Some of the things I did see at the gallery last week were these amazing paper cuts.  The artist had taken ordinary bags that we use for retail purchases and then made these paper sculptures.

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I really liked these and sat looking at them until the kids drove me mad.

Off teaching again today and it is going to be hot.  I think I will wear shorts and sandals.  Not very professional but one must try and keep cool.



I had a great day yesterday at the Children's Class. There were times when I got a bit wobberly but I got though alright.  Or I thought I did.  I haven't been too good today so am taking it very quietly and staying in the air-conditioning.  That is why I am late with my Work in Progress.

And there hasn't been a lot to report.  I have started on a new teaching piece because the one I had was too hard.  But I don't like the background linen.  I might bleach it or switch to a white linen but then that isn't very practical for a book cover.  I will have to see where this one goes.

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The February 'peace' embroidery doesn't have a voice at all.  I am outlining the design, slowly, and there isn't a peep from it.  I thought it would have told me what it wanted for the filling but not a word.



Too much heat

I managed to make myself very ill over the weekend.  It was a combination of trying to do too much, extreme heat and a virus.  Result, severe dehydration and I really knocked myself out .

On Saturday we took our Grand daughters and their parents to see "The Snail and the Whale" at QPAC's Cremone Theatre.

We had great seats, second row back from the stage and the girls got booster cushion cushions so they could see better.  But we didn't check just what was going on in the South bank Parklands or  the Galleries, Museum and Convention Centre.  Result, there was no parking, the roads were gridlocked and the heat was at 35 degrees C.  I ended up having to park a couple of K away from the theatre and walking back, I had dropped the others at the door.  Then I had to walk back, get the car and come back and pick them up.  (My son and his wife stayed in town for her birthday.)

We stayed overnight to look after the girls but they have no air-conditioning just fans and I couldn't get cool so I slept with the fan on me which really dried me out.  Next morning I couldn't stand up and the doctor had to be called who said, hospital.  Now that I have been re-hydrated  I don't feel too bad.  So I have been playing around with some water colours taken from what I saw at GOMA last week.  I do have to get back there again. I am going to use these as covers for by teaching booklets.

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(And Typepad is driving me mad with the spacing!!!!!)








A new list of books to read

I have a half dozen new books that I am going to read.  Since my old book club disbanded I have found it hard to get interested in new books.  At lunch the other day my friend enthused about all the books her group was reading.  I have been invited to join and I think I will.

The first book I am reading from her list is "The shepherds life' by James Redbanks.

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Not that long ago I read the set of novels by Gervase Phinn about the same landscape but from another perspective.  This is a book by one of the boys who could see nothing but their life with the sheep.  It gives a wonderful concise description about what belonging to this land is all about and puts into words how indigenous peoples experience their land and culture.  It is the first time that I have ever read this in words that bring understanding.


In the section entitled Spring he starts by quoting a poem "The Past, from The Dawn is at Hand" by Oodgeroo  Noonuccal.  Oodgeroo (Kath Walker) was one of the Quandamooka People from over on Stradbroke Island.  Her poem is about her experience of our islands.  This is a wonderful book.  Well written with deep understanding of his subject.  One that I think I will return to a number of times.



A trip to the gallery

I met a friend at the Art Gallery yesterday to look at the new exhibition.  What did I see? Kids, kids and more kids. 

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It is school holidays here and the Gallery of Modern Art always has great activities.

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Result lots of kids.

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At morning tea in the cafe the usually suspects came out to be fed.

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There were young girls there with their 'kids chinos'.  Keeping up that coffee culture.

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I am going to go back AFTER the holidays to have a really good look.


But, to get away from all the kids we went to the Fine Dining Restaurant for lunch.  Lunch was a work of art.  I have eaten here before and the food is amazing.  Not a lot on the plate, but I never feel that I haven't eaten enough. (We only ordered entrees and shared all the dishes)

My husband had Suckling Pig

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My friend Jane had Reef Fish.  I'm not sure what kind of seaweeds were used but they were delicious.

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I ordered a Haloumi with Corn.  Who would think you could have so many ways to serve corn.

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All the ingredients are sourced locally and I am going to have to find where I can buy that cheese.  I was told they got it from Maleny so next time I am up there I will be looking out to buy some.  (The only producer I can find is a man called Trevor Hart.)

Last time I was there I had this amazing dessert.  It almost looked too beautiful to eat but when I did it was delicious.  There was Zabaglione custard under all that chocolate.

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This is not a cheap place to eat but for a special occasion just wonderful.