• 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.


  • Mulch, Let Me Count the Reasons Why ...

    Mulch, Count Reasons

    Yesterday, compost. Today, mulch. We're getting back to basics here this week, but these two topics are the heart and soul of healthy soils, and that's where... Read more

    Posted on 15 August 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • It Was a Dirty Job, and I Did It ...

    Dirty Job,

    And now, for my most irrelevant and deceptive opening photo to a gardening blog ...Isn't this helleborus flower nice? It's a bit floppy eared and misshapen,... Read more

    Posted on 14 August 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Choice Cuts

    Choice Cuts

    I love the way recycling operates in our streets. Our local council does a great job. There are yellow-lidded bins (paper/glass), green-lid bins (garden... Read more

    Posted on 06 August 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Gong for the Gong


    We finally did it. Visited the Wollongong Botanic Garden. I'm not proud to say that it has only taken us 20 years to get here, even though it's only a bit over... Read more

    Posted on 03 August 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Going Potty in Midwinter

    Going Potty Midwinter

    "You've been prolific lately on your blog," said our friend and dinner companion, Belinda, last night. She's right, there's a fair bit of gardening going on... Read more

    Posted on 10 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • How to Spot a Weed

    Spot Weed

    Spotted a weed this morning, so as a public service, here's how to spot a weed ...Q: Did you plant it there?A: No.Answer: It's a weed! Read more

    Posted on 07 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Thyme Management

    Thyme Management

    Wandering into the kitchen yesterday afternoon, I was greeted by the very pleasant sight and smell of a lot of thyme drying on some paper towels. What was Pam... Read more

    Posted on 07 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Slow Progress, Chapter 982

    Slow Progress, Chapter

    I'm only kidding, this isn't really chapter 982, but it is slow progress. I'm just trying to scare off those online gardening browsers whose attention span can... Read more

    Posted on 03 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Oh What a Lovely Little Holiday

    What Lovely Little Holiday

    Well, this has been a very quiet little gardening blog of late. Nothing since May 6, nothing at all in June, and here we are in July already. Read more

    Posted on 01 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Bonsai Update — Risky Repotting

    Bonsai Update Risky Repotting

    First the good news: all the baby curry leaf trees are growing from seed. In fact all the seeds, even the slow starters in the punnet, are coming up. The bad... Read more

    Posted on 06 May 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • 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