Thursday, 6 December 2012

Summer time bits and bobs

December is summer time but around this small continent (or very large island, take your pick), the weather is weird. Heatwaves, bushfires, mini tornadoes, torrential rain, and ... snow!  The evening news shows fire fighters desperately trying to save homes, and the next item shows children making snow angels. I only have sand angels to show you, and not the lying on their backs kind.




Summer time is perfect for eating outside and these kids have a savoury tooth. Give them a tray of cornichons, cottage cheese and Jatz and they're very content. This was Cilla's choice for afternoon tea.
Summer time is Jacaranda season and everywhere the hazy blue of this fantastic tree stands out in gardens and as street trees. This row is in Oxford Street, Paddington, in the middle of Sydney. Just heart lifting.
Summer time in our garden is time for Agapanthus, towering heads of blue and white, nearly as tall as me. But even more gorgeous are Kaz's Gardenias, big, creamy blooms nestled into the most vivid and shiny green leaves.And the luminescence of those buds...
Summer time is Christmas shopping time and I spent a day in Hornsby, a place I haven't been to for nearly 40 years. I went to school there, and shopped there when my children were babies but it always seemed like a cultural desert and there wasn't much to take me back. Probably completely unfair of me but, I was stuck there for a day last week, and to my amazement I found an enormous shopping mall with shops that I found quite interesting. Perhaps this is a sign that I've been in the back blocks too long when I find a shopping mall interesting.

The two most interesting features were outside the mall. One was an art gallery and workshop for disabled people which had a stunning exhibition of weaving by a woman without sight, speech or hearing. I need to go back there to learn more about what they do and, I don't know, somehow offer some assistance.

The other great thing was an automated water sculpture. Dinahmow sent me photos of one she'd seen, I think in NY, so I was surprised to see this one here. Water flows, things move, water splashes and falls and gurgles, and the sculpture itself is quite charming. Australian birds, reptiles and mammals are featured, along with a clock and much more. Here is a glimpse from one angle - each time you move you see a different scene, and a detail of some shags, a lizard on a Monstera leaf (not Australian) and some nymphs.
Summer time means quality time with my grandpup Basil Beagle. I'm always up for more of that.
Summer time, winter time, any time is time for new books. I found this couple in Berkelouw's Oxford Street book store and I have a feeling I need to read them. They are, I think for young adults, and just from glancing through they reminded me of The Various. Now if that means nothing to you then you possible don't read slightly off beat young adult fiction, but if you know what I mean then just have a look for them and see what you think. Maybe the next time someone asks what I'd like for Christmas I shouldn't go all vague - I should say Wildwood please. And if anyone thinks I have strange taste in books, please remember that I seriously collect children's books AND I keep reading my favourites over and over. And over.
I think that's all the photos. I have so many subjects I want to post about but the world keeps interfering in my life and when I sit at the computer once in a blue moon my mind goes blank and I end up just dithering on. Hmm, probably safer to keep dithering. Ranting is my other mode.
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13 comments:

  1. Oh! Lovely water sculpture, Carol. I think the picture I sent you was of David Kemp's The Navigators, in London. Drained for repair work when I was there, but youtube can oblige!
    And up here? mid-30s again and no forseeable rain.
    I think your garden needs more blue! :-)

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  2. I think my garden will have more blue because the Petrea you sent me arrived this afternoon, in great condition, so thank you. I have the Jacaranda, the Agapanthus, and a few other blue bits but the Petrea will out blue everything if it likes this garden.

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  3. That water sculpture looks amazing. And I am not in a position to condemn anyone for reading children's books - I do so myself and like you, read some of them again and again.

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    1. I had a feeling you were one of "those" readers EC. Maybe you've commented on it before. My children's lit collection is basically 1880s to 1950s but it is huge and almost as much a problem to house as my rust collection.

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  4. I love that water clock, it is one of the great sculptures of Sydney! Rex Feakres who assisted Victor Cusack in the making was a neighbour when I lived in Barkers Vale ( not far from Nimbin) in northern NSW haven't seen it for nearly 20 years!

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    1. Mo, I saw a man playing the chimes, which he does weekly. It was great and he got quite wet!

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  5. First off: what are Jatz? Never heard of them!
    Wow, the kids are really growing up! Look at Eddie!! They are all so beautiful!!
    I love Jacaranda trees. When we lived in south Florida, they would really add color to our Spring time!
    I'm in love with gardenias too - have one right outside my bedroom window, and it is glorious in our Spring!
    Love the picture of you and Basil! You look so content! ;-)
    I've spent the day with our little Charlie - and we had so much fun! He told me that he had missed me last week, when he couldn't come because he was sick! He melts my heart!! The Dr says Kristin's baby will come any time now! WooHoo!!

    xxoo

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  6. Hey Judy, Jatz: a round savoury crisp cracker, lightly salted, an Australian icon, though maker Arnott's Biscuits is owned now by Campbell's Soups but still made in Australia. Remember that what you call a biscuit is what we call a scone.
    The kids are growing in leaps and bounds and developing really nice personalities.
    All the best to Kristen - how exciting! xxoo

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  7. C-the water sculpture looks wild. Be good to know where it is in NY - might be able to check it out one day. Survive the summer. Have a great Christmas period. B

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    1. B, I think a trip to New York would be great. I enjoyed your NZ trip vicariously. We all need to survive summer, though today is a bit chilly. Strange weather. Best wishes to you and F for Christmas and the coming year. Lots of good health and peace. C

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  8. Gorgeous sand angels you have there Carol,

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    1. Glenda, a late reply! Sorry. Such good little sand angels, too.

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