• 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.


  • 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
  • Volunteering for Duty

    Volunteering Duty

    This is the dream scenario for vegie gardeners: crops that plant themselves. Pictured below is my first-ever self-seeded lettuce baby, doing well this morning.... Read more

    Posted on 27 November 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • The Early Morning Gardener

    Early Morning Gardener

    Of course it is impolite to eavesdrop on others' conversations, and I'm far too well brought up in the old-fashioned way to do it intentionally, but boy do I... Read more

    Posted on 24 November 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • This Lime Tree Bower My Prison

    This Lime Tree Bower Prison

    What a dramatic title for a simple little gardening blog posting. It's actually the name of a poem written in 1797 by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, one of my... Read more

    Posted on 17 November 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Getting Misty Over Spanish Moss

    Getting Misty Over Spanish Moss

    Here's a good example of how hard it is to see the tiny flowers of our Spanish moss. Every year, around early November, our Spanish moss bursts into bloom. We... Read more

    Posted on 01 November 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Bang on Schedule

    Bang Schedule

    Last year I posted some photos of our "false cardamom" (Alpinia nutans or Alpinia calcarata) which bloomed for the first time after 20 or so uneventful years... Read more

    Posted on 30 October 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • 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