Friday, December 20, 2013

6 months in 6 pix (Pt 5)

November went from this:

 Through the looking window glass...
Book clearance shop in Cashel St, opposite the CTV building site 
Untouched since February 2011.

to this:

 Bougainvillea walkway, Southbank, Brisbane 
(hooray for conferences! IASPM-ANZ this time)

View of city from Southbank

Sunday morning market

More building jewellery! Even carparks can be pretty

 4ZZZ , Fortitude Valley, Brisbane 
You just know that any organisation with this kind of seriously funky artwork has an attitude to match... no wonder this community radio station has been rocking since the 70's
creative communities FTW!
My visit coincided with the Valley Fiesta - great atmosphere & fantastic local talent
if only they could turn down the temperature a notch or two...

Sunday, December 1, 2013

6 months in 6 pix (Pt 2)


Any day above ground is a good day

Unbelievably good 

Amanda Fucking Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra, rocking The Enmore, Sydney

Awww... gone but not forgotten

Our first significant landscape feature planting: future shade
(Albizia julibrissin 'Summer Chocolate')

Self-sown feline

Friday, November 29, 2013

6 months in 6 pix (Pt 1)

Life: it got busy.

Too much to write up so I'm going to let the pictures do the talking :)

JULY - Seattle, WA

EMP and the Space Needle, Seattle

Musical sculpture, EMP (aka hog heaven)

'Poetree' at Bethany Presbyterian Church, Queen Anne Hill, Seattle

Funky artist's studio, Queen Anne Hill, Seattle

Jewellery for buildings! Fremont, Seattle

The troll under the bridge... Fremont, Seattle

Friday, June 14, 2013

Time for ABCs at CCC

There's a song for every moment and today's post is no exception. In fact, I highly recommend that you click play and hum along as you read.

"Communication let me down..."

Truer words have never been spoken in Shakeytown. 
In fact I'd like to nominate this song as the theme tune for our troubled city council.

image credit: @James Hayden

Before we begin today's lesson let's recap the last few months shall we?

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Home Sweet Whare

Winter came a little early this year...
May 29th, still officially Autumn. Yeah right. Tell that to the polar blast that ripped through, chilling us all to the bone and dusting us with snow/hail/sleet. Mmmmmm, tasty. NOT!!

Hope it's not a sign of things to come this winter... I'm kinda over snow dumps to be honest. Although I must admit to a slight feeling of smugness when I read articles about how to keep your home warm this winter. There are many advantages to a new house - insulation, double glazing and a complete lack of cracks should make this winter a good one to stay at home with me on the inside and the weather on the outside.

I've spent most of my life in Christchurch and this winter will be the very first one I've ever spent in a new house. Our previous home - a gorgeous, character-filled, dark wood-interior bungalow could equally have been described as draughty, poorly-designed, amateurishly built, and well past its prime. Often colder inside than out, it was similar to many homes built in the first 50-100 years of Christchurch settlement. I loved it to bits but now that I'm here on the other side of that physically & mentally exhausting process, I'm no longer sad that the earthquake/s munted my cute but dodgy old home.

If only everyone was in a similar happy place.