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That avatar picture is in fact me a few years back which makes it likely that I could now quite easily be the age of some readers’ grandparents.

My background is in books and publishing but I have also designed and built furniture and at one stage operated a tiny manufacturing enterprise making homewares in wire – cake stands – fruit baskets – garden objects etc., – and enjoyed commissions which found me designing interesting cruet sets for a restaurant and wire bottle holders for a boutique olive oil retailer.

Now-a-days I divide my time between designing products for online sales and writing a blog along with a monthly column for our local weekly newspaper. Naturally, like all self-styled writers, I have the grand novel on the back-burner.

The print-on-demand phenomena of recent times arrived just as I was wondering what retirement could possibly offer besides gardening and writing and sometimes fiddling with stuff in the shed or taking a trip to a remote location.

The pastel artist Kerry Gavin. Kerry died aged 50 in 2006 – far too young for anyone, but particularly as she was beginning to achieve wider recognition for her artwork. In the ten years that she and I were together, Kerry completed a great number of works and enjoyed many successful shows. As the designated copyright holder, I feel it is now time to show her work as a legacy of some of what she achieved.

You can read my articles at the YouBeaut Designs blog here: YouBeaut Designs

Underneath the Sydney Opera House steps.

  • Joined: June 2009

Journal

Threatened Australia - The wide bleak land

Just a few years before heading to Europe to serve with the AIF in 1941, Jock Picks, a young scientist and farmer from South Australia announced in his newly published book “Australia’s Dying Heart – Soil Erosion in the Inland” that “The only aspect of erosion which has not received much attention is the political and social one. I can foresee more difficulty in disentangling the mass of c…
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Kangaroos as Neighbours

A long black shadow slid across the boards of the veranda and up the wall covering the curtained bedroom window of the weatherboard cottage. Big Lennie stood and listened as he did every night when he got to number 43, but no dog or human sound came from the house. Smaller shadows appeared alongside Lennie’s then passed on as they moved across the garden. / Forget the Walking Dead and zombies and…
Posted 11 months – Leave a comment
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