Showing posts from April, 2014


An interesting experience of the yacht club has been my exposure to 3 amazingly talented artists, Rosemary, Di and Phillipa.
All have been part of designing the decor for the Yacht Club Annual Dinners, but more recently I came to hear of WOW The world of Wearable Art Competition held in Wellington New Zealand.
Phillipa has been a finalist in the last 3 years  and I had the chance to go and have a sneak preview of her latest entry before it goes off to NZ for judging. No pictures are allowed or description before the event so you will have to wait BUT it was fantastic!
This year I hope to go but will have to see.
WOW is a two hour show held annually in September in Wellington, New Zealand to an audience of 50000 over a twelve show season and is a huge tourist event for Wellington. Entries come from all over the world and the challenge is to design something a model can wear, that can be packed and reconstructed on site. You say what sort of model you want a…

Saturday Meeting

We had a great Infant Mental Health Meeting launching the 4th edition of The Baby as Subject  Clinical Studies in Infant Parent Psychotherapy.  As well as my entries there are some newer entries and we had some readings from the book including brilliant Melbourne playwright Joanna Murray-Smith's, brilliant The Spare Room; A father confront his fatherhood. Teresa Russo is our current President and a parent of a past student of Celia's. As we sat there I was greeted by a vaguely familiar face  and when told her name placed her as another parent! who is also the sister of a woman that Wendy and I met when we were in Istanbul.

So I took a photo and then 2 more arrived !! So I sent some pics to Celia and they all said Hi Celia! Anne Morgan was there. Looking as elegant as an 80+ yr old great woman can, what a role model!
Campbell chaired the session, and altogether a great success  We were in the Gryphon gallery at the 1888 Building at University of Melbourne, that Maddy had said …


I have been regularly attending the music nights at Albert Park Yacht Club organised by Cliff Ellery. A couple of weeks ago we went to hear a fabulous Irish singer Eleanor McEvoy, a great evening.

He mentioned this other show UHAH, Unsung Heroes of Australian History which sounded interesting and at the last minute we booked to go (as did 90% of the audience.  6 bookings on Tuesday 60+ on Friday)
With exquisite attention to their craft, Moira Tyers and her players tune in to Australian History, rescuing some long-forgotten stories from obscurity, and breathing new life into other more familiar iconic tales. Gutsy, political, refractory and lyrical, Unsung Heroes is sure to be enjoyed by a new generation of music lovers who want to see meat on the bones of the past. These songs drip with the satisfying juices of solid research, spirited lyrics and sublime artistry. A musical and historical feast!" 
The songs followed a history timeline with th…

Creative Writing

The Aust Assoc of Infant Mental Health holds an annual essay prize The Ann Morgan Prize and we try to encourage entries. As part of this endeavor we have started offering a Writing Workshop with an expectation of attendees submitting an Essay on their work with infant/s.
This year they had a spot available; I had always held off so members could go but Christine asked if I was interested, so i agreed with some trepidation.
It was held at The Wheelers Centre and the facilitator was Lee Kosman

Lee Kofman is an Israeli-Australian author of three fiction books (in Hebrew). Her short works in English have been widely published in Australia, the UK, Scotland, Canada and the US, including in Best Australian Stories and Best Australian Essays. Her first book in English, the memoir The Dangerous Bride is due to appear in October 2014 through MUP. Lee has been mentoring writers and teaching writing classes for over ten years. She also blogs monthly about the writing process for Writers V…

The map

Bridie and Sean's new house is surprisingly near no parks or playgrounds or shops in walking distance.
So with Dylan being a ball of energy not needing a daytime  sleep we decided to head off to a playground on a map
So we spotted one (Dylan studying Google Maps with me) called Cheong Park that said it was a 20 minute walk.
Well they are not talking pre school walkers who like to stop and admire everything and did not take into account the 3 hills we had to manage.

 At last I spotted the bright colours of the playground and we  settled in. It had been raining and the slide was wet, so he wouldn't go down it but was fascinated with all these bugs that were on it.
Hanging over a post nearby was a towel! So when I dried it off he was happy, darting from one thing to the other.
It took some persuading to get him to leave but as we headed back, I checked a message on my phone and he asked what I was doing So I said I had the map how to get home.

He demanded to see it and I explaine…