Showing posts from August, 2009

Rawson retreat

This weekend I spent at Rawson in the Baw Baw Shire at the Rawson retreat. This was the site for the construction crew of the Thompson Dam. This time we were scrapbooking with Gerry Silk who is a Creative memories Consultant. There were 21 enthusiasts and it turned out a good weekend activity for what was a chilly and wet weekend.
I had the stitches on my nose removed on Friday at 1200 (no photo to be seen!)then drove up with Wendy in her new car (Toyota Corolla) to Rawson , 2 hours door to door.
It was a mild afternoon and a lovely morning on Saturday but that only lasted till about 11am then it was bitterly cold and raining Perfect weather for us!
We started scrapping by 4pm and spent the whole days busy at work. Gerry had some raffles with a fund raiser for Very Special Kids (a Creative Memories project for the month) and after no success in the first one, I had all my three tickets drawn (only bought 3 after my no luck first raffle!)in the second, but as she had many gifts (out of …

The big move

Today was the big move of furniture from Beaumaris. I started the day with an appointment with the doctor to have my dressing taken down on my nose; stitches out Friday. It looks better than I'd anticipated, but the scar seems to run up to my eyebrow.
Celia and I are keeping 5 items of furniture, (9 counting the 4 chairs) but I have to move it all and then distribute / get rid of the rest.
We are having the dining room table and sideboard that was Mum and Dad's and the blouse chest that was Mum's. The chest is made from fruit crates and the frame wrapped in Twine.They have deep drawers so the blouses could be laid folded, without getting crushed.
We will use it for table linen.
I have had discussion with the local New Hope Centre, working with refugees and hopefully I can donate the unwanted furniture and the ones we are replacing, directly to families rather than to a service where they then have to buy it. The other piece is the final surviving chair of Mum an…

Garden Sculpture

I was really taken by the work of a local (to Aireys) artist and his stone and metal installations, Darren Matthews. There was a trail of pieces around the venues of the Festival as well as several more at the local Eagles Nest Gallery.

Books rationale

One of the big hassles of clearing Maddy’s house has been getting rid of all the books. This has created a feeling that my shelves of many books (and the boxes in the bungalow) are not a good thing. It was opportune that I read in Good Reading magazine this week that the editor said she was having a book clean, and planned to asked herself as she picks up each book.
• Can I remember reading it? (That won’t work well for me as I remember the plot of every book I have read (Unlike Andrew who writes an A in the front so he knows he’s read it!)
• Did I love it?
• Does the book have a place in my reading time line? Not sure what this means.
• Do I want to reread it? I re-read most of the books I like. (was stunned to find many other people don’t) Might make this reread in the last 3 years.
• Does it serve a purpose? (Non-Fiction) This will thin the shelf!! How many out of date travel books can one use!
If the answer is yes to 3 of these, it stays.
If the books in the bungalow that …

Books Books Books

What a great time we had at Aireys Festival of Words, or as the Councillor kept saying Festival of the Word. I had been reading my way through the Authors listed covering lots I had not read Since the blog a few weeks ago I have read Sophie Cunningham's Bird, Anna Davidoff, aka Bird, is a Russian immigrant, ’50s movie star and Buddhist nun. Ana-Sofia is her daughter, a lonely woman who cannot move forward with life until she comes to terms with her mother’s abandonment. Sounds bleak but it wasn't. A great read. The cover is the singer, dancer but I thought it was a picture of a black bird with a white tail! Kate Legge The Marriage Club and All That happened at No. 26 by Denise Scott. were also great finds. I had been trying to find The World Beneath by Cate Kennedy, turns out it hadn't been published but was released early for the Festival and will be available again in September. She was the Opening Speaker and she was so impressive we were really keen to buy the book. Ca…

A big change

It seems hard to believe that the family home that dad built when I was about two, and we have called home for almost 60years has been sold. Many friends have moved house several times but we have always had Beaumaris. The friends at lunch on Sunday also only sold when their parents died.
The neighbourhood was settled in the late 40's and considered by some to be too far away. There was little public transport, some might say it's no better now! with just the train to Sandringham. We didn't have a car till the mid 60's so we had the school bus or shanks pony. Walking to Black rock was a normal event, but as in the previous blog we didn't need to go anywhere ,we just played in the local streets and the beach, 10minutes walk away.
Beaumaris is now a very expensive suburb, close to the beach, and reasonable distance to the city. Once renowned for its treed and leafy landscape, blocks have been bought, old houses torn down and trees cleared and edge to edge buildings er…

Lunch with childhood friends

It has been a busy weekend and one of the great times was the lunch we had with old neighbourhood children. We had met up after Maddy's funeral , not having seen many for over 10-15 years. We all met at the local pub initially and Cheryl (Chezz) form next door started doing a map of the neighbourhood , who lived where the names as well as those of the family dogs! Alan then printed this and sent it around.
We all met again on Sunday at Maggie Fooke's house (she has bought an old house in Fitzroy and established a bed and breakfast.) It was a fun filled 4 hours as we talked about what we all did then, in the meantime and now. Two of our friends had died young (21 and 45) and we talked of the freedom of that times and the worry placed on parents for their children now. At our peak there must have been at least 27 kids roaming the streets and park and the tea-tree scrub.
We all just hung out together and came home for dinner! usually to the sound of the Meehan bell or the Fooke whi…

Bennetts Lane

Once we have found the Bennett's Lane Jazz club we have been there again and I have seen Yvette Johansson for the third time. We had a great time on Friday night with some other friends of Celia from new York. Yvette was as great as usual including singing another Blossom Dearie song. Blossom Dearie (previously unknown to me!) died this year February 7, 2009 at 85, was an American Jazz singer and pianist often performing in the bebop genre and known for her distinctive girlish voice. The songs Yvette chose to sing were very funny with rapid short line lyrics. The program for the coming months looks interestign , with suggestiosn form Sue (New York) on good artists, means I will be there again. It is cheap ($20) and there is no compulsion to buy drinks, though they make their money from that so one glass can set you back $11. I now have three regular music venues. Albert Park Yacht Club, Sorelli at Czech Club in North Melbourne, and Bennett&…

Mellow yellow

One thing about the Australian wattle is that there is always one variety blooming all year long. This one was in all its glory on my walk to work ands is still looking good 2 weeks later. It is in the middle of a reserve between 2 streets. I think they must have knocked down a street of houses years ago but the opposite side had this view while the other is the side of houses that front the adjacent streets. I have a large wattle tree in the back yard that I planted in front of the bungalow It said it was 6 feet..... .what a misleading description, it towers over the building and drops litter all the time. Maybe it's just in a great spot. As well, a family of Wattle birds (no relation !) have perched there and poop in too close proximity to the clothes line!! Wattles have a limited life span so I have decided to cut it down and place a screen fencing, and grow some creeping plant and smaller things in front.