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Task #77 of my 101 Things in 1001 Days project: Take 101 photos with black & white film

There were very few tasks on my 101 list which truly spanned the full length of the 1001 day project, but this was one of them.  On 1 January 2012 one of the first contributions I made to my list was to shoot some photos with my film camera, and she was still working hard in the final few days of my challenge last week.   My little F80 travelled with me all over Melbourne and down the Great Ocean Road, although admittedly she was always the camera which was left behind when I had to pack for a flight!

Nothing could ever replace the anticipation of waiting for film to be developed. I usually sent in a few rolls at once without knowing what they contained, so every time I picked them up it felt a bit like Christmas morning.  For somebody so accustomed to the instant gratification of digital this was a much needed lesson in the art of patience and that was really satisfying.

I have a lot to learn about shooting with film, and like everything else on my list I would have produced far better results if I had been pulled in fewer directions.  But done is better than perfect, and I’m happy to have created a collection of 101 little black & white, analog memories.

 

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#55 – Build a snowman

by Elizabeth on August 17, 2014 · 2 comments

in 101 in 1001, Life, Melbourne

I can’t quite believe that I haven’t posted anything here for more than 2 months!  It’s the usual story – the less action you see here, the more is (probably) going on in my offline life.  When I grow up I want to be one of those people who can manage both and still have time to brush their teeth.

It’s crunch time now with my list of 101 Things in 1001 Days – only 41 days left to finish the remaining 28 tasks on my list.  It sounds bad (right?), but more than half of those items are already well underway and the others are probably manageable as long as I don’t lose my momentum.  The main thing I have to do is sit my butt down and draw stuff!

I want to try and write about some of the more interesting items on my list that I’ve completed during my absence, so hopefully you’ll be seeing a little more action here over the next few weeks (but not if it gets in the way of actually finishing my list by 28 September!)

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Task #55 on my list of 101 Things in 1001 DaysBuild a Snowman.

Tim and I drove up to Lake Mountain yesterday to complete one of my favourite tasks on my list: build a snowman!  We waited a little too long to tackle this one, and since there’s not a lot of snow around this weekend we paid the $53 entrance fee to Lake Mountain Alpine Resort to make sure that we could get it done.  There was a great little cafe at the top of the mountain, and once we’d warmed up we found a little off-road spot beside the cross-country ski trail and got to work.

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Sidenote: Earlier today I found a photo of myself wearing this same pair of Docs when I was SIXTEEN.  Way to age more gracefully than me, shoes.  Thanks a lot.

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Probably the best part of making these snowpeople was the reactions of the people passing by.  Some people called out to us as they scooted by on their skis, while others actually stopped and asked to be photographed with them.  Me and my snowmen feature in a bunch of strangers’ photos, including one incredibly enthusiastic group of “bros” who insisted that I be in their shots and make peace signs with them.

(By the way, Tim, that was a greeeeat time to wander off for 10 minutes…)

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We waved goodbye to our little friends, warmed up with a hot chocolate and started to head home to Melbourne.

The drive back down the mountain was spectacular at the end of the day, as usual.  It’s amazing to see the difference between these shots and the ones I took last time we were at Lake Mountain which was about 18 months after the Black Saturday bushfires.  Everything looks so much healthier now and the new growth seems well established.

(There’s a bigger version of the panorama below if you click on it.)

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See?  Magic.

I’ll be back again soon with some photos from our QLD adventure last week, and hopefully a little more progress on my remaining tasks.  I’m starting to wish that I had crossed off that pesky Swim in the ocean task before it got so freaking cold…

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Task #23 of my 101 Things in 1001 Days project: Run a 5K fun run

The last time I put on my running shoes was sometime in 2012.  I’ve been itching to get back into running for a while now, but whenever the urge strikes I’ve always managed to blame my asthma or my dodgy knee for putting it off until ‘next week’.  A couple of weeks ago I went to the physio about my knee and she laughed when I said I was signed up for last night’s fun run.  “Well, that’s not going to happen is it?”, she said.

The thing is, I was determined to run this 5K whether or not my knee was busted, even if I hadn’t done any training.  When I put on those shoes for the first time yesterday I didn’t know whether I was even capable of running around the block, but I decided that I was going to give it my best shot and if it was all too hard I’d walk the rest of the way.

Tim and I signed up for the Electric Run months ago and it looked like so much fun that there was no way I was pulling out!

