To Bendemeer and back

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Last weekend I travelled to Bendemeer (Tamworth district, NSW Australia) for the opening of the “Colours of Autumn Bendemeer Art Show”. It was a new experience to see my work hanging amongst so many other people’s paintings. The countryside was lovely, people friendly, and I had a nourishing few days painting with friends under trees overlooking golden paddocks on their property.



As I drove up to and back from Bendemeer along the highway, I was bemused twice, once in each direction, when I hit the spot where signs call out,”FALLING ROCKS. DO NOT STOP” Something about these signs always seems very wrong. I mean, if I stop, what are the chances of a rock actually falling exactly where I am? On the other hand, I admit that if I stop, I’m in that particular spot and a sitting target for a lot longer than if I speed past, but back on the first hand again, if I speed past I’m likely to collect every rock that falls. It just seems a rather whimsical way of the roads and traffic authority to deal with boulders rolling onto the road...



Paddocks at the moment (autumn) are full of weeds and succulents and grasses that have devised all sorts of methods to pierce, cling to and travel along with you and your clothing. Pretty amazing to think that they have evolved to include socks in their life cycle...

”Cobbler’s pegs”