Saturday, January 26, 2013
Yesterday the girls and I had an afternoon in the city.
I always love Martin Place.
The mix of architecture,
The flowers and the people.
This time we also visited an exhibition on Governor Macquarie, and the Reserve Bank Museum, which were both free, and interesting enough for one history-loving mum and two teenagers.
The city was decorated with red flags ready for Australia Day today.
After our educational stops we went to McDonalds and then to Kinokuniya, where Emily stocked up on uber-cute Japanese craft books and Laura bought an Oscar the Grouch handpuppet.
(Photos taken on my ipod)
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Saturday, January 19, 2013
On Monday I went to a
Piano Teachers Festival
at the Sydney Conservatorium.
A day of learning,
being filled with new ideas,
And being reminded of old ones.
I studied at the Conservatorium over 20 years ago,
it was good to be back.
Of course the Con has been completely
overhauled since those days,
with a new modern underground wing,
and the concert hall has also been updated.
Monday's learning was largely about technique
- posture, muscle control and whole body awareness.
All things I need to be learning.
Also thinking about children today,
"Generation Z" and how things have
changed since I was learning the piano.
The way students learn has changed.
Food for thought.
One thing that hasn't changed about the Con
in all these years is the setting.
The Con is still surrounded by the Botanical Gardens,
and they haven't changed much at all.
During the lunch break I snuck out
and enjoyed the sunshine in the
Rose Garden for a few minutes
- just lovely.
I've been paying attention to gardens lately,
trying to choose a style for our garden,
and have decided that I really am attracted most
to formal gardens.
So, I came home with my head buzzing,
Full of ideas for both
piano teaching and garden design!
I'm glad I took these photos on my ipod
to jolt my memories of the day.
Friday, January 18, 2013
The temperature here is forecast to reach 40 deg or higher.
But we're ready.
The house is closed up
- windows and curtains shut
- awnings down
- even a towel hanging over the glass on the back door
makes a huge difference.
Waiting till it gets hot and stuffy inside
and we will turn on the airconditioning,
which cools the living room
and keeps the rest of the house
Outside I've watered a few plants.
This portulaca is loving the heat,
unlike the hydrangea I planted yesterday,
from it's up-and-down
existence in a pot.
As usual I've left the washing too late.
By 9.30 the temperature in the sun
is heading for the mid-30s.
My strategy is to hang the large items
on the outside of the hoist first
and use them to shade me
while I hang the smaller items behind.
Even so, it's hot work.
This pretty sheet was a thrifted find
a while back,
and has been put to use the last couple of nights
as a tablecloth on a trestle table
for dinners outside.
With some new red polkadot plates
it made for a lovely
summery-Cath Kidston effect.
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Hope you're keeping cool!