Thursday, July 24, 2014

Do not adjust your sets...

Normal service will be resumed as soon as the technicians come back from lunch! Yep, back in the slammer again but on the mend. Had a brilliant week, was doing well on the Out and About program then whammy! A common old cold, bummer!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A fishy tale.

Fun and games at the residence yesterday. A visit to the Fish Markets to buy a fish and then home to 'tackle' the Japanese art of Gyotaku or direct printing from fish!
Two granddaughters, one son and one poor deceased model (the fish) and we had a whale of a time. Surprisingly for a first try we produced some not too shabby prints. A couple of little minnows were not quite as successful as models and had to be told to flake off...okay, enough with the puns, now the pictures!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Excuses, excuses....

Cant think of a single believable excuse to account for my absence from blogging for over a month but moving on, it seems that life in the city has me in its clutches and the ease of getting to and fro has made me a gad-about! Continued success with sales of my "stuff" at the little gallery shop where I volunteer every week has kept me busy, sock monkeys, rabbits, foxes etc are in warm-ish demand so that keeps me occupied of an evening.
Living here also has given me a new lease on life as far as protesting goes (shades of the 'sixties), today I am joining the ranks of other disgruntled voters to protest the new conservative government's meddling with our health care system. They will be requiring the poorest patients to cough up $7 each time they visit a GP. Seven dollars is not a lot to most people but for some it is the difference between ease and worry. Like Mr Micawber said "Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds nought and six, result misery.” I hope this government's days are numbered as they have reneged on so many promises.
I am really enjoying getting out and about with the Urban Sketchers and yesterday we met at a very picturesque spot (Newcastle abounds with them), a row of very grand houses. My sketch however relocated the house to Hobbitown but it was fun to do all the same. After the meet it was lunch at the beach, hot chips! a rare treat , eaten in the windy but warmish shelter (20 degrees C, I can't believe it is mid winter).