Friday, February 21, 2014

Oh how the time goes watching the wind blow...

I don't know about you but since my last post in October life has been pretty busy. The last time I wrote we were in election fever, with the Lucy Wicks Young Liberals dance ensemble entertaining the masses on Saturday mornings at the West Gosford intersection.

Of course it is still all ugg boots and flanny shirts here on the Central Coast and as usual the hotbed of political turmoil. It might be all quiet on the West Gosford front since Lucy won the seat of Robertson, but the blokes who represent us in State Parliament have taken it to another level.

This week, three local State Liberal Members, Chris Hartcher, Chris Spence and Darren Webber stepped down, did a back shuffle, did the bus stop or whatever you like to call it from the Liberal party amidst corruption claims.

According to news reports, the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has revealed it is investigating claims the aforementioned pollies solicited money from a range of sources in return for favours. As well as investigating said ''favours'', the ICAC is also looking at whether Australian Water Holdings made payments to a company set up by one of Christ Hartcher's staff members. I guess it could be a case of water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink....

The Central Coast was also in the news this week when, surprise, surprise the people who tick boxes  and make decisions about the Coast but actually live in the city aka the Department of Planning and Infrastructure - approved the Wallarah 2 Coal Mine. Unlike many on the Coast, I read the 300 page Environmental Impact Statement and I came to this conclusion.

A mine that plans to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the next 28 years is not necessarily a good thing. A mine that is located within the Tuggerah Lakes Basin and about the same as the crow flies from Norah Head and Toukley - doesn't sound like a logical decision to me. AND since the majority of the planned extraction area lies within the Jilliby Jilliby Creek catchment area and runs parallel to the Wyong Creek water system - I'm thinking these people are out of their minds.

Finally a little bit of Sochi came to the Central Coast this week with Narara resident Matt Graham competing in the freestyle skiing. At the time of writing I have no idea where he finished but as a person who loves the snow, kudos to Matt for having a go..

And while we're on a Russian theme, here are some pics from my trip to Moscow in 2001. Just because this is my blog and I can post whatever I like.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Vay Cay

Life is so incredibly busy that Central Coast Seachange is going on holiday for a while. Keep checking back for posts...I'm sure there will be some good ones in the future. But for now, she needs a really long vacation.

In the meantime here is a photo of my gorgeous great grandfather, James Butler and his son Pierce outside their shop in Bronte Road Bondi Junction. Photo taken in the early 1900s. I love this photo to bits.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Robertson - Dancing Our Way to September 7

It all started with the Chicken man at West Gossie shops. Most afternoons he would dance and jive to imaginary music while he held Lilydale signs for the now defunct chook shop ''Roasted''. Our kids loved it, especially our daughter Charlotte, who we affectionately call ''chook''. But once a multi national took over the centre, there was somewhat of a barbecue chook war and after ''Lilydale Gate'', the chicken man and Roasted were no more.

But luckily here in the seat of Robertson, the Lucy Wicks Young Liberals Dance Ensemble have taken over the dance floor otherwise known as the Brisbane Water Drive intersection at West Gosford. On most Saturday mornings you can see enthusiastic liberal party team members busting some moves while holding up pics of Lucy. Gotta love the Libs, especially Gen Y Libs. They've got that ''I'm sexy and I know it'' thing down pat.

Just when I thought Robertson was going to be a dance off between the ALP incumbent Deborah O''Neill, Lucy Wicks for the Coalition, Kate Da Costa for the Greens, Paul Sheeran for the Democratic Labour Party, Steve Whitaker for the Palmer United Party and Douglas McFarland for the Australian Independents along comes former Mariners soccer coach and now Gosford Mayor Lawrie McKinna.

Apparently bankrolled by businessman John Singleton, Lawrie's campaign is based on a 'neither party has had the Central Coast residents at heart' model and seeks to give preferences to the party which can best deliver outcomes for the local population. Drawing on what I call the ''mariners vote'', there will be plenty of disenchanted, living in the political wilderness, but know of Lawrie from his time as Mariners coach voters who will be ticking his box. I'm just wondering how any of the other candidates are going to demonstrate their differences because really, many of their differences look very similar. Everyone has a ''real solution'' just that some are more real than others.