 

Tim and I started the race together, but after the first kilometre I told him to go on without me so that I could set my own pace.  My knee was in good shape most of the way so I was able to enjoy the light shows on the course and all the amazing costumes.  There were stacks of volunteers along the side of the track yelling encouragement and giving high-fives, so it was pretty much impossible to be sad!  Besides, I had light-up shoelaces.

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It wasn’t all that long ago that I was running 5K three days per week, but for some reason this particular task totally psyched me out and I wondered if I’d be able to make it past the halfway point.  According to RunKeeper I actually ran a fair bit further than 5K last night (perhaps it was from weaving in and around all the walkers?) and only walked for 60 seconds of the whole course when I reached the top of a huge hill.  I lost count of the number of people I overtook so I’m pretty happy with how I went.

So basically I am a dummy for not starting my training months ago, and a dummy for letting this race worry me in the lead-up to last night.  I finished 10 minutes behind Tim but I still finished!  Maybe I’ll put the Colour Run on my next 101/1001 list?

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Task #80 of my 101 Things in 1001 Days project: photograph a street scene or landscape in all 4 seasons.

I was really excited to finally finish this particular task. When I first added it to my 101 list I think I envisioned setting up a tripod in the Botanic Gardens, or even photographing my own pretty street throughout the seasons. But then I heard about Macedon and it’s beautiful Honour Avenue and decided that it would be the perfect scene for my 4 Seasons photo project (despite the long travel time!).

The idea is simple: Each season take a photograph from the same position, for one year. I chose to shoot a few angles of the same street.

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In response to the tragedy of World War One most Australian districts erected memorials to commemorate the lives of the soldiers and nurses of their district. One special form of memorial was the Avenue of Honour, and many of them have become important cultural landscapes that are unique to Australia. By 1918 the casualty rate of Australian soldiers was so high that every Australian was closely associated with somebody who had been killed, so lots of people became invested in the creation of these war memorials.

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Macedon’s Honour Avenue honours the 154 men and women of Macedon and Mount Macedon who enlisted for service during the Great War of 1914-1918. Each oak tree was planted for an individual and the order was determined by ballot, not rank. It was a real community effort, certainly more hands-on for the community than a creation of a monument which was often manufactured far from home.  A real labour of love.

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There are definite flaws in each series of photographs. In a perfect world, and with bottomless supplies of time and patience, I’d have taken a tripod and measured the height of the camera. I’d have replicated the aperture settings and focal point, and taken lots of notes about my EXIF data.

I didn’t do any of this and I don’t have any regrets. I set out to complete my 101 list (and this task) in the spirit of done is better than perfect, and I think this series captured that spirit completely. I even packed the wrong lens for my Spring shots!

I did adopt a few strategies to make sure that the final product was as good as possible, without stripping all the fun out of it by measuring everything. I used a few roadside landmarks to remember the position of each shot (mostly speed limit signs) and took along reference photos of previous shots to help me eyeball my next one in the viewfinder. I did my best to replicate the number of fence posts down one side of the shot, while copying the gap between two trees on the other side. Of course, all this went out the window on the day that I turned up with the wrong lens in September, but even that was kind of a liberating mistake. It taught me how to use what I had to approximate the work of another lens and focal length.

It’s funny how forgetting that lens wasn’t a dealbreaker in Spring, but when I noticed that my Summer photos were too similar to the Spring photos I actually went back and re-shot them two weeks later.  Fortunately the very first few autumn leaves were changing by then and it created just enough contrast with the previous season.  I put my most recent photos at the top of each series just to create a little more distance between Spring and Summer.

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I shot four different scenes hoping that one year later at least one of them would work out.   It turned out that all four were worth keeping, and they make quite a nice series together.

This was such a satisfying project and I recommend trying it yourself – even if it’s just on your camera phone!

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Warm all over

by Elizabeth on February 21, 2014 · 0 comments

in Australia, Life, Melbourne

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Oh, my God, I feel it in the air
Telephone wires above are sizzling like a snare
Honey, I’m on fire, I feel it everywhere
Nothing scares me anymore… 

Sorry, not sorry for putting that song in your head.

 

Summer in Melbourne has finally broken, I think, but just last week bushfires were raging throughout the state.  For a few days the city was blanketed with a thick smokey haze that made everything look mysteriously beautiful, while just an hour away homes were burning.  It was eerie.

