I visited Redesdale Valley garden during Melbourne Cup weekend on the first Sunday of November.
The garden was open as part of the inaugural Discover Redesdale Festival.
This large garden is situated on the banks of the Campaspe River where my aunt and I spent some time contemplating the river and admiring the riverside scenery.
The garden is idiosyncratic filled with whimsical delights constructed from collected and scavenged objects and materials. The garden is more about the inventiveness and creativity of its owners than it is about landscaping and the careful placement of plants.
My aunt absolutely loved it and we spent a happy afternoon there.
These photographs can only give a taste of the garden’s attractions.
This is the second of the series of transparent mosaics.
I was a bit disappointed with the result as the shape of the water lily does not stand out from the background.
I included too many colours in the background rather than choose one colour, green or blue, to provide the contrast which was needed to provide definition for the flower shape.
This is something new for me – a post featuring photographs of an open garden I visited recently here in Castlemaine.
It is the season for open gardens in this region and ‘Tranquillo’ is one of six I visited over two days during the week.
‘Tranquillo’ is in a street near where I live and has been created on a rocky block of land backing onto Forest Creek.
The money raised from the entrance fee, sale of plants and cakes and biscuits will be used to support Chewton swimming pool. This local small public facility is only being kept open through strong community support.
I hope you enjoy the photographs.
This is the first of a series of 3 transparent mosaics I completed at workshops conducted by Ann Bidstrup of Heart Art.
I made the mosaics over a period of some years.
The heart mosaic has given me a lot of pleasure as it hangs in a window catching the light.
The distance stretches out before me
Rolling away to far hills,
Faint puffs of cloud hang still in the sky.
It can be tough living up on this ridge being buffeted by the four winds
Exposed to heat and snow,
Yet, I envy those who drink in this view each day.
Monday, 7th October 2013.
Rocks tumbling down hillsides
Over friendly flies
Niece waiting for butter biscuits.
Cairn Curran Reservoir, Baringhup
Friday, 4th October, 2013
I created this picture at a workshop conducted by Ann Bidstrup of Heart Art.
The picture is on canvas and combines paint, fabric, threads and beads which were painted, fused, glued and stitched.
I think it is a sunny, happy picture.
Dancing in the rainbow
Our bodies smile with joy
Our hearts sing their delight
Blissfully, we are united in the dance.
Dancing in the Rainbow is one of the Qi Gong exercises we do in the final 15 minutes of the Tai Chi for Arthritis class I attend. It is one of my favourite exercises.
In this picture which combines collage and drawing, I have depicted my old friend and companion, Spotty, who died on the 24th of July.
Perhaps one day, we will be united in the dance once more.
A new canine companion has entered my life and so, I commence my journey with Katie.
I have included this card, which was given to me by a friend on my 60th birthday, as it has a rainbow and I laughed when I read it.
The black crochet intensifies the bright colours of this rug. I knitted and crocheted to make the blocks in each row.
I liked including the novelty yarns in this rug.
My nephew, Max, who likes bright colours appreciated this gift. He used the rug as a play mat as well as something to keep him warm in bed.
This painting was created by applying acrylic paint to canvas and then glad wrap (cling wrap or cling film depending on where you are from) was laid over the wet paint and scrunched and folded so the paint gathered in the folds. The glad wrap was left on the painting until (semi) dry and then peeled off.
I made this painting at a workshop and each student had fun seeing what shapes had been created at random. In my painting, there was the unmistakable shape of an eye which stared down at me at work for a number of years and then joined me at home when I retired.