Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Its strange how life deals out the cards. I've been dealt some pretty low ones over the last 18 months, but just when I felt I'd been dealt a few more low cards, along comes the ace to bring me a high.
My brother, Alan is arriving this week to help me organise the irrigation system that waters the 2,700 citrus trees that I have on the farm. The trees have to be watered adequetely through the long Australian summer. It's a big job and one that I felt I couldn't manage on my own.
My family and my friends have been a fantastic support since I was left to manage the farm. My neice, Becky and her boyfriend, Paul have recently gone back to UK after staying on the farm and helping for 5 months. They took on the challenge of managing my market stall and carrot business extremely well and this enabled me to visit the States and attend workshops,classes and a conference with top US artists.
I have another visitor recently, a cat that mewed at my back door for 2 days, until I finally gave in and fed her. I think she may have been adandoned as she is so affectionate and gets on well with my dog Tess. The pic is of Becky and Rhonda..........we called her Roger to start with, being a lodger. Later we found he was a she, so we named her Rhonda after the Beach Boys song 'Help Help me Rhonda".

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Topsy Turvy Again

Where does "Topsy Turvy" expression come from? Anyone know?
As I thought of writing in my blog after another break, I am finding my life once again turned upside down, I thought of the title "Topsy Turvy".

Recently I had a plan in place that would allow me to have time to be creative and smell the roses, it wasn't to be. Now I am back working on the farm and my creative side has once again been put on hold.

Any creative project I now make is well thoughout as I drive my truck delivering fruit or vegetables. As I drive I think about what I will make when I get some time in my studio. Creative time is precious.