Archive for the ‘Mosaics’ Category

Poverty Gully Garden, Castlemaine
September 24, 2018

Today was perfect for visiting an open garden.

Gardens of the HEDGE (Horticultural Endeavours Demonstrating Gardening Enthusiasm) have six gardens open during the period 22nd September until 7th October.

Poverty Gully Garden is in an attractive bushland setting on the edge of Castlemaine. The gardener has successfully created a garden where the challenges include poor soil, drought, severe frosts and wild life which likes to drop in for a snack. Kangaroos, wallabies, possums and hares are common on the bushland property.

If you look beyond the potted plants to the low embankment, you will see what passes for soil in Castlemaine. Yet undeterred, local gardeners rise to the challenge of creating diverse and interesting gardens.

Here are some of the views from the garden to the adjoining bushland.

The house, fencing and retaining walls are built of stone.

The gardener said there was a lot of trial and error in finding which plants would survive the demanding conditions. Her garden features plants which are bullet proof.

Native plants are used extensively throughout the garden.

The wattles are in full bloom at present.

Succulents also take pride of place.

The gardener has used succulents decoratively by inserting pieces into these old bed springs and…..

……..creating this wreath.

Pieces which survive until the 7th of October will be planted out into the garden.

Potted plants add interest to the garden as well as ………

……….the colourful mosaic work.

These pebble mosaics add great texture.

This verandah provides the right conditions ………

………for these plants to thrive.

Finally, a get-away for the grandchildren.

 

 

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Lacey’s, Newstead
November 3, 2016

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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.

Mosaic Garden, Kyneton
October 7, 2016

 

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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 Gold Coast
August 14, 2016

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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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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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Mosaic: Fire
December 11, 2013

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This is the third in the series of transparent mosaics I have made at Heart Art.

As I was making the mosaic, I was thinking of the fires which burnt in the Blue Mountains and around Sydney in October this year.

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Ann provides a wide range of coloured and textured glass to choose from.

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A drawing of the design is placed under the glass base to use as a guide.

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Tiger tail is threaded through the hole in the top of the shape and beads added. Beading crimps hold it all in place so the mosaic can be hung. DSCN2684

Mosaic: Water Lily
November 27, 2013

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This is the second of the series of transparent mosaics.

I was a bit disappointed with the result as the shape of the water lily does not stand out from the background.

I included too many colours in the background rather than choose one colour, green or blue, to provide the contrast which was needed to provide definition for the flower shape.

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Mosaic: Heart
October 31, 2013

DSCN2588This is the first of a series of 3 transparent mosaics I completed at workshops conducted by Ann Bidstrup of Heart Art.

I made the mosaics over a period of some years.

The heart mosaic has given me a lot of pleasure as it hangs in a window catching the light.

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Mosaic: Sea Horse
October 23, 2012

Mosaicing the sea horse was challenging because of all the curves.

I completed the mosaic at a weekend workshop offered by Ann Bidstrup of  Heart Art.

Ann’s husband cuts out the shapes for the mosaics.

The sea horse was created for my new home.

Mosaic: Mirror Fish 2
August 25, 2012

This mosaic fish was also created with the support of Ann Bidstrup of Heart Art.

Ann conducts her workshops at her beautiful studio in Park Orchards.

I enjoy using the gold and silver mosaic pieces as they create extra shimmer. I used the glass beads to represent bubbles.