watercolour painting by Patricia Newell - Dunkley of Lorikeet

watercolour painting by Patricia Newell – Dunkley of Lorikeet

Patricia Newell-Dunkley Photographs Reginald J. Dunkley

Greetings from down under where without doubt the most important date on Australia’s calendar is the 25th April, Anzac Day. On this significant date the nation comes together as one, and remembers the fallen and the supreme sacrifice men and women have given for their country. This year was no exception as tens of thousands attended Dawn Services, both in large towns and tiny country outlets the bugle was played and the “Song of Sorrow” sung.

One of the most touching sights to see was ‘Noble Comrade’ a Waler horse who has been marching since 2004. Waler horses were an essential part of Australian Light Horse Cavalry in World War 1, popular because of their steady nature and easy gait. ‘Noble Comrade’ was a wild Brumby before Janette Wilson adopted and broke him in, and he now sits, lies-down as per war-time practice, acting as a shield for the soldier, and allows his owner to stand on his back.

Kaiser Ginger Jar with sleeping Koala  - Handpainted by Patricia Newell Dunkley

Kaiser Ginger Jar with sleeping Koala – Handpainted by Patricia Newell Dunkley

He wears an authentic 1914 Military saddle; his Bit is a Military issue from 1916. He carries a 1914 Military Bugle, Riding Boots worn backwards- a traditional mark of respect for fallen horsemen, a Digger’s hat and Military attire. All of these authentic historical artefacts are mounted on the horse and ‘Noble Comrade’ proudly carries them. Janette Wilson a stalwart of Darwin’s Annual Anzac commemoration, owner and horse trainer says this year is likely to be the final for her favourite Waler Horse. Next year ‘Willing Noble Reveille’ Noble Comrade’s son will take on the role and keep the legacy going.   There are many memorials and verse dedicated to Australian Light Horsemen and their mounts around the country. The exploits of the Light Horse Brigade at Gallipoli and beyond forms an important part of the Anzac legend.

The Waler is an Australian breed of riding horse brought to the colonies in the 19th Century. The name comes from their early breeding in New South Wales, they were originally known as New South Walers.

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend and today pink diamonds are more than a friend but an investment. Western Australia cradles the world’s most unfathomable diamond, found only in The Kimberley Region one of the most rugged and beautiful landscapes in the world. It is here that the rare and much sought after pink diamond is found, so precious are these stones that for every million carats of rough pink produced from the mine, only one carat is offered for sale by annual tender.

Koala having his lunch - Taken by Reginald J. Dunkley

Koala having his lunch – Taken by Reginald J. Dunkley

There has never been a diamond mine that produces rare pink diamonds like the Argyle diamond mine, which recently marked its 30th year; it additionally provides a large proportion of other naturally coloured diamonds including Champagne, Cognac, and rare Blue diamonds.   A pink diamond is the rarest and most sought after naturally coloured diamond in the world, a symbol of everlasting love and now becoming a secure source of investment as the life of the mine will be limited to the year 2018 and there is no other known deposit. A pink diamond is approximately 20 times more valuable than its white diamond equivalent, 90% of the world’s pink diamond come from the Argyle Diamond Mine.   Famous celebrities now crave for coloured gems.

Jennifer Lopez received a 6.1 carat pink from Ben Afflick

Mariah Carey wears a 17 carat emerald-cut pink centre diamond surrounded by 58 pink diamonds and two half-moon diamonds each side.

Anna Kournikova wears an 11 carat natural pink pear shape in a simple mount with diamond accents from the Argyle mine.

The famous “ Williamson Brooch” belonging to H. M. Queen Elizabeth 11and recognised as one of her favourite pieces of jewellery is magnificent. The centrepiece of this stunning diamond-encrusted floral brooch in the style of a jonquil is a rare pink diamond and said to be the finest in existence. The pink diamond a 23.6 carat jewel from Tanzia – was given to Princess Elizabeth uncut as a wedding present by Canadian Geologist John Williamson in 1947. It was cut by Briefel and Lemer of London in 1948 and set in the centre of a new brooch designed by Frederick Mew of Cartier in 1952. It was found at the Mwadui mine above the ground in then known as Tanganyika . Gifted also to complete the brooch were 170 small brilliant-cut diamonds 12 Baguette-cut and twenty one Marquise diamonds which were all used to form the petals stalk and leaves of the brooch.

Water Dragon at Marylynne's riverside home. Taken by Reginald J. Dunkley

Water Dragon at Marylynne’s riverside home. Taken by Reginald J. Dunkley

News Flash!   A mega-diamond measuring at 404.2 carats and worth twenty million dollars has recently been found in Angola at Small Joint, Australian and Angolan enterprise by the name of “Lulo Diamond Project”. Western Australia Lucappa Mining declares diamonds of this size are very rare. This find is the 27th largest flawless diamond in the world.   No doubt the celebrities will be lining up for this one. Color, Cut,Clarity, and Carat weight, the 4 C’s.

The weather at Shelly Beach is perfect with cool mornings and evenings, the surfers are continuing to enjoying the waves and Princess Pixie the Pomeranian is still mesmerised by the blue tongued lizard.   Fortunately these little creatures are harmless if left alone and just enjoy basking in the warm sun. The lorikeets are flying in daily along with the yellow wattle bird, pied butcher bird, and white- backed magpie, all are feasting well.

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

Cheers.   Patricia.