Gold Coast Souvenir

December 4, 2016 - 2 Responses

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In early August, I visited the Gold Coast in Southern Queensland to see family members and take in some of the sights. After returning from my holiday, I decided to create a collage using tourist maps and images from tourist brochures. This is the result.

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Serenity, Newstead

November 27, 2016 - 7 Responses

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The Castlemaine and District Festival of Gardens was a very busy week. During the week, I visited two open gardens in Newstead – Lacey’s which I posted a few weeks ago and Serenity.

Serenity is right in the heart of the township. It presents a modest frontage, but there is more to Serenity than initially meets the eye. The property extends way back behind the house. As we stood in the back yard, one local remarked she had walked past the property many times and had no idea how big it actually is.

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The garden is heavily planted with members of the daisy clan – reliable performers in Newstead’s tough climate.

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I admired the effect of blue, white and green in this planting.

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I don’t often see foxgloves. There was quite a show in this garden.

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The owners clearly like lots of colour in their garden.

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The owners have added decorative elements to add interest.

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They clearly want to sit and enjoy the garden.

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This garden retreat at the rear of the property is still a work in progress. The interior is not quite finished but the verandah is a joy to behold. It is so inviting.

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Malmsbury Village Fayre 2016

November 20, 2016 - 12 Responses

Today, Sunday the 20th of November, I went to the Malmsbury Village Fayre for the first time. The numbers of people attending the Fayre swelled the population of this small township.

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Motor vehicles lined the roads in all directions.

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The Fayre is held in the Malmsbury Botanic Gardens and adjoining town hall.

 

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The geese listened appreciatively to ……

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…….. the singing of the Yiddish Choir who had travelled from Footscray, a Western suburb of Melbourne and………

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……..the playing of the Gypsy band.

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Fayre goers who were feeling peckish started lining up at the stall selling Halal food …….

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……… whilst the belly dancers swung into action.

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Members of the Malmsbury CFA (Country Fire Authority) were busy feeding people the traditional sausage in bread.

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No Fayre would be complete without instruction in how to load and fire a musket or ……….

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……… a demonstration of medieval sword fighting.

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Green Monster

November 13, 2016 - 15 Responses

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The Castlemaine branch of the Country Women’s Association receives donations of knitted squares which the members make up into rugs which in turn are donated to an organisation in Bendigo which supports women and children escaping domestic violence.

I decided to make a toy using two of the donated squares and adding limbs and features to create this friendly monster. Whilst they are fiddly to make, I wanted the monster to have hands with fingers. I obtained the pattern via a link on another blog.

I had a lot of fun making this toy and I hope there is a child who will enjoy playing with it.

Lacey’s, Newstead

November 3, 2016 - 6 Responses

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The Castlemaine and District 14th Biennial Festival of Gardens is being held this week and I’ve been overdosing on flowers. Lacey’s in Newstead which I visited on Sunday, the 30th of October, was a feast of blooms due to the good rains we have enjoyed this year.

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Iris were definitely the stars of the show.

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There is much to amuse and delight in this garden. Jennifer Lacey is a creative spirit and the garden reflects this.

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I was very impressed with the collection of objects used to decorate the water tank.

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Barry Lacey teaches Tai Chi and the garden reflects his interest in the orient including bonsai.

 

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Many roses are still in bud due to cooler temperatures this spring. However, some were happily blooming on Sunday.

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Some people might regard this poultry flock as ideal – no need to feed or protect from predators. The down side is – no eggs.

Sherara, Lauriston

October 26, 2016 - 9 Responses

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Today’s post features the second garden I visited on Wednesday, the 7th of September, as part of the Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival.

Sherara is a rural property near the township of Lauriston. Its attractions include alpacas grazing and an olive grove which shelters the large formal garden.

The owner invited me to bring Katie into the garden so we both enjoyed its pleasures.

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Hellebore Heaven

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I liked the mix of the purple of the grape hyacinths and the red of the grevillea.

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Daffodil Heaven

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These bark photographs are for you, Jane.

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This spiky plant creates drama with a backdrop of maroon foliage.

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Curious alpacas checking us out.