So what's concerning the voters of Robertson? Enticing business to the region has the potential to alleviate the need for the daily exodus of workers to the city. Bypassing the bumpy and over-utilised Pennant Hills Road with a tunnel from the F3 to the M2 entrance at North Rocks would kick start a longer term job creation strategy. Most candidates acknowledge this.

Then we have the need for increased health services for an ageing population (remember it was Spike Milligan who said Woy Woy was the world's largest above ground cemetery) as well as ways to combat youth unemployment, suicide rates and education retention. If you add in providing financial relief for families, then you could sum up the sentiment in Robertson.

And in looking at what all candidates have to offer there is no real difference in their platforms. What I have breathed a sigh of relief about though is that on his party's website Australian Independents candidate Douglas McFarland is described as ''intelligent". And what I want to know is that if he IS a highland dancer why he hasn't rostered on his campaign volunteers for some jigging down at the West Gossie shops. Surely the Libs haven't booked every weekend spot.

With just 1% in this race, it is going to be interesting if not a tad confusing for voters. I guess the person who can do the best bus stop may win. And after a few drinks, that would be me.

Disclaimer: No suppositories were used in the writing of this post.

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Central Coast House Stalking - New York meets Killcare

As the Ashes continues, I'm still languishing in the cricket widow abyss. So I've been trolling the web for houses in need of a good stalking and this week I have come across a house that is interesting, unique and completely out of my budget.

To my surprise, there is a bit of 'New York art gallery meets sandy shores' happening here on the Central Coast. Trolling the web this week I came across this five bedroom, three bathroom home for sale in Killcare. It's on the market - offers from $3,000,000 through Ray White Killcare. And what I'm really wondering is... does the art work come with the house?

I'll start with the library because a girl like me always wants a library but never lives in a house big enough to place all of her books in one place.

I could be a tad closer to being Nigella Lawson in this kitchen, just without the cranky ex art collecting husband. Hang on a minute...there IS art in this kitchen...

Anyway, back to reality. I love how the colour in these floors reflects the beachside landscape. 

The house has two separate living areas - completely ideal for when the in-laws are over.

I'm enamoured with a funky bathroom tile.

Architecture designed, this house is just 50 meters from the beach. Upstairs consists of a lounge dining area with a crow's nest balcony as well as an entertainer's deck. The main bedroom has an ensuite bathroom which has opening roof lights. Downstairs sees a second living area and four bedrooms as well as two bathrooms. Other features of the property include 30 concealed solar panels, double garage, workshop area and under house storage.

You can find out more about this home at Ray White Killcare.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

The World From Here - Postcards from the Central Coast

If you think the Central Coast is just a meandering salty backwater with seagulls, brush turkeys and ugg boots- you'd be wrong. Discussion on foreign and domestic policy is prolific. Now that the cricket has gone to the complete shitter, nights by the fire are a mixture of channel hopping - golf, cricket, tour de france, golf, cricket and of course highbrow discussion about politics.

Lately I'd been complaining to my husband about not being polled. Every time I saw a NewsLtd or Neilsen political poll on the telly I would complain that no one EVER called me for my opinion on Federal politics.  Didn't they care what was happening in the seat of Robertson? So when I got a phone call in the middle of cooking dinner, I was surprised that it wasn't an Indian wanting to fix a bogus computer problem nor someone trying to sell me solar panels - it was a man with a plummy voice from a research company. He wanted to talk to the youngest enrolled voter in the house. And that was me.

So I got asked the usual Rudd/Abbott as PM questions and then this one... ''How are things in the seat of Robertson?" Hmm. Let me see. My front lawn needs a mow, the kids have been bickering all school holidays and I think my son has a planters wart on his toe. Is that the response you were looking for? I tried to clarify if the plummy voiced one wanted it from a Federal funding perspective, a State funding perspective or just the lay of the land? ''Lay of the land''. Ok then.

