Guildford Cemetery

August 21, 2016 - 4 Responses

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The purpose of my visit to the Guildford cemetery on a gorgeous August day last Tuesday was to photograph some of the graves belonging to Swiss Italian families. I had been to the cemetery with Katie a couple of times before. Katie waited expectantly at the gate – this place means rabbit hunting!

Swiss Italian families settled the region around Daylesford, Yandoit and Guildford in the 1800s. They farmed the land, built houses and outbuildings from the local stone and each family had their own recipe for making bull boars – a dense meaty, herby, garlicy sausage.

 

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Some of the graves are tucked away in the far corner of the cemetery.

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This family was dogged by tragedy.

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DSCN5010This woman was kept busy raising three families in her lifetime.

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A number of graves bear the name Delmenico……..

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and Passalaqua.

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The Barassi family produced one of Guildford’s most famous identities.

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I moved on to other graves. This new grave plays homage to the role of Australian Rules Football in this person’s life. Josie Connell was a Western Bulldogs supporter.

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The violets growing on this grave scented the warm air.

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This headstone brought back memories of my Aunt Anne. Guildford Gus was one of her favourite hosts on local community radio.

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At the main intersection in Guildford, Ron Barassi, Australian Rules Football legend, gazes across to……..

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…………Guildford’s only remaining hotel.

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The Gold Coast

August 14, 2016 - 4 Responses

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I am guessing that not many posts about the Gold Coast commence with a photograph of the bronze head of this man, Peter J. Lacey, who was an Australian Surf Life Saving Champion from 1963 to 1984 and also, a Gold Coast business pioneer whose interests included real estate and development. This man encapsulates two main aspects of the Gold Coast – beach culture and a love of high rise apartments.

The Gold Coast which stretches south of Brisbane in Queensland to the New South Wales border is one of Australia’s premier tourist destinations. Early in August, I visited family who now live there having moved from Castlemaine to be closer to their daughter and medical facilities.

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In September 2015, I was holidaying in the historic fishing village of Port Fairy – what a contrast to the bustling, high rise, urban development of the Gold Coast!

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I admired these sculptures in the Broadwater parklands. The seagull kept an eye on me but had no intention of moving from its vantage point.

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I sent a text to my cousin saying I would meet her near the big horse in Victoria Park, Broadbeach.

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My cousin took me to the botanic gardens where my aunt volunteers. I liked the mosaic highlights on this statue.

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I loved this mosaic panel at the centre of the sensory garden.

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My cousin also took me on a day trip to O’Reillys in Lamington National Park. The sculpture commemorates the rescue of the survivors of an aeroplane crash by Bernard O’Reilly in February 1937.

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This photograph gives an idea of the subtropical rainforest which Bernard O’ Reilly and other rescuers had to navigate to reach the site of the plane crash.

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Alpacas are irresistible. My cousin’s children relished the opportunity to feed them.

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The alpacas had this magnificent view whilst they munched.

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I couldn’t ignore this dramatic skyscape dwarfing the high rise.

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Unexpected Bounty

July 25, 2016 - 8 Responses

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This is another drawing inspired by my old garden in Ferntree Gully. I finished the drawing on the 8th of July 2009.

I regarded the broken branch from the big banksia (Banksia marginata or Silver Banksia) as an unintended and unexpected gift. Perhaps a possum had been too heavy for the branch which snapped under its weight.

I loved the contrast between the dull green upper sides of the leaves and the white (silver) undersides. The immature flowers were challenging to draw.

The picture captures the happiness and energy I felt at that time.

Sadly, my favourite tree in the garden was cut down by the new owners.

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Amelia Jane

July 14, 2016 - 14 Responses

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Now for something a bit different……….My niece, Gemma, commissions me from time to time to make some object on her wish list. In 2015 it was a Minion Beanie, this year, an Amelia Jane doll.

