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Saturday, July 23, 2011

A Bit Of A Circus...

Well the bathroom is almost complete and I have lots of photos to show you but I can't find the photo cable to upload the images! Life's a bit like that at the moment - it's a bit of a circus here. Things are not where they should be. Books have gone missing as have shoes and vital paperwork but by next week things should be returning to a more manageable kind of domestic chaos. In the meantime I thought I'd up date you one what else I've been up to...

Marvelling at what the human body can do. You know how they say we only ever use about 10% of our brains? Well, after seeing the awe-inspiring Nederlands Dans Theater and Circus Olympia recently I'm convinced I'm only using .0001% of my physical capabilities!

Reading two great books about Australia in the 1930. The first one 'The Lost Mother: A Story of Art & Love' by Anne Summers is a memoir centred around a portrait her mother sat for as a child. The book explores the life of the artist who painted the work, Constance Stokes and the collector who held onto it for many years, a mysterious Russian emigre, Lydia Mortill.

If fiction is more your style and you're looking for some quirky local colour you might like 'A Few Right Thinking Men' by Sulari Gentill, the first in a planned series of mystery novels set in Sydney during the 1930s and starring gentlemen artist and amateur sleuth Rowland Sinclair. Very snappy dialogue and a colourful cast of characters. Sulari has a pretty nifty website over here.

Listening to Debussy. Many years ago I bought a CD called 'Debussy for Daydreaming'. I usually play music to the kids as they go to sleep and this CD is the current favourite.

Coverting this gorgeous glass Babushka drinking jug and glass.

Waiting patiently for the bathroom to be finished and the midnight treks to the outside portable bathroom to be over!

What have you been up to?


  1. I still haven't managed to get to the circus...this looks amazing, as does the little link to the Nederlands Dance Theatre.

    The Lost Mother sounds intriguing too, love the idea or writing around the portrait great concept for a memoir...and of course the Russian connection...
    ...speaking of which the Babushka jug and glass are really cute...they remind me of some russian doll cup measures that one of Hannah's housemates has... I can email the link if you're interested in getting some.

  2. Thanks Deb. I know the cup measures you're talking about and have been meaning to replace my boring old plastic cups. I think you would really like 'The Lost Mother' - I thought of you as I was reading it. I checked on Book Depository UK and it is currently unavailable but you can request to be notified when it comes in. If you can't find it maybe I could send you a copy for your birthday?

  3. Just read this...thanks for thinking of me Caz...I will try to find it...