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Meeting the neighbours

Once again, my apologies for the silence.  Life has of course, been very busy, and at present I’m away from my new home more than I’m in it.  Soon I hope to spend more time settling in, but just at present I’m helping my friend get ready for his new gallery opening – and there’s a mountain of work to be done!  Fred and the cats consider themselves with two homes :-)

When we are at the beach house, some of the time we can talk to the neighbours over the back fence…..


The boys meet the neighbours


Meeting Jenny


Pixel meets Jenny

Then of course, there’s the view from the front of the house…..


A birds eye view


Making a splash

And inside the house, is my latest acquisition……



I am thrilled with my new but very old piano.  Like me, it’s seen better days, but it has more soul than the modern boxes as far as I’m concerned, and is fine for my humble hands.  Much better than the electronic keyboard too!  My friend who is used to playing a grand piano thinks it has a sweet tone :-)

Here’s a shot of the Spring Garden I’m working on at present – just bursting into life isn’t it!


Gnome sweet gnome

More soon xx

At the end of the exploring…… I have arrived……


We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.

 T. S. Eliot

For the past several months I have been back and forth between S.A. and S.W. Victoria – the cats now regard their travelling boxes as their second home :-)  Fred of course, like most dogs, simply loves being in the car and on the road.

It has been a time of great adjustments as I have spent most of the past seven years living more as a hermit than a social person, and I faced challenges to keeping my balance – and more than once overbalanced and fell down.  However, I kept plugging away, knowing it was time for me to change my way of living and once on that path, I couldn’t turn back.  It was a lot of fun helping my friend settle into his new house and in meeting very many friendly musicans and artists and others.  Eventually though, I needed my own place, and after much searching, I have found something that satisfies many of my requirements.  So I’m swapping  paddocks for the ocean and instead seeing cows I’m hoping to see whales!  My next place is a small cottage with the coast just across the road, and I can see the ocean from my front room.  It’s not quite suburbia, and not quite country – I do have a little space around me thankfully.  It’s not perfect, but it’s a start and feels the right step to take at the right time.  There’s a great community of artists in the area, and Irish music also – high on my list is getting back to playing my own selection of instruments on a more regular basis.

All this week I’ve been back at the farm cottage, packing up and readying for the BIG MOVE!  It’s about 250 kms away and generally a nice drive, although as usual, it has areas heavily populated by kangaroos, so I avoid travelling from dusk to dawn. So it’s a busy time, but once I’ve settled into the new abode, I’ll put up some images of my new local environment.

Here’s a little taste though….


Just before Easter, while back at the farm after an absence, Fred decided to take on an old man kangaroo that was living quietly in the small back paddock near the house.  Damn terriers never know when to give up!  I felt very sorry for the kangaroo, and it was a very tricky situation to get Fred away from it while still staying safe myself……  Finally though, I managed to grab Fred literally from the arms of the roo as it choked the life out of him.  Tough little bloke that he is, after a trip to the vet and treatment, he bounced back very quickly.  It took me a little longer….  but it has given us a good story to tell :-)

I’ve been told that a koala perodically visits the gum tree near the back door of the beach house – Fred had better leave that one alone!  So stay tuned for hopefully some images of the local wildlife.  Koalas are actually often visitors to the main street in Portland, and the locals take great care to avoid them on the roads.  I’m just waiting to see one waltzing across the zebra crossing :-)

Unfortunately Mr. Merriweather can’t be making the trip with us, and several weeks ago he went off to live with the creatures he feels most at home with – the cattle.  He taught me a great deal in the time we were together, and won’t be forgotten.


At home.

So yet again change is upon us.  Please forgive me for not posting much in recent months, but I promise I’ll get back to my regular updates sometime next month :-)

Can smart meters cause house fires?

Originally posted on Stop Smart Meters Australia:

burned meter removedIn yet another recent house fire, the electricity distributor, as usual, wasted no time in racing to the scene to remove the burned out smart meter. What’s the rush?

