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BACK HOME AGAIN

Yes, I have been travelling again. And I’ll tell you about some of my travels, beginning with the new header. This is a view, looking west along Asling’s Beach in Eden, NSW.

But before I got to Eden (oh, go and look at a map…) I spent a couple of days in Brisbane with an old friend …

We were neighbours when The Man and I rented  the house next door to her. She was a keen gardener and our many trips to garden centres, garden parties and gardening discussions probably saved my sanity. There were other things…ginger beer, bread-making various kitchen experiments come to mind

Brisbane seems hell-bent on becoming like Los Angeles…traffic is appalling, it’s often smoggy and buildings are getting taller.

But there is a good bus service operating from  (relatively) close to where my friend now lives. So we parked the car, hopped on a bus and went to Brisbane City Centre. First stop was a concert, put on by the Council for old folk. I think they banked on the fact that most old people are deaf! The sound levels were waaay off the scale and the featured singer screeched. We left after a couple of “songs” and wandered off in the direction of Southbank.

And half way down a main street, H. showed me a Thunbergia mysorensis – alongside some delphiniums, which I thought surprising! It’s  native to the tropical parts of India and ought to do well here, but I’ve never seen one  locally. Maybe I should address that …

On to Southbank, site of Expo, 1988. Today, a lovely place to wander or cycle or even run, if you’re that way inclined. Huge trees along the river and garden areas with some seating. And it’s the permanent home now of the giant Ferris wheel. Why the numeral 7  in the hub? I’m guessing that Channel 7 tv is a major sponsor.20181009_112745.jpg

We passed an elderly man (Chinese, I think) squatting  beside the river with a fishing pole. No reel, just a fixed line and old, practised hands gently manipulating it. 20181009_113207.jpg

I’ll leave you with one of the popular areas of the old Roma Street  rail yards. A display, beside a pond, of Brugmansias.20181009_132745.jpg

I’ll be back, maybe tomorrow, maybe later, with more “eye candy.” What’s that you say? I haven’t posted anything funny? Oh, alright. Just as a special treat for loyal readers…20181009_123542.jpg

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SHE NO LONGER STOOPS TO CONQUER…

…and she has to sit down to put her pants on. Why? Oh, overdoing things, just a bit, when weeding. Think I’m coming out on the other side now.* And I channel the wonderful Anne Bancroft…Though I think me dragging on a pair of jeans is somewhat less sexy than her in that scene from “The Graduate.”

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I note that it’s been a while since I blogged. What is the punishment for such dereliction? Are we de-blogged? Sent to Coventry? Probably just removed from reading lists…

But, since I’m here…I have a few pictures to share.

We had several trees in our not-very-big yard which needed to be quite severely “trimmed.” Not with any blades we possess. Oh, no, these gargantuans had gone ‘waaay beyond secateurs. front wall before the deed.jpg

The left side of the house had been hidden by a huge Cassia fistula; in this picture it’s already been cut and fed through the grinder. And behind the blue wall on the right is the next target, a whopping Scheflera actinophylla. Sadly, this one had to be permanently removed is its roots threatened to take out that wall, plus a fair chunk of the fence. There are others, but they are not yet flowering. And once they do flower the birds will feast like kings.And excrete seed-laden waste.

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The aftermath…

There was more, much more, too painful to relate…

But gardeners have an innate optimism and we are already making plans to replace some of what is gone.

And yesterday, as a pick-me-up after a week of creeping about like a wizened gnome, I went with a friend to the local Orchid Show.

Lots of lovely things! I think we did two circuits of the stalls outside (the dangerous area where things had price tags!) and then went into the orchid house, a more permanent display of orchids, ferns, bromeliads and sundry other lovelies. Yes, of course I had a camera…

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A lovely Swamp Orchid, Phaius. No name tag.

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Another tagless beauty. Isn’t that colour beautiful!

 

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Paphiopedilum  “Wossner Black Wings.” What a cracker! One day…

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Bulbopyllum graveolens No varietal name that I could see.

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No, not a hand of bananas- flower buds and back-bulbs of the one above!

 

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I get a bit rattled when there are no visible labels. This is a Phalaenopsis, but that’s all I know. (Ditto the yellow one behind this.)

A Dendrobium but I couldn’t read the label!

