Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Cement driveway next door




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The units next door are up and running, all leased out. Bill's wooden cottage was demolished in March last year and it's taken some time to build these four houses next door. The cementing of the driveway next to our fence was done this week. Lucky branches from our date palm didn't fall on wet cement! Today has been a dreadful day of gusts of wind from every which way, humidity, heat, and lots of dust. Several parts of Victoria have had bushfires as well.

The pictures are a quick paint job I did today plus photos of Bill's house last March, then the demolition. He was a nice old man, a jockey, and one time when he was ill and I called in next door, all he wanted was the local paper to check out the racing guide and he always sang 'Isa Lei' when he met Peceli for some reason or other! After Bill died his grandson lived in the cottage and then decided to pull it down and build four units. Not much room for a garden though each unit has a lovely big green bin for recycling garden trimmings!

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2 Comments:

OpenID janabouc said...

I LOVE this painting of the cement driveway and all the color around it. It's a perfect example of advice I've read over and over by artists in books, about painting ordinary things rather than pretty things -- so much more interesting. Elevating the common to art is so much more enjoyable to see (at least to me) than a pretty painting of a pretty scene.

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Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

It's fun to find patterns and design in ordinary things. For the truly beautiful I think good photos are often the best. I picked up a lovely book this morning amidst the donated books I was sorting - about Kakadu with poems by Bruce Prewer, a 1988 book. The photos are just beautiful.
w.

7:56 PM  

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