A puppy-filled absence

Blogs require immense work and dedication and I have been very ill-disciplined on both fronts. I am completing a thesis at the moment, that’s the excuse I’m running with. I have also let a beautiful puppy come into and fill my life and because he is such a treasure thought it was time I shared him a bit with the world. Introducing Montgomery Fairweather:

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Orchid Hunting

These photos are from a while back when I was in Anglesea visiting my parents at the start of the orchid season. My mother had already been for a few walks searching for orchids before I arrived, but I spotted the first one, on my first walk! Beginner’s luck. My mother was not too pleased. We’re a rather competitive family about the silliest things.

Well, we’ll all float on, good news is on the way

Escaping Melbourne’s winter (literal and metaphorical) became a necessity a couple of weeks ago, and what better place to go to than Noosa in Queensland. I was blessed with perfect weather – sunshine during the day and rain tapping on the roof at night. Managed a four hour walk along the coastal cliffs and into the national park forest.

Stayed at Dolphins Beach House in one of their apartments which was quiet and private. Just what I was looking for. Even better was the fact that after only one day the local cafe new my coffee order and made it to perfection. Sunshine bliss indeed.

http://www.dolphinsbeachhouse.com/

18th Biennale of Sydney

I was in Sydney for a few days this week and while I don’t want to engage in the whole Sydney vs. Melbourne charade, I do prefer Melbourne. I have to admit that Sydney is incredibly beautiful and I was blessed with enough sunshine to embark on some beautiful walks and indulge in a bit of art.

The exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW, subtitled In Finite Blue Planet, is extraordinary and one of the most moving exhibitions I’ve been to in a very long time. I don’t want to sound over the top, but it had an amazing effect of healing and spiritual renewal on me. One of my favourite artists of the exhibition is Subhankar Banerjee, whose aerial photographs of Caribou migration are outstanding. http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/exhibitions/18th-biennale-sydney/     Equally magnificent are Yuken Teruya’s works of magic in transformed shopping bags.

Definitely worth a few hours of perusing. I am only sad I didn’t make it to the other exhibitions making up this wonderful festival of contemporary art.

http://bos18.com/artists

http://www.climatestorytellers.org/storytellers/subhankar-banerjee/

http://bos18.com/artist?id=112

http://bos18.com/artist?id=38

Gentlemen’s Outfitter

Captains of Industry is renowned for its collection of stylish, tattooed men. Their coffee is just an added bonus really. All we need is a tinker, a soldier and a spy (and perhaps a Peter to order around too) and our set is complete.

http://captainsofindustry.com.au/

http://thethousands.com.au/melbourne/shop/captains-of-industry/