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20 December 2019 / leggypeggy

Off on the next adventure

taipei, taiwan

Taipei, Taiwan (pic from Wikipedia)

In less that two hours we fly off to Taiwan to share a family gathering. Will post as often as possible. But just in case, wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas and great start to 2020.

11 December 2019 / leggypeggy

No, Scott Morrison, my husband does NOT want to be fighting fires this summer!

I have been blogging now for eight years. This is the first time I have ever reblogged someone else’s post. Meg McGowan has written an extraordinary post that exposes the shortcomings of our government (in particular our Prime Minister) as well as some of the hardships, shortages and disadvantages faced by our saintly Australian firefighters. Please take the time to read her post and the comments, and share it as widely as you can.


Update: This post has now had more than 20,000 views. Thank you to everyone that’s sharing it. I wish I’d put this link up before I published. For anyone wanting to donate to the Rural Fire Service, please make a donation directly to your local brigade if you have one. If you don’t have one you can make a donation here:
I’m sorry if I don’t respond to all your messages. I’m sure you understand.


This photo was taken ten hours ago. The man in the middle of the photo in the red braces is my husband, Graham King. He’s fighting fires today as a volunteer. His shift won’t be over for a few more hours.


When I saw this photo, posted by our friend David Glover on our local community page, I briefly had the thought that if anything happens…

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28 November 2019 / leggypeggy

Fabulous fashions of West Africa


African fashionAfrican fashionAfrican fashionEarlier today I saw an amazing video clip of a fashion show in Africa (link at the bottom of the post). Maybe it was filmed somewhere outside Africa, but the dance, beat, clothing, enthusiasm and energy are all African.

A while back someone asked me about the fashions I saw in Africa, so I thought it was about time to share some pics. All these photos were snapped in West Africa in the first quarter of this year. The pics were taken from Ghana to Senegal. I have heaps more pics of fashion, but I hope these will suffice for now.

African fashion

The fashions cover both women’s and men’s clothing (only one of those). I was rarely able to ask people to pose for a pic so these were usually taken ‘on the fly’.

I so wish I could pull off one of these outfits. Do you have a favourite style or colour?

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African fashion


19 November 2019 / leggypeggy

Showcasing plants that thrive in difficult locations

Sturt's Desert Pea, Port Augusta, South Australia's floral emblem

Sturt’s Desert Pea

Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden

Landscape at the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden

Our recent road trip to and around South Australia included a mixed bag of sights. The primary attraction was a week-long tour to Lake Eyre and environs (coming soon), but there was a lot more to enjoy such as the Marree Man and Mutonia Sculpture ParkMutonia Sculpture Park.

Another unexpected treat was a visit to the remarkable Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden. Located in Port Augusta (about a four-hour drive north of Adelaide), the garden is proof that the desert can grow and create beauty.

Pink Mulla Mulla, Port Augusta

Ptilotus exaltatus, pink mulla mulla

Acacia papyrocarpa, western myall,

Acacia papyrocarpa, Western Myall,

Eremophila, Native Fuchsia, Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden

Eremophila, Native Fuchsia

It’s worth noting that Australia’s arid zone ecosystems are fragile, complex and occur nowhere else on earth. This garden receives an average of 300mm (12 inches) or less of rain each year. Developers put a lot of thought into choosing plants—from Australia and overseas—that would thrive and survive under these circumstances.

One of the garden’s aims is to promote flora that suits the region. To help people choose plants that are waterwise and more suitable for the climate, the garden features six AridSmart Display Gardens. These are the Desert Garden, the Mallee Garden, the Arid Courtyard Garden, the Eremophila Courtyard Garden, the Flinders Ranges Garden, and the Coastal Garden.

Once established, the plants in the Desert and Coastal Gardens require no additional watering. Plants in the other four gardens require between 7,000 and 23,000 litres of water per year, compared to a traditional home garden with lawn that needs about 100,000 litres of water per year. See my note at the bottom about the catastrophe of Australia’s main water system.