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The sun was especially spooky.  Hidden behind that thick veil of smoke it looked more like the moon with its sharp outline and translucent light.  These photos could almost pass as shots I took of the supermoon last June.

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I set up my video camera one afternoon hoping that the sunset would be spectacular, but as the sun dropped towards the horizon it was swallowed up by the smoke until suddenly it was gone.

There are aspects of our little house that drive us crazy sometimes.  There’s no built-in storage and our landlord takes months to approve repairs.  But one of the things that keeps me here is our view of the sky – the sunsets, the middle-of-the-night stargazing and glimpses of the International Space Station from our driveway.

We will be very lucky if we can still see all this sky from the driveway of our next house.

 

I’ve been MIA again, I know.   There are reasons for this, as usual, but I’ve missed this place too much to let those reasons get in the way of writing here the way I used to. 

Over the next week I’ll be sharing some posts that have been collecting dust in my drafts folder, including a whole bunch of 101 Things in 1001 Days progress. 

Thanks for still checking in here, despite the recent radio silence x

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Sunrise, Sunset.

by Elizabeth on June 24, 2013 · 4 comments

in Life, Melbourne

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I left for work today before the sun was high enough to spot over the buildings, so the only superstar in the sky was this enormous, glowing moon.  She was still basking in the attention of having all those eyes on her last night, I think.

What a perfect beginning to a freezing cold work week.  Melbourne and her seasons never stop amazing me.

 

I came home today to find that the sunset was just as pretty, but I felt sorry for those little birds in the bitter cold tonight.

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(A more accurate title for this post would be Moonset, Sunset…but that just sounded silly.)

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Figure studies by Geoff Dupree: Sitting Figure Turning (charcoal) / Swimmer Drying Herself (charcoal)

My last class at Melbourne Studio of Art was more than six months ago and I’ll be honest, I’ve been missing it like crazy.  I hadn’t intended to take such a big break from classes, and painting in general, but for some reason time and money have been in shorter supply this year.  I can’t wait to finish the dumb non-art-related study that I’m doing right now so that I can devote more time to the stuff I really care about!

Every so often I get a newsletter from MSA that makes me want to dive back in, and one of their upcoming workshops looks so great that I thought I’d spread the word here.

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Figure studies by Geoff Dupree: Rising Figure (charcoal) / Top (watercolour)

Geoff Dupree is one of the senior teacher at Melbourne Studio of Art, teaching classes in the Pathway to Fine Arts course (specifically the Drawing and Painting Studio and Painting in Oils and Water Media).  His students’ work is often displayed on the studio walls, and it’s always really inspiring to arrive for the evening class to see what great stuff has been taught during the day.  Geoff’s students are extremely talented and I’m looking forward to one day winning a million bucks so that I can quit my job and take his daytime classes too.

Geoff is leading a five-day figure drawing workshop in Castlemaine next month – June 25-29, 2013.  Here’s a bit of information about the workshop from the MSA newsletter:

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The Melbourne Studio of Art is delighted to invite you to experience 5 full days of figure drawing in the beautiful environment of Castlemaine, one of Victoria’s most artistic country towns. This drawing workshop offers you the opportunity to fully absorb yourself in drawing processes away from the normal demands of daily life. You will be drawing from the nude figure over extended periods where your perception and understanding of how to complete well observed and executed drawings will improve rapidly.

Geoff Dupree is renowned as one of the best drawing teachers in Melbourne. Formerly the Head of the Monash University Fine Arts Drawing Department, Geoff has taught thousands of artists and students.

“As a representational artist concentrating on ‘everyday’ subject matter, my work has always centred upon the perceptual – the figure, the portrait, the still-life and the landscape.”

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Geoff Dupree: Phonecall III (watercolour)

The workshop will be assisted by Michael Gray (this is the guy who convinced me that I could paint!) and Dena Lester, Founder and Director of Melbourne Studio of Art.  The fee for the workshop is $795 and accommodation packages are available too.  There’s lots more detail to be found on the workshop brochure.

I’m sad that I can’t be there myself, but if you’re reading this perhaps you’ll let me experience it vicariously through you?

 

PS: Melbourne Studio of Art has not paid me to write this post, just as nobody pays me to write anything ever.

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This funny little film popped up on my Facebook feed today and it was too awesome to keep to myself.  Anyone who is familiar with Melbourne’s pretty cityscape is going to love this naughty lizard!

