Patricia Newell-Dunkley with photographs by Reginald J. Dunkley

closeup photo of puppyRobert Redford is in Sydney and here for the next two months. The Oscar winning actor is in town to shoot a feature film “Truth” with Cate Blanchett. The film is being financed by James Packer’s RatPac Entertainment and the Blue Lake Media Fund with support from the New South Wales Government. An adaptation of the book “Truth and Duty” by Mary Mapes should be an enlightening political drama. Don’t be surprised if you catch the stars swanning around the city, Christmas looks like being a fun time.

“Football Story of The Year” Western Sydney Wanderers’ became the first A-League soccer side to win the Asian Champions League.   In just their third season of football the Wanderers lifted the trophy 1 – 0 on aggregate over Al-Hilal. The triumph was hailed as “The Greatest Result in Australian Club Football History”. The Wanderers now qualify for the richest of next month’s Fifa Club World Cup in Morocco. Good luck guys.

Melbourne Cup Day is Australia’s best known horse racing event and held on the first Tuesday in November every year. It is an annual public holiday in the state of Victoria, and the event is popularly dubbed as “The race that stops the nation”. More than 100,000 people usually attend Flemington Racecourse and this year was no exception. Marquees are set up for VIP Guests, Fashion Parades, and the Best Hat and Dress competitions are held, and millions of dollars change hands. It was hoped that The Rolling Stones would present the Cup this year, but unfortunately they were too busy on their tour to attend. The first race was held in 1861 and won by Archer, and in 1930 Australia’s wonder horse ‘Phar Lap’ appeared on the scene winning 37 prestigious races and having a movie made of his career. He died under mysterious circumstances and there are still theories speculated surrounding his death to this day.   Honoured with a life-size bronze statue at Flemington Racecourse and his mounted hide are on display in the Museum of Victoria.

Mariah Carey opened her tour in Perth singing in the rain to thousands of loyal fans, mostly dressed in plastic ponchos due to the appalling weather. Kicking off the Aussie leg of the Elusive Chanteuse World Tour at Sandalford Wines, she appeared wearing a stunning gold corset, fitted mini skirt, a metallic glove on her right hand, and towering heels, opening the show with “Fantasy”. Singing most of the favourites and chatting to the audience, she spoke about swimming with the Dolphins whilst here. With many breaks and costume changes under extreme wet weather conditions, she finished the evening on a high note with “We Belong Together” to much acclaim. She will be performing in Adelaide, Melbourne, Yarra Valley, Sydney and Brisbane.

Eunice's puppies 6 (Small)The Dog Lovers Show will be on in Sydney from 7-9 November at The Royal Hall of Industries and Hordern Pavilion, Moore Park. The unconditional love we share with man’s best friend will be celebrated with Royal Canine Breed showcased with some of Australia’s most talented canines in action. Canine Sport Triathon, The Wonderdogs Team with audience participation, a Photo Gallery, and endless advice on training, breed selection, medical and vet advice, products and services. The Arena will present high-energy acts, demonstrations and performances by incredibly talented dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds. The Doggy Face Painting Zone provides kids with the opportunity to have their face painted with their favourite breed of dog free of charge.   There is a Pat-a- Pooch zone, and everything available that a dog lover can wish for.

The enchanting actress Felicity Kendal CBE is in Australia on tour. This talented lady who is renowned for her role in the “Good Life” and “Rosemary & Thyme” is a great favourite. She is here to perform in Noel Coward’s play “Hayfever” and from all accounts is receiving rave reviews. Acting since childhood this talented lady performs regularly in London’s West End, this is her first visit to Australia.Tammy's dog 2 (Small)

Each November, the legendary Festival of Fisher’s Ghost comes alive for ten days in Campbelltown N.S.W. It is named after Australia’s most famous ghost English born Frederick Fisher, a onetime convict who gained a ticket-of-leave for good behaviour. In 1826 Fisher suddenly disappeared, his friend George Worrall claimed that he had returned to England. However, the ghost of Frederick Fisher was seen sitting on the rail of a nearby bridge, he was bathed in eerie white light with blood dripping from a wound to his head. The legend has it that he gave a loud moan and pointed to a paddock beyond the creek, a search was then carried out and his body was found. George Worrall was convicted and hung for his murder in 1827. The Festival celebrating its 60th year in 2015 features a prestigious Art Award, Ghost Fun Run, Street Fair, Craft Exhibition, and a giant Carnival with Fireworks.

Kookaburra feeding

Kookaburra feeding

There have been some interesting birds flying into the garden, including a beautiful Crimson Rosella and my Kookaburra, while the Lorikeets continue to favour us. The weather is warming up and Christmas is around the corner. Don’t forget the stocking fillers, The Complete Guide to Painting and Decorating Porcelain, Letters of a Travelling Lady, Wallis the Woman I Love.

Cheers.   Patricia.