Frankston, Australia

adgray is a writer and a poet … / - telling stories all her life, / - writing them down once she learnt how / “Scribbling!...



Just a posy to all my bubble mates
to wish you a very - and a Stunningly -

With for good measure a customary Christmas Tree - and a few to drape about! ☼Ü☼
and in case there are any little ones about learning the truth of the jolly red bloke -

I’m off for a few weeks starting Boxing day (home for the 8th) actually having a holiday (I think!) so I hope you all play nice while I’m gone! Ü
I hope your festive season is all you want it to be!
and your holiday period is relaxing, happy and safe!

See you all in 2011 !!!
Chookas! ♠☼♥Ü♥☼♠

Thank Goodness for Training!

An Amazing Experience that could have been dramatically worse!

G’day Bookers! ☼Ü☼

How’d your first summer weekend go?
Mine ended up chasing an ambulance for 3 hours to hospital
- well my son was in the back!

After a terriffic BLUDGE camp at Port Welshpool (Gippsland Vic – just above Wilson’s Prom) while we were packing up son Red and a few mates got into a tangle with a spring ride in the park and ended up with Dan on the ground in agony!

Red is FINE!!! – well very sore & sorry for himself but otherwise his spine is OK and he is up and walking (like a slow old codger but walking)
But a HUGE head’s up for the danger of rough and tumble play around objects – now you can see why us caring adults try to curb it, cos sometimes it can HURT!

The hospital and ambos said we did everything correctly.

The final countdown: A pep talk from Lindsey

G’day People’s of the Pen!
THIS IS IT!!!! 2 hours to go!

*This is it, Wrimos!
The moment when you defy the limits of what is possible; when your lungs are burning from the effort and your muscles tremble with exertion. You’ve got sweat in your eyes and stains on your shirt but it just doesn’t matter—-‘cause you’re in it to win it.

50,000 words, that shiny purple winner bar, your winner goodies, the title of author, and eternal bragging rights are there in front of you just waiting to be claimed.

Victory is within reach, writer!

If you’re already sitting in the Winner Circle holding your certificate and wearing your winner shirt, congratulations! I can’t wait to join you. I still have many thousands of words to go before I can claim NaNo triumph, and I’m com

A Final Pepmail - from Dave Eggers

G’day Peoples of the Pen!…

♠☼ PROCRASTINATION thy name is mine! ☼♠
Oh man am I a procrastinator!
I have a mantra that reminds me to get on with living!
“Today is the Tomorrow I waited for Yesterday!”
mind you it’s nice to know I’m not alone! Would you like to go for coffee and we can chat about it? ☼Ü☼

*Dear NaNoWriMo Author,
Is procrastination a problem for you? Really? You think you have a problem?

Here’s procrastination: The organizers of NaNoWriMo asked me three months ago to write this pep talk, and I’m only writing it now, after blowing three deadlines, after avoiding ten reminders. I was asked to write a pep talk for NaNoWriMo, and I’m actually writing it after the month started. So whatever procrastination problems you have, I probably have you beat. I’m the worst, and I’m getting w

Nanowrimo Home Stretch!

G’day Peoples of the Pen!
The last word from Lauren the Melbourne Leader to help us Wrimo’s to fuinish up!…

Hello lovely Wrimos!

If you have already reached 50k, validation is now available on the site. Go forth and get your purple bar! (And, if you haven’t already donated, a golden halo is the perfect complement to a purple bar…)

The last few write-ins are as follows:
Complete Post, tonight 7.30 PM until tomorrow morning about 10.30 AM. There are doughnuts and chips and there will be pizza, plus a quiet room for dedicated novelling and a TV room for break times. Thanks to Monique for hosting this and for all of her help over the month!
Sunday: Geelong write-in at Hermina’s, details at
Sunday: Croydon write-in at Aimee and Scarlett’s, details at http:/

Week Four - Last Weekend!

G’day Peoples of the Pen!
Last Pepmail from the Wrimo support team manager – Lindsey Grant…

Dearest Wrimos,
We have one weekend left in our month-long mission to write a novel. If your experience has been anything like mine, you are still behind, it has been an insanely busy week with work or – if you are in the US – Thanksgiving, and the novel needs some serious love over the next few days

If you feel uncertain about whether you can do this, never fear! I have been mulling over this very subject and I have the answer: You can!

As I was pondering my atrocious word count and wondering whether I could get my NaNo-novel back to good, I got to thinking about this summer when I was exploring the ruins of an ancient town in Greece. There, the water for the town was drawn from a cistern deep in th

Quit Writing by Lemony Snicket

G’day Peoples of the Pen!
Yep that’s the witt that is the brilliance of this author!
Who else would write such as the final Pepmail to a marathon book writing event?

*Dear Cohort,

Struggling with your novel?
Paralyzed by the fear that it’s nowhere near good enough?
Feeling caught in a trap of your own devising?
You should probably give up.

For one thing, writing is a dying form. One reads of this every day. Every magazine and newspaper, every hardcover and paperback, every website and most walls near the freeway trumpet the news that nobody reads anymore, and everyone has read these statements and felt their powerful effects. The authors of all those articles and editorials, all those manifestos and essays, all those exclamations and eulogies – what would they say if they knew you were writ

Older than Dirt!

Some young person asked me the other day,_’What was your favourite “fast food” when you were growing up?’

‘We didn’t have fast food when I was growing up’_ I informed him ‘All the food was slow.’
’C’mon, seriously. Where did you eat?’
‘It was a place called “home” !’
I explained. ‘Mum cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn’t like what she put on my plate, I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.’

