Wednesday, October 24, 2018

I hear a bird sing

This is a serenity walk ….
one of many now dotted around me to choose from within the town centre...
it takes in the creek & channel as it flows along providing this family a life...
and for me the joy of watching them from a distance.....


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

CITRUS...& where this takes me


 I adore the navel orange that fruits in Winter in Australia..
I cannot eat them..
but
occasionally a couple find their way into a white bowl in my kitchen for aroma and that happy spot of colour
when the days drag on & on in winter fog, cloud & occasional sun.



I reminded myself this week that I had somehow lost the wonderful feels I would often indulge in
 where I was where ever I lived
 but with influences from European romantic living...

I read sometimes small articles in Victoria Magazines I have kept for years...& they take me off to
 a field of purple lavender..
a silvery grove of olives....leaves softly waving in a delicate breeze..
or
 I can imagine wandering along an orange grove...
( I did that some times as a child...Theodora's brothers had orange groves ) 

This morning I reread an artist retreat 2002 Victoria Magazine.....in rural France.
Wow I have read this many a time & I take it to my personal level of skill..
Where one could wander a small village & be a real tourist....at an art or other retreat....
We do some things in Australia along these lines....gems tucked away...



I am wandering now....LOL

Seriously, I pondered this yearning ...
&
I think we are, as a society of all ages 
looking for this softer, gentler, connected style of life 
Nourishing our souls....
with the honesty & integrity  ...real ...life.

I find I am drawn to the TV shows that show me real life stories of achievement, risk, inspirational & admirable ....
I do not want to aspire to running a flock of sheep or live the life on a cattle farm..but I so admire those who do....
I do aspire to planting & growing...& tending to that.... to bring joy for me...& for others...
Decorating, creating a life of one's own....but to share that passion in all sorts of ways.

The tipping point must surely be soon where competitiveness at the cost of destruction of others is not regaled anymore...that $$$ is not the only life currency....that humanity is back in fashion....
not being frugal 
but being able to reach out & be reached for to lift us all up...into a much better society....where we can all be a part of this play....only one show !
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Now on my closing notes... Nesti Danti is an Italian family company who continuously make the most exquisite soap...the perfumes are delicate but lasting on soaps..
From the day I unwrap a soap & place it in the shower...just for me...
I take the wrapper & place it in clothing drawers ..or sometimes leave it exposed in a room to waft by me as I walk into the room...
I instantly am taken off on a journey...
Now they have made perfume...!
It is as delicate & as strong as the soaps...
I have always said if Nesti Dante made perfume like the soaps I'd roll in it.....
No now I have this one I will not roll in it but be taken back through what is now history of this company...
they have a webpage.

Now I can feel renewed, excited, still looking for direction...but I have things to draw, sketch in my mind's eye now.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

It Has been waiting some time now

It has been some time since I have returned to this blog...
I have been saving it to write meaningful things...
Well I think that saving could go on forever....
So today I am going to embark on writing just stuff...

This morning I was pondering about how extraordinary in ways for me my late teen life was & how things happened so fast...
What was I thinking at just 19, packing 2 suitcases with whatever I might need, leaving..fleeing really, the small town, my only life I had known
 & 
catching the bus to Melb & onto Brisbane...
Nights on a bus were something I quite liked then...
*
Arriving in Brisbane...I had one friend...
I lined up job interviews..
&
The world was opening up.
An invite to a pool party with some group of theatre folk I think my friend knew...
Then that night driving to look at a building his brother was now working in..the night went suddenly black.
The little car, no seat belts & bucket seats that had no anchor...
ran into the back of a parked car.

The car hit a parked car....
&
that changed my life's direction.
And since that time many events do change in our lives...
Seize the Day
That is often the trickiest thing to do...

