• The Die is Cast

    I collect diecast model cars, and I'm interested in both the history of the cars, plus photographing them in dioramas which I create in Photoshop.

  • Garden Amateur

    I've been gardening here in my small backyard in inner-city Sydney for over 20 years, growing a potager style mix of vegies, herbs and flowers. I also like to blog about cooking and the wildlife that drops in for a visit.


  • Coriander the Easy, Seedy Way

    Coriander Easy, Seedy

    I really ought to have a bit more faith in myself. There I was a few weeks back, filled with doubt that my coriander seed-saving skills were up to scratch, and... Read more

    Posted on 25 April 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • FJ Holden at the Half-Way House

    Holden Half-Way House

    Like most people, Australians like to believe in their legends about themselves, and part of that legend is the Australian-made Holden car. Read more

    Posted on 25 April 2017 MOTO
  • A Lot of Local Colour in Italy

    Local Colour Italy

    It's been quite a long while since I have created one of my dioramas in Photoshop, but lately I've been inspired to break all the traditional diorama-making... Read more

    Posted on 18 April 2017 MOTO
  • Hello, Instagram

    Hello, Instagram

    Well, I've joined Instagram, and you can find me atjamiemcilwraithand I'll be concentrating on posting my dioramas ... ... including the ones I create in... Read more

    Posted on 10 April 2017 MOTO
  • (Not) Doing the Rounds

    (Not) Doing Rounds

    Well, I was going to write this blog posting two days ago, while the rain was still falling. And I was going to start it with something like "it's been 900... Read more

    Posted on 05 April 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • 1930s Art Deco Street Scene Diorama

    1930s Deco Street Scene Diorama

    It's been a while (six months!) since my last post here at "The Die is Cast", so it's time for an update on what I've been up to. Read more

    Posted on 03 April 2017 MOTO
  • Bonsai Update – We Have Lift-off

    Bonsai Update Have Lift-off

    One of life's little mistakes that most of us make repeatedly is to assume stuff. Assume X will be OK. Assume Y will happen. Assume Z will get in touch about W... Read more

    Posted on 21 March 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Pinky-green Morning

    Pinky-green Morning

    Our garden faces the morning sun, and this being a day when rain is around, the sunlight surged through the clouds in an ever-changing glow of pink. Read more

    Posted on 12 March 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Making a Bee-line for Salvias

    Making Bee-line Salvias

    Bees can "photobomb" my flower photos any time they like. There I was quietly trying to capture what it is I like about my lovely blue salvia flowers, when the... Read more

    Posted on 11 March 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Senior Moments

    Senior Moments

    Pammy and I have a little standing joke that we always share with her lovely Mum, Val, every time we go out together. At some stage in the evening one of us,... Read more

    Posted on 09 March 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Citrus Feeding Time Again, Folks

    Citrus Feeding Time Again, Folks

    It's a wet weekend at the end of February, and so that means it's ideal citrus feeding weather at the ideal time of year. I just did my lemon, lime and potted... Read more

    Posted on 24 February 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Small Beginnings for a Little Bonsai

    Small Beginnings Little Bonsai

    I'm not an especially spiritual person, but I do believe in the power of coincidences to affect your life. Here's a simple gardening example ... Read more

    Posted on 23 February 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • The Mossy Wall

    Mossy Wall

    I'm not sure about you, but coming up with a plan can take me ages, and then at the last moment, just before I'm about to implement the agreed PLAN A, I come... Read more

    Posted on 22 February 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Frangipani Dreaming

    Frangipani Dreaming

    Well, it only took two months to get our latest frangipani planted. I thought it would take longer, being a pessimist about my workrate during summer, but the... Read more

    Posted on 21 February 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • What to Do with Too Many Chillies

    What with Many Chillies

    Everyone loves a bargain, and the closer you get to paying almost nothing, the better the buzz. Bargains are different from freebies, of course. Read more

    Posted on 10 February 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Summer Panoramas

    Summer Panoramas

    Lots of Sydney gardeners will tell you that we don't really have four distinct seasons here. We kind of spend most of the year in a lovely, mild warm season,... Read more

    Posted on 14 January 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Dill Pickle Taste Test

    Dill Pickle Taste Test

    In a word, "YUM"!*What on Earth is he on about this time?*See the previous post — here. I made my first-ever batch of dill pickles. I've had to wait a few... Read more

    Posted on 03 January 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • In a Pickle with a Glut of Cucumbers

    Pickle with Glut Cucumbers

    It seems like it was only weeks ago that I posted a blog about my newly planted little "Cutecumber" cucumber plants. And that's because it was only four weeks... Read more

    Posted on 30 December 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Frangipani 'Serendipity'

    Frangipani 'Serendipity'

    Replacing a major plant in our garden always leads to a small series of what Pammy and I jokingly refer to as "committee meetings". Read more

    Posted on 18 December 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Splash of Red


    Every bunch of enthusiasts in every field includes quite a few snobs, and gardening is no exception. Snobs, God bless their misguided souls, want to feel that... Read more

    Posted on 30 November 2016 GARDENING, HOME