christmas in July is being celebrated all over the country, the weather is perfect for a traditional festivity as it is freezing cold and snow falling in Canberra, Victoria, New South Wales, and the skiing resorts are packed with school holiday families all enjoying the winter wonderland.

Meanwhile in the top end of the Northern Territories Million Dollar Fishing Competition is continuing with tagged Barramundi at $10,000.00 a catch. This has proved so popular it is being run on a yearly basis for entry form details tap up   Good luck.

July is Whale watching time as migrating whales pass by Australia’s largest city and surrounding coastline. Sydney Harbour National Park, Barrenjoey Lighthouse, Kuring-Gai chase National Park, are just a few locations where you can follow these magnificent creatures, and on the Central Coast of N. S. W. Bouddi National Park. This is a favourite pastime and has become extremely popular meeting old friends at various locations.

For those that are still cruising the Pacific Ocean our next port of call is Fiji, which is the heart of the South Pacific. Fiji is blessed with 333 Tropical Islands that are home to happiness. Famous for its soft coral diving, white sand beaches and pristine natural environment Fiji is a haven for conservation. It is an ideal place for Meetings, Conferences, and Incentives, and needless to say Weddings and Honeymoons are a dream of a lifetime, and a favourite place for Australians with only a 4 hour flight.



Castaway Island, Fiji is a pristine private island 4 star resort located in the heart of Fiji’s Mamanuca Island Group. The island’s 174 acres are covered in rich tropical rainforest and surrounded by white sand beaches, vibrant coral reefs and azure waters. When on the shores of this tropical island you feel a million miles away, the solitude, tranquillity, and stunning surrounds seem unreal.

The main island of Viti Levu is where the International Airport is located. Once in Fiji you can choose your favourite resort, there are many. It is best to decide before you come as the choice is various and different.

Seashell @ Momi caters particularly for Divers and Surfers.

Natadola Beach Resort 40 minutes from Nadi is situated on one of the most beautiful white beaches of the coral coast, emphasising swimming, fishing, and relaxation interspersed with beautiful cuisine.

Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa is a luxury 5 star and perfect for the avid golfer.

Shangri-la Fijian Resort and Spa is one hour from Nadi.

Blue Lagoon offers Banana Boat rides, Jet Skiing, Kayaking, Snorkelling.
The list goes on and on with Suva the largest city in Fiji. It is Fiji’s political and administrative capital, with most banks having their Pacific Headquarters here. Fijians are the friendliest people in the world, respect their customs and traditions and they will welcome you with open arms. For more information tap up



Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston are in Australia where the actor is filming the movie “Thor Ragvarok” the couple were seen enjoying a meal at Gemelli’s Italian in Broadbeach, Queensland. Taylor Swift took the time out to brighten the day of sick children by visiting the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital. Young patients and the Brisbane hospital were given a morale boost by the secret visit from the Pop Diva, and much appreciated.

Hollywood heart-throbs Zac Efron and Adam Devine jetted into Sydney for their latest movie “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates”. The film follows the story of two wild brothers who placed an ad online to find nice girls to take to their sister’s wedding. Thousands of screaming fans welcomed the actors in Parramatta, Sydney. Since landing in Sydney they have hit the Gym, visited Taronga Zoo and spent time playing footy with the Sydney Swans at The Sydney Cricket Ground.

Here at Shelly Beach all is well, the surf is fine with huge waves due to the windy weather. The sun is shining and with school holidays surfing lessons are being carried out, ready for the summer. The birds are eating up a storm and I now have to hand feed three Currawongs as well as my lovely Thrush. Pixie the Pomeranian watches everything that goes on and is intrigued by the birds who sit on the back doorstep. The Lorikeets are still in fine form and seem to be in charge since they have the numbers.

My books “Letters of a Travelling Lady, Wallis the Woman I Love, and The Complete Guide to Painting and Decorating Porcelain” are available to explore on Amazon, Xlibris and my website

If you have missed any Shelly Beach Snippets tap up Patricia Newell-Dunkley and they are all there for you to read together with photographs.   Enjoy.

Cheers. Patricia.