Wednesday, September 30, 2009

unexpected pleasures

Sleep broken by news of an earthquake and tsunami in Samoa. Not a great way to start the day.

One of the biggest differences I find between my Australasian homes is that Australia sees itself as part of Asia, while New Zealand is deeply rooted in the Pacific. When I moved to vibrant, multicultural Melbourne, the sounds and faces of the Pacific seemed acutely absent and I miss them.

So, concerns about a possible tsunami in Aotearoa aside, my day began with fears and thoughts of people I think of as my familiars.

In an attempt to balance my day I tripped down wind blown Flinders Lane to catch some art before work. What a delicious concept, to start the day with an exhibition before 9am.

Mailbox 141 is one of the city’s smallest galleries. A mere handful of wooden boxes lined up along the wall of a very cosy foyer. Being a working building the gallery is open 7am-7pm weekdays and being a mere bite-sized installation it’s easy to grab 10 minutes en route to work or play to be soothed or inspired by a pint sized project.

I’m inspired by the 141 story in itself. Billed as an alternative public art space committed to supporting experimentation and exhibiting new works, it is wonderful seeing creativity in otherwise business-like spaces. I’d gone to see Girl Printer’s new show. An exhibition of letterpress pieces, whimsical and beautiful and perfect for the gallery’s mailbox format. I came away with a gladdened heart and a burning desire to lobby the body corporate of my work building to donate an unused display cabinet for similar gallery concept.

Carolyn Fraser
Letterpress works on Paper
Mailbox 141
141-143 Flinders Lane

On now til the end of October, don’t miss it!

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

what I did in my holidays

They say a picture paints a thousand words, so this mosaic of shots from our recent holiday in Melaka and KL (Malaysia) should save me 12K of verbage!

I've been more verbose about the food over at Confessions of a Food Nazi, so if you'd like to read about the wonders of cendol and laksa or the joys of nibbling our way through the Jonker's night market hop on over there for a read.

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Sunday, September 06, 2009

lost rabbit

Plastered on various poles around Nth Carlton.

This must be a very special creature as I'm sure not many rabbit dolly's have their own email address.

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Thursday, September 03, 2009

waving not drowning


The grey skies and biting wind has all but gone.

The cat that ran away for 26 hours has come back.

I've been to NZ again and cuddled babies and patted cats, showered my aging mother, tried not to get too frustrated with my father, caught snippets of friends but no carousing or fun.

I did catch the end of the daphne season and woke each morning to the glorious scent.

Moments of joy. So small its easy to miss them.

This next week is full of things that must be done, work to catch up on, business to attend to.

Then a short hop in a plane to a hot and steamy place where there is nothing I have to do except relax and eat for over a week.

I'll be home by the spring equinox.

Enjoy the season.

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