About

ChristopherPyett0094Barbara Pyett lives in Pearcedale, country Victoria, Australia with her artist husband, Christopher, and Millie, their Spoodle. Childhood sweethearts; later following Christopher to art school in the 1960s. Their lives linked up thirty years on and they were married at McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park on 30th June, 2000 with their five children in attendance.

After many travels, Barbara completed her degree in her early 40s and taught in special schools in Canberra before coming to Victoria to marry Christopher. She now divides her time between writing, gardening and enjoying her grandchildren, with occasional trips to visit family.

Barbara has written her memoir, ‘Enduring Threads’, as yet unpublished. She had her first children’s book published in 2011, a Christmas story, titled, ‘Lily’s Wish.’ She continues to write for children and is looking into possible ways of publishing her work.

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Photographer: Susan Gordon-Brown

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Paula, how sweet of you! I appreciate being missed! All is well. I have joined a writer’s group and am writing, but not wanting to put it on the web at this stage. I hope you are well. Yes, I do hope to get back to blogging, as I do miss the interaction. I found it took more time than I was prepared to spend. Must be more disciplined. Love to you Paula, B. ❀

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  1. Willeke

    Just wanted to stop by Barbara and say thanks for your nice comments on my blog. I am truly humbled connecting with a fellow wordsmith like yourself, even though were on opposite sides of the world. I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog and commenting/connecting with you ❀

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Willeke, thank you for your kind words. I am delighted to follow your journey and admire your fortitude. Ireland sounds a very special place.
      I do appreciate this connection with you. ❀

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  2. auntyuta

    Thanks for your visit, Barbara, and for following me. I am looking forward to follow your blogs. Hopefully I’ll be able to read your ‘Enduring Threads’ one day! πŸ™‚
    Cheers, Uta from NSW, Australia

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Auntie Uta, thank you for such a lovely comment and to know you’re not far away in NSW. I’m most impressed with your blog, and like the way you write about serious topics.
      The pre-edited version of the first part of Enduring Threads is on my blog, but i should do something about getting the whole thing published, even if self published.
      It feels a huge thing for me to tackle at the moment, so it will continue to sit there in the one day basket.

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Dear Sanah, Thank you for your lovely thought and the nomination. I am sorry I shall have to refuse, as I don’t do awards. I shall have to make a more noticeable Award Free sign!I am grateful for your thoughts and appreciate your visits! πŸ™‚

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  3. Heather Cai

    The painting is really pretty and impressive. I like the colors and the artistic lines -very lively! Thank you again to visit and have dropped very nice comments on my blog! My first English novel is also on the road for publishing. It takes a lot energy but I have been enjoying every single drop of my sweat. Now first I wish you success on the book!:-)

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  4. caroleparkes

    This is a lovely ‘about me’. We share some things too. I was born 1945 to your 1946, and went back into further education aged 40. I’m pleased you gained your qualification and wish you success with your book.

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Thank you Carol, I appreciate your comment and to know we’re of an age and have trodden similar paths! Thank you too for your good wishes.
      I must visit your About and discover more.

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  5. Paula

    It seems to me that your life started in early 40’s πŸ™‚ What degree did you get, Barbara? Has someone other than you written that introduction? I wonder cause of the third person….

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Paula, I did write this in the 3rd person, don’t know why now! I was born in 1946. My degree was a Bachelor of Arts, (Secondary teaching qualification included). ❀

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      James, I do appreciate your thought, but I am a ‘No Awards Blog’, I should have a bigger sign, but haven’t got to that yet.
      Thanks for your kindness in recommending me James! πŸ˜€

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      I’m so glad to have found your blog, and that you are a fellow Victorian is an extra bonus!
      Thank you for your follow, and I look forward to the privilege of following your blog too. πŸ˜€

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  6. Zachary @zacharykreid

    Hi Barbara, I know these are kind of like chain letters and I normally don’t participate, but I received 2 award nominations last week and decided to participate this time in Blog Awards.