By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn’t tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table.

But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I’d figured his system could have handled it:

Some parents

Choices choices choices ... <}

Or why I am so Grinch like at Christmas …….…

choises choices choices – do I get Bryce Cortney’s new book or do I get John Farnham’s new CD for my Christmas present to me from my famiy ???

Oh why did Santa have to grow up? >{

The shops are full of such annoying choises of NOTHING!
Colours, sizes, textures,
brands upon brands upon brands!!!!!!!!!

and then the following year in Spring you see them all out on the naturestrip for Council Tip Collection – used up, used by, no use, or just plain – there’s a new one out for Christmas!

Well in our family unit for Christmas there is ONE bought gift each and one for the house and we make a gift for each other.
Budget being so tight in the past, gifts for anyone else just couldnt happen. (Nope not even made gifts cos the ingreedients cost!)

So b

The inestimable value of tilting at windmills =0)

G’day Peoples of the Pen! ☼Ü☼
This is the HALF WAY pepmail from John Green – yes it’s Half Time!!! so take a day to catch up on the washing & dishes. Go shopping & restock the fridge & pantry and all the time be thinking of the story you are creating and annnoyed that you’re not writing it and then finally when you cannot resist anymore get back to it!…

If you’re like me you’ll have found a bucket mug (or two – I have one for coffee and another for tea!) – that is a mug that holds a pint (litre) of hot liquid that you don’t mind drinking when it goes cold! (Think ICED Coffee/ Tea, Chocolate/coffee milkshakes/frappes! Oh and cold black coffee is a tad like coke!)
So fill up your bucket, accompany that with a fully stocked cookie pot and (if you are so inclined) either a box of cerial to gra

Week Two and a Shrimp! (yes a shrimp!)

G’day Peoples of the Pen! ☼Ü☼
Yes the Nanowrimo leaders have lost the plot! (lol) here’s the week two pepmail from Lindsey!

*Dear Writer,

Week Two has a bad reputation. Heck, we even capitalize it! A couple days ago, I saw that a Wrimo had posted, “I’ve been Week Two’d” as her Facebook status. Sounds painful doesn’t it? For participants everywhere writing a novel this November, this has become the week to survive.

But does it really have to be that way?


I think it does.

There is a saying that anything worth having is worth fighting for. I think about this every time I eat shrimp. What a pain in the neck, right? But the frustrating peeling part and the endless dilemma – legs or tail first? – make that shrimp even more delicious and worth the trouble.

If your novel is a shrimp (a

Accepting and Encouraging Ant Hill Incertion! Ü

SAY WHA— ? ? ? ? ?

G’day Peoples of the pen! ☼Ü☼

This is the next pepmail from the Nano Crew
and yes it’s about not ignoring the anthills trying to incert themselves into your supermarket! (~THINK METAPHORICALLY OK?~) I hope you enjoy this mail from Aimee Bender and get some great stuff out of it – I did! ☼Ü☼

*Dear Writer,
So, say you’re writing along, and you think you’re writing a scene about two characters visiting a grocery store, a grocery store that you are almost sure is going to play a very important role in your book, and you’re a little bored, writing about the grocery store, and the characters are feeling a little sleepy to you, but you are plunging ahead like a good writer citizen, writing along, and as you’re working, the desire to write a paragraph about an anthill pops into y

Wrimo Pepmail from Mercedes Lackey

G’day People of the Pen!…

Sometimes in the Nanowrimo there are published authors who agree to send a pepmail of support. I’ll pass these on to you in our group as it will help everyone in their writing not just the Wrimos!

“Dear Writer,

I can’t think of anything more intimidating than a blank page. Especially the first blank page of a new project. Now, after twenty-mumble years of writing, I have a lot of things to get me past that, one of which is to use the screenplay writing technique of the late Blake Snyder (you can find all of that in his book, Save the Cat! And on the website dedicated to his techniques)

And these things work really, really well if you already have the basic plot idea and the characters and world in your head.

But what if you don’t? What if all you have is a plot?



G’day People of the Pen! ☼Ü☼
From the desk of the Melbourne Wrimo Leader the Lovely “Lauren”
Week One’s Pepmail!…

*"Hello my lovely Wrimos!

Gosh, there are a lot more of you now than there were before November began. I feel a little self-conscious sending an email to 2485 people (who are you all? You’re not all homed to Melbourne! Are you stalking my region for nefarious purposes?). But also like I wield a great, great power

Of course, now November’s started, we all have a great, great power. We can write and write and write some more and all come out with fabulous novels at the end of the month — plus we got to be one of the first regions to start, thanks to our time zone! The midnight kick-off on IRC was well attended despite the fact that I totally failed to officially announce it, and a


G’day People of the Pen!
Why must life always get in the way? <}…

As I was about to upload my latest Journal with the news from Nano it occured to me that I didn’t upload all the other Nanowrimo stuff by the begining of November!
It’s almost half way thorough already!!!!!! <} (Ok a quarter!)

So here are the links to my journals about the Pepmails of encouragement from the NaNoWriMo team
NaNoWriMo Begins!
Calling all Nanowrimo Young Writers!
Charting a course through Nanowrimo
Nanowrimo pepmail
Nanowrimo Pepmail from Mercedes Lackey
Nanowrimo Pepmail from Aimee Bender- (Ant Hills)
Nanowrimo Half-way Pepmail from John Green
Nanowrimo Final Pepmail from Lemony Snicket
Nanowrimo A Final Pepmail – from Dave Eggers
The final countdown: A pep talk from Lindsey

and the links to the journal

I can .... Can't you?

