a person new to and inexperienced
in a job or situation.

After three visits to London and New Zealand…

…and two each to South Africa and Canada…

…I no longer consider myself a novice traveller.


Fandango’s One-Word Challenge:…Novice




These wheels turn no more forming instead

part of an outdoor picnic table.


A circular pool of water inside

a disc plough wheel



An old hay rake.



Circles and wheels make a sturdy piece of machinery.


A set of wheels.









drunk; intoxicated.

After a then young Maggie had slurped up any and all

the old cooking sherry MGW disposed of,

we found her asleep and snoring vigorously.

We thought she was inebriated.

Suspicions confirm upon getting close enough

to smell her breath.

She reeked!!


Fandango’s One-Word Challenge:…Inebriated




Some random Bollards…

This couple greet visitors to the

Geelong Botanical Gardens

Now Geelong is out of lockdown…

…I must visit the Geelong foreshore once again

to see if these last two can be found in 2021.









Early Autumn in Ballarat

Golden Robinia turning colour.


Autumn leaf.



Japanese Maple in autumn colour


Ginko tree



Japanese Maple


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:...Colours-Of-Autumn

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:...Colours Of-Autumn

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…Colours-Of-Autumn

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:...Colours-Of-Autumn




signs of spring

regrowth, renewal



Wattle trees bloom in late July, early August.

Our new pink daffodils were first to bloom,

this year…

…followed by the King Alfreds in mid-August.

I have only sighted one paddock of canola this year…

It may still be a little early for wildflowers.

During the past week or two,

I have nearly decapitated our

resident lizard with the mower.

It was a surprise to sight it again.

as it has been absent or hibernating

all winter.



Book Review-The-Stockmen


The Stockmen


Rachael Treasure

Whilst I have always enjoyed Rachael Treasure novels, The Stockmen, I think, will rate among my favourites, if for no other reason than it is set in Western Victoria, where I spent 55 years of my life.  I also had a Black and Tan Kelpie dog (Brandy) which as a six-week-old pup ran out from its litter to greet me.  For the next thirteen years, he was my one and only work colleague and mate.  His first and only litter of pups was born a few weeks before his death.  The pup I kept  (Ginger) lasted fourteen years making a total of 27 years with father and daughter.

But, enough of my reminiscing and on with my review.

Rosie Jones was kept away from learning how to be a farmer by her parents, especially her mother who is intent on climbing her own social ladder at the expense of her daughter’s wishes.

Rosie’s fiancé, Sam, meets an untimely death after which Rosie’s boss assigns her to research a story about an Irish stockman of the nineteenth century and his kelpie dogs, for a series of articles to be published in the Casterton paper prior to the inaugural kelpie auction.

Her only distraction is a real Irish stockman (Jim) her father employs to help on their farm.   Jim is good with animals and teaches Rosie how to train a litter of pups.

Another enjoyable audiobook from Rachael Treasure made so much better because it was set in my backyard, so to speak.

I have rated

The Stockmen

a solid



At the time of writing my review other

Goodreads readers have rated

The Stockmen

an average of 

4.13 stars

from 827 ratings and 47 reviews 


The Stockmen

can be purchased online at 

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon