autumn

autumn

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

i pause a minute...



I was a bit concerned I was not winding down after a year of working in a little space, with little time......now I am wondering if I will ever wind up again !  

 I have a busy schedule for this year.
Pondering a club or 2 to run & how to approach this & if I really should....the quilt show I am doing at the end of July requires planning, designing,painting lots of painting & lots of packaging. 

So soon I  need to be upright.....moving in mind, body & spirit.
The cat lays stretched out under the bed now, I reckon in case this storm comes in saves him moving off the bed to hide...

I nipped out before lunch to buy some eggs & a new bowl.....which way was I going to go..???..down the road I decided.

Coming into this small Mall I always look at the Book Grocer's display & I spy something interesting ( I think,) in the window & wander in & down the back where I spot another book I have looked at many a time......I also spy a paperback on French Women don't age .

I'll call back with a trolley my aged body & mind says... as I go to buy the eggs etc...
I observe as I edge towards Kmart how amusing it is to watch shoppers....
So it was with the mind lingering on some funny sight or 2 I veer into the bookshop.

"Hi can I look at that book in the window Pear & something...?"
Yes it is about that wonderful shop & garden in Tilba Tilba.  I once had an amazing gluten free salad sandwich  in the cafe there, when I lived up higher in NSW near Bateman's Bay & had gone wandering for the day.  It was the first bread sandwich that felt normal ...anyone who has eaten gluten free for years would understand .

I pop that book in my trolley & squeeze myself & trolley to find  the hardback decorator book Sandcastles....
Both are really divine books, in print quality & both tell me a story with pictures .....$6 each !!!  
As I am peering at the shelves & tables laden with an interesting batch of books I spot the French Woman book & say  " just get it.!"
So for under $20 I have 3 most inspiring books...ones that take me to places within my soul.  
These uplift me !

I pause now .... to make a pot of tea...& think how could I tell you how I approach my world as a painter & designer......
I chastise myself, You are on holidays NOW...but my holiday is different to many others...
I clean up my messes, that have accumulated since Marg, a colleague  came for a stopover in November.

The Christmas decorations are a mess as I have over the peak time plucked hand painted decorations I did for me to fill another short order....so there are many trees all looking as if they have weathered a severe storm...
I put some of the trees aside for decorating & photography ...handy to have many photographs. Leave that as good way into this job !

And I start writing out some of the vision & planning heading topics I have for the year ahead...it always gets a little vague once the topics are chosen.... same topics in my vision for same amount of years....this year I am going to map things out better & my dreams will be simplified .... a part of me grins....knows me way too well !

In the middle of this ( when goal setting becomes too difficult ) I go back to look at the Christmas decorating designs that magically happened the other evening while watching a Rolling Stones documentary.....
These are things I do not always get to spend free fall time doing most of the year...

Along with the diet food & exercise regime I am mapping into my life & pampering....
I'll explain later on in another blog entry.

It's Been Sometime Since I have passed by


I like finding interesting everyday glassware from the past...
This would have come from a visit to the Cohuna Historical Society in the Autumn
Now it is Summer !!!
I need many subject in general photos ....


The cuts in the glass make the sunlight filter in lovely ways.....

Friday, July 15, 2016

When the sun shines in winter

When the sun shines in winter...
it makes one feel so energised..

I can almost smell these jonquils....
Today I have much I want to do...
&
the thing will be to do some of each...
Like sampling good wines, cheeses or olives...
a little is delicious...
So I will do some arranging of my nest....

I have this odd feeling lately
of being settled !!!
I walked along my hallway last Sunday in the gloom of a winter's day..
The unit was snug with warmth, as cold blew at the windows..
As I walked up the hall,I glimpsed in one bedroom & then the other...
Both beds have white quilts
I thought I like this little place...

Last few mornings as I have strolled by the bathroom..
sometimes the perfume of the Italian soap..whisks me off to exotic places in my mind
the overall look I like...
white.... some places of aqua..a few sea shells & a sea gull & a fish..
Says it all perhaps.
I did the walk this morning after a shower...checked in the door as I wandered by to see what I had left behind...
nothing
I saw the aqua shades on the bathmat & the white & the light streaming in through the window with the curtain drawn in the centre...
I like this bathroom...
I am pleased I live here ... not where I had last moved from...

Across the road..
Green grassy fields 
with in the late afternoon
The Bunny Family
I have observed the parents in recent days coming out from their burrows to sit...
So I watch sometimes when I am preparing the vegetables for tea ...
I had seen this white blob the day before & wondered why this plover was so far off it's circuit.
Yesterday 
I saw little fluffy white tails prancing over each other..in that spot 
&
A PURE WHITE..Albino bunny...
It is one of the family, same size completely as one with the 2 brown siblings
But
It is so stark.....
What a special treat it is to see such things...

The blue heron has a friend this winter also...
It has been a lonely solo bird for several years..
The other day I thought what is that ???
Another blue heron...
They eat stuff now each day...doing their ecological thing for the land ..
I live in suburbia but on the fringe LOL

Friday, April 8, 2016

I seriously need to go places with my camera

I hardly have any stock of photos....well on this computer... ready access 
& maybe things have been getting well worn...
I need new subjects...
Autumn has finally arrived  and I am noticing how quickly the manchurian pear trees are turning from orange to dark burgundy.....
so beautiful.

