• 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.


  • My Dioramas Become Art for Sale

    Dioramas Become Sale

    Last Thursday (October 13) was the opening night of a new art show in Gaffa Art Gallery in Sydney city where my digital dioramas made their debut in the world o... Read more

    Posted on 15 October 2016 MOTO
  • Posting Too Soon

    Posting Soon

    I just love stepping outside into our garden in the mornings. There's always something slightly different to see that wasn't there the day before. Read more

    Posted on 10 October 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • October Surprises

    October Surprises

    Some mornings, I know exactly how daisies feel. It's not enough for the sun's early appearance to turn night into day. What daisies need is to feel the sun's... Read more

    Posted on 09 October 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Louisiana Iris

    Louisiana Iris

    I do love all those spectacular, show-off blooms that strut their stuff for just a week or two, then disappear until the same time next year. Right now, it's... Read more

    Posted on 08 October 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Making a Beeline

    Making Beeline

    If there is one thing I don't want in my garden, it's an automated watering system. Without the daily pleasure of getting out there and hand-watering the... Read more

    Posted on 02 October 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Australian Rally Cars of the 1950s

    Australian Rally Cars 1950s

    Well, to conclude my epic adventure into 1950s Aussie model- and diorama-making, I thought a final summary showcase would be in order. Read more

    Posted on 25 September 2016 MOTO
  • Made for the Shade

    Made Shade

    Just like me, our garden is slowly ageing, but unlike innocent old me, our garden is getting shadier ... Our major shade-spreader is our frangipani tree, and... Read more

    Posted on 17 September 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Lazy Million

    Lazy Million

    Although our backyard garden blog takes place in the middle of a rather large city, I’ve always thought of Garden Amateur Land as a quiet country town. Maybe... Read more

    Posted on 13 September 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • The 1956 Ampol Trial Dioramas

    1956 Ampol Trial Dioramas

    It's 1956, and the Ampol Reliability Trial, yet another of the round-Australia rallies testing the endurance of ordinary family cars, is underway, and it is... Read more

    Posted on 05 September 2016 MOTO
  • The Weeds Are Winning

    Weeds Winning

    To misquote Neil Young somewhat, weeds never sleep. We all know that, and at the end of this cool, wet winter in Sydney, the garden weeds have never been... Read more

    Posted on 02 September 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Just a Little Bit Obsessive ...

    Just Little Obsessive

    What can I say? Guilty as charged, just a little bit obsessive about my scadoxus, the flowering bulbs from South Africa. Every year around late August, early... Read more

    Posted on 31 August 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Springing Open

    Springing Open

    It is nice having a full set of senses – you know, smell, sight, touch, taste and hearing – but when it's spring if you were a poor unfortunate down to just... Read more

    Posted on 25 August 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Clumping Together – How Exciting!

    Clumping Together Exciting!

    I'm afraid that this is what passes for excitement in my quiet life ... my scadoxus clump is getting bigger.Fatherhood might have eluded me in my human... Read more

    Posted on 22 July 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • 1956 Ampol Trial Diorama - Update 3

    1956 Ampol Trial Diorama Update

    The decals are drying for both the Peugeot and the VW Beetle. I apply a special stuff called Micro-Sol which effectively dissolves the decals onto the surface,... Read more

    Posted on 10 June 2016 MOTO
  • 1956 Ampol Trial Diorama - Update 2

    1956 Ampol Trial Diorama Update

    We now have the beginnings of a blue Peugeot 403And we have a driver and navigator in position in the interior. Here are Wilf and Alan, the Peugeot-driving... Read more

    Posted on 02 June 2016 MOTO
  • 1956 Ampol Trial Diorama - Update 1

    1956 Ampol Trial Diorama Update

    At last, I have the full colour DVD in my hands (thank you local library) and I have struck paydirt on several fronts. I wanted the winning Peugeot 403 to be... Read more

    Posted on 02 June 2016 MOTO
  • Loving It Here

    Loving Here

    Do you have a plant in your garden which just thrives and does well, no matter how little you care for it? (And that's not counting weeds, of course!). Read more

    Posted on 30 May 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Stinky Does It Again

    Stinky Does Again

    When do stapelias bloom? When they feel like it, it seems. Mine is blooming now, mid-May. But the last time it bloomed was in 2015, January 3. Here's the post... Read more

    Posted on 21 May 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Sweet Shade

    Sweet Shade

    Success has its rewards, but like most drugs it also has its undesirable side-effects. Here in sunny Garden Amateurland, our modest success in growing things... Read more

    Posted on 18 May 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Renovations


    Should they ever discover plant life on Mars I would not be a bit surprised if it turned out to be onion weed ... or oxalis. These two weeds are... Read more

    Posted on 13 May 2016 GARDENING, HOME