Friday, 30 October 2009
after all that excitement with incoming delights it's now time to concentrate on a bit of farm life
sheep shearing begins on Monday
and for the ill-informed who inevitably protest that this is a cruel activity
let me say in advance
that humans have been selectively breeding sheep for over 4000 years
so that they grow lovely soft stuff
that can be spun and knitted and woven and felted
and if you don't shear them, they die often gruesome deaths as fly maggots hatch in the wool and sit down to an endless dinner on living flesh
the sheep gets wet [in the rain] and then just gets too heavy to get up
fly maggots hatch in the wool etc etc
this one below was just very, very lucky
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
third time lucky, again.
i'm really beginning to enjoy collecting the mail.
the presence of windowed bills and suchlike
is being mitigated by much more interesting things
today i found a parcel from Aotearoa
sox in a box
knitted by the amazing Jo Kinross
who not only organised the workshops in Nelson
[in May this year]
but also gave me the hemp dress that has become my
now with a small 'boro' patch
and wearing its second layer of dye
solidago canadensis + eucalyptus crenulata
and the sox even came with their very own repair kit!
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
the post office is developing considerable attraction
well worth loitering nearby
if magical parcels are going to materialise
wandered in this morning
without great expectation
and found the enchantment pictured above
exquisitely collaged packaging
wee treasures lurking within
and just look at the stitching on the spine
click here to visit her pages...
thanks, grrl & dog!
Monday, 26 October 2009
a most mysterious pudding-shaped parcel
arrived in the mail today
and inside the whole thing was wrapped up again
in plastic cling film
which, when peeled away
revealed a copper cauldron
full of magic
was an enormous skein of the softest
5ply merino knitting yarn
were lots of small silken fragments
your hands would be shaking too if you'd
been surprised like this
unwrapping this wonderful collection
of delightful surprises
as a wee girl
finding treasures in that ball of wool
India thanks the Bird
[and the Elephant]
for their blessings
Sunday, 25 October 2009
had a brief diversion this week
and wandered off to Melbourne
for a couple of days
to deliver cake
and help with a family event
which meant i could have a quick
trawl around town on the trams
at Kazari Warehouse i found lovely Japanese apron
white with a few stains
silk patches stitched onto cotton
and at Federation Square
i saw a fashion exhibition
no photos allowed
the top of the cake bore resemblance
to some of the other things i do
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Female Head/Madonna No. 14, by Gugger Petter,
a work made from newspaper.
a work made from newspaper.
while researching 're-use and recycling' for the manuscript that is occupying my waking moments i found an artist
who has been working with newspapers as her material for over twenty years.
interestingly she doesn't regard what she does as recycling
"Holding a profound respect for this material, I have never regarded it as "recycled" or "trash." Even the yellowing aspect of newsprint has been an important factor in my work, and I often encourage this process of yellowing before my work leaves my studio."
visit her homepage to read more of her own words...
Sunday, 18 October 2009
few people will even admit to seeing the film
tonight's dinner was so good
that i was reminded of Sally
just for once
i thought i'd share it
virtually if not actually
take a bunch of fresh spinach
wash and chop
one finely chopped habanero chili
two finely chopped cloves of garlic
a pound of feta cheese [that's half a kilo for metrics]
a couple of eggs [we got ours from HennyPenny out in the fowlyard]
squish it all together with your hand
until it becomes a lovely greenish mess
the picture up above
melt a bit of salted butter
NOT margarine [only fit for greasing wheels]
and a splash of olive oil
add some zatar
and a good grinding of pepper
nip out to the garden for a biggish sprig
this will be your pastry brush for the evening
unfold a packet of fillo pastry
using the rosemary twig pastry brush
spread a little of the butterOlive oil mix on the first sheet
fold a good blob of the green stuff in
and wrap up up
in triangular fashion
[shibori-zome practitioners will be good at this]
work diligently through the pile of pastry
have all been neatly folded
fling the pastry brush on top
bake in a warmish oven until golden
and seductively aromatic
and tuck in
for the record, we washed ours down with
a cleanskin sparkling shiraz
from the wine shop
near the old Mount Lofty Railway station
Big Girl's Ribena
[sorry, statesiders, that one is too hard to explain]
mmm i'll have what she's having....
Friday, 16 October 2009
i rarely feel the urge to run with the pack
this year BlogActionDay has climate change as the theme.
there's are several issues i feel are getting insufficient attention.
rainfall in Australia has been shifting in pattern
the mountainous regions are getting less rainfall
other areas are being burdened by excessive falls
over-zealous development plans are chewing up the last remaining
agricultural areas in South Australia
and outrageous irrigation practices will undoubtedly
destroy the world-famous Barossa wine region within 20 years.
if carbon were really the culprit in terms of climate change, we'd be leaving coal in the ground
and STOPPING the decimation of old growth forests NOW.
not chopping down trees would have to be the simplest way of ensuring that the carbon they contain remains stored in a stable fashion.
next time you buy toilet paper, read the fine print on the packet. harvested from forests?
use the recycled stuff
go plant trees
the world needs them.
Thursday, 15 October 2009
Monday, 12 October 2009
click on the picture to go and see work by Imbi Davidson
'lost at sea'
beautiful paintings on found mailbags
and while you're there have a look at this
blanket dyed with fencing wire and Allosyncarpia
another one of those instances
where amazing people
wander through one's orbit
in the guise of students
it should be the other way
Friday, 9 October 2009
i'm delighted to advise that Shakerag have published their workshop details for 2010
and that they're kindly letting me offer two courses there next summer
Thursday, 8 October 2009
residents of the Mount Lofty Ranges region have until October 23 to convince the Adelaide Hills Council to see reason in regard to proposed speed limit reductions.
Blanket reduction of the speed limit throughout the region is unlikely to reduce the road toll.
Idiots with lead feet and small gentleman's equipment are STILL going to go fast, no matter what. Threats of vehicle crushing, licence revoking and huge financial penalties have had no effect so far.
what WILL happen if speeds are reduced is that there will be more people driving more slowly on the already congested roads. It will mean that a return trip to Adelaide will take 4 hours out of my day excluding whatever business i may have there.
It will substantially eat into rest and recreation time for already tired commuters living in this region.
it will reduce fuel efficiency and increase air pollution.
it will probably increase accidents from drivers having to constantly watch their speedometer [the SA Police have zero tolerance limits] and certainly increase revenue from speeding fines.
but it won't stop the hoons.
If you live in or travel through the Mount Lofty Ranges of South Australia, write to the Adelaide Hills Council and tell them what you think.
here's the address
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
does anybody out there have a copy of this book that they would be prepared to part with?
Rags and Tatters from the Far North of Japan
i'd be happy to give it a good home in exchange for money or if you prefer, a length of ecoprint silk or wool
please leave me a comment if you have it or know where i can find it
Readings Bookstore have just advised they are unable to source this book after all...does anybody have a copy they'd be willing to trade?
Sunday, 4 October 2009
it's been a glorious spring day.
one for picking flowers as well as
for planting vegetables
decidedly one for eating food
from a bowl one has made
has anyone any idea what this rose is called?
the Adelaide Botanic Gardens are stumped
[i've asked them]
as are several famous rosarians
the rose was planted sometime in the
whoever inhabited 'the Glen'
on Mount Lofty
at the time