What I did tell him, other than that my neighbour Rosie makes a spinach and pine nut pie which is the shizz, was that I consider Deborah O'Neill to be a good local member who has garnered a considerable amount of funding for our region's health, education and infrastructure. I also said that I'd only met her once, in a queue for a loo where I was trapped in the political abyss often faced by women MPs after question the sound of women peeing the right kind of acoustic accompaniment for political debate?

I added that Liberal candidate Lucy Wicks was good at plastering her posters on every vacant street corner, power pole and fence on the Coast but in terms of policy, I hadn't heard or read an iota. I also said that The Greens were slow in the door knocking or pestering people with flyers department down at the West Gossie shops. And with that pronouncement, there endith the polling. Oh except to say I'm sick of feeding next door's cat.

So back to other topical discussion which echoes through the halls of my house. Note that views are mine and not my husband's...he's busy being shitted off about the cricket.

Now that Coke is back in Myanmar after 60 years, it is only right that they get as much sugar and caffeine into the locals as possible.....Aung San Suu Ki is lovely and one of my heroes but her political foes will soon learn she does not go better with Coke.

When you think of Vietnam, you always think ''This beautiful country needs a McDonalds". Right?

Can I say ''morally bankrupt'' in a sentence about these two observations without getting sued???

I was saddened to hear that White House Correspondent and regular shit stirrer Helen Thomas died this week at the age of 92. Of all her achievements I particularly liked her interaction with White House Spokesperson Robert Gibbs. Like her interactions with Presidents, Helen would prod Robert Gibbs, in a purely non physical way of course, until he answered her questions. During the 2009 Health Care reform debates Helen asked Robert every day whether a public option would be part of the package. Discussion went back and forth until Gibbs said ''Why do you keep asking me?" To which she replied, "Because I want your conscience to bother you."

Speaking of wanting a person's conscience to bother them,  I was and am unhappy with the current Prime Minister's decision to take on board information obtained by government administrators that a perceived election winning asylum seeker solution could be successfully enacted by engaging our Papua New Guinean neighbours as a physical intermediary.

Sorry.....I forgot myself and started writing in Kevin-speak.

What I meant to say was that I am unhappy that Prime Minister Rudd has decided to listen to whoever the fuck is deciding foreign policy these days....Carr or Burke....or some Public Relations company who are busy making a logo for life in PNG and hand over wads of cash or funds or whatever we have bartered so that it looks like the ALP is doing something ''tough'' on asylum seekers. Long sentence I know, but I am seriously not impressed. I just hope new arrivals to PNG don't have to walk Kokoda with either Kevin Rudd or Joe Hockey.

Friday, July 12, 2013

The Ashes Widow

So it's day three of the Ashes and my husband has already started getting tetchy when he gets home from work. He wants the cricket to be ON. As in 'lets get this thing started because we are going to smash the poms' or at least something like that... You can see it in his face. He is in Ashes mode. FORTY FIVE DAYS of cricket - playing cricket, talking about cricket between sessions, cricket, cricket, cricket. To keep my sanity I've taken to singing Rufus Wainwright's 'Out of The Game', because frankly I am when the Ashes are on. You?

Monday, July 08, 2013

Being Henry Rollins

If I were a man, I would want to be like Henry Rollins. Physically strong, incredibly smart and funny.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Central Coast House Stalking - 13 Duke Street Point Frederick

I've been a bit ranty on the Seachange blog lately, so I'm in some desperate need of a good house stalking. I previously saw this house in Duke Street when I first moved to the Coast in December 2007. Since then I have stalked the entire gorgeousness of Point Frederick and its houses. To my delight it was for sale a couple of years and I got to see what it looked like inside. Now it's back on the market for offers over $840,000.

