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The Early Years

This page is the first in a series that will describe some of the formative highlights that represent my early work and the start of my Egyptian journey.

Everyone has their story about how Egypt casts its' spell and mine is as unique as yours. That moment when the moon aligns and passion is ignited. I remember these times and the tenuous threads that bound each era, each moment.

My memory serves me well and is boosted by my diaries of the most important years.

Some people say my life is a bit weird but it feels completely natural and flowing, up and down like everyone else.

The ultimate aim is to leave a record of how a 1970's child grew to see with ancient eyes. I have divided my life into eras that loosely reference ancient Egypt's chronological terms and I started doing this when I was a teenager.


The Archaic Period


Much water has passed down the Nile since I floated into my parents life when I was adopted at two weeks of age by Noel and Merilyn Rieck. Like Moses in a basket I entered this world alone. I have always had an affinity with the 'Nile child' cast adrift on a fateful river scenario, so it is needless to say the movies 'The ten commandments' (1956) and in particular 'The Egyptian' (1954) have a special place in my mummified heart.

My first memories of the surroundings that I entered into were the colossal, craggy mountains that dominated the rural district of the Fassifern valley. They were always in full view from our 240 acre farm and we were quite close to the 'Cunninghams gap'

portion of Australias' great dividing range. By world standards Australias mountains are often described in unflattering terms as mere foothills, but they are ancient, often heavily eroded to the core and beautiful.

My favourite has always been Mount Greville which somewhat reclines into the landscape next to lake Moogerah. 'Moogerah' is an Australian native aboriginal word

that means a place of storms and refers to this mountain and its environs.

Mt Greville has been the conductor of many a lightning strike with its gnarled igneous rock peak towering 945 metres in isolation from the main range. An extinct volcanic plug, It is just one of more thant 20 such varied formations that make up the heart of the districts undulating landscape. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Mount Greville is block like with an angled flat top and one vast, sheer cliff face that must have collapsed relatively recently in geological terms. This collapse rendered the northern face slightly concave which is most apparent in the afternoon sunlight.The depression must measure a couple of hundred metres across. The yellow orange core that was once sheilded by the outer layers of dull grey rock is now exposed giving a disected appearance. The whole vision is like an asteroid that has lodged itself in the bush.

I could see my mountain only from the lower plains of our farm, jutting out of the treeline like a rock monster. When the movie Star Wars came along I thought that it looked very much like a mangled profile of Darth Vaders mask in stone grey.

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