I can upload a new journal
and I can write new pieces
I can add new artworks
and I can view selected features
I can see the latest pieces across the top of my page
and I now feel this community is less of a cold clean cage

So when I open My Bubble
I look to see what’s new
and I read with avid attention
the comments that have been quite few

The 3P’s – Peter Paul & Pilgrim
Have tried their very best
to give to us an improved new site
and put it to our test

So please before you bitch and moan
and flood the site with complaint
remember this is some thing FREE
and show a little restraint
and thank goodness that it’s here at all
to encourage creativity
so show your stuff and quit the bitch
just enjoy the connectivity!

Chookas! ♥Ü♥

☼Ü BEST FRIEND WEEK! Ü☼ (W2 October 2010)

Think about this for a minute….…

If you happened to show up on my door step crying,
I would care!
If you called me and asked me to pick you up because something happened,
I would come!
If you had one day left to live your life,
I would want to be part of that last day!
If you needed a shoulder to cry on,
I would give you mine!

This is a test to see who your real friends are or if you are just someone to talk to you when they are bored.

Do you know what the relationship is between your two eyes?
They blink together,
they move together,
they cry together,
they see things together,
and they sleep together,
but they never see each other; (Except in a mirror)
….that’s what friendship is.

Your aspiration is your motivation,your motivation is your belief,your belief is your peace,your peace

♦♥Ü Something nice to share around! Ü♥♦

♦ Never look down on anybody, unless you’re helping them up.…

♦ To realize the value of a sister / brother
Ask someone who doesn’t have one.

♦ To realize the value of ten years:
Ask a newly Divorced couple.

♦ To realize the value of four years:
Ask a graduate.

♦ To realize the value of one year:
Ask a student who has failed a final exam.

♦ To realize the value of nine months:
Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn.

♦ To realize the value of one month:
Ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.

♦ To realize the value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

♦ To realize the value of one day
Ask the person who took a sicky and missed the chance of a lifetime.

♦ To realize the value of one hour
Ask the ones who survived the bushfires / floods / earthquakes

♦ To realize the va

♥☼Ü This is specially for you Ü☼♥

Ok I usually don’t pass around chain-e-mails but I needed a bit of friendship tonight so here ya go! And if I don’t get this back I’ll take the hint! <} …….. lol Ü lol…

Tonight at midnightYour true love will realize they like youSomething good will happen to you at 1:00-4:00 PM Tomorrow.— It could be anywhere – at home, Yahoo, outside of work, anywhere.Get ready for the biggest shock of your life.Remember:’A good friend will come bail you out of jail….But a true friend will be sitting next to youSaying “WE screwed up, but we had fun!”I’m Proud To Be Your Friend!I’ve learned..That life is like a roll of toilet paper.The closer it gets to the end,The faster it goes.I’ve learned ….That we should beGlad God doesn’t just give us everything we ask forI’ve learned ……That money doesn’t buy class.I

G'day Wanna Meet up? ☼Ü☼

Found a brilliant meet up spot on the bay coast …. Mornington, on South East coast of Port Phillip Bay, Victoria … that is Ü…

Yesterday Skik & Me were wandering back from dropping tweeds at their Scout camp at Mt Martha and found this great place open for Breaky (well it was about 8am) Actually you can get breaky until 3pm – now I love a cafe who offers Brunch at 3pm! lol

So picture across the road from the beach (except there’s a but of tee-tree in the way but that’s a great wind break!)
Windows windows windows
dark wood fittings, black & white Tiled squewiff checkerboard floor
wooden tables of the old farm kitchen variety, balloon backed chairs and touches of green everywhere!
The music is 50’s the decor is 50s even the crockery is 50s and the ambiance is gorgeous!
We had divine breaky’s of p

Nanowrimo pepmail to blitz them all!

G’day People of the Pen!
This is the pepmail to blitz all pepmails! lol

*Dear writer,
Because I am neither superhuman nor magical, feeling powerless is an occasional and unfortunate fact of life. I have no control over the person in the car next to me and whether they’re paying any attention to the road while they eat that giant burrito. I can only hope that my rent cheque won’t get lost in the mail, that the recipe will work as it says it will, and that the all-important email I just sent reaches its intended destination.

And don’t get me started on not having control over my own actions! I often oversleep, forget commitments, break a favorite dish (or somebody else’s), ruin my best shirt (or somebody else’s), and I famously say too much at just the wrong time. (Does this sound familiar?

Charting a course through Nanowrimo

G’day People of the Pen!
Another of those great pepmails from the Nanowrimo team!

*Dear NaNo-novelist,
First of all, high-five for signing up to write a novel during NaNoWriMo.
That was a wise choice, my friend. The world needs your novel, and now is
the very best time to write it. We’re gonna have a great time doing it,
To prepare you for the awesomeness ahead, here is a guide to the month:
☼ Today: Set your home region. For instruction on what this means and how the
heck to do it, visit:
☼ Tomorrow: Set your time zone. This will alleviate massive end-of-event
panic (and, potentially, unnecessary computer smashing) when it comes time
to validate your novel. (Instructions on validating your novel live here)
☼ October 31: Kiss the dog, unplug your cable box, and email your family and
friends to l


A friend of mine posted a question (I think she’s doing a paper on it or something) looking for feedback and information…

*Anna Marija:
Did anyone take a GAP year off, either after high school or some other time? I need some feedback about a project I’m doing.

