Best friends come in many shapes and sizes – Koolplay 2014 Helen Coleman
‘Kiss of Fire’ (Flossie) at eight months old, Pinto filly owned by Helen Coleman.
Recording session April, 2015, with Sound Engineer, David.
An angel without wings – Neraya 3 years old, Boonah Show 2012. A Standardbred filly with a new career off the racetrack. Once owned and raced by the La Spina family, Neraya didn’t perform well on the track, but is a wonderful riding horse for the trail. She also looked after me very well when I was ill. She was only three years old at the time, fresh from racing. Quite a feat for an immature young horse. Album Helen Coleman.
Koolplay Project Puccini – Opera singer Helen Coleman with her Quarter horse Koolplay. Copyright News Corp Australia
Flossie (Kiss of Fire) with her mother Neraya. Neraya was once a racing Standardbred, but has a new career under saddle, and is an excellent and very athletic trail horse. I have campaigned throughout my life for the rehabilitation of Standardbred horses, from racetrack to ridden. They are a very worthy, athletic riding horse if correctly trained to the task, and reminded that they can canter, and beautifully. Helen Coleman.
Draft Team 1920. After returning from the Great War (1914 – 1918), Grandfather hauled sugar cane in the Isis Shire, Queensland. The team is unusual in that it is three abreast. Between the shafts, ever reliable, was the mighty Blucher, named after the army boots worn by Australian soldiers in the war. Grandfather always said, “The best horse goes in the shafts”. Taken in front of the family home, and the foreground of the picture was the road at the time. Helen Coleman
Neraya was once a racing Standardbred, but is now my trail horse. She has been successfully shown for Championships.
Neraya, half sister of one of the highest prize winning fillies on the track, The Archduchess, was retired by the La Spina family, and is now my trail horse. A Standardbred with a different career.
Never underestimate the joy that can be brought by an old Jersey cow. The aged sliprail yards in the photo are testimony to the maxim “Waste not, want not”.
My Grandfather had a fine herd, but Old Snowy was my favourite. Helen Coleman.
Home is always home no matter how far you travel from it – ‘Heathview’, Booyal was the farm belonging to my Grandfather, Wilfred (Ted) Coleman. I grew up here, riding horses, reading classical books, singing classical music, milking cows, riding horses across the river (I still cannot swim) and running through the fields of sugar cane and corn. Although it was a simple life, it was an idyllic life for a child, and I wouldn’t swap it for the world. This country life, and the influence of my elderly Uncles and Aunt and singing teacher, Mrs Cunningham, served to shape the rest of my life. Album Helen Coleman.
Helen – photo shoot for the media prior to a season of performance
Early morning as the mist rolls in through the valley
The beautiful Scenic Rim, Queensland. Photo Helen Coleman.
Rainbow – Scenic Rim
Walking home in Pacentro… I lived in the apartment on the top floor of the building to the right. Helen Coleman.
After the snow. The view from my villa in Pacentro, ever beautiful. Helen Coleman
Beautiful Pacentro. Photo courtesy of Augusto Cesare, a resident of Pacentro. Foto per gentile concessione di Augusto Di Cesare, un residente di Pacentro. Grazie. Helen Coleman.
A day in Scanno, Abruzzo, Italy. Personal album, Helen Coleman.
Helen Coleman, sulle scale di Pacentro, Abruzzo, Italia.
Postcard from The Great War, sent home by my Grandfather, Driver Wilfred Coleman. Album Helen Coleman.
The ANZACS.. Driver Wilfred Coleman, Service no 68, 25th Battalion AIF, enlisted 27/1/1915. Put his age up to serve his country in Gallipoli and France. Returned 26/5/1919. My Grandfather. Honour to the Brave. Album Helen Coleman
Lance Corporal Harry Coleman, Service no 4031, 31st Battalion, AIF, enlisted 4/7/16, returned 28/8/1919. Beloved Great Uncle. Honour to the Brave. Album Helen Coleman.
The ANZACS. Adelaide Coleman served as a nurse in New Guinea in WWII. My Great Aunt. Album Helen Coleman
The ANZACS… my beloved Great Uncle, Lance Corporal Harry Coleman, Service no 4031, 31st Battalion A.I.F. Helen Coleman
The ANZACS. Thomas Milner Coleman, my Great Uncle, received the Military Medal for bravery. Album of Helen Coleman
Little Magnolia Vale Serenade, (Janie), reminding me, as the goats always do, that we are all meant to have fun! Helen Coleman
I had my bottle and I just couldn’t stay awake. Goats just revel in the joy of living and are ever on the search for some fun …… but eventually everyone needs a little nap. Toggenburg goats are a delight to keep. Helen Coleman
The finished product. Thank you to my lovely doe, Lullaby, for fresh ricotta with a garden herbs and a drizzle of olive oil. Ricotta fresca. Helen Coleman
Under the Southern Cross – Australia. Beautiful day for riding. Helen Coleman.
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