Bless You is what happens when an architect in the skies tires of his creation and decides to spice things up a bit.  (The artist hasn’t actually come out and said this, but maybe the lizard is supposed to symbolise Myki?  You know I’m right about this.)

The man behind this short film is Philip Watts, a Melbourne-based editor with, you know, a handful(!) of TV episodes under his belt. His other passions include cartooning and animation, and lately he’s been putting them all together to make his own little films.  Let’s hope he keeps going!

 

Meanwhile, ever wondered what might happen when a hungry alien with anger management issues meets a faulty vending machine?  Vend Your Anger is a rough approximation of my most recent vending machine tantrum.  Only I’m pretty sure I didn’t look this adorable at the time.

Go and show Philip Watts a little love on Vimeo.  He’s rad.

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A very woofy birthday

by Elizabeth on February 24, 2013 · 2 comments

in Harry, Melbourne

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Music: Good Times by The Beautiful Girls

 

Our little fleabag is celebrating his 11th birthday today!

Harry and I have been best buddies since he was about 12 weeks old, and since then I don’t think a single day has passed where he hasn’t made me laugh.  He’s ridiculous and stubborn and wonderful, and I think he has finally forgiven me for letting that funny looking Americano move in.

We got up early this morning to beat the heatwave and take the woof machine out for some fun.  We found a great off-leash beach at St Kilda where Harry could sniff some puppydog butt and chase the birdies, and it was so much fun watching him tire himself out.  I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of that beach in the near future – he had a blast.

Harry has been following me from room to room for the rest of the day, passing out by my feet whenever I settle for more than a minute.  I’m sure he’ll perk up again when we fill his belly with chicken and rice tonight – his favourite.

Happy birthday, silly woof.  I promise I won’t make you wear a dumb costume like last year.

Good dog! xxx

 

This also crosses a task off my list of 101 Things in 1001 Days: #73 – Take Harry to the beach.

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Starry, starry night

by Elizabeth on January 4, 2013 · 0 comments

in Melbourne, Nikon D800, Photo Posts

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Melbourne sweltered through an uncomfortable 42C (107.5F) day today.  Even as I write this at 11pm the temperature has only dropped to 35C, and in parts of the country there have been serious bushfires today that have been fueled by strong winds.  Black Saturday isn’t far from most peoples’ minds today.

The winds also cleared out all traces of cloud over Melbourne, so it turned out to be a nice night to stand on my driveway and take photos of the stars.  I’ve signed up for a NASA alert every time the space shuttle is visible from my city (sign up here, it’s free!) and with a sighting scheduled for tonight I decided to finally break in the tripod that Tim gave me for Christmas.

The space station zooms by quickly, so I only had a few minutes to grab my shots.  The photos below are 30 second exposures and if you know your stuff you’ll be able to spot Orion too.

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It blows my mind that there are actual people living on that space station, zooming all around the planet.  What an experience that must be.

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I’ve set myself a challenge to complete 101 Things in 1001 Days, from 1 January 2012 to 28 September 2014.  #48 on my list is to see a movie at the drive-in.

I put this on my list purely for the novelty factor, because I don’t remember ever seeing a movie at the drive-in before.  I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when we decided to go last weekend so I googled some reviews and we chose the one at Coburg.  There’s another one at Dandenong that looks great too but they didn’t have the movie we wanted.

We decided to go with something light (as opposed to The Hobbit!) because we weren’t all that sure what we were signing up for! Pitch Perfect was ended up being an excellent choice.  We arrived super early to make sure that we got a good spot and that meant we had about an hour to kill before the movie.

The wait didn’t matter; that hour went past in a flash.  There’s a cool little diner on the grounds serving up seriously good burgers and plenty of other food that’s terrible for you.  There are some arcade games inside and an outdoor playground.  People showed up in their jeans or their pajamas and it was a really fun vibe.

Better still, you can order your food by SMS and have it delivered to your car during the movie.  We maybe indulged in that service too, once we discovered that hot jam donuts were on offer.  I can neither confirm nor deny that there was also a milkshake.

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We came armed with some supplies.  It was pretty cold that night (thank you Melbourne for delaying Summer!) so we had a blanket and some pillows, and I remembered to bring my comfiest pinkest socks.  We also snuck in some of our own snacks although the diner menu was so tempting that we barely put a dent in our own stash.  The prices are a bit expensive but the food made the experience more fun.

