March 24, 2015 3 Comments
November 15, 2014 1 Comment
The roads (and planes) in my life often lead to Mildura on the banks of the Murray River. Population of around 30,000. Award winning vanilla slices, an excellent Thai restaurant, one of the many stomping grounds of Big Lizzie, riverboats, wine and all the amenities one needs to set out on an adventure to the Murray/Murrumbidgee/Darling Rivers wonderland. In a July visit this year, I visited the Rio Vista Homestead, once the home of the Chaffey Brothers and now a regional art gallery and museum. I learnt interesting things about irrigation, took in some art and then nursed a cup of tea as I read Mildura Living and eavesdropped on other people’s conversations.
November 3, 2014 Leave a comment
A couple of times a year I get to tag along on adventures with an amazing group of creative women. Over the last decade we have written enormous collaborative plays and stories, gone on ridiculous roadtrips, abused road signs and gotten high on cheese, sugar and alcohol. Some have knitted bunny ears for their long suffering puppy, crochetted owls, researched the fun and the gruesome side of medical history, learnt, taught and played a range of musical instruments in an assortment of bands and discovered a passion for Korean pop and all things Korean. Two years ago we sailed around some Pacific islands on some kind of floating amalgamation of a RSL and Westfield, in January we relaxed in the town of Merimbula. Over the next couple of posts I’m going to share some of our June adventures in the Victorian goldfields. Most of the photos are thanks to the very talented Katie. You can read about her craftiness on her blog Wool Geek, her retro biking adventures at the Bike and the Blog. More of her photos, cats and exploration of historical and abandoned places can be found on her flickrstream.
November 2, 2014 Leave a comment
There have been times in my life when I have struggled with tremendous doubts and low self esteem. Not any more, now I know my true worth! Melbourne Museum, keep up the excellent work. Fossils, great use of interactive displays to show time and spatial relationships. I felt like a god making volcanoes erupt all over Victoria, tsunamis along the shoreline. Mwahaha etc. Can’t get to Melbourne, be bemused with the virtual exhibition – 600 million years: Victoria evolves.
November 23, 2012 2 Comments
CLARE: I can’t believe how excited I am about this project. I’ve been itching for 5pm since 9am.
GENERAL (imaginary) AUDIENCE: But Clare, everybody wishes work was over on a Friday.
CLARE: But most people on Friday wish work was over for parties and friends and alcoholic beverages.
GENERAL (imaginary) AUDIENCE: And sleep, you forgot sleep.
CLARE: … and for sleep. But I wanted work to be over for this….
The elephant slug is actually a marine snail that grazes on algae and belongs to the same family (Fissurellidae) as key-hole limpets. They often turn up in Aboriginal shell middens in Victoria. The black flesh was cut away to eat the muscular foot (Museum of Victoria). I believe all of my specimens of elephant slug/snail come from NSW.