Gee, I’m sure the property owner is very grateful to the distributor for being so quick off the mark to remove that potentially dangerous smart meter. They wouldn’t want the meter left there to go up in flames yet again, would they?

And I’ll bet the fire investigators are pleased to be spared the effort of investigating one of the possible causes of the fire, now that the evidence has been hastily removed.  It can be tricky to get your mind around how those high tech electrical devices connected to old wiring can cause fires.

Just as well the house is now uninhabitable and doesn’t need electricity supply. I suppose it would take a lot longer to get a meter installed…

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The Thing About Horses and Healing: a Memoir.

Originally posted on Horses |AnnaBlakeBlog | Equestrian:

VinniePasture1We see them from the road and use phones to take photos. We keep a legal distance but most of us have seen neglected horses and reported them to authorities… or been haunted, wishing we had.

The photos are long distance and slightly out of focus, just like this one. It’s easy to see ribs showing and they might be visually lame to the eye. You know the horse is in trouble.

So what’s with the pudgy bay in a fly mask? Consider it his photo from the Witness Protection Program.

If you don’t recognize him, this is Vinnie, from Ruby Ranch Horse Rescue, here for evaluation. I like this photo of him, blurriness and all, grazing with a fly mask with one ear torn off. It’s hard to see but there’s a bird perched on those pointy withers of his. Oh, and it’s hard to see his ribs now…

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Melbourne doctor fears link between mobile phone use and brain cancer

Originally posted on Stop Smart Meters Australia:

A leading Melbourne doctor is blaming mobile phones for an escalation in brain cancer.

Dr John Tickell has fought his own cancer battle and claims radiation is the link.

He says it should be a wake up call for anyone who uses a mobile phone.

Dr Tickell was a on a flight from Sydney to Melbourne when he suffered a seizure. A subsequent brain scan revealed five tumours; one was the size of a golf ball.

“It’s maybe the scariest words you’ll ever hear, ‘you have brain cancer’,” Dr Tickell said.

Now in remission, Dr Tickell believes radiation is a significant contributing factor to the increasing rate in brain tumours.

“There’s a million more times radiation in the air today than there was fifty years ago – that is frightening,” he said.

Some 35 Australians are diagnosed with brain cancer every week.

Christian Althaus, of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association…

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A Passion for Creativity Explored.


I had much pleasure in attending this workshop and hope that Peter continues to share his gifts in this manner. He brings his own special touch to the Arts.

Originally posted on WattleRangeNow:

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A weekend Workshop exploring the theme ‘ My Creative Journey ‘ was held in Mount Gambier recently with great success. Presented by Millicent artist Peter Dunn, it was attended by eight participants at The Old Stables venue, a heritage listed building in Suttontown Avenue. Participants were from a variety of creative backgrounds and came from both Port Fairy in Victoria as well as various local towns. The workshop was supported by the South East Arts Society as part of its ongoing use of The Old Stables venue to promote workshops and classes of interest to many in the region.
With a background in both the helping professions and the creative arts Peter reports that his passion is in guiding people to explore and fulfill their creative potential.
” So much of our world relies on imaginative and creative ideas being used in all fields, and yet…

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Smart meter health surveys show striking symptom similarities

Originally posted on Stop Smart Meters Australia:

Two recent studies into the health impacts of wireless smart meters show striking similarities, despite having been conducted independently of each other and on separate sides of the world.  One survey was conducted in the USA and the other, a peer reviewed study in Victoria, Australia.

Both reports list insomnia as the most commonly occurring symptom and, of the top 10 symptoms, the same 8 symptoms appear in both reports.  These symptoms include headaches, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), cognitive disturbances (memory, concentration, confusion), fatigue/weakness, dizziness, cardiac anomalies and neuropathy.

Steve Weller, Vice President of SSMA Inc., in an email to ARPANSA says, “If EHS was purely psychological as some experts suggest, it would mean that approximately 37,000,000 Europeans, 16,000,000 Americans and more than 900,000 Australians are suffering from ‘some kind of mutual mental disorder or illusion‘.  If we were really serious about investigating this issue we would conduct…

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