Last week The Golfer and I hopped the train into the city, stopping first at Roozervelts for one of their famous burgers with the lotthen down to the NGV for the David Hockney exhibition. I knew very little of this artist, and The Golfer nothing but we both really enjoyed it (I was a tad afeared The Golfer would not like it at all, but he was as intrigued as I). It was a very viewer friendly showing of David Hockney’s more current works; he’s recently discovered a drawing/painting app and there were interactive iPads, iPhones and HUGE computer panels some of which showed paintings being “painted”. It was fascinating seeing how a blank canvas became a work of art; just when you thought it was done, more highlights and tiny details were added. David Hockney’s use of colour was amazing and what most interested me; depths of green, bright hues, touches of yellow or black or white to highlight or contrast. A passionate artist, David paints every day, and seemingly anything – just a sample of the diversity of subject matter.And a couple of my favouritesAfter walking around twice, we headed out into Autumn sunshine crossing the Yarra River to the stationand heading home again, my head filled with colour and form and images.
As I’ve already told you, I’ve signed up for Irene’s new BOM, “Potty McDotty“. Would you believe, despite our current challenge, Miss Anne has challenged me to a “duel” with this BOM!! (She’s not half competitive, that girl!) Given that Anne is currently moving home, I decided I’d better get ahead while I can. So, the first block is laid outas is the second blockand with everything on my birdie tray, I should be right to get appliqueing. (I chose to join the two pot fabrics together, cut the template for the pot as one unit with the line drawn between the base the the pot top to line up with my seam line, then cut it out as one piece.)Like to join in with Anne and me on this BOM? Just click here. I know Irene would be delighted to send you the first installment (it’s a pattern only BOM so you can choose your own fabrics).
It’s supposed to be Autumn, but we’re have a prolonged stretch of over 30 degree days; thankfully the nights are cool. Still no signs of Autumn on the leaves on the trees, although my poor Claret Ash is once again shedding leaves without turning them their burnished claret colour first. I do wonder how much longer we will be able to keep it. Yes, I’ve kept the water up to it this year and have even fed it with a liquid fertilizer (the pack said how much for “stressed large trees” which I figure it is); fingers crossed.
Joining in with Sarah at Say Little Hen for this March addition of Here and Now
Loving // the yellow tulips given to me by Cousin S when we met for a coffee the other day
Eating // trying to stay on the straight and narrow!
Drinking // too hot for anything other than mineral water
Feeling // so satisfied with some gardening chores achieved over the long weekend
Making // inroads on the last bit of “Saigon” having finally decided on the border
Thinking // of all the things that need doing over the next few months – lists are required, me thinks!
Dreaming // of much cooler Autumn days
What are you up to? Join in with Sarah and others here (and see some great pics too!)
The Eliott’s have started meeting again for 2017, but I’ve missed showing you two lots of our days!
We met at Amanda’s first with Sushi, fruit and yummy cakesand the sweet little penguin was embroidered by a great-aunt of Amanda’s.
On the sewing front, there was a bag displayor twoGJ was making hexiesAmanda was stitching starsCarolyn was making blocks for “Emma Mary“Heather was onto another bag, this time hexies in blacks and greysand I did some more MSGThen last time we met at GJ’s; home made cakes, home grown tomatoes, sweet Libery serviettes……..and look what this girl can do with pelargoniums and parsley!
GJ has been busy making these knitting bags for friendsand this is the beautiful box she taught at the Sunday School for the quilt shop.and, never one to resist a hexie, GJ has started on the BOM from there too.Heather was making this very sweet needle case from an old doileyCarolyn had stars before her eyes!and I was ploughing on with MSG.Meredithe x
PS – Craftsy are having another sale this weekend – perfect for a long weekend here in Australia – with all classes under USD20.00! Click here to take advantage, and have a great weekend, Peeps! x