I retired to Castlemaine, an old gold mining town in Central Victoria, around five years ago.

I feel at home living here. There is a large creative community living in and around Castlemaine so there is a rich cultural life to enjoy.

Castlemaine is surrounded by bushland which is largely regrowth from the gold mining days. I enjoy ambling through the bush with my dog, Katie.

My blog has evolved over time. I share my art work, my visits to open gardens and my travels locally and further afield.

I like the way my blog changes as my life changes.

Thank you for visiting.

40 Responses

  1. Have only just discovered your blog and have enjoyed it very much. I am on Facebook under the name of Brigid O’Carroll Walsh.

  2. Hi Margaret,

    Jess here from Friends of Vaughan Springs. Beautiful blog – congratulations. I came across one of your images of Vaughan Springs in Autumn – the friends are about to launch our next family fun day at the springs and we’d love to use your image on the press release if that’s ok with you? I can email you a draft copy of the press release if you’d like to see it – just need your email address..?
    Jessie Stanley

    • Hi Jess,
      I am delighted you want to use one of my photographs.
      I have sent you an email in reply.
      Please let me know if you do not receive the email.

      • Thanks Margaret – that’s great 🙂 I haven’t received an email though..?


      • Hi again, Jess
        I tried sending an email twice but it bounced back both times??

        This is my email address to send the copy of the family day promotion: margaret.griffin123@yahoo.com.au

  3. Hey there Margaret, what’s up? Just randomly tuned into your blog and I liked what I read so I gave you a follow. Come see what’s on my mind over at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com, and if you like, join in the fun! Have a great day 🙂

    • Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog, Jacob. I hope when you have your 28th birthday you will have many new experiences to add to your list.

  4. Hello Margaret, thank you for visiting my blog! I really like your drawings, I used to draw myself years ago and I think it was a mistake to stop, it can be really therapeutic. Good luck with everything you do and all the best!

    • Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and for your kind wishes. I hope you get inspired to start drawing again

      • You’re welcome, I do hope too I’ll manage to get back to drawing some time soon, I just wish I could feel better and have more energy because then my days could productively last much longer. Take care and all the best!! Tanja

  5. I love the drawings, especially the charcoals, but the pastels and others as well. The blog posts are nice too.

    • Thank you Rashida for taking the time to explore my blog. I wish you well on your own healing journey.

  6. Hi! I’m not sure if you’ve been nominated already, but if not, consider yourself nominated by me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. It’s like a chain letter to recognize others who consistently write great posts that I, the nominator, look forward to reading. Visit my blog to view my acceptance entry and get all the details…and congrats!

    • Hi Marisa, I am glad you have enjoyed reading the posts on my blog.

  7. Hi Margaret, a pleasure to meet you. Thank you for your visit and likes at art rat cafe – much appreciated. Am going to take a stroll through your blog…

    • Thank you John, I appreciate the time you are taking to explore my blog.

      • My pleasure…

  8. Hi Margaret,
    Thanks so much for visiting Dancing on Frozen Beaver Ponds, liking and commenting on the artwork. It’s very much appreciated! I look forward to exploring your blog, it looks fascinating.

    • Chris, I hope you find something on my blog which appeals to you. I enjoy sharing my work with other bloggers.

  9. Gosh, your blog offers so much to learn ! must follow…:-)

    • Thank you Karunita. Best wishes for your own creative journey.

  10. Margaret, you have a very interesting blog. Are you also the artist?

    • Yes, Sandy, I am the artist. I make art for my own pleasure. As someone who has trained as an art therapist, I appreciate the healing powers of creative pursuits.

      • You work makes me want to do more with textiles and paint!

  11. Hi Margaret
    Thank you for your very kind words on my blog this morning. As a sufferer of chronic pain, I appreciate the value of creativity as a way of coping. Your practice sounds like a valuable resource for those within reach of it.

    • Rachael, I am impressed by the number of people whose blogs I have visited who experience chronic pain or other chronic conditions and they all attest to the healing power of their creative pursuits be it writing, photography, drawing, painting etc. Thank you for exploring my blog.

  12. Hello Reiki Friend! Best wishes to you and your practice. I look forward to following your blog. -Julie

  13. Margaret, I am so happy to be connected with you and your work. I see a beautiful connection with Spirit, Humanity and Art in your blog.

  14. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and liking one of the posts

    • I am glad you took the time to take a wander through my blog. Thank you.

  15. Thanks for visiting one of my blogs. I am glad you shared about your two cats. As I look through you blog, I find myself searching for more cats! 🙂

    • My, you are quick, Lea. I had just finished viewing your blog on living in France when I found you had been checking out my offerings in the blogosphere. No cats yet though. Perhaps sometime in the future.

  16. Wow, this is an interesting blog. I will be back to read more.

  17. Hello Margaret, great to have found you!!!
    My recent interest is in Art therapy 🙂
    Amazing blog!!
    best wishes

    • Thank you for your interest Lizzie. Best wishes with your own art therapy adventures.

  18. Hello Margaret – I hope your intentions expand in amazing ways.

    • Thank you for your support, Ann.

      Best wishes


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