Members and non members, please join us,  for the 
Dreaming and Planning Day. 
Let's talk about how we can work to support each other and make the dreams a reality!

If you can't make it send your apologies and ideas via  friend or email our secretary Anne E Stewart. 

If you haven't met us before, rest easy, you will be made very welcome!

Our facilitator: KATE LAWRENCE

Time and Venue: HERE

  • Register for the Sydney International Storytelling Conference HERE
  • Inaugural Australian Fairytale Conference: HERE
  • World Storytelling Day March 20. The Dutch Storytelling Foundation invite you to participate      HERE

Benalla, Victoria. Australia

Benalla is a small city about 188 km (120 mile) from Melbourne, in the State of Victoria, Australia.
We don't often travel through this lovely small city as it's a different way to where we want to go, but it's good to try and travel on a different road, even though it's sometimes criss crossing making the journey up north in winter to a warmer climate longer.
We prefer not to fly but to stay at motels about 400 to 500 km (248 -310 miles approx.) apart each day till we arrive at our destination.

The last time we were there was in 2012, and I wanted to take a photo of the Catholic Church, so hence I did about 15 minutes before Mass began.

St. Joseph's Church was built in 1908, with various internals added over the years including the pipe organ which I didn't get the chance to take a photo of.

Zucchini Slice!

At this time of the year, some of us have access to Zucchini's.  One of our daughter in law's supplies us with many, so hence it's into cooking them, one way is by making a slice in the oven. This slice could be likened to a type of Quiche. It's very tasty and we usually have a piece for afternoon tea, or supper before bedtime if peckish. Anyway they always get eaten. Sometimes I freeze them.

The Zucchini


Ready to be cooked

After cooking

Ready to eat.

The Recipe.

Grate with skin on 375g of Zucchini = 3/4 lb
1 large onion
3 rashes of bacon
1 cup of grated cheeder cheese
1 cup of Self Raising Flour
1/2 cup of oil (small cup)
5 eggs
Salt and pepper

Finely chop onion and bacon
Beat eggs and mix all ingredients together.
Pour into shallow greased baking dish
Bake 40 - 1 hour in moderate oven.
Options - are crushed garlic, grated carrot, capsicum chopped finely can be added to the above.

A Policeman's Daughter!

My father and I used to travel down south, down near Hobart to watch the Passing out Parade of the Police Officers at the Police Academy.  This is an event by invitation only.  We don't go now due to my father's health.

Always I loved to attend sitting outside with a canopy above our heads, rugs around our knees if it was cold as we watched the Police Officers march and do their 'stuff' as I call it.
The memorable things to me was looking at the vast area without a sole on the flat ground, then you heard the thunder of Police motorbikes coming from the distance up the hill to the flat area riding their bikes directly in front of us in formation. Then when their engines were turned off, in the distance we heard a high pitched noise and as it became louder the music to ones ear was lovely.  The Tasmanian Police Pipe Band, they came up the hill to the flat and marched.

I recall when I was a young teenager how I marched behind a pipe band (not the Police one), a lonesome female and when we all got to an intersection of the road, the band formed a circle, a piper placed my 2 swords in the middle of that same intersection and it's there that I did the Sword Dance.  I always did this on special occasions when my parents and I lived in a certain town in Tasmania, Australia for 4 years.

The video I did with my phone in 2008.

Eating Lamb!

One of my blog friends mentioned that she hadn't tasted Lamb, they don't have it where she lives, and I wonder why?
You can find her blog here .
Lamb in Australia is eaten by most people, we love it in this house.
We barbecue chops, forequarter chops, and have a roast with the leg, have a rib roast, this list is endless.

Sheep are plenty in Tasmania.

My father used to slaughter lambs to make extra money when he was young. My husband's late father used to slaughter his own lambs, and even today the nurse that showers my father at his home has 4 sheep that need slaughtering, she will give 2 full sheep away and freeze the remainder.

