Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Play's the Thing..

When we got home Dylan wanted to paste and make a mask so I helped him with that. (I took direction!)
 Then he said he was going to do a puppet show
After half an hour he called us in to the lounge where he had a it set up.
The audience has gathered including Shakespeare himself (white limbs) 
the stage is set with Trees and a Lake backdrop 
the story was about some people who fell into the lake 

a Giraffe fitted in to the plot
And being rescued by a lady super hero

Special Friend

I was invited to Dylan's Grandparents and Special Friends day at Kalinda Primary School where Dylan has been learning for 33 days.He is really into school and loves learning stuff.
He was very confident showing me everything and when nana and Grandpa (Kannageisser ) arrived he went over it all again
Then he showed us the school Map he had, and led us on a  tour culminating in a Singing performance by all the Preps (now called Foundation ) "I'm in Foundation H Mich!" of 'It's a small World"
Bridie was wondering why he had been singing it at home.
showing his place to nana 

he read his book to us 

Then the Map!

Checking out the direction
The fabulous school grounds 
In the Japanese Library (he's ;earning Japanese) 
Lovely pottery Poppies in the corridor 

In the japanese Garden

We came across Ava and Jay Dylan's cousins 

showing us how fast he can run round the track  
The song performance (he's on the far right facing us )
Didn't manage to get a good photo by the grandparents!

Friday, March 11, 2016


In this age of designed obsolescence (if it breaks buy a new one) I want to pay homage to the great car that I have been using courtesy of Carolynn's mother while mine is being repaired and painted.
I had to buy a East link pass to visit Bridie last week so ended having to put the car description.
It is a 1999 Diahatsu Applause and has done 70,945 klms!!!!!

It is automatic and goes along really well.
But it reminds me of all the new features of cars that we take for granted.

1. No central locking. I need the key in the door (and the boot) to open it. It only opens the driver door so I need to reach in and flip the lock for the back seat.
Locking it took me a while to get in the swing. Push the lock down, hold the handle as I close the door,  (driver door) but the other doors you just push it closed (or it 'bounces' ) if you hold the handle with the button down.
2,Windows Remember when you would wind windows down? and doing the passenger one en route a real challenge! And no access to the back windows!

3. Mirrors It was only my last Toyota that had electronic mirrors. So adjusting the passenger side mirror was an adventure. You need a car or traffic lane beside you to know you have it at the right angle. So lean over,  adjust Sit up again (in driver seat); is it right? Lean over again..Maybe up a bit ? No too far! Can't see the car side (essential for parking) There that's it!

4. Car seats No problem but covered in sheepskin covers. Not had since my Mazda 323.

5. Speedo Not really sure what is different but the position of 60klm is at 11o'clock position, where 80 is on my car, so I would have to keep double checking. Yes its only 60!

6 Power steering Boy do we take this for granted! a 3 point turn or backing out of the garage is an upper arm workout! But it is automatic so don't need to keep another limb busy!

7. The Boot The car is actually a hatch (looks like a sedan ) The boot is heavy and needs strength to push it right up. However It took me 2 serious crunches on my head to remember the catch drops a good 10cms down, and not to lean in when standing at the middle of the back.

And the old Sun shades on the back

But it has been a godsend after the 2nd postponement of picking the car up. Dropped it off (a 3 week wait to book it in ) on 17th Feb (accident on 5th jan) and was due on 28th. Then the 11/3 now mid next week (no definite date given!) but this time they did ring me !
Thank you Carolynn!!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

200 Years of Australian Fashion

I bought a Member's preview ticket to see this last Friday

It was beautiful and the 1960's stuff very deja vu!!

beautiful detail
glorious hats!
The Feather Dress
"We received a phone call from someone that had recently been to one of our public programs, telling us that they had a dress that had been worn by their cousin that they thought we would be interested in," said Paolo Di Trocchio, NGV curator of fashion and textiles."They thought they had seen it in a photograph that we have in our collection, and it was true. "That is how an elaborate hand-dyed ostrich feather dress studded with sequins, beads and diamantes found its way to the NGV.              The original owner of the dress was an Australian woman named Annette Klooger, who had quite a successful international career as a singer and television presenter.
the 60's incl film of Jean Shrimpton at the Cup

Opera house dress By Linda Jackson (and Jenny Kee) of Flamingo Park 
And 100's more!!!

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