Vale Birdie, my dear friend

Dear Birdie, We've been friends since the beginning of high school, over 48 years ago now. We went through university together, then on to our varied careers. We saw each other become wives with loving husbands, and mothers of our beautiful children. Throughout the years, even though we were soon separated geographically, we never lost … Continue reading Vale Birdie, my dear friend

Mudfest, Swampfest …aka Winterfest 2013 My two medieval warriors (see image above) headed off last Saturday to Winterfest along with other members of the Sutherland Medieval Regiment for 2 days of combat. Unfortunately the weather this year was rather wet, making for some very messy conditions on the battlefield. They had originally planned to camp there overnight but due … Continue reading Mudfest, Swampfest …aka Winterfest 2013

Ironfest 2013

'An Arts Festival with a Metal Edge' - Ironfest celebrates working and playing with metal. Held annually in Lithgow on the closest weekend to Anzac Day, Ironfest brings together artists, designer/makers, blacksmiths, performers of all kinds, musicians, historical re-enactors and machine enthusiasts and hobbyists from all over Australia, and the world. Historical displays by local … Continue reading Ironfest 2013

The world didn’t end & a new year begins

We're still here... Well, 21/12/12 has come and gone without any earth-shattering, end-of-world events ...or any "ascension" for that matter either least nothing that I've noticed. Then again, maybe I haven't noticed anything because I'm not "enlightened" enough? ๐Ÿ˜‰ In case you've been hibernating in a remote cave (or somewhere equally distant from news … Continue reading The world didn’t end & a new year begins

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: 4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 52,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 12 Film Festivals Click here to see the complete report.


Over the years we've accumulated quite a few fluffy toys; some from my childhood, some from when I was a young adult and liked to collect cute fluffies, some that were bought for my boys and others that came from arcade games and "skill-tester" games machines. The collection had grown ridiculously large and of course … Continue reading Toys