It has been a busy time, I’ve been to Sydney and photographed the Australian Junior Track Championships. It was nice going somewhere different to take photos. New challenges and trying to work out how it will work. I got some great shots and I hope people are generally happy with them.
I still have my exhibition on in July at Cafe Racer and need to get a move on working on stuff for that. I don’t really want to do anymore linocuts for it as I think they could be a waste of time. My target audience don’t get what they are, so is there any point in doing them. Perhaps if I can get people to understand them there might be a place for them in the future.
I have been working on my garden as well, and the area that needs the most work is where the tree was, and of course in front of my studio. I showed you photos of the tree coming down, but I didn’t show the aftermath.
I was left with a destroyed backyard and there was nothing left of the garden that I had been working hard on. It was soul destroying. Even after almost a month, it still makes me very sad and very angry to see what happened to my yard.
Now, as time has moved on, the garden has changed again, but hopefully working towards something better. The last of the wood finally went yesterday, so I don’t have the hassle of what I’m going to do with that. I was putting it up on the nature strip when a guy drove by, was interested, and when I told him how much there was, said he would take the lot and I didn’t have to move anymore of it. So massive bonus.
Sorry, the photo isn’t great, just took it then with my phone. Too early in the morning. I think you can see the progress so far. New plants have been planted. Four new trees that will screen out the neighbours eventually. I need some more of those. The neighbours right beside us, who had wanted the tree gone for many years, haven’t said a thing to us. All we have seen them do is jump on the fence and perve into our yard. I think that is such a violation. She, the wife, even got on the fence and spoke to the man who was removing the stump, can’t believe she thought she had a right, after refusing to pay any money for it. Well, I think they have done their dash, and if they want anything from us in the future, well they better not ask.
Next big job is getting rid of a lot of the cement that is in front of my studio. It will be good to work in there once all the work is done. I have had trouble with the studio door not closing for awhile, but yesterday I broke some cement off, that I thought was lifting one of the corners, and it worked, it sunk back down a bit and the door now shuts and can be locked again. So happy about that.
I have never really been into gardening, but I find that I love working in it, and I love how it is looking. I fancy myself to be a like Margaret Olley, she has a gorgeous garden and is a still life painter. I want to be like her when I grow up.
That is enough for this post. I have been working on some new stuff, but it is all tied together with the garden and moving on. Next time.