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Wednesday, 23 August


And a pergola, in time for summer in the garden

Thanks to Neil Tait and the guys we now have a lovely pergola! It ties in nicely with the central arbour structure and also connects the tank/pizza oven/benches area with the rest of the garden. Just needs the bench seating re instated, some climbing plants, and some warmer weather. Until we get some climbing plants Continue reading And a pergola, in time for summer


SPRING BALL IS COMING! OCTOBER 28TH Castlemaine Community House

Do your self a favour! The COUNTDOWN has begun. Yep its our annual Spring Ball fundraiser time again and this years theme is the  TVs  COUNTDOWN.  Such an incredible era to dig into for costume inspiration and music.  Tickets, bookings and more details here.


Muskies and elms Natural Newstead

At this time of year the flowering of the English Elms around Newstead provide a late winter treat for lorikeets.

Musk Lorikeets are by far the most common diners, but if youre lucky both Little and Purple-crowned Lorikeets can also be seen.

Musk Lorikeets, Wyndham Street Newstead, 20th August 2017

Tuesday, 22 August


BACCHUS MARSH "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Bacchus Marsh is a rural centre and regional locality in Victoria, Australia located approximately 57 kilometres north west of the state capital Melbourne and 15 kilometres west of Melton at a near equidistance to the major cities of Melbourne, Ballarat and Geelong. The population of the Bacchus Marsh urban area was 20,345 at the 2016 census. The State Suburb by the same name is home to 6,394 people and contains the central business district.

Bacchus Marsh is the largest rural area in the local government area of Shire of Moorabool. Traditionally a market garden area, producing a large amount of the region's fruits and vegetables in recent decades it has transformed into the main commuter town on the Melbourne-Ballarat corridor with its affordable starter homes proving popular. It was named after one of its original inhabitants, Captain William Henry Bacchus, who saw the great value of this locality as it was situated on two rivers the Lerderderg and Werribee.

One of the first white men to reach the Bacchus Marsh valley was pastoralist Kenneth Scobie Clarke (c. 180679), a native of Sutherland in Scotland. Clarke was a manager for the Great Lake Company of Van Diemens Land and arrived in the Port Phillip District from George Town on 25 March 1836. Captain Bacchus credited Clarke as being the first man to shear sheep in Victoria, although the Hentys had arrived in Portland with their sheep some two years earlier.

On 29 November 1836, Clarke headed west from Port Phillip with a large flock of sheep, arriving in the Bacchus Marsh district a few days later. He built a hut on the west bank of the Lerderderg River near Darley, and lived there until early 1838. According to pastoralist George Russell, Clarke had acted on information obtained from Mr Aitken, an Edinburgh man, who was most put out when he discovered that Clarke had beaten him to the Pentland Hills run.

In 1838, Englishman Captain Will...


OnlyMelbourne Newsletter #556 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Read Online What's On this Week | 22 - 28 August 2017Welcome to Newsletter | #556 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 22nd August 2017 to Monday 28th August 2017 Melbourne Day Family Festival Melbourne Day invites all Melburnians to celebrate 182 marvellous years on Sunday, August 27, 2017 in the lead up to the citys official birthday on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. Melbourne Day Family Festival & Concert | Melbourne Day Hurstbridge Wattle Festival 2017 .nobrtable br { display: none } A fabulous festival of entertainment, events and activities for all the family, many of them free. Hurstbridge Wattle Festival | Night Market | Steam Train European Night Market .nobrtable br { display: none } Every Friday night (4-10.30pm) in August transforms into a wonderland of European fare quirky stalls and entertainment. European Night Market | Madame Brussels Lane Forever Crazy by Crazy Horse .nobrtable br { display: none } Celebrating 65 years of Parisian Glamour and inspired by the endless theme of femininity and sophistication. Forever Crazy | The Palms at Crown St Kilda Winter Music Festival .nobrtable br { display: none } A week of FREE Live Music returns to the streets of the City of Port Phillip. Saturday 19 to Saturday 26 August 2017 Live N Local 2017 Model Train Exhibition 2017 .nobrtable br { display: none } 26-27 Aug | Australian Model Railway association presents Victoria's premier model train exhibition. Model Train Exhibition | Caulfield Racecourse Paperific Craft Expo .nobrtable br { display: none } Friday 25 August - Sunday 27 August | Heaven on Earth for Papercraft Lovers! Paperific Craft Expo 2017 | Melbourne Showgrounds Australian Professional Photography Awards .nobrtable br { display: none } Melbournes Largest Photography Awards & Trade Show is free 25-27 Aug at the Melbourne Olympic Park Function Centre Australian Professional Photography Awards 2017 More On This Week .nobrtable br { display: none } A Walk In The Park for Parkinsons Victoria, Artists on Were Street, Bendigo on the Hop, Craft Cubed Festival, FRAMED Photography Exhibition, German Auto Show for Deaf Children Australia, Hearing Awareness Week, I Do I Do Wedding Expo, Indian Film Festival, National Op Shop Week, Top Dog Film Festival, Walhalla Vinter Ljusfest View Event Details Markets This Weekend .nobrtable br { display: none } Check Out these markets Really Really Free Market Preston, Re New U Healing Market, Market on Manuka, WAM Pop Up Makers Market Thornbury, A Plus Market Coburg, Hurstbridge Night Market, Melbourne Mamma's Market, Nic Nac Paddy Whack Market Berwick, Taralye Market Day, The Creators Market Prahran, Batman Night Market, Sisters' Market @ Brunswick, Somers Winter Market, Docklands Sunday Market, Flemington Racecourse Craft Market, Computer Markets This Weekend + More......


Uncommon Sense - 22 August 2017 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

This week on Uncommon Sense with Amy Mullins, New Matilda politics correspondent Ben Eltham came in to talk federal politics, and Dr Ben White from The University of Glasgow discussed the history of humanitarian evacuations and the lessons for us now. Dr Jordy Silverstein and Dr Mary Tomsic from The University of Melbourne were on the program to discuss their latest article in Overland, Marriage Stinks, which explores the history of marriage and the potentially harmful effects of the debates on both sides regarding the marriage-equality postal survey. Curator Rebecca Najdowski and US-based artist Eric William Caroll chatted about their exhibition A Field Guide to The Stars at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale.



 The Dead Aviatrix is an ebook published by Spineless Wonders in November 2017. It will be the first book of short stories in the Spineless Wonders new Capsule Collection series.

The eight stories in The Dead Aviatrix are not obviously connected with each other by theme or character or plot, although because they all originate in my imagination, they all reflect my interests and concerns. The ebook is a gathering of eight of my stories that have been recently published in various journals.

Here is an account of how the present collection came about:
The Story of the Stories
A few years ago I wanted to revise my book on writing, Dear Writer, and offer it as an ebook. I discovered the wonders of Spineless Wonders which was a small publisher specializing in ebooks. Dear Writer Revisited became an ebook, and Spineless Wonders also produced it in hard copy.

Since then, they have published my collection My Hearts Are Your Hearts, and in 2017 they began the Capsule Collections which are small collections of stories or poems produced solely as ebooks. They put eight of my new stories into a Capsule and this became The Dead Aviatrix, published in November 2017.
Every short story has its own history. ...



Modest designs Natural Newstead

Not so for the beautiful Spotted Pardalote. Their home is much more modest, but does the job and always come in on time and on budget. This male has started excavating at the base of an earthen bank next door. Essential viewing!

Male Spotted Pardalote above the nest site, Wyndham Street Newstead, 20th August 2017

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