Category Archives: Goulburn

Local prettiness.

Went for a drive on a sunday, saw some prettiness.

Right mouse click is bad karma dude.

Super bad karma to right mouse click people.

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Taking comfort in the Goulburn cold.

My column from this weeks paper… 

YOU know it’s cold in Goulburn when the car still has frost on the windscreen at 9am.  Travellers from the north arrive wearing shorts and thongs and hop happily out of their cars to see the Big Merino. But before they can prepare to take a selfie in front of our concrete wonder, they realise it is startlingly crisp out there, and make a hasty retreat to their warm car, where you will see them pulling ski gear out of the boot and trying to wear everything they packed all at once, because clearly they must be mere kilometres away from snow here it’s just that cold!

I love it. You feel like cooking warm hearty meals and you finally get some sleep when it’s cold, because you won’t be too hot under all the blankets.

I know many people loath the cold, and I can understand why, but when you think about it there are some really good reasons to like winter. I will give you a few examples…. Read the rest here.

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A day off from the biggest job… Because I said so.

From my column about mothers day… 

THE world embraced some cheerful news this week, the Princess Charlotte of Cambridge was born, and it really is a nice piece of news all round. Some of the more jaded of you may think, who cares? Yet you can’t deny that a baby being born is nice to hear about, especially in a time when really crappy stories often headline the news. Also, it is really good news for the British economy which is expected to be boosted by the arrival of the little princess, by around a billion pounds by the time she is ten.

However she has already pulled in a reported eighty million pounds already, and Prince George brought in nearly two hundred and fifty million in his first year of life. The Princess can expect to have every little outfit copied, just as fashion houses do with the clothes her mother wears. The Duchess of Cambridge can sell out an outfit minutes after a picture of her is published. Can you imagine the pressure the Duchess must be under?

Little girls all over England will want to emulate this new tiny Princess. Something her late grandmother Princess Diana knew about only to well, and it is something that William and Kate will have to navigate carefully. I have said this before, parenting today is a whole different ball game. There is no baby book around (yet), that has a chapter on how to deal with online bullying or in this case, a chapter on having the whole world judge your appearance. Parenting a Princess is probably a lot harder than it seems… read the rest here.

With a couple of my babies...

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What makes me see red…

AS I turned the gas back on this morning to fire up the heater, I noted that we still have a month of summer left.

As a fair skinned red head the season change cannot come soon enough. Sure I love going to the beach, but I prefer it to be overcast so I can spend more than 10 minutes in the sun. Only two per cent of the world’s population has red hair, and most of them live in the northern hemisphere. This may explain a few things about how people react to red heads in the southern hemisphere, I like to call it ‘the red head effect’.

Red heads seem to have an effect on the perceptions of those around them, and we can find examples of this throughout history. In Ancient Greek literature, the philosopher Xenophanes spoke of the blue eyes and red hair of the Thracians. Roman historians described Boudica, the Celtic queen of Iceni, as tall and terrifying with a mass of red hair over her shoulders. Even Homer wrote about red haired mythical characters in the poem The Iliad. It is thought that Judas Iscariot may have been a red head, and is always portrayed as one. If you had red hair during the time of the Spanish inquisition you were accused of having stolen the fires of hell, and you were burned as a witch. Geez, do we get a bad wrap much? Being a red head myself I’ve noticed people respond to you differently, especially if things get a little testy.

Recently I was reminded of this on a road trip, when I stopped to get drive through lunch. There was a hold up in the line, so the driver behind me decided to start shouting at us. I rolled down my window and politely asked… click here to read the full story.

The above is an excerpt from my column that you can find at the Goulburn Post.

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In my backyard…

A couple of my recent favourite shots.

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by | December 31, 2014 · 12:59 pm