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.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Light the candles

Last Sunday, Christian faith communities int he Western Tradition (the Eastern tradition operates on the Julian calendar, the Western on the Gregorian calendar) celebrated Candlemas.

Below is the beautiful music of the great Arvo Part  celebrating the presentation of Jesus in The Temple. The words of the prayer 'Nunc dimittis' are uttered each day in The Prayer of The Church otherwise known as The Liturgy of The Hours.

Picture above is from here
Now, Master, you let your servant go in peace.
  You have fulfilled your promise.
My own eyes have seen your salvation,
  which you have prepared in the sight of all peoples.
A light to bring the Gentiles from darkness;
  the glory of your people Israel.
The Song of Simeon
The Gospel of Luke : Chapter 2 Verses 29-32

Over at Interrupting the Silence, Father Mike Marsh has included in his post for this feast, 
Arvo Part's wonderful Nunc Dimittis performed by The Tallis Scholars.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Inglewood's Pretty House ... and Garden ...and Garage Sale

I visited Inglewood recently. I have two favourite houses there.  The first is an older house which sits opposite the cenotaph.  The second is what I call to myself  "The Pretty House" because its garden is beautifully done and filled with colour.

On 7 December it was Inglewood Alive day.  Among all the festivities on this day is a huge day of garage sales ... and The Pretty House was no exception. It too had a garage sale.  I had taken some pictures of the front garden as I came in ... and the owners said to me to take some of the backyard too.  I didn't need to be told twice.  So here are pictures taken at The Pretty House with some of the garage sale items as well.

Friday, December 13, 2013

The Church Retro Cafe and its quirky Christmas decor

Your feet a bit weary after too much Christmas shopping in Ballarat? 
Pop in and relax in the magical and quirky interior of 
The Church Retro Cafe in Albert Street,Ballarat 
down behind the old School of Mines/University of Ballarat 
Say G'day to my friends Noreen and Fidelma,
a couple of lovely Irish folk.
Click on photo to see the photos in
and there is the option of a slide show 

Monday, October 07, 2013

Ballarat Interfaith Network introduces The Tree of Life Project - an all-inclusive end-of-year celebration for Ballarat

The Ballarat Interfaith Network
wishes its end-of-year all inclusive celebration
to be known far and wide.
In just under six weeks time,
The Tree of Life Project will be declared open. 
A preliminary program can be read on-line below or downloaded.
This program is still being finalised.
However, readers will get an idea of the structure.
It is not too late for anyone to come to us with their own project
and to get in the program.
There is still some room for the more the merrier. Contact details are on the flyer as well as the program.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Some of the food plants in my garden - late September

My peas look gorgeous in this container -
the white flowers which will soon produce peas
are most satisfying

I have quite a few broad bean plants in the ground

This mint - the plain old mint - is in a pot.
But I also have some in the ground in a place
where I hope it takes over and chases the weeds away.
Ditto for some After Dinner Mint.
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My Spring Garden - late December 2013


A day out at Kryal Castle - near Ballarat - on 25 September

 At the entrance

The Dragon

A twin selfie

Baby dragons in their eggs

The Wizard's Office

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