Showing posts from July, 2009

Aireys Retreat

After several weeks recovering from a really painful and stiff back, I have a week off to spend with Celia at Aireys Inlet. We love the quiet and slow pace of our stay there. The trip down is a bit shorter with the Geelong Freeway now open to Waurn Ponds and no travel through the city of Geelong. Our trip down may have been shorter but on the road to Anglesea we were behind someone who was not aware of the speed limit and only picked up speed once we left Sweetwater Creek.
This time we didn't stop to shop at Anglesea, and I had grabbed some soup from the freezer; so with the fire lit we were sitting down to lunch 15 minutes after arriving!
The weather has been mild, sunny and light breeze so we went or a walk along the cliff to the beach and the dogs enjoyed the freedom. I got caught out by a wave at the last bit of cliff and ended up wet to my ankles, but not cold so OK on the walk back.
So far we have been reading, playing scrabble, gardening, watching and laughing at Doc Martin, a…


The last two years I have missed out on the Aireys Festival of Words, but all the stars have aligned and I have it planned for this year. On browsing the brochure I knew and had read a few authors, but decided I will go through the authors and read the indicated work. Shane Moloney is the star attraction, with his latest book 'Sucked In' He has a neat turn of phrase that I love and his hapless but successful character Murray Whelan has come far in the political arena.
The other book I had read was The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham. After twenty years away, Myrtle Dunnage returns to Dungatar, a small country town, where the towns people's eccentricities are many and varied. Peopled with exotic characters, this is a story of love, hate and haute couture, set in a country town that's disconcerting to visit but a bitingly comedic and heart-breaking place to live. A warm and nasty book, The Dressmaker evokes Drysdale's 'Drover's Wife' dressed in Chanel.
An author …

Recent acivity

A month has gone by. Celia is home for a visit and a to renew her US Visa (despite their seeming lack of warming to Visa Applicants; see her blog, I have had a week off prostrated by back spasms, the worst for ~5 years. It flared to full dysfunction when we were going to Maddy’s to organise the contents of the house. (Significant?) Have been back at work a week and am a bit stiff and weary again today.
Other events over the weeks have been a FABULOUS night to see Simon & Garfunkel at the Rod Laver Arena. We had great seats (they ought to be at the price!) but S & G performed the whole show and sang all the favourites.
Old Friends/Bookends, Hazy Shade of Winter, I Am A Rock, America ,Kathy’s Song, Hey Schoolgirl, BeBop A Lula, Scarborough Fair, Homeward Bound
Some great video clips of them and the world events the, Mrs Robinson/Not Fade Away, Slip Slidin’ Away, El Condor Pasa
Art solo:Bright Eyes, A Heart In New York, Perfect Moment/Now I Lay Me Down
Paul so…