When I received the commission, I had no idea who Amelia Jane was. It turns out Amelia Jane is the primary character in a series of Enid Blyton books in Gemma’s possession. Gemma and I spent some time examining the changes to Amelia Jane’s appearance over the decades since the books were originally published and Gemma provided me with her preferences……..and this is the result.

I was enormously relieved and pleased that Gemma was very happy with her custom made Amelia Jane……especially after the blood, sweat and tears (not to mention profanities) that went into her creation.

Amelia Jane was concocted from the blending and adapting of free crochet patterns I found on the Ravelry website.

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Winter Chill

July 3, 2016 - 12 Responses

This is what greeted me when a frigid day was followed by an even more frigid night resulting in a heavy frost the next morning. I am accustomed to finding ice on the windscreen of my car, but this was the first time the crystals formed patterns.  It was such a novelty, I took the photographs to record the event.

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Katie took refuge in a warm bed.

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Warrawong, a Country Garden

June 24, 2016 - 4 Responses

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Here is another garden of the HEDGE (Horticultural Endeavours Demonstrating Gardening Enthusiasm) to delight you. It is certainly warming revisiting these photographs of Warrawong on a frigid winter’s night when snow has been falling in the nearby town of Daylesford up on the Great Dividing Range.

These photographs were taken last November.

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Warrawong sits high on a ridge overlooking the tiny settlement of Yapeen.

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There are some interesting inhabitants of this garden as well as…….

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…………eye catching displays of potted plants. The bamboo water feature attracted my attention.

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Water is a welcome addition to …………

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…………..dry, rocky surroundings.

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As you can see, the garden abounds with drought tolerant plants which thrive in the heat.

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Autumnal Oaks

June 17, 2016 - 6 Responses

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This week I had the opportunity to draw this picture in soft pastel. I had been waiting for weeks for the oaks in one of my favourite sections of Castlemaine’s Botanical Gardens to reach the peak of their autumnal glory.

It is early winter and the oaks are among the last of the deciduous trees to acquire their autumn colour. It was fine, but chilly, when I commenced the drawing on Monday morning, but Wednesday morning was just glorious. There were plenty of people out walking – many with their grandchildren or dogs. Nearby, a small group was practising Qi Gong.

Crimson rosellas, Australian magpies and Bronzewing pigeons enjoyed the bounty offered in the gardens that morning.

This picture gives me a lot of pleasure. I hope you enjoy it too.

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Port Fairy Lighthouse

June 8, 2016 - 2 Responses

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This post is the final of the series about my visit to Port Fairy in September 2015.

Port Fairy lighthouse is situated on Griffiths Island at the entrance to the Moyne River.

It was constructed in 1859 using local bluestone. The automatic light has been operated by solar power since 1987 with a wind generator backup added in June 1996.

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This charcoal drawing was made from the vantage point of a beach headland further along the coast.

Joyces Park, Newstead

May 30, 2016 - 8 Responses

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For this post, I am featuring another open garden I visited in spring last year. Joyces Park is one of the Gardens of the Hedge (Horticultural Endeavours Demonstrating Gardening Enthusiasm) which were open for viewing from October, the 31st to November, the 8th 2015.

Joyces Park is a working farm. Farming implements and other bits and pieces gathered over the generations have found their way into the garden.

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Tough, hardy plants which are drought and frost tolerant are a feature of this garden.

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There were beautiful blooms to enjoy.

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I liked the humorous touches. Perhaps a stray Yeti had wandered into the garden.

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Glen-Olney, A Town Garden, Kyneton

May 23, 2016 - 6 Responses

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For this post, I am looking back to the Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival of 2015. On the 6th of September, I visited two gardens, Ainslie and Glen-Olney, on a grey and bitterly cold day.

It was a pleasure to experience Glen-Olney where the colours of flowers and fruit glowed in the grey. Except for the owner’s friendly dogs, I pretty much had the garden to myself during the time I was there.

 

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Garden features incorporating found objects were a novelty.

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