Intuitive Collage

October 18, 2016 - 8 Responses

In late August, I attended an Intuitive Collage workshop being offered by Ann Bidstrup of Heart Art . The purpose of the workshop was to gain a greater appreciation of what is significant to us at this time through a process of inquiry leading to the creation of a series of collages. From time to time, Ann offers workshops based on art therapy practices where the process of creating takes precedence over the finished work. Another similar workshop was Inspirational Beads which I attended in 2011.

The process of creating the collages was simple, but intense. The first stage of the process was collecting images from magazines. Putting the logical part of our brains to one side, we cut out images which attracted our attention. No over thinking here, just collecting images which said ‘Pick me, pick me.’

The next stage was sorting through the images and selecting a few which had the strongest attraction. Choosing one image to work with, we began the process of internal inquiry, imagining ourselves within the image and exploring how it had meaning or significance for us. We wrote down our thoughts until we could give a name to the image which signified its connection to us at this time.

The final stage was assembling the collage using other images which complemented the theme of the dominant image. The images were glued to card 13cm x 20cm.

During the full day workshop, I created three collaged cards.

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This first card is titled ‘Phoenix’.

As my role of aunt has diminished, I am undergoing a period of transition, letting go of the old and creating new roles for myself here in Castlemaine.

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This card is ‘Joy’.

The cheeky frog represents the joyful aspects of my life at present. I chose the hot, happy colours to complement this theme.

 

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The title of the final card is ‘Survival’.

I am reminded to pay attention to those things in life which assist with my survival – which keep me functional in this world.

Mosaic Garden, Kyneton

October 7, 2016 - 14 Responses

 

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Today’s post features a garden that was open during the 2016 Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival held from the 1st to the 11th of September. I visited the Mosaic Garden on Wednesday, the 7th of September.

The gardener, Geraldine Phelan, is a mosaic artist and her work is dotted throughout the garden.

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The Mosaic Garden has a few quirky features. This life size red horse is one.

 

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As well as mosaics, there were plenty of camellias to admire.

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The art of Paul Gaugin had a strong influence.

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These babushka dolls were very appealing.

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Geraldine’s studio was worth a visit as well with beautiful mosaic dragons on display.

The Potager, Chewton

September 30, 2016 - 14 Responses

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Last Sunday, the 25th of September, was the final day for the HEDGE open gardens this year. One of the gardens I visited, was The Potager. Just beyond the swimming pool is an enclosed garden of narrow, curving, stone edged beds………

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……..where herbs, vegetables, self seeding annuals and perennials rub shoulders with each other.

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Globe artichokes are a garden favourite in this district as they grow so well. People grow them for their foliage, edible chokes or stunning purple flowers.

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In another area of the garden, it was blossom heaven.

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Euphorbias are another garden favourite in this district. They are tough, come in a variety of forms and have distinctive lime green heads.

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Guildford Banjo Jamboree

September 22, 2016 - 11 Responses

The Thirteenth Guildford Banjo Jamboree has come and gone. The Jamboree went ahead last weekend as Guildford was not swept away by a flooding Loddon River.

Whilst the banjo is the star of the Jamboree, it shares the stage with other instruments typical of traditional American string bands so there were guitars, mandolins, ukuleles, double basses and fiddles aplenty.

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The midday parade and banjo photo shoot under Guildford’s iconic Big Tree was a very relaxed affair.

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Mmmm, not sure why there was a camel in attendance.

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Some people were dressed to be noticed.

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Anybody could get in on the act.

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Gradually, the casual strumming became playing in unison and voices were raised in song.

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The Jamboree is an opportunity for local organisations to raise much needed funds. The Guildford Primary School was offering tempting treats for afternoon tea on Saturday, whilst the Guildford unit of the Country Fire Authority was busy feeding people all weekend. They need a new fire truck.

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This man was demonstrating his cigar box guitars whilst his friend was playing a more conventional instrument.

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There was music here in the Guildford Public Hall……

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……. and here in the Guildford Music Hall, Australia’s oldest surviving music hall……….

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……..There was plenty of action in the beer garden…….

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……and on the street.

I’ll be back next year.