My answer:*
I took a few gap years off ….. um ….. about 20 Ü
Had family (5 kids) & 2 failed marriages and a third failed defacto marriage and finally chucked in the old thinking of “Marry & be a mum & live happy ever after” and realised I was wasting my life and my intelligence, skills and talents on abusive, non-supportive, self-centred, threatening, jealous and threatened men and looked into what I could do for my community and chose TEACHING! Ü

I mean I knew I should have been a teacher or an architect all along and waiting tables w

Calling all Nanowrimo Young Writers!

G’day People of the Pen!
As you can see from this latest mail from the Nano Team, Nanowrimo is for all ages! So if you know any young writers who might like to try this challenge please point them in the right direction!
And there is stuff to buy to help the team stay afloat and the Nano to continue!…

*Greetings, NaNoWriMo novelist!
I am writing with great news: NaNoWriMo 2010 is just weeks away! The new site has launched in preparation for the festival of noveling about to be unleashed upon the world.

Come on over to today to check out the all-new resources awaiting you, including an amazing crew of pep talkers, bright and shiny web badges, NaNoVideos, sweet noveling goodies in the store, an updated homepage with even more fun information from NaNoland (including the expanded O

NaNoWriMo Begins!

G’day People of the Pen!…

So what is NaNoWriMo?

“National November Writing Month”
It did start here in Melbourne Australia (just up the road from Redbubbe infact! except it’s now going global! lol) with a bunch of friends supporting eachother in their challenge to write a novel in a month! So as you’ll see the fealing of Nanowrimo is to be supported in your writing with all manner of friendliness.

So for the whole of November every Year there is a challenge for all the writers of the world who wish to participate. It is a month of writring where the aim is to just sit down and slog out the first draft skeleton of a novel!

We’re aiming for ☼ 30,000 words in 30 days!

That’s an average of 1000 words a day.
(Hey I can do that in an hour! – must time myself! lol)
No spell check no editing just

Universal Cancer - we are all responsible!

A most honourable caring man Voluntary Ranger posted this…

‘Juxtaposed’ by VoluntaryRanger

Why do we do this sort of CRAP to our world?

Here in Australia we have a whale off our shore with fishing line wrapped around it’s tail it cannot dive and will soon die if our rangers cannot free the rubbish hampering him
there are zillions of animals wearing our rubbish as their shrouds

When I see scenes like this I just know
We are NOT the superior race
We are the locusts that destroy all that was here before us
Perhaps we are planet hopping like a universal cancer
killing off the planets we inhabit and then move on

Take nothing but photos Leave nothing but gentile footprints!

When we pathetic thoughtless humans get our minds in tune with that

Well well well well well well ................

Just a quick little announcement to any who care to know …..…

I have a new position in life! Ü

☼Ü “Voluntary Volunteer Coordinator!” Ü☼

I have a desk and a chair and I do feel special! ☼Ü☼
Now all I need is a computer and files and stuff …..

…… oh and some Volunteers to coordinate!!! lol Ü lol

So Chookas to me! ♥Ü♥

PS Anyone know what I should be doing?
I’m sort of just hoping to recruit a few like minded helpful people and make sure they are appreciated and looked after
It may turn into the PR job of the school ….. hmmmmm now that would be interesting ….
I wonder what I should have (Qualification wise) to do that effectively …. ??
I wonder if they’d pay me? ….. Ü ……. lol
Yeah right …. not! lol

Besides I think I’d need to understand the religion and the expectancies etc of the different staff t

Mum's Trip "Hame"

G’day people of Scotland, Ireland and that place in between them! Ü
I wonder if one/some of you could do something for me?
(All favours need a good yarn to set the why so grab a cuppa!)…

My Mum is Lorna Edith Smart – now Lorna Edith Gray
Her father was Walter Middlemas Smart of Gattonside Scotland
Her mother’s family is Cherry from Co Cavan in Ireland
(Her grandmother was Isobel Maude Cherry who left Ireland back in 1880s to migrate to Australia with her big sister and brother but they only made it to Adelaide. Isobel married a German immigrant Gardener by the name of [] Ey and had 7 children, my mother’s mother Dora being one of them – but that’s another story! lol)

Mum’s older brother was Gerald Smart who had done some trips to Scotland & Ireland to meet up with family prior to 1996 when sadl

When I grow up .... I wanna be old!

This came out of a facebook chat yesterday, where my Cousin’s daughter complained that her baby boy turning 6 months made her feel old!
So my comment to her was:

You’ll know you’re old when

your baby goes to school
your baby goes to high school and won’t kiss you at the gate
you have to fit your baby girl with a bra
your baby boy grows a beard
your baby turns 18 (You’re really old when that happens!!!!)
your baby turns 21 (actually that one isn’t so bad cos you can kick them out of home and people applaud you!)
your baby graduates
your baby gets married
your baby hands you their baby
when you take your baby out after they dropped their baby at school
when you watch your baby reprimanding their wayward baby
when your baby’s baby hands you their baby

- that’s when you know you’re all grown up…… and ol

☼ a bubble has burst ☼

I have just learned of the passing of one of our original Bubblers
My dear dear Trisha— or PAGLY
Pagly2 & Pagly4U…

Jason D Laderoute posted this journal announcing it to the bubble

I have no idea how to grieve the loss of a virtual friend
I still feel shell shocked
but I wrote on that journal while still bamboozled … it helped the tears to come!

