Tuggerah Lake pelicans bashful (Small)G’day from down under where Sydney is suffering from wild wild weather, with trees uprooted, flash flooding, lightning strikes, and heavy snow in the mountains. Meanwhile in South Australia temperatures are soaring and already the bush fires have started. They say we are in for a hot summer.

For all those motor fans the legendary Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, was run from the 9-12 October. This V8 Supercars event saw thousands of car race fans making their way to Mount Panorama motor racing circuit Bathurst, (known as Wahluu by the Wiradjuri people) to catch all of the action. The 6.213 km long track is technically a street circuit and a public road when no racing events are being run. Drama reigned when No 1 Red Bull ran out of fuel within sight of a sixth Bathurst 1000 Crown, and came in fifth place over the line. Winner Chaz Mostert and co-driver Paul Morris took the Peter Brock Trophy in a Ford Falcon, passing Jamie Whincup on the last lap, and hope to do likewise next year. Twenty-two year old Mostert amazed at his win stormed home after starting from last place on the circuit to rewrite history. Bathurst is also known as the “Gold Country” as it was the site of the first gold discovery by Edward Hammond Hargraves in 1851, and where the first gold rush at Ophir occurred in Australia.

Hargraves, an Englishman was a colourful character, and initially married and settled on the Central Coast at East Gosford. Born at Gosport Hampshire, U.K. he arrived at Sydney in 1832 working on a property at Bathurst. Sailing to California in 1849 he learnt American techniques of gold panning and how to use a wooden cradle and dish, which he then put into practice prospecting in New South Wales, Western Australia, and South Australia. He was known as an Australian Goldfield Publicist and rewarded by the N.S.W. Government for his find and paid ten thousand pounds and appointed Commissioner of Crown Lands for the Gold Districts. In 1853 he visited England and met Queen Victoria and in 1855 he published Australia and Its Gold Fields. He finished his days at Norah Head (one hour drive from Shelly Beach) in 1891, living in a fine residence known as Noraville House made entirely of local cedar from the Hunter River Region.

Norah-Head Lighthouse

Norah-Head Lighthouse

Angelina Jolie is returning down under for the world premier of Biopic “Unbroken” she will be back in Sydney on November 17th and joined by the films leading actor Jack O’Connell and Japanese star Miyavi. The recently married star and her husband spent six months in Australia living in luxury in a mansion at Vaucluse in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs, enjoying the easy lifestyle while making the movie. She recently had a private audience with the Queen

who presented her with the title an Honorary Dame Grand Cross of the most distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George for her humanitarian work.

Princess Anne will be in Brisbane, for four days from October 2lst, to attend the 26th Shelly Beach surfer (Small)Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth at the RNA Show- grounds. She will also attend charities with which she is involved Save the Children and Riding for The Disabled, being the Royal Patron for the movement worldwide. The following month Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex will be arriving as trustee to the Youth Awards Programme that carries Prince Phillip, his father’s title Duke of Edinburgh.

Australia beat New Zealand 49-40 in the second Netball Test in Melbourne. The Diamonds victory was their 15th overall internationally with final test in Auckland. The Diamonds are regarded as the most successful in international netball having won ten of the thirteen world netball championships. They went on to defeat England in the first test.  

Stephanie Gilmore heads world surfing rankings after winning the Cascais Pro from Sally Fitzgibbons, posting a nine-point ride. The five-time world champion is now in first place for the first time this year. The overall 2014 is now a three-way race between Gilmore, Fitzgibbons and Wright in contention. The 10th and final event will be held in Hawaii next month.

The fashion world of Jean Paul Gaultier “From the Sidewalk to The Catwalk” is being held in Melbourne, at the National Gallery of Victoria and is the only venue for the exhibition. It will feature 140 superbly crafted garments in addition to Photographs, Sketches, Stage costumes, Excerpts from runway shows, Film and Television, Concerts, and Dance Performances. This spectacular overview of Gaultier’s oeuvre features the first dress created by the designer in 1971 to his latest Haute Couture. This fascinating and must see display is on from the 24th October 2014 to 6th February, 2015, and well worth a visit.  

Here at Shelly Beach the surfers are still enjoying the beautiful location and everyone is gearing up for summer tourists. Meanwhile the birds are still greeting us daily and enjoying a new brand of seed as well as other treats.

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LORRIKEET SAYING THANK YOU (Small)the one for you and both excellent Christmas gifts, take a look at my website.   www.patriciasartworld.com   – you might even like a painting.

Cheers. Patricia.