AridSmart Display Garden, Port August, South Australia

One of the AridSmart Display Gardens

AridSmart plants can be purchased in the garden’s gift shop and are:
• exclusive to the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden
• sourced from the country’s most remote arid regions
• selected for beauty, vigour, toughness and reliability
• tolerant of a range of soil types and climatic conditions
• hardened for 2 to 8 months in temperatures up to 47°C (116.5°F)

Spiny daisy (Acanthocladium dockeri), Port August, South Australia

The rare spiny daisy

The garden also has a rare plant collection. I was surprised to learn that Australia has almost 25% of the world’s rare and threatened plant species. One of the rare plants is the spiny daisy (Acanthocladium dockeri). Samples were first collected in 1860 by the Burke and Wills expedition. It was thought extinct until four sites were discovered in mid-north South Australia in 1999–2000.

Rhodanthe chlorocephala ssp. rosea, Port Augusta, Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden

Rhodanthe chlorocephala ssp. rosea

Two of my favourites
Sturt’s Desert Pea (Swainsona formosa) is my favourite plant in this garden. It’s pictured at the top and bottom of this post. I love its blood-red and drooping flowers. It is South Australia’s official floral emblem and is named after Charles Sturt, an explorer who led three important expeditions into Australia’s arid interior in the 1800s.


Samphire (Halosarcia spp.) is another favourite. I first learned about this chenopod about 10 years ago. Samphire and its relatives are a versatile source of food and medicine. It grows in sand and saline conditions, and is extremely drought tolerant. We should be making more use of it.

Boronia crenulata, Port Augusta, Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden

Boronia crenulata, Aniseed boronia

A bit of background
The garden was designed by landscape architect, Grant Henderson. It was established in 1993 and officially opened in 1996, but the idea for it dates back to 1981. That’s when local parks and gardens superintendent, John Zwar, proposed a garden to promote and conserve plants that could thrive in the city’s arid conditions. City Council accepted the proposal and set aside the current 250-hectare coastal site.

In 1984, an active ‘friends’ group was formed to promote the garden, seek funds and lobby for its development. In 1988, a management advisory committee was formed. Things really began to take shape in the 1990s with a master plan, major infrastructure development and plantings.

More about Australia’s main water system
Friend and fellow blogger, Tony, has researched and written a comprehensive post on the catastrophe that is taking place in our vital water system—the Murray–Darling Basin. I highly recommend this post. You can find it here.

Another article says that Australia may have lost up to 90% of its waterbirds.

Sundew, sculpture by Warren Pickering, Port Augusta

Sundew, sculpture by Warren Pickering

Groundcover of Sturt's Desert Pea

Groundcover of Sturt’s Desert Pea

1 November 2019 / leggypeggy

Sculpture in the middle of nowhere

Rust in peace, a make-believe bomb.

A make-believe bomb.

Metal sculpture

Too much dieting?

Our recent road trip in central Australia included some weird, wonderful and unexpected treats. I’ve already introduced you to the mysterious Marree Man. Now it’s time for the brilliantly weird and creative Mutonia Sculpture Park.

Created by Robin Cooke, this artistic oasis is an amazing collection of industrial junk turned into clever sculptures. The largest and tallest is of a dog. Its body is a derelict water tank, while the head and tongue are an old Chrysler. I didn’t have enough time to walk up and get a close-up of the dog, but you get the idea. Cooke wanted to call it Dottie the Dingo, but the locals have tagged it the Big Dog.

The Big Dog in the Australia outback

The Big Dog, made of a water tank and an old Chrysler

Old planes on their tails

Two old planes and our van in the background

Before turning to art, Cooke spent 20 years as a mechanic in Victoria. In 1997, he downed those tools and came to the desert in remote South Australia to create his first sculpture. Apparently he returns every year to add another masterpiece. I’ve read that the original work was a bit of an anti-mine protest by indigenous landowners.

Musical sculpture

Musical sculpture

Giant wildflower sculpture

Giant wildflower sculpture

Time Tree sculpture

Time Tree sculpture

The park is located on the Oodnadatta Track. It’s near Alberrie Creek—population 2—and about a two-hour drive west of Marree. Once upon a time, the area was a railway siding for The Ghan, the famous train that does a 54-hour run between Adelaide and Darwin. About 40 years ago, the railway was moved west to avoid floodplains.

Here’s an entertaining five-minute video about the park and Cooke. It’s from a TV episode done by the ABC’s Stateline program in South Australia.

26 October 2019 / leggypeggy

Expensive visas, clever watch repair (x2) and cheap food (x2)

Senegal Consulate in Sierra Leone

Senegal Consulate in Sierra Leone

Earlier this year, our West African travels were supposed to end in Freetown, Sierra Leone. We had hoped to carry on as far as Dakar in Senegal, but when we first booked there was only one seat available. Along the way, one passenger decided not to continue beyond Liberia, so we claimed the now-available two seats.