    In my acknowledgement / nomination section, I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award due to the great information you share and the way you build community. You have a great knack for getting reader participation on your site and I admire that. You inspire me. Take a look when you get a moment and thanks for all your great work Barbara!
    http://quickmeups.com/2014/07/15/lovely-inspiring-blog-awards

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Zachary, I do appreciate your words and sentiments. I have chosen to be a blog free site,( I must make my sign more visible). A big Thank You for your thoughts, but comments are a reward in themselves! ❀

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  7. bkpyett Post author

    Hi Prior,
    As I can’t locate the poem on the blog, ( I really need to have a spring clean and categorise
    my posts), so shall type it out for you below:

    Postage Stamp William Hart-Smith

    If you should ever have to part from someone dear,
    tear yourself away.
    Be sure the tear is where the perforations are.
    Please, please do not ever recklessly sever,
    shear yourself from some one other
    so that their stamp is torn and you have part of their living,
    bleeding flesh at your side worn.

    From Selected Poems 1936-84 Angus and Robertson

    Hope this fits the bill and that you are not suffering separation! ❀

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    1. prior

      thanks you! no – this does not have personal meaning right now – but I wanted to add it to a “page” I was making – and well, I ran out of time and so for now I will add it to my quotes page. It really is just so unique.

      also, I think it is funny that I could not find it either – maybe you have a blog nanny who cleans for you. ha!!

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      1. prior

        well I also wish I had a computer nanny – and I was shocked the other day when I saw folders within folders within folders. And so cleaning those up (or just tossing them) is another summer goal.
        have a great week. πŸ™‚
        ~y.

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Thank you bmpermie, I do appreciate your interest. If you wish to ring New Frontier Publishing, 02 9453 1525 they should be able to help.
      I haven’t ever seen it in a book shop! Shall be interested to hear what you think!

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Thank you Glen, but you may have missed that mine is an award free blog. Thank you so much for the thought though, it’s greatly appreciated. ❀

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  9. bkpyett Post author

    It does have the tick in the follow, so am not sure why. I too, like to read, as much as time permits. It’s always a joy to read your posts. Now I shall try to work out how to do the next phase of accepting the awards, I’m not totally au fait with computers!! shall do my best.

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  10. Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

    Hi Barbara, Just wanted to let you know I have nominated you for a whole heap of awards – The sisterhood of world bloggers, the inner peace award, the angel award, the wonderful team member readership award and the wordpress family award. You can find out more at http://irenewaters19.com/2014/05/19/awards-galore-inner-peace-angels-award-sisterhood-wordpress-family-and-more/
    Hope you will accept. I just wanted to let you know how much I have appreciated your visits, your posts since meeting. Cheers Irene

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Wow Irene, thank you for nominating me! I shall have to have a look and see what this entails! πŸ™‚
      It’s a pleasure to visit your blog, even though it doesn’t come automatically to my reader… not sure why?

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      1. Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

        I can’t help you there. If it has following up on the top black bar it should come. Perhaps you aren’t following. Sometimes it is easy to turn off the follow. Anyway I’m always pleased to see you when you do visit and although I don’t at the moment have the time to read as much as I’d like I do enjoy visiting you as often as I can. Cheers Irene

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Thanks Elaine, I just love your puppy! Millie is nearly 3, but she’s full of energy!
      I enjoy your posts very much, even when I don’t manage to comment!

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  11. amazedgrazing

    Barbara, thank you for following my blog! Also, thank you again for taking part in my little project here: http://nothingofthekind.wordpress.com/2014/03/07/my-best-compliments/ and contributing a compliment! Now I’ve talked to my mentor about the article that I’m intending to write and she said the compliments would need a more personal touch in the form of the submitters’ first names and home countries. The newspaper I’m writing for is this one: http://www.insuedthueringen.de/, a small German local newspaper. I would be very grateful if you could give your first name and country for me to accompany your compliment in the paper. There is no more specific information needed.

    All the best to you!
    Anna

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Anna, I’m so pleased you are going ahead with your compliment article. My first name is Barbara and I live in Victoria, Australia.
      It’s a lovely idea and I wish you well with it! Barbara

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Maggie, Congratulations are in order, as you won M.R.’s liver competition!
      I loved reading your discourse, illustrated too! It makes me feel quite inadequate when I see how many talented people there are out there!
      Thank you for visiting and I shall be honoured to think you may follow!

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Dina, thanks for following my blog. I’m off to look at yours now.
      Thanks for your good wishes, and here are some for you from the deep South!

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Thanks for your visit and comment Magdalena. Your part of the world has very fond memories for me, so look forward to following your blog.

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