Saturday, September 20, 2014

Drive to Barwon Heads

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It was a bit sunny on Saturday so we drove to Breamlea and Barwon Heads.  Breamlea is a tiny hamlet where two rows of houses are built on the sandhills between the ocean and a wetland area.  It's a very different kind of seaside place, perhaps with artists and writers and people who want to get right away from city lights. There's a caravan park, one shop, a surf club with wide beaches and plenty of waves.  Barwon Heads is much more lively, with a busy hotel, bollards, Jirralinga Animal Shelter, a caravan park, golf courses and cafes, the main street full of people and others at the beaches under the bluff and along the river. On the way back we called in at a pleasant park near the turnoff from Wallington to the Geelong Road.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A picnic in the You Yangs

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Yesterday though the sky threatened rain, Peceli and I drove out to the You Yangs for a picnic, to sketch and take photos. it's a lovely little mountain about half an hour's drive from Geelong and beyond Lara. We've been there many times. a long time ago the churches had a sunrise service there each year  - it was Palm Sunday. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

scenes near Geelong

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Here are some recent sketches of places near Geelong - Clifton Springs and Lake Connewarre. I found some watercolour pencils - beonging to a grandson  - so used them.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Briar Patch at the Wintergarten

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From an elderly kind of Congregational church with a balcony the Wintergarten building in McKillop Street, Geelong,

was revamped into a fine venue for a cafe, garden shop, art gallery, and Briar's Patch entered from a side door in the cafe. It's an Aladdin's cave of pretty things - gifts, fabrics, pottery, all kinds of items to decorate a home. Hidden away, though the proprietor said it's been there for years and people do know about it. I tood three photos there because I enjoy the chaos of a crowded shop with beautiful treasures even though I can't afford to buy any.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Candles for remembrance

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It's been a sad fortnight for many of us, troubled by the forty-five Fijian soldiers captured in the Golan Heights with threats of sharia law, and the deaths of three friends  from Rotary - Ernest Knight, John Collins, Eva Kee, and a relative in Sydney, Asanaca whose body was flown to Fiji this week, and the Mum of a member of our Fiji Geelong Friendship Club. And the anxiety about the forthcoming Fiji election!  Anyway the soldiers were freed last night and are safely in a UN camp in Israel territory now, no-one hurt. Amazing! We are indeed thankful for this outcome. There have been prayers throughout Fiji for their safety with many candles lit - Christian, Muslim, Hindi people in Fiji, united in caring.  Anyway, locally we were only able to share in two bereavements and at Eva's farewell, candles were lit by some of the four hundred people there. Today Peceli went to the funeral of Aimee's Mum and we together went to the lunch to share with Aimee and her family.

Monday, September 08, 2014

North Shore

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Yesterday was partly sunny so we went out - this time to look at North Shore - past the wheat terminals and quays, where there is a small beach and park for walking dogs etc. Geelong Grammar is in this area, a world of its own. But it was extremely windy so we didn't stay long.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Exploring Curlewis

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For Father's Day we drove around Curlewis - near Drysdale and Clifton Springs, exploring a road that leads to the sea and to millionaire mansions that have security gates.  Hermsly Road leads to the sea but the last part is just a downhill walking track. It would make a marvellous picnic area if made more accessable to the public, but I think most of this area is for the privileged.  I took photos and will make some sketches later. We also went to Clifton Springs to just sit in the sun. Two of the photos here are from property promotions for selling houses and one is of Coriyule, a pioneer homestead of Anne Drysdale and Caroline Newcomb which is down a side road from Coriyule Road. The new housing estates of Clifton Springs almost reach it nowadays.