To purchase in the supermarkets or the butchers, lamb can be a little expensive sometimes, the price does vary but that's not a problem, because if you like it and can afford it you don't think twice about buying it.

A photo below of cuts of lamb I found on the internet.

WORKSHOPS: Niki na Meadhra. La Mama Learning Program 27 & 29 MARCH 2014

27 & 29 March 10.00am - 1.00pm
La Mama Learning Program invites you to a Storytelling Workshop presented by much-loved Melbourne Storyteller Niki na Meadhra. Explore skills in both contemporary & traditional oral storytelling.

For teachers, take away activities and resources you can apply in your classroom for all levels of Aus VELS & for VCE students. Also suitable for actors and those with a story to tell.

Niki na Meadhra has taught performing arts for over 25 years in schools and Universities. Her storytelling practice, HEARTH TALES, is based at Abbotsford Convent, where she hosts regular storytelling events.

Bookings and venue details at La Mama: HERE

Kalgoorlie, Western Australia!

A town called Kalgoorlie in Western Australia (WA) is in the middle of nowhere.
Gold was discovered there by Paddy Hannan in 1893, an Irishman who immigrated to Australia in 1863.
This commenced a Gold Rush in the area but alas there was no water in the early days, so many men died. Water now comes from Perth in WA via a large pipe. Also a dam was built.

Today the town was isolated due to heavy rain thus all roads out of Kalgoorlie were closed, but I believe they are now open.
We have a niece, her husband and their 2 children living there and they are coming home for a months holiday next month.

Tonight for dinner we had a barbecue which my husbands cooked.  Lamb chops and breakfast sausages, with pasta salad and new potatoes.

The Super Pit - a small area of it. The pit is about 3.6 kilometres (2.2mi) long, 1.6 kilometres (1.0mi) wide and 512 metres (1,680 ft) deep.
(American spelling is kilometers)

The machinery/trucks look so small but in fact they are very large.

The York Hotel in Hannon Street was built in 1901/2 and is located in the main street which is rather long.
There are approximately 25 Hotels operating still.

Storytelling Australia (Victoria) banner at the Turramurra Folk Music Camp 2014

Storyteller Susan Pepper designed and stitched this banner for us. Quilted so it won't crumple and small enough to carry in planes as hand luggage, its admired wherever it goes. Here it is at the Turramurra Folk Music Camp where storytelling workshops were part of the 2014 program. 

Susan is a passionate lover of wildlife and the natural environment. The camp is located in the Otways in a strip of Land for Wildlife. Wedge-tailed eagles circled all weekend, yellow robins, kookaburras, fantails, gang gangs, black cockatoos, shrike thrushes ... were just a few of the sightings.

Susan, the banner put smiles on the faces of all who saw it blowing in the breeze and I know you would have loved seeing it flying in the bush!

I'm looking forward to taking it the to the Port Fairy Folk Festival in March and then to the Sydney International Storytelling Conference in June.

Storytellers, please, if you would like to use the banner it currently resides at my place but it belongs to all of us.

Jackie K

View in the morning!

Wonderful to wake up with the sun shining in the bedroom window, and looking out to the Agapanthus blooming, then looking down to the water lilies in the fish pond.  
The smell of fresh warm air is a delight.

So this is the view from our bedroom window.

Storytelling Australia (Tasmania) 2014

There has been some energy of late – a wish to reboot storytelling in Tasmania. The storytellers are there but as group have drifted apart. Many of us miss the Tasmanian contribution and some are working hard to reconnect. Recently emails have been flying across the continent as the older storytellers debate the history of the Australian oral storytelling revival in the 1970s.  There seems to be unanimous agreement that it began with Tasmanian Patricia Scott. Mary French from the ACTemailed “It is to Pat Scott - who was a well-known identity in Oatlands … that I owe my passion for storytelling.”

