Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sculpture by the Sea - Bondi to Tamarama

Number 2 son and I went to the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition on Friday.  They are doing very little at school and he is artistic, and we really needed a day out.  So we took the bus to Bondi Beach - along with THOUSANDS of other people.  Mainly tourists I suspect, but it was packed.

The sculptures are installed along the Coastal Path from North Bondi to Tamarama Beach - which is about 2 kms long running right along the cliff top with beautiful windcarved rocks and rock ledges and grassed areas.  All perfect for exhibiting large sculptures.  

A lifesized herd of zebras at Bondi!!!!

This is my favourite .... such a clever use of the location....want it in my garden - by Juan Pablo Pinto & Clary Akon out of galvanised steel and is worth $18500

Used to have a tap set just like this in our old bathroom

This is my other favourite.....beautifully and painstaking mosaic  by Deborah Halpern "Ship of Fools" worth $145,000

A lovely day was had by all.  And, even better, when I got home my new project had arrived - Glorafilia Swans needlepoint cushion.....another one to add to the queue.  But how quick will it be!!??  It is tent stitch, so I only have to sew it once....and it is on 14 count canvas.....get it done at light speed!!!!  (Yeah I know "Dream On!!")  Oh Insomnia where art Thou??

Hope all is well with you all....and don't forget LIVE YOUR LIFE!! Happy Stitching

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Father in Law gone to God

My father in law - affectionately known by everyone as Spud turned 94 on Monday 7 November, sad thing was he was in a semi-coma in hospital having lots of morphine pumped into him, he died on 10 November.  One of only a few years since I have known him, that I did I not get him a birthday cake.  He loved anything with sugar.....chocolates, biscuits, cake......we even put a bag of lollies in the coffin with him!  Spud couldn't go into eternity without a bag of sweeties in his pocket.

I wrote his Death Notice - 

Spud was a gentleman of the old school - charming, honest, loyal and friendly and would talk to anyone (it was said he was inoculated with a gramophone needle sharpened on the Blarney Stone). He was kind and generous to a fault, but would drive across 3 suburbs to save 20c at the supermarket. His life was shaped by his parents Michael & Henrietta, growing up in Glebe in the Depression in a family of 13 kids. He worked hard, wasted nothing, but would give you his last two bob if you needed it. He married Dulcie (“Skinny”) in 1940 and he lovingly cared for her till her last day in 2008. He was adored by all his extended family and all who knew him 

The pretty much summed him up - a lovely man.  I keep imagining his reception in the hereafter......all those relatives and all those mates from all those 94 years there to meet him.....a lot with a beer in their hands for him....and ALL of them talking at once!

A fellow came up to my husband after the ceremony and hoped he did not mind him coming to the funeral, but he had read the death notice in the paper and felt he had to come and see the sort of fellow who had that written about him.  So I am glad I was able to do something special for you Spud right at the very end.  Lots of people will miss you.