Archive for February, 2015

Art comes to Newstead Community Lunch
February 22, 2015

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From time to time, the Newstead Community Lunch is graced by artist, Susan Denyer.

Sue loves creating ephemeral art using natural materials from Bacchus Marsh where she lives, and Tasmania. She also uses recycled materials from opportunity shops (charity or thrift shops) and garage sales.

Sue spends the morning creating marvellous centre pieces for each table which she photographs.

The diners can spend time over lunch admiring each piece. Diners may enjoy handling or playing with objects which means some of the pieces will be in a state of disarray by the end of the lunch.

After the diners have departed, Sue packs it all up.

Sue’s art is ephemeral because it does not last – it is short lived. Other examples of ephemeral art are chalk art, sand and ice sculptures and sand mandalas.

If you want to know more about Sue’s art, you can email her: gypsy@iprimus.com.au.

These centre pieces were created a couple of Wednesdays ago. My personal favourite is the one with the blue whale in the centre. Perhaps you have a favourite also.

PS: The photographs in this post were taken by Susan Denyer.

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Some pieces incorporate hand made paper. I am glad Sue likes beach washed glass.

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A fly continues its spiritual journey moving from the heart of the spiral.

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The Keep – Making The Most of Foliage
February 13, 2015

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 This is the second post about The Keep near Taradale.

This post features the ornamental garden with its emphasis on the colours, shapes and textures of foliage.

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 Water and the green of foliage is soothing.

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 The Crab Apple garden is green now the blossoms and flowering bulbs have finished.

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There is a wide palette of greens and foliage of different colours.

The owners like clipped rounded shapes.

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 I couldn’t resist the splashes of colour the flowers provided.

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The Keep – Taradale
February 3, 2015

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 The Keep is the final in a series featuring gardens I visited during the Castlemaine and District Garden Festival in November 2014.

I visited The Keep near Taradale for the first time on the 4th of November.

Unlike the gardens which feature floral displays, this country garden focuses on shape, foliage and texture. To fully appreciate this garden, I needed to take time to wander slowly, pause a while and observe. The more I looked the more there was to see. Despite my preference for colour, fragrance and flowers, I loved this garden as was evidenced by the number of photographs I took…… so this post is the first about ‘The Keep’.

And to be different, this first post is about the vegetable garden which is the tidiest, most organised productive garden I have ever seen.

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 Inside the green house are vegetables growing in mobile wicking beds.

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Most beds are netted to protect the vegetables from marauding wild life from the surrounding bushland.

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 A place for everything and everything in its place.

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 The berry houses.

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 There is a lot of composting going on.

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