But this presented a problem. We didn’t have visas for Senegal. Pity we didn’t get them on spec in Ghana when they were available overnight and for free.

Electrical sign

Poor John versus Blessed John

Rumour (meaning someone’s blog post) said we could get visas at the border—for a bribe of about US$50 per person. But that’s a risky approach. Rumour also said there was a Senegalese Consulate in Freetown.

So Poor John and I set out to find this consular office. Neither address given online was right, but white tourists stand out in Black Africa and locals are willing to help. A guard in front of the Gambian Embassy (near the second wrong address) pointed us in the right direction.

People think of embassies and consulates as palatial places, but many are quite basic. The Senegalese one in Freetown was the latter. A dark, rundown building, with a simple sign over the door and a watch repair stall out the front. I wish I’d taken a pic inside.

Upstairs, we were greeted by two men, who assured us that we could have visas. ‘Fill out the paper work and come back tomorrow,’ one said. Suddenly, a third man arrived and he was the consul. Yes, yes, he could provide the visas on the spot. ‘Just pay US$200.’

Poor John said, ‘But the visas are supposed to be free!’

I can’t describe the raucous laughter that spilled out of all three men. Heads thrown back and enormous hahahas. The consul said, ‘This isn’t an embassy, this isn’t a charity, it’s voluntary.’ So we paid. But we got off easy. I had US$100 and US$70 worth of Sierra Leone currency—and they accepted that. Yay, a discount!

Watch repair, Sierra Leone

Would you trust this guy to fix your watch? I would!

Watch repair
On our way out of the consulate, Poor John stopped at the watch repair stall to see if the fellow could fix his watch. He’d had it repaired in Monrovia, Liberia, but it still didn’t work.  It took the fellow about five seconds to determine that a spent battery (he touched the old one to his tongue) had been installed. He replaced it, charged $3 and off we went.

By then, it was almost 2pm and we were super hungry. We headed back to the hotel on foot and passed a very basic restaurant. It had one dish on offer. Rice, fish and something green. It cost about $3 for the two of us.

Watch repair revisited
The next day my watch stopped illuminating in the dark. I love this feature because it lets me know the time in the middle of the night. It happened once before and I got it fixed in India. Back then a fellow fiddled a bit and replaced some part and it worked beautifully.

So we returned to the watch ‘repair shop’ for a second service. He took the back off the watch, fiddled a bit, didn’t replace anything and handed it back to me. I stepped into the dark, rundown building and saw that the glow had been restored.

‘What do I owe?’ I asked, and he said $3. ‘But that’s what you charged us yesterday to replace a battery. Today you didn’t add a battery or anything?’

And he said, ‘I just used my brain.’ I smiled and paid. And we walked back to the cheap restaurant for another meal of rice, fish and something green.

Simple food in Sierra Leone

Simple food in Sierra Leone

18 October 2019 / leggypeggy

Contemporary Indonesian artworks on display

Gazing on Collective Memory by FX Horsono, 2016

Gazing on collective memory by FX Harsono, 2016

Art as purifying dialogue (Seni penjernih dialog) by Tisna Sanjaya, 2019

1. Art as purifying dialogue (Seni penjernih dialog) by Tisna Sanjaya, 2019

Back in June, four of us visited this exhibition, Contemporary Worlds: Indonesia, being shown at the National Gallery of Australia. I meant to write about at the time, but then we travelled extensively.

Just today I noticed that this exhibition closes in nine days, so I thought I’d better get something posted.


The arts in modern Indonesia have been affected by three periods. It flourished under the enlightened policies of President Sukarno (1945–65). But the regime of General Suharto (1966–98) was brutal, oppressive, right-wing and corrupt. His New Order dictatorship had a devastating impact on artists, the intelligentsia, ethnic Chinese, the environment and the whole of Indonesia’s social fabric. The years since 1998 are known as the Reformasi (reformation) era.

Ladies and gentleman! Kami, present Ibu Pertiwi!, 2018 by Zico Albaiquni

Ladies and gentleman! Kami, present Ibu Pertiwi!, 2018 by Zico Albaiquni

This show is a selection of art from the Reformasi era, which has seen a freeing up in thinking and liberties across many topics that are important to this huge South East Asia country and one of Australia’s closest neighbours. The exhibit has 54 pieces by 24 Indonesian artists who have been working since the fall of President Suharto.