Jenni Woodroffe (WA) kindly forwarded this obituary written by Launceston Storyteller Prue McCausland for the IBBY Australia newsletter No 15 Nov 2012

Patricia Scott probably had more influence on the development of storytelling in Australia than most other individuals.  It was her work and dedication to promoting storytelling that inspired many current and former tellers and raised the profile of storytelling in Australia in the late 1970’s and 1980’s. Her involvement with the Children’s Libraries Section of the Library Association of Australia and, more particularly, her participation in the IBBY conferences of this period made her well known to those interested in children’s literature and storytelling.  Throughout the  ‘70’s and ‘80’s she ran many workshops and in-service courses, and gave talks, lectures and demonstrations in many schools, tertiary institutions and community centres throughout eastern Australia and elsewhere.

Patricia’s interest in storytelling began when she first heard the late Joyce Boniwell (later Saxby) who was a librarian with the Tasmanian State Library in Hobart in the 1950’s and a charismatic storyteller.
 In 1950 while working at the State Library of Tasmania, Patricia was seconded to the then Bellerive Library.  It was an opportunity to establish a weekly after-school story session, and, in those pre-television days, children flocked to hear the stories. (One, at least, a friend of mine, remembers these sessions vividly.)

Patricia later travelled to Toronto and worked for eighteen months with the highly regarded Children’s Library Services, where storytelling was a central part of the service. Here wasere was the opportunity to tell to children from a range of cultural and social backgrounds.  Back at the State Library she held several senior positions, undertook further study and was also President of the Children’s Libraries section of the Library Association of Australia.

In 1970 she moved to Victoria as a lecturer at the Library Training School and In-Service Officer for the staff, State Library of Victoria. Her degree studies had previously been suspended because of a back operation but she was now able to complete this at Melbourne University gaining a BA (Hons Politics) 1974.  In between times, she visited schools and colleges when possible, to promote storytelling.   She resigned from the State Library to complete a Masters degree but her mother’s illness meant frequent visits to Tasmania and finally, in 1976, she returned to be with her father in Oatlands in southern Tasmania. 

It was then she decided to see whether she could make a living as a freelance storyteller.  She began by telling stories to as many children as possible with the hope that teachers and librarians would follow suit but realised that it was necessary to encourage them through workshops and demonstrations.

 The years after this not only included the various IBBY conferences, The Pacific Rim Conference (Melb 1980) and the Conference on Child Language Development (Launceston 1980), but also visits throughout Australia and working for extended periods in Ballarat, Goulburn and Kuringai CAE’s. At Goulburn, as writer-in-residence, she worked with all staff and students and visited many schools. There were trips to outback Queensland and the Northern Territory, lecturing and telling, and a memorable time on Palm Island. These were the means by which so many people around Australia were introduced to storytelling and its power, and convinced of its value.

Back in Tasmania, with encouragement and support from others, she organised weekend workshops and helped establish the Tasmanian Storytellers Guild. Visitors included Bob Barton from Canada, Dorothy Butler and Liz Miller from New Zealand, Anne Pellowski from the USA and many interstate storytellers and writers. With Tasmania’s small, scattered population, it was hard to keep the Guild alive and it finally went into recess in 1993.

For her contribution to storytelling and children’s literature Patricia received the Dromkeen Medal in 1988 and the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1991.  She was a nurse, librarian, student of history and politics, teacher, writer, printmaker and most of all, storyteller – a fortunate life, fortunate for all of us. 

Patricia Scott, AM

28 March 1926 - 29 July 2012

So here we are, years later at the Cygnet Festival. The festival buzzed with poetry and the indefatigable Phil Rush from the Huon Valley co hosted the  Poet's Breakfasts with Yvonne Gluyas. Words flew in all directions. And the storytellers gathered for a Masterclass, shook off the rust and got to work. At the close,  contact details were exchanged and future gatherings are in the planning. 

