Hello there friends,
What a busy time it's been and hasn't this winter been cold! Those chilly blasts from the Arctic
blow right through you when your outside. We've had frosty mornings and clear blue days as well as overcast and
bitterly cold overcast ones.
But first- congratulations are
in order- I'm a grandma in waiting!
Rowena is due to have a little boy on 31st October!- note
that very important date!- (you should have seen the look I got when I told Rowena of the signifigance of that
date in Australian Light Horse history! For those who do not know, it was the date of the triumphant Australian
Light Horse Charge on Beersheba in 1917!)
In between visiting family and delivering
orders,( delivering orders is sometimes the only way I can get to see family and friends!) researching, designing
new paintings, a spot of pastelling, gardening, and getting my Dad's first book published (more on that later) This
is what we've done since the last newsletter...
April 29. Mick Bradford's Heavy
Unfortunately it was cancelled due to inclement weather for the first time in 12 years!
May 5 & 6. Gatton Heavy Horse Field
displayed my heavy horse
prints, and some of the Mount Britton Collection, as well as some of the Australian Light Horse. It was well
worth while and from it we were invited to participate in the Lions Club of highfields Creative Exhibition in
June. We got LOTS of wonderful photos of working horses as future reference
Interestingly, a couple of old-timers, asked why I had painted the
shafts so low in "Sergeant Raking Lucerne" - my answer- "that's how they were". I was commended on painting
things as they are in the field instead of show-ring perfect! Shortly after that Mick Bradford arrived -he'd
been ragged about the low shafts on Sergeant by his peers. He hadn't done it he assured me- it was
his helpers- a few years back they'd hitched the horses way too low, it didn't bother Sergeant, but Brigadier
and Duchess had just stopped in their tracks and refused to budge until he was called, assessed the situation,
and had it remedied!
May 19 &
20. Air and Land
This was a very successful event again this year. For the third year in a row, we have had a someone come up to us
and show us a copy of our artwork tatooed onto their body! They are somewhat sheepish at first because strictly
speaking, it is copying copyright material- a most unlawful thing to do-so don't do it without permission please.
However we feel very honoured that they would advertise our artwork in such a personal and permanent way!
I have spent a year wrestling with a particular painting, but wasn't satisfied-
so I painted it out completely and determined to get some better reference photos at this event. With this in
mind I organised a little re-enactment of my own on the side, as I needed some very specific subject matter
for a series of paintings I want to do. It involved a few re-enactors...a few WWI Light Horsemen and their
horses and some Turks. I explained the scenario to the small group of re-enactors, and let them do their stuff
while Ron and I clicked frantically with our cameras. The result... asolutely fantastic reference material- so
much feeling, and the light was right!; now I have to compose them all into a sandy desert instead of green
grass, which I have been doing- trouble is I now have so many good reference photos, I could do a dozen
fantastic paintings of each of the three scenes I wish to paint ! Keep you posted, I am really excited about
May 26 Australian Light Horse
Association Annual Dinner
This was held in Warwick RSL Club, and we had our original Australian
light horse paintings on display- most of them for the very first time. I had invited old Bill Greer, son of
Corporal William Greer, depicted in "My Blaze". He was so thrilled to get the acknowledgment of so many (he
used to be in the RAAF) and his photo taken with my portrait of his father and Blaze, which also appeared
in the newspapers.
June 9 & 10. History Alive A Journey
Our display was inside, and well received
by those who came through. However the weather was cold, bleak and wet and windy, the ground slushy, and as
most sensible people stayed indoors rather than slosh about in the cold and wet, (which had disasterous results for
all those ladies dressed in Medieval clothing!- I'm very glad I am not doing their washing!,although it didn't seem
to dampen their enthusiasm!) it was not well attended, and so a little disappointing for
June 16/17 Lions Club of Highfields Creative
What a wonderfully organised event this was!
and our display extremely well received, and it has led to some truely remarkable resource material for our
Australian Light Horse series- for which we are deeply grateful. And I found just what I wanted to get for my
daughter and my grandson!- something totally unique- but that's secret!
I designed the book cover of this, my father's first
published book. There are more to follow. This is a truely fascinating story...yes I am biased, I grew up with it!