The first pic in this post is by 70-year-old FX Harsono. He is the senior artist at the exhibition. Most of the other exhibitors are quite young.

Shelters by Albert Yonathan Setyawan, 2018

3. Daughter Libby strolls between Shelters (floor installation) and Mind the gap.

1001st island—the most sustainable island in archipelago by Tita Salina

4. 1001st island—the most sustainable island in archipelago by Tita Salina, 2015

Indonesian neon visual art

5. Neon work by Uji ‘Hahan’ Handoko Eko Saputro and Adi ‘Uma Gumma’ Kusuma, 2018–19

Below, I have added notes about five pieces. The captions don’t let me include enough information. The numbers let you know how images and explanation connect. 

Family portraits

Indonesian family portrait series by Akiq AW, 2017

1. Art as purifying dialogue (Seni penjernih dialog) is displayed at the entry to the exhibition. It was specially commissioned for Contemporary Worlds: Indonesia.

2. This dress is composed of many ceramic panels. Created by Mella Jaarsma in 2013, the piece is titled The Landscaper. Every panel shows a rural scene of Indonesia. The lefthand photo shows the dress and a video (in the background) with someone dancing in the dress. Totally captivating.

3. Shelters is by Albert Yonathan Setyawan, 2018–19. Mind the gap is by Faisal Habibi, 2015.

4. 1001st island—the most sustainable island in archipelago by Tita Salina has been created out of plastic waste fished out of Jakarta Bay. It is held together with fishing net. The video in the background shows plastic being gathered and then shows the island being floated in the sea.

5. Silent operation: sign study based on the formula of contemporary (visual) art by Uji ‘Hahan’ Handoko Eko Saputro and Adi ‘Uma Gumma’ Kusuma, 2018–19.

Do you have  favourite piece?

Throw away peace in the garden

Throw away peace in the garden by Eko Nugroho, 2018

Carnival trap, 1 and 2

Carnival trap 1 and 2 by Eko Nugroho, 2018


12 October 2019 / leggypeggy

Join me at a floating market in the Mekong Delta

Cai Rang Market, Mekong Delta, Vietnam

No way I could paddle through the market this way

Cai Rang Market, Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Watermelons for sale

Cai Rang Market, Mekong Delta, Vietnam

A larger market boat that is also a home

If you’ve followed this blog for some time, you’ll know I have a weakness for food markets. In fact, Poor John has resigned himself to shadowing me through markets in all parts of the world. I guess my kids know this too.

We recently visited second daughter, Petra, who works in the Australian Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. She was super busy during our stay (couldn’t even take a day off), but she did organise a weekend for all of us to visit the Mekong Delta.

Cai Rang Market, Mekong Delta, Vietnam

A houseboat with canoe

Cai Rang Market, Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Eyes painted on the front of the boat represent a crocodile

Cai Rang Market, Mekong Delta, Vietnam

A lineup of buoys

Cai Rang Market, Mekong Delta, Vietnam

A local ferry in the background

Not only did she book us into rather deluxe accommodation (we usually stay in tents), but she also booked us on a morning boat trip to the Cai Rang floating market, about 45 minutes up/down the Can Tho river.

Cai Rang is a wholesale market (I think you need to buy 10 kilos of produce at a time) and one of the oldest floating markets in the Mekong Delta. Every day, there are about 350 boats selling a wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables. The bigger boats display their main wares from a long pole.

Cai Rang Market, Mekong Delta, Vietnam

A boat displays the produce that’s on sale

fetching water, Vietnam

Fetching water from the river

Cai Rang Market, Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Plenty of traffic on the river

Cai Rang Market, Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Another floating home and workplace

The market starts early—about 5am—and is it at its busiest about an hour later. Of course, we chugged along much later, but there was still plenty of action.

Tourists flock to this market—there are up to 700 tourists each day. Breakfast is served on some boats, but we’d already had breakfast at our deluxe accommodation.


In addition to cruising through the floating market, we also saw riverside housing and industry. Given that some people live exclusively on the larger boats, it’s not surprising that there is a riverside petrol station. I thought I had a pic of that, but I can’t find it.

