Learning to Draw # 2 – Fuchsias

Great instructions for drawing! 🙂

Dartmoor Yarns

Yesterday’s post was about my first foray into learning to draw, which happened on Wednesday last week. One of the rules I planted firmly in my mind as I started was Draw every day.

Of course life isn’t very good at opening up an hour or so each day to sketch. The next day was going to be full on, so the only chance I had to sketch was when I first got up. As I walked Harry around the garden in my PJs contemplating what to draw, my eye fell on  our fuchsia bushes…

20191002_174640 They’re a bit scratty and skinny this time of year, but the flowers are still perfect

I was fascinated as a child by these beautiful flowers, that looked to me like fairy lanterns. Knowing I needed to get going, I grabbed a stalk and had a go at sketching one of the flowers. It was just…

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As I mourn my mother the pandemic rolls on. Is the whole world, like me, frozen in grief?


James Bradley, an Australian novelist and critic, at home in Marrickville, Sydney.

I try to make sense of her sudden absence but every hour, every minute, brings some new and usually terrifying development

  • This is part of a series of essays by Australian writers responding to the challenges of 2020

by James Bradley

Tiny Houses: A Solution to Homelessness?

What a great idea!

The Most Revolutionary Act

Emerald Village: A Dream of an Affordable Tiny House Community

Respectful Revolution (2019)

Film Review

This documentary is about a non-profit organization in Eugene, Oregon that has created a self-governing tiny house village for the city’s homeless.

The total of the project was $1.8 million – $300,000 for land and $1.5 million to construct 22 tiny houses. The group raised $1 million obtained via direct fundraising, $120,000 via a city development tax waiver, and in-kind donations of one tiny house each by a team of 13 architects and builders.

The dwellings are slightly bigger than conventional tiny houses and include kitchen, toilet and shower facilities. Some are large enough to house two people. All (previously homeless) residents were required to contribute 50 hours to building their home though most contributed much more. At present, each pays $250-300 rent, which covers all utility, staff and other operations costs.

While 22 tiny…

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MEDICINE WHEEL: ‘Loneliness & Health’, The Risks Of Social Isolation? – By Andrew Weil, M.D. 

This is an interesting study!


Source – drweil.com

“…Prolonged isolation can lead to sadness, anxiety, disease, and ultimately to premature death. The opposite is true when we are connected to others and involved as an active member of a community. Research shows that close, authentic relationships are the key to both physical health and happiness and that people who show the greatest satisfaction with their relationships at age 50 are the ones who are healthiest at age 80″

‘Loneliness & Health’, The Risks Of Social Isolation? – By Andrew Weil, M.D. 

I live alone and was alarmed to hear that “social isolation” is a risk factor for heart attacks and other causes of death. Is this true?

The Risks Of Social Isolation? | Healthy Living | Andrew Weil, M.D.

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REALPOLITIK: Political Islam Against China – By Thierry Meyssan

I want to read all this!


Source – voltairenet.org

“…By a geographical coincidence, Burma allows the passage across its territory of the pipe-line linking Chinese Yunnan to the Bay of Bengal, and houses the Chinese electronic surveillance posts for the naval routes which near its coasts. Making war in Burma is therefore more important for the Pentagon than blocking the two « Silk Roads » in the Middle East and Ukraine. An inheritance of British colonisation,”

You are probably aware that you are incompletely informed about what is brewing in Myanmar, and you probably haven’t heard about the military coalition that is preparing to attack that country. And yet, as Thierry Meyssan reveals here, these current events have been in preparation by Riyadh and Washington since 2013. Don’t take sides before you read this article and digest the information.

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Diary of June 2020 with pictures

Maybe some more people would like to have a look at this post. This is why I reblog it! 🙂



Fried Herring Fillets in spicy Marinade. A real treat! With a few boiled potatoes it is a delicious meal! And I believe it is quite healthy too. We are always happy, when these herring fillets are available at ALDI’s. We did have a meal like this just recently.

So, what other pictures from this month can I add? I just had a look at some of the pictures that I took not so long ago. A lot of them did not turn out very well. But I try to find a few that are not too bad.


This one is really from last month from Peter’s birthday. I probably had not published it yet. Despite Coronavirus restrictions we had two family groups over for a visit. Peter and I tried to keep ourselves separate!


For lunch on Peter’s birthday we had Caroline and Matthew over. Well, all these are pictures…

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A Sunny Sunday in Sydney

This morning, at the breakfast table, Peter and I were reminiscing about that day when we saw Angie and Roy in Sydney. I found out now, that this was more than eight years ago!


We arrived at 10,30 am at Martin Place station to meet Angie and Roy at 11 am. We walked along Macquarie Street to their hotel and Peter took some pictures along the way. When we arrived at the hotel they offered us refreshments straightaway. And we soon got into talking amiably.

Later on we had Japanese lunch with them at the Opera House. The sky had cleared for the day. In beautiful sunshine we walked up to the Opera House. Peter took some pictures. When my lunch arrived Peter took a picture of that too. I had ordered a vegetarian roll. It looked beautiful with the avocado on top and cut up in small pieces. Somehow I managed to eat all this with chopsticks! I spiced every piece with soy sauce, horseradish and ginger. Delicious! The others had ordered something with fish. They all commented that my dish looked much…

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The Queen of Sheba

It is interesting for me to reblog this post from January 2017!



Picture by
Edward Poynter, 1890, in the Art Gallery of NSW.

queen-of-sheba-visits-king-solomon Queen of Sheba visits King Solomon

Below I copied an interesting article about the Queen of Sheba:

(I only copied the first part)


The Queen Of Sheba
By Michael Wood
Last updated 2011-02-17
Graphic showing ancient caravan trade routes
Michael Wood explores the historical background to the legend of the Queen of Sheba, and discusses the role she plays in the cultural traditions of the Red Sea region.
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Layers of the legend

The Queen of Sheba – an exotic and mysterious woman of power – is immortalised in the world’s great religious works, among them the Hebrew Bible and the Muslim Koran. She also appears in Turkish and Persian painting, in Kabbalistic treatises…

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