Wattle Time

One of the best things about living in Ballarat is the climate. Did I hear howls of derision from Queenslanders? Sure, winters can be chilly, with a snow flurry now and again, but they’re short and just as you think you might be fed up of nights in front of the fire with a book and a … More Wattle Time

From Boronia Peak

Looking down from Boronia Peak in the Grampians on the tops of the gum trees and the distant plain in full mid-day sun. Australia is the brightest place I’ve ever walked and the sun can be quite a challenge to hikers. Not something I ever needed to worry about in Scotland. However hats, sun-block and … More From Boronia Peak

And pallid evening twines its beaming hair

Looking north from Mt Buninyong. I like a volcano, even an extinct one, so I’m pretty happy with the number dotted around Ballarat. The one in the foreground is Mt. Warrenheip. And the title? Well, I have been painting for around 30 years, and I have been calling each painting something prosaic like Ballarat Lane XXVIII, which … More And pallid evening twines its beaming hair