This is what I wrote:
Jason I stare with you in complete disbelief
The brief convos I’ve had over the phone have been for me fulfilling that someone understood me
The friendship she gave me when I first came here 2 years ago and then again this year was desperate support I needed exactly at that time and helped me to grow stronger in the face of my adversity.
The confusion of understanding that happened in our relationship was ill conceived and I have mi

My Tribute to Lynda's Art!

My favourite artist Mrs Lynda Robinson
has been honoured with a Permanent Solo Exhibition

☼Ü BRAVO my dear friend BRAVO!!!! Ü☼

I wanted to do some sort of tribute to her but I could favour her whole gallery (I kinda almost did lol)
Quandary : which ones do I feature and which do I leave out? …. I can’t leave any out! lol
So I decided as so many pieces of her work inspired poetry from me I would collate them all in a page here
So in no particular order …..

‘High Country Trail Ride’ by Lynda Robinson inspired Mounted Rescue

‘The Trawool Valley’ by Lynda Robinson inspired My Paradise Valley

‘Majestic Redgum’ by Linda Robinson inspired Regal Redgums

‘Marengo Sunrise’ by Lynda Robinson inspired morning love

‘Golden Shores’ – (Apollo Bay) by Lynda Robinson inspired along golden shores

‘My little


Day two – 16/06/10…

Never complain about an exam ever ever EVER again!
I am never going to be a legal eagle – my sweet lord my brain hurts! <(

REALLY interesting process though! – feeding me heaps of ideas for future stories!
so watch this space >>>>> [ ] <<<<<< ok watch another one – that one’s boring! <)

Just trying to alleviate my brain for a bit before I gotta do my homework …. HA !!! I wish! – I am literally cramming for 2 × 3 hour exams a day every day for 8 days and one of them is a performance one!!! But failing any one of these means the change in my life will be MASSIVE!!!! And I cannot talk about it all! (Which is doing my head in!)
And then on top of that, apart from the normal demands of day to day life, there are the inter-weaving nightmares of 4 depressive people and our stre

New Avatar Pic ~ to cheer me up! Ü

Ok dredged up old shot! LOL
But wasn’t I cute 20 years ago? lol

This was how I looked he last time I was happy
Oh and or how bout would you believe ???

☼Ü HAHAHAHAHAHA it’s "Dougalberry"s Girlfriend “Loopy”!!! lol Ü☼
♥Ü Dougalberry ♥ Loopy FOREVER!!!! Ü♥ …. lololololololol

Sorry about the nonsense! Just trying to boost my confidence going into next week … <)

  1. 2 weeks of trial with the “X” trying to now claim he didn’t do it ….
    After not only admitting [3 times] to doing it
    (including with actions & on video interview too!) but that he always did it and as such dictating that him doing it is above the law and so he shouldn’t be nicked for doing it and the law should be agreeing with him and setting a new precedent
  2. All actions by the all high and mighty “X” are Perfect!
…… he’s such a

I'm sorry, but what the ...??

Sorry to air my dirty laundry in public but I just received some rather peculiar news

“We write to advise you that we are making an application to adopt Tom in the County Court …” written in a letter delivered by registered post today from my ex and his wife.

My son Tom turns twenty years old in 4 months ….
4 years ago Tom had his sur-name changed to that of my ex’s by deed poll so I cannot think why adoption would be necessary

How insane is it to spend dollars in applying to adopt a 20yo?
I can’t get my head around it!
It’s quite bizarre!
The man obviously has more dollars than sense!

I now know the true meaning of FLABBERGASTED!

Bush Dream Blather

In my bubbling today I came across this gorgeous vision

‘Australian Architecture 1800’s Timbertown’ by oldsalty

Oldsalty gave me a vision of heaven to me
I posted this comment first “Stuff the Bali Bungalows Give me a few of these up the bush and I’ll be happy! Bliss! ☼Ü☼” to which he replied “I agree adgray! I believe we have lost sight of who we are!”
and then I got a tad carried away and posted these blatherings:

The best Job I ever had was working at the Pioneer Settlement Swan Hill as the Potter’s assistant! – Period clothing and all!! I taught people how to use the Kick wheel and sold the pottery the potter made on sight. It was HEAVEN!!!
I have always wanted to live in the country ever since I can remember and my family all notice the difference in me when I get out of the 60K circle o

You can realise your dreams if you work hard enough

For those of you wondering what I have been up to ….
No I haven’t changed camps I am still a WRITER!!! Ü
“But you have been uploading a lot of artworks” you say
Yes bad stuff (lol) oh and a few good ones – but I swear they were FLUKED!!!!
But there was the one I was so impressed by I forgot it was my work and favoured it!!! (lol Ü lol)…

Anyway WHY am I uploading pickies? Well to do a Journal Report! (of course it’s to do with writing!!! lol)
Anyway the day before Mothers Day here in Aus (Sat 8th May to be precise) we had to spend the day in Ballarat – what to do in Ballarat Cheeply, would entertain the kids and be a bit of a treat for Mum (well I’ll admit it I’m strange! Ü) So Skik and I took our family to
‘Kryal Castle’ Ballarat Victoria (see)
and we met the creator – Keith Ryal a man who

♦ ehem ... Excuse me for a bit ...

