Thursday, 3 July 2014

Yes, it is winter, but so far we are blessed with reasonably warm sunny days, and crisp nights. And joy of joys, we're almost up to the shortest day already! I'm not complaining about winter but I do love the days getting longer. To my delight my butchered Jacaranda tree has ignored the cold and is putting out lots of new shoots, and I think I'll just let it do its own thing rather than prune any of the shoots.
I've planted nearly 1000 bulbs this season, still a few hundred freesias to go, and the jonquils are already flowering. As are the pansies and pinks.
For the first year I've planted gerberas in many colours and of course, some old faithful primulas.
The garden is still taking a battering. First the tree loppers, then the trench right through the middle for the National Broadband Network connection ( and after weeks of waiting to be connected we remain in limbo!) and then, to add insult to injury, a row of camellias had to be removed for a new termite control trench to be put in. Oh, and my herb garden went the same way. HOWEVER my garden remains a great joy and maybe by spring it will be looking better than ever! This autumn our liquidambers (sweet gums) have really changed colour, adding a lovely and welcome glow to the borders. This one is behind the guest cottage and to the right is the purple tibouchina. Towering over everything on three sides of the property are the eucalypts, magnificent but a bit treacherous...
I did promise in my last (long ago) post that I would talk about my Keith Lo Bue workshop at Studio West End in Brisbane. One day with Keith is always a treat so four days was a feast. Adele and Wim are great hosts, the studio is beautiful, and of course, autumn in Brisbane was lovely. I'll just show a few photos that may give an idea of the atmosphere in the workshop. We started out with very tidy benches but organised chaos eventually took over. Some wonderful pieces of wearable art were made, though I don't have permission to use the photos, so you'll have to take my word for it. I do have a photo of myself wearing some "art" I made from found objects.

Here is the reason why my luggage was heavy - carrying drills, hammers, bench vice/anvil as well as many bits of metal...
Looks chaotic but in reality this was a hive of activity.
Some pieces I was working on... and my bench...

Next week I'm off to Mount Kembla to Liz Jeneid's studio for several days to do an assemblage sculpture workshop with Anita Larkin. Very exciting! Another heavy bag of tools but I'm sure I'm going to have a great week.


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10 comments:

  1. Well, that went well! Not! Sorry about the strange sizes and chopped up photos. If I ever get the internet back on I may try to fix them up!

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  2. Your garden sounds like such a treat. More photos are required.
    And I hope you have as much (productive) fun at the next workshop.

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    1. Dear EC, I'm sure there will be lots more photos of the garden, which after a week away seems to have grown many more weeds. The week away was fabulous.

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  3. You and your garden are coping with all the changes beautifully Carol. Please post more photos of what you made with Keith and look forward to seeing what you get up to with Anita Larkin, she's brilliant!

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    1. Hi Mo, yes, Anita Larkin was brilliant. Such a lovely teacher and her work is wonderful!

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  4. I loved your post! I find it interesting that you can have such lovely plants flowering all during your 'winter'! Gerber Daisies are a favorite of ours (Kristin had them in her wedding bouquets) and they are just beginning to bloom here! Your Liquid Amber looks great - and lovely next to the purple. I'm not sure I know that tree!
    Love your workshop pics…..and know you will have a grand time next week too!

    xxoo

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    1. Dearest Judy, yes, flowers everywhere here, even in winter. I've heard the term Gerber Daisies but never realised they were the same as our Gerberas. Pretty obvious really. Workshop blog coming up. xxx

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  5. The bench photos look great and like you had some wonderful days! I love your fish-thingy photo and the many swirls and bits you worked into it. It looks rather large to me, though, too large to be work as a necklace. Or am I mistaken?

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    1. Hi Hilke, I like your description of the fish-thingy, which just about captures it. I'm not sure it will stay in that state because it really is too big for me to wear around my neck. I learnt a lot in my next workshop, soon to be blogged about, that I can remake/rejig

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    2. things without feeling I've failed. Sounds silly but I do put lots of obstacles in my own way! And by the way, my iPad also puts obstacles in my way when I try to write comments, just cutting me off sometimes in mid word. Very frustrating. Thanks iPad!

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