Watkins Extract of Lemon.

Amazing what one finds when cleaning out my late dads cupboards.  Watkins Extract of Lemon, must be 30 years old or more.  I discovered this can still be bought.  Was amused at the Alcohol content at 85% which still stands today.
Was wondering do many people use this Extract of Lemon in their cooking today!

Notice of AGM to be followed by an Extraordinary General Meeting

Notice of AGM 2014
to be followed by an 
Extraordinary General Meeting

24 August at 1.00 – 3.00 pm
Level: 1. Meeting room: 1
Ross House: 247 Flinders Lane Melbourne

Proceedings will include the election of the committee and voting on other matters relating to the constitution of SAV. All current financial members are eligible to vote, whether in person or by proxy.
If you have any questions about nominating, voting by proxy, or any other matter related to the AGM, please contact Jackie Kerin  storytellingvic@live.com.au or  0412 2100 98.

A note on the committee
We have instituted the“Knowledge Bank”. This is made up of experienced members willing to guide and teach those who would like to take on an executive or committee role but lack experience or knowledge of organisations and arts events. So don’t be deterred; involvement is an opportunity to grow.

SAV elects its committee each year at the AGM. The committee currently consists of:
  • ·       President
  • ·       Treasurer/Membership/ Minutes
  • ·       Secretary /public officer
  • ·       Three general committee members.

We are seeking to expand this to include:
  • ·       Vice President
  • ·       Administrator
  • ·       general committee members with event proposals

Each year, all committee positions are vacated and any financial member may nominate/be nominated for election for any committee position.

Positions are voluntary and not remunerated. Members will be asked to commit to attending a minimum number of committee meetings (usually by teleconference). A position on the committee is rewarding but it does require you to make a commitment of time and energy to advancing the interests of the membership.

Looking forward to a feisty, fast and creative meet followed by celebratory drinks at Yand Js or some other mutually agreeable watering hole!

Mt. Roland. Sheffield, Tasmania. Australia.

Mt. Rowland towers above the rural town of Sheffield in North Western Tasmania, Australia. Rarely have I seen snow on Rowland. The Mountain is a mere 1234 meters high. 4048ft. There are many bush walking tracks which lead to many places plus Mt. Roland can be seen from many roads.

Words on the Wind: Kissing the Blarney As It Flies. Niki na Meadhra 21 August 2014

Kissing the Blarney As It Fliesis a tale of growing up in Australia, feeling like a foreigner and making the journey to Ireland only to discover a homeland that is as familiar as it is foreign. 

My journey loops around from Ireland back to Hobson’s Bay where my Irish ancestors first arrived, when they settled in Victoria. 

Woven with songs, anecdotes and traditional stories this is a heart-warming yarn about coming home.

Niki na Meadhra

Kissing the Blarney As It Flies is the second story in a series of six at the Library at the Dock. The series is called Words on the Wind, an initiative of Anne E Stewart and Storytelling Australia Victoria.

For more information about the shows to come and directions visit the Storytelling Vic website HERE

Learn more about Niki HERE

Houses and View, Devonport, Tasmania, Australia.

A Place called Stoney Rise at Devonport, Tasmania.  These houses are about 6 years old. Thought I would share with those that pass this blog, that way you will know how the houses are built these days.  One family lives in each home, and they pay it off at the bank over time.  In Australia many people own or will own their own home - it's the Australian Dream.  Also the view they have of Bass Strait and the City of Devonport.


Today was my Father's Funeral.  It was lovely as funerals go.  The Priest said Mass, it was a beautiful one..  A lone Piper piped as my father's coffin was brought into the Church by 8 Police Pall bearers.  The white roses opened to near full covered the coffin. An Inspector Police Cap plus flag was on the coffin, all looked lovely.

My eldest granddaughter aged 8 sat next to me, my husband, the other granddaughter aged 6 sat on his side, then our sons & their wives. The two 2 year olds stayed with a baby siter.

