Hello there, this chilly Sunday in South-East Queensland, where the frost may well be on the ground tomorrow. Snow fell today, about three hours south of here, over the border in Northern New South Wales.
Stanthorpe, in Southern Queensland, is hoping for snow tomorrow, and long lines of cars have been driving south to have a look at today's light and pretty dusting of the white stuff.
The Westerley Winds have been blowing.
Goody - I like a change...
Undeterred, we took my 94.5 years old Dad up to the Mountain to look at the views and have his usual coffee and toasted ham sandwich.
He liked looking out to sea over the Gold Coast..
and westwards to more mountains..
We brought along our son, and my father was happy to know it was his grandson. In fact, we had to tell him several times, but then he got to enjoy it, several times...
Our grandson, Little Aussie has been here all week (school holidays), and having a great time.
On the other hand, I have done very little of substance, but we have all enjoyed ourselves. Aussie's singing voice has matured very well since he started school, and he has a considerable range and excellent pitch.
I am thinking of giving him piano lessons - as soon as I buy a teaching book.
Sad news - the passing of Omar Sharif, star of one of my all-time favourite movies, Dr. Zhivago.
Here he is with Julie Christie...
and Geraldine Chaplin..
Loved him again in Funny Girl with Barbra Streisand..
and roaming the desert in Lawrence of Arabia..
|Bharti Kher, India, 'The Skin Speaks a Language Not Its Own' 2006.|
A lifesize, fibre glass sculpture of an elephant, by Bharti Kher, currently on display at QAG, is covered in white bindi.
The bindi in India is traditionally a mark of pigment applied to the forehead, and is associated with the Hindu symbol of the 'third eye'.
This dying elephant is covered in white bindi.
Elephants are revered across Asia as a symbol of dignity, intelligence and strength. They were used to carry kings and princes, and thus are associated with royalty. Elephants feature in processions and ceremonies.
Kher uses the symbolism of a dying elephant to contemplate the potentially destructive effects of popular culture and consumerism on the culture of India.
This work is powerful and evocative, as you contemplate its beautiful form, slumped on the floor, a magnificent beast unable to rise again.
It always makes me sad.
I know, I am a week late with this, but I loved Kate's ivory outfit for the Christening of Princess Charlotte:
And doesn't Her Majesty look a treat in pretty pink?
And have a lovely week