Archive for the ‘Maldon’ Category

Dog in Still Life
July 16, 2017

I recently visited an art exhibition held as part of the Maldon in winter 2017 festival held from the 1st to the 16th of  July.

I found myself contemplating still life paintings of objects with shiny surfaces, fruit and drapery.

The paintings inspired me to create my own collaged still life. I couldn’t resist including the image of the cheeky dog sitting up to its breakfast tray.

Maldon Art Walk 2017
March 18, 2017

Today, Friday, was a perfect autumn day and what better way to spend it than to wander around the nearby historic town of Maldon appreciating the art displayed as part of the 2017 Maldon Art Walk. From the 12th to the 26th of March, the work of local artists is on display in shop windows and in public spaces. The work of 100 artists is displayed in 50 venues. Tiny, little pots rub shoulders with the sausages at the butchers, a large charcoal drawing struts its stuff at the hardware shop, a painting of a carousal is a joyous addition to the premises of the local ice cream maker and a small, metal boat rolls on barbwire waves in the garden shop.

The following photographs are of a small selection of what is on show. I didn’t have to worry about reflections from shop windows with these works.

This dress is made of chicken wire, yet it looks soft and filmy – I love it.

I also love these beautiful, hand dyed felt jackets

This courtyard with the old pomegranate tree brought back memories of a lazy lunch with relatives under its shade years ago.

The court yard provides the setting for this amazing installation….

………….. as well as these sculptures.

On the far wall of the dining room of the historic Kangaroo Hotel is this painting of the Trentham Falls.

My friends and I enjoyed a hearty lunch in the dining room.

Maldon’s Easter Parade
March 29, 2016

Yesterday, Easter Monday, I weathered a chilly autumn morning to attend Maldon’s Easter Parade, one of the highlights of Maldon’s Easter Fair which claims to be Australia’s oldest continuous easter fair.

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People gazing down the main street waiting to catch a glimpse of the horsewoman holding the Australian flag. She is at the head of the parade.

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And here she comes………

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…… followed by Maldon’s brass band.

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Different modes of transport were a big feature of the parade. Historic, vintage, veteran, classic – something to please everyone……

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…………horse power……….

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………….donkey power…………

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……… pedal power ……..

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………. and vehicles powered by internal combustion engines.

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The stirring sounds of a pipe band tap into some ancestral memory of mine. I find them irresistible.

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Country parades are a perfect showcase for local clubs and organisations. The dogs in the crowd barked their appreciation and support as the local dog walking club passed by.

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The cactus warriors were out in force. They are dedicated to the elimination of the wheel cactus, a serious environmental weed in the district.

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The local primary school and ……….

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…….. the Central Victorian Lion Team provided some multicultural sound and colour.

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Local volunteer emergency services came up in the rear of the parade – The Country Fire Authority and …….

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……. The State Emergency Service.

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This is my longest post to date and I hope readers who have reached this far have enjoyed the experience. If you go to the link, https://www.facebook.com/maldoneasterfair you can watch an interview with Lilian Long whose family have participated in the parade for 139 years. Lilian’s great, great grandfather was the founder of the parade.

 

 

 

 

 

The Victorian Goldfields Railway
December 30, 2014

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 On Sunday, the 28th of December 2014, my niece and I chuffed our way from Castlemaine to Maldon on a steam train.

The Victorian Goldfields Railway is run by a band of volunteers using a former Victorian Railways branch line which closed in 1976.

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The action in Castlemaine

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Muckleford station – a brief rail stop

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 The destination – Maldon Railway Station

 

 

Charcoal drawing: Along The Spur Track
March 24, 2013

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After the testing hot weather

The bush murmurs quietly in the grey, cool day.

Grey clouds float gently above

In no rush to go anywhere.

The belling of a White Throated Tree Creeper slices the silence.

The bush waits stoically for rain.

Maldon Historic Reserve, 18th March 2013

Maldon is a town near Castlemaine.

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