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A collection of Phaius. One day…

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And now, moving on to my purchases. Yes, you knew I’d be tempted, didn’t you? I love the Vanda tribe, but have always been told they are finicky and I’ve only ever seen them growing beyond any height I could provide. But I am now a delighted owner of Vanda sp. “Pat’s Delight” and assurances that it will grow happily “just about anywhere here.” And if those aerial roots become a trip hazard, they can be cut back. 20180923_071432

Also, this sweet little Phalaenopsis “Allura Crimson Glory.”

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It’s lunch time. At least, it is according to Sporran and who am I to dispute that. Pasta, I think. I have some carbonara in the freezer…

 

 

*I could probably have phrased that a little more delicately. No offense to my gentleman friends!


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IDEAS ON HOW TO PASS A SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

Sundays, for many people, are a time to cheer on the local team. A day when the family all gather for a big lunch. A chance to put up the feet and read the weekend newspaper.

Or, perhaps, head down to the Council car park, all roped-off with bunting and glow-in-the-dark road cones. And a crew of women in hi-viz vests, inking HUGE pieces of linoleum, ready to be printed…by a chap (also in a hi-viz vest) on a road roller.

 

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Yes, just another Sunday here… with members of Printbank Mackay.

The weather while not conducive to racing down to the beach has been relatively warm this month.Note that word”relatively.”  On the night of the Blood Moon I was out at 5am to gaze skyward, dressed in jeans and a sweater.

And the sky was filled with stars! I don’t remember ever seeing such a clear night sky here! And, yes, I did see the Blood Moon. And Mars. No photos though, as I am thwarted by street lights around here  and those orange-y sodium lights at the intersection down the road. But the weather was, that night, favourable.

So…no astronomical wonders to show. How about some orchids? Not mine. I do have some in bud, but they’ll be in bud for a while yet.

However, a friend across town has a collection  and quite a few were flowering so I popped in while The Man was in the dentist’s chair. Not all had name tags and Vic, the orchid man, was not there so …I’ll do my best, but I’m flying blind with some. 🙂

 

A brassocattleya

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This looks like a Cattleya…

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And this…

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This I do know...Phalaenopsis though not its varietal name

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Vanda 

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Epidendrum radicans  Common as…I have several.But guess what? Not one of mine has flowered! Known as Crucifix orchids, they do come in other colours, but this is the most often seen.

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Vic also has pawpaws! (note to self: see if any nurseries are selling plants yet)

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Yes, mid-winter, folks! My last tree was flattened by a cyclone and I haven’t bothered to replace it.But I do so love fresh pawpaw…not those poor, sad things the supermarket staff treat like footballs!

Off to don my chef’s hat!

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Once again, I am sharing a DIY post, this time from Byopia Press

 https://byopiapress.wordpress.com/2018/07/01/a-clear-midnight/

I know some of you who stumble onto this blog will say “nope!” and move on.But I also know that some of you will make one of these cute little books.

 

Now, something a little different…the other night I went on a speed dating adventure. Yes! Moi, dipping her toe into that water! Imagine! Of course, knowing very little about this, I had to ask Uncle Google to clue me in…

Apparently, each person gets 10 minutes to ask questions about the “date” and then someone rings a bell and we all move along to the next “date.”

Now, there is no way in the world that you would ever see Dinah chatting-up  six different men, ten minutes at a time.NO WAY! But…turn those six men into artist books and Dinah’s in line.

The local gallery, Artspace, hosts these evenings, giving people a chance to see some of their collection. And, this being the Libris Awards year, the featured books were from the current exhibition. Gallery volunteers took us through each of the six books and, while I was less than impressed with some books, it was a good opportunity to see them “up close and personal.” Good, too, to hear differing opinions and gain new insights. Maybe you’d like a gallery in your town to run a similar evening? They can contact Artspace at the link and find out how.

 

Things are a little confused and crazy right now…we at Chez Dinahmow have been connected to Broadband, which is tickety-boo on this platform.But we have lost the landline telephone, our only contact with some people, which is making some things awkward.

But La Cave is stocked and we have jelli-meat on the feline shopping list so I guess we’re good.

I suppose you want to see a pitcha? Image result for pitcher

not the pitcha you had in mind? Here’s a pitcher of Sangria.  (found on Google images)

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FROM THE LIBRIS AWARDS 2018

Because  many of my photographs were waaay below par, I will give you this link to a PDF of the finalists.This also includes artist statements, which I could not accurately photograph without a tripod.

