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I suppose at least one younger-than-60 reader might ask “why?” Well, kiddies, this is why we have Wikipedia.

No, seriously, I feel I owe at least an explanation, if not an apology, for my absence from the blog.

You see, I, like most women (and even some men!) wear many hats. And lately I seem to have had an over-burden of chapeaux.

many hats1 This, of course, is a regular hat. Sometimes I might get away with calling it a chef’s hat. Mostly, though, I just make things  “look pretty on the plate.”

many hats 2_Well, the easel is a bit of a fib since I’m not a painter (can you tell!), but my artistic trials continue.

The local group of printmakers have just held their inaugural print awards and, following a good reception, we’re hoping this will become an annual or biennial event. But it was not without some heart-stopping moments! I suppose organisers of any exhibition have similar “now what?” crises. Which, in the end, are mere blips on the radar. Not every blip is an in-bound meteor!

many hats 4I’m ashamed to say it’s been a l   o   n   g time since I wore this hat with any degree of professionalism. But Idid a little judicious pruning of the calendar and managed to get a few more pots of herbs started, ripped out some disgracefully overgrown, weedy shrubs and old annuals, had The Man take a serious saw to some kind of scrawny tree ( wild fig, I suspect), cut away the last of the passion fruit vine and whooped in excitement at the first tomato flowers. Then stamped and cussed when something ate them. 😦

I binned a leakier-than-necessary soaker hose, put in a new one…then had to race around looking for the cigarette lighter.*  But, slowly, the trash I can’t compost is being hauled off to the tip and I feel virtuous.

many hats 3_0004Hmm…my teaching hat was side-lined while we sorted the print exhibition, but I’ll be back in the classroom tomorrow….

unless I have to don another hat…

…and I have no idea how to draw whatever hat a motor mechanic’s gofer wears. But I’ve been wearing one of those, too. And very soon I hope to have a picture to show you of the shiny “new” Mustang!

2009_0127julymustang0006In the meantime, instead of a bikini-clad bimbo draped across the bonnet, a la motor show (or Mr. Clarkson’s dreams)…

A few posts back, Ronell mentioned in comments that she’d love to see cane harvesting. Well, there are still a few fields being cut and I managed a very rough sketch of one on my way home the other day.

For those who have a romantic idea of cane being torched, then lines muscular men swinging blades…sorry! they don’t do it that way now. Nope! Today the cane farmer has an enormous machine, with two worm-screw things  which push into the cane and, as they turn, the screws carry the stalks up into a chopper wotsit (I’m talking technical stuff here) where the leafy waste is stripped and blown clear through a cowl, leaving the “good” part (the stems) to be discharged into  a waiting trailer. The trailer is hauled by a tractor and I guess it must take some nifty co-ordination to have the trailer under the spitting-out-part when it’s doing the spitting-out. I’m sure if you Googled you’d find  even more technical explanations.

But it’s sort-of like this. Sort-of…cane harvest

And now it’s time for the chapeau de chef again. But first – the sommelier…  


*Being non-smokers, we only have one lighter (for incense and mosquito coils) and I needed it to seal that leaking hose.

** There was some wine left over from the opening night and I brought it home to “cellar” until we have another celebration. Someone rather unkindly remarked that having me look after the wine was rather like putting Ronnie Biggs in charge of trains!


Author: dinahmow

A New Zealander, currently living in tropical Queensland,Australia (with 2 cats and one Main Man).Old enough to remember George VI, white tennis balls and life-before-television.You want more? Read the blog!

18 thoughts on “JUST CALL ME HEDDA

  1. Your little sketches are great – describing your various situations with humour and, especially the cane cutting one, with clarity. Why are we all so busy? It’s all TOO MUCH! But I wouldn’t want to stop.


  2. Yes, Carol it is “too much.” But recent evidence suggests that “new stuff” keeps our brains from descending into Alzheimersville.
    And thanking for using the word “clarity.” 🙂


  3. Please forgive a brief “guy moment”…

    That car is looking SO good!



  4. I always wear hats. . . recently bought a deep red corduroy trilby with a really deep brim. . .

    gorgeous car!

    lovely sketches!




  5. An over-burden of chapeaux! I love it. You do have a way with words.

    Totally irrelevant question that occurred to me while looking at the Mustang. What is your ‘everyday’ car?


  6. they’re all worthy hats and beautifully sketched. Personally I have a hard hat (riding) and a rain hat (when not riding) – nothing else fits 🙂


  7. ryan…forgiven! Actually, ladies’ heads turn, too.Driving behind the Mustang I was laughing at all the “Linda Blair” head swivels as they passed.

    iltv…ooh! red corduroy hat! Yes, please!

    andrea…Toyota Camry s/wagon, remember?

    ziggi…understandable, in Wetshire! (Are you still able to ride?)


  8. Ah yes. I’m getting old.


  9. Ahh, my heads awhirl from all the hats! And the car is looking great – as is the model!


  10. Well, which hat you had on when you were writing this post, DO put it on again soon! I had fun peeking in under all these hats, giggling at your illustrations, and yes, I did actually go google cane cutting a while back…like you say, a bit of lost romance with all these relentless machines, but STILL exciting! Thanks!
    OK. I’m off to what I was doing…not sure exactly what that was, but it’ll come to me…


  11. andrea…welcome to the club! 😦

    denise…thankyou. How’s your garden?

    ronell…I bet whatever you were doing involved art or food! 🙂


  12. Dinahmow, I thought of you today at the local agricultural fair. They had a whole exhibit about Australia complete with Wallabies, a glider (who was napping in a fabric bag so I didn’t get a chance to see him), lizards, and my favorite — two Kookaburras. Beautiful birds. Also, there was a billboard of “Australian slang” (I had to take a photo of that, will post for you soon). But no vegimite. Too bad.


  13. OH, lucky you! I look forward to seeing just what slang they deemed suitable. This country is known for some pretty “colourful” language!


  14. I have an entire closet full of hats… My blog-reading/commenting hat gets relegated far too often anymore. 😦

    I had never thought of using a lighter to seal leaks in the soaker hose! smart smart girl!


  15. Great sketches. You certainly do wear a lot of hats!


  16. tara…we do tend to overload our systems sometimes! And the hose leaks again – time for some silicone I think.

    suzanne…welcome and thankyou.


  17. ariel…welcome and thankyou. I just looked at your site – good to see more support for the cause.Go Pink, people!


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