Showgirl Silkies

And for something completely different I have an article in the latest issue of Australasian Poultry Magazine about the amazing Showgirl Silkies.
These are Silkie chooks that have been bred with no feathering around their necks – Naked Necks!

Started in the USA (where else?) they are gathering interest in the poultry world.

…and the red Geranium in Grass Roots

My latest magazine piece is a feature on the Bendigo based fundraising group, …and the Red Geranium.
The article features in this months issue of Grass Roots self sufficiency magazine, available at good newsagencies.

Since last week the group has already been contacted by another group of gardeners who have offered excess produce to …and the red geranium. The ABC has also been in touch to interview the organisers on a Saturday morning show. I hope my piece will continue to help the group of friends who have done and are doing so much for local charities in the Bendigo region.

Bendigo mag summer issue 2008

I am a regular writer for this magazine and have 3 stories in this bumper edition.

The people I interviewed were all fellas with different interests.

Peter has his own home pub; Warren enjoys building replicas of vintage cars – in real size and Ben is a keen and successful bare foot water skier.

So when you visit Bendigo, don’t forget to check out the magazine that gives you lots of local stories as well as info on where to shop and dine in town. It’s pretty good for only $3.50!

An interesting site for freelancers

I was just referred to this site from a newsletter issued by the Bendigo Writers Council and it looks like it could be of interest to many people considering writing for a living, or at least for some income.
Hope you find it interesting…

Interview with Simon Wyk

Just read this interview by Vishal Sharma who writes about new companies starting up.
Here is an interview with Regional And Rural Business Directory Manager Simon Wyk.
As I work for this business I was especially interested, and learnt a bit about technology in the process.

Kyneton Photography Exhibition

As part of the Kyneton Daffodil Festival, there is a Photography Prize Exhibition.

I entered a triptych of some old chimneys that you can see when driving along the Calder Highway near Kyneton.

The exhibition will be held at Gallery 40, 40 Mollison Street, Kyneton.

Hours:11 am till 4 pm ,

Fri Sat Sun 19 -21 September

Fri Sat Sun 26- 28 th September

Fri Sat Sun 3 -5 th October

Fri Sat Sun 10 -12 October.

For more information contact Margaret on 0438 356 025

or got to here

GROW Under The Southern Cross

New children’s anthology launched.

29th August 2008. The launch of the new children’s book, an anthology for 8-14 year olds, “GROW Under the Southern Cross” went well according to co editor Lyn Hurry. “About 50 people attended, and they seemed to enjoy the afternoon…lovely people from the preceding Uniting Church service assisted in our setting up, (for which I was very grateful). I was a bit too generous with my thank you vouchers for the entertainers, but the book received good exposure and Stephen Robinson was suitably congratulatory with his remarks prior to the officially launching. He has already offered GROW as a prize at a couple of eisteddfods.” The book features stories and poems covering many genres, and includes a CD that has selected stories and poems on it. Harvest Rain Theatre Company recorded the CD. The book has been published by Writerlynks, publishers of GROW magazine and thirteen other titles including Footlights, Promises, Classic Duos, Aussie Shorts. For ordering information go to:

And why, do you ask, am I mentioning this seeing as I live in southern Australia? I was lucky enough to be one of the writers chosen to have a story in the anthology. My story “The Terrigan Terrors” is a netball story with a difference. It is written in a series of emails between ten-year-old Isabelle and her grandmother, who is away touring India.

Our Patch

I have been writing for this new web based company for a couple of months now and it is growing into a great locally based resource.
You can view jobs, community groups, even get a recipe or two.

Visit my blog there at:
and catch up with Bendigo focussed events and stories.

Or check out one of the many other patches featured in this site.