Thursday, September 11, 2014

One crafty gal in Bendigo: she's hooked n crochet

Bendigo

Helen Coughlan uses craft to bring people together. She says her skills are “actually really basic” but that’s ok. 
She says, “I get joy from seeing others becoming a part of something and feeling welcome. I love seeing that happen, no matter the skills people have.“
Helen runs a weekly community craft table at Bendigo Library and a ‘crochet club' for primary school kids. She's a founding member of a group of yarn bombers that keep the trees, and occasionally trams, of Bendigo warm and colourful each winter



Thursday, September 04, 2014

Book launch: "Some shorter than others" - Ballarat Library, Sunday 7 September.

The Ballarat Library, 178 Doveton Street, Ballarat 
is playing host to a book launch next Sunday 7 September, at 2pm.

are launching a collection of short stories for the young and young at heart.

Sylvia's illustrations are currently on display at the library until September 11.

There's a limited edition copy of the book to be won.   
Go to Facebook to check it out. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Wonderful libraries from around the world - and how to join one!

I have tried to pick a favourite but I love them all.
They are different but are all doing their best and brightest
to serve their specific clientele.

And then there's this.



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The kitchen counter at the end of Winter

The kitchen counter this morning at The Trad Pad
All these items - bar one - are recycled.  Guess which?

The Coca-Cola glasses came from Fusspots at Inglewood.

Can't recall where I got these -
The metal sweets/nuts container
The white bowl (chipped but who'd notice?)
The glass jug holding the Silver Beet (chipped but I don't care!)

The Silver Beet is recycled too -
this plant has been the gift that keeps on giving.
I cut and cut and it keeps producing.

The one thing that is not recycled is the 'Fresh Cream' pail.
It is was once new but is well worn now.
I have a pair of them.
One holds scraps of a vegetable nature for the wonderful Worm Farm.
The other holds the stuff that the worms can't eat.
That stuff is composted.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Teaching our children .......


Bookmarking literature of poetry and war

This blog has a motto: Blogging the Beautiful ~ Searching the Sustainable ~ Reaching out in Friendship.  In short, I keep any political sound-offs for a particular blog of mine, The Network.  You are welcome to drop by and experience its quirky mix of social and political commentary.  I have chosen to share this report, though political, on this site because it is about librarians and books and, as a former librarian, I am a Library Lover (as you will see from the sidebar) and I share a librarian's attitude to the power of words, ideas, books, poetry, plays.

So it is with quite a thrill, I read about this political protest involving the promotion of Palestinian literature. While there is grave conflict in Israel and Palestine, commemorations have begun for the centenary of The First World War.  Because of this I am including a very interesting site, The War Poetry Website, which contains an archive of poems and poets of to-day and The First World War.



Monday, August 04, 2014

Home Sweet Home amid the Heritage Overlay



It has been a long time between drinks. A long period of ill health + a substantial period regaining my stamina + landlord sold the house and we had to move on + three months of getting new home and garden in order. Life has its own special way of happening!

The new home is something of an anomaly in its setting - the thorn among the roses.

My neighbour on one side says that she has no idea how a house like the one I am in was ever allowed to be erected. You see most of the houses in my street are Ballarat historic. Those that aren't tend to very nice from the 1950s. And mine ... it's a moveable home, possibly circa 70s or 80s.

Mrs Neighbour says that she grew up in her house. She and husband moved away for some years, returned and purchased the house from her parents. While she had been gone, this house appeared. She thinks it must have been prior to the heritage overlay, now operating, being put in place.

The bay windows are the only thing about this house that remotely puts it in touch with the past.
 The interior, although compact, provides everything I need.  Carpet in good condition, masses of cupboard space (particularly in the kitchen), and an electrician must have lived here once because there are masses of power points!

There is a small front garden of the cottage garden variety.  It needs some pulling together but the fine bones are there - roses, azaleas, camellias, lavender.

The back garden has been neglected in one area and nothing happening in the rest.  However, as a renter who takes her potted garden with her, I am making plans.  This has been the coldest winter for sixteen years - and a very wet one at that - so gardening days have been scarce.  However, the sunny days are getting a bit more frequent and I have done a whack of pruning in the neglected area and mowed the rest of the back garden.  Now, I can start to envisage and plan.


Monday, February 17, 2014

Trad Pads ancient and modern in the limelight of The Courier's peek into Ballarat homes

Brigitte Chitryk-Gross calls the Old Curiosity Shop home. PICTURES: LACHLAN BENCE

The Curiosity Shop fascinates the curious.  It sits behind a high fence.  Even the tallest have to stand on tippy-toes to gain the full import of house and garden.  The Courier's article is wonderful if you love looking at houses.  In The Courier's stories you will see some wonderful renovations - and a couple of very thoughtful modern builds (including one of my neighbours).  

Sit back with a cuppa.
Don't forget to click the slanting arrow to go to the full-screen view.
Enjoy!

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