Duke Street is a stone's throw from Brisbane Water, walkways, parks and Gosford Sailing Club

I'm a bit of a sucker for a white kitchen, especially those that have European appliances and servery windows which connect to the deck 

Give me an ornamental fireplace and a decorative picture rail and I'm anyone's

Add in cornices and high ceilings

A horizontal bath tile is my new obsession

My five year old daughter wants to move to this house ''Now'' as in ''Now, Now''

Since this house is a short walk to Brisbane Water, the upstairs parents retreat has water views.
Tip: On Wednesday afternoons Brisbane Water comes alive with twilight sailing

The master suite has a walk in robe

The back deck looks over a manicured garden, complete with camellias and jacarandas

This gorgeous 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom house is listed by Gittoes in East Gosford. It is close to Gosford Sailing Club, parks, private and public schools, East Gosford shopping centre as well as Gosford CBD. Around a ten minute drive to Gosford station.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Wallarah 2 Coal Mining Project - Wyong NSW

Half an hour or so north of my house here on the Central Coast, a big corporation is planning to extract 5 million tonnes of coal per annum 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the next 28 years.

The proposed Wallarah 2 coal mine project is located within the Tuggerah Lakes Basin about 5 kms north of Wyong and about the same as the crow flies from Norah Head and Toukely.The majority of the planned extraction area lies within the Jilliby Jilliby Creek catchment and runs parallel to the Wyong Creek water system. The planned coal loader lies within the Wallarah Creek catchment which flows into the Budgewoi Lake.

The Project has the potential to affect the flow regime and water quality of Wallarah Creek through the discharge of surplus treated water into a tributary of this Creek. Despite concerns from local residents and action groups, according to the 300 page Environmental Impact Statement carried out by Hansen Bailey Environmental Consultants,  "It has been determined that the Project will not unduly impact on either the surface or groundwater regime within or beyond the Project Boundary and will not affect in any measurable way the Central Coast Water Supply."

And then there is the impact to fauna and flora. Over the life of the project, 89 hectares of vegetation will be impacted. This will result in the removal and or reduction of important habitat that may offer forage, shelter or breeding opportunities for fauna.

Some 51 hectares of habitat for the Koala, 48 hectares for the Spotted-tailed Quoll, 46 hectares for arboreal mammals such as the Eastern Pygmy Possum and the Yellow-bellied Glider may be affected. Then there is the 10 hectares of habitat for threatened frog species (such as The Giant Barred Frog), the 2.9 hectares for threatened wetlands birds, 51 hectares for migratory birds and 38 hectares for threatened cockatoo species.

Of the 450 flora species found on site, six have been considered to be threatened by the development. These include the threatened Charmhaven Apple (Angophora Inopina) and  Blackeyed Susan (Tetratheca Juneca).

To try to lessen the affects on fauna and flora, the Wallarah 2 Project owners (Wyong Areas Coal Joint Venture) have created a  ''Biodiversity Offset Strategy''. According to the Environmental Impact Statement "The Biodiversity Offset Strategy generally consists of the provision of biodiversity off set areas that ensure the best compensatory outcomes are achieved for the ecological impacts predicted for the Project'. Simply put, revegetation work is necessary to establish habitat for the suite of threatened species.

In terms of Aboriginal significance, eleven sites have been found including seven axe grinding groove sites. Five of these have been identified as potentially affected by subsidence.

According to Professor Philip Pells, consulting engineer to Wyong Council,  ninety homes may experience subsidence problems between one and two metres and a further ten have subsidence problems of more than two and half metres.

From the developer's position, as outlined in the EIS, the benefit to the community from an economic perspective outweighs any environmental cost.

"The Project will provide net benefits of $671 million (net present value) over the 28 year project life and will maximise the recovery of high quality, thermal coal resource for which there is an increasing global demand. Create approximately 1,100 construction jobs in the region, which is an area with a high unemployment rate, create approximately 800 (300 direct and 500 indirect) jobs in the region during the operational phase. Create approximately 1,700 (direct and indirect) jobs in NSW during both the construction and operational phases. It will continue and extend financial support to the region, NSW and Australia with taxation and royalty benefits of $1.58 billion (net present value of $346m) over the 28 year project life and achieve the most efficient economic use of the land."

