Sunday, November 28, 2010

Saxon's 90th birthday party

Saxon Brooke - a remarkable lady

the flowers

Well Sven went overseas but life in Australia goes on - today we travelled to Forrest and collected Jasmine from competition in the 24 hour mountain bike race and took her to Sven's grandmother's 90th birthday party. And an amazing affair it was too - 90 year olds are getting pretty young these days. And we enjoyed the stories and the laughter. The official pictures will go into the album - but for the record the photographer balanced on the fence to get the group shot.
you have to be an athlete to get a group photograph at a 90th

not bad after three hours sleep and a muddy mountain bike ride

David and Jasmine in deep discussion

We heard some great stories and toasted the birthday girl in style.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

She's home

The kiln returns! This is a great moment! Thank you everyone who made this possible. And now to work... well there are lots of things to do - but I'm into it.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Closer and Closer

.. and when it is finished then to start work on an exhibition of garden sculpture.... not to mention getting my own garden in fruitful and beautiful order.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Jasmine and Sven are engaged

We booked the barbecue area on Herring Island and of course Jasmine chose the weather - sunshine and perfect temperature. Our greeting to Herring Island was from the happy couple paddling the raft to take the more adventurous across to the island. That involved wet feet and lots of laughter.
Those of us with clothes not built for the adventure went on the Parks Victoria punt all the way around the island to the Burnley side landing - unfortunately for us the tide was low and the silt was high on the Como side so there was a long and arduous walk from the landing to the barbecue area.
The party was fun. Parents and grandparents mingled with friends and acquaintances and brothers, sisters and cousins were there in force. There were speeches - at the barest minimum and that was fun too. Jasmine isn't really that tall - there was a handy bench to stand on - she doesn't always hide behind a hat either - but that was the chance to get a picture of Sven. Congratulations both of you - and a long and happy life.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Well actually....

There's more to it than I thought and isn't that always the way.... the roof joists went in pretty fast..... but the posts weren't there for the carport - and you know they still aren't but the roofer came in anyway..... well now I can see what I'm getting - the light will be good... once the slab is in I can bring the kiln back and sort out where all the electricals will go... the excavator was handy - Ben used it for all sorts - with the roof part off he can go pretty much anywhere. So mine is the tightest site he's working on - but at least it's flat!

The garden is looking pretty sad with all the goings on - but still things manage to grow - like the lemon tree that Rohan bought for Christmas... and the bees are still working.. and the hydrangeas blooming. It will be great when it's done.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Walls Go Up

Now we are at the exciting stage - the walls go up, the levels are being set, the inside and the outside spaces are being defined. In a month maybe I'll be setting up the new space to work. Oh joy!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

In the mean time

While the studio is being built I can carve wood. I bought a few new tools - but in the end there is nothing like my great aunt's beautiful chisels and acquiring a bit of skill. And the wood from fallen branches of the Manchurian Pear.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Footings for the Studio

it was hot when they demolished and hotter when Ben excavated for the footings - but it's all happening - soon I won't be working under a shade house in the front driveway.