Overall I was surprised at how great it was to watch a movie from my car seat, and listen via the radio tuner.  I thought the picture quality was excellent, it was great to set the volume to the level we wanted, and to be able to talk during the movie without bothering anybody else.

Melburnians, definitely do this!

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Last Saturday night was the grand final of the Victorian Roller Derby League, and it was awesome!  It was also my first time as a spectator and we had a seriously good time.

These girls are tough.  We were unlucky enough to be standing next to the only guys in the room who were there to perve, but everybody else was taking the sport pretty seriously and cheering on the players.  The rules are simple to understand and there is just so much skill on display.  It’s totally worth sitting ringside so that you’re part of the action.

I didn’t once see a girl fall down and stay down.  This is not a game for sooks!

The spectators are colourful and friendly, and there were some great market stalls set up nearby as well.  If you ever get the chance to see this sport in person I really recommend it.  And besides, where else will you see Skate Bush, Pony Slaystation, Calamity Maim, Rage Against the Sewing Machine, Alex in Chains, Double D’viant, Killjoy Division and Terror Australis all in one room?

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Dumb Ways to Die

by Elizabeth on November 21, 2012 · 0 comments

in Melbourne, Music, Videos

Do you think a public service announcement as adorable as this can actually save lives?  I’m not sure, but I love it anyway!

(Be safe around trains.)

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Currently…

by Elizabeth on November 8, 2012 · 4 comments

in Life, Melbourne, Music, Videos

Danielle from Sometimes Sweet often write little “Currently” posts like this one to get her thoughts out.  I thought it might be nice to join in from time to time – you should, too!

 

WATCHING: Tim and I have so many new TV addictions that we’ve decided to just live until we’re 180 years old so we can fit everything in.  We almost never watch normal TV anymore because I can’t stand being planted on the couch for too long, so we queue up our shows on Blu-Ray and Apple TV and just watch an episode whenever we feel like it.

Right now we’re watching some shows that we discovered on our long flight back from the USA – The Newsroom, Revenge and House of Lies.  And maybe I’ll go ahead and be honest about the Hart of Dixie thing too, because I’m totally planning to be Rachel Bilson when I grow up but perhaps I should stop telling people that.

 

LISTENING TO: A couple of days ago I received an email from the singer of an unsigned Danish pop group who wanted to tell me about their new video.  I hear from a lot of bands because of this blog, but it’s been a while since a new song has really clicked with me.

This song Let It Out by Alex Canasta is a rare gem and I’m really happy to be sharing it with you.  Their new album Safe Inside will be released in March 2013.

We´re a band from Copenhagen, DK, making music because we can´t live without each other and because we can´t live without the music that appears whenever we´re together.”Let It Out” is a song from our forthcoming album “Safe Inside” which will be released in March 2013.

Safe Inside is our second album, our first album “Reborn Tonight” were released in 2008. So you can say it’s been a while since we´ve released anything, and the making of Safe Inside has been a long, loving/hating journey relying on a strong patience and not letting go of the opposite.

The Alex Canasta sound can be defined as pop without being it using ingredients as love, hate, sex and violence combined with a strong friendship. Nothing is sacred though everything is. it sounds a bit confusing, but we totally get it. a typical alex canasta-dogma. We´re open for any definition 🙂

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While I was driving to work this morning I heard another new song on the radio, and it stayed with me so long that I had to google it as soon as I got to my desk.  This is Rainlessness played by the Sunwrae Ensemble, with original music by Rae Howell.  It was recorded at the Thornbury Theatre in 2009 and it’s just beautiful.


 

THINKING ABOUT: For some reason lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the person I’m becoming, and the sort of person I hope to be as I get older.  Earlier tonight I was grocery shopping for ingredients for chicken soup (sick boyfriend, entirely my fault) and in the span of about 15 minutes I encountered so many strangers who were just downright mean.  One lady forced me aside with her handbag because she wanted to take something from the shelf where I was standing.  I saw another person dive for the very last punnet of strawberries – almost snatching them from the fingers of somebody who was there first.  The woman who insisted I let her go through the register first because she was “very busy”.  There was road rage in the car park, a cashier who was impatient with her elderly customer’s credit card skills… it just went on and on.  I left there feeling as though the world was full of assholes.