Sorry if I’m going a bit Castle Crazy …. I hope you will bear with me …..
I promise to eventually stop flooding the gallery with shots of stones and curves and moats and turrets and battlements etc ….. (Wait till you see the crazy fire shots!!!)…

I am uploading the art to create a journal about Kryal Castle near Ballarat – it is a promise to a King so if I reneg I may be hung drawn and quartered, my head Piked and my pieces cast to the far reaches of the land ….. (Hey I’ve always wanted to visit Perth & Broome …. mind you I had been hoping to do so in one piece but ye know beggars can’t be choosers! Ü lol_) …. well at the very least they would give me either a sound flogging or whipping! … (_No doubt the whipping – they seem to like to whip the wenches!)

So watch this space and eventually I

Pregnancy, Oestrogen, and Women Ü

Another email floating about the web
Caught by my daughter …. is she trying to tell me something? <} !


Q & A

Q: Should I have a baby after 35?
A: No, 35 children is enough.

Q : I’m two months pregnant now. When will my baby move?
A: With any luck, right after he finishes university.

Q : What is the most reliable method to determine a baby’s sex?
A: Childbirth.

Q: My wife is five months pregnant and so moody that sometimes she’s borderline irrational.
A: So what’s your question?

Q : My childbirth instructor says it’s not pain I’ll feel during labour, but pressure. Is she right?
A: Yes, in the same way that a cyclone might be called an air current.

Q: When is the best time to get an epidural?
A: Right after you find out you’re pregnant.

Q : Is there any reason I have to be in the deli

Am I doing the wrong thing? ..... <(

There has been a thread running in the General forum about Banners – have or not?
The consensus I’m getting is the ones against them are also against anyone putting on another’s art page comment thread, their own work or links back to their profile or works. But as you lot who read my words know this is a major way I actually create my work – while looking at your art I write without realising it in the comment box.…

Now My old PC is about cactus and about to crash for the last time and often it will crash while I am looking at stuff so when I twig that I have created again I copy (so as to put it in my profile) but I will also hit post comment – in case the PC crashes – then I contact the artist and give them my apologies and ask then to remove the post if they are unhappy that I have crea

♦♥☼Ü Being a Mum is AWESOME!!! Ü☼♥♦

These are not my words
(I have added to them and rearranged them a tad to make better sense to me)
- they were sent to me in a chain-email but I thought them poignant enough to share with you all…

Have you ever wondered why Mum’s love being Mums? And why we love them and think them awesome?
_This is why:

Before I was a Mum, I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn’t worry whether or not my plants were poisonous or thought about immunisations.

Before I was a Mum, I slept all night
I had never gotten up every 10 minutes in the middle of the night to make sure all was okay
I never sat up late hours watching a baby sleep
I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn’t want to put her down

Before I was a Mum, I had never been
Peed on
Pooped on
Chewed on
Puked on
I had compl

☼Ü Spreading a little bit of Cheer! Ü☼

Another joke hopefully to make you smile today!

FINALLY Science has agreed with me! Ü

“Smile and the world smiles with you
Cry and you cry alone….
But if you laugh which is infectious
Imagine the growth of such an epidemic sown!”
☼Ü☼ …… ~ (modified by adgray)

Scientific research states that Happiness is contagious!

One of the 10 scout laws is
“A Scout is Cheerful”
Why doesn’t it say happy? – ask a psychopathic murderer what makes him happy ….? >)

If we project “Cheer” that means we are projecting a socially agreed happiness.
Even if we do not feel particularly happy in ourselves, projecting cheer will actually make us feel better and gradually increase our happiness.
Professional public people recognise this as the trick to separating their private lives from their professional lives = profess


This one is for all you mums out there!!!

Brian Hester invited his mother over for dinner at his new apartment. She couldn’t help but notice just how striking Brian’s new room-mate, Stephanie, was. Mrs. Hester had been suspicious about the nature of the relationship between Brian and Stephanie for quite a while, and this invitation to dinner with them only made her more curious.

While watching the two interact, Mrs. Hester started to wonder if there was more to their relationship than met the eye. Correctly reading his mom’s thoughts, Brian volunteered,
“I know what you must be thinking, but I assure you Stephanie and I are just room-mates.”

About a week later, Stephanie came to Brian saying,
“Ever since your mother came to dinner, I’ve been unable to find my beautiful silver gravy ladle.

No more birthdays please I'm old

Today I am older than I’ve ever been before and already I feel it…

I want to find the positives and motivate myself
but I cannot feel my navel any more
I never thought that would trouble me but when I discovered it I cried


Sexual … hahaha that’s died a long time ago
and I didn’t kill it I just let it go
no it was a deeper feeling than that
Every birthday I would tickle my navel to remember my birth – a connection to who I am
and the connection to my five babies that I carried and brought into the world

To not feel that connection any more ….
It’s strange It’s not numb as such but there is no sharp tenderness shooting to the core of me
Yet I can feel the echo of it deep inside but I cannot reach it now … is it how amputees miss their loss?

The navel is the tube by which sustenance gave you li


G’Day all those who read my words & see what I see!…

Just a quick note to apologize for my sudden & lengthening absence

1 my internet vamoosed and am now in the throws of relying on the annoyances of a new and shoddy provider – 3 weeks for a modem delivery in this day and age is just atrocious and am relegated to temporary dial up on the Laptop! SAD! SAD! SAD!