The Wallarah 2 Coal Mining Project is owned by Wyong Areas Coal Joint Venture. Kores Australia Pty Ltd owns 82.25%.

If you wish to make a submission (by June 21) to the NSW Planning Department please visit 
For more information about this project please visit the web links below.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Of Monsters and Men

My gorgeous ten year old son loves everything to do with monsters, mythology, Egyptian and Greek history. One of his favourite songs is 'Little Talks' by Of Monsters and Men. The film clip encapsulates everything he adores.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Baking Biscotti

I like to think that I am somewhat of a domestic goddess when it comes to baking, but I have never ventured towards baking biscotti. So when my dear friend and neighbour Rosie decided to bake some on the weekend, it was only natural that I stayed to watch.

And since this isn't a legitimate cooking website and I am not a photographer, what I give you below in photos is rather amateurish in delivery. The biscotti is incredibly easy to make and delicious.

You will need: 1 egg, 1 egg yolk, 125g of caster sugar, 1/2 tablespoon of oil, 150g of self raising flour, 50g  almonds (roasted optional), 1/2 teaspoon of anise seeds.
Put the oven on 170 degrees Celsius and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
For this recipe you can also use chocolate or cranberries in lieu of the almonds.
What you do: Chop the almonds
 Whisk the egg and egg yolk with sugar until thick and pale
Add in the oil
Add in the flour
Then add the almonds to the mixture
Stir and make into a dough
Then give dough to two cute 5 year olds
Roll mixture out into pencil thin strips and cut into two inch pieces
Bake for 15mins until golden

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Central Coast House Stalking - 168 Glenning Road, Glenning Valley

Look, I know I say it every time I post about my latest house stalking. But I really do think this house IS THE ONE. When I look at photos of this house I get that same feeling as I do when I see Hugh Jackman. Know what I mean? If you're a bloke reading this post, I guess you'd say the house is a bit Jennifer Hawkins.

Located at 168 Glenning Road Glenning Valley (next door to Tumbi Umbi) this six bedroom, five bathroom home is set on 2.5 acres. The property features a lap pool with spa and an extensive outdoor bbq area. Besides the six bedrooms and five baths, there is a games room, cinema, gourmet kitchen and cocktail bar. You'll also find a separate two bedroom residence as well as a workshop and two double garages.

Listed through the wonderful people at The Property Market, who aren't going to sue me for using their pics, the house goes to auction on Saturday June 15 at 11am.

The first thing that caught my eye was this view to the pool. Hello margaritas in summer (served by Hugh Jackman of course)
Followed by this view to the house.
I could easily pretend to be Nigella Lawson in this kitchen.
And partake in some reading of Tolstoy from the lounge room.

Guests could pretend they'd gone to a five star resort for the weekend.
And I could drive my Captiva, I'm mean my ML 350 to the front door.  Hope the terracotta warrior is thrown in.

 For more information about this house visit The Property Market.

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Proserpina, The Story of The Seasons

"I shall punish the Earth, I shall turn down the heat. I shall take away every morsel to eat. I shall turn every field into stone. Where I walk crying alone. Crying for Proserpina."

According to Roman mythology, the story of the seasons can be told through the legend of the goddess Proserpina. Proserpina was the daughter of Ceres, the goddess of agriculture and Jupiter, the god of sky and thunder.

While in Sicily, Proserpina was abducted by Pluto and forced to live in the underworld, where he was ruler. Ceres searched the world for Proserpina and in her anger of not finding her beloved daughter, turned everywhere she walked into a desert. Jupiter sent Mercury to order Pluto to free Proserpina. Before letting her go, Pluto made her eat three pomegranate seeds. Pomegranate seeds were said to be the food of the dead. This meant that Proserpina would have to live three months of every year with Pluto while living with her mother for the rest of the year. And this is how we have the seasons, with Proserpina returning to the underworld for Winter.

