When I was growing up, my mother always said
'October is the Month of Storms'...
and back then it was.
After weeks of extreme dry and a day of record-breaking heat (41C in our area)
we had a storm this afternoon.
The flowers I bought yesterday will get a good start in life:
Halloween this week, so today I put up some Canadian decor sent by my daughter..
I also took my courage in both hands, went to the Mall, and bought my first mastectomy swimsuit.
It's taken me over two years, there was a psychological resistance, and it was hard to walk past many lovely costumes which could not be mine.
I had a choice of two styles, and this fitted me best.
Unexciting, but eminently suitable for a grannie with a prosthesis!
Pleased I've crashed through another barrier...
In other news, the first of the yellow cosmos plants my friend J. gave me before we went travelling burst into bloom:
Pretty little thing, isn't it?
|Mirdidingkingathi Juwarrnda Sally Gabori 'Dibirdibi Country' 2012|
This is my current favourite painting, on display at QAGOMA.
Mirdidingkingathi Juwarrnda Sally Gabori is an indigenous Queensland artist.
She was born around 1924 on Bentinck Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria off the far north Queensland Coast.
Bentinck was inhabited for thousands of years by the Kaiadilt people, and officially 'discovered' in 1623 by the Dutch explorer Jan Carstensz.
Gabori began painting in only 2005, already in her 80s, and quickly gained recognition for her vibrant works, apparently abstract, but in fact landscapes of her country through her mind's eye.
Earlier works are a riot of gorgeous colour, but this more restrained recent work in dark navy blue and white, is astonishingly powerful.
Gabori says 'This is a big saltpan on my husband's country on Bentinck Island'.
Former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam passed away last week.
He was 98, and was PM in the early 70s.
They were exciting times, and during his term many profound changes to Australian culture swept us into the modern age.
When we visited Parliament House in July, I liked his portrait, by Clifton Pugh, best of all the line-up of former Prime Ministers.
And speaking of people in their 90s, my Dad turns 94 this week.
Wherever you are, I hope the weather is kind.
And have a good week