Sunday, 14 October 2018

BUSHED!














IT'S BEEN A CRAZY WEEK - Helen was sounding not good earlier in the week so i decided to drive to ballarat to see her.  left at 7, got there at 2.  and it was great to see her looking relaxed and wide awake, the old helen despite tubes and bruises from meds and other medical equipment.  i had a good two hour visit and stayed in the dodgiest motel :0)  very funny home made decor a la vietnam, reminded me of the camellia hotel where gail and i stayed years ago in hanoi.







   so many well-meaning hand made touches :0)


dodgy op shop sightings in ballarat 








Some shopping before visiting helen again thursday morning, then driving home to meet friend kaye and her friend eileen for dinner at the pub.  they stayed two nights and we spent friday looking around mildura.

 looking at
papier mache
bowls on
show at the
art centre.
i could do
something
like this with
eco dyed
paper and
fabric i'm
accumulating

 beautiful stitching on
works in the exhibition
called 'sense of place'
- textiles and printmaking
all inspired by the
sunraysia landscape










it has actually rained three days in a row, light and steady - not long enough but these tiny orchid like flowers pop up whenever there's rain after a long dry period


SPRING - gorgeous in the garden




Kaye and eileen at wenty's crazy botanical tourist attraction :0)




beautiful evenings, still days

Monday, 8 October 2018

THE KIDS

MARA, powers of concentration


 amazing armadas of cloud over wentworth


YESTERDAY MORNING more stunning cloud


my irises are coming out :0)

Friday, 5 October 2018

UPDATE

 NO BLOGGING FOR A WEEK - i've had vicki staying so lots to do. we covered a lot of territory including the pooncarie races, a day at the copper making dyed paper and fabric, a trip to broken hill where we got lost and rescued by a kind farmer don who says he used to live in dan's house 2 doors from me :0)
lots of down time on the verandah and a visit to the native nursery, a big garage sale in curlwaa was an unexpected diversion.  now back to work, things to do, airbnb people coming today, friends calling in for a couple of nights on wed (i think) more airbnb friday.  and i'm gearing up for bali, trying to find summer clothes.


we enjoyed
a walk around
sue and derek's
while i checked
the chooks -
it's a haven









morning walk thru the cemetery


 filling the copper with concertina books and wool fabric


vicki got amazing results from the ironladen water


my hanging


OFF TO THE RACES

looking like a seasoned punter in her panama hat :0)




LOST!
we headed off to broken hill and about an hour out of wenty vicki realised she'd forgotten to fill the tank so we turned off to pooncarie and before we knew it we were on a wide dirt road without phone service. so we couldn't check the map, it was 12.30 so the sun wasn't much help and twice we came to T intersections and had to guess which way to go.  we were really starting to get worried but we got a signal and rang NRMA who said they'd be a couple of hours. it was hot and flat and dry.   but as i took photos a ute came down the road and i flagged him down.  don cullinan, he had a property nearby and took us for petrol at his historic old property so as vicki said, it became an adventure.  lovely to look around his old federation home, slab hut and property on the darling.  turns out he used to live 2 doors from my place and he and vicki may have relatives in common - cullinan, callinan  - often linked

    his beautiful dog meg





   He led us across lots of paddocks on a short cut back to the     bitumen and the trip continued

We really like broken hill, i've been before with sunny but this time we had more of a look around, it's full of such beautiful historic buildings in great condition, a fascinating unique town








we stayed at
mario's palace
hotel, why
would you
stay anywhere
else?   same
room sunny 
and i had



We drove out to Silverton and visited the gallery, home and studio of Albert Woodroffe, he has a terrific spot with a view right out over the desert landscape. and a beautiful dog called jack  :0)  not to mention a magnificent 1960'a thunderbird in immaculate condition

 

unbelievable lush interior


the horizon
gallery in
silverton

albert's studio is an old home that has been stripped inside ready for renovation but it looks absolutely beautiful as it is