Saturday, December 20, 2008

Sydney harbour view

thanks Angus

Friday, December 05, 2008

Odetta: 1930 - 2008

American folk singer and civil rights activist Odetta has died. She was 77.Her manager, Doug Yeager, gave a rousing statement to the press following her death: "May Odetta's luminous spirit and volcanic voice from the heavens live on for the ages. Her voice will never die."

Odetta was considered one of the most influential folk singers of her generation, inspiring musicians such as Joan Baez and Bob Dylan. She was always politically active, performing the slavery song Oh Freedom during the 1963 march on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr gave his historic "I Have a Dream" speech.

In a 2007 interview she paid tribute the long-dead singers who first gave voice to the old blues and ballads and slavery songs she sang. “Those people who made up the songs were the ones who insisted upon life and living, who reaffirmed themselves,” she said. “They didn’t just fall down into the cracks or the holes. And that was an incredible example for me.”

Odetta was due to perform at Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony in January 2009.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Katoomba: Garden and concert

No dig and definitely dug

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Howard's defeat: one year on

This weekend marks the first year of the Rudd Labor government and the landslide win against John Howard.

If the defeat of the Howard government was the cake on the night of 24 November 2007, the icing on the cake was the victory of Maxine McKew who stood against Howard in the seat of Bennelong and won. Howard became in his own words 'dead meat' and became the second prime minister to lose his seat in Australian history.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Monday, October 27, 2008

No dig vegetable garden

wet newspapers (transforms bad news)
spread on mowed ground
add soil and compost mix
more water

top with sugar cane mulch

clear hole in mulch and soil for plants

Katoomba: more blooms

garlic chives

Monday, October 20, 2008

Opera House: looking out

Katoomba: food and garden

Emerging rhodie

Emerging cherry

Bread and butter pudding

Quiche (or flan?)

Rice bowl

Sydney oysters

Depression glass

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Thursday, October 02, 2008



from the upstairs

from the allotment!

Monday, September 29, 2008


Gandhi in Mandela Gardens

Wilberforce House

early Priestman ditch digger