On Monday night's Q and A on ABC TV, Martha Wainwright sang the last song written by her mother, Canadian folk singer Kate McGarrigle. Proserpina, has been playing in my head all week.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Pearl Beach Music Festival June Long Weekend

Those fancy schmancy folk of the ''Paris of the Central Coast'', aka Pearl Beach really know how to turn up the culture for a June long weekend.

For the 19th year in a row, the sounds of string quartets, pianos and violins will once again echo across the little hamlet. But then doesn't it always? The festival opens with the Enigma String Quartet followed by pianist Simon Tedeschi and violin virtuoso Ian Cooper (try saying that quickly). Jane Rutter, flautist and musical theatre great Peter Cousins will perform two concerts on Sunday entitled ''Romancing The Night''.

Venue: Pearl Beach Memorial Hall, 9 Diamond Road, Pearl Beach

When: Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June 2013 – at 2.30pm and 7.30pm daily

Ticket cost: Saturday afternoon $35, Saturday night and Sunday performances $40 each, children (under 15) $15.

Bookings are recommended – 4343 1455

Refreshments available. Proceeds to hall maintenance and upkeep

Further information Lynne Lillico, Pearl Beach Progress Ass. 4344 2319.

For more information please visit Pearl Beach Events

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Central Coast Interiors - The Springs Peats Ridge

My new favourite place to visit on the Central Coast is The Springs Golf Club in Peats Ridge. Yes, the view looking over the golf course is beautiful, however I am finding something rather lovely in the interiors DAHLING. It's not every day I take photos in a toilet, let alone a public toilet. It's not every day that I fall in love with stairs. But I did and I have.

I'm wondering where I can put these lights in my house without my tall husband banging his head.

A nice bit of stonework and a concrete floor never fails to get this girl excited.
In love with the timber stairs and the iron balustrade.
Bathrooms are spa like. How often do you see a tastefully designed cowhide mirror?
Buckle Up
Here's my son putting. The golf course encapsulates all that you would expect of the Australian landscape - native flora and an abundance of native ducks. My husband, handicap of 12, advises that the first nine is up hill, down dale and is quite challenging. The back nine is flatter and the easier nine.
The Clubhouse features the Sitting Duck Bistro and the Duck Inn Bar.  We've had Sunday lunch twice now at the Duck Inn Bar. On both occasions we had the sourdough bruschetta followed by the Peking Duck spring rolls. The kids have had the homemade pie and the hand cut potato chips. Our next visit will be for the delicious sounding Sunday breakfast - in particular the ricotta hotcakes and the omelette with asparagus, gruyere cheese, ham and chilli jam.
The Springs Golf Club is located at 1080 Peats Ridge Road, Peats Ridge. Call 02 4373 1522.

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Central Coast House Stalking - 141 Cape Three Points Road, Avoca Beach

These days I find that I am drawn to the little seaside town that is Avoca Beach more and more. The main attraction for this calling has been the Avoca Beachside markets but also the little coffee shops, the playground near the surf club and of course the beach itself.

Then there are the houses, which are spunky, dreamy and in need of a good stalking. This week I'm packing my bags and camping out in front of this house at 141 Cape Three Points Road, Avoca Beach. It is listed by the gorgeous people at Raine & Horne. I'm sure they are so gorgeous that they won't mind that I'm using some of their photos to promote this house.

Time to go to work? I think I feel ill today and must stay home to enjoy the view.
The house has a triple garage, workshop and storage rooms. (that's to interest the male readers...)
Hubba Hubba. The kitchen windows can be opened so the countertops can be a servery. Kitchen features Caesarstone benchtops and stainless steel appliances. There's also a Butlers kitchen attached.
Parents retreat has an upper deck. The guest room has mini bar and ensuite.
The neighbours can't see you getting in the bath with your bottles, I mean glass of Veuve Clicquot.
You can pretend you're at a resort while the munchkins run around the fully fenced yard or dive bomb the salt water pool. On those days that you actually make it to the beach, there's an outdoor shower to wash off the sand.
For more details about this house in Avoca Beach visit
House is up for auction:  8th June @1.30pm
Property ID: 5146092