2 Happy Easter it’s a bouncing baby hernia!
Yep I ended up in Hospital Easter Tuesday being delivered of the Umbilical Hernia that has been plaguing me for nearly 20 years! and was finally damaged enough to be seen! Funny how having a hernia fixed is the mirror of having a baby – after birthing a baby your tummy disappears! But after a hernia you look 103 months pregnant! and as much as the beached whale annoyances are the same as fin

☼ April is SCRIPT FRENZY Month! ☼

*Hi all my fellow writers
I just received this email from the friendly crew of NaNoWriMo
and thought I’d let all our Brilliant Bubble Writers know about it!…



Greetings, citizens of NaNoLand!

As a great man (Austin Powers) once said, “Allow myself to introduce myself.”

Hi! I’m Jennifer Arzt. I run Script Frenzy, NaNoWriMo’s sister event.

Even though we haven’t met until now, I already know a few things about you.
I know you are a storyteller.
I know you aren’t shy about jumping into the deep end of the literary pool and laughing in the face of outrageous deadlines.
I know you are creative and brave.

Because I know all this, I’m here with a proposal.

Try s


#For those of you who watch me and who watch our stunning PAGLY

Paggles has just told me the FANTASTIC news and wants me to spread it around cos she’s so happy she can’t get off the Happy Dance Floor and type straight!

Her Darling Daughter in law – whom they thought could possibly have cancer is

>>>>>> F I N E !!!! <<<<<<

Now how’d she put it? …..

“ALL TESTS ARE IN……………… RESULTS ……………….. ARE ………………………………..
…………………..THE HODGKINS ……………. LYMPHOMA ……………………………. …………………………………………………………………………….…………………………………………
…………………………………………… IS …………………………………………………………..


In the hospital the relatives gathered in the waiting room, where a family member lay gravely ill. Finally, the doctor came in looking tired and somber.…

’I’m afraid I’m the bearer of bad news,’ he said as he surveyed the worried faces. ’The only hope left for your loved one at this time is a brain transplant.

It’s an experimental procedure, very risky, but it is the only hope. Insurance will cover the procedure, but you will have to pay for the BRAIN.

The family members sat silent as they absorbed the news. After a time, someone asked, ‘How much will a brain cost?’

The doctor quickly responded, ‘£5,000 for a male brain; £200 for a female brain.’

The moment turned awkward.

Some of the men actually had to ‘try’ to not smile, avoiding eye contact with the women.
A man unable to control his cu


#I am no Visualist but my pictures have now been looked at
…… over 10,000 times!!! THANK YOU!!!

I am however a writer and now after 2 years on the bubble and just under 600 writing pieces viewable (sooo many I’m still working on!)
I have wracked up the big 50,000 views there too!!!! THANK YOU!!!!

I dunno how many were featured or favoured or in fact how many were copy & pasted & printed out to read at work over coffee / lunch etc (or outside in the morning sunshine or in the evenings tucked up on a comfy chair by the fire …. Oooh I like the thought of that – that my words could be enjoyed in such ways! Ü)
Thank you to all who have done this!

But I do know I sold 2 cards within 5 minutes of having them uploaded for sale! Ü
So I made $1.40 _WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOO!!!_ lol Ü

Anyhoo just thought

Did I go too far?

In a forum discussion about Hosts Views on how to improve group interaction or usage I gave a few suggestions
◘ No there is another solution out there somewhere for someone to come up with
and I think it should be something linked to uploading work into groups
- read and acknowledge the mails and rules and interaction or your work is not accepted!
- members just won’t interact unless there’s something in it for them!
BUT I note you have included the loophole of “members able to choose not to receive Gmails” …. then what would be the point?
Perhaps there should be just an automatic recording of who looked at a mail, forum, page etc … perhaps that would embarrass members into leaving some sort of a comment – you’re there anyway!
◘ (quoting S-’s words) “The problem is that some of us (and most

Community Inspired Interview

My turn MY TURN!!!! ……………… lol Ü…

1. What’s your favourite artistic tool or piece of equipment (past, present or dream)?

My PC and in particular Microsoft Word!
I do have a special attachment to my pen and feint ruled blue A4 or A5 Note books as I love to see the words forming from the nib of my pen … such is my love of Calligraphy
But when I discovered the FREEDOM of writing without mistake cos you can correct all that before the words are committed to paper …. wHeeeellll! The words did flow and flow and flow!!!!! My Beast
Addicted to the Written Word & Oralist

2. Which work are you most proud of and why?
Victorian Volumes – cos it wrote itself and taught me that I CAN finish something … given half a chance!!!!
Frank – cos I discovered I AM a poet ….. and aspire to be a

Wedding Photos - BAAHHH!!!!!! >{

I need to voice this and this looked like the best place to!…

First may I say how I now have such a fantastic respect for GOOD Wedding Photographers and I see the value in paying the top dollar for the right shots!!

Secondly WHAT IS WITH all the broohahaha!!! It’s NOT all that hard to get married!!!
And this wedding was a simple one!

So what’s got me all riled?

We were just at a wedding – gorgeous Beach fantastic milk pond bay with an array of stunning yachts and distant sand cliffs (Mother’s Bay Mornington for those who know it) Personally I’d never get married on a beach but that’s just me

The men were all in black with red ties – including the bride’s 2yo son in full suit! – the two maids were also in black with red ribbons at empire line; the flower girl in ivory with red empire ribbon.

<( Our Pagly's In Troubles! <(

OUR DARLING Pagly4U Such Sorrows and needs such strengths!

No sooner that she returns to our lives …. and in my case in the very nick of time!!! …. than she has MASSIVE troubles of her own!!

All homage to her for WRITING THIS and all courage to her to get through this next wave of trouble!