This photo is I think is japonica  seed pods  ???
This was when I was out at Bealiba on Monday.
Some of the shrubs are very ancient...
Anyway amazing look, quite like a quince 


I have planted some native shrubs in our tough stony mountain side soil...
Optimist ...I always have a dream or 2 taking shape.
I had visions of these going out the front of the property to buffer the road noise & dirt .....dust that comes in all the time. But the soil was way way too hard for me to make any dent.
So I found some sort of give in the driveway soil ..there are now 4 callistemons & one hakea..

I thought the clay soil in Canberra was tough when I began to plant there...
BUT
this old gold field beats it by a wide margin....

..

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Love the Old Buildings

As far as we can ascertain this was the building my Great Grandparents had their grocery shop....
The detail is fantatsic !!!!
A cousin had the rates notice  copy & finally there it was... 

 Another view 

 I was crossing the main road & looked up & saw so much detail in this building so aimed camera hoping to get something ... & i was pleasantly surprised.

  1. The Town hall ..so beautiful

 Another of the Town Hall

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Shopping from the Land to me

I loved this look....& the pots in the street full of  healthy looking herbs..you don't eat this one comfrey but it was a picture

Silver beet I put into a jug ...
my flowers
 A few extra interesting things to take photos of !
 Loved the  eggs with 2 oversized ones 
 Look what was inside one !!!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Glass

Yesterday I went back to my old spot for buying some cut glass jugs &  bowls...
All of this & the white plate were $15...included one lead crystal glass

I have these on my bench to wash..
I love the way it all sparkles 
a clarity of sorts...
a pleasure to gaze at...
even more pleasure is what I shall use them for...
I did have a glass jug to store my steel wool in & so miss it...
so something in this lot will be commissioned to that.
Such a pretty thing for a mundane often scruffy piece of steel wool
This week begins the Easter celebrations
Not a thing planned...
after the heat of this summer....
it has left me lagging behind..
However, I am enjoying the cooler days & nights....
This si a time I get a mini holiday & can sit & ponder or tidy up...
this year I need to do both.
I might go to watch the Easter parade in town with the Chinese Dragon weaving it's colourful way through the city streets of Bendigo...
&
I love to watch the Lion dancers 
they are so talented & the rhythm of the drums ....
It's that hangover from the Scottish part of my ancestors...noise of bag pipes & anything that has a beat...

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Settling takes time

I find it takes time to resettle in even to a place one has lived in before...
Things need to come together....
I have a tendency to get back to work & wander a bit first & this sort of detail waits



As I live with & use "things" in my work..
I like to have them about....
easy reach 

Love the Zac donkey ..& he sits in this gorgeous frame
on a piece of linen fabric
with another painted & overlayed  piece of linen & cotton fabric
with the word Jardin stitched & the borders raw edge & stitched to next piece of linen...

Bunny Love button designs sits on a pin cushion....which softly sits that it isn't glaring obvious that it is in use !
The box is quite old in the early days of using paint, stamps & stuff....
Finally the swag under the flowers..
is just stamped ( a few times ) 


 In this beautiful heavy pottery vase from Provincial Decor Living are the green flowers
which hides
my sets of sewing scissors ..
They are handy... 

The frames are more of what is possible in the workshop painting & stamping ....as is this


Which is the size I endeavour to supply in the workshops....
So they sit with the other frames on my bookshelf with the other frames

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Day is Cool

A cool cool day.....
A day to potter 
&
 do chores 
and other things as one pleases....

Today I was going for a drive but I take so long to wake up..I am up but slow !!!
it is too late to go far..
Clothes needed washing...
Things still needed to be sorted & stored properly LOL
&
These 2 iceberg roses need to be here at my place not where I saw them yesterday...
So whizzed over to the store for them..
Happy now they give me such pleasure

Into organising so I needed more little plastic trays from the Reject Shop & how quickly some of the storage has now come together.

Lunchtime & i started to read the Country Living UK & found a most delightful story
on cleaning products
These are those dream style profiles that keep small business people in love with what they do..
I could see these products in a tiny store as I was reading...all washed timber  & soaps in wooden boxes just as in the photo in the magazine

 The thread of activity is now broken ...
well maybe maybe maybe not 
 A sage to end this post...
In a little herb pot 

Friday, February 12, 2016

Been a while since I have been here

A random selection of things in the pictures  I have presented here...
The partial building  in the cream colours is in Bendigo in a tiny tiny street called Howards Place 
where my Great grandparents had a grocery store
I was strolling through Rosalind park last week & as I came near the 2nd bridge near the law courts I realised my grand father & his father & maybe great grandmother Martha all strolled in this park too.
Cousin Ian was the one who was able to point where the shop was as he had researched & acquired copies of the rates notices....
the rest fell into place from my Mum's oral history.



This perhaps comes from near that era  but was left to my mother & she handed it to me many years ago....
The yo yo's are exquisite ....most of the work in this pillow case is in calico & then hand crocheted..


Hand painted on a linen/cotton fabric by moi
I need to do some more of these...
such a pleasure to do....