For further information about Storytelling Australia (Tasmania) contact: 
Lauceston (north of the State) Prue McCausland:
Storytelling Tasmania has a Facebook Page HERE

Moon in the heat of night!

It's been lovely and warm down here in Tasmania, some places reaching just over 40 deg C = 104 deg F, however many cities and towns in Australia have been reaching up to 46 deg C.  Yes, it's hot and many people do suffer from the heat. Thank goodness we are ok, and keep cool with the Air-conditioning if necessary, or just open the windows and doors and let the fresh air in with the blinds closed to a degree, it depends.

This evening I went outside to sit and saw that the moon was low in the sky, the phone rang so I didn't get to take the photo of the moon before it got too dark, as I like to take it as it's getting dark.  I can't find my tri-pod, so the photo was taken normally so hence it's not that clear.

I have been at my dads for a few days, and will return next week to stop again.  Next month it's his 90th Birthday, apparently word it getting around his city, so I am getting ready or thinking about what I am going to do as in a celebration.  I did think of having an afternoon tea at his house.

Dad told me to 'fix' the foyer, meaning to redecorate it, so when it cools down I will be off to see what's about.

Bridestowe Lavender Farm. Tasmania, Australia.

We set off this morning to view the lavender at Bridestowe Lavender Farm at Nabowla, Tasmania, Australia.  Bought a little Teddy Bear, the larger bears are just under AUD 50.00, and I found some on eBay selling for AUD 350.00, why I don't know.  Apparently these larger bears have wheat inside of them and can be put in the microwave then used for medicinal requirements.
The Chinese have gone crazy over these bears which are not that large when all said and done, but they are made in Tasmania, where as the little ones are made in China :)
There is a gift shop, selling lavender products, and of course a small restaurant which we didn't attend today.

Plenty of bees!

Raspberry Farm for lunch!

Had a wonderful day with my husbands three Aunties. Two live in other areas of Australia and about once a year or two they get together here in Tasmania.
Two are in their nineties the youngest is in her late 70's, and it's the younger Aunt who is staying with us for about 10 days, so life is busy with the coming and goings, plus me travelling to my dads as well to look after him.

Today we travelled to the Christmas Hills Strawberry farm for lunch which was lovely, so much to choose from and sweets were included.

That's me on the left with sunglasses on top of my head.
Next are the three sister, then at the back my eldest sister in law and her husband, front right my husbands cousin.

Weird Sunday!

On Sunday we took Auntie from the State of Brisbane for a drive up the Tamar River, the East side then the West side. Up to Hillwood, Egg Island, Gravelly Beach are just some of the villages along the way.

The weather has been dreadful and more like spring. On Sunday it rained, was cold and miserable, so we headed off for the drive rather than sit at home.
The Batman Bridge was built between 1966 - 1968. It was the first cable - stayed bridge built in Australia, also one of the first of it's kind in the World.

All photos taken from the car as it was too wet and windy to get out.

Gravelly Beach

Batman Bridge

Egg Island

A picnic area at Hillwood

The Presbyterian Auld Kirk Church at Sidmouth which was built by convict and free labour in 1843.

Strange how things happen!

Went to print a document on New Years Eve and the printer light wouldn't come on, so hence after investigating many options and a thorough check we came to the conclusion that it had 'died'.  So off to buy another,  It's a new one out apparently, a Canon MG7160 which is Wireless or USB, it prints on DVD/CD discs like my old printer, and of course it scans which my old one didn't do.  I am very happy with it.
I was amused, after I had installed the Drivers and software the small window on the printer told me there was a Firmware update, and would I like to install it, so of course I did which installs into the printer itself.

A different day!

We stayed home yesterday, New Year's Day.  My husband had a good rest and I cleaned the windows!
They are big ones, nearly as wide as the rooms in four rooms, then there is a sliding door plus 3 large windows all in the one room.

The photo is my office which gets the sun all day (when it's out), so it's warm in the winter and can be hot in the summer, but that's the way I like it.