I also noticed the good things.  There was a gorgeous young dad who talked meaningfully with his toddler up and down each aisle, answering every single, “but why?” with a genuine answer.  A teenage boy who jumped in to help when a tiny old lady couldn’t reach the top shelf.  I need to be better at remembering those moments instead of the woman who almost pushed me over in the frozen food aisle.

I hope to always be a person who finds time to have fun, and remembers to smile back at a little kid on the street.  I hope I never get too caught up in the day-to-day crap to enjoy an early morning hot air balloon or an amazing busker.  I hope that I never treat somebody badly just because I’ve had a long day and the supermarket is busy.

 

LOVING: This unseasonably cool November weather.  As I write it’s late at night and really chilly outside where I’m sitting.  I’m rugged up in a big cardigan and enjoying the pretty rain, and subtly eavesdropping on my neighbours’ conversation over the fence.  I don’t feel too bad because they’re being very loud, and it’s not terribly interesting.

Tim just brought me a hot cup of Earl Grey to warm my hands up so now I officially have everything I need.

We’ll get our Summer soon enough (knowing Melbourne, it will be here with a vengeance next week) but for now I’m really loving this borrowed winter weather.  And cardigans and rain and Earl Grey tea.

 

READING: A few days ago I got chatting with people on Twitter about the lost art of blogrolls.  Somewhere in the middle of my rant I realised that my own list hadn’t been updated in a really long time, so I jumped off my soapbox briefly to bring it back up to date.  If you have time to dig through the links in my sidebar you will find so many treasures, so next time you have time to kill just start clicking through.  You will meet some really great people there.

If you’re low on time, start here:

 

MAKING ME HAPPY: I’ve really enjoyed checking in here once per day for NaBloPoMo, and especially discovering the blogs of the other participants!  It’s also been really nice to see some new faces here this month as well.  Hope you’ll keep coming back.

 

So, how about you?  Feel free to do your own “currently” post on your blog and link back for everyone to check out, or just answer the questions right here in the comments!

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A garden in Spring

by Elizabeth on November 4, 2012 · 2 comments

in Life, Melbourne

While Tim and I were overseas my parents came to stay in our house, mainly to take care of the dog.  Mum asked me to write down some instructions before we left- the number for the vet, how to use the Blu-ray player, and that sort of stuff.

I sometimes overachieve when it comes to unimportant stuff, so we ended up leaving them with a 30 page booklet entitled How to keep the dog alive (or have fun trying).  It had pages of shopping advice, scans and diagrams of our many remote controls, and two chapters that were dedicated to Dad:

Things that Dad is allowed to fix; and
Things that Dad is absolutely not allowed to fix. 

My Dad is a handyman, and sometimes when handymen run out of things to fix they start to fix things that are perfectly okay.  That’s how we’ve ended up with new caulking in the kitchen and bathroom, assorted lengths of wire and wood, empty bottles with assorted potential, and lightbulbs which have been rotated to achieve maximum efficiency.

One thing we forgot to mention in either chapter of our booklet was the garden, so Dad took it as an invitation to improvise.  When we left it was the end of Winter so the days had been short for a long time and there were some weeds that we’d left alone for a while.  Other than that we thought the garden looked pretty good.

Dad thought differently.  He started pulling a few weeds the day he arrived, and by the time we came back the garden was transformed.

The weeds?  The slow ones were murdered quickly, and those that remained understood their fate and quietly called themselves a cab.  Then Dad noticed that a church down the road was giving away free mulch so he used our wheelie bin to make trip after trip (after trip!) to bring it all home.  Once the garden was beautifully mulched he added a few plants, and then realised that what we really needed was a little brick path inside our front gate.  He found some bricks from a building site down the road and carried them home.

The garden looks beautiful, and he’s so proud of his hard work that he bugs me every second day for photos of the roses.

 

Since returning home I’ve been throwing myself into the other half of our yard, which is around the back of the house and entirely paved and concreted.  It’s the part of the yard that is actually private enough to hang out in, but since there’s not a blade of grass out there it’s not the most inspiring place to be.  We had some pot plants out there, but they were mostly ignored through Winter.

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been reviving the plants that held on, and adding new ones to the mix.  I used a bunch of half wine barrels to create some levels and now they’re bursting with colour.

 

My Dad is taking all the credit, but that’s okay.

He started it.

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