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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Coming up at 'The Scottish Sale' Wednesday 15 April at Bonhams - Edinburgh

Lot 111 - A 19th century agate Saltire brooch/pendant
The Saltire set with five translucent agates with shades of greens and terracotta throughout, the frame with bead-work decoration, suspended from a fine belcher-link chain, mounted in gold, length excluding chain 33mm

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Just like to give Stuart Pratley at "polish" in Bangalow a plug - and show him some details of our Australian colonial frames in our bedroom


We bought a pair of carved maple panels from his shop on the way back from Tasmania, this year and I've just had them framed and I've installed them today.
"polish" 02 6687 0531- 16 Station Street, Bangalow NSW Australia

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Mimmo Cozzolino was into the 'map of Australia' graphics before me but I've made up for it

I've saved these split wooden shingles and the fruit cases, all stored in the old bakery, Tunbridge.



Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Circles and crosses including squares, triangles and arrows


Another artist I have followed is Jerzy Truszkowski (born 1961 Warszawa) and I've also noticed he goes by the name of Max Hexer. The pich above from my 'pinks' folder is entitled 'Abstracja na ciele' from 1984 and is know as 'Abstraction in the flesh'. Xs and Os as I like to find them . . . I've always wondered at the translation and have made up my own version.

Found and delighted to post on



o.k. - I've followed Therese Cox's blog now for seven years or so and always delight in her finds. Today's post not only has a skull but features and X and three O's - right up my alley . . .

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The silver badge of Death - a circle and a cross

Vincenzo Piccini is the only clothed mummy in the Chiesa Dei Morti of the Confraternity of Buona Morte in Urbania, Italy. He is dressed in the robes of the religious order he was a member of and he wears the silver badge of Death.

Three more (found) circles and crosses


Painted on the kitchen doors and viewable from the restaurant in Nambucca Heads NSW

What seemed funny was that the waitress was also the chef - she did a great job switching uniforms because when I knocked on the door to ask about taking a photo she had a chefs cap on . . .

Two X & O's from my recent travels

This first one is the leftovers from a entree - slow cooked lamb ribs - Spanish tapas bar at Mittagong Southern Highlands NSW Australia

Painted our sign on galvanised tin - Gundagai NSW Australia




Thursday, January 15, 2015

An O and an X from Roman Polanski

I always enjoy his daily posts - so European . . .

Sunday, January 11, 2015

X and O on flywheel tags

We are down in the midlands of Tasmania on our annual summer break staying at our 1856 shop and residence in Tunbridge. We have building restorations, paint removal and stain preparations ahead of us but we punctuate our efforts with visits to shops and bush walks.
Flywheel at New Norfolk has been a destination even before it opened as I follow Tammy on their Drill Hall blog. We managed to go there on our first free day last Friday.

Having been shop keepers we know how hard it is to manage the look and feel of an establishment, these three women do it first class, believe me. Please click the links and follow their prepared scripts to find out more. Their web is set for Android and IOS although I prefer the larger screen format.
My choice of their product should be no surprise:


I also bought this artist's palette, its French and it is my ninth in the collection although it will travel back to Brisbane, end Feb 2015.