Monday, 23 May 2011

Autumn at the beach

I'm spending an idyllic 4 day weekend at Bundeena Beach, an hour south of Sydney. After a few weeks of sick kids and even sicker adults, including me, I felt a few days away wouldn't go amiss. This is something of a practice weekend, because next weekend I'll be back again to dog sit Basil the Beagle, and in July I'll be here for 4 weeks while Basil's humans go to Europe. This is a gorgeous part of the world to live in, three very different beaches within a short walk, situated in the world's second oldest National Park, cafes, and a very artistic community. I think I could happily live here - if I could afford two houses, which seems most unlikely.

I'll try to add photos when I get home, especially of the birds that try to coax me to share my breakfast.
Done: First the Rainbow Lorrikeets, noisy, showy but very pretty. Then there's the Sulphur Crested Cockatoos, inquisitive, cheeky and as for noise, they make the Lorrikeets seem like amateurs.

At home work is piling up in my studio as I'm making a heap of books and picture frames for the QVB shop in Sydney, and also working on my edition of the poem  "Paper Wrestling" by Claire Beynon for Book Art Object. Once "Paper Wrestling" is completed I plan to completely rejig the studio to make space for assemblage art, which I think is a generous but hopeful way to describe my collection of found and rusty materials.

This week I'm starting another online course with Michael deMeng, this time on using the Dremel drill and other tools. I love my Dremel (it doesn't take much to make me happy) and for my birthday I was given lots of attachments for it, so I can't wait for the course to start to really try them all out.

It's evening now, Basil is snoozing beside me on the sofa, and I'm listening to the flying foxes (fruit bats) squabbling in the trees, which reminds me of home (where they shriek all night). What I'm not used to hearing is the sound of the water ebbing and flowing just a few hundred metres away. The night sky here is just full of the Milky Way, a real delight, because at home we have too many trees to see the stars clearly from our garden. Beautiful Bundeena, beautiful Wamberal. I'm feeling very fortunate to have such lovely places to live.

 I loved that someone produced this work of art on the beach.


  1. not having had the benefit of ever experiencing bundeena (my first cousin DID marry a bundeena lass however... so perhaps one day I'll get a guided tour...) I'm mostly imagining all the great things you can do with a dremel..... do tell us how you get along (I'd love to hear about attachments that you can't live without..... oh and I'm dying for a mini drill press thingy for my dremel - DYING I tell you!)

    have fun (get/stay well!)

  2. What a delightful post! I can almost hear the surf as well!
    I love my Dremel too, and think that I should be taking the class with you, as I barely use it for anything but sanding. I really should look up that class! sigh........
    Sounds like you've got your 'work' cut out for you with all of that staying at the beach that you're going to be doing! LOL Do you need some help perhaps???
    Take care and be well!


  3. Dear Carol, I do feel awful for being out of touch for so long. Hope you are feeling better and have had a relaxing time with Basil - sounds wonderful!
    I, too, could do with some Dremel lessons. I have my father's with loads of attachments, and only use a couple of them for a few minor (but helpful) tasks. Maybe you could pick a couple of your favourites to share in future posts?

  4. Love the beach art. The cockies? Not so much. Bloody wrecking crew!

  5. Ronnie: I'm looking at the dremel videos but just don't have time to do much with them. I'd like a mini drill press too. Maybe next birthday.

    Judy: Sure, I'd love you to come and help me puppy sit at the beach, though I think Barker may have a different opinion.

  6. Amanda: Yes, Basil is a darling. I hope to find time to do some Dremel practice rather than just watching the videos.

    Di: Coming across that beach art really lifted my spirits at the time. We were walking Basil in absolutely torrential rain. He was wearing his Drizabone (oilskin) and he thought we were crazy to be making him be out in such weather when he knew the heater was on at home. Smarter than his humans.

  7. Gorgeous birds, you are very lucky. I have no idea what I would do with a dremel, but hopefully you will share all the wonderful things you can do with it. I do understand you 'new tool' excitement though - new toys :-) Basil sounds lovely too.

  8. Angela: Yes, it's very much new tools = new toys with me. I hope I can show some results from all this dremel talk soon.

  9. C- sorry that it has been a while since I visited - follow what you are doing in the BAO world through F - but wanted to see where you were up to with all those gorgeous rust bits - hmmmm!!!! Getting away for the course sounded good - nice discovery of the ephemeral sculpture on the beach - so easy to create things really isn't it. Go well. B

  10. Ive been reading a few posts and really and enjoy your writing. I’m just starting up my own blog and only hope that I can write as well and give the reader so much insight.


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