Friday, May 03, 2013

Saved In A Bottle

One of the Dads in my daughter's class plays in the band Potbelleez. He and his singing teacher wife have been working with these cute little kindies on a song for the annual school talent contest. The kids have been learning the new Potbelleez song 'Saved In a Bottle'. I love the film clip, filmed at Berowra I think.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

This Week On The Coast

The Mariners Burn Rubber in Gossie
With their recent win against the Western Sydney Wanderers, the Central Coast Mariners have become the 2013 Hyundai A-League Champions. As such Gosford City Council is hosting a victory parade in Mann Street Gosford Friday April 26 at noon.

Act like a professional at The Erina Centre
The Erina Centre in The Hive at Erina Fair now features teleconferencing facilities, so people like me who work from home can link up with their colleagues or clients without the sound of The Wiggles playing in the background. The teleconferencing facility can be hired from $10 per hour including call costs ($27 - $47/hr including the room and teleconferencing). Contact 4304 7106 or via email at for more information.

Support local artists at Gosford Regional Gallery
Local painter and lecturer at Newcastle Uni, Andy Collis has an exhibition in the Foyer Gallery of Gosford Regional Gallery from April 20 to May 22.

Avoca Beachside Markets
Those lovely people at Fixx Events are putting together another fabulous market this Sunday (April 28) at Heazlett Park Foreshore Avoca Beach from 9am to 2pm.

And of course my heart hurt big time when Chrissy died this week...BIG influence on me as a teenager in the 1980s.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Dear Gosford City Council, I am growing duck feet

Dear Gosford City Council,

I regularly pay my Council rates.

In return can you please kerb and gutter my street as when it rains (which is most of the time), I feel like letting my kids surf down the street to school in the ensuing torrent of water which gurgles, bubbles and flows past my house. And while you are at it, a footpath at the end of the street so the school kids don't have to walk in the middle of it on the aforementioned rainy days, wouldn't go astray either.

I love to recite Coleridge but this 'water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink' business is doing my head in.....not to mention my shoes. I am growing duck feet.

My neighbours have taken to creating Powerpoint Presentations of endless potholes, storm surges and general aquatic mayhem to send to your non responsive 'customer service' team.

I do not want to win a holiday for paying my rates on time, as your recent marketing campaign suggested. I would prefer a team of muscled, bum cracked men pouring concrete up and down BOTH sides of my street.

I don't want you to give a couple of hundred grand to support a player for the Central Coast Mariners, just the simple service of road guttering will keep me happy.

My street was subdivided in 1910, 103 years later it hasn't changed much...except you've put the rates up and in return we get our garbage collected.

If, as the new GM says, you don't want potential residents and investors to see Gosford City as a hole, then perhaps fixing the ones in our street might be a start to a whole new marketing campaign.


Monday, April 15, 2013

While I Was Out - The Avoca Beachside Markets

One of the things that I love, love, love about living on the Central Coast is the Avoca Beachside Markets. Held in Heazlett Park Foreshore Avoca Beach, the markets are an eclectic mix of local artisans, retro curios, great food and talented artists playing under the Lizottes marquee.

I am particularly enamoured with the homemade marshmallow and strawberry kebabs, coated in chocolate sauce of course, which can be found at the Wicked Fruit stall.  Under the chai tent next to their stall you can lounge on pillows and do a bit of people watching.

My kids always love the enchanted craft circle. They inevitably want to get their faces painted and run crazy on the adjoining oval.

With over 100 stalls the markets remind me very much of the Kirribilli markets in Sydney which was held down the street from our apartment.

I may be slightly obsessed by these cute hair clips.
Local produce from Mangrove Mountain was a stand out.

  Held under the magical Moreton Bay Figs, the markets are a wonderful day out for the family.
Open from 9am to 2pm, the next market is on Sunday April 28. For more information about the Avoca Beachside markets go