Monthly Archives: August 2016

“So I Just Took Some Photographs”

Crippled with a bad back and not being able to sit for long or toil in my orchard, I stole a page from Derrick and took some photographs.  Walking around my neighbourhood yesterday, I snapped some pics with my iPhone … Continue reading

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Orchid Fair

Spring in Sydney starts on 1 September but nature does not obey our official calendar and it was 20ºC on this sunny Sunday when my friends and I visited the St. Ives Orchid Fair. I do not own a car … Continue reading

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Session 12: Chinese Calligraphy for Beginners

Submissions for the exhibition is due in three weeks so it was time to narrow down the pieces for polishing.  Most student brought work that they have worked on for a week or more and the results are varied.  I … Continue reading

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Mega Magnolias

It’s another sunny Sunday in Sydney and my friends Ben and Ang took me out to celebrate my birthday, doing my favourite things – visiting nurseries and lunching at Sprout’s. At Four Seasons Nursery we were treated to a display of … Continue reading

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Here Comes the Sun

We are yearning for spring here Down Under so when I saw the colours in the heart of a sunflower on Arlingwoman’s  blog about the heat that they’ve been enjoying, I was inspired to create my own with scrap yarn and … Continue reading

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Session 11 Chinese Calligraphy for Beginners (Part 2)

Yesterday I turned 64.  It was not significant other than that song that kept playing in my head.  Perhaps you know it, perhaps you don’t; it’s not important.   It was just another birthday though I appreciated the calls and … Continue reading

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Session 11 Chinese Calligraphy for Beginners (Part 1)

To learn the art of beautiful writing:  first, learn to write.  That is, presuming one can already read.  Therein lies the difficulty I face each week.  Half of my class consists of literate Chinese and the other half of my students … Continue reading

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Session 10: Chinese Calligraphy for Beginners

MOSAIC, the organisation that hosts my Chinese calligraphy course, has invited submissions from all their creative art and craft classes to exhibit students’ work at a exhibition to be mounted in September. The last time one of my classes exhibited … Continue reading

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