This woman is here to help any one of us through any issue we think we have
and feels so helpless that she cannot “Fix” what ails her beloved “Babies”
Perhaps the power of our caring can help!

Please if you pray please pray for her
If you just believe in the power of the universe then send all your best wishes to her
and her family to come through this as strongly as they can!

Thank you!

Chookas to you my Vabhi ♦♥♦
Chookas to your babies ♦♥♦♥♦
Chookas to us all! ♥Ü♥

G'day ALL! I need a show of hands!

Gynnirox, my darling daughter …. (note the scent of annoyance in that) …. decided *NOW 9:23pm* she needed to finish her homework due in tomorrow!
Well I can’t shoot her she was hoping for results from Facebook HA! We can blitz that!

She needs to know what is the preference of Season from at least 30 people

So could you please give me in order of preference (1 like most 4 not so fond of) what season you prefer

And ask others for me too please?


MARKER MARKER Ignore this it’s just to mark a group gallery MARKER MARKER

This week (10/02/2010)

What have I done this week?
Me – nothing really (finished writing a 72,000w History Document, uuummmm …..)
But look what’s happened to me!…

Firstly This month is my Bubble Month!
- It is the 2nd anniversary of me being in the bubble!
♥☼Ü YAY !!! Happy Bubbling to me!!! Ü☼♥

I bought my first piece of RedBubblia!!! WOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Gattonside and Melrose’ – Calendar by dsargent
For my help as a host I was given a Voucher to help celebrate RB’s 3rd Birfdy! Ü thank you Peter! and could finally purchase something very very special for my Mum.
Please read about the specialness of the WHY here
Thank you so much dsargent for this awesome assistance and Stunning Calendar!!!
Happy Bubbling! ☼ indeed!!!!

BUT the most important thing has happened !!!!!!!!!!!!
(well it happened last w

Ü Words for Women to Live By! Ü


G’day! Ü
This was sent to me in one of those annoying Chain-E-mails <)
But my friend assured me I’d laugh so I looked … I read … I laughed Ü
now I share it with you … I hope you laugh too! Ü


*1. Aspire to be Barbie – the bitch has everything!

2. If the shoe fits – buy them in every color!

3. Take life with a pinch of salt … A wedge of lime, and a shot of tequila!

4. In need of a support group? – Cocktail hour with the girls!

5. Go on the 30 day diet. (I’m on it and so far I’ve lost 15 days…where does time go?)

6. When life gets you down – just put on your big girl panties and deal with it!

7 Let your greatest fear be that there is no PMS and this is just your personality!

8. I know I’m

Return to Trawool

In despair of my own featureless and uninspiring environment I escape into my bubble world to see my favourite images :

‘The Shallows’ by Lynda Robinson

and I jumped up with a bee in my bonet to go find my old photos from when I was in the area and I found them!!! So I uploaded them so you can see I’ve been here SEE!!!! Ü

and then other places that Lynda has painted too

Me and the guys of the 1AR and some of our kids had fun abseiling down these rocks
If you look in Lynda’s pic [to the right above] you can see in the distant hill a rock …. that was where this photo of us abseiling was taken
Lynda’s other pic was taken around the corner of the hill looking towards Puckapunyal (The army base) where we used to live 1987-1990
(Puckapunyal was an indigenous word meaning the meeting of

My Robinson Inspired Poetry

As you know in this site I mostly write in the style I have defined as ZETE
(Zographonic Extemporaneous Treatise Ekphrasis)…

In honour of Lynda Robinson’s SOLO EXPO
I created this journal

Incorporating my older journal – I love this Artists Art and the AWESOME Lynda Robinson artworks that have inspired my writings:

‘Golden Shores’ – (Apollo Bay) by Lynda Robinson
brought forth my poem Along Golden Shores

‘My Migraine’ – Self-Portrait by Lynda Robinson
Poor Lynda, like so many, suffers from excruciating migraine headaches and painted this to try and explain how she feels. I have had one of these headaches in my life and that was 26 years ago and I can still feel the pain so refreshed by this picture I wrote my understanding of it in Migraine

The Trawool Valley by Lynda Robinson
OH MY How d


On my PAGLY’S BACK!!!!— JE
I was doing a wee spot of _"HAPPY DANCING"

☺♫♦↕§♫←♪☺♣☺ Happy Dancing !!!! ♥☼♫↔♥↓§↑♣♪→§♦↕♫☺

See ?

*and well
MichaelTravis wanted me to teach him how it went – so I did lol Ü
and then I thought the rest of you might wanna learn to do my Happy Dance too!

Now I know I am NOT the originator of the “Red Bubble Happy Dancing Craze” (Just for the minute I can’t think who did – can picture the avatar and recall the words proclaiming it but cannot

I'm SINGING from the Rafters!! SHE'S BACK!! Ü

I cant believe it!!!! PAGLY’S BACK !!!

☺♫♦↕§♫←♪☺♣☺ Happy Dancing !!!! ♥☼♫↔♥↓§↑♣♪→§♦↕♫☺



Oh and who’s Pagly?

Pagly4u or in her earlier days Pagly2


A strange request from you in the UK

Good morning my British pals

This is rather silly request I know BUT
I need the symbol of the English pound please!
I don’t have one on my keyboard and cannot find one – always with the dollar signs!
I also do not want a euro sign …. just the pound one please!

So would one of you jolly good fellows please type in a pound sign for me?
thank you ever so! =0þ

Chookas! ♥

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