Old woollen footy jumpers: Dick McGillivray in a ridgy didge Essendon premiership jumper

Dick McGillivray wore his fair dinkum Essendon premiership jumper around the farm, as his daughter Pamela explains.

Almanac Backyards – Backyard Bliss

Craig Dodson’s article on backyard space caused Pamela Sherpa to reflect on her own blissful childhood spent outdoors.

From the good old days when cars were so novel we were photographed alongside them

A genre of everyday Australian 50s and 60s life was to photograph the kids (and others) next to the family car. Such was the place of the motor vehicle (and the kids). Here’s a couple of classics. Send yours in. [Now includes a 1963 pic from Anne Dillon – Ed]

Sport Week in Nepal

Pamela Sherpa reports in from Samten Memorial School in Kathmandu, Nepal during Sport Week.

Christmas cricket Torrumbarry style

Christmas was at Torrumbarry on the Murray for Pam Sherpa and family. Pete proved to be a terrific host and a fine curator.

Almanac (Cricket) Poetry: Shared Moment

A cricket poem from Pam Sherpa. The top order is in disarray.

The Melbourne Cup

On Cup Eve 2015, we revisit Pam Sherpa’s first and only Melbourne Cup

Country footy: Leitchville-Gunbower put on a premiership reunion weekend

The Leitchville-Gunbower Football Netball Club reunion went off with a bang. The footy team knocked over Elmore, the lamb was cooked perfectly, the jumpers were auctioned, the piano accordion came out, a sheep was sheared and many stories were told. All in all a great weekend.

Shearing Shed Days

The craziness and chaos of sheep kept Pam Sherpa on her toes when she was a kid. [Nice memoir – Ed]

Round 2 – GWS v Melbourne: Autumn Bliss

It’s one of those magnificent autumn days when the Canberra sky is at its finest, and the Giants take full advantage of the perfect conditions.

AFL Round 23 – Carlton v Essendon: Time Travel

Pamela Sherpa has a 30 year reunion with old Bombers friends to celebrate their ’84 flag, and takes in the last home and away game for the year at the MCG against the Blues.

Nepal Buddha Cricket Academy

Here is an unlikely initiative, but those involved are very keen. You can help the Buddha Cricket Academy. Have you got any old cricket books you’re happy to donate?

Supplementary Soup

“We return the next day and after several hours of waiting, finally board a six seater helicopter to fly to Phaplu in the lower Everest region. The alternative to flying in is a day long bus ride followed by 6 days of walking,” writes Pamela Sherpa of her return to Nepal. She has some advice for James Hird.

Canberra Gaelic Football

The Canberra Gaelic Football Club will hold a meeting at the Irish club, 6 Parkinson St, Weston on Thursday, August 1 to discuss a potential summer competition. The meeting will start at 7pm and new players are welcome.

AFL Round 6 – Essendon v GWS Giants: Mind games, magic tricks, martian moves

Caught between two teams, Pamela Sherpa barracked for the Giants in the first half. Inspired choice that.

AFL Round 5 – GWS Giants v Gold Coast: A football education

The defeats the Giants are copping now are all part of their football education, writes Pamela Sherpa.

AFL Round 3 – GWS Giants v St.Kilda: Giant hunger

It’s school holiday time in NSW and the Giants must feel like naughty kids sent to bed without with their dinner, writes Pamela Sherpa.

NAB Cup – GWS v Essendon: Brushing off the cobwebs

After a lazy summer, Pam Sherpa gets back into it with a match at Manuka Oval in Canberra which, serendipitously features who two footy teams.

Third Test – Day 1: Ricky’s Garden

Thanks to Ricky Ponting, Pamela Sherpa took up gardening a couple of years ago and named the far back corner of her yard the ‘Ricky Ponting Memorial Garden’.

Melbourne supporters at home in snow

It snowed in Canberra on Friday. Rugging up is required today. I’m wearing a singlet, skivvy, Giants t-shirt, bottom thermals, long winter pants, a polar fleece jacket, polar fleece lined waterproof  coat , beanie, scarf, gloves, shoes and socks. I also have a warm blanket in my bag. One woman sitting nearby is wearing three pairs [Read more]