As we the Congretation were all seated the Irish Blessing began, Roma Downey it was certainly fitting for the occasion.  The priest began his mass....then a song sung by Tommy Fleming was sung called You Raise Me Up, a lovely rendition.  Holy Communion, and as that was taking place, Andre Bocelli sang with the Morman Tabernacle Choir, The Lords Prayer.  Then Euolgys by 4 people which were short as requested by me....as we left the Church, Andre Bocelli singing, It's time to say Goodbye. As we entered the foyer the lone piper again plus a Police Guard of honour from the Church doors to the Coffin.

Everyone went to the Graveside. Seating was provided, the lone piper played Amazing Grace as the coffin was lowered.  I shed a tear, as did most :)

After that we all had a cup of tea or coffee plus plenty to eat across the road where the funeral people have a lovely building for such events.....a lot of chatter, memories people were telling me, such wonderful times.
Dad had been in the Police Force for 44 years, retired at 65, and died aged 90.....was declared legally blind in 2006, but of course couldn't see a thing for many years before that.

So now I move forward....as I have had my 'wings clipped' since before my Mother went to Heaven 6 years ago.

Thanks to everyone who prayed for my father when he was ill, and sent their good wishes to me.
May God Bless you all....

The 2014 Sydney International Storytelling Conference

The 2014 Sydney International Storytelling Conference was held in June and attracted delegates from around the world and from all over Australia. This conference takes place every two years providing a marvellous opportunity for people interested in storytelling to forge new friendships, strengthen old ones, develop new skills, hear stories and tell stories.  Several Vic tellers made it to the conference.

Storytelling Australia Victoria received an anonymous donation in the form of a scholarship to the Conference. The condition was that the opportunity be available to someone working with story as a tool in the area of social justice. The recipient was Emily Conolan, the founder of Tasmanian Asylum Seeker Support.  Emily is part of the  recently formed Storytelling Australia – Tasmania.

The conference is hosted by the Australian Storytelling Guild (NSW)  and here is Christine Carlton (president of the NSW Guild) summing up a wonderfully successful weekend.

Lake Pedder, Tasmania, Australia

Lake Pedder was once a natural lake, located in the southwest of Tasmania, Australia but the name is now used in an official sense to refer to the much larger artificial impoundment and diversion lake formed when the original lake was expanded by damming in 1972 by the Hydro Electric Commission of Tasmania.
The new Lake Pedder has an area of about 242 km and it is considered to be the largest freshwater lake in Australia.

My two cousins, brother and sister, along with his wife and her husband visited the lake and we stayed in a caravan each at that time for two nights.  The weather was hot at 35degC at 6pm in the evening so all of us went for a walk in lake to cool off.

That is coarse sand that you see in the foreground.

I am in the pink top, and my cousin was tipping water over me - he was always trying to torment me, but I loved every minute of it.

Jo Henwood: NSW Storyteller visits Melbourne. 2014

L - R:  Jo and JB

Storytelling Vic tellers had the pleasure of Jo Henwood's company who was in Melbourne for a meeting - a museum theatre consult at the Old Melbourne Gaol, reporting on two of their ghost tours and Polly Woodside, focusing on their use of narrative and story techniques.

When the work was done, Jo met with JB Rowley and Jackie Kerin at one of Melbourne's famous 'watering holes' - Young and Jacksons. A popular meeting place for many reasons but for storytellers, the portrait of Chloe in the upstairs bar, is very special. JB has even penned a song for the famous nude that  you can read HERE

Jo Henwood is an accredited NSW storyteller, past president of the Australian Storytelling Guild (NSW) and co founder of the Australian Fairy Tale Society HERE 

One of the missions of the Society is to set up Fairy Tale Rings around the country.  These gatherings are focused on talks and discussions about the histories, variants, meanings and Australian perspectives of Fairy Tale. And of course there is always time for telling some tales. 

Plans are afoot to establish a Ring in Melbourne. We'll keep you posted.