Tuesday, September 13, 2016
With all the heavy rains each day in Geelong there's a possibility of flooding in parts of Geelong with several road already closed. At Fyansford the river is really running now at Buckley's Falls. And down near Lorne there have been land-slips onto the Great Ocean Road, and towns such as Birregurra are flooded.
Friday, September 09, 2016
Friday, September 02, 2016
A time to be planting
A piece of writing from Ecclesiastes is popular at weddings, funerals, and special occasions and I wonder why because it is rather dispiriting, the positives and negatives of life. Perhaps we do need both to understand that life does have contrasts. A time to be planting.... and the reckoning when the bouganvillea is dying. How different and how sad. ;Yesterday my son started demolishing the almost dead bouganvillea in front of our house, one part had even rooted into the rooftop. Very prickly and tangled, but it was time.
New International Version
A Time for Everything
1There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
An art exhibition opening
This evening we went to the Hub (Karingal) in East Geelong for the launch of an art exhibition by Lindy Banner, an artist from Jan Juc, with her lovely acrylic and collage works, some framed, some on large canvases, and all related to flowers. The prices were mainly about $650 but I didn't see any red stickers for sold early in the evening, maybe later. Here are some photos I took.
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Gardening at East Geelong Church
Volunteer gardeners tidied up the flower beds at the East Geelong Uniting Church the other day. Plans are afoot to really create a nicer environment for our local church by more garden ideas. One possibility is to work with horticultural course students. As there's no fencing one problem is that vandals might pull up new plantings. Wouldn't it be good if neighbours could plant vegetables near the roads in our suburb to share. Members of our church do share goods from their back gardens - yesterday we were given broccoli and spinach - excellent for my iron needs for good health. Here's a picture of the helpers at the recent working bee. After their efforts they enjoyed a rich chocolate cake, thanks to Rob.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Whittington Strings in Geelong
The Whittington Strings is a project initiated by our East church to assist a group of boys and girls to learn to play the violin, cello and double bass. Whittington Primary School is in a suburb where there is a lot of disadvantage and it's a super project to upskill children and give them confidence. Two boys have even joined a community strings group. Today our church council members visited the school and saw the music practice session and then two lads played for us in the staff room where we had our Council meeting and lunch. Great. I took a few photos including a couple of large paintings in the corridor.
Monday, August 01, 2016
St Giles for sale again and again
No longer a church really, St Giles in Geelong is up for sale again. These days it's offices for beauty therapy. One time it was a nightclub. Many churches these days are converted into homes, restaurants, offices. One was just sold out at the lovely little village of Ceres just out of Geelong. The former St Giles Church dates back to 1861 and was designed by noted architect Nathaniel Billing as part of a competition, according to theHeritage Council Victoria. Today it is a contemporary three-level conversion that houses a beauty therapy business.
Young family buys slice of history as former Ceres church sells at auction
TESSA HAYWARD, Geelong Advertiser
August 1, 2016 10:17am
A YOUNG Rippleside family has secured its own piece of history in Ceres after buying the disused Uniting Church for $500,000.
With plans to renovate the interior and convert it to a residence in which they will live, the new owners outbid two other interested parties at the auction on Saturday to secure the 1230sq m property. The new owner, who wants to remain anonymous, said he had always liked the heritage built properties and had seen some church conversions that came up well.
“I am going to have a talk to an architect and see what we can do,” he said.
The church, constructed of Barrabool freestone, is heritage listed so the facade cannot be altered but the interior has more flexibility.
Originally the Ceres Wesleyan Methodist Church, it was built in 1855 and the accompanying Sunday school dates back to 1864.
The Sunday school was included in the sale, however, selling agent Brett Walker, of Barry Plant Highton, said if the buyer did not want it the neighbouring town hall would move it on to its property.
The last service at the Ceres Uniting Church, located at 2a (17) McCann St, was in December. The Uniting Church decided to sell after the congregation fell to as few as three.
A Barrabool Hills Uniting Church parishioner, Nola Noble, said it was sad to see the church sell. “It is an end of an era, we don’t like to see churches closing,” Ms Noble said.
Mr Walker said it was a rare opportunity to buy a church. “It is a unique opportunity to purchase a piece of history,” he said.
Located in the heart of Ceres, the church is a part of an identifiable group of buildings surrounded by properties.