The tour included two land stops. We visited a lush garden with exotic fruits (bowls of some sliced fruits were brought back to our boat, but I forgot to photograph them), a noodle factory with food stalls, and a shop selling unusual liqueurs and dried goods (anyone want dried frogs?). The noodle factory reminded me of the sesame cracker factory we saw the first time we visited Vietnam.

Cai Rang Market, Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Frying noodles

Cai Rang Market, Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Cutting dried noodles


You’ll notice the sky is quite bleak. We were in Vietnam during the monsoon. There was only light rain while we were on the tour, but the rain bucketed down later in the day.

P.S. I had a terrible time trying to limit the number of pics on this post.

Cai Rang Market, Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Life on the river

Cai Rang Market, Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Boatload of produce with a dog on the roof




15 September 2019 / leggypeggy

The Marree Man—a modern whodunnit in Australia

Marree Man, South Australia, art

Flying over the Marree Man, more than 4.2 kilometres tall

Have you ever heard of the Marree Man? I hadn’t until about a month ago. That was when I listened to an amazing interview on our ABC radio station. Phil Turner, who lives in Marree, explained some of the mystery surrounding the Marree Man.

No one knows who created it. No one knows exactly when it was done. And no one is confessing anything. Turner says, ‘It’s probably Australia’s greatest peacetime whodunnit.’

The Marree Man was first noticed in June 1998, spotted by outback pilot, Trec Smith, when he was flying from Marree to Coober Pedy in remote South Australia.

Smith later said, ‘It was so big I assumed everyone would know about it. But when I landed back in town nobody had any idea.’

In fact, the Marree Man is the world’s largest geoglyph, measuring 4.2 kilometres long, 28 kilometres around, and covering 2.5 square kilometres (or 620 acres). When first discovered, his etched outline was up to 30 centimetres (one foot) deep and 35 metres (115 feet) wide.

Marree Man, detail of a leg and foot

Notice the multiple grooves

Marree Man, detail of torso and head

Did you need to know the penis is 400 metres long?

Marree Man, detail of torso and head

Marree Man throwing a boomerang or, more likely, a stick

A few weeks after Smith’s discovery, someone claiming to be behind the artwork sent anonymous faxes to businesses in Marree and, later, the media.

The first fax said, ‘On a plateau 36 miles north-west of Marree there is a giant drawing of an Aborigine more than two miles long.’

A later fax said, ‘During the creation of the figure, a 36-inch by 25-inch dedicatory plaque was buried on the plateau four inches below the surface, 23 feet south of the point of the nose.’

Police dug a hole and, sure enough, there it was: a chipboard plaque with an American flag and a faded version of what looked like the Olympic rings.

The next message said, ‘There will now be provided weekly, for several weeks, a series of answers to such questions as: Who, Why? How?’

More faxes arrived, all leading to clues buried near other giant geoglyph figures in England—the Cerne Giant in Dorset and the Long Man of Wilmington in Sussex.

One clue answered the why. It said, ’As a permanent benefit to the state of South Australia through increased tourism, and also to honour the inherently athletic pursuits of the Indigenous people for the Sydney Olympiad’ referring to the Olympics in Sydney in 2000.

Marree Man, South Australia, art

Flying over the Marree Man, more than 4.2 kilometres tall

Who and how were never answered because the messages stopped.

There have been countless theories about who created the Marree Man, but it remains a mystery. Some think it was done by American or Australian soldiers based in Woomera in South Australia.

Others suspect Bardius Goldberg, a Northern Territory artist who died in 2002. Goldberg, who talked about creating a work visible from space, refused to confirm or deny that he had created the image. On his death bed, Goldberg made references to the Marree Man and indicated some involvement. But who knows. Marree Man is certainly visible from space.

Over the years, Marree Man had been worn away by the elements. Aaron Stuart, chairman of the Arabana Aboriginal Corporation, that holds native title over the location, launched a plan in 2016 to restore the image.

He recruited Phil Turner to organise the job. They got a surveyor, crunched all the data they could, rented a grader and went up to the plateau for 11 days and restored the Marree Man. Unfortunately they lacked the GPS coordinates that would make the finished work look like the original Marree Man, and not some jumbled mess.

Amazingly, someone sent an email with the exact GPS coordinates. Turner reckons they are from the original operation. GPS technology was in its infancy in the 1990s. Obviously someone who knows a lot about the Marree Man was still around in 2016.

Marree Man's location

Tracking our location on the control panel

So why am I writing about this fellow today? I’m thrilled to say that after hearing about the Marree Man about a month ago, I’ve now seen him in person. Poor John and I have just finished a tour in central Australia that included three flights.