This year’s winners:

2018 AWARD WINNERS

1. CATEGORY ONE
Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal
National Artists’ Book Award (acquisitive) $7,000

Clyde MCGILL Witness 2016, etching, letterpress, gold leaf, ink and graphite on BFK 270gsm, edition 3/6, 39 x 46 x 3 cm.
Click here to view  work

2. CATEGORY TWO
Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal
Altered Book Award (acquisitive) $3,000

Michelle VINE Contested Biography I (quadrat) 2017, cyanotype on altered book, stitched, 138 x 216 cm.
Click here to view  work

3. CATEGORY THREE
Mackay Regional Council
Regional Artists’ Book Award (non-acquisitive) $2,500

Jamian STAYT  Tagged 2018, photography, vintage library card, cardboard and cloth on paper, 111 x 68 cm.
Click here to view  work

4. CATEGORY FOUR
Artspace Mackay Foundation
Tertiary Artists’ Book Award (non-acquisitive) $2,000

Jenna LEE A plant in the wrong place 2016, copper plate etching, image transfer, 16.5 x 13 cm.
Click here to view  work

Exhibition dates – Saturday 26 May – Sunday 19 August 2018
For all general enquiries contact : librisawards@mackay.qld.gov.au

http://www.artspacemackay.com.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/224062/Libris_Awards_2018_Catalogue_of_Entries_brochure_UPDATED.pdf

Quite a few of the entries were  big. When I say “big” I mean greater than 50cms in one direction.Remember, these are artist books, not Monet-style paintings!

And some were, reflecting their intentions, small.

I have been down to Artspace twice to see the exhibition, the second time I had a gloved assistant to turn pages, hold items in better light. And next week I shall be going to a discussion on some of the entries from this year’s show. But for now, please see the catalogue for more detail.

 

In other, quite unconnected news…we seem to have acquired another cat. Well, a part-time cat! This youngster lives next door, but is waiting on the doormat when I get up. And he’s in and out most of the day. Come lunchtime, when The Man and I want to eat lunch outside, we have to evict Sporran and her ginger friend from OUR chairs.

IMG_0562.JPGSporran (black) is “modifying a cardboard egg box. Mr Ginger has found a cockatoo feather. When she was much younger, Sporran had a “thing” for shed feathers and brought quite a few home from her jungle (garden) expeditions.We keep them in a pewter mug , on the kitchen counter.Mr Ginger was pretty quick to learn this and now helps himself to a feather when he feels like playing. At least that’s less destructive than swinging on  curtains!

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Now, being careful not to mention “galloping clocks” and causing Scarlet further confusion, I shall take my leave of you and proceed forthwith to the purveyor of pussy fare.

 

 

 

 


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BACK TO WHAT WE THINK OF AS “NORMAL.”

Well, at least now those  who were disturbed by the over-embiggifications on their side bars when I re-blogged posts can now see /\ up there, the giant Japanese Sunflower. Those who insist on Latin  names  can find it under Tithonia diversifolia.

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This is supposed to be our dry season, but we’ve been having a few showers.So some of the plants don’t know which page they’re supposed to be on! Here’s a grevillea which wasn’t sure whether to grow or flower or wither away.It rained and the grevillea decided to grow AND flower.

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Grevillea, with rain drops.

Something else that has smartened itself up this year is this one. Dependent on long, dark nights, it’s always been somewhat confused, with a street light above it!IMG_0527.JPG

Euphorbia leucocephala. Sometime called snowflake bush. Yes, even by people here!

I have several things grown from cuttings.This one used to be known as a Justicia but seems now to be Odontonema cuspidatum. This one looks pretty much as it should.But it’s one of the plants that is prone to fasciation.IMG_0530

Above, mostly normal.

Below, distinctly weird!

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I’ve had a day of appointments and will you just look at that galloping clock! Good gravy! I’ll miss Happy Hour if I don’t scoot…

I may be back in a day or so with some artists’ books.Maybe…

 

 


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Review: The Brisbane Plant Collector’s Fair, 26-27.5.18

I have shamelessly and greedily re-blogged this from Jerry’s place. It makes me want to fire-up a big chain saw and make some room here! 

 

Jerry Coleby-Williams

Isn't it nice not to have to wade through a sea of sameness? Isn’t it nice not to have to wade through a sea of sameness?

One of the gardening events Brisbane lacked until the Plant Collector’s Fair started in 2016, was a show dedicated to the enthusiast.

 A place where not only can you get a jammy mouth plant, but its golden-flowered form too. Thank goodness we have this show now – pass the napkins!

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