Archive for October, 2014

Mosaic: Scarab
October 27, 2014

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This is the fourth of a series of transparent mosaics I have made at Heart Art.

I made this one yesterday – Sunday, the 26th of October.

The first item I chose for the mosaic was the big, blue bead. It reminded me of the scarab beetles which the ancient Egyptians depicted in their jewellery.  The design of the mosaic was inspired by the jewelled collars worn by the Egyptians of high status.

I am very pleased with the design and colours of the finished mosaic.

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Buda, Castlemaine – Touring the Historic House
October 16, 2014

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 This is my second post about my visit to the historic house and garden of Buda in Castlemaine on Sunday, the 14th of September.

The first post featured the garden whilst this post features the house.

From 1864 until 1981,  Buda was the home of  the Leviny family; Ernest Leviny, a Hungarian silversmith and jeweller, his wife, Bertha, and their 10 children.

Buda remained home to five unmarried daughters for most of their lives. As adults, they returned to Buda when not pursuing careers, study or travel.

Like their father, the daughters were creative being keen followers of the arts and crafts movement.

Each daughter pursued a particular discipline:

Mary – embroidery and smocking

Gertrude – wood working

Kate – photography

Dorothy – metal work and enamelling

Hilda – embroidery.

All the objects on display, except for a grand piano, once belonged to the Leviny family. Many objects are the work of Ernest Leviny and the Leviny daughters.

The house was extensively renovated from 1890 to 1900. I imagine quite a lot of repairs had to be done after a huge storm when Hilda recalled sheltering under the dining room table whilst the chimneys crashed down through the roof.

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 These two photographs, the mounted emu egg and the decorative lead light window, were taken by my friend, Jennie.

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 The laundry or wash house, kitchen and maids’ bedroom are somewhat plainer than the main rooms of the house.

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The Big Tree, Guildford
October 8, 2014

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We slowly circle the giant,

This locally revered landmark.

A cockatoo and corella are facing off

Screeching louder and LOUDER,

Adding weight to its claim for dominance,

The corella snips off small leafy twigs

Which flutter to the ground.

There is the quiet sound of buzzing,

A hive of bees is resident in a hollow.

Unseen, a pardalote ripples its call.

We gaze up into the vast canopy

In awe.

5th of October 2014, Guildford

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 This photograph shows two branches which have fused together.

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The Big Tree is a River Red Gum, Eucalyptus camaldulensis.

For those of  you interested in statistics, the tree is 30 metres high and its trunk has a circumference of 9.35 metres. The canopy has a spread of 34 metres.

The tree is more than 500 years old.

In the 1990s, two roads were realigned and power lines relocated to help preserve the tree.

The cockatoo is the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, the corella, the Little Corella and the pardalote, the Striated Pardalote.