Friday, 18 June 2021

WHO HAD A BIRTHDAY??

ETTA IS ONE!!   i can't believe it's a year since i waited on the couch - unable to do anything after receiving a text that sunny and luke were off to the hospital and would be out of touch for a while.   It was all day and well into the night and i was so rung out by the time luke texted to say etta had arrived, it took me days to get back to normal.

Of course Sunny was the one having a difficult and exhausting time, but boy - it's been a year of wonder watching Etta grow into a funny, gorgeous and obviously going-to-be-musical little girl.  what a treasure for us all to cherish :0)







Having a new baby to care for in Covid times adds stress to the normal responsibilities of parenthood -  sunny and luke have been wonderful parents










RECENT PICS FROM SAYAKA - I don't get many of her because she's obviously the main family photographer


Rene starring in a magazine
again :0)  Looking just a little
bit straight


Rene in his favourite shirt,  great print









A WEEK OFF :0)

 I'M UNWINDING - it's good to give myself time to just catch up with myself.   i have a medical certificate from the surgeon until July 13 (not that i need one) but i'm giving myself until then to just garden, knit, get the house and studio in order and walk, get stronger.    It's a good feeling.

It's been pretty cool so i've had the fire on, it's lovely to sit in that warmth, rene's jumper is growing so much more quickly than i expected, i'm loving having a challenging project to concentrate on.



Had a night at sue and derek's and sue just whipped up coffee scrolls before our eyes on Sunday morning, chatting while she made them - of course they were perfect!  then i headed off to lunch
with my old school buddy
Eunice.




Great to catch up -  it's probably 20 years since we've seen each other.  We had lunch with her niece and friends at trentham estate and she and her partner adrian came out to visit next morning on the way to broken hill. however over coffee they discovered they weren't allowed into NSW, probably shouldn't have been at my place.  so we went to the pub for lunch and they headed back to mildura.   
Eunice and Adrian on the left, a beautiful sunny day











COVID lockdowns and restrictions between borders are so confusing - changing on an almost daily basis and it's so difficult to find up to date information.  Now, today, Melbourne's lockdown has eased right up again but Sydney looks like it might have a problem beginning.  

ROLL OUT THOSE VACCINATIONS



Skies have been spectacular with 
windy rainy weather.  lots of interesting cloud and great colours.


Very happy to see these gum blossoms, i planted this eucalyptus leucoxilon about 7 years ago and at the time the nurserywoman said that because it was grown from seed she couldn't guarantee the colour - it would be pink or white.  hallelujah!  first flowers this week and it's the beautiful rose colour i'd hoped for



A morning at the lock, i walked there then across the cemetery and back.  Walking a little more all the time -
well not every day.  It's not so inviting in winter :0(   If i
had a walking buddy it would be easier to get out there







More
spectacular
skies - from
the IGA 
carpark




Beautiful apples from sue and 
derek's small orchard, their 
fruit is always magnificent, 
all kinds of citrus including 
blood grapefruit and blood 
oranges, elderberries, and a 
large vege garden that's always bursting with rich 
greenery





















Wednesday, 9 June 2021

A NEW WEEK

 I PULLED THE PLUG on my Romeo and Juliet project - it was feeling so bad waking up every day with it on my mind.  i've done so much work on it but during the covid year i've been more and more unable to get any decent work done on the final artwork - the story is so filled with violent death, grief and sadness.  i've done one illustration three times and none is any good.  I'll keep what i have - who knows, maybe i'll pick it up again down the track - in better times. 

It was the right decision, suddenly my head is clear again and i feel i have time for everything else.    The publisher has been very kind and understanding.

So now it's time to get out and clean out the 
studio for future projects. Sonja's portrait 
awaits.  I started it at the beginning of last
year and didn't touch it after March.  A good
clean up out there will feel great. when this
cold snap passes.  brrrrr! 





SOME BEAUTIFUL SUNSETS 
THIS WEEK









Friday, 4 June 2021

LOCKDOWN AGAIN

 

I DISCOVERED A NEW WALK only 500m from home, from the junction park along to a seat looking onto the lock.  i'm starting to take longer walks, pretty slow paced but i'll increase the distance as it feels ok.





Blue faced honeyeaters at the birdbath


an early morning visitor, two kangaroos were on the lawn 
when i got up



The moon coming up over the lock



autumn, fabulous colour and misty mornings




This large kangaroo bounded past my bedroom window -  he thinks i can't see him






the super blood moon - an eclipse in a clear sky




the gorgeous one -  
more lovable by the day