- I was extremely lucky to have a great story-telling Daddy...now you can enjoy it too! or a rather matured version
This saga unfolds from a secluded Glen outside the fallen
kingdom of Orionada, where two children, leaving their sheltered lives, set off on a courageous and dangerous
journey to search for their missing father. They find themselves caught up in the plight of the quaint townsfolk of
Weirdsdale – under the shadow of the Stove Pipe Mountains and the mysterious ‘purple lights’ where they soon find
all is not as it seems... is there really an unknown and evil wizard at work in those mountains? …and if so, has he
taken their father? During their quest they discover the nature of the great battle between the forces
of Zutaan ‘the Destroyer’ and Almega’s loyal followers on Trynurth, a
strange and unique planet so similar to our own and yet so very different.
Compulsive reading! Far more than a bedside story, it can be read and reread, and understood on
different levels. The first as an absolutely fascinating story. But
there are deeper, much deeper levels hinted at throughout the book…
It is available from online bookstores, but if you would like to support your local bookstore and
they do not have it in stock, then they can order it from the publisher, Xlibris. If you would like your copy
signed by the author you can contact him on email@example.com
Warwick Montrose 11th Lighthorse Troop
We are very proud to be founding members of the very recently
formed Warwick Montrose 11th Light Horse Troop. For 20 years Russell Broderick has represented the Australian Light
Horse in Warwick. Now Ray Kuhn ( he's the bloke in Ron's paintings '"The Light Horseman " and "A Drop For My
Mate") and wife Trish have really got it going- starting with over 20 riding members!- most of them very proficient
riders. Unfortunately neither Ron nor I am in the position to ride or even be support ground crew or horse
handlers, however we will support any static displays, along with our LH printsand stories. Once incoorporated
the troop willn be raffling a framed Limited Edition Print of Ron's "The Light Horseman" to raise much needed funds
for aquiring the necessary equipment. The original troop from this area was called the Montrose Troop, hence the
name. We will miss the first training day while we are in Sydney, but I predict that the Warwick Montrose Troop
will soon be a troop to be proud of! Their first event will be in 12 weeks -the Warwick Rodeo Parade, and they are
cramming in as many training sessions as possible.
We have donated a beautifully framed full size Limited Edition print of "My
Blaze" to the Boer War Memorial Associatio Inc, and proceeds from this raffle will contribute to the
construction of a national Boer War Memorial in Anzac Parade in Canbera. If you would like to participate in the
raffle, copy and print the TICKET ORDER FORM (the blue-grey section below) and post to the address on it
or contact Miles Farmer at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07
NOW- FUTURE EVENTS
The Sydney Trip- at
Woohoo! We are leaving on Monday! We have been going down to Sydney since January, but it has
been postponed each time. At long last the day has almost arrived, and we are set to go. Unless there is some
very major disaster we are leaving on Monday. We will be taking some original paintings down to the Morpeth
Gallery (Trevor has been patiently waiting since January!) and delivering a framed print of "Taffy Waits" to
(get this) the son of the man depicted in the painting! Yes! He is eager to tell me the whole story of his
father Corporal Austin Edwards and Taffy. I can't wait!
We will be visiting family and friends on the way, and I am most eager to see my younger son, I only briefly saw
him last August, just after he returned from his 3rd deployment to Afghanistan.
Ron is keen to try out all the new "improvements" to the old van.
(although it has been in use for most of the outings above, and very comfortable and convenient.) Ron decided that
we needed a washing machine in the caravan- so he has undone some of his good work and has been installing it in
the last week or so. I will be glad when he has finished it and he can get back to painting!
FLY IN - DRIVE IN
On our return
we will be packing prints and heading up to Archer Falls Airfield. We have been invited to
display our Australian Light Horse prints at this
We will both be painting, however I see annother wee caravan trip
The grand event! I will be a Grandma! First Time! The little rascal is
extremely active and is due on the 31st, but we are hoping that he comes early- like his mother (3 weeks) or his 2
uncles (2 & 1 week). This is because he has timed his arrival with Rowena's exams- she's studying Medicine
& it's the end of her first year!(perfect timing or what!) I shall be on Mother/Grandmother duty/joy all
through October. His other grandparents (a first for them too!) are coming out from Wales in early November, his
Nan will stay 3 months (my painting time!) Then .... I am anticipating, Ron is dreading more frequent trips to
Brisbane! as both Rowena and Owen are working and both are studying!
That's it folks!