Category Archives: Life in the Lower Clarence Valley

Busking at Wellspring Op Shop Iluka

On Friday I was lucky enough to be able to play my harp and banjo at the Wellspring Op Shop at Iluka. I feel very fortunate to have had an opportunity to play there. The people who run this Op Shop work very hard and do amazing things to support our local community.

In spite of rain threatening for most of the morning while I was there, I managed to avoid being rained out and met many lovely local people who came up to chat and listen to the music.

The Op Shop is open Wednesday 9am – 12pm, Thursday & Friday 9am – 3pm and Saturday from 9am – 1pm. The Food Pantry is now open at the new time of 9am – 2pm each Friday.

Being the last day of the school holidays meant that there were many children and families from all over who were out and about and keen to come and say hello. That was great and it really made my day. I hope I see more of those happy faces this term for music lessons. Term 4 lessons start from 14th Oct through to the 20th December.

Lessons with StringSong Music are available Mon-Fri from 10am to 7pm. I teach from my home in the Lower Clarence Valley or via Skype (Singing, Bass, Banjo, Celtic Harp & Autoharp, Flute, Guitar, Keyboard, Mandolin & Ukulele). I offer Casual and Ongoing rates for half an hour or 1 hour.

If you are interested in learning more you can contact me via my Contact Form.

StringSong Music – Leeann Flynn
Lower Clarence Valley – Ashby, Chatsworth Island, Gulmarrad, Harwood, Iluka, Maclean, Woombah, Yamba



Loving the Iluka Markets & Emporium

Who doesn’t love a good local country market? Last weekend  being out and about in the Clarence Valley was great. I had the good fortune of playing of being able to play my harp at the Iluka Emporium on the Saturday and then enjoyed watching dolphins as we went downstream along the Clarence River to Iluka. On the Sunday we were out and about and spent some time at our local market; run by the Iluka Woombah Rotary Club. It is lovely to be somewhere where there is so much great talent and good will in the community.

Iluka Emporium: 61 Charles St,
Open Thurs – Mon 9am-3pm

It was so much fun playing at the opening of TJ & Michelle Ansoul’s art gathering as Featured artists for October. Apart from all the fabulous works these lovelies have created there is a wonderful array of interesting and beautifully crafted works as well as many trinkets and upcycled funky products to admire and have as your own. Thanks Annie & Michelle for including us (Lily P) and making us feel so welcome – the Emporium is a wonderful must see experience in Iluka.

Iluka Markets are run each monthly at the Sports Ground on the 1st Sunday of every month.

The markets are a great way to start the day wherever you are and the creativity and friendliness of this one is just a treat. I feel very fortunate to be in the company of so many clever and generous people. To start with we found Brenda and Marianne handmade crafts. These very clever ladies run local events to help others learn a new skill or to enjoy the company of new and old friends whilst working on a favourite crafting activity.

Bren & Maggies Creations – run by Brenda & Mariannne, they are regulars at Iluka Markets each month – be sure to check ’em out.

We worked our way around to the stalls and found Palmers Island Plants displaying an excellent selection of flowering plants, shrubs and trees.

Palmers Island Plants – great plants – very good valueh

Next was of course foodies fun – the delicious Frosty’s Gourmet, I am a sucker for a really good chutney, jam and spread. This stall has a great variety to choose from. I am so glad that they are regulars at my local market.

Frosty’s Gourmet – the best Jams & spreads I have tasted in a long time 🙂

Recently, I made a new friend who lives on the corner up from our new home. She is a very talented grower and offers seedlings for you veggie patch as well as very pretty flowering plants. Very kindly she helped us in choosing a beautiful Tahitian Lime tree for our garden. Robin it was so good to see you at the market this weekend.

Robin’s Plants – she even had a cool refreshing bowl of water for my doggie to have a drink from – thanks Robin :-

Of course all markets have a wonderful range of jewellery and adornments. I was very lucky to meet Margot Ljungberg, a talented Jewellery Designer from Emerald Beach Jewellery Design. Margot’s work is delicately crafted and of very high quality. Her pieces are made for both casual or formal wear and she has many items suiting all budgets and tastes. I hope I get to see you again Margot – maybe next month.

