Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Wallace and Gromit

Couldn't walk past this when I was in at  the NGV Australia 
Wallace and Gromit and Friends :The Art of Aardman
Loved Wallace and Gromit since seeing The Wrong Trousers  and of course lately Shaun the Sheep (and Timmy) 
Their stop-motion clay animation is amazing.
Peter Lord and David Spoxton Nick Park et al AKA Aardman,  exhibition at ACMI had lots of Wallace’s great contraptions along with  film sets, including Gromit’s famous vegetable garden, city streets from Shaun the Sheep the Movie, the flying machine from Chicken Run  
There are Hand crafted plasticine models, concept drawings, character studies, storyboards and production design are all revealed,  the first ever drawings of Wallace & Gromit and the rocket from A Grand Day Out.
Extracts of Aardman’s most famous films selected from more than 60 shorts and features, imaginative advertisements and music videos.
 A Grand Day Out!!
1st Oscar won for Creature Comforts 
The film shows various animals in a zoo being interviewed about their living conditions. These include a depressed gorilla, a Brazilian puma and a young hippopotamus who complain about the cold weather, the poor quality of their enclosures and the lack of space and freedom. By contrast, a tarsier and an armadillo praise their enclosures for the comfort and security they bring, and a family of polar bears talk about both the advantages and disadvantages of zoos for the welfare of animals. 
I love the excerpt of the Puma talking about need for Space and MEAT 
Bears of Creature comforts 
Creature Comforts

 Aardman films have made $973.2 million worldwide and average $163 million per film. When you se the work that goes into them they deserve every cent!

design for the Were Rabbit

Saturday, July 15, 2017


Trogir is a town on the central Adriatic coast of Croatia about 20 minutes from the Marina 
Its preserved old town, known for its mix of Renaissance, baroque and Romanesque buildings, lies on a small island connected to the mainland and the island of ─îiovo by bridges. 
The 13th-century Cathedral of St. Lawrence houses the Renaissance Chapel of St. John and offers sweeping views from its bell tower. 
Parts of the medieval city walls remain intact. It was so small we could walk from one side to the other in 5 minutes Unless we got distracted by another tempting alley or courtyard!
View from balcony of great room we booked 

Settling in for a wine after a long walking day 

The rear gate

polished marble lanes 

One of the bridges in to The town 
the beach front 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Croatia : Sailing

All the Sunsail boats at the Marina (Tony R striding into pic)

Lots of fascinating building stop explore 
The Marian Agana where we started West of Trogir

Never hard to find somewhere for dinner

Morning coffee on deck
Our Boat Leona
My helming day 
The blue of the Adriatic
Mooring for lunch in a small bay 
Big commercial Marina on Hvar
Stone walls everywhere Built as they clear land
Often they were just in piles here and there 

Friday, June 30, 2017


I was invited by Tony and Lisa from the yacht club to join them on a sailing week in Croatia out of Split on the Adriatic. I hesitated  financially but thought I won't get a chance to do this again so said YES.
I flew to Zagreb and stayed in an airbnb for 4 nights then got the train with Di, down to Split on the Adriatic coast.
Met the others the next day and took a bus to Marina Agana to join the yacht Flotilla Sunsail.
The flight over with Qatar was great; I like the breakdown of the flights that allow for sleep at the right time.
Got airport bus to the city then after  a few false turns found the apartment .

the apartment is behind these rooms just past the red sign. 
From the same place looking to the left is the Square and trams (Blue) 
 The weather as you can see was lovely Av daily Temp 26.
part of the 4 block park with station at the end 

Fountains in the park
Great doorways and old buildings.
This little building had a church circular window!
Tram tickets are bought at kiosks Valid for 2-4 hours Kiosks are at every stop or nearby 

House designs were on the street with inner courtyards
Lots of attics!!
Church of St Francis on a small corner 
Walking to the cemetery at last came to some run of the mill apartments 
The trams had  a dedicated road space with hedging along so you could only cross at lights
Park through a small wood to the Cemetery