I sit down for breakfast & pick the Victoria magazine  April  2016 & Frances Mayes is the writer in residence..she is talking of her buying the house in Tuscany & the article is called "Risking Happiness"
Well I have done that most of my life...
Cautious but under that a risk taker....
There go the spirits of some of us...
It for me is always a blood rush.
And ...
maybe I will return later...
I need to plug this machine into a power source & seize my day

Saturday, March 10, 2018

It has been ages

We all cast shadows ...even the felt rabbit...
I have been pondering for a while now how to use this blog...
I am kind of wondering if I meander about with my creative journey which spans more than 21 years now...
I know getting older & looking back over my shoulder...perhaps at my shadow ?
or
do I use this page & more to follow to reflect my life more generally....err I don't think so it would be slightly boring & besides as my creative journey began & grew...it became much of my life & who I am...
I can express that in the drawings I do & the scenes I make.

I need to wander off now & think some on all of this 
Bold Statement to say the least....
but
I love a challenge.

I could also in the meanderings interview  creative people that I meet & have met along the pathways..
So that it has interest for us who write it & read it.
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Friday, August 4, 2017

We so need to do something !

To AUSTRALIAN PEOPLE
It is freezing cold here in Victoria today....
I am grateful I have a warm & dry home ...
BUT
Many do not...
It is not their choice to be homeless & cold, & marginalised all over Australia .

I feel helpless on where to help & I know what I have read & seen thus far, talking to these people & giving them food, and at times temp shelter....but that is not a home is it ?

My brothers & I have all discussed the broader requirements & to have a community behind this to change & bring each person in from the cold.

Goodness we do it with our pets or a stray dog or cat......it breaks our heart....to see the animals uncared for, hungry, wanting decent shelter,to be loved by another kind person... 
People are NO DIFFERENT
In a society we all need help at different times in our lives, none of us are bullet proof.
This is our country AUSTRALIA
These are our fellow people....
Sign the petition to add your support.

We did it with Domestic Violence ..raised the problem....& this is ongoing now....help at last...for these people who also suffered so badly.
We can now help homeless to have HOMES not shelter !!!


http://www.endthehousingcrisis.org.au/100khomes

Wonderful

This I think is like a mistletoe, it was growing on a host gum tree & looked to me like a grevillea...
Quite stunning...happily living at the bottom of Pyramid Hill

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Looks Peaceful

Funny weird things have been happening ....
Fridge I thought was having a moment after I got in from being away 2 nights...
I could hear something electrical not quite kicking in...
I was resolved to having to get another fridge...
But that may not have been the noise source ???

Of course as I got in from my away time, the phone & internet were once again off line ...
thanks NBN & TELSTRA ...
Get that sorted...

Broke a plate yesterday after I accidently dropped  a bowl on it in the sink 
Now my camera has broken ... I hard plastic bit has finally snapped 
Sounds just like me ....LOL

Searching the big stores for the camera at right price is a joke...
2 major stores have a special listed which of course NOW I WANT at THAT PRICE..
But NONE in STOCK !!!!
I think that may verge on something else....
So I guess I can go peg out the washing.....
&
put an end to this little run of things !!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Winter begins...


Winter....
with her stark tree trunks 
that
cast gentle shadows on the white wall....

Today winter has begun 
it has a sense of washing clean....just like this wall...
things that were trailing behind me for 2 days...before...
Now only gentle & soft shadows remain.

A calmness descends around me....
Gently my soul settles ...
giving little lurches every so often...
just finding new grooves takes a while...


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Autumn Stretched.....

Autumn stretched her long arms into winter..
The pleasure of those still warm days.
Everyday I would sit in my garden loving the warmth and rare experience  that only a long warm autumn can bring..these perfect days....in for me a perfect life.
I grew restless, in my contented , good life.
My soul was searching for something that I did  not recognise nor could I find.........
I felt I would burst with this longing, to find my meaning in life.

I look back, many years later, wondering if some of us are primed in genetics for change...... 
when the wind changes... we look another way & follow some in built instinct to live life as one never envisioned  ... and to make of this new life or lives as one can .....

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Clearing the Slate

It is always exciting as I venture down a new road,, different views....different sounds....so I will return soon.........when I decide which path to wander down

I hear a bird sing

This is a serenity walk …. one of many now dotted around me to choose from within the town centre... it takes in the creek & ch...