We travelled with Outback Spirit, with the main focus on Lake Eyre (more about that later). Poor John’s brother and sister-in-law, David and Charlotte, were among our traveling companions. We met our pilot, Chris, in Marree the night before our first flight, and Charlotte was quick to ask whether he’d be swinging us past the Marree Man on our way to Lake Eyre.

Thanks Charlotte, your request worked. And I almost forgot to mention that I scored the co-pilot’s seat on the first flight. We had two more flights that day. David and Charlotte scored the co-pilot seat on both. 

P.S. If you want to know even more about the Marree Man, you can check Wikipedia or the script of an ABC Radio interview with Phil Turner.

Marree Man, South Australia

My best photo of the Marree Man


30 August 2019 / leggypeggy

Archibald Prize features Australian faces

Archibald winner, Lindy Lee by Tony Costa

Archibald winner, Lindy Lee by Tony Costa

Time for a quick detour to Australia and the wonderful Archibald exhibit. The Archibald prize, first awarded in 1921, is Australia’s favourite art award, and one of its most prestigious. These days it is accompanied by the Wynne and Sulman prizes.

I felt the need to tuck in this post because the exhibit—on display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney—ends in about a week on 8 September.

Don’t worry. It’s a travelling exhibit. Over the next few months, it will be displayed in Victoria and various locations around New South Wales. Here’s a link to the schedule.

The prize is judged by the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW and awarded to the best portrait painting. The portraits are a who’s who of Australian culture – from politicians to celebrities, sporting heroes and artists.

One of our daughters lives in Sydney and we visited the exhibit between our travels in West Africa and Vietnam.

People's Choice Award, Tjuparntarri—women’s business, Daisy Tjuparntarri Ward by David Darcy

People’s Choice Award, Tjuparntarri—women’s business, Daisy Tjuparntarri Ward by David Darcy

Packing Room Prize, Through the looking glass, David Wenham by Tessa Mackay

Packing Room Prize, Through the looking glass, David Wenham by Tessa Mackay

The winning artist receives $100,000 from the ANZ Bank. This year’s winner and subject were Tony Costa and his portrait of Lindy Lee, Australian artist and Zen Buddhist. It’s titled Lindy Lee.

Just recently the People’s Choice Award was announced. It’s a magnificent portrait of Daisy Tjuparntarri Ward, an elder from the Warakurna and Ngaanyatjarra in Western Australia. It was painted by David Darcy and is titled Tjuparntarri—women’s businessHere’s more about Daisy and the award.

There’s also a Packing Room Prize, selected by the people who unpack and hang the exhibit. This year that went to Tessa Mackay and her portrait of Aussie actor and heartthrob, David Wenham. The painting is titled Through the looking glass.

Other portraits that caught my eye were Jude Rae’s portrait of stage actress, Sarah Peirse; Adam Norton’s portrait of artist, David Griggs, who was also a finalist in this Archibald Prize; and Loribelle Spirovski’s portrait of singer, songwriter and musician, Meg Washington and her son and dog, Amos and Art.

There’s also the Young Archibalds for children aged 5 to 15. There are three age divisions. My favourites were Jayden Hong’s (aged 5–8) portrait of his dad, Hana Lee’s (aged 5–8) portrait of someone (maybe himself) on the playground, and Jaylan Yang’s (aged 9–12) portrait of his friend Matt Tran.

And on to the Wynne Prize. It’s awarded for a landscape and was won by Sylvia Ken. Her painting, Seven Sisters, reminded me of the National Museum of Australia’s exhibit I wrote about a few years back. That entire exhibit told the traditional story of the Seven Sisters. You can read about it here.

Wynne Prize winner, Seven Sisters by Sylvia Ken

Wynne Prize winner, Seven Sisters by Sylvia Ken

I also liked the landscape Ngayuku ngura by Barbara Mbitjana Moore, whose work is inspired by wildflowers.

I’m ashamed to admit that I didn’t get any photos from the Sulman Prize. Maybe next year. In the meantime, here’s an overview of the winner and finalists.

I keep forgetting to mention my cooking blog. Here’s a simple recipe that I make often.

Ngayuku ngura (my country), landscape by Barbara Mbitjana Moore

Ngayuku ngura (my country), landscape by Barbara Mbitjana Moore