If you are interested in making an inquiry about Booking Leeann for Music  Lessons in the Lower Clarence Valley or via Skype (Singing, Bass, Banjo, Celtic Harp & Autoharp, Flute, Guitar, Keyboard, Mandolin & Ukulele)  or Performances please use Leeann’s Contact Form.

StringSong Music – Leeann Flynn
Lower Clarence Valley – Ashby, Chatsworth Island, Gulmarrad, Harwood, Iluka, Maclean, Woombah, Yamba


The Clarence at Sunset

I was sitting on the banks of the Clarence River looking out towards Maclean and playing my guitar recently as the sun was setting. The smoke from the fires at Sharks Creek was still in the air and I was thinking to myself how beautiful the sky looked.

Satellite imagery of blaze at Angourie in NSW spreading across the peninsula. Picture: Channel 9.

Satellite imagery of blaze at Angourie in NSW spreading across the peninsula. Picture: Channel 9.Source:Channel 9

Living in the Clarence Valley is a wonderful experience. We were out with friends yesterday from Melbourne and they were lucky enough to see dolphins in the Clarence River at Yamba, kangaroos in our front yard, kookaburras along the fence, koalas in the trees along the roadway, and whales at the beach looking down towards the Bluff at Iluka.

Iluka Bluff Lookout

What a great day. We came back and enjoyed each others company.

This morning before they left we had a quick mini harp lesson to send them on the next leg of their journey. I hope they have a wonderful time up north.

If you are interested in making an inquiry about Booking Leeann for Music  Lessons in the Lower Clarence Valley or via Skype (Singing, Bass, Banjo, Celtic Harp & Autoharp, Flute, Guitar, Keyboard, Mandolin & Ukulele)  or Performances please use Leeann’s Contact Form.

StringSong Music – Leeann Flynn
Lower Clarence Valley – Ashby, Chatsworth Island, Gulmarrad, Harwood, Iluka, Maclean, Woombah, Yamba



Laughing Kookaburras…

Lovely Female Laughing Kookaburra in my garden…

Another beautiful day …

Since living in the Lower Clarence Valley I have come to realize that native wildlife is normal part of life here. Often in the evenings I am able to sit and enjoy the luxury of silence. Silence that I have gradually noticed is a backdrop to the sound of our local Boobook Owl, a possum who is obviously keen to find a new mate and the wonderful sounds of the Laughing Kookaburras and the many other birds off in the distant trees.

I am fortunate enough to not only hear these beautiful guys each day, but I also have them regularly fly into our garden for mid morning, afternoon or evening snacks. This morning I was getting ready to take my lovely little doggie for his morning walk, I got to the front gate as a beautiful adult kookaburra flew down over my shoulder and snatched a 5cm warm out the grass and consumed it before my eyes. She looked very carefully at me until she completed her breakfast, eyed the tree across the road and flew off.

You may be thinking ‘how did I know she was a female’ – She looked just like this lovely one that I ‘snapped’ this afternoon. You can see from the photo that this Laughing Kookaburra has a brown patterned rump, and I recently learned that the male has a blue patterned rump. Such lovely birds, I feel great delight whenever I see them.

What do you think of these birds? Do you have Kookaburras or Kingfishers in your neighbourhood? Let me know 🙂


A little slice of heaven…

Iluka/Woombah – is the name of the new place we now call home… Well we’ve now been here for a few months and loving the wonderful weather, the lovely people and the wonders of nature that surround us…

Iluka Nature Reserve Walking Track

The other day I was out in the garden in our new home updating pics for my little ‘www home’ here and these guys happened along…

Kangaroos & Guitar in my little parkland garden…

I certainly do miss all of my friends in the Macedon Ranges and I am hoping that people will be just as happy to come along and play music and enjoy our company as they were in Gisborne. Students are always welcome to make contact with me, Skype lessons are also available for past students or for those who cannot travel to access classes face to face.


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