A tribute of admiration


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I’ve just returned from saying goodbye to a man I’d only known this past year but who quickly made an impact on me. The tributes I heard for Peter Watson today at his funeral have only deepened that impression.

It may seem an odd thing to do, to begin the first post of 2015 thinking about a man local to my area who has recently died. Considering this blog’s focus on community, however, I think it is quite fitting for Peter was, without doubt, a man of the community.

Born in Sussex, Peter ‘adopted’ Egremont – a town I knew as my own for many years – in 1969 and never left. Head of English for twenty years at the local school, the Oxford scholar was a formidable intellectual (I learned he could quote most of Shakespeare from memory) but also had a huge heart for the…

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Frivolous and Fun!

It sounds just like me!


If you’re feeling the after effects of Christmas and feeling a little low, here’s a silly poem to cheer you:

Who am I?

I’m not a creature who is loved the best,

In fact, most say I’m an awful pest,

It’s not my fault, I don’t mean to be,

Nature made me as I am, you see,

I love cats and dogs the most,

You humans aren’t the best hosts,

I like to flip and flap and jump around,

I can’t stand being still on the ground,

I suppose I can’t change your mind,

Though please be gentle to me and kind,

I am who I am, that’s me,

A most fanciful and friendly flea.


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scenes from a marriage in heaven …. gustaf and anna, part 10

I love spelling now!!


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Anna, who died found herself standing outside the Pearly Gates, being greeted by St. Peter.
She asked him, “Oh, is this place what I really think it is? It’s so beautiful.
Did I really make it to heaven?”
To which St. Peter replied, “Yes, my dear, these are the Gates to Heaven. But you must do one more thing before you can enter.” Lena was very excited, and asked of St. Peter what she must do to pass through the gates. “Spell a word,” St. Peter replied. “What word?” she asked.
“Any word,” answered St. Peter. “It’s your choice.” Lena promptly replied, “Then the word I will spell is love. L-o-v-e.”

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St. Peter congratulated her on her good fortune to have made it to Heaven, and asked her if she would mind taking his place at the gates for a few minutes while he went to the bathroom.
“I’d be honored,” she…

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Adelaide Hills Fiddle Workshop

Pop-Star’s nephew Dan, wife and two children are fortunate fellow Adelaide Hills residents. Music is part of their home, and both children show talent beyond their years with their violins.

Dan acquired a love of fiddling from his father Tony, and not surprisingly he and the young musicians were early applicants for the weekend fiddle workshop at Strathalbyn.

Pop-Star and the good Mrs Pop-Star were invitees to the climax of the weekend, a concert by performers and mentors held in the hall of Strathalbyn’s well known and loved St. Andrews Church.

It was a delightful evening to set feet a-jigging. The video of one of the pieces was kindly taken on Pop-Star’s iPhone 5 by Dan’s mother-in law Sonya.

Vivacious Adelaide Hills musician Catherine Fraser is keeping alive the delights of Irish and Scottish Fiddling music.

Scottish fiddle exponent Catherine Fraser

Scottish fiddle exponent Catherine Fraser

Lighten Your Day

Lighten Your Day

Catherine the Great!! A lively entertainer.

Catherine the Great!! A lively entertainer.

With Scottish Pianist Duncan Smith

With Scottish Pianist Duncan Smith

For a second year she has conducted a workshop for musicians young and old at the Glenbarr Camp and Conference Centre in Strathalbyn, South Australia. Guest presenter for the four day event from Oct 9 2014 was Irish fiddle expert Tim Whelan. Also assisting were musicians Hugh Gordon and Janet Gordon.

Picturesque and historic Adelaide Hills Township Strathalbyn on the Angus River.

Picturesque and historic Adelaide Hills Township Strathalbyn on the Angus River.

Deserves to be better known

Deserves to be better known

Saturday night concert in the St Andrews Hall by performers and their mentors.

Saturday night concert in the St Andrews Hall by performers and their mentors.

Part of South Australia's history since 1839.

Part of South Australia’s history since 1839.

Pop-Star is grateful that there are talented musicians dedicated to the preservation of Celtic music in remote South Australia.

vertical garden designs … the new obsession

This post captures the beauty of this innovation in landscaping bringing beauty, peace and tranquillity to city living.

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Vertical gardens are a relatively new field of work, and as such it has room for a lot of development. Since 2004, Vertical Garden Design has focused on the design aspect of these type of gardens – to offer projects that stand out from the average range. This involves a continuous effort to increase the knowledge about suitable plants in order to create gardens for a wide range of locations and climates.

Images: Vertical Garden Design, Stockholm

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