Friday, 12 July 2019

WILD AND WOOLLY

WINTER HAS DEFINITELY SET IN here in torquay, the wind is crazy and it's raining on and off all day so i'm here in the library using the wifi. how library's have changed, it's full of little kids running up and down, people everywhere on wifi, talking on phones.  it's a real community hub.





at the library in torquay -
i've found the most wonderful big book of costume - it'll be great reference so i've just ordered it online - DK really know how to produce a visual book.








LAST TUESDAY - GIRLS NIGHT at gail's before she and ian left on their holiday.  traditional food  :0)  it was great to get together for a good old fashioned girlie chinwag and a wine :0)










 

settling into gail's, lots of big birds around.  ravens, kurrowongs, magpies, parrots.  a bit of thumping on the roof during the day :0)





i love the light
on these blinds
at certain
times of the
day


 friday 5th  I drove up to melbourne and stayed with sandra and patrick.  i love being in their house, patrick is making this amazing model of it down to the tiniest detail


 Sandra came with me in the morning to the Abbotsford convent where i was doing a 2 hr meet and chat with the anns on their Books Illustrated book stall. 
this is the amazing 'separation tree' at the convent, planted to commemorate the separating of victoria and new south wales.  it's colossal!!  a beatiful old oak
coffee with thornton first in the convent cafe - a nice way to start the day.
then after the gig, the rest of the day to enjoy, movie at the nova and dinner at vicki's where i had the house to myself.


2 hr portrait of Jill Orr by Graeme Drendel
I SAW a lovely little portrait by graeme drendel on facebook and txted to see if he was home.   He lives on the north side of melbourne and i was going to see Mark and Lani and meet little Goldie for the first time so it worked out beautifully.   graeme's studio full of work was inspiring and set me off on a project of doing a 2hr self portrait every day.  i've done four so far.   i feel invigorated!



It was wonderful to see mark and lani and little goldie is a funny little treasure :0)

enjoying morning walks (weather permitting)


 

 A NIGHT OF SCRABBLE and dinner with jen and rob, i stayed the night and loved the view in the morning, this magnificent tree
 MORE WALKS
 Here comes the rain!!
s
 i took susan and jenny
to lunch at barwon heads
for their annual joint
birthday lunch. we ate
out in the sun and much
as i disapprove of cats
in australia these days,
i have to admit this
one is pretty spectacular.
he was strolling thru
the tables and eyeing
off the birds in the vine.



 my current project, one a day for probably a month, see where it leads  :0)   it's great to be rediscovering oil paints


 











Saturday, 6 July 2019

BEAUTIFUL TORQUAY

A BIT OF TIME AWAY - catching up with friends and hopefully getting into some painting - hasn't happened yet though.
i've been to see the chinese warriors and wonderful krystina campbell pretty exhibition of haute couture at NGV, both wonderful shows. and lovely to catch the train up and have a ladies' day with janet. a very enjoyable day





GAIL'S BAND had a great gig at the monastery in breakwater on sunday.  lots of dancing and a great night, packed house



Saturday, 29 June 2019

Anne Spudvilas on creating a picture book

IN THE GRAMPS

AFTER A DAY ON THE ROAD i'm at don's at Lake Lonsdale, a warm day yesterday but this morning it sounds wild out there, rainy and windy.  off to geelong today for two weeks in torquay :0)   looking forward to it.



resident kooka
sitting on the
lockmaster's
chimney -
don informed me
it's daceloi leachii


selfie taken, trying to get a bio pic with background but this doesn't cut it - the tree is spectacular though - on the golfcourse
 wenty thinks it's still autumn,  plain trees in the main street

lunch on the side of the road, eating a birchip bakery pastie :0)


a lovely old facade in Donald
 back in the grampians



beestings, vanilla
slices and choc
eclairs from the
magnificent
birchip bakery -
could pastry
be any lighter??

Monday, 24 June 2019

brrr brrr brrr STILL

BOY it's been icy, my woodpile is seriously low.  good old steele, my lawnmower man came and chainsawed a lot of big fallen wood on my land, he went through three chains and hasn't been back to finish, i hope the chainsaw is still working 😧
i have an unpleasant visitor out the back, a feral cat in a cage that's been there all weekend. i forgot to close the flap so i've caught it when the ranger isn't working.  it has a blanket over the cage and has dined on sardines for two days.   the vet says it'll be fine - going out to check now before i ring the vet.   good to watch all the little wrens and yellow parrots out in the garden knowing they're safe - for now.
not many photos, it's been so cold i've done indoor stuff including making a heavy curtain to keep the warm in the living room.  today - moving furniture and putting up the curtain rail.

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lake hawthorn - on the way to mildura to buy curtain fabric at spotlight
friend graeme and his fiance tuleh - she's turkish and they're
on holiday in istanbul.  great to see his photos of so many familiar
places.   and great to hear today that Erdogan has lost power in
istanbul, maybe turkey will regain some of its secular nature.
i hope there's no trouble, graeme says there's very visible security
everywhere, soldiers, weapons standing guard


i have an unpleasant visitor out the back, a feral cat in a cage that's been there all weekend. i forgot to close the flap so i've caught it when the ranger isn't working.  it has a blanket over the cage and has dined on sardines for two days.   the vet says it'll be fine - going out to check now before i ring the vet.   good to watch all the little wrens and yellow parrots out in the garden knowing they're safe - for now.

 Really looking forward to this exhibition next monday - and the         chinese warriors,  a train trip with janet :0)
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Tuesday, 18 June 2019

BRRR winter is here

IT'S  .,SUNNY TODAY but the air has turned chilly, i'll light the fire this afternoon.  just farewelled my fourth airbnbers for the past month, new zealanders travelling around for 3 months, heading for broken hill and beyond.

CAL and MARA look pretty happy in their groovy new school which looks likes it's been assembled from ikea flatpacks, very groovy and scandy.  It looks free and fun.









              crazy cal  :0)   does he ever stop?? apparently he's
              into tom cruise now, hence the stunts


this was a wonderful film "the dancer" all about loie fuller and her amazing dance act in the folies berger, fin de siecle

jenny leach has put up a website selling helen's art on cards.  i love this image, i'm wondering if it's still around as a painting