Lost Trades Fair Hawkesbury NSW

It’s on next weekend, a fabulous event filled with artisans practising often forgotten arts, and rare trades. There will be demonstrations that excite all members of the family. Look for me in the big shed. I’ll be playing with fire and molten silver, cuttlefish casting all weekend.

Get your tickets in advance to avoid long queues at Try Booking

On the eleventh day of Christmas

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me eleven deserts drifting, ten swirling seas, nine carat gold rings, eight electric blue earrings, seven cuttlefish, six silver pendants, five silver rings, four cascading jewels, three work benches, two topaz earrings and Katrina Newman’s jewellery.


In Memoriam @ Silverton NSW

Silverton Cemetery NSW  © Katrina Newman
Silverton Cemetery NSW © Katrina Newman

Staying out at Silverton 25 clicks from Broken Hill NSW, I thought we’d visit the local cemetery. Here you can find stories of struggle and hardship, young lives cut terribly short, and families torn apart by death.

The landscape resembles a red hot oven scattered with saltbush.  It must have been hellish in the 1800’s.  You can see for yourself that this cemetery and those interred appear almost forgotten. The local community however have taken a recent interest in maintaining this local history sight and its memorials.

Silverton Cemetery Trust can be located on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/silvertoncemeterytrust

The illusive Australian Dream

Looking for Lucky Number 1 © Katrina Newman

The Great Australian Dream © Katrina Newman

These photos were taken on the road to Hill End NSW Australia. I loved the front door detail on this rather sad little house, you will find there a horseshoe to bring much needed luck to its inhabitants (if there are any), and the door handle, a simple but nice piece of craftsmanship, no doubt made from a eucalyptus branch found on the surrounding fields.

The Great Australian Bush

The Great Australian Bush © Katrina Newman

It’s wonderful what you can stumble upon in the Aussie bush. Is this decoration marking someones private bush retreat or is it a work of art from the resident artist? Whatever it is, it caught my eye. Please let me know if you know the story behind this. Please click on the image to enlarge.