OUR YEARS IN URALLA- NEW ENGLAND

Some places leave a lasting impression- The Diggings-our sanctuary home near Uralla was destined to be a very special place . I wrote & composed most of my most significant songs-music right here amongst this wonderful garden. These photos all taken before anything grew - the garden was amazing and totally private & protected from weather- and it was our sanctuary for years. I'll add more photos as I find them- so many memories. 

AMONG THE AUTUMN LEAVES IN URALLA- 2014

OUR URALLA HOME-FOR OVER TWENTY YEARS!

THE DIGGINGS- we spent over twenty unforgettable years in Uralla- or Rocky River to be precise. We called our place (The Diggings) because thats what the locals referred to the area as.  We had about 20 acres of rolling hillside- a wonderful bore-beautiful water- an old Chinese Handmade Bridge- lots of mine shafts- after all this whole area was called (The Diggings) because it was literally dug over-mined- and a Gold mining area . A bustling Gold field- with several Pubs-Inns- a Brothel- Butchery- you name it- there was a Gold Rush & Rocky River was at the heart of it- with Chinese & men from all over-looking for Gold. So much history there-no wonder I loved it and always found so much inspiration there for my Songwriting- We renovated the gorgeous old Cottage- and I created approx 5 acres of Garden- trees- Shrubs- it was our very own piece of heaven- our excape from the modern world. I have been back to visit recently -to find it all pretty much destroyed- pretty sad-but doesn't diminish my memory. On this page you will see parts of the garden- some of the projects -and I wish I'd taken more photos- it was a picture postcard little place & many happy years spent there. I loved my combustion stove- we had geese- a dam- fabulous old Apricot trees-very old- beautiful fruit. And many wonderful Dinner Parties & gatherings there over the years- two of our Dearest doggies are buried there! We moved north to Qld because of my family- but also because of the severe winters! You move on & sell up -but we will treasure all the happy times we spent there.

OUR GORGEOUS OLD HOME!

MY BEAUTIFUL GARDEN WAS A HAVEN

We stood our beautiful stallion (Roc Again) at The Diggings- until we left in 2004 -here is Roc with thebloke who bred him- Robert Balwyn from Tamworth. He imported Rocs Mum-from the USA in foal to the Legendary sire- Roc O 'Lena -in the cutting Hall of Fame. But in amongst all this I spent a lot of time in my Garden- and during our years- it was transformed into an amazing sanctuary -for Bird Life- plants and trees. 

OUR BEAUTIFUL FRONT DOOR-

LOOKING DOWN TOWARDS ROC'S YARD!

LOOKING OUT ACROSS PADDOCK!

THE BACK OF THE HOUSE!