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The joy of diversity:

Pineapple the symbol of hospitality from the internet

Pineapple the symbol of hospitality from the internet

Seasonal Scents:                                                                                                                       S’mores, salty ocean breezes, veggie burgers on the grill, sweaty people on the bus—what’s the smell you associate most with summer? Ben Huberman

Arriving in Cairns in January, mid summer, the perfume of flowers wafted in the air. I felt I was in heaven. The balmy temperature attracted a myriad of birds, so many different species to discover.

Luscious fruits included fresh juicy mangoes, pawpaw and lychees. The smell of fresh pineapple was a delight to serve up to hungry children. Their favourite thing was to cut a pineapple in half, cut it into bite size pieces and put jelly crystals over the top! With toothpicks they’d devour this tropical delight. Washing off the residue in the local creek, we’d keep an eye open for snakes or crocodiles.

As it is winter here in Victoria, a southern State of Australia, we’re enjoying the opposite. I do love the four seasons, which are missed out on in the North of Australia. The wind whipping snow from the mountains makes it feel like winter. Smelling the different woods that are burning as we pass small dwellings. This will soon be a thing of the past. There is talk of when it will no longer be permitted.

How grateful am I that I’ve been able to enjoy having wood burning fires. It is one of my favourite things.



End of 2013

Having heard from my brother, Graeme, that my last chapter ‘needs some work’, I reread it and agree with him. It has since had major changes, and I feel happier with it.  I don’t think I’ll post it again, as the general theme remains, though better organized.

2014 approaches with more challenges. Christopher is considering supporting the weavers re-work his Dunkeld paintings into a large tapestry. The Australian Tapestry Workshop has yet to confirm the details. The original tapestry, that can be seen on Chris’ website, was burnt in the fire of the Conference Centre at Dunkeld, Victoria, late this year.  It was a magnificent tapestry and to re-weave it is quite daunting. It depicted skies and was woven to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Royal Mail Hotel.


Here is a photo of us taken in our garden by Susan